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Girl Scouts announces 2012 Pikes Peak Women of Distinction, Women to Watch

We are excited for Aug. 6th’s rescheduled private reception at The Cliff House at Pikes Peak, where we will announce this year’s class of the esteemed Women of Distinction as well as our Women to Watch, a new honor for emerging leaders under 40. This event is graciously hosted by The Cliff House at Pikes Peak Executive Chef, Scott Savage.

We understand it has been a tough month for the people in the Pikes Peak region due to the Waldo Canyon Fire. Girl Scouts have been offering their support throughout the rebuilding efforts (Blog 1, Blog 2Blog 3, Blog 4). In fact, Colorado Springs’ Girl Scout Troops 1947 and 863 will be at the event collecting school supplies from event guests for a drive they are doing for students who have lost their homes in the Waldo Canyon Fire.

The 2012 Girl Scouts of Colorado Women of Distinction, Pikes Peak class is as follows:

  • Claire Garcia, Ph.D.: Professor of English, Colorado College; President of the Board, Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival; Board Member, Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame
  • Rosemary Harris Lytle: President, NAACP Colorado/Montana/ Wyoming State Conference; President, NAACP Colorado Springs Branch; Colorado Delegate to Vision 20/20
  • Dee Vazquez Sabol: Community Engagement and Outreach Officer, Pikes Peak Library District; Co-Founder, Pikes Peak Women’s Coalition; Board Member, Colorado Springs Diversity Forum
  • Mary Thurman, Ph.D.: Deputy Superintendent, Colorado Springs School District 11; Board Member, YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region; Former Board Member, Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care
  • Linda Weise: Executive Director, Colorado Springs Conservatory; Board Member, Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce; Regional Advisory Council for the Central City Opera Association

Girl Scouts of Colorado also is pleased to announce our first class of Women to Watch honorees:

  • Elizabeth (Liz) Denson – Marketing & Public Relations Specialist.  In addition to her volunteer work with Girl Scouts, she is involved with multiple committees and boards in Colorado Springs including Festival of Lights, Gazette Charities, Partners in Philanthropy, Peak Vista Breakfast of Champions, Pioneers Museum and The Chamber Rising Professionals.
  • Amanda Mountain – Executive Director of the Tim Gill Center for Public Media and Station Manager for Rocky Mountain PBS/KTSC-TV.  PBS started a program entitled Women and Girls Lead, a multiyear public media initiative amplifying the voices of women and girl leaders, expanding the understanding of gender equity, and engaging a network of citizens and organizations to tune in and get involved. She has been named one of the nation’s top 20 executives under 40 by PRESSTIME, is a graduate of Leadership Pikes Peak class of 2006 and received the Rising Star award by the national board of directors of American Women in Radio and Television.

Girl Scouts of Colorado honors top women leaders in our community as Girl Scout Women of Distinction or Women to Watch. These women have reached remarkable levels of achievement as business, philanthropic, government, education and community leaders. They are committed to making the world a better place for the girls of today and tomorrow. They donate their time, talents and experience to Girl Scouting and also support Girl Scouts financially. Since 2000, 43 women have been named as Pikes Peak Women of Distinction and raised more than $300,000 for Girl Scouts of Colorado.

The Women of Distinction Thin Mint Dinner to publicly recognize these honorees will take place Sept. 13 at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort. For more information, visit our website.

Media placements highlighting our honorees and/or upcoming event: Artemis Women 7/20/12, Fresh Ink/honorees places of business publications and websites, Colorado Springs Gazette and Colorado Springs Independent

Aurora Girl Scouts hold electronics recycling drive

From Troop 62879

On June 3rd, Girl Scout Troop 62879 hosted an electronics recycling event at three different Denver metro locations. We partnered with Metech Recycling, an e-Stewards recycling company.  We were at Grandview High School in Aurora, Northfield Stapleton in Denver and Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree.  We kept 14,241 pounds of electronic materials out of landfills!  We also collected nearly $600 in donations for Girl Scouts’ Grants for Girls.

This project took us nine months of planning time. On the day of the event we generated media coverage from 9NEWS, CBS Channel 4 and the Denver Post. In the end, we achieved the highest award a Cadette can receive – the Silver Award.  We are proud to be Girl Scouts and to have the opportunity to engage in compelling leadership activities that make the world a better place.

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Girl Scouts of Colorado travels to Girls’ World Forum

From Rae Ann Dougherty

The Girls’ World Forum in Chicago is just days away! This is the last of the three Centenary World Forums addressing the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and specifically focusing on the three of eight MDGs that were selected by girls for World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS):

  • MDG 1: Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger
  • MDG 3: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women
  • MDG 7: Ensure Environmental Sustainability

This event is a part of the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting in the USA and promises to be very exciting as there are scheduled to be 500 participants from 90 countries and 82 councils! Girl Scouts of Colorado will be well represented with a delegation of two girls, Abby Schmid and Leina Hutchinson, Heather Crandall as the Young Woman Chaperone, Rae Ann Dougherty as a Facilitator and Renee Meade as Volunteer.

The Girls’ World Forum is girl planned. You can watch it unfold through Facebook. The www.Facebook.com/YWWFsite page was begun with the first World Forum in 2010 and will continue this year.

Please “like” the Facebook page and share it with all of your Girl Scout “sisters.”  You will then be able follow the energy and excitement that will begin on July 12th.

The Colorado delegation also plans to report back on their experiences after the event, which will be shared on this blog and via Girl Scouts of Colorado’s social media channels and publications.

Girl Scout Color Guard at Mile High United Way 125th Anniversary

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The Girl Scouts were honored to be a part of Mile High United Way’s 125th Anniversary gala celebration on Thursday, June 28 at the new History Colorado Center in Denver. An estimated crowd of 1,200 guests enjoyed an evening filled with music, laugher and history. Montbello High School’s Drum Line kicked off the festivities and led in Girl Scout Troop 3822, a group of home-schooled girls from Douglas County, for their Color Guard presentation.

Special guests included honorary 125th Anniversary chairs Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.

Mile High United Way, the first United Way in the country, was founded in Denver in 1887 by six visionary community leaders on the belief that together we can do more than any one person can do alone to improve the quality of life for all in our community. That belief sparked the international United Way movement which now boasts 1800 community-based United Ways in 40 countries and territories.

Girl Scout troop starting at Town Center at Aurora

Girls, ages 5-17, who are looking for a fun, new activity to do at their local mall this summer should check out the new Girl Scout troop starting at the Town Center at Aurora on Tuesday, July 17th. The five-week Tuesday night program (ends August 14th), which will run from 5 to 6:30 p.m., will feature activities to empower girls for a successful, healthy future. Participants will have fun creating a cookbook of family recipes, learning cooking secrets from a local chef, participating in a fitness class at Sweat Equity Fitness, and making new friends there. The cost to join is just $25 for all five sessions, with financial assistance available ($13 if you are already a registered Girl Scout). Additionally, Spanish speakers will be on-hand to assist with translation. For more information or to reserve your spot in this troop, please call 720-775-7655 or e-mail emily.novak@gscolorado.org. Girls will gather in the mall’s food court before each meeting to be escorted to the “behind the scenes” conference room meeting location.

Simon Property Group’s (NYSE: SPG) Town Center at Aurora has graciously donated to Girl Scouts of Colorado for this new troop: meeting space in their facility and mall signage space for promotional use. Simon Property Group, Inc. is an S&P 100 company and the largest real estate company in the world. The Company currently owns or has an interest in 339 retail real estate properties in North America and Asia comprising 245 million square feet. We are headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and employ approximately 5,500 people in the USA. For more information, visit the Simon Property Group website at simon.com.

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. This year marks Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary, known as the “Year of the Girl.” There are many ways to get involved in supporting Colorado’s current 30,000 Girl Scouts and 9,000 adult volunteers in fulfilling our mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Learn more at girlscoutsofcolorado.org or by calling 1-855-726-4726.

Northeastern Colorado Girl Scouts earn Cookie Top Seller honors

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We are proud of the efforts of four Cookie Top Sellers in Northeastern Colorado — Katie, Taylor, Jamine and Selena! Here are photos of the girls as they received their 2012 Top Seller medals. Each of these Girl Scouts sold 750+ packages of cookies.

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The annual Girl Scouts of Colorado Top Seller Cookie Dinner was held in Denver on Saturday, June 9th. Girls honored at the event had sold 750 or more packages of cookies during the 2012 Cookie Program. A fun evening of dressing up and dancing the night away was had by all!

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Girl Scouts of Colorado Sings simultaneously as Girl Scouts Rock the Mall

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On Saturday, June 9th, Girl Scouts of Colorado joined the nation to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting.

Dozens of Colorado Girl Scouts traveled to Washington, D.C. to join 250,000 from around the world at Girl Scouts Rock the Mall. (Read about their journeys on the Girl Scouts of Colorado blog.)

And, at the same time, more than 300 Girl Scouts and their family and friends, as well as Girl Scout supporters and alumnae, joined the festivities from Colorado’s State Capitol at Colorado Sings. (Photos can be viewed above.)

The Colorado Sings event honored the state’s 100+ Girl Scout Distinguished Alumnae, as well as Colorado’s Oldest Living Alumnae. Edna Hollis and Vera Carucci, who are both 100 years old and live in the Denver area, were recognized as the oldest living alumnae. Our alumnae honorees also received the following media coverage:

We live blogged from both events thanks to the wonderful efforts of volunteers and staff.

And below is a video highlighting the sights and sounds of our memorable Colorado Sings event, including interviews with our oldest living alumnae.

If you were part of these festivities, we’d love to hear from you too. Share your story, photos and/or video with us.

It was fun to be part of this historic day for Girl Scouts!

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Colorado Springs hosts Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards Event

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The gorgeous El Pomar Foundation’s Penrose House Garden Pavilion in Colorado Springs was the setting for the final Girl Scouts of Colorado Highest Awards event on Thursday evening, May 31st. Three hundred and fifty guests gathered to honor some of the more than 1,000 Girl Scouts from throughout Colorado who earned one of Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards (known as the Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards) during the 2011/2012 program.

Photos from the event can be viewed above, and a highlight video is below. View the photos and video from the April 30th Highlands Ranch Highest Awards Ceremony, as well as see the media coverage generated for this year’s Gold Award recipients here.

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 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.