Girl Scouts of Colorado, Mesa County, recently held a Volunteer Appreciation event. Volunteers were honored for their years of service, and many received the Girl Scout 100th Anniversary Honor certificate.
Two troop leaders received National Girl Scout awards. Melinda Goertz and Wendy Jones spent many hours during the summer guiding 30 girls through the requirements and helping them develop leadership skills that resulted in 15 Junior Girl Scouts receiving the Bronze Award, the highest award that can be earned by that age level. Fifteen Girl Scout Cadettes earned the Silver Award, the highest award that the Cadette level can earn.
Melinda and Wendy were recipients of the Girl Scout Appreciation Pin, one of three National Awards that recognize adult volunteers for their work. Congratulations to both women for the fine job that they do to help girls become women of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.
[slideshow] Submitted by Angela Natrasevschi Fort Collins
As graduation approaches I have a lot to be thankful for. I would like to thank each and every one of you who have helped me grow and achieve my goals. Thank you for keeping me in your thoughts and prayers, for sending your good thoughts my way. I appreciate all you have done for me. To my teachers, advisors and Girl Scout community, thank you for shaping me into the strong resourceful leader I am always striving to be. My mom always says, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Thank you for being my village.
Now, I am in my home stretch of high school. It is turning out to be a beautiful year. The stress at times has been nonstop but I wouldn’t change it. I found out yesterday I received the Daniels Fund Scholarship* combined with my other scholarships from: Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship, Nassp/Herff Jones Principal’s Leadership Scholarship, 2012 Buick Achievers Scholarship, Brian Ball Memorial Scholarship will pay for college. I also received Veterans of Foreign War Scout of the Year Award for Colorado, The Prudential Spirit of Community Award, President’s Volunteer Service Award, and the Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award. I am so happy to announce that I am going to Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. I will study fine arts and teaching. I never imagined I would have college paid for before graduation, but my mom did. She told me I could do it and put her faith in me and now I am so happy!
Now I would like to do a flashback so you know my past year. I knew it was going to be my dream year after I finished summer at Pratt in Brooklyn. Summer school motivated me to work hard and dream big. My mother told me if I worked hard and finished I would make it back to Pratt. I listened and worked harder than I ever imagined and finished my Girl Scout Gold Award. My Gold Award project is called “Fighting Meth” you can view it online at: http://www.dosomething.org/project/fighting-meth
Starting and finishing my Girl Scout Gold Award project was the smartest thing I ever did. It has created so many opportunities for me. My Gold Award service project has helped me become the leader I am today. It has also enabled me to help over 32,000 people with knowledge about methamphetamines.
In the past month, my family and I have had many sleepless nights. I’ve had interviews for scholarships, schools and summer jobs. I started to get scholarships, admissions and then the hard part denied admission to Yale. Throughout the whole ordeal I knew it would work out. I knew I would end up at Pratt. I think my mother did too, because she turned in all my scholarship acceptance forms to Pratt. I didn’t know that until today.
Last week has been the hardest week for my family. We knew this week was when we found out about the Daniels Fund Scholarship. My mom has been there every step of the way though the good and bad. On Friday (April 20) we found out the winners were announced on the news and would be notified by mail. Saturday morning (April 21) was the longest on record. My mom and I camped out in our camping chairs next to the mailbox waiting for the mail lady to deliver my news. We prayed and hoped and prayed again that it would be there for me.
The mail was late and we started to worry but just then, I saw the truck coming down the street. Just then, I called my dad to come film the event. My mom wanted the moment captured. Then the post lady pulled up and mom asked if she had any packages for us. She said not today. Then my mom asked if she could have that large white envelope in the mail truck. She told the mail lady it would say Daniels Fund in the left hand corner in blue writing and be address to me. The post lady picked it out of the truck read it and handed it to me. I still don’t know how my mom does that. She has a way of seeing something in her head and just knowing. The moment I received my Daniels Fund Scholarship is something I will never forget; it is my future, my education, my opportunities and my life’s dream. I am going to New York! I’ve loved New York ever since I went with Girl Scouts in the 6th grade.
In the next month I will finish at Fort Collins High School and have some events coming up for all who wish to attend. I made it into Battle of the Bands representing Fort Collins High School. Battle of the Bands will be on Sunday May 13th in Old Town Square, Fort Collins at 12 noon. I will also be class speaker at graduation on May 26th at Moby Gym in Fort Collins at 5:30. This is when my mom will start crying, I know it.
Girl Scouts has changed my life. It has made me the strong leader I am today. It has given me, my dream future in New York attending college and will give me the opportunity to earn a college degree through nominating me for the Daniels Fund Scholarship. Once again I would like to THANK Girl Scouts of Colorado for believing in me and supporting me. Thank You to my Girl Scout community, you have all played your role in helping me grow into the leader I am today. I will never forget, I will always pay it forward, give back to my community and volunteer.
[slideshow] Submitted by Angela Natrasevschi Fort Collins
Methamphetamine is a horrible drug that ruins lives, it has a large impact in my country, and our world. I, Angela Natrasevschi, have been working to educate others to create more awareness to the dangers of meth, and hopefully aid in prevention.
I created a presentation that fully educates on all the aspects people need to know about meth, and I’ve also translated it to several languages including Spanish, Romanian and Polish. It’s accessible worldwide through YouTube.
I’ve also organized or been a part of several events that have impacted large amounts of people and made an impact on their lives. The many facets of my project have served to educate people and spread my message. I developed a presentation and artwork to raise awareness and educate the community on the risks of meth use. In August 2011, I had a booth at the Fort Collins, CO New West Fest; I spoke with people about the dangers of the drug and collected signatures. I also created two meth-related artworks that were displayed in my booth. For months I prepared; one step was to conduct training for Girl Scouts available to volunteer at my booth. All my hard work made a difference. In the two days I ran the booth, collectively 1,017 people signed my “Pledge to be Meth Free.”
In September, my Meth-related art work was featured at the Denver Civic Arts Theater Gallery in Denver to create more awareness of the problems we face. I talked to Jonathan of the Colorado Meth Project and found out my paintings were viewed by over 2,000 people on first Friday at gallery. Wow, I love art.
In October 2011, I spoke at the Generation Wow event at the Denver Marriott about my project in front of 500 distinguished individuals of Colorado. I spoke at the Soroptimist International of Fort Collins Living her Dream Award Dinner on Feb. 21, 2012. It was a lovely evening with about 60 present. I received The Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award, which recognizes and honors young women who volunteer to make the community and world a better place. (At this date 4,260 people inspired by “Fighting Meth”.) My speech is online at [youtube http://youtube.com/w/?v=U8u_rNxnvhM&feature=relmfu]
While on the path to earning their Silver Award, team “Adoption Angels” won a national grant from Disney Friends for Change. The team’s goal is to raise awareness of responsible pet ownership as well as resources to help reduce animal abuse in our community. Out of 700 entries nationally, Troop 2198 was one of 50 that were able to secure the grant for their project.
Phase 1: Participated in Global Youth Action Day, April 22. During this one-day service project, Adoption Angels gathered more than 300 items valued at more than $600 to benefit local shelters.
Phase 2: Adoption Angels is launching a first-annual “Woof Walk” in conjunction with the Summerset Festival (more than 10,000 attendees overall) on Sept. 16, 2012. The proceeds from this walk will benefit local animal shelters. For more information regarding Woof Walk, please contact the team via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media coverage the girls received on their project and grant:
Troop 910 – Colorado Springs
Troop 918 – Littleton
Darkia Brown Courtney Coleman
Troop 921 – Colorado Springs
Troop 922 – Colorado Springs
Troop 958 – Centennial
Troop 1019 – Bailey
Troop 1639 – Thornton
Troop 1647 – Golden
Troop 1695 – Littleton
Troop 1726 – Boulder
Troop 2540 – Centennial
Jia Jia Douglas
Troop 2573 – Centennial
Troop 2629 – Parker
Emily Van Gorder
Troop 2674 – Highlands Ranch
Troop 2684 – Thornton
Girl Scout Troop 42 members recently earned their Bronze Award, which is the highest honor a Junior Girl Scout (grades 4th and 5th) can earn. For their Bronze Award “Take Action” project, the girls decided to make the world a better place by helping animals in their community. They researched different shelters, explored ways they could help, and chose The Wild Animal Sanctuary (TWAS) in Keenesburg, Colorado. The girls learned about TWAS’s mission: “to prevent and alleviate cruelty to animals which are abandoned or that are subject to deprivation or neglect by providing care and boarding for such animals.”
At Troop meetings, the girls shared some of TWAS’s animal rescue stories. They decided to help TWAS by donating money they earned from cookies sales to sponsor two animals and also gathering items from TWAS’s “wish list.” Some of the girls earned money around their homes or at lemonade stands and purchased things like laundry detergent, trash bags and paper products as well as lots of food items and some gathered donations from the community like towels and blankets.
The Girl Scouts reached out to Ken Caryl pet supply store Woofs and Hoofs. Tamara Lenherr, the owner of Woofs and Hoofs, was extremely generous in donating over 180 pounds of dog food for the bears and other animals at TWAS. Lenherr is very well versed when it comes to quality animal nutrition, and a lot of her products are all natural or organic. Lenherr says, “animals continually teach me and remind me every day to live in the moment and make the most of life.”
Troop members visited TWAS and learned about the dangerous problem of “captive wildlife,” where lions, tigers, leopards, bears, wolves and other wild species are kept as pets or in exploitive conditions. The girls were sad to learn far more tigers are kept privately (not in licensed facilities) in the United States than remain in the wild.
Troop #42 Members:
Mary Frances Blatter
We hear it all the time: “I love Girl Scouts, but I don’t have a daughter.” Every time we go out into the community to recruit volunteers we hear the rumor that only moms can volunteer. But the truth is that anyone can volunteer; even if you don’t have a daughter or if you’re not a mom. We count on our volunteers to carry out our vision and mission and to provide girls with meaningful and engaging experiences that will help them become the leaders of tomorrow. And to do that we need everyone, moms included. We need dads, aunts, uncles, sisters, brothers, teachers, engineers, financial advisors, facilitators, and lawyers. To serve all different types of girls we need to reach out to all different types of volunteers – and that includes you, too. You can co-lead or lead a troop, manage troop finances, or help lead or facilitate a program or series for the girls. The possibilities are endless!
We also are in need of volunteers who may not want to work directly with girls but still want to support them. We have opportunities that include organizing cookie and product sales, organizing events, administrative work, and so much more. If you’re interested in getting involved with Girl Scouts (moms included!!) click on the links below for more information on current opportunities, or contact us for more information.
Girl Scouts is all about taking action and making the world a better place – and the Gold Award is a perfect example of that. If you have earned higher awards or if you have helped a Girl Scout in your life earn one of her highest awards then we have the perfect volunteer opportunity for you: a Gold Award Committee Member!
We’re looking for volunteers who can help guide, mentor, and support Girl Scouts who are earning their highest award. This would include working one on one with girl’s to guide them through the application process as well as supporting them through their highest award journey. We’re also looking for committee members who would be interested in approving Gold Award projects and making sure that Gold Award projects meet the Girl Award Standards.
Committee members are needed across the state, but we’re particularly seeking volunteers who are located in the Southwest, Southeast, and Northern Colorado. To learn more about the Gold Award and how volunteers are involved in the process click here. All positions are flexible and we’ll work with your location as well as your schedule!
On March 15, members of Troop 2791 in Broomfield delivered over 50 blankets to A Precious Child, an organization whose mission is to make a positive impact in the lives of disadvantaged and displaced children by improving their quality of life. A month earlier, the Scouts had delivered over 40 blankets. . The Troop’s Silver Award involves fleece blankets, baby needs, and children’s books.