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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.

Nearly 100 stop by for Grand Junction Service Center open house

Girl Scouts of Colorado is hosting Open House Events at the Girl Scouts Service Centers around the state. Come learn about resources available for you, meet your Membership Manager, learn more about the Journeys and Girl’s Guide and taste the new Girl Scout Cookie, Savannah Smiles.

The Grand Junction Service Center open house on Oct. 1 attracted close to 100 people who came to meet staff and check out the grand re-opening of the remodeled shop.

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