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Girls Scout troop thanks nurses with cookies

Submitted by Penny W.

Northern & Northeastern CO

Greeley

Troop 74404 delivered baskets of Girl Scout Cookies to Banner Hospital of Greeley and UCHealth to thank nurses for all they do. The girls were not able to do it as troop, so they designated Bree to deliver them for the troop. Bree also delivered cookies to two nursing homes. The girls picked first responders as their Hometown Heroes and will also deliver cookies to firefighters.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Volunteer Spotlight: Erin Sullivan-Ortiz

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Erin Sullivan-Ortiz of Greeley in the Northern & Northeastern CO region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Erin to answer a few quick questions about her volunteer experience. We hope you find her as inspiring as we did.

Why did you become a Girl Scout volunteer?

I became a Girl Scout volunteer for several reasons! I was a Girl Scout myself, and my mom was my troop leader for a while. Some of my favorite childhood memories were formed in Girl Scouts, many of my values were strengthened through Girl Scouts, and two of my still-best friends were sister Girl Scouts! My grandmother, whose only child was a son (my dad), was a Girl Scout volunteer for over 50 years! Her commitment to empowering girls was nothing short of inspiring. Given this rich family history with Girl Scouts, when my daughter joined Girl Scouts in kindergarten as a Daisy, it felt completely natural to join as a troop volunteer!

Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.

I started as a troop volunteer. I could not attend most regular meetings with my work schedule, so my first couple of years I helped plan events and ceremonies, organized speakers for meetings, and supported wherever else I could. I became a co-leader of our multi-level troop and “cookie mom” my third year, and the next year took on overall troop leadership (yay paperwork!) as well as continued to lead my daughter’s level (Brownies). I continued those roles, moving to Juniors with my daughter!

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

So much! I’ve learned even more about how thoughtful, innovative, compassionate, generous, and creative girls can be! I’ve learned the importance of slowing down to give each girl the space and time to explore and express her own opinions, thoughts, and feelings. I’ve learned that collectively, they are even more amazing than the sum of the individuals, which is saying something since they are each so unique and wonderful! I’ve learned that by creating our own annual traditions, like camping trips or ceremonies, we are not only creating opportunities to develop memories, but cumulatively reinforcing special memories from years past – and with them, unbreakable bonds of sisterhood. I’ve learned how powerful it is for younger girls to have older girls to look up to, and how engaging it can be for older girls to have younger girls to guide and teach.

I’ve also learned that the community as a whole loves to support Girl Scouts! We’ve had so much support from so many people and organizations, from the Larimer County Park Rangers teaching us about how to “Leave No Trace,” to the CSU Society of Women Engineers helping us earn an engineering badge, to local businesses encouraging our pursuit of booths for cookie sales, to people taking time out of their busy lives to share their passion and/or career with our troop, and so many more. I’ve figured out that if we think creatively as a group, we can find support for just about any interest we want to pursue!  

Furthermore, I’ve again learned about the power of friendship as an adult. Our troop leadership team and volunteers are so incredible and engaged. I’ve learned that as an adult involved with Girl Scouts, not only do I get to support the girls, but I also get to make special memories and create/strengthen bonds with other parents who care about these girls and their success as much as I do! 

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I hope they’ve learned that they are capable of more than they thought possible. I hope they’ve learned that they are powerful, and truly can make an impact when they put their minds to it. I hope they’ve learned to listen to and care for their sister Girl Scouts and others. I hope they have learned to see the issues in their community as opportunities for change rather than just something to be sad or feel helpless about. I hope they’ve really learned the concepts of the Girl Scout Promise and Law, and creatively employ those in their everyday lives, now and in the future!

How has your experience as a volunteer helped you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

Anybody who tries to wrangle 22 second through fifth graders on a Friday after school for 2.5 hours will have their leadership skills stretched!  🙂   

Some of the leadership skills I’ve developed by volunteering with and then leading this troop include patience, teamwork, and the ever-important skill of delegating. We’ve had to be innovative in how we connect with our community and make BIG things happen (like installing a drinking fountain/water bottle refill station at a local shelter, hosting a fun run to raise awareness about how to support kids going through tough medical situations, and more) while still encouraging our young troop to take the lead. These girls have huge ideas and even bigger hearts; daring to take the risk to pursue these projects rather than saying “no, that’s too big of an idea,” asking the girls questions and pushing them to figure out how to facilitate the ideas becoming reality, and then getting out of their way (!!) has been challenging to say the least. I could not ask for a better reward than hearing one of our troop members say to another last summer on the way back from a camping trip, “I LOVE Girl Scouts.  I never want to quit being a Girl Scout!” 

So worth it.  I know they’ll keep challenging themselves, each other, me, and the world around them!  

Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org. 

The nomination deadline for 2020 Volunteer Recognition Awards is April 30. GSCO invites members statewide to take this opportunity to recognize an outstanding volunteer by nominating them for a Volunteer Recognition Award. Nominators are responsible for ensuring enough endorsements are submitted to support their nomination of a volunteer for an award. Your volunteer support specialist can check nomination and endorsement submissions for you. Learn more.

CANCELED: Girl Scouts of Colorado Starter Troop 76001- Greeley

Join us for our jump start K-1 Girl Scout troop where you’ll learn about all the fun you can have in Girl Scouts. This troop will run for 4 meetings and introduce girls and their families to Girl Scouts. Your troop coach will be there to guide you through activities and badgework. Come join the fun!

Meetings: 5:30-6:30pm at Maplewood Elementary, bi-weekly Mondays, beginning Monday, February 24th.

A caregiver must attend each meeting with their girl and volunteer at least one meeting. This is not a drop off event.

Cost: $25 for membership and $5 for troop dues.

Questions? Contact Devon Wilson, devon.wilson@gscolorado.org, 970-212-235

CANCELED: Girl Scouts of Colorado Starter Troop 76001- Greeley

Join us for our jump start K-1 Girl Scout troop where you’ll learn about all the fun you can have in Girl Scouts. This troop will run for 4 meetings and introduce girls and their families to Girl Scouts. Your troop coach will be there to guide you through activities and badgework. Come join the fun!

Meetings: 5:30-6:30pm at Maplewood Elementary, bi-weekly Mondays, beginning Monday, February 24th.

A caregiver must attend each meeting with their girl and volunteer at least one meeting. This is not a drop off event.

Cost: $25 for membership and $5 for troop dues.

Questions? Contact Devon Wilson, devon.wilson@gscolorado.org, 970-212-235

Secrets to Success: Conversation Station Leader Shauna Johnson, Technical Manager, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse

As of March 16, 2020, this event has been canceled.

All girls in grades 6-12 are invited to connect with professional women in a variety of career paths at Girl Scouts of Colorado’s first “Secrets to Success” event in Northern Colorado on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at Aims Community College. Girls will personally engage with top women leaders in a variety of career fields such as law, emergency response, animal care, theatre, and more. This event joins today’s leaders with the next generation, to share their expertise and provide inspiration for success. Financial assistance and travel stipends are available. Register now: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/2020secrets_to_success_nc_04_18_2020

In preparation for this exciting event, we are thrilled to announce some of the amazing women whom girls will be engaging with, including Shauna Johnson, Technical Manager, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse.

Shauna Johnson grew up in a musical family and fell in love with the technical side of theatre in high school. Her career has spanned more than 20 years and she has been with the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse since it opened in 2008. While at the Candlelight, she has worked as Technical Director and Stage Manager, and is now part of the Executive Management Team as Technical Manager, which means she is responsible for all technical areas and the maintenance of the building. Shauna received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from the University of Northern Colorado and has worked as a designer and technician for many theatre companies across the state, as well as Stage Manager and Head Carpenter at the Union Colony Civic Center in Greeley for local productions and National Tours. Shauna is a proud 2015 True West Award winner for her management and special effect work on “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” at the Candlelight. When asked about the challenges women face in technical theatre she says, “Women can be found in all aspects of theatre. However, Technical Directing tends to appeal to men more, so it has always been a challenge for me to prove that I belong. I have always believed that hard work, expert knowledge, and refined skills should have more impact when it comes to any job, regardless of age, race, or sex. I am proud that, by simply doing the work and doing it well, I am valuable and I have gained the respect of my colleagues, not only at the Candlelight, but across the state.”

When she isn’t working, Shauna has most likely escaped to the mountains with her dogs or can be found cheering on the Rockies and spoiling her nieces and nephews.

Secrets to Success: Conversation Station Leader Lisa Denke, P.E., Project Manager/Engineer

As of March 16, 2020, this event has been canceled.

All girls in grades 6-12 are invited to connect with professional women in a variety of career paths at Girl Scouts of Colorado’s first “Secrets to Success” event in Northern Colorado on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at Aims Community College. Girls will personally engage with top women leaders in a variety of career fields such as law, emergency response, animal care, theatre, and more. This event joins today’s leaders with the next generation, to share their expertise and provide inspiration for success. Financial assistance and travel stipends are available. Register now: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/2020secrets_to_success_nc_04_18_2020

In preparation for this exciting event, we are thrilled to announce some of the amazing women whom girls will be engaging with, including Lisa Denke, P.E., Project Manager/Engineer.

Lisa graduated from Wind River High School in Wyoming and attended the local community college, earning an Associate degree in Music. Lisa moved to Laramie where she studied music and engineering, graduating from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.

After graduation, she took several jobs where she was doing things that would be considered Mechanical Engineering, such as job cementing, acidizing, and fracking.  Later, jobs required other skills, such as chemistry, leading her to retake basic chemistry at Colorado State University. Lisa believes what you learn in school can be very relevant to what you do in your job and learning shouldn’t ever stop!

Currently, Lisa works as an engineering consultant, and recently taught Oilfield Operations in Dubai, showing you never know where your talents will be needed! She also leads the hymns at her church and sings special music selections. She enjoys learning about the history of this area, including Germans from Russia.

CANCELED: Girl Scouts of Colorado Starter Troop 76001- Greeley

Join us for our jump start K-1 Girl Scout troop where you’ll learn about all the fun you can have in Girl Scouts. This troop will run for 4 meetings and introduce girls and their families to Girl Scouts. Your troop coach will be there to guide you through activities and badgework. Come join the fun!

Meetings: 5:30-6:30pm at Maplewood Elementary, bi-weekly Mondays, beginning Monday, February 24th.

A caregiver must attend each meeting with their girl and volunteer at least one meeting. This is not a drop off event.

Cost: $25 for membership and $5 for troop dues.

Questions? Contact Devon Wilson, devon.wilson@gscolorado.org, 970-212-235

“Secrets to Success” in the Northern & Northeastern CO region

“What is your Secret to Success? Girls have the unique opportunity to ask that question and many more of top local women leaders our first “Secrets to Success” event in the Northern & Northeastern CO region! It will be Saturday, April 18, 2020 from 9 a.m. – noon at Aims Community College (5401 20th St., Greeley, 80634).

Link to register: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/secrets_to_success_1616242345.html

Girls will connect with professional women in a variety of career fields, giving them a unique opportunity to directly engage with incredible women in our community. This program joins today’s leaders with the next generation, to share their expertise and provide inspiration for success.

** This program is open to all girls in grades 6-12. You do not need to be a Girl Scout to attend.**

Registration is $5 per girl and includes snacks. Financial assistance is available, including travel stipend if program site is more than 100 miles round trip from your home. Registration closes on April 14 or when event reaches capacity.

This is a drop-off event. In partnership with Aims Community College, we will host a separate, concurrent campus tour and information session for interested adults who wish to remain on campus during girl programming.

Completed permission forms are required at check in. Download here.

For more information, contact aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

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CANCELED: Girl Scouts of Colorado Starter Troop 76001- Greeley

Join us for our jump start K-1 Girl Scout troop where you’ll learn about all the fun you can have in Girl Scouts. This troop will run for 4 meetings and introduce girls and their families to Girl Scouts. Your troop coach will be there to guide you through activities and badgework. Come join the fun!

Meetings: 5:30-6:30pm at Maplewood Elementary, bi-weekly Mondays, beginning Monday, February 24th.

A caregiver must attend each meeting with their girl and volunteer at least one meeting. This is not a drop off event.

Cost: $25 for membership and $5 for troop dues.

Questions? Contact Devon Wilson, devon.wilson@gscolorado.org, 970-212-235

Greeley Fire and Rescue at our cookie booth

Submitted by Danielle Wilson

Northern & Northeastern CO

Evans

Tearyn (Girl Scout Junior) was at a King Soopers site. It was cold, but she pushed on. A group of firefighters came in to do some shopping for their fire station. She didn’t know they actually lived in the station for several days at a time, because they’re ALWAYS on call. Day or night they’re ready to help anyone in need. It could be a serious fire or a minor injury, it doesn’t matter, they’re ready in an instant.

About Tearyn: I am a go-getter because I reached out and asked for a picture. I am an innovator because I designed my booth, made a reversible tablecloth, and I am always thinking of new ways to make more sales. I am a risk-taker because I’m willing to try new things to see if they will work. Challenges motovate me! I AM A LEADER! I encourage other booths that set up after mine. In my troop, I love helping others with projects and in school I help classmates. I even won the principals award (again) at school for being “open minded” this time.

These Girl Scouts also earned the Uniform to Uniform patch! Learn how to earn yours: http://gscoblog.org/2020/01/uniform-to-uniform-patch-for-the-2020-girl-scout-cookie-program/