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Girl Scouts of Colorado honors alumnae

On June 9th during Colorado Sings event at the State Capitol, Girl Scouts of Colorado will be recognizing 100+ Girl Scout Distinguished Alumnae from around that state.

Distinguished Girl Scout Alumnae have been involved in the organization in Colorado as girls, adults, volunteers or staff members, and were nominated based on exceptional leadership, a strong commitment and service to community, embracing diversity and embodying Girl Scout values.

In a recent study by Girl Scouts of the USA, Girl Scout alumnae, compared with non-alumnae, feel better about themselves, are more active as mentors and community volunteers, vote more regularly, are better educated and enjoy higher household income, proving involvement in Girl Scouting works.

Our 100+ honorees have distinguished themselves in so many ways!  From corporate executives to community volunteers, each embodies the spirit of Girl Scouts and serves as an outstanding role model for young women today. We’re honoring exceptional women (and one man!) throughout Colorado – from Fort Collins to Alamosa and from Grand Junction to Wray. The 100+ Girl Scout Distinguished Alumnae represent the largest cities (Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo) and some of the smallest towns (Merino, Eckley and Green Mountain Falls) in 23 counties throughout the state. All of these alumnae make a difference every day in their communities in diverse professions and volunteer activities in healthcare, education, finance, law enforcement, the environment and more. From age 27 to nearly 100, they are true examples of courage, confidence and character in action who freely give their time and resources to make the world a better place.

For a full list of Girl Scouts of Colorado’s 100+ Distinguished Alumnae, see the event press release. If you are particularly proud of an alumna honoree on the list, or you are one of the proud Girl Scout alumnae honorees, we want to hear from you. Share your Girl Scout memories with us for inclusion on our blog.

Special thanks goes to Girl Scout alumna, volunteer extraordinaire and community leader, Pam Watson Korbel from the Denver metro area, who worked very hard to put together these and many other meaningful alumnae recognitions for Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary year! (We truly appreciate the passion you put into these projects, Pam!)

June 9th will also be the day where to introduce you to Colorado’s Oldest Living Alumnae. Girl Scouts from throughout Colorado searched high and low in their communities to locate these alumnae. We had originally thought this honor would be left to one alumna, but our research uncovered several women who deserved recognition! Names won’t be released until the June 9th event, but let’s just say that these women have been around just as long as Girl Scouts :). Be sure to check back on the blog after the event to learn more about Colorado’s Oldest Living Alumnae.

Congratulations to the alumnae who will be honored on June 9th! Follow all the action June 9th, and contribute to the conversation, on the Colorado Sings event live blog.

Girl Scouts of Colorado Sings & Rock the Mall

Saturday, June 9th, is going to be an exciting day for Girl Scouts across the country!

We are celebrating our 100th year yet again with the world’s largest sing-along, Rock the Mall, at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Girl Scouts of Colorado has several groups who will be part of the estimated 200,000 attendees from across the world at the event.

But for those who can’t go, a local sing-along, Colorado Sings, will take place simultaneously at Colorado’s State Capitol. During this event Girl Scouts of Colorado will recognize local Distingused Alumnae, as well as the oldest living Girl Scout alumnae in Colorado.

If you can’t make it to either event, follow the events live on our blog. You can sign up today via this link for an email reminder about following the live event. We will be blogging about our local activities as well as about our Colorado delegation at the Rock the Mall in Washington, D.C.

And if you are attending one of these events, be sure to take some photos and/or video and share it with us on our blog, Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn Alumnae Group Page. You can even follow our live event and share your thoughts and photos via these communications channels as well.

We look forward to having a fun day of celebration June 9th!

GIRL SCOUT TROOP IN AURORA ATTEMPTS TO BREAK WORLD’S RECORD FOR RECYCLING ELECTRONICS

Millions of electronics are carelessly tossed into landfills every year.  Girl Scout Troop 2879, from Aurora, Colorado, recognized this environmentally damaging situation and is striving to change the practice and break a Guinness World Record at the same time.  Aurora Troop 2879, partnered with a national electronics company, Metech Recycling, is spreading the word to other Girl Scout Troops across the country.  On June 3, 2012, Metech Recycling and Girl Scout troops across the United States are attempting to break a Guinness World Record for the most electronics recycled in a day.

In Colorado, Troop 2879 and Metech Recycling will be collecting electronics from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at three Denver Metro locations:

  • Aurora – Grandview High School, 20500 E Arapahoe Rd, Aurora, CO 80016 (along Arapahoe Road).
  • Denver – The Shops @ Northfield Stapleton (North of Off Broadway Shoes, East of Macy’s)
  • Lonetree – Sky Ridge Hospital (South parking lot near the ER, follow Emergency signs)

Troop 2879 and other Girl Scout troops selected Metech Recycling for this project because they are a Certified e-Stewards recycler.  That means Metech Recycling meets the highest environmental standards and ensures that personal data on electronic devices is securely destroyed to protect your identity.  Over 95% of all materials will be securely recycled for remanufacture.  No recycled materials will be incinerated, landfilled, or shipped abroad to be dumped.  For more detailed information, visit www.metechrecycling.com.

Responsibly recycling electronics requires some fees to cover processing costs.  Fees for smaller computer monitors and TVs will be $10; televisions and monitors larger than 20 diagonal inches will cost $15.  Printers, fax machines, DVD players, VCRs, vacuums and other small appliances will cost $1 each.  Items such as desktop and laptop computers, iPads, iPods, mice, keyboards, VCR tapes, all types of power cords, etc. are recycled at no cost to the consumer.  Residents bringing electronics for secure recycling should be prepared to pay these fees by cash or check.

The Girl Scouts will also be accepting donations for Grants for Girls.  Grants for Girls assist girls who financially cannot join Girl Scouts as well as provide programming materials for girls with financial need.  Girl Scouts of any age are welcome to volunteer to help with this project.  Please contact Troop 2879 for more detailed information at Troop2879@gmail.com.

Girl Scouts’ Highest Award Recipients Honored

2012 Highest Awards - Denver

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This year more than 1,000 Girl Scouts across the state of Colorado have received one of Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards (the Bronze, Silver or Gold Award).

A ceremony to honor some of these recipients took place on Monday evening, April 30th, at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch.

Photos from the event can be viewed via the link above, and below is a highlight video from the event. And here is some of the media coverage we’ve placed on our Gold Awardees:

And also take a minute to check out the Celebration Program from the event on our website. You will surely be inspired by what our Girl Scouts who have earned our top honor, the Gold Award, have done! If you find a favorite project, vote for it on our blog here*, and share it with your friends on social media to spread the word on how Girl Scouts are making a difference!

*If you can’t find your favorite project on the list on the first page, look for the link at the bottom of the page to be routed to further honoree stories. Once you find the one you want, click on the link, and look for the stars at the top of the page to vote.

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Girl Scout Gold Award Recipients Honored at State Capitol

2012 Gold Award Girls

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Seventy-two Girl Scouts are receiving Girl Scouts’ highest award, the Gold Award, this spring in Colorado. On Monday, April 9th, the Colorado House of Representatives honored these recipients on the House floor. Twenty-five of the recipients were present. Channel 4 TV (CBS – Denver/statewide) covered the event.

Read more about this year’s Gold Award recipients in the 2012 Highest Awards Program as well as in the press release prepared for the State Capitol recognition.

And there is no better way to capture the essence of this honor then by listening to some of this year’s Gold Award recipients on what earning this award means to them in the video below.

Congratulations 2012 Gold Award recipients! (This Gold Award alumna is proud of you :)!)

 
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Girl Scouts’ 100th celebrated on Western Slope

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Western Slope 100th party, a set on Flickr.

From Marilyn Calhoun

Girl Scouts on the Western Slope celebrated the 100th anniversary in a big way! The event was held at the Army National Guard Armory in Grand Junction on March 24. About 316 girls participated, along with leaders and specially invited alumnae. Ten Girl Scout troops created displays featuring the 10 decades of Girl Scouting. The girls participated in activities that related to the decades, such as learning semaphore as in the 1910-1930s, learning to tie knots as part of the 1940s & 1950s, environmental and outdoor activities represented the 1960s & 1970s, and technological comparisons represented 1980-present. Girls had a craft station where they made a keepsake of the celebration. There was a wonderful historical display and a special alumnae area. Alumnae received a button that said “once upon a time, I was a Girl Scout,” and they added ribbons listing where they had been a Girl Scout. They also put pins in a map and with yarn connected all the places that they had been a Girl Scout. The afternoon ended with a songfest, and ice cream and birthday cake.

Live Blog: Girl Scouts’ Earth Hour Celebrations

Girl Scouts of Colorado will be holding two Earth Hour Celebrations, in Colorado Springs and Fort Collins, this Saturday, March 31st, from 5 (Fort Collins)/5:30 (Colorado Springs)-9:30 p.m. You can participate in these events live via the links below. And while you are participating live, we encourage you to do your part in honoring the Earth / the environment and participating in your own Earth Hour activities from wherever you are in Colorado (or the world). Then share your activities and/or photos with those participating in the events in Fort Collins and Colorado Springs via the live blog.

Let’s show the world how Girl Scouts are at the forefront of environmental sustainability and can make a huge positive impact on the environment in just one evening! (It’s just one more way to celebrate our 100th anniversary too)

Links to the live events:

Parker Girl Scouts lead successful Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary event

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Girl Scout Troop 1292 of Parker wanted to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts in a big way. So they worked for several months to put together a Flash Mob for Girl Scouts of Colorado to celebrate this historic occasion. The dance for the Flash Mob was to the popular Girl Scout song IGNITE by Lifetime Girl Scout Member Melinda Caroll, which will be sung/danced to at many Girl Scout events over the coming year including the Rock the Mall National 100th Anniversary Sing-Along event on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in June.

On Saturday, March 17th, in the midst of the exciting St. Patrick’s Day festivities in downtown Denver, more than 100 Colorado Girl Scouts, who were decked out in green and grinning from ear-to-ear, gathered in Writer’s Square on 16th Street Mall for the Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary Flash Mob. Girl Scouts, leaders, families, friends and alumnae traveled from all over Colorado to be at the event. There were girls from Aurora, Castle Rock, Colorado Springs, Denver, Lakewood, Monument, Parker, Superior, Thornton and Westminster.

Here is a video the troop created from the events. Nice work Troop 1292!

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‘Be Nice’ event gets two thumbs up from Springs troops

Submitted by Deanna Dauten
Colorado Springs
On February 16th, my troop, 844, and our sister troop, 4043, went to the Paul Mitchell School to participate in their “Be Nice” Girl Scout event. Simply put, it was awesome!
The girls had a great time getting their hair, nails and makeup done. They also learned some cool new braids along with inner beauty and respecting others. All of the proceeds for this event was donated to one or more of the following charities: Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Morris Animal Foundation, No Limits, the Gary Sinise Foundation, the Magic Johnson Foundation, Food 4 Africa, the Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation, the Cancer Schmancer Movement, and Best Friends Animal Society.
In 2011, this location (out of 140 national locations) raised $25,000 for these charities and their goal is to double that in 2012 by raising $50,000. Natalie is the contact person if you would like to find out more about this great event. We give it “2 thumbs up”!
This was submitted via our Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Live Event: Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary March 12th

Next Monday Girl Scouts will mark their 100th anniversary. And we will be live blogging from events like the AT&T presents Capitol Troop 2012 Celebration at the Colorado State Capitol. This is an event where the state’s female legislators will be inducted into our Honorary Troop 2012. Mark your calendar and follow us live as Girl Scouts’ marks a historic occasion in our history! Click Here for all the details.

Also be sure to wear your Girl Scout pin and/or the color green on Monday, March 12th, to show your Girl Scout pride! And if you are marking Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary with your own celebration, share your stories, photos and videos with us on our website.