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Songbirds Girl Scout Choir

Do you like to sing?  Do you remember singing around the campfire at camp?  Would you like to learn new songs as well as “oldies, but goodies” in the Girl Scout traditions? The Songbirds Girl Scout choir will be the place to gather for songs, games and generally having a great time.

Would you like to learn how to play the guitar? If you are at least 10 years old and own a guitar, you can come to a free class once a month and learn to play chord progressions to accompany Girl Scouts in their singing efforts.

Would you like to help perform in events around the state to celebrate our 100th anniversary year, as well as possibly singing at fundraising events, maybe even on the radio or TV and other “gigs” as we have requests?

The Songbirds Girl Scout choir meets the 3rd Saturday of every month, September through April each year. Guitar class runs from 9 – 10 a.m., and the sing-along choir practice is from 10 a.m. – noon.  We usually take a short break about 11 a.m. There is NO registration, no cost, and the group is open to all ages, including dads, brothers, neighbors and friends. Whole troops can come. You will be provided with a song book, and a clapping games book as well as a guitar book for guitar students.

For performances we will wear a royal-blue logo polo shirt, which will be provided, and either black or khaki bottoms. No special shoes are required.

The more the merrier ! The more folks we have the better we will sing, and the better we sing, the more we can learn. To sign up please contact director Penny Roberts at 970-577-2027 or e-mail Penny at proberts@larimer.org.

Alumna Blog: Girl Scout license plates kick off 100th anniversary celebration year

By Penny Roberts, Colorado Girl Scout alumna and volunteer leader behind creating the Girl Scout license plate

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The Girl Scout license plate project began over two years ago, and followed a complicated and circuitous route to completion this last week, when the plates themselves were delivered to County Clerks’ offices across the state. The plates are a visual expression of our pride in our 100-year heritage of Girl Scouting and the impact it has had on girls and women all over the world.

If you are or ever have been a Girl Scout, if you are a leader, grandmother, businessman or anyone who recognizes the value of this important organization, you can display that support by registering the plates to any of your vehicles, including motorcycles.  The cost is a one-time extra fee of $50, and there are no additional costs or qualifications to obtain the plates.

The Promise Partners Northern Colorado alumnae group’s organizing committee toured the Territorial Correctional Facility this fall to watch the original issue of license plates being manufactured.  From the ink printer that put the colors onto the plastic roll at the beginning of the process to the plastic computer photo graphic of the design and numbering system through to the slipping of the plates into the plastic storage sleeves, the committee saw all aspects of production at the facility in Cañon City. An 80-foot-long machine eventually combined the colored plastic piece, the aluminum metal and the clear-coat cover, welding them together and then cutting them into separate sets of plates for distribution.

The committee was also privileged to see other aspects of production in the Colorado Correctional Industries, including the sign shop, the print shop, the machine shop and more. Most interesting and exciting is the part of the facility that is beginning to make custom motorcycles for sale. Yes, more than just license plates are manufactured here! In all, more 35 different products are manufactured, farmed or produced in prisons across the state.

So, you can see from the photos here that I finally helped complete the process by registering and installing the plates on my own car this past week. To find out more information about obtaining Girl Scout license plates, contact any County Clerk’s office. If supplies run low, ask them to order more. Help us celebrate Girl Scouts’ 100th Anniversary year in 2012 and watch for many more Girl Scout activities to highlight this exciting year in Girl Scouts!

Bringing the Girl Scout National Convention home

From Jennifer Colosimo from Arvada who is an Assistant Troop Leader (Cadette Troop 316), Membership Connection Committee Member, National Council Delegate and representative to the Colorado Girl Scouts Board of Directors


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Many Girl Scout members don’t realize that there is National Girl Scout Council that is charged with giving broad policy direction to the future of the Girl Scout Movement in the United States.  The National Council, made up primarily of delegates from United State councils, convenes every three years to vote on business proposals, reflect on topics like women in corporate leadership positions and girl advocacy, and to have fun celebrating the Girl Scout Movement!

Colorado recently sent delegates, including three girl delegates, staff members, and additional girls attending the Girl Scout Leadership Institute to convention. This year’s National Convention, which was held in Houston in November, held special significance for Girl Scouts as the organization officially kicked off their 100th anniversary celebrations for 2012 and named 2012 the “Year of the Girl.”

As a Colorado delegate, we went to Fallapaloozas and held three webinars to obtain the opinions of the Girl Scout members in the state of Colorado on three proposals. We voted according to the feedback obtained across the state.

The first proposal passed and authorized local councils to charge an annual council services fee for girl members. Our council is not going to charge a general fee  (not to be confused with event-related fees for specific events like camp, council events or travel) at this time.

The second proposal didn’t pass. It was going to change the timing of when delegates were elected.  Many of the girl delegates said they couldn’t have been elected any earlier because, when they were 12 years old, they didn’t know what they might do when they turned 14!  (I feel the same way, and I’m in my 40s :))

The third proposal didn’t pass, but was sent to a task force. It was heavily debated as it would have created the ability of a council to have a rolling membership year for each girl that commenced on the date she first registered. Having been a leader for 8 years, I was interested in options for membership, but not the administrative nightmare of tracking each girl’s enrollment date!

But don’t think this experience was all Robert’s Rule of Order. OK, a lot of it was. But there was some fun! The 12 girls who attended from Colorado sang songs as we walked through downtown Houston the first night. All the Colorado adults and girls who attended experienced courage, confidence and character in another part of the country and had the opportunity to feel the strength of the Girl Scout Movement. The program keynotes included Lifetime Girl Scouts such as Katie Couric and Robin Roberts. The official 100th anniversary kickoff event was a huge party, and the convention floor featured tons of great stuff for girls and leaders.

If you’re interested in contributing in the same way in the state of Colorado, our Membership Connection Committee (MCC) is very active and looking for new members, particularly in the Denver metro area. Visit the Girl Scouts of Colorado website for more information. We’d love to have you apply, and maybe join us in Salt Lake City in 2014 for the next convention!

Girl Scouts of Colorado Receives $75,000 Daniels Fund Grant

Girl Scouts of Colorado announced today that it received a $75,000 grant from the Daniels Fund to support programming and volunteer recruitment initiatives to bring the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to more girls in the state.

“The grant will enable Girl Scouts of Colorado to expand its ability to provide consistent enrichment programs to all Girl Scouts across the state, as well as assist us in recruiting a new type of Girl Scout volunteer to deliver them,” said Jacky Noden, Vice President, Program Services for Girl Scouts of Colorado. “Our focus will be on recruiting short-term, or ‘episodic’ volunteers, from corporations, colleges, universities and community groups to help deliver our new innovative programming initiatives.”

Bill Daniels, a pioneer in cable television known for his kindness and generosity to those in need, established the Daniels fund to provide grants and scholarships in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. For more information, please visit www.danielsfund.org.

Girl Scouts was founded nationally in 1912, and is today the premier all-girl leadership development organization in the country. Girl Scouts offers girls a variety of leadership-based programs and activities that promote self-esteem and confidence, life skills and academic skills, healthy lifestyles, team-building, community service and much more. Girl Scouts will be celebrating their 100th anniversary “Year of the Girl” during 2012, and invites Girl Scout alumna to reconnect with us by visiting www.alumnae.girlscouts.org. To learn more about Girl Scouts of Colorado, visit www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org or call 1-877-404-5708.

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Support Girl Scouts on Colorado Gives Day Dec. 6th

Honor the great work of Megan Ferland

Tomorrow, Dec. 6th, Coloradans will be invited to support their favorite Colorado non-profit to help raise millions in just 24 hours– including Girl Scouts of Colorado! This is our second year to participate in Colorado Gives Day. Last year generous supporters helped Girl Scouts of Colorado raise nearly $8,000, and we’d like to double that amount this year!

Presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, every donation received on Dec. 6th will be increased in value by an incentive fund (up to a 30% match) started by FirstBank with a $300,000 lead gift. One hundred percent of your donation comes to Girl Scouts if you designate Girl Scouts of Colorado as the recipient of your gift.

Make a gift this holiday season that will bring the personal power of the Girl Scout leadership experience to every girl, everywhere in the state of Colorado. At least a third of girls enrolled in Girl Scouts throughout Colorado are from economically disadvantaged, underserved and at-risk communities. In fact, in recognition of our wonderful President and CEO Megan Ferland, who will be leaving us later this month to assume the President and CEO post at Girl Scouts in Seattle, we’ve set up The Opportunity Fund, which will be the direct beneficiary of all Girl Scouts Colorado Gives Day funds. The fund will benefit disadvantaged and underserved girls, as well as honor the great work Megan did here in Colorado to build up and strengthen Girl Scouts and set us on a course of renewed growth and dynamic programming.

To donate to Girl Scouts of Colorado:

  1. Visit GivingFirst.org/GirlScouts before 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6th to Donate Now. (You can even schedule your donation before Dec. 6th if you so choose.)
  2. Select your donation amount of $10 or more. You can donate with a credit card, or give directly from your checking account. Please be as generous as you can on this special occasion!
  3. You will receive an e-mail acknowledgement from Community First Foundation, and a gift acknowledgement letter from Girl Scouts.

Thanks for your support!

Girl Scouts of Colorado President and CEO resigns; accepts Girl Scout leadership position in Seattle

Girl Scouts of Colorado announced today that President and CEO Megan Ferland is resigning to accept the position of President and CEO of Girl Scouts of Western Washington, based in Seattle. Ferland has led Girl Scouts of Colorado for two and a half years; and under her leadership, the Colorado organization has made significant progress including achieving a 4.3% increase in membership last year. Ferland’s resignation will be effective Dec. 31, 2011.

“I’m so proud of the work we’ve done in the last few years. Accepting this position in Seattle was a truly difficult decision. Ultimately, it’s an incredible opportunity for our family,” Ferland said. “Girl Scouts of Colorado has a strong team of volunteers, staff and board members who will keep moving forward, bringing leadership development programs to more and more girls across Colorado. I’ll be cheering them on from Washington.”

The Board has named Stephanie Foote, Girl Scouts of Colorado’s current Board Chair, Interim CEO. She will begin her role after the holidays. A national search for Ferland’s successor has also been started. “We’re sad to see Megan go. We all so admire her as a leader and a person,” said Board Chair Stephanie Foote. “We’re confident that the organization will continue on its current strong path.”

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of Colorado makes it easy, meaningful and fun for girls and volunteers to grow as leaders. We provide a safe place for girls to explore their world – from science, technology and the environment to healthy living, anti-bullying and financial literacy. For 100 years, Girl Scouting has been helping each girl develop her personal leadership skills and make friends that last a lifetime. Girl Scouts is also a great place to enhance job skills and give back to your community as an adult volunteer. In fact, we serve 30,000 girl members and 9,000 adult volunteers across Colorado! New to Girl Scouts are the flexible pathways for participation for both girls and adult volunteers. Come learn more about how you can be part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience during our historic Year of the Girl 100th anniversary by visiting girlscoutsofcolorado.org, calling 1-877-404-5708 or emailing inquiry@gscolorado.org.

CEO Corner: Building Girl Scout Confidence

I got a phone call this weekend from a friend whose daughter is in my son’s 6th grade class. She says her daughter worries a lot about if she is liked by the other kids, especially the boys. She wants to wear makeup and clothes that my friend doesn’t think are age appropriate. That got me thinking about how hard it has to be a kid these days, especially a girl. How women and girls are shown in the media, especially on reality TV shows, has such a powerful impact on how we treat each other. In fact, a recent study by the Girl Scout Research Institute found that tween and teen girls who regularly watch reality TV “accept and expect a higher level of drama, aggression and bullying in their own lives, and measure their worth primarily by their physical appearance.”

That’s why Girl Scouts of Colorado is ramping up our focus on giving girls the confidence and tools they need to navigate those tricky situations they move through every day – programs like Power Up, to help them understand and defuse bullying situations, and Fight Like A Girl Scout, to help them recognize and act when they’re threatened. It’s why we’re involved with efforts recently like The Colorado Clothesline Project, addressing issues of violence against girls and women. (View photos and video from this event.) And why we’re planning a Feb. 23rd viewing of the film Miss. Representation , which explores how the media influences perceptions – and misperceptions – of women.

As we ramp up these efforts, we’re looking to our community to support us by volunteering for one of these programs and/or making a donation to help offset the costs of providing them. To learn more about how you can volunteer for or donate, visit Girl Scouts of Colorado’s website.

We’d also like to ask you to show your support by weighing in on a “healthy media” poll put together by the Geena Davis Institute, Girl Scouts of the USA and the Healthy MEdia Commission. This poll will hopefully get lawmakers and the entertainment industry thinking about just how much influence they have on building women leadership in this country.

It’s sad that girls like my friend’s daughter feel so much pressure when they are so young. Girl Scouts is all about helping girls to see that their value isn’t in what they wear, what others think of them or the girl drama. Join me and Girl Scouts of Colorado in helping our girls grow up to be strong, brave, capable leaders.

Girl Scouts hope to break cycle of violence against women & girls

According to a National Institute of Justice & Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey, one in four women experience domestic violence in their lifetime.

In 2008, Colorado domestic violence agency staff and volunteers answered 46,780 crisis intervention calls, a 20% increase from 2007.

According to 2008 Liz Claiborne research study, one in four “tween” say dating violence is a serious problem for their age.

85,000 rapes were reported in Colorado in 2010, yet an estimated 60% of rapes go unreported.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Girl Scouts of Colorado is going to be part of an important project that starts this Saturday, Oct. 29th.

We are collaborating with MidChix & MadHens, a social enterprise promoting the well-being of women & girls, on the Colorado Clothesline Project.

This event will bring together hundreds of girls (6th grade and older) and women throughout the community to create a compelling T-Shirt art exhibit acknowledging the existence and effects of widespread violence against women and girls in our society, along with efforts to break that cycle via education and empowerment of our generation as well as the next.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. John’s Cathedral, 1350 Washington St., Denver. (A program on domestic violence will be given by the Center on Domestic Violence at the University of Colorado Denver from 10-10:45 a.m.)

The hundreds of completed shirts will be part of a public art display in the South Gaylord Street neighborhood in Wash Park from Nov. 4th-6th. A public unveiling of the display will take place on Nov. 4th from 5-8 p.m. at Brushstrokes Gallery, 1059 South Gaylord Street, Denver.

This isn’t the first time Colorado Girl Scouts have been part of this important conversation in our community. View the public service announcement one of our Colorado Springs Girl Scouts (also a Generation Wow! Girl Scout), Rebecca Nelson, created on this subject for TESSA to earn her the highest award in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award, this last spring.

For more information on the Colorado Clothesline event, including how you can participate, visit our website.

Stop by your Service Center open house

Girl Scouts of Colorado is hosting Open House Events at the Girl Scouts Service Centers around the state. Come learn about resources available for you, meet your Membership Manager, learn more about the Journeys and Girl’s Guide, taste the new Girl Scout Cookie, Savannah Smiles, and checkout the sample incentives for the Cookie Program.

Pueblo, Denver and Fort Collins open houses are the weekend of Oct. 29 and Colorado Springs is Monday, Oct. 31. View the flier for more details.

Nearly 100 stop by for Grand Junction Service Center open house

Girl Scouts of Colorado is hosting Open House Events at the Girl Scouts Service Centers around the state. Come learn about resources available for you, meet your Membership Manager, learn more about the Journeys and Girl’s Guide and taste the new Girl Scout Cookie, Savannah Smiles.

The Grand Junction Service Center open house on Oct. 1 attracted close to 100 people who came to meet staff and check out the grand re-opening of the remodeled shop thanks to the aspen diversified construction efforts.

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