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Girl Scouts announces 2014 Pikes Peak Women of Distinction

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Girl Scouts of Colorado is announcing the 2014 inductees into the esteemed Women of Distinction program in the Pikes Peak area at a private reception in June (location TBD). This year’s seven honorees were selected by a committee of their peers led by Selection Chair Amanda Mountain, Vice President and Chief Membership & Branding Officer of Rocky Mountain PBS and Woman to Watch 2012, and chosen based on their contributions to the community, both professionally and personally. The Women of Distinction commit to supporting Girl Scouts of Colorado and serving Girl Scouts today.

The Women of Distinction program began in the area in 2000, though 56 area women were named Women of Distinction in 1994 during Girl Scouts’ 75 Anniversary. Including this year’s honorees, Girl Scouts of Colorado has recognized 113 area women with this honor. The Women of Distinction program brings together a group of women dedicated to raising funds to support Girl Scout leadership programs. More than $325,000 has been raised in 12 years.

Later this year, Girl Scouts of Colorado will publicly honor these inductees at the 2014 Thin Mint Dinner in Colorado Springs at the Antlers Hilton. This event is on Sept. 12 and the program will feature one of Colorado’s up and coming women leaders, Amelia Earhart, who will share her inspirational story behind her summer 2014 around-the-world flight. Lynette Crow-Iverson, President/CEO of Conspire! and Woman of Distinction 2013, is the event chair. Renita Wolf, Senior Strategy Consultant of Wells Fargo Asset Management Group and Girl Scouts of Colorado Board of Directors member, is serving as the event sponsorship chair, and Erica Oakley-Courage, Corporate Market Director of the American Heart Association, is the logistics chair.

For more information on the Sept. 12 event, including how you can help, please contact Karen Burghart at 719-304-8322 or karen.burghart@gscolorado.org. You can also visit the Girl Scouts of Colorado website for more information or to purchase tickets and/or sponsorships at girlscoutsofcolorado.org/women-of-distinction-pikes-peak.

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s 2014 Pikes Peak Women of Distinction: 

  • Debbie Chandler, CEO, Colorado Springs Health Partners
  • Susan Edmondson, President/CEO, Downtown Partnership
  • Carla L. Hartsell, community volunteer, City of Colorado Springs, retired executive (recipient of the Sandy Taylor Distinguished Community Service Award)
  • Judith Mackey, President, Benefit Services Group
  • Diane Price, President and CEO, Early Connections Learning Centers
  • Shirley R. Stewart, Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Associates, P.C.
  • Lynne Telford, President and CEO, Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado

Bronze, Silver and Gold Celebrated at Boulder Highest Awards Ceremony

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More than a hundred Girl Scout family and friends gathered in Boulder on May 4 to honor Colorado Girl Scouts who earned one of Girl Scouts Highest Awards, the Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.

Six girls were presented with the Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout in grades 9-12 can earn. Girls who have earned this award demonstrate extraordinary leadership through a project that makes a difference in their community. Several Bronze Award honorees (the highest award a girl in grades 4-5 can earn) and Silver Award honorees (the highest award a girl in 6th – 8th grade can earn) also were presented with their awards. during Sunday’s ceremony, emceed by Annie Davis, a 2013 Gold Awardee from Boulder.

Girl Scouts of Colorado President and CEO Stephanie Foote said the girls’ spirit and motivation inspires us all to think of the needs of others and take action to make the world a better place.

“You are strong role models for our community and our world,” she said.

Emily Calzolari, Caitlyn Danielle Fitch, Ailee C. Rowe, Rowan Alaina Seabolt, Alexa Jo Stringer and Monica Teagan Weller spent a few minutes describing their Gold Award projects and how working toward Gold impacted their lives.

Emily, of Longmont, provided helmets for the Longmont Ice Pavilion and educated Learn-to-Skate parents and participants of the dangers of skating.

Caitlyn, from Northglenn, taught self-defense classes for girls and boys between the ages of 6 and 18 to promote the value of confidence in everyday life.

Ailee, of Westminster, designed and instituted a program in the local homeless shelter system to stimulate brain activity when the kids were not at school.

Rowan, from Westminster, created a summer horse camp program for children in the community who might not have the resources to have such an experience to explore the world around them and develop their passions.

Alexa, of Lafayette, wrote a curriculum and ran a counseling group for middle-school aged girls to raise self-esteem.

Monica, from Westminster, planned and participated in monthly events alongside Rotary Youth International Exchange students to help them make friends and experience all of the fun and culture of Colorado.

In addition at the ceremony, Curtis Stringer (Gold Awardee Alexa’s father) was presented with one of GSUSA’s top volunteer awards, The Honor Pin, for his outstanding work as a cookie volunteer. The award recognizes an individual’s exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) which has had measurable impact on two or more geographic areas of service, allowing the council to reach and surpass its mission-delivery goals.

The ceremony culminated with a bridging ceremony for all of the Girl Scouts present who were “bridging” or progressing to the next level of Girl Scouting.

We are immensely proud of these inspiring young leaders in our community.

Girl Scouts Highest Awards recipients honored in Highlands Ranch

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Hundreds gathered in Highlands Ranch on Tuesday evening, April 29, to honor Colorado Girl Scouts who have earned one of Girl Scouts Highest Awards, the Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.

A highlight of this annual event is the opening processional of the awardees led by the Ciorcal Cairde Irish Pipes and Drums. Troops 3869, 2624 and 2201, which represented Girl Scouts from all levels of the Girl Scouting program, also presented a lovely executed event flag ceremony.

Roughly a dozen Bronze Awardees, 80 Silver Awardees and 14 Gold Awardees were honored at the event. Girl Scouts of Colorado CEO Stephanie Foote; GSCO Board Members Kathy Ambrose, Rae Ann Dougherty and Michelle Rose-Hughes; and The Military Order of the World Wars’ Lieutenant Colonel Keith Troutman were on-hand to congratulate the recipients. Girl Scout alumna Ellie Wroble, who earned her Gold Award in 2013 and is completing her freshman year at CU Boulder, was the emcee for the evening, sharing with the crowd that “Girl Scouts allows girls to be more prepared for the future, and for that I am always grateful.”

We are immensely proud of these young women leaders in our community. They are a true inspiration and remind us how important it is to take action to make the world a better place!

Girl Scouts learn about the science of snow

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More than 30 Girl Scouts from Eagle, Chaffee and Summit counties spent the weekend of April 25-27 learning about the impact of Colorado’s winter weather on the landscape for the rest of the year in the state. The event took place at the Keystone Science School, who in partnership with Girl Scouts of Colorado, have been providing a series of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)-related camps over the last four of years for area Girl Scouts.

Saturday’s activities included several hours of hiking nearby Keystone to see first-hand the impacts of the snow pack. Groups hiked around Keystone, Lake Dillon as well as Montezuma, which is a 20-minute drive from Keystone, along the Continental Divide. Snow pack was gone in many areas, except for the group that hiked in Montezuma.

“We hiked in waist deep snow,” said Girl Scout Maggie, 9, from Buena Vista.

Maggie’s group found that through the course of their hike they were witnessing snow melt in process.

“The snow was hard in the morning (making it easier to walk on), and softer in the afternoon (when we sunk in walking),” said Bailey, 13, also from Buena Vista.

Out on the trail each of the groups enjoyed lunch and learned where all the snow/water in Keystone ends up.

“The water from Colorado reaches the ocean,” said Lily, 10, from Eagle. “When it rains in Keystone that water reaches the Pacific.”

Back at camp after the hike, the Girl Scouts got to take a look at an experiment they had set up before they left. Each of the groups had placed snow from around camp in a cup or jug and had made personal predictions for how much water they thought would come from the snow.

“I understood the water cycle before I came (to camp), but I didn’t know how it all happened. I’m learning a lot, and it is cool to try out (earth science),” said Chianne, 9, of Buena Vista.

One of the concluding activities on Saturday afternoon was how water causes erosion. The girls worked in groups with tubs of sand to create a landscape. Some added rocks from around camp as well. Then they turned on the small water hose hooked up to each tub and witnessed how water could help or hurt the landscape they created.

Lilli, a 6-year-old Girl Scout Daisy from Summit County, loved every moment of the camp because she can’t wait to be a scientist one day.

“I like science and learning new things. I love experiments,” said Lilli.

Grant funding provided by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation Climax-Area (CO) Community Investment Fund and Copper Environmental Foundation helped make this weekend camp and other camps in the series possible.

STEM is a core curriculum focus in Girl Scouting because more men enter STEM fields than women. Girl Scouts’ research shows that girls are interested in STEM but are not as knowledgeable about the careers and the opportunities afforded by these fields. By introducing girls to STEM in a hands-on setting and showing them how they can make the world a better place through STEM, Girl Scouts hopes to attract more girls to lead in these field.

For more information on Girl Scouts of Colorado visit girlscoutsofcolorado.org.

Colorado Girl Scouts celebrate 102 years and a business transformation

As Girl Scouts nationally celebrate the 102nd anniversary of Girl Scouting, Girl Scouts of Colorado is marking a transformation in its business model that has brought the organization back in the black.

It has been a year of transition for Girl Scouts of Colorado. The organization’s leadership made strategic business decisions thanks to the advice and experience from Supple, to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of GSCO that has resulted in the audited financial statements showing a positive change in net operational assets for the first time since 2010.

In building a leaner, grassroots organization focused on serving girls and volunteers, Girl Scouts of Colorado has:

  • Reduced expenses by 9% (or $1.1 million).
  • Increased contributions from grants and donations by 27%.
  • Improved fundraising efficiency, spending 20 cents less per dollar raised.
  • Taken staff out of the office and into the community, thereby lowering bricks and mortar property costs and investing more in people.
  • Planned a move this summer Girl Scouts of Colorado’s corporate offices in Denver to a smaller, more efficient office space on South Colorado Boulevard.
  • Completed a move of the Pikes Peak Service Center in Colorado Springs to a smaller, more efficient space.
  • Reduced the size of the office space at the Northern Colorado Service Center in Fort Collins.

Other GSCO news:

  • Girl Scouts of Colorado was recently awarded a $100,000 grant for operations from the Daniels Fund.
  • This month Stephanie Foote, Girl Scouts of Colorado’s CEO, is launching the Legacy of Leadership Challenge Campaign to the organization’s new endowment fund through the Rose Community Foundation. The endowment began with a $25,000 lead gift from Rae Ann and Richard Dougherty of Golden.  GSCO established the endowment to fund the long-term stability of Girl Scouting in Colorado so the organization can focus on delivering strong programs and services to its members.
  • GSCO surpassed its budgeted goal for the cookie sale and is on track to meet its organizational goals for 2014 girl and adult volunteer membership.

The ongoing transformation of Girl Scouting in Colorado will continue to have a positive effect on the financial future of the organization.

Regional celebrations        

Colorado Springs Open House: Thursday, March 6, 2014, 4:30-6:30 p.m., 5353 N. Union Blvd., Suite 101, C. Springs

  • Check out the new office space and Girl Scout memorabilia, meet local staff, learn how to join or volunteer for Girl Scouting and hear a council update from CEO Stephanie Foote.

Denver Open House: Wednesday, March 12, 2014, all day, 400 S. Broadway, Denver  

  • 7:30-9 a.m.: Breakfast Briefing with CEO Stephanie Foote
  • 1-3 p.m.: Girl Scout Alumnae Birthday Celebration, with a council update from CEO Stephanie Foote
  • 3-6 p.m.: Girl Scouts of Colorado Information Fair – If you want more information on how to get involved in Girl Scouting in Colorado, this is your opportunity! Come learn how to join or volunteer for Girl Scouts or sign up for a Girl Scout summer camp. There will be a Girl Scout memorabilia Road Show, hands-on activities such as a make-your-own-gorp station and crafts. Supporters will have their last chance to buy Girl Scout Cookies, and the Girl Scout Shop will offer discounts all day.
  • 5-6:30 p.m.: Evening Reception with a council update from CEO Stephanie Foote

Grand Junction Open House:  March 12, 2014, 1-5 p.m., 580 24 ½ Rd, Grand Junction

  • Celebrate the 102nd birthday of Girl Scouts with the Girl Scout staff in Grand Junction. Join the birthday activities and learn more about getting involved in Girl Scouts, both for girls and adult volunteers.

Pueblo Open House: March 15, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Camp Lazy Acres, near Rye

  • Enjoy a day of celebration in the outdoors, including games, snow sculpting, sledding and more for the whole family. Information on how to join Girl Scouts will also be available. For directions to camp email puebloSEinfo@gscolorado.org.

Girl Scout Night at Nuggets Game

Despite the snowy and cold weather on Friday night, Jan. 31st, hundreds of Girl Scouts and their family and friends from throughout Colorado enjoyed a Girl Scout night at the Denver Nuggets game. The event featured Girl Scouts leading a flag ceremony at the beginning of the game as well as a Girl Scout Cookie sale at the conclusion of the game. Troops selected for these honors were chosen based on their ticket sales for the event. Girl Scouts also had the chance to spend the night at the Pepsi Center following the festivities. Girl Scouts of Colorado thanks the Denver Nuggets for partnering with us on this great visibility event!

We will also like to give shout-out to the proskins team for sponsoring us!!

Girl Scout Cookie time in the news in Colorado!

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Thanks to the hard work of Girl Scouts across the state, Girl Scout Cookie time is making the news! As we receive great web links to placements that are made, we will add them to this blog post so watch this post for updates. We will also be giving cookie media updates on our social media channels. Because not all media hits are added to the web (making them easy to share), this post doesn’t include all of the wonderful cookie placements we are receiving. We appreciate the media across Colorado supporting Girl Scout Cookie time!

Sell Cookies at the Nuggets Game!

On January 31, the Denver Nuggets are hosting Pajama Jam.  Tickets to the Pajama Jam are only $22 and include:

  • Ticket to the Denver Nuggets vs. Toronto Raptors game
  • Post-Game shoot around on the Nuggets Court
  • Girl Scout Gift
  • Sleepover at the Pepsi Center
  • Midnight Snack
  • Donuts and juice in the morning

We are encouraging troops to refer people in their network to buy tickets to this game/event.  The 3 troops who refer the most people will get to sell cookies at a booth after the game (GSCO will provide the inventory, and troops will earn the troop profit from the sales).  The troops who refer the 4th and 5th most people will have the opportunity to participate in the flag presentation during the National Anthem at the game. 

In order to be counted towards the troop’s referral total, the tickets must be purchased through the online link:

http://www.nuggetstix.com/14girlscouts  Although the link is for tickets to Pajama Jam, all referred purchasers should use it, even if they are only attending the game.  Tickets through this link are open to everyone (not restriction to Girl Scouts or their families).  The Nuggets will contact everyone who purchases through this link to request the number of the troop that should be credited.

All sales made by Monday, Jan. 27th, at noon will be counted towards selecting the contest winners.

Colorado Gives Day 2013 a success!

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Thank you Colorado for your support of Girl Scouts of Colorado on Colorado Gives Day 2013! We had a record-setting year and raised more than $36,000!! This money will go a long way in helping us build the leaders of tomorrow, so thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You have made a difference!

If you didn’t have a chance to support Girl Scouts of Colorado on Colorado Gives Day, please visit our website to learn more about the year-round opportunities to help our organization. If you can’t give monetarily, we are always in need of volunteers, especially volunteers who can lead Girl Scout troops. And you don’t have to have a girl enrolled in Girl Scouts to be a troop leader either!

Thank you for making our holiday season just a little brighter this year!