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Volunteer Spotlight: Rebecca Schmidt

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In honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month, Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state. For the past seven years, Rebecca Schmidt in the Pikes Peak region has served as leader for a large (50 girls) multi-level troop from K-12th grade! She also frequently organizes recruiting efforts and serves as Service Unit Manager, Service Unit Cookie Manager, and Site Delivery Manager. Rebecca is also an active member of the Region 4 Cookie Committee. 

Rebecca was nominated as a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community. We asked her to answer a few questions about her experiences as a Girl Scout volunteer. We hope you find her story as inspiring as we did!

How long have you been a Girl Scout?

I was not a Girl Scout as a kid, but was a Jobs Daughter and Blue Jay and really felt I am who I am today because of being in these organizations. I became a Girl Scout in 2009.  It was after I retired from the U.S. Army and wanted to still mentor. 

Why did you become a Girl Scout volunteer? 

My granddaughter’s troop needed a troop leader. 

Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout. 

I serve as a troop leader for Troop 40969 and 43530. I am a backup leader for the groups and do all the admin for the troop. It is a multi-level troop for K-11 and we are very busy. The other leaders in the troop call me the leader of the leaders. I am also one of the TCMs for both troops. I am also the SU Manager/SUCM for SU418 and 423. I have also helped with the Cookie Team by hosting a cookie pick-up site and help with getting booths agreements signed.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer? What do you hope girls have learned from you?

Patience is a big one. I have never been good at this anyway, but I am getting better at it. I have found collaboration as a critical tool and without it is where most of our failures come from. I do love the girls at all the levels. I love what the girls learn from cookies and it just amazes me on what they come up with and how they grow. I hope the girls learn to never give up from me and that even though the world is flawed that they can be successful in it!

What is your favorite Girl Scout memory?

One of my favorites is when my granddaughter sold her first case of cookies. It was done due to the skills she had learned and to see her so confident was just amazing. Also, seeing the girls getting their Bronze and Silver Awards has been amazing. Just hoping we will see our first Gold real soon!

What words of advice do you have for other volunteers?

Communications is essential. Even if you have to double the effort to do it.  It is a must! This includes between leaders, parents, and Girl Scouts.  Girl Scouts is for the girls and we have to leave all the baggage and junk behind us so we can give the girls the solid programming that they need and deserve. I also feel that Girl Scouts helps the leaders grow as much as the girls and they need to just hold on and enjoy the ride!

Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

 

Volunteer Spotlight: Anita Lucero

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In honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month, Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state. Anita Lucero in the Pikes Peak region was nominated as a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community!

Anita has been a troop leader for the last six years, but her commitment to our girls doesn’t stop there! She is also a Service Unit Manager, Service Unit Product Sales Manager, Cookie Cupboard Manager, Site Delivery Manager for a Colorado Springs delivery site, active member of the region’s Cookie Committee, and GPS Leader (putting on Product Sales rallies and the local mall lock-in). Under her leadership as Service Unit Manager, she has grown the service unit and for the past two years, the service unit has met its goals.

We asked Anita to answer a few questions about her experiences as a Girl Scout volunteer. We hope you find her story as inspiring as we did!

How long have you been a Girl Scout?

This is my 16th year in Girl Scouting, 10 years as a girl with this year being my sixth as an adult.

Why did you become a Girl Scout volunteer?

Seven years ago, my daughter joined Girl Scouts with my niece and I was just the drop and go parent for the first part of the year. As I continued to see coloring sheets coming home after every meeting, I decided to check it out some more. She was bored with the activities that they were doing and so the two of us decided that if we were going to stay in Girl Scouts, we were going to start our own troop. I knew that as time would go on my Girl Scout past would catch up with me and help me along the way. However, I figured out many things had changed over the years, but the core values were the same and you learn as you go.

Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.

Well, my first and most important role is being a parent. I have to remember that the reason I became a volunteer was because of my daughters.  It is very important to give them as much time and support as I do to every other girl.  I have to remember to treat them like girls and not as assistants.  Although they will be amazing, but it’s not their time yet.  Secondly, I am a troop leader of six amazing girls: two Brownies, one Junior, one Cadette, and two Seniors. They are all very motivating in their own way and we have a ton of fun.  Next, I am Service Unit Manager and Service Unit Cookie Manager of 414 in the southeast area of Colorado Springs. I support about 25 troops all year long and mentor them in the beginning of their troop set-up until they feel comfortable to support their girls on their own. I always remember my first year and how nervous I was, so if I can take a little stress off their shoulders and teach each them a few tips and tricks to help along the way I do. The past two years I have also been on the Cookie Committee in Colorado Springs supporting troops, parents, girls, and staff in anything cookies. My husband and I have also been a cookie cupboard during the selling season, supporting troops in keeping inventory available for girls to sell.  Four years ago, I helped start a group in Colorado Springs called GPS (Girl Planning System).  They were all 6th to 12th graders already PA’s or wanted to be Program Aide trained.  Our first year we planned and carried out the annual Mall Lock-In.  This group has evolved over the years and we currently have 12 girls that have planned many programs to include Fall Rallies, Cookie Rallies, Badge Workshops, Mall Lock-In, and some of the girls are currently planning a day camp for this summer.  Lastly, I just help were needed, I do a ton of recruiting events, I teach at training’s, and support the staff in Pikes Peak Region with anything else they need.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer? What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I have learned that without these girls in Girl Scouting I would have a lot more free time.  Just kidding! I love to stay busy. I have learned that all of these girls are like good smelling onions. Every girl is different and sometimes we have to peel off more or less layers to find out who they really are and how to guide them through Girl Scouts. Some come because they are told to and others can’t get enough of it. Each girl has their own talents and their own weaknesses and we have to love them for the whole package. We have to be patient and caring. I have learned that as girls grow older their outlook on Girl Scouts changes and we have to respect their emotional feelings. I have also learned that some girls come to Girl Scouts because they obtain opportunities that they can’t get anywhere else. For example, it maybe something simple like how to build a bird house, or how sew a sit upon, or to camp, or travel out of state, or travel to Europe. Whatever it might be for some it could be building memories that last a life time, and I am privileged to be apart of that.

I hope that girls have learned how cool it can be to be a Girl Scout and how you don’t have to be ashamed to tell people at school that you are. I hope that girls learned that they are worth it in this world. They can be who they want to be and no one can stop them. I hope they have learned that you can be super-women without having all the super powers. You don’t have to be perfect you just have to be you, there are always people around you that have the strengths of your own weaknesses, and that what makes teams so great.  

What is your favorite Girl Scout memory?

Man this question is so hard!!! I have so many amazing memories from when I was a girl. But, the one that means the most to me is “Senior Trip 2000”  my best friend Sara and I were the only ones left in my troop. The year prior we completed our Silver Award and went to Disney World. But, the summer of 2000 we went on a trip of our lifetime.  We went to Europe with a group of selected Girl Scouts from what was the Wagon Wheel Council in Colorado Springs. We traveled through 7+ countries in just over 20 days. It was absolutely amazing. I saw so many beautiful things and made many new friends. I got to visit Pax Lodge and Our Chalet, two very beautiful Girl Scout World Centers. We went to Buckingham Palace, The Eiffel Tower,  a salt mine, The Louvre, and ate chicken everyday, but one amazingly enough cooked a different way every time. I learned how to pack and unpack and how to call home with a calling card. This trip gave me so many learning lessons that I would have never got sitting in a classroom. I learned on this trip and many years since that even though I may not see those same girls today I still know in my heart that they are sister Girl Scouts and we will forever have a connection.

What words of advice do you have for other volunteers?

The best advice I can give to every volunteer (and staff) is without the girls we won’t have an organization. Each and every thing that we do daily, weekly, or monthly is for the girls. To my fellow volunteers, we are here to support and guide.  Girl Scouting is supposed to be girl-led so let it happen. No matter how bad our OCD is for control or for their success that we want them to have we have to remember it is okay to fail let them learn from their mistakes. Working with girls and teaching them something new will help them on their path. Listening and understanding of what they want to accomplish and volunteers supporting them will better them for their future roles of Girl Scouting. I encourage everyone to take updated training’s, ask questions, and be more involved. The more networking that you do with others the more educated you become.  Attend your Service Unit meetings and check/reply to your email. Shadow other troops and invite older girls to come with your Daisies and Brownies. Put those crayons down and take your girls (EVEN DAISIES) on a hike, go to camp (Sky High is AMAZING!!!!!), and tackle a fear or two.  Girl Scouting can be anything you want it to be sometimes you just have to try-it.  

Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

 

Volunteer View: April 2017

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So often, the team at Girl Scouts of Colorado talks about how we couldn’t do this without you. We recognize there’s no way we could unleash the inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ in thousands of girls in our community, without your generosity of time and heart. It’s true, friends. Without your support, your fierce commitment to these girls—–  to their present and to their future—– Girl Scouts wouldn’t and couldn’t be the number-one leadership organization for girls in the world. But we are! Thanks to you.

Looking for some ideas to recognize a special volunteer in your life? Membership Connection Committee member Victoria Gigoux has a few ideas to help inspire you and your troop. Read more.

Last chance to lock in Early Bird pricing for Girl Scout Camp

Early Bird pricing for Girl Scout Camp ends at the end of this month. Pay your camp balances in full by April 30 to lock in Early Bird pricing.

Outdoor Adventure Club

Get excited! OAC 2017-2018 dates are available now, and registration opens April 17 at 10 a.m.

Older Girl Boating Camps

Our older girl boating camps give Cadettes and older the opportunity to try their hand at sailing, kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddle boarding, and windsurfing! Girls can try a different boating specialty each day or choose one sport to focus on all week.

Need outdoor gear?

The Denver GSCO office has lots of outdoor gear available to borrow or rent, including: tents, stoves, dutch ovens, pop up shade tents, compasses, archery sets, and more!

Reserve equipment »

Cookie rewards are coming

Rewards will begin shipping to SUCMs on Monday, April 17. The last day to report any missing or damaged rewards to council is Friday, May 5 at 5 p.m.

The shipping time frame for S’mores Club rewards is still being determined and will be announced as soon as possible.

Emma Albertoni named 2017 Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize Winner

Emma, from Arvada, Ralston Valley High School, officially received the award at the Day at the Capitol celebration on April 10. Emma’s project, “Down with Dough,” focuses on financial literacy. This year, the panel also chose to recognize two honorable mention honorees: Sydney Marchando of Highlands Ranch and Angela Smith of Colorado Springs.

May 1 deadline for high school seniors to submit Gold Award Project Proposal

. Girl Scouts of Colorado has implemented a May 1 deadline for graduating seniors to submit their Gold Award project proposals. After May 1, girls who are graduating from high school will no longer be eligible to earn their Gold Award if they have not already submitted a project proposal.

Early Bird registration begins May 1

The 2017 Early Bird renewal incentive period will be May 1 – June 15. Watch for an email with details or check the website on May 1!

Give your girl the gift of lifetime membership

Registered members who are graduating high school or equivalent during the 2017 membership year are eligible to become lifetime members at the reduced price of $195. A lifetime membership makes a great graduation gift! For more information, contact your Volunteer Support Specialist.

Your voice counts

This month, Girl Scouts of the USA is conducting a national survey with girls, parents/guardians and troop volunteers called “Girl Scout Voices Count” to find out what’s working, and what’s not. We will use your feedback to improve our services and programs. The survey is open now through April 30. Check your inbox for an invitation to participate. Everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a raffle to win one of twenty $50 gift cards!

 

We love our Girl Scout volunteers!

Submitted by Girl Scouts of Colorado Volunteer Support Specialist Rebecca Lipman

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On Saturday, April 9, 2017, the Program Team for the Denver Metro region hosted the annual Volunteer Appreciation Event at the Denver Art Museum. We celebrated the first 100 years of Girl Scouts in Colorado and looked forward to the next 100 years! GSCO staff welcomed nearly 100 key volunteers and their families to celebrate their contributions over the past year. The event was held to recognize volunteers who go above and beyond in demonstrating their dedication to the Girl Scout movement at both the local and council levels.  Among these incredible volunteers were service unit team members and service unit managers, service unit product sales managers, trainers, mentors serving on the Gold Award Committee, and Outdoor Program Volunteers.  Most of these volunteers hold multiple roles beyond the troop level while continuing to serve girls on their troop leadership teams. Volunteers were recognized for years of service, different roles, and meeting service unit goals. Girl Scouts of Colorado President & CEO Stephanie Foote gave a keynote speech thanking the volunteers for their service and highlighting some of the accomplishments of Girl Scouts of Colorado, which would not be possible without our amazing volunteers. Stephanie also spent some time meeting all the Girl Scouts in attendance and giving them her special CEO patch! 

One thing that made this event really special for everyone in attendance was the location. We were honored to be able to share the amazing work of the Denver Art Museum with volunteers and their families.  Volunteers were able to enjoy a fun day at the museum with their families before and after the reception.  Many volunteers said they appreciated being able to bring their families to the event and loved being able to explore the museum. A special thanks to the staff of the Denver Art Museum for helping us host such a unique event!

“Girl Scout Voices Count” survey is here

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From Girl Scouts of the USA

At Girl Scouts, we care about your experience, good or bad, and we want to hear from you!

Girl Scouts of the USA is conducting a national survey with girls, parents/guardians, and troop volunteers called Girl Scout Voices Count to find out what’s working, and what’s not, in Girl Scouts. We will use your feedback to improve our services and programs.

The survey opens on April 3, 2017.  Be sure to check your email for the invitation to participate. As a thank you, everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a raffle to win one of twenty $50 gift cards! We can’t wait for you to make your voice count!

Got questions? For more information, email GSVoicesCount@girlscouts.org.

Holiday angels needed

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Submitted by Amanda Kalina

Englewood

Denver Metro

If your Girl Scout troop is looking for a holiday community service project, we hope you might consider working with HOPE Online Learning Academy Co-Op. This holiday season we are collecting gifts for families in our school who are need. HOPE serves 2,000 students across Colorado, many of whom come from lower socio-economic homes. Last year this program helped 150 families (450 children). We are looking to match angel donors with families before Thanksgiving, so please be in touch ASAP if you are interested in participating.

Girl Scouts of Colorado has been a great partner of HOPE’s on several projects, including this one, over the last year. We look forward to continuing this relationship during the 2015 holiday season!

If you would like to support HOPE through this project, or something else, please reach out to Melanie.Stone@HOPEonline.org (303-727-0315).

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

 

Share the Love: Celebrate the Special Volunteer in Your Life!

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Volunteers around the country are the extraordinary force that make Girl Scouting possible every day—and that is truly amazing. They give their time, spark, and hearts to make a difference in the lives of girls who in turn help make the world a better place. Now that’s a team effort!

Celebrate the special Girl Scout volunteer in your life, past or present, with this awesome shareable card during this year’s Volunteer Appreciation Week! Download it, bring a few printouts to an upcoming troop meeting, and ask everyone to include a note sharing the love for the amazing effort your own Girl Scout volunteer puts in month after month.

And don’t forget, today and every day, to let them know how appreciated they are. Share with them how they make a difference in your life, how they brighten your day, and how everything they do makes an impact—on girls and the world.

Why do you love your leader?

Leaders are the extraordinary force that make Girl Scouting possible every day—and that is truly amazing. They give their time, spark, and hearts to make a difference in the lives of girls who in turn help make the world a better place.

Volunteer Appreciation Day is April 22, 2015 and we want girls to help us honor outstanding leaders. Girls should write a short essay about why they love their leader. Girls 12-years-old and younger can have a parent help them. Girls 13-years-old and older should write their essay themselves. Submit your essay through Share Your Stories on the Girl Scouts of Colorado web-site and be sure to include a photo of your leader, preferably involved in a Girl Scout-related activity. However, any photo will do. You may also submit a link to a YouTube or Vimeo video. All submissions must be received by Thursday April 23, 2015.

The best stories will be shared on the Girl Scouts of Colorado blog and social media networks. We also have a special prize for the best submissions to show our leaders just how much we appreciate them.

If you have questions, please email Girl Scouts of Colorado Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper.

 

Honoring a “truly awesome” Colorado Girl Scout volunteer

On Saturday, Oct. 12th, the Denver Elks Lodge #17 honored one of my favorite Denver metro area Girl Scout volunteers, Leslee Randolph, with the Citizen of the Year Award. Leslee is one of the first volunteers I met when I started working at Girl Scouts of Colorado nine years ago. At the time she was leading the Girl Scout troop who helped Colorado adopt a State Rock, the Yule Marble.

Leslee has been serving the community through Girl Scouts since 1996, making this her 17th year with Girl Scouts of Colorado! During that time she has helped mold and inspire countless girls and women to be leaders in their communities. Currently, Leslee serves as Service Unit Manager in her area, Denver Gold Award Committee Chair and Troop Mentor. She started as a parent volunteer in 1996, became a leader in 2000, then joined as a Service Unit Manager soon after. She has graduated two troops, represents Girl Scouting to the community through events, and ensures that supportive services are provided to girls, parents and volunteers.

As Service Unit Manager (the highest position in the unit), she manages, supports and guides a team of volunteers to deliver a quality Girl Scout experience for all Girl Scouts, adults and girls alike. As Gold Award Committee Chair for Denver, she is great at working with the girls and goes above and beyond to mentor them in a really effective way. She is also a mentor to others on the committee and has helped train new members in what high quality Gold Award projects look like and how to work with girls on enhancing their projects.

It’s been a true pleasure for myself, as well as the other staff at Girl Scouts of Colorado to work with Leslee through the years. She’s very passionate and fun to be around. Her enthusiasm for Girl Scouts and volunteering is contagious, and we can’t think of a better representative of what Girls Scouts is all about!

Congratulations, Leslee! Thank you for your continued service to Girl Scouting, and we look forward to working with you for many years ahead!