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Save the Date: Cocktails & Cookie Creations

Join fellow Girl Scouts, supporters, and community leaders for Cocktails & Cookie Creations! These adult tasting events feature savory appetizers made with Girl Scout Cookies, wine, specialty cocktails, a silent auction, and more. Cocktails & Cookie Creations in Grand Junction is Friday, April 17, 2015.  The event in Steamboat Springs is planned for Thursday, May 28, 2015. Tickets for both nights are on sale now and sponsorships are still available.

Here’s a taste of what you can expect at Cocktails & Cookie Creations in Grand Junction:

The Local: Samoa encased in chorizo-made into a slider with chipotle aioli

Spoons: Pico de gallo corn fritter with Tagalong mole braised beef

Citrolas: Rah-Rah Raisin salmon risotto with cookie crumble balsamic reduction

Bin 707 Foodbar: Do-si-do crusted pork belly sliced on barley risotto with rhubarb gastrique

Community Hospital: Panko shortbread Ahi tuna on a honey coconut rice cake with wasabi siracha aioli

No Coast Sushi: Braised beef with Thin Mint curry, Thin Mint tabbouleh and Thin Mint Naan bread

Here are the recipes from Cocktails & Cookie Creations in Steamboat Springs last year:

Asian Braised Pork Belly with Dos-i-dos

Mole Pork Tenderloin with Tagalongs

Samoa Badge of Courage

Good news! Greg Smith and Kate Rench are returning this year and we can’t wait to taste the new dishes they’ve created.

For more information on Cocktails & Cookie Creations in Steamboat Springs, email Carol Griffin.

For more information on the event in Grand Junction, email Cindi Graves.




Healthy Living Conference on Western Slope a huge success



Submitted by Allison Ellington
Grand Junction
Western Slope

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.

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

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Carly U-Ren, Grand Junction, “Memory Books for Dementia Patients”


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Carly U-Ren
Grand Junction
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.

Girl Scouts honor Highest Awards recipients on the Western Slope


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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.

KJCT and KKCO TV from Grand Junction did a story on the event

First Girl Scout Women of Distinction honored in Grand Junction




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.

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Girl Scouts announces first Grand Junction Women of Distinction

Girl Scouts of Colorado is announcing the 2013 inductees into the esteemed Women of Distinction program in Grand Junction at a breakfast on Oct. 15 at the Western Colorado Center for the Arts. This year’s three Grand Junction honorees were 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.

This will be the first year Girl Scouts of Colorado has honored Women of Distinction on the Western Slope. The Girl Scouts Women of Distinction program is active in other parts of the state, including Colorado Springs and Denver. More than 400 women throughout the state have been recognized and honorees are dedicated to raising funds to support Girl Scout leadership programs, with more than $2 million raised in the last 20 years. For more information on the Women of Distinction, including the names of Colorado honorees, visit Girl Scouts of Colorado’s website.

The Grand Junction event is sponsored by WPX Energy and hosted by Grand Junction resident Susan Alvillar. For more information, please contact Cindi Graves 970-201-3556 or cindi.graves@gscolorado.org.

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Grand Junction 2013 Women of Distinction: 

  • Lois Dunn, Real Estate Broker, Invest in Colorado West, Inc.
  • Teresa Coons, Executive Director, Math and Science Center
  • Lisa Boyd, Co-Owner, No Coast Sushi


Story about the honorees and event on KJCT-ABC Grand Junction

Grand Junction Girl Scout troop honored as Colorado MAKER

We are extremely honored and proud of Girl Scout Troop 1804 of Grand Junction. This troop and their work for their Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest award a middle school Girl Scout can earn, is featured in a new Colorado MAKERS episode produced by Rocky Mountain PBS. Colorado MAKERS highlights the best and brightest of the state’s women and girls leaders and how they are making a difference in their communities. Being that one of the core fundamentals of Girl Scouting is “making the world a better place,” we are honored that Rocky Mountain PBS has helped showcase our story! This exciting honor was also featured in the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel over the weekend.

Story posted by Amanda Kalina, PR Director, Girl Scouts of Colorado



Cadette Troop 3940 had a great year dedicated to helping the community

Submitted by Jodee Cronk
Grand Junction

Our Girl Scout Year
Cadette Troop 3940 had a big year, most of it dedicated to helping our community and spreading the word about Girl Scouts. To start out our year, we made and served dinner at Homeward Bound homeless shelter. To honor Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday, we bought baby gifts and a Daisy smock and made a basket for the first girl born in Grand Junction on Oct. 31. Then, we wrapped more than 200 Christmas presents that were donated by community members for kids who otherwise might not have had Christmas presents. We also chose a 12-year-old girl from the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree and purchased everything on her Christmas wish list. We have also volunteered at Canyon View Vineyard Church in the nurseries. We even spent an evening babysitting for a Mom’s Night Out. During cookie season, we had 117 boxes of cookies donated for the military. We mailed them to the 62nd Engineering Battalion in Afghanistan. We learned a lot while volunteering in our community and it made us feel good to give back.

We also helped spread the word about Girl Scouts. Our troop was asked to give a presentation to the United Way panel about the Troop Pathway. We talked about what Girl Scouts means to us and what we have accomplished. During cookie season, we were interviewed on KAFM radio and by KKCO news. We had the chance to talk about our goals and all that we have learned selling cookies. Also, a reporter from KJCT came to our cookie booth and we talked about how Girl Scouts and cookie sales inspire us to do great things and teach us valuable skills that we will need throughout our lives. We also spent a Saturday morning collecting food for the Kids’ Backpack program that provides kids in need with food for evenings and weekends. Then, for our Take Action Project, we wrote and illustrated a coloring book for younger Girl Scouts about how to prevent bullying.

We think that we had a good year. It is fun doing things for other people. Our experiences helped us to realize how good our lives are and how fortunate we are. Without Girl Scouts, we may never have had these opportunities.

By Cadette Troop 3940 (Anela, Anne, Bridget, Grace, Kamryn, Olivia, Riley, and Syvannah)

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


Grand Junction’s Cocktails & Cookie Creations event raises funds for Girl Scouts


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Our April 19th Cocktails & Cookie Creations event at Two Rivers Winery and Chateau in Grand Junction was a huge success! More than 200 people attended and helped raise more than $19,000, which will be used to provide Girl Scout programming in the area.

Girl Scouts of Colorado thanks all the event sponsors and chefs who participated, particularly our presenting sponsor U.S. Bank. Also congratulations to Christopher Boyd and Michael Aschmann of No Coast Sushi who won fan favorite with their lobster quiche with 118 votes!

We also received a lot of great media coverage of the event, including from one of our media sponsors KREX-TV (CBS) (Clip 2).

Posted by Amanda Kalina, PR Director, Girl Scouts of Colorado with assistance from Cindi Graves, Fund Development Manager for Girl Scouts of Colorado on the Western Slope.