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Girl Scout ‘goes for the Gold’ in Hungary

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In mid-September, Girl Scout Paige Witter from Denver traveled to Hungary to compete for Team USA in the Modern Pentathlon Youth World Championships. Pentathlon includes competitions in fencing, running, shooting and swimming. A total of six USA athletes competed.

Paige’s journey to Hungary only began in the summer of 2011.

“I started pentathlon last summer when I began fencing,” said Paige. “My fencing coach heard that I had been swimming for seven years, so she sent me down to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs for a Pentathlon camp. I competed in Nationals that summer, and continued to train throughout my junior year of high school. This past summer I again competed in the National Competition, and placed 2nd, and qualified for the Youth A World Championships in Tata, Hungary.”

Paige says she trains five to six times a week. Her training routine includes swimming three to five times, fencing and shooting three to four, and running every day she trains.

“I really like pentathlon because you can never get bored. By training for multiple sports, every part of your body is tested,” said Paige. “Swimming is very physical, but in a different way than running or fencing. Fencing is also very mental, while shooting requires concentration.”

Paige has also managed to find time for Girl Scouts in between school work and her pentathlon training. She got involved in Girl Scouts as a Brownie in first grade. Her troop is very active in service projects to benefit her community. In fact, in October Paige will be completing the highest award in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award, which she earned by organizing a tutoring program between her high school, George Washington, and Smiley Middle School.

“I really like my troop and troop leaders,” said Paige, who is a senior in high school this year and been with the same Girl Scout troop since 3rd grade. “Through my Gold Award I have worked to not only help kids succeed in middle school, but to provide role models and examples of success in high school and beyond.”

Paige placed 60th at the 2012 Modern Pentathlon Youth World Championships in Hungary. For more information on Pentathlon visit pentathlon.org.

Girl Scouts Women of Distinction programs kicked off in Colorado Springs and Denver

At the beginning of August, Girl Scouts of Colorado officially kicked off the Women of Distinction season by holding private receptions to welcome this year’s honorees. The Colorado Springs reception was held at The Cliff House at Pikes Peak on Monday, Aug. 6th, and also included the announcement of a new honor we have started for women under the age of 40, Women to Watch. Denver held their reception on Wednesday, Aug. 8th, at the home of 1997 Woman of Distinction Barb Grogan.

Girl Scouts of Colorado honors top women leaders in our community as Girl Scout Women of Distinction. These women have reached remarkable levels of achievement as business, philanthropic, government, education and community leaders. They are committed to making the world a better place for the girls of today and tomorrow. They donate their time, talents and experience to Girl Scouting and also support Girl Scouts financially. Read more about this year’s honorees on our blog here: Colorado Springs and Denver.

Public events to recognize these women will be held later this fall. The Colorado Springs event is Sept. 13th, while the Denver event is Oct. 23rd . Both dinner events will feature food and drink items inspired by the world-famous Girl Scout Cookies. Also premiering at both events will be a feature film on healthy living created by Colorado Springs Girl Scout Troop 3810. Get a sneak peek of the video filming below.

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Girl Scouts announces 2012 Denver metro-area Women of Distinction

Girl Scouts of Colorado is announcing the 2012 inductees into the esteemed Women of Distinction program in the Denver metro-area at a private reception on Aug. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the home of 1997 Woman of Distinction Barb Grogan. This year’s seven Denver metro-area honorees were selected by their peers and chosen based on their contributions to the community, both professionally and personally. The Women of Distinction commit to supporting Girl Scouts of Colorado and serving Girl Scouts today.

The Women of Distinction program began in the Denver area in 1997. Including this year’s honorees, Girl Scouts of Colorado has recognized 387 women with this honor. The Women of Distinction is widely regarded as one of Denver’s premier philanthropic programs, bringing together a group of women dedicated to raising funds to support Girl Scout leadership programs. More than $2 million has been raised in 15 years.

Later this year, Girl Scouts of Colorado will publicly honor these inductees at the Women of Distinction Thin Mint Dinner in Denver. This event will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel and will spotlight Girl Scouts’ Live Healthy, Lead Healthy initiative, focusing on self-esteem, good nutrition and exercise that will help prevent health issues and other serious ailments that affect girls and women. The event will be a three-course dinner featuring the creative use of Girl Scout Cookies. Honorary chair for the event is Former First Lady of Colorado Jeannie Ritter (2009 Woman of Distinction). Sue Knox with Cricket and Katherine Peck (1998 Woman of Distinction) with The Gill Foundation are event co-chairs.

For more information on the Oct. 23 event, including how you can help, please contact Amy Myers at 303-607-4896 or amy.myers@gscolorado.org. You can also visit our website for more information or to purchase tickets and/or sponsorships at girlscoutsofcolorado.org/women-of-distinction-denver.

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Denver metro-area 2012 Women of Distinction: 

  • Dr. Jandel Allen-Davis: VP of Government and External Relations, Kaiser Permanente Colorado; Board Member, University of Colorado & University of Colorado Foundation; The Denver Foundation; Women’s Forum; Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce & Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Leadership Foundation
  • Peg Bradley-Doppes: Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation and Ritchie Center Operations, University of Denver;  Board Member, Denver Metro Sports Commission; Member of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Committee
  • Juanita Chacon: Realtor/Community Activist, RE/MAX Alliance Central; Board Member, Community Corrections City and County of Denver; Founder, Latinas First; former Board Chair, Family Star Montessori
  • Tricia Downing: Speaker, Author, Athlete, and Founder and Director of Camp Discovery
  • Melba “Mel” Johnston: Community Volunteer and Lifetime Service to Girl Scouts; Former President, Girl Scouts Mile Hi Council; Chair, Alumnae Committee, Girl Scouts of Colorado
  • Denise O’Leary: Corporate Director/Private Investor, US Airways, Medtronic, Inc. and Calpine Corporation; Board Member, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and Corporation for Supportive Housing
  • Maren Stewart: President & CEO, LiveWell Colorado; Board Chair, Aurora Economic Development Council; Board Member, Colorado Business Committee for the Arts

Media placements about the honoree announcement and/or upcoming event in the Denver Post, Our Colorado News (Penny Parker), Colorado Expression October/November, Villager (Glory Weisberg), YourHubs with the Denver Post/honorees places of business newsletters and websites, and 9NEWS.

Colorado Girl Scouts receive grant from MetLife Foundation

Girl Scouts of Colorado recently received a $20,000 grant from the MetLife Foundation Hispanic Leadership Fund to support its growing statewide Hispanic Initiative. This statewide effort focuses on bringing the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to more Hispanic girls and volunteers in key population centers throughout Colorado. Local advisory committees will be established with the help of the Hispanic community and business leaders.

The fastest growing ethnic population in Colorado is the Hispanic/Latino community. In Colorado, approximately 30 percent of girls ages 5-17 are Hispanic, and in the last 20 years the Hispanic student population has grown by more than 180 percent in Colorado—20 percent of the total population. To help serve the growing Hispanic population, Girl Scouts of Colorado implemented its Hispanic Initiative in 2010 to provide a more focused approach in serving this population. Funding provided by the MetLife Foundation Hispanic Leadership Fund will assist Girl Scouts of Colorado in developing a stronger infrastructure to support girls and adults, strengthening advisory teams, enhancing partnerships and providing program through Girl Scouts series pathway.

The MetLife Foundation teamed with Girl Scouts of the USA to make the Hispanic Leadership Fund available to Girl Scout councils across the United States, including Colorado. To get involved in Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Hispanic Initiative, please contact Kristin Courington at 720-288-1615 or at kristin.courington@gscolorado.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 and academic skills, healthy lifestyles, team-building, community service and much more. This year marks Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary, known as the “Year of the Girl.” There are many ways to get involved in supporting Colorado’s current 30,000 Girl Scouts and 9,000 adult volunteers in fulfilling our mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Learn more at girlscoutsofcolorado.org or by calling 1-855-726-4726.

Article about the grant in the Denver Post.

Aurora Girl Scouts hold electronics recycling drive

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On June 3rd, Girl Scout Troop 62879 hosted an electronics recycling event at three different Denver metro locations. We partnered with Metech Recycling, an e-Stewards recycling company.  We were at Grandview High School in Aurora, Northfield Stapleton in Denver and Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree.  We kept 14,241 pounds of electronic materials out of landfills!  We also collected nearly $600 in donations for Girl Scouts’ Grants for Girls.

This project took us nine months of planning time. On the day of the event we generated media coverage from 9NEWS, CBS Channel 4 and the Denver Post. In the end, we achieved the highest award a Cadette can receive – the Silver Award.  We are proud to be Girl Scouts and to have the opportunity to engage in compelling leadership activities that make the world a better place.

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Girl Scout Color Guard at Mile High United Way 125th Anniversary

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The Girl Scouts were honored to be a part of Mile High United Way’s 125th Anniversary gala celebration on Thursday, June 28 at the new History Colorado Center in Denver. An estimated crowd of 1,200 guests enjoyed an evening filled with music, laugher and history. Montbello High School’s Drum Line kicked off the festivities and led in Girl Scout Troop 3822, a group of home-schooled girls from Douglas County, for their Color Guard presentation.

Special guests included honorary 125th Anniversary chairs Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.

Mile High United Way, the first United Way in the country, was founded in Denver in 1887 by six visionary community leaders on the belief that together we can do more than any one person can do alone to improve the quality of life for all in our community. That belief sparked the international United Way movement which now boasts 1800 community-based United Ways in 40 countries and territories.

100 Girl Scouts honored at Cookie Dinner

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The annual Girl Scouts of Colorado Top Seller Cookie Dinner was held in Denver on Saturday, June 9th. Girls honored at the event had sold 750 or more packages of cookies during the 2012 Cookie Program. A fun evening of dressing up and dancing the night away was had by all!

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Girls get moxie to be President

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Can a woman be President? She can be President or anything else she wants, is the message that 75 Junior Girl Scouts went home with after spending the day at the Colorado State Capitol on June 1. The girls learned about the Women’s suffrage movement and the accomplishments of America’s most inspiring female politicians, including Condoleezza Rice, Hillary Clinton, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

“It was shocking to learn that women didn’t used to have a lot of rights,” said Dakota S. from Troop 2569 in Westminster. “I like the idea of women running for office, and I want to do it. Maybe I’ll be the first woman President!”

The girls had some lively debate during a mock election to decide whether cell phones should be allowed in school. Teams represented various constituents and lobbied for their position. The day ended with girls staging their own political campaign, with girls taking on the roles of candidate, campaign manager, press secretary, volunteer coordinator and finance director. This leadership experience was sponsored by AT&T.

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GIRL SCOUT TROOP IN AURORA ATTEMPTS TO BREAK WORLD’S RECORD FOR RECYCLING ELECTRONICS

Millions of electronics are carelessly tossed into landfills every year.  Girl Scout Troop 2879, from Aurora, Colorado, recognized this environmentally damaging situation and is striving to change the practice and break a Guinness World Record at the same time.  Aurora Troop 2879, partnered with a national electronics company, Metech Recycling, is spreading the word to other Girl Scout Troops across the country.  On June 3, 2012, Metech Recycling and Girl Scout troops across the United States are attempting to break a Guinness World Record for the most electronics recycled in a day.

In Colorado, Troop 2879 and Metech Recycling will be collecting electronics from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at three Denver Metro locations:

  • Aurora – Grandview High School, 20500 E Arapahoe Rd, Aurora, CO 80016 (along Arapahoe Road).
  • Denver – The Shops @ Northfield Stapleton (North of Off Broadway Shoes, East of Macy’s)
  • Lonetree – Sky Ridge Hospital (South parking lot near the ER, follow Emergency signs)

Troop 2879 and other Girl Scout troops selected Metech Recycling for this project because they are a Certified e-Stewards recycler.  That means Metech Recycling meets the highest environmental standards and ensures that personal data on electronic devices is securely destroyed to protect your identity.  Over 95% of all materials will be securely recycled for remanufacture.  No recycled materials will be incinerated, landfilled, or shipped abroad to be dumped.  For more detailed information, visit www.metechrecycling.com.

Responsibly recycling electronics requires some fees to cover processing costs. Referring to the appliance chart on https://appliancereviewer.co.uk we see that the fees for smaller computer monitors and TVs will be $10; televisions and monitors larger than 20 diagonal inches will cost $15.  Printers, fax machines, DVD players, VCRs, vacuums and other small appliances will cost $1 each.  Items such as desktop and laptop computers, iPads, iPods, mice, keyboards, VCR tapes, all types of power cords, etc. are recycled at no cost to the consumer.  Residents bringing electronics for secure recycling should be prepared to pay these fees by cash or check.

The Girl Scouts will also be accepting donations for Grants for Girls.  Grants for Girls assist girls who financially cannot join Girl Scouts as well as provide programming materials for girls with financial need.  Girl Scouts of any age are welcome to volunteer to help with this project.  Please contact Troop 2879 for more detailed information at Troop2879@gmail.com.

Troop 75 donates Teddy Bears to first responders

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Submitted by Rachel Whitmire
Denver

On April 25th, Rural/Metro-Pridemark Ambulance and Girl Scout Troop 75 teamed up to help each other and help others. The troop of 17 Daises and Brownies used a portion of their cookie sale proceeds to purchase 75 stuffed bears for donation to Rural/Metro-Pridemark Ambulance.

“We give the toys to our youngest patients as a way to help comfort them in a crisis,” says Courtney Morehouse, PIO for Rural/Metro-Pridemark. Many times, children are frightened when they need to be transported by ambulance. The bears help ease their fears and help the EMTs and paramedics provide necessary medical care during an emergency.

As a thank you to the troop, Rural/Metro-Pridemark EMT Kyle Mickelson gave a 30 minute first aid presentation and ambulance tour to the girls. They learned about emergencies, 9-1-1, and first aid safety, which will help the girls earn their First Aid badge.

The stuffed bear donation is part of the troop¹s “caring and sharing” unit, which included collecting 600 boxes of cookies for donation to their Hometown Heroes, the 1,200+ volunteers of the Denver Dumb Friends League; delivering handmade pet beds and toys to the pets at the DDFL; collecting 83 boxes of cookies for donation to Operation Gratitude; and visiting a senior center to visit with the residents, decorate for Valentine’s Day and bring handmade gifts and cards to the residents.

About Rural/Metro in Colorado

Rural/Metro-Pridemark Ambulance provides emergency and non-emergency ambulance services in Colorado. Rural/Metro also provides non-emergency medical transportation services to several Denver Metro area hospitals and healthcare providers. The workforce of over 400 highly trained EMTs, paramedics, RNs, dispatchers, fleet mechanics, vehicle supply technicians, and administrative personnel value their communities as much as their patients. The company is committed to a positive patient experience and strong community partnerships.