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Older Girl Advisory Board: Make your voice heard

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Submitted by Katie Singleton

Beginning in the 2017 membership year, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts will have the opportunity to apply to join a new Older Girl Advisory Board! This board will serve as the voice for Girl Scouts across Colorado. Advisory Board members will have the opportunity to provide direct feedback to staff regarding current and future programming and events, participate in leadership and professional development workshops, and connect with the GSCO Board of Directors.

Board members will participate in monthly web meetings and attend four camp retreats held at Tomahawk Ranch each year. The first camp retreat is scheduled for December 20-21, 2016. Transportation assistance may be available.

Girls interested in participating in this Advisory Board are invited to submit their application at https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/ogab2016. All applicants must provide contact information for two references who will be emailed a link to an online reference form. All applications and reference forms are due by September 5, 2016.

More information can be found at www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/ogab. Contact Katie Singleton at katie.singleton@gscolorado.org with any questions.

Girls are heroes of their own stories

Submitted by Allison Snavely, Girl Scouts of Colorado Product Sales Specialist

I would love to extend a Girl Scout shout-out to Darcie Klassen, Girl Scouts of Colorado Community Outreach Manager!

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Darcie hosted her very own lecture at Denver Comic Con (Girls Are Heroes of Their Own Stories), delving into the ways in which female characters are traditionally represented in comics, video games, and film.

In true educator fashion, Darcie led her massive audience in pair-and-share discussions regarding the negative tropes female characters often find themselves victim to, as well as encouraging us to find champagne examples of those who break the mold! Those who shared their insight with the hall, like Bella (a Girl Scout from Parker), received a highly coveted participation sticker.

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Congratulations, Darcie! This marks two years in a row that Girl Scouts of Colorado has had positive representation at Comic Con. You did a fabulous job!

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Meet the GSCO Product Sales Team

Jamie Haxton – Chief Product Sales Officer

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Jamie oversees the entire Product Sales Team statewide. Among her many duties, she secures, manages, and works with vendors for both the Fall and Girl Scout Cookies Sale, supporting girls in reaching their goals and giving back to their communities. She has more than 18 years of experience with Girls Scouts, including six years with Girl Scouts of Colorado. Jamie also served as Chief Financial Officer for Girl Scouts Sooner Council.

Troy Engh – Product Sales Logistics Manager

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Troy oversees inventory, logistics, delivery sites, vendor relations, cupboard management, seasonal staffing, and reward distributions, in addition to many other external logistical items.

Beth Homeijer – Product Sales Analyst

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Beth oversees the vendor software, uploads, event coordination, sales analysis, DOC, and many other internal logistical items.

Andria Thomas – Product Sales Administrative Assistant

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Andria is the admin for the entire team, overseeing Formstack databases, communication overflows, mailings, meeting coordination, and many other items that keep the department running smoothly.

Rychelle Arnold – Product Sales Manager

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Rychelle oversees the Product Sales Specialists.  She oversees the training content, manuals, guides, training designs, printed materials, assists with overall product program designs.  Rychelle also provides support as Region 4’s main Product Support.

Product Sales Specialists are the main Product Program Support for regional staff teams as well as responsible for managing the volunteer needs.  They are responsible for the key volunteer recruitment and design for their regions.  Each is tasked with the success of the campaigns, material distribution, rewards distribution, trainings, communications, and many other items within each region.

Mary Ann Deard- Regions 1, 2, & 5

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Region 3 – This position, which is in Pueblo, is currently vacant. GSCO is actively working to fill this role.

Rychelle Arnold- Region 4

Allison Snavely– Region 6 Service Units 637, 638, 640, 641, 647, 650, 606, 608, 611, 642, 649, 643, 644, 646, 621, 622, 627, 628, 630, 631, 632, and 635.

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Laura Aguon– Region 6 Service Units 623, 624, 625, 626, 629, 633, 636,604, 639, 652, 616, 617, 619, 653, 602, 607, 610, 612, 614, and 615.

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Elizabeth Lipp– Region 7

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** Note: This in no way is the extent of all of their responsibilities. Rather, a snippet to help you direct your questions appropriately. 

Top honors for GSCO Property Director

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Congratulations to Girl Scouts of Colorado Property Director Myrnan Fronczak! She was honored as the IFMA (International Facilities Management Association) Member of the Month for January 2016. 

Myrnan is in charge of all of the properties owned and/or leased by GSCO.  She takes care of everything to insure that our properties and facilities are well-maintained and provide a good experience for all users. Her duties also include overseeing service providers and keeping up with all the zoning and building codes.  One of the organizations that provides information and support to those have the responsibilities such as Myrnan’s is IFMA.

Give the Gift of Girl Scout Camp

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This holiday season, give your girl the gift of Girl Scout Camp! Girl Scout Camp is the experience of a lifetime and there are so many reasons to send your girl to Girl Scout Camp!

When friends or family ask what your girl might want for the holidays, suggest the gift of camp! Order a Girl Scout Gift Card online for your girl or share this information with grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.! You can also purchase a gift card in person at the Girl Scout shop.

Learn about our exciting summer camps for 2016!

Register here on December 9 at 9 a.m.!

Girl Scouts of Colorado offers overnight, day, troop, and family camps. If a structured camp is not for you, try a special get away experience for your troop at a Girl Scout property!

 

Colorado Girl Scouts return from Boundary Waters canoe trip

This summer, the annual GSCO canoe trip took 8 girls and 4 leaders on a week-long journey through the Boundary Waters in northern Minnesota and into Canada. It was truly the adventure of a lifetime as the group paddled through serene lakes, camped in remote wilderness and challenged themselves to work as a team and travel great distances via canoe. We want to share with you a testimony from one of the girls who was touched by her experience on the trip:

Boundary Waters: A trip beyond all words. The best word that comes to mind for me is magical. Magical because of the beauty, magical because of no cell phone service, magical because we all learned something about ourselves that we didn’t know before. Magical because of the people I was surrounded by, as we were all one with nature.

I was very lucky to be part of this trip, because of everything that I have been given throughout this experience. I was able to learn techniques of canoeing while being in the most beautiful part of the world, the Boundary Waters, and also being able to become part of a family, the girls and adults that went on the trip.

Over the 5 days that we were on the water, I kept a journal regarding the adventures of each day. And so my journal was filled by the end. The thing that I wrote constantly about was the beauty of the area, and how much beauty was in the whole scene, the area, and the people. It was a magical experience I would never trade for anything else, and Girl Scouts of Colorado gave me this experience. Thank you GSCO!!!
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If you are interested in gaining new skills and leadership experience while having your own adventure of a lifetime, consider joining the canoe trip in summer 2016 on the  Green River in Utah! Dates and fees are to be announced, but scholarships are available. For more information contact Anna Danila at anna.danila@gscolorado.org or (303)681-6079.

 

 

Celebrate the new Girl Scout year at the GSCO Shop

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Submitted by Jackie Peterson, Manager Customer Service and Retail for Girl Scouts of Colorado

The new membership season is upon us! What does this mean for the Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop? New store hours, merchandise and mobile shop dates!  Beginning September 8, 2015, we will extend store hours and be open on Saturday.  The new hours will be:

Tuesday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wednesday 10 a.m.- 7 p.m.

Thursday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  

Not only have we extended our store hours, we have added mobile shops to our schedule! There will be a mobile shop at “Fallapalooza” events in Larimer County on September 12, Denver on September 19, Colorado Springs on October 3 and Western Slope on October 17, 2015.   At these events, the retail store will bring new GSCO-branded merchandise, along with helpful items for leaders.

Speaking of new merchandise, check out our online store:

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It has “council-own” items, which will continue to grow throughout the year as we bring in new clothing, accessories, leader tools and other fun stuff for members and volunteers. Best of all: its open 24/7!  This online store is partnered with GSUSA and orders will be processed thru GSUSA.  All proceeds from orders generated in Colorado stay with Girl Scouts of Colorado!

Don’t have time to surf the site?  GSUSA Catalogs are now available on girlscoutsofcolorado.org.  It will give you the latest information on all GSUSA branded merchandise.  Have questions?  Contact the store at 303-607-4880, email us at retail@gscolorado.org or stop on by!  We are here to help.

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.