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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.

Colorado Springs Girl Scouts take on City Hall

From “Proud Troop Leader” Monica Hobbs

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To earn their Girl Scout Bronze Award, one of the highest awards in Girl Scouts, 5th grade Junior Troop 1947 of Steele Elementary in Colorado Springs, aimed to get a crosswalk at a dangerous intersection near their school. Neighbors had tried for years and suggested maybe the city would listen to Girl Scouts.

The four members – Kalyana, Alexa, Chloe and Lauren – divided up the responsibilities – school, neighborhood, city and media – and when a city traffic engineer gave them a flat out “no,” it didn’t stop them. They researched safe options and built a support team of neighbors and experts; made a PowerPoint presentation of their findings and a video of the intersection and got the support of their neighborhood association board and school; they collected signatures on a petition and even found funding with a grant. Alexa Huesgen Hobbs said,”It was so exciting to see how everyone wanted to help us – most of the things we found out just by talking to people.”

Their advisors told them to take it to the citizen’s forum at City Hall, but first meet one-on-one with a couple key City Council members. (In fact, one of the City Council people they worked with was Jan Martin, a former Girl Scout and Girl Scout Woman of Distinction, who are women leaders in the community.) To create buzz and generate support on the day of the presentation the troop placed signs at the dangerous intersection, invited neighbors to attend and contacted the local media. The media story ran as the second story on the 5 o’clock news and lead at 10 and was front page on the local paper’s website, being picked up by other internet news sources to include MSNBC (this story includes a link to the video the troop created about the intersection). The next day the newspaper story ran big in print on the third page! Chloe Hilby said,”It felt awesome trying to help the community.”

The troop was able to get support from the City Council in these ways. The Council not only gave the Girl Scouts a “yes,” but praised them for their well prepared and thorough presentation, and, most importantly, for not taking “no” for an answer.  They wanted young people to know that they really can make a difference. (View video of the troop’s presentation to the City Council) Kalyana Gallagher said, “It was a great experience and super fun! I learned teamwork, responsibility and safety, for sure.” Lauren Sutz added, “I learned that it is more important to help the community than yourself. When you help the community you are helping yourself.”

Did I mention these girls are 10 years old?

 

Girl Scouts of the USA also covered this story on their blog

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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Local Girl Scout receives honor from NASA

Brittany Kowalski, a senior at Vista Ridge High School and a Girl
Scout since 2002, competed and earned a spot (only 40 girls nationwide received this honor) to go to Houston, Texas, to participate in a NASA program.

Congratulations to Brittany!

Read more about her in this Colorado Springs Gazette article. http://www.gazette.com/articles/kowalski-122368-spot-miss.html

She is in Girl Scout Troop 23 in Colorado Springs and is in Service Unit 13.

Xcel Energy awards grant to Girl Scouts of Colorado

Xcel Energy recently awarded Girl Scouts of Colorado a $15,000 grant to support its science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs. The grant is specifically designed to help Girl Scouts of Colorado encourage girls to explore STEM and fuel the pipeline for the anticipated three million more scientists and engineers that America will need when today’s girls graduate from college. Programming will be delivered to girls statewide, with an emphasis on metro Denver and Colorado Springs. Girl Scouts of Colorado incorporates fun and educational STEM activities into all aspects of the Girl Scout experience from camp to troop activities, badge work, events and community outreach programs. One of the focuses of Girl Scouts’ STEM programming is introducing girls to women who work in STEM fields.

Pictured below is Kirk Scheitler with Xcel Energy (right) as he presents a $15,000 grant check to Girl Scouts of Colorado for science, technology, engineering and math activities. Girl Scouts of Colorado staff pictured are Megan Ferland (center), president and CEO, and Greg Movesian (left), senior vice president of resource development.

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Colorado Springs troop celebrates birthdays with service

Submitted by Deanna Dauten

I am the leader for Troop 40844 out of Colorado Springs. We are working on completing our Troop Excellence Program Patch. We got together on June 17 to celebrate everyone’s birthdays in our troop. Before the party, we performed community service by picking up litter in the park. The girls are left to right: Destiny U., Samantha M., Serena D., Alexis T., Alexzandria D. and Tatayana A.

Hundreds honored at Silver & Gold Celebrations

Congratulations to all the Girl Scouts who were honored this spring at Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Silver & Gold Celebrations! Statewide celebrations events took place on April 25th in Denver and May 26th in Colorado Springs.  The Silver and Gold Awards are among the highest awards a Girl Scout can earn, with the Gold Award being the highest and most demanding award a Girl Scout strives toward.

Three hundred four middle school aged girls in Colorado earned their Silver Award this year, while 64 high school girls earned their Gold Award. While independent of each other, these awards require leadership skills, organizational skills, time management, perseverance and a sincere desire to be of service to the community.  

The Colorado Springs celebration also honored 25 area Girl Scouts who earned the Bronze Award, the highest award a Girl Scout in 4th or 5th grade can earn.  

Read more about these outstanding Girl Scouts and these prestigious awards in the Celebration Program, as well as view photos and videos from the statewide celebrations below.

Event Photos and Video from Colorado Springs Celebration 

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St. Mary’s Brownies deliver cookies to soldiers at Fort Carson

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St. Mary’s 3rd Grade Girl Scout Brownie Troop 263. bottom row left to right: Caitlin E., Isabelle C., Caitlin W., Lindsey B. second row left to right: Allison N., Bridey S., Anika R., Katie H., Alyssa B., Kendall M. top row left to right: Becca P., Courtney C., Samantha M., Natalie P., Raegan B., Colette B., Sarah E. top row left to right: Troop Leaders Ila R. and Sheila M.

On May 10, 2011, members of St. Mary’s 3rd Grade Girl Scout Brownie Troop went to Fort Carson to deliver 291 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team – 4th Infantry Division! The 4th Infantry Division is a modular division of the United States Army based at Fort Carson, Colorado, with four brigade combat teams. It is a very technically advanced combat division in the U.S. Army.

Every year during Girl Scout Cookie Sales, troops are allowed to choose a non-profit organization to receive donated cookies. Some customers of Girl Scout Cookies do not want to buy cookies for themselves, but with the Hometown Heroes program, customers have a chance to give to others and support Girl Scouts at the same time. Girl Scout Troop 2635 chose the 3rd Brigade Combat Team – 4th Infantry Division as their Hometown Heroes.

We extend a special thank you to the leaders, Sheila Monkarsh and Ila Rosengarten, for their outstanding leadership to the girls, as well as our appreciation to Karyn Byrne for making the visit to Fort Carson and meeting Commander Lieutenant Colonel William Edwards with the troops happen. Commander Lieutenant Colonel William Edwards recently returned from his third tour of duty in Iraq, the most recent tour lasting 12 months. Great job Troop 2635!