Girl Scouts make dresses, make the world a better place

From Bonnie Ledet, Adviser, Girl Scout Cadette Troop 84074

For some little girls, a dress made out of a pillowcase and seam tape wouldn’t mean much. But for little girls living in poverty around the world, a pillowcase dress may be their most prized – and sometimes only – dress.

That knowledge spurred Yuma Girl Scout Cadette Troop 84074 to learn to sew. They made forty dresses complete with a handkerchief doll, a note wishing the recipient well, and a new pair of underwear tucked in the pockets of each dress.  Four seventh grade girls, Brittany Ross, Tara Hickman, Destiny Sprouse and Jaeden Chavez, learned to thread a sewing machine, make straight and zigzag stitches, make a casing and insert  elastic, sew on seam binding, attach a pocket, and add lace or rick-rack to make the dress a little prettier. This was quite an accomplishment for girls who had never sewn before!

With the help of their advisors, Brenda Ross and Bonnie Ledet,  and mom, Liz Hickman, the girls started making dresses from pillowcases according to the directions from the Dress-A Girl organization. Dress-A Girl is a nonprofit Christian organization that offers templates and advice for making dresses out of pillowcases and seam binding. Dresses are then shipped to girls in Africa and countries in crisis, such as Haiti.

The girls soon switched from using pillowcases to making the dresses from new material donated by Pat Korf. Pat also gave many yards of rick-rack, lace and other notions. Center Pivot Irrigation made a donation that allowed the troop to purchase the other materials needed to complete the project.  The girls very much appreciate the help provided that allowed them to make the dresses at very little cost to the troop.

The Girl Scout mission statement says that Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. It took courage for the girls to use a sewing machine for the first time. They gained confidence as they successfully completed the dresses and showed their character as they took the time to make the dresses and dolls to be sent out to other girls around the globe, making the world a better place.

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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 Scout Gold Awardees make a difference

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Broomfield High School Junior Grace Forrey “battled the effects of relational aggression and media hype” for her Girl Scout Gold Award. She designed, organized, and implemented self-esteem workshops to help girls entering 4th-6th grade realize their worth and recognize what factors have us at their mercy. Grace said, “Boys take it out on the sports field, girls take it out on each other.”

Clear Creek High School Junior Nicole Moes “was distressed with gender differences in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields” so she did something to share her love of science for her Gold Award. Two events were held- one for 5th -7th grade girls on the fun side of science and a more career oriented event for high school students.

Are you an organ donor? Niwot High School Senior Katie Rose “set out to educate her peers on the need for organs for transplant” to earn her Gold Award. Katie said, “If tragedy strikes, your organs could go to help someone who would die without a transplant.”

Girl Scouts of Colorado congratulates these girls who recently completed the highest award in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award!

Sister troops team up for caroling, diaper cakes

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Submitted by Nikki G.

For the holidays this year, two sister troops from Aurora, Colorado teamed up to celebrate together. Daisy Troop 4526 and Brownie/Junior Troop 2551 threw a party together to get to know one another better and to enjoy the spirit of the holiday season. During the holiday party the two Girl Scout troops came together to do some caroling for a local retirement community and spent some time putting together diaper cakes for a local Aurora charity, Every Child Counts.

The first part of the party was practicing together as carolers with festive songs like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Jingle Bells and Santa Claus is Coming to Town. The girls also adapted the popular Girl Scout tune, the Brownie Smile Song, into the Girl Scout Smile Song to encompass the various Girl Scout ages in the group. Once warmed up and ready to go, the two troops provided two performances in different areas of the Garden Plaza of Aurora community for residents.

With the caroling complete, the girls got together to create their diaper cakes. Every Child Counts serves children in need by providing clothing, toys, books and other items essential for a child’s well being. They cooperate with local Aurora hospitals to provide layette bags to new mothers and newborns, many of whom have nothing they need to care for the babies. The diaper cakes will be delivered to these new moms to help with the first few weeks of having a newborn.

The holiday party concluded with a hot chocolate bar and sugar cookie snack and a group of more than 20 Girl Scouts who had the opportunity to bond with each other and benefit the community at the same time.

 

Aurora Girl Scouts participate in self-defense workshop

From Angela Jenkins, volunteer mother

Girl Scout Cadette Troops 1281 and 3036 from Aurora participated in a self-defense workshop sponsored as a community service by the National Martial Arts Academy (www.wushunmaa.com). Master Instructor Shifu Jerry Silva (far right, standing) led the fall workshop, based on the teachings of Kung Fu martial arts and basic techniques to empower the teens to improve their confidence, knowledge and self-esteem in a defense situation.

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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Support Girl Scouts on Colorado Gives Day Dec. 6th

Honor the great work of Megan Ferland

Tomorrow, Dec. 6th, Coloradans will be invited to support their favorite Colorado non-profit to help raise millions in just 24 hours– including Girl Scouts of Colorado! This is our second year to participate in Colorado Gives Day. Last year generous supporters helped Girl Scouts of Colorado raise nearly $8,000, and we’d like to double that amount this year!

Presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, every donation received on Dec. 6th will be increased in value by an incentive fund (up to a 30% match) started by FirstBank with a $300,000 lead gift. One hundred percent of your donation comes to Girl Scouts if you designate Girl Scouts of Colorado as the recipient of your gift.

Make a gift this holiday season that will bring the personal power of the Girl Scout leadership experience to every girl, everywhere in the state of Colorado. At least a third of girls enrolled in Girl Scouts throughout Colorado are from economically disadvantaged, underserved and at-risk communities. In fact, in recognition of our wonderful President and CEO Megan Ferland, who will be leaving us later this month to assume the President and CEO post at Girl Scouts in Seattle, we’ve set up The Opportunity Fund, which will be the direct beneficiary of all Girl Scouts Colorado Gives Day funds. The fund will benefit disadvantaged and underserved girls, as well as honor the great work Megan did here in Colorado to build up and strengthen Girl Scouts and set us on a course of renewed growth and dynamic programming.

To donate to Girl Scouts of Colorado:

  1. Visit GivingFirst.org/GirlScouts before 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6th to Donate Now. (You can even schedule your donation before Dec. 6th if you so choose.)
  2. Select your donation amount of $10 or more. You can donate with a credit card, or give directly from your checking account. Please be as generous as you can on this special occasion!
  3. You will receive an e-mail acknowledgement from Community First Foundation, and a gift acknowledgement letter from Girl Scouts.

Thanks for your support!

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.

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