Wow! What a day Girl Scouts of Colorado had on Monday!
I had the pleasure of starting out my day Monday with an interview to celebrate Girl Scouts’ 100th on 9NEWS’ morning show, Colorado’s #1 news station in Denver. Two teenage Denver Metro area Girl Scouts joined me for the interview, and we had a great time! After that interview I quickly moved over to the State Capitol for the Honorary Capitol Troop 2012 festivities with the state’s female legislators.
Roughly fifty Girl Scouts and several dozen Girl Scout alumnae and supporters joined in on the events at the Capitol. Some of these attendees got to sit on the House and Senate floor, and four Girl Scouts led the Pledge of Allegiance to open the House session.
But the “memorable” events of the day took place when both the House and Senate passed Resolutions in honor of Girl Scouts of Colorado, our 100th anniversary celebrations and the lifelong leadership skills Girl Scouts has instilled in girls for generations.
The best part of these Resolutions were after they were read members of the Legislature offered their support of Girl Scouts, many sharing their memories of being involved in the organization. Here are some of my favorite quotes:
“I can still change a tire in 17 minutes because of a Girl Scout badge!”
“I developed a love of camping because of Girl Scouts.”
“It was through Girl Scouts we developed the courage, confidence and character to be standing in front of you today.”
“I believe Girl Scouts is where we got our foundation from.”
“Girl Scouts is the glue that keeps women on track to be great leaders.”
“I learned to face my fears through Girl Scouts.”
After the festivities on the House and Senate floors, the female legislators joined Girl Scouts of Colorado for a lunch, sponsored by AT&T. At the lunch, these legislators were inducted in their Honorary Troop 2012 with a pinning ceremony. Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Board Chair Stephanie Foote, as well as Girl Scout Christina Bear spoke about local Girl Scouting.
“This is a momentous occasion for Girl Scouts, and AT&T is proud to sponsor this induction of Honorary Troop 2012,” commented the president of our sponsoring organization, Bill Soards of AT&T Colorado. “For 100 years the Girl Scouts have made it their mission to teach that next generation to take the reins and drive their own destiny. You have taught that through hard world and perseverance, you can make the world a better place for this and the next generation.”
Troop 2012 symbolizes that the leadership possibilities for girls and women in this country are endless. The Capitol Troop 2012 forms a partnership between Girl Scouts of Colorado and the women members of the state legislature to address issues that impact girls. It also broadens the presence of Girl Scouts of Colorado at the State Capitol to recognize the depth and breadth of our work.
Below we have a video of the event at the Capitol, and there is a link above to the photos taken from the day. We are also excited about the Girl Scouts who visited hospitals around the state to induct the baby girls born on Monday into the Honorary Troop 2012 as well. Check out those blog posts to learn more. (Blog #1; Blog #2) Additionally check our blog and Facebook Page for other posts on Colorado Girl Scouts 100th anniversary festivities.
Girl Scouts of Colorado honored Western Slope Generation Wow! Girl Scouts at a special ceremony with the Mayor of Grand Junction on Monday, March 12th. Here is a quote from one of the attendees of the event, Susan Alvillar, who is a supporter of Girl Scouts:
“Inspirational, impressive and fun! The girls each told the audience what inspired them to make a difference, which included things like being empowered to stop bullying, the honor of being in a troop with awesome sister Girl Scouts and making a difference in their community. The event was attended by two members of the City Council, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Pitts, who is the father of three former Girl Scouts and five granddaughter Girl Scouts, and Councilman Bennett Boeschenstein, who is the father of two former Girl Scouts. Parents and other family members snapped pictures and enjoyed cookies and milk at a reception following the event.”
We are also proud of the recent 100th anniversary media coverage Girl Scouts of Colorado has received. Here are some highlights:
- La Voz
- Colorado Expression
- La Junta Tribune + Article 2
- Steamboat Today
- Vail Channel 8
- Eagle Valley Enterprise
- KOA 850 radio (Denver/statewide) ran interviews about our 100th on Sunday & Monday, March 11th & 12th
- The Denver Post
- Longmont Times Call
- Grand Junction Free Press
- Fox 21 (Colorado Springs/Pueblo)
- Pueblo Chieftain
- Glenwood Springs Post Independent
- The Denver Business Journal ran a special insert on Girl Scouts of Colorado in their March 9th issue
- Durango Herald
- KRYSTAL 93 radio in Summit County did an interview with our local Generation Wow! Girl Scouts on Monday, March 12th
- Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce
- Denver’s 9NEWS, Fox 31/CW and The Denver Post covered the capitol event on Monday, March 12th. 9NEWS also covered the It’s A Girl project at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora on Monday.
- KOAA (NBC, Colorado Springs/Pueblo)
- KKCO (NBC, Grand Junction)
- KJCT (ABC, Grand Junction) did a live feed from the 100th anniversary/Generation Wow! event at City Hall on Monday, March 12th
- Cortez Journal
- Wheat Ridge Transcript
- Delta County Independent + Article 2
- Fowler Tribune
- Loveland Reporter Herald + Article 2
- Lone Tree Voice
- Better Community News (Western Slope)
- YourHubs – Aurora, Castle Rock, Denver
- Facebook Page callouts to Girl Scouts of Colorado on Park Meadows and Southwest Plaza Malls (from the Denver Metro Area) + Olympic Figure Skater from Colorado Springs, Rachel Flatt
I’ve been a Girl Scout for about as long as I can remember, and this is a day and moment in history I won’t soon forget. I’m glad I had a chance to be part of it!