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Colorado Springs Daisy and Junior Girl Scout Troops Honor Veterans

          

Written by Monica Hobbs, Colorado Springs Girl Scout Leader for Troop 863 and Troop 1947

Two Girl Scout Alumnae who served the United States were honored in the Colorado Springs Veterans Day Parade on November 5, 2011 by Girl Scout Daisy Troop 863 and Girl Scout Junior Troop 1947. Tina Solis, who was a Girl Scout Cadette and a Girl Scout Leader, served in the United States Air Force for 26 years and 7 months, retiring as a Colonel in 2000. Margaret Huard, also a dedicated Girl Scout in her youth, served in the Air Force, Operation Desert Storm and is currently an Operations Research Analyst for the Air Force Materiel Command. Solis reflected, “It was inspiring to see the young ladies show so much pride to be in Girl Scouts. I was humbled and honored to represent women veterans on the 100th Anniversary for Girl Scouts of the USA.”

Huard echoed Solis’s comments stating, “I had a great time. I have thought for years about trying to get involved somehow, so I was happy to get an invitation to join the girls and celebrate the 100th Anniversary and Veterans day. I was impressed with the thought and work that went into the float and was amazed at how many Girl Scouts were in the parade that day.”

The Girl Scout Alumnae/Veterans rode a Girl Scout 100th Anniversary float featuring Girl Scouts and Leaders from Troops 863 and 1947 around a campfire wearing historical uniforms from a 1920s Girl Scout Brownie to present day Girl Scout Daisy. The tailored look of the 1940s-60s proved to be the most popular among the girls who dreamily wished they were still the uniform of today. One Girl Scout Daisy was inspired to practice a “Pan Am” handbag walk in her 1940s Girl Scout Brownie outfit.

“It was so much fun to ride the float and get cheers from the crowd and to talk to our Vets about their experiences,” said Girl Scout Daisy Zoe Huesgen Hobbs.

The Girl Scout troops involved would like to send a special thanks to the individuals who helped with this event: Brenda at the Colorado Springs Service Center for such a great collection of uniforms; Bear Automotive for the trailer; Larry Vitagliano for the campfire; World Golf & Sand Creek GC for the haybales; and Chris Fallis and Boy Scout Pack 21 who helped construct and escort the float on the parade route.

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.

Pike’s Peak community gathers to support Girl Scouts

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Photos taken by the Colorado Springs Gazette at the event

On Wednesday, Sept. 14th, hundreds of supporters of Girl Scouts of Colorado gathered at the Antler’s Hilton in Colorado Springs for the Girl Scouts’ Women of Distinction and Generation Wow! breakfast. This annual event, now in its 11th year, had special significance this year as Girl Scouts’ kicks off their 100th anniversary of its founding on March 12, 1912. The event also raised approximately $30,000 for Girl Scouting in the Pike’s Peak area.

During the event, Girl Scouts named six new women leaders in the community to the Women of Distinction honor. They were: Cynthia Doty, Consultant, PR, Community Relations and Military Collaborations; Stephannie Finley, President, Government Affairs, Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce; Cindy Fowler, Business Development/Community Relations for OfficeScapes; Sharyn Markus, Executive Director, Colorado Springs Dental Society; Sara Honn Qualls, Professor, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs; and Danielle Summerville, Executive Director, Big Brothers/Big Sisters – Pikes Peak.

Also honored were 21 of the 100 girls named as Generation Wow! Girl Scouts in celebration of Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary. Generation Wow! recognizes outstanding girls between the ages of 5 and 18 whose individual achievements in Girl Scouts, their schools and communities set them apart as leaders. Honorees in attendance included: Bailey Andersen, Teagan Boda, Emma Louise Coffey, KC Cruz, Chiara Degenhardt, Rebecca Derryberry, Calli Jo Garcia, Zoe Hayward, Emily Lundquist, Hannah Lundquist, Megan Lundquist, Rachel Nelson, Ashlynn Secor, Alessandra Smith, Alora Stroh, Katherine Toldy, Eliana Wackerman, Sydney Wegner and Rebecca Mary Yukman (awards were also accepted for Rebecca Nelson and Amy West).

Generation Wow! honorees, Katherine Toldy and Becki Yukman, as well as the family of Becki Yukman spoke about the difference Girl Scouting has made in their lives.

Special thanks goes to event co-chairs, who are past Women of Distinction, Judy Cara and Jennifer Barber.

Read more about this event, including bios on our Women of Distinction honorees and those who sponsored the event, in the event program. Also learn more about our Generation Wow! Girl Scouts in the program booklet put together in their honor.

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Support Girl Scouts’ at the Denver Women of Distinction event

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Last Thursday, Sept. 8th, the volunteer chairs for the Denver Girl Scouts’ Women of Distinction event – Christine Benero, Toti Cadavid, Valencia Faye Wilson Tate, Judi Wolf and Erin Yoshimura (not in attendance) – joined members of the Denver community, as well as Girl Scouts of Colorado’s president and CEO Megan Ferland, at a private Girl Scouts’ reception at the Denver Botanic Gardens. This event was one of the many ways these volunteer chairs are asking the community to support Girl Scouts of Colorado during the annual Girl Scouts’ Women of Distinction event. This year’s event will help Girl Scouts’ celebrate 100 years as the organization honors 100 Girl Scouts across the state who have been named Generation Wow! Girls selected for Generation Wow! demonstrate outstanding leadership skills through their work in and outside of Girl Scouts. For more information on supporting the
Generation Wow! program or serving as a sponsor of this event, please contact Kim Lewis at kim.lewis@gscolorado.org.

Generation Wow! Girl Scouts complete service project

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Generation Wow! Girl Scouts from Colorado met this last weekend, Aug. 20 and 21, in Colorado Springs and Denver to participate in a service project with Girl Scouts Women of Distinction, who are women leaders in the community. During this project the girls and women made worm composting bins that they plan to take back to their communities to help reduce landfill waste and produce a nutrient-rich soil good for fertilizing.

The Colorado Springs Gazette and Denver Post covered these events.

Mother of Generation Wow! honoree Kathryn Conrad also made a photo slideshow of the Denver service project day. Thanks, Stephanie!

Additionally, mother of honoree Cassidy Cheesman made a website about her experiences as a Generation Wow! Girl Scout. Thanks, Kristen!

Girl Scouts throughout the state and country will participate in similar Forever Green environmental service projects during Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary.

More information on Generation Wow!

Colorado Girl Scouts canoe Boundary Waters

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From Judy Moisey Asay, one of the Girl Scout adult volunteers on the trip

A group of teen Girl Scouts from Colorado and Nebraska canoed the Boundary Waters of Minnesota from Aug 3rd-Aug 8th. Canoeing in the Boundary Waters is considered one of the ultimate canoe trips that one can canoe. The girls all took canoe classes from Girl Scouts of Colorado to prepare for the trip, which was a primitive camping trip as well as a test of skills and strength. The girls portaged (or carried) their 60 pound canoes on nine portages with distances of a quarter mile to a mile in length. They also carried all of the camping and personal equipment too. The trip was 44 miles in length, following the US-Canadian Border for most of the trip. The weather was great, the scenery gorgeous and a great time was had by all.

Where did your Girl Scout summer travels take you?

Girl Scouts of Colorado recognizes 100 girls in honor of 100th anniversary

Girl Scouts is kicking off their 100th anniversary celebrations by naming 100 Colorado Girl Scouts as the leaders of tomorrow – the Generation Wow! Generation Wow! recognizes outstanding girls whose individual achievements in Girl Scouts, their schools and communities set them apart as leaders.

 

Girls who earned this honor exhibit a high level of volunteer achievement and make significant contributions to their community. They demonstrate strong leadership skills; participate in service and learning projects. They exhibit achievement in developing a healthy attitude, both mind and body, and demonstrate exceptional interpersonal skills in teamwork, conflict resolution and goal setting.  They embody the vision of Girl Scouting. A committee of outside civic and community leaders from throughout Colorado helped select these recipients.

View the list of the 100 Girl Scouts who have been named to this honor as well as learn more about the activities they are participating in as well as the regional events where they will be recognized.

Denver Girl Scout Office Mural Unveiled

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More photos from the 9NEWS event

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It was a memorable day at Girl Scouts of Colorado on Wednesday, July 13th, as we celebrated the completion of the Denver Service Center building mural with the community! We were excited that our celebration coincided with an all-state membership staff meeting in Denver so staff around the state could be present for this Girl Scouts of Colorado celebration. (Read more about this project, including viewing photos and videos, in previous blog posts.)

NBC 9NEWS based in Denver helped us cover the mural celebration live on their morning newscasts. View the news coverage.

Girl Scouts of the USA also shared the exciting news on their Blog and Facebook page.

If you haven’t had a chance to come by and check out the new mural, we invite you to our offices at 400 S. Broadway in Denver soon. This mural truly celebrates all Girl Scouting is and will be for centuries to come!

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Join us for our mural celebration!

Are you excited about the mural going up on the building walls outside of the Denver Girl Scout office? We certainly are! And we feel there’s no better way to celebrate its completion than to throw a party where you’re all invited! Please join us on July 13th from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at our office at 400 S. Broadway in Denver. There will be yummy Girl Scout Cookies, as well as ice tea and lemonade served.

RSVP to Jeanne Hughes at jeanne.hughes@gscolorado.org by July 11. View the event invitation here.

For more information on this project, including photos and videos of the project, read our previous blog posts.

Want to win free Girl Scout Cookies? We are conducting a mural photo and video contest via social networking for a chance to win free Girl Scout Cookies! Visit our Facebook page for all the details.