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Historical Girl Scout Collection

Former Girl Scout troop leader and passionate collector Jacklyn Beard donated her extensive collection of Girl Scout memorabilia to the Grand Junction Leadership Center. The collection includes antique dolls, books, bandanas, pins, towels, and more. Girl Scouts of Colorado is grateful she chose to share these unique finds with us. The bulk of the dolls will be on display in Grand Junction before heading to the Girl Scout History Center in Loveland. Historical donations can be made in your local Girl Scout office or by contacting Heidi Books at heidi.books@gscolorado.org.

Daisy’s Circle Supporter Spotlight: Karrie Adamson

Tell us about your connection to Girl Scouts.

I started as a leader when my oldest was in second grade. I had those girls until they graduated high school. When my girls were in school, I was the service unit manager for five years. I loved what the Girl Scout Cookie Program gave the girls, so I got heavily involved and loved watching the girls achieve goals and gain confidence. In 1994, I got talked into volunteering at day camp and found my place! I worked at Genesee the next year as a counselor and then moved to the urban team as the business manager and then took over as the director where I stayed until the program was eliminated. During the school year, I worked at a few different outreach programs until I found my passion for the Focus on Ability program where I have been for the last 20 years.

What is the most valuable thing that Girl Scouts gives girls today?

The ability to have self confidence! I love that it gives them a place where they can try new things and explore with safe boundaries and amazing mentors, My girls still attribute many of the leadership skills they have and self confidence to Girl Scouts.

Why did you join Daisy’s Circle?

I joined because as a leader and camp director, I saw many girls benefit from scholarships that allowed them the experience when money was not available for them. I would like to help girls have that experience.

What is the best thing about monthly giving?

It produces an ongoing, reliable source of income.

Named after Girl Scout founder, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low, Daisy’s Circle is Girl Scouts of Colorado’s monthly giving program. Funds raised through Daisy’s Circle provide financial assistance for girls and volunteers, support Outreach Programs and more.  For more information: https://www.gscodaisyscircle.org/

Daisy’s Circle Supporter Spotlight: Amy Deschamp

Tell us about your connection to Girl Scouts.

I am a leader in a multi-level troop, mostly working with Daisies. I am a mom of a Girl Scout and a Girl Scout alum.

What is the most valuable thing that Girl Scouts gives girls today?

Experiences in a place where risk-taking and leadership is encouraged and developed with great role models

Why did you join Daisy’s Circle?

Not every girl is as lucky as my daughter or other girls in our troop, all girls should get an opportunity to be a Girl Scout!

What is the best thing about monthly giving?

It is easy because you don’t have to remember to write checks.

Named after Girl Scout founder, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low, Daisy’s Circle is Girl Scouts of Colorado’s monthly giving program. Funds raised through Daisy’s Circle provide financial assistance for girls and volunteers, support Outreach Programs and more.  For more information: https://www.gscodaisyscircle.org/

Remembering Girl Scout volunteer Eleanor F. Silver

Submitted by John Silver, GSCO Guest Blogger

Metro Denver

Denver

The 2019 Girl Scout Volunteer Recognition Awards were recently given out and it made me think about my mother who was a Girl Scout volunteer many years ago.

My mother Eleanor F. Silver, who passed away last year at age 98, volunteered for many years in Brighton.  She was passionate about developing a vibrant Girl Scout program and served as a troop leader and in multiple capacities for the service unit.

Here are excerpts from an essay entitled “Celebrating Eleanor” that was written by my sister (and Girl Scout!) Nancy L. Ottem:

“… Mama told me that after being active with Girl Scouts in Thornton, she wanted to get her girls into troops when we moved to Brighton.  She said that Brighton was quite cliquish and class conscious in the later ‘50s. When Mama inquired about her girls joining the existing local troop the leader responded: ‘I think we have enough girls.'”

“But Mama would not stand for that.  She was on a mission!  She envisioned Girl Scouts being an avenue for engaging ALL young girls, regardless. Just before we changed the subject, she quietly thought aloud: ‘I am kind of proud of that.'”

As a result, my mother contacted Girl Scouts of Colorado (Mile High Council at the time) and drove her turquoise Chevy to the South Broadway office and in 1958 organized a second Brownie troop in Brighton, to which all were welcome.

Another time we were discussing the many organizations and clubs she had been a member of in Brighton. … She mentioned that she had been invited by friends to join other clubs they belonged to, which were exclusive or by invitation only.  But she always declined.  She told me she would not ever belong to something that was not open to all.”

Eventually, my mother was named Girl Scout Leader of the Year in Brighton.

My mother was placed in nursing care near the end of her life, where she continued her interest in the Harper’s Ferry Service Unit in the Brighton area.  Some of her belongings were sold at a tag sale and by coincidence the total receipt was $839. What is the coincidence?  839 was the number of the Girl Scout troop she established in Brighton so many years ago! This money has been added to a fund for Girl Scout projects in the Brighton area.

Funds from my mother’s trust and gifts from or arranged by her loving family support Girt Scouts in Brighton and beyond.

John Silver of Metro Denver is proud to be an adult volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado. As the brother and son of Girl Scouts, John is now an adult seeing Girl Scouts through new eyes. John will be reporting on things he learns– that you might not know either! He will also be researching badge earning and other opportunities for Girl Scouts today.

Look Wider International Travel Fund: 2019 Recipients

Congratulations to Girl Scout alumnae Kayleigh Cornell and Caroline Farmar! They were each awarded $500 from the RaeAnn & Richard E. Dougherty Look Wider International Travel Fund for 2019.  Both will participate in The Juliette Low Seminar, the flagship leadership development event for the World Association of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides (WAGGGS). Kayleigh will travel to England, hosted by Pax Lodge World Centre in the Europe Region. Caroline will travel to Lebanon, hosted by Association des Guides Du Liban in the Arab Region.

Nearly 1,000 WAGGGS members from 150 countries will travel to 20 different host countries to make new friends, connect with different cultures, and exchange ideas on leadership and gender equality.  The seminar takes place November 14-20, 2019.

Are you a G.I.R.L. between the ages of 12 and 30 who can’t wait to share in the international sisterhood of Girl Scouts?  If you are traveling independently with a global-friendship focus, check out Look Wider to help fund your trip: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/Look%20Wider%20Travel%20Scholarship%205-19%20update.pdf .

Read more here:  https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/our-program/ways-to-participate/travel.html.

Apply now: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/for-volunteers/forms-and-resources/scholarship-application.html.

Visit the Girl Scout History Collection

The Girl Scout History Collection is curated by Ernie and Carol Altvater. These California transplants converted the basement of their Denver home (Congress Park neighborhood) into a climate-controlled, carefully organized collection. It is not something to miss for Girl Scouts of all ages! Their collection is a comprehensive history of the Girl Scout movement seen through memorabilia. Thousands of items are on display including uniforms through the years, photos, camping gear, jewelry, badges and insignia, dolls, books, camp postcards, cameras, and dozens of other categories. From the earliest years of Girl Scouting to the present, all aspects of the program are represented. There is also a “try it on” area where girls can see how they look in hats, sashes, and vests from other levels and other areas.

What to expect: Since the collection is in the basement of Carol and Ernie’s home, we ask that troop leaders discuss manners with the girls before they arrive (for example, no running around). Candy, gum, and drinks are not allowed. We want this to be a fun experience for your troop, but also expect Girl Scout behavior. “Tag-a-longs” are not allowed, and all adults who accompany the troop are expected to help girls gain the most from the experience.

To schedule your tour: Email girlscoutcollection@gmail.com. If your troop is using the tour as part of the requirements toward a specific badge, let us know so the tour can be tailored to your needs. The exact address of the collection (Congress Park neighborhood of Denver) will be provided upon confirming your tour.

About the tour: The tour consists of three or four parts, depending on troop level – a walk-though orientation, group discussion of Girl Scout history, and an opportunity for girls to explore the collection and ask about features that catch their attention. Girl Scout Juniors, Cadettes, and Seniors may also elect to view the 1918 silent film, “The Golden Eaglet”.

Tour duration:

Daisies – 45 minutes

Brownies – 1 hour and 15 minutes

Juniors and older – 1 hour and 30 minutes

You can also check out the Girl Scout History Collection Facebook page.

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A visit to the GSCO History Center

Submitted by John Silver, GSCO Guest Blogger

Northern & Northeastern CO

Loveland

Where in Colorado can you see these Girl Scout things from years and years ago:  More than 600 Girl Scout vintage uniforms (including sashes and vests and other accessories), and books, and camping equipment and jewelry and cameras?

Where can you try on vintage Girl Scout uniforms (choosing from dozens and dozens of different types) or get help with the “Playing the Past” badge and the “Girl Scout Way” badge by participating in a scavenger hunt to find special items of Girl Scout history?

Where can you borrow Girl Scout uniforms for local events or parades or memorials?

Where can you get help with your own fashion show of vintage Girl Scout uniforms? Where can you borrow the uniforms for the show and a script for the show that includes anecdotes and historical details about the uniforms?

I visited this very special place, the Girl Scouts of Colorado History Center in Loveland.

Here are the things at the center I liked the best:

  • The oldest uniform, dating from 1914
  • Blue uniforms for Girls Scouts who were Mariner Girl Scouts in troops focused on boating and sailing activities
  • A song book from the 1950’s which included my mother’s and sisters’ favorite Girl Scout songs, Make New Friends and The Chalet Song
  • A collection of “SWAPS,” which are small (often hand-made or personalized) mementos “swapped” (that is, traded) between Girl Scouts and Girl Scout alums at camps or conventions

The center obtains items mostly from Girl Scout alums, but sometimes from garage sales, thrift shops, and estate sales.  It also participates in a sharing program with more than 50 similar centers across the country.  Here’s how the sharing program works: If a history center in Tennessee comes across a historical item with ties to Girl Scouts in Colorado, it might offer the item to the GSCO History Center, and the GSCO History Center does the same with items it finds that have ties to other states, or with duplicate items.

A group of knowledgeable and dedicated volunteers runs the center, which is open between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Tuesday and by appointment on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month.  Troops can contact the center to schedule appointment outside regular hours.

Contact the History Center at: GSCO History Center, 2004 West 15th Street. Loveland, CO, 80538 or gscohistory@gmail.com.

Check this place out!

John Silver of Metro Denver is proud to be an adult volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado. As the brother and son of Girl Scouts, John is now an adult seeing Girl Scouts through new eyes. John will be reporting on things he learns– that you might not know either! He will also be researching badge earning and other opportunities for Girl Scouts today.

 

Girl Scouts announces 2019 Western Slope Women of Distinction: Three Extraordinary Women Honored

The 2019 Western Slope Women of Distinction were selected by a committee of their peers led by Selection Chair Jeni Brown, Woman of Distinction ‘18, and chosen based on their contributions to the community, both professionally and personally. They are shining examples of corporate, civic, and philanthropic leadership and serve as role models for our female leaders of tomorrow.

  • Jenn Moore, Executive Director of the EUREKA! McConnell Science Museum
  • Angelina Salazar, CEO, Western Healthcare Alliance
  • Diane Schwenke, President & CEO, Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce

Since 2013, including this year’s honorees, Girl Scouts of Colorado has recognized 18 women on the Western Slope as Women of Distinction. The Women of Distinction program brings together a group of women dedicated to raising funds to support Girl Scout leadership programs.

Girl Scouts of Colorado will publicly honor these inductees on November 7 at the annual Women of Distinction Breakfast. This year’s event will be held at the Two Rivers Convention Center. The 2019 Event Chair is LeAnn Zetmeir, Woman of Distinction ’18.

Event Sponsors: Gold Presenting Sponsor, US Bank; Silver Presenting Sponsor, FCI Constructors and Samoa Sponsor, Family Health West.

For information regarding tickets and sponsorships, visit www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/wodgj or contact Cindi Graves at (970) 628 – 8003 or cindi.graves@gscolorado.org.

Girl Scouts announces 2019 Denver Metro Women of Distinction: 10 Extraordinary Women Honored

The 2019 Denver Metro Women of Distinction honorees were selected by a committee of their peers led by Selection Chair Kim Bimestefer, Woman of Distinction ‘15, and chosen based on their contributions to the community, both professionally and personally. They are shining examples of corporate, civic, and philanthropic leadership and serve as role models for our female leaders of tomorrow. The Women of Distinction program brings together a group of women dedicated to raising support for Girl Scout leadership programs.

  • Marti J. Awad, Founding Partner, Cardan Capital Partners
  • The Honorable Dianne L. Briscoe
  • Elycia Cook, President & CEO, FRIENDS FIRST, Inc.
  • Helen Drexler, President & CEO, Delta Dental of Colorado
  • Verónica Figoli, President & CEO, Denver Public Schools Foundation
  • Helen Young Hayes, Founder & CEO, Activate Workforce Solutions
  • Vanecia B. Kerr, Regional Executive Director, College Track Colorado
  • Theresa Szczurek, Chief Information Officer and Executive Director, Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology
  • Sarah Winbourn, Medical Director, Kids First Health Care
  • Robin D. Wittenstein, CEO, Denver Health

Girl Scouts of Colorado will welcome the Class of 2019 honorees with a private reception on June 20 at the Colorado Auto Dealers Association from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The celebration concludes with the Thin Mint Dinner on October 30 at Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. The event includes Thin Mint Cocktails and dessert made with Thin Mints, three-course meal, and event program. Event co-chairs are Tasha Jones, Senior Director of Marketing, Community Relations, Stapleton Denver, Mixed-use Development, Woman of Distinction ’15; and Michelle Lucero, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Woman of Distinction ’15.

For information regarding tickets and sponsorships, visit http://girlscoutsofcolorado.org/woddenver or contact Heidi Books at (303) 607 – 4833 or at heidi.books@gscolorado.org.

Bronze and Silver Award Girl Scouts honored at Highest Awards Celebration in Western Colorado

More than a dozen Girl Scouts, along with their families and friends, gathered at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction on May 19, 2019, to honor the more than 1,200 Girl Scouts from across Colorado who took the lead in their communities and earned one of Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, the Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award.

The Gold Award, which is the highest honor in Girl Scouts, is presented to girls in grades 9-12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through a project that makes a difference in their community. The Silver Award is the highest award a girl in 6th – 8th grade can earn. The Bronze Award is the highest award a girl in 4th or 5th grade can earn. For the 2018-19 Girl Scout awards program year, 14 Girl Scouts in the Western Colorado region earned the Bronze Award. 15 girls across the Western Colorado region earned the prestigious Silver Award. 42 girls across Colorado earned the prestigious Gold Award..

Gold Award Girl Scout and current Gold Award mentor Heidi Ragsdale served as the celebration’s emcee. She talked briefly about how Girl Scouts helped her become the leader she is today.

The focus of a Gold Award project is identifying and researching a community issue she is passionate about, developing a plan to address it in cooperation with her team and community members, establishing a global connection with others, and providing sustainability for the project. Of the skills learned through Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, leadership, organization, and critical thinking are the fundamentals of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.