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Mesa County Commissioners commend Girl Scout Troop 2214

Submitted by GSCO Team Lead Cindi Graves

Western Slope

Grand Junction

Mesa County Commissioners commend Girl Scout Troop 2214 for its devotion to the Girl Scout mission and values, and for earning the distinction of Bronze Award Girl Scout. The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve by completing a girl-led project to benefit the local community.

Charlotte A., Megan F., Braeleigh M., Preslee R., and Elizabeth S. have become Bronze Award Girl Scouts through recognizing a need for teens and tweens entering foster care and creating care packages filled with items to help with the difficult transition for youth entering foster care.

The Commissioners extended their appreciation to Girl Scout Troop 2214 for their innovative and compassionate effort to serve the youth in foster care in Mesa County.

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Girl Scout Gold Award Honoree briefs Commissioners

Submitted by Stephanie Reecy

Western Colorado

Grand Junction

In a public hearing on Feb. 27, 2017, Sarah Griechen, founder of the Score-A-Friend Inc., and Colorado Girl Scouts 2016 Gold Award honoree, spoke to the Mesa County Commissioners about her foundation, which helps schools create clubs for kids with disabilities

Inspired by her twin brother who has an autism spectrum disorder,  Sarah started a non-profit organization, “Score a Friend,” to promote and support youth to lead school-based unified clubs for students of all abilities to access sports, electives, and friendship.

Sarah was also one out of ten young women named National Young Woman of Distinction by Girl Scouts of the USA, a prestigious nationwide honor.

Sarah told the Mesa County Commissioners she wants everyone to feel welcome and valued. Her foundation fosters inclusive groups and extracurricular activities for kids with disabilities to find friendship and community.

Earlier this year, Sarah also received the Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize for Gold Award Excellence. Sarah was given this award because of her ongoing impact and leadership skills.

After her briefing, the Board of Mesa County Commissioner presented Sarah with a Certificate of Recognition for being an exemplary young woman who demonstrates innovation, and whose motivational involvement has improved schools and communities across the nation.

For more information on Score A Friend, watch https://youtu.be/WJysLc-_nPQ

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Mesa County Girl Scouts hold Cookie Rally

On Monday evening, Jan. 14, Girl Scouts from all corners of Mesa County gathered at Grand Mesa Middle School to celebrate the beginning of the cookie program. One hundred and forty-seven girls from Kindergarten through 8th grade, along with 67 troop volunteers, participated in financial literacy and safety activity stations. They practiced and honed their cookie selling skills, and how to approach a customer, how to make change, what the ingredients are in each cookie, and what to say when a customer says “no.” They also got to sample the six cookie varieties.

Additionally, each girl learned about staying safe, the difference between needs and wants and the importance of giving back to their community. Local volunteers from US Bank, Homeward Bound Homeless Shelter and the Fruita Fire Department joined with Girl Scout volunteers, high school Girl Scouts and Girl Scout staff to facilitate 13 girl-focused stations and one parent-focused station.

Media coverage was provided by KKCO, Channel 11, our local NBC affiliate. Ninety-one percent of the troops attending agreed that after participating in the cookie rally they were more excited to get started selling cookies. Seventy-five percent of the parents felt the training, just for them, helped them to better understand how to support their daughter.

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Two awarded Appreciation pins

Submitted by Marilyn Calhoun
Western Slope

Girl Scouts of Colorado, Mesa County, recently held a Volunteer Appreciation event. Volunteers were honored for their years of service, and many received the Girl Scout 100th Anniversary Honor certificate.

Two troop leaders received National Girl Scout awards. Melinda Goertz and Wendy Jones spent many hours during the summer guiding 30 girls through the requirements and helping them develop leadership skills that resulted in 15 Junior Girl Scouts receiving the Bronze Award, the highest award that can be earned by that age level. Fifteen Girl Scout Cadettes earned the Silver Award, the highest award that the Cadette level can earn.

Melinda and Wendy were recipients of the Girl Scout Appreciation Pin, one of three National Awards that recognize adult volunteers for their work. Congratulations to both women for the fine job that they do to help girls become women of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

Photo: left-Melinda Goertz, right- Wendy Jones