To earn their Bronze Award, four Juniors, Cate S., Olivia S., Elisa E. and Elena G., from Troop 2214 worked on a themed mobile library for a local rehabilitation and care center. They created a small video to summarize what they learned!
The 2013 and 2014 Classes of Grand Junction Women of Distinction welcomed the 2015 class: Karen Troester, Susan Alvillar, and Robbie Breaux. MCC Board Representative Victoria Gigoux hosted a lovely tea in her beautiful home.
We are excited to be able to publicly recognize these women for their contributions to our community an hold them in esteem for Girl Scouts to aspire to.
Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to announce the 2015 inductees into the esteemed Women of Distinction program on the Western Slope. This year’s three honorees are:
Susan Alvillar, Community Relations Manager, WPX Energy
Robbie Breaux, Ceramic Artist
Karen Troester, Vice President Commercial Banking, U.S. Bank
These women were selected by a committee of their peers led by Betsy Bair, Woman of Distinction 2014, and chosen based on their contributions to the community, both professionally and personally. The event chair is Lois Dunn, Woman of Distinction 2013.
Girl Scouts of Colorado will publicly honor these inductees at the 2015 Women of Distinction Breakfast in Grand Junction at Two Rivers Convention Center, October 1, 2015 from 7:30-9 a.m. Attendees will learn about the impact that Girl Scouting is making on the girls of the Western Slope and within its communities. The morning’s keynote speaker is Jaime Gardner, small business owner and wife of U.S. Senator Cory Gardner.
The Women of Distinction program began on the Western Slope in 2013. Including this year’s honorees, Girl Scouts of Colorado has recognized just six other women on the Western Slope with this honor.
Tickets for the event are $20. For more information, including how you can help, please contact Cindi Graves at 970-242-4461 or email@example.com. You can also visit the Girl Scouts of Colorado website for more information or to purchase tickets and/or sponsorships at: www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/wodgj
WOW! Where does the time go? We blink and an entire summer has passed us by.
In year’s past we have done an all-troop family camping trip. It is a HUGE endeavor, with a ton of prep and expense. After a not-as-good-as-usual cookie sale, we were less on funds when summer came than we had ever been in the past. After much discussion, we opted to try a GIRL ONLY Day Camp this year and held it in our Girl Scout Council’s backyard area. Anticipating the same activities, short of sleeping in a tent, it turned out to be a pretty good compromise.
Our camping trips are always jam-packed with badge earning activities and even though we didn’t sleep away, this year was no different.
On our camping trips, we always do learned skills: knife safety, knots and fire starting. This year, as our older girls have been doing this for years and years (and are at that age where eye-rolling comes standard!), we had the oldest girls teach knife safety and knot tying. It was a great opportunity to shake things up a bit and get the girls working on their leadership and teaching skills. We also showed the girls how to safely start a camp fire using matches and with steel wool and a 9-volt battery, which, of course, they thought was really cool!
This year, we taught the girls how to use a compass, too!
After illustrating “magnetism” with a pin floating on water, we gave them actual compasses to follow some basic instructions around the yard. They worked in teams and did really well!
What’s a day camp without some games? Being in the backyard made it really easy for us to do some fun games with water and pool noodles! It was a fun way to break up the day and have the girls work on teamwork!
Additionally, we always make an art-to-wear project; usually a t-shirt and piece of jewelry. So, keeping with tradition we did just that, making a t-shirt with a stencil, bleach and water (don’t worry we were safe with masks and gloves!) and bracelet. This year, we also used some of our knot skills to make water bottle carriers with the girls getting to decorate their own water bottles.
Meal prep is always an important task, and even in the backyard we were able to teach the girls how to make easy snacks and do some campfire cooking. They had edible bird nests for snack, made pizzaritos (a burrito stuffed with pizza fillings instead of beans!) on the campfire for lunch and they did some dutch-oven cooking by making corn bread for dinner to go with the chili the leaders made.
It was a REALLY hot summer day, so we moved inside during the peak of the heat to learn about how to read food labels, satisfying more badge earning requirements, and work on our bracelets in an air-conditioned room!
Before dinner, towards the end of the day, we had a lesson in Leave No Trace. It was a great way to teach the girls a valuable lesson AND get them to pick up the trash from the day, leaving the backyard better than we found it!
To end the day, because we weren’t able to fit a bridging ceremony in our busy schedule earlier in the summer, we also did a troop bridging ceremony. This is always a really special event for us. Being a HUGE multi-level troop, we are able to do all required activities and the ceremony “in house.” Using the bridge in the council backyard was special too!
These smiling facea and the lifetime bonds these girls are building are what keep us going!
All in all, a great (and exhausting) day…topped off with cupcakes!
Submitted by Allison Ellington
Troop 33 from Grand Junction had some great ideas on what they wanted to learn about at an older girl conference. I met with them, we brainstormed and this Healthy Living Conference was the result. Thanks for the fantastic ideas! We had so many community partners ready to come to this and share their expertise, it was fantastic. We also had a great turnout – 35 Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors from all over the Western Slope.
We started the day off with some Crossfit training and dancing with some coaches from Kaia Fitness. The girls learned about healthy skin and how to protect themselves from the harsh sun from Rodan and Fields representative, Kristin. We had a psychologist come in and do a workshop on dealing with emotions and stress. They followed that up with making stress balls and doing some meditative relaxation. Thanks for that, Dr. Amy.
The girls loved making their own healthy lunch together while trying out some fun tools from Pampered Chef helper, Laura. Lunch was all purchased at Natural Grocers who also sent their Nutritionist, Dustin. The girls had a ton of questions for him! We ended the day with some relaxing and centering yoga with our favorite yoga instructor, Maegan. What a blast! I have heard back from girls and parents that this was a very impactful day – they had a great time and learned a ton. All of our community partners can’t wait to do this again.
Fruita Monument High School Memory Books for Dementia Patients
What did you do for your Gold Award project?
I made beautiful Memory Books for a dementia unit in my hometown. These books are used to help spark memories in the patients, and are used by staff, families and volunteers. I volunteered with the patients to keep them busy doing exercise groups, games and socializing.
Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?
I volunteered at a nursing home and saw how board the patients were and that they needed something to do. I did some research and found out about Memory Books and made them for the patients. I also volunteered, when possible, and worked with the patients doing different activities to keep them active and engaged.
How did your Gold Award project make a difference?
I provided five books and four baby dolls to a local center, and I got a local school to continue making these books for other dementia centers in my area. I also recruited other students from the area to volunteer at the dementia center so the patients would have more visitors to help keep them busy.
What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?
I learned about dementia. I learned to be assertive in asking for donations for my books and to keep my project going forward. I am now more comfortable talking in front of groups and to different business people. The project also taught me to budget my money.
What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?
I will remember working with the dementia patients the most.
How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?
It will help me be more confident and to not give up when you are pursuing something important.
Why do you feel the Gold Award is an important part of your Girl Scout experience?
The Gold Award project teaches you to be independent and to pursue something you are passionate about. It teaches you to make a difference in the world.
On Friday, Nov. 8th, Allen Unique Autos graciously hosted the Western Slope Girl Scouts Highest Awards Ceremony. This event celebrated girls receiving one of Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, or the Bronze, Silver or Gold Award, in the 2012-2013 membership year. With their friends and family in attendance, 41 girls received awards from area Girl Scouts of Colorado Board Member Shauna Shafer. Also in attendance and showing their support for Girl Scouting were 2013 Girl Scouts Women of Distinction from the Western Slope, Lois Dunn and Elisabeth Boyd. Keynote speaker was former Girl Scout and area Attorney Catherine Norton-Breman, who inspired the girls with stories about how the courage she learned in Girl Scouts helped her succeed in the business world.
Annamarie Pritt from Rifle was the sole Girl Scout in attendance who received the highest award in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award. For her project she created a camp for girls between the ages 11 and 16 to learn wilderness survival skills, self-confidence and leadership skills.
Girl Scouts of Colorado’s CEO Stephanie Foote helped induct the first class of Girl Scout Women of Distinction on the Western Slope at a breakfast on Tuesday morning, Oct. 15, at the Western Colorado Center for the Arts in Grand Junction. This year’s honorees were Lois Dunn, Real Estate Broker, Invest in Colorado West, Inc., Teresa Coons, Executive Director, Math and Science Center, and Lisa Boyd, Co-Owner, No Coast Sushi.
A special thank you to Susan Alvillar and WPX, The Western Colorado Center for the Arts, and Cowboy and the Rose for hosting the first annual Grand Junction Girl Scouts Women of Distinction. The event raised more than $1,000 for local Girl Scout programming. Donations can still be made in honor of this program at girlscoutsofcolorado.org/donate.
Girl Scout Women of Distinction are chosen based on their contributions to the community, both professionally and personally. They commit to supporting Girl Scouts of Colorado and serving Girl Scouts today. The Girl Scouts Women of Distinction program is active in other parts of Colorado, including Colorado Springs and Denver. More than 400 women throughout the state have been recognized and have raised more than $2 million in the last 20 years for Girl Scout leadership programs. Learn more about Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Women of Distinction program.