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Get ready for an exciting “Year of the Girl”

Who would have thought when I joined Girl Scouts as a Brownie that I would have a career in Girl Scouting and be celebrating our 100th anniversary!

My experiences through community service, camping, destinations and leadership training have served me well. I am proud of my First Class Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts which is now called the Gold Award, and all the lifelong friends I have made. It was a bumpy start when I joined Girl Scouts. There were eight of us at my school and no one would step forward as our leader. Finally, each parent took one month, and we had a fabulous year and the most diversified program. I think that is what helped to bond us since we stayed in Girl Scouts all the way through high school.

Girl Scouting, and my leaders, reinforced the values that my parents were trying to instill in me. I learned how to make decisions, not what decisions to make, and life skills that have served me well at home and in my career. My husband learned early on that to suggest I couldn’t do something becomes an opportunity to prove to him I can – every time!

And this next year is a time to celebrate all that Girl Scouting is during our 100th anniversary! In fact, Girl Scouts has declared 2012 the Year of the Girl: a celebration of girls, recognition of their leadership potential, and a commitment to creating a coalition of like-minded organizations and individuals in support of balanced leadership in the workplace and in communities across the country. Girl Scouts will be using this important moment in its history to launch a major initiative to increase the leadership opportunities for girls and young women. The initiative, which also includes the largest advocacy campaign dedicated to girls’ issues in the nation’s history, will be formally announced later in January and will extend well beyond the Year of the Girl in 2012.

During the Year of the Girl, Girl Scouts of Colorado, along with Girl Scout councils nationwide, will be mixing celebrations of the organization’s 100 years as the premier leadership experience for girls with efforts to create a sense of urgency around girls’ issues. We will also be introducing ways everyone, no matter the time you have to give, can get involved in to show your support.

The 100th anniversary is truly a time to recognize the millions of girls and women who have positively impacted our communities, taken on leadership and continue to change our world. I know I will be personally contacting my sister Girl Scouts from my troop in Ft. Worth, Tex. as it’s a time for a reunion, a sing-a-long and a commitment to the next 100 years! I also invite you to learn more about Girl Scouts of Colorado’s 100th anniversary Year of the Girl plans on our website, and make plans now to join in on this exciting year of fun! Additionally you should join Girl Scouts of the USA’s Year of the Girl website and sign up for email alerts. Another great place to stay updated on the latest news related to Girl Scouts’ and Girl Scouts of Colorado’s 100th anniversary plans is our social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Girl Scouts of the USA’s Alumnae Association social networking site.

I look forward to celebrating Girl Scouts’ Year of the Girl with you!

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.

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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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!