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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.

Western Slope Girl Scouts make record Hometown Heroes donation


On Tuesday, April 16th, the Western Slope’s largest Girl Scout Troop 12214 of Holy Family Catholic School made a Hometown Heroes donation of more than 500 packages of Girl Scout Cookies to Catholic Outreach. This was the largest Hometown Heroes donation made by a troop on the Western Slope this year.

The troop blogged about their effort, which included some local media coverage, on their troop’s blog. Read the blog here.

Posted by Amanda Kalina, PR Director, Girl Scouts of Colorado

Western Slope Girl Scouts honored for earning Highest Awards

Twenty-five Western Slope Girl Scouts were joined by their families to celebrate the completion of their Bronze, Silver and Gold Award projects at Allen Unique Autos, in Grand Junction, on Nov. 5.

Girls were pinned by their parents and then enjoyed cake, punch and a tour of the auto museum. Girl Scouts of Colorado congratulates all the Girl Scouts who received this distinguished award. We also thank Tammy Allen for allowing us to use her unique venue.

Troop 12214, a multi-level group of 44, does it all

Submitted by Victoria Cardamo
Grand Junction

Troop 12214 at Holy Family Catholic School, in Grand Junction, is a multi-level troop of 44 girls. The troop started with 14 Daisies in 2009 and has grown since. 12 of the original members are still part of the troop! The troop is led by 10 volunteers and has 2 product/cookie sale parents. They meet weekly for 1 1/2 hours from September through May. This is a very active troop who tries to participate in most Council and SU events, such as Thinking Day and the annual Christmas Mitten Tree. Troop leaders have been on SU teams to coordinate and plan an annual Thinking Day, Spring Dance and Fall Event. Their Head Leader is also the SU Treasurer. Troop 12214 participates in the Grand Junction Veteran’s Day Parade each year, a family camping trip every Summer and does a hygiene and/or food drive each Fall for a different local charity. They have made it their goal to collect 100 pony tails for Locks of Love, by December 31st, in honor of the 100th Anniversary of Girls Scouts. They are planting a community garden at their school and have started an age appropriate, all troop, Self Esteem program based, in part, on the documentary Miss Representation.

The photo was taken in September in the backyard of the Grand Junction Service Center, immediately following the troop’s annual Investiture and Rededication Ceremony.

Historic and memorable Girl Scouts’ 100th in Colorado


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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:

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!

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Cocktails & Girl Scout Cookie Creations

This year marks Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary Year of the Girl, and as part of that celebration Grand Junction is hosting the 2nd annual Cocktails & Cookie Creations April 20th at The Chateau at Two Rivers Winery.

Eight of the valley’s most talented chefs will create one-of-a-kind savory appetizers using a famous Girl Scout Cookie as an ingredient. These creations will be formally paired with Colorado wine by Sommelier Monty Haltiner of Crossroads Wine & Spirits. The proceeds from this signature event provide programming for Girl Scouts throughout Western Colorado. It is the largest fundraiser for Girl Scouts on the Western Slope.

US Bank has generously agreed to serve as title sponsor for this event, but lesser sponsorship opportunities are now available. Please contact Cindi Graves, Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Community Relations Manager on the Western Slope, at 970-628-8003 or cindi.graves@gscolorado.org for more information on how you can support Girl Scouts in our community.