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Essay contest for flag retirement ceremony

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Submitted by North Metro Fire Rescue

Metro Denver

Broomfield

North Metro Fire Rescue District and the Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum are joining together to host the 13th Annual Flag Retirement Ceremony on Saturday, June 10, 2017 in Broomfield. This year, the organizations are adding an essay contest for Broomfield and Northglenn residents up to age 18. Winners from the contest will be invited to speak at this year’s ceremony.

The event will be held at North Metro Fire Station 61 at 1275 Midway Boulevard beginning at 11 a.m. A combined honor guard from North Metro Fire and Broomfield Police Department will be a part of the ceremony as well as representatives from North Metro Fire and the Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum. A bugler and local Boy Scouts will also participate in the service. Following the ceremony, there will be an open house at the fire station and patriotic hot dog cookout.

Essay Contest Rules

Young residents of the fire district up to the age of 18 are invited to submit an original essay or poem to North Metro Fire on the topic “What the American Flag Means to Me.” Entries can be up to 400 words and should be submitted to sfarris@northmetrofire.org, dropped off in person or mailed to North Metro Fire, Attn: Sara Farris, 101 Spader Way, Broomfield, CO 80020. All entries must be received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31. Participants should provide their name, age, address, phone number, email and school with their entry. Winners will read their works at the Flag Retirement Ceremony and will receive a $50 gift card as a prize.

“We’re looking forward to partnering with our community on this event and hope to see every generation out to celebrate the American flag and what it stands for,” said North Metro Fire Chief Dave Ramos. “We are especially excited to invite our area youth to participate in this year’s ceremony and to hear their voices regarding our nation’s symbol.”

Everyone attending may take part in the ceremony by helping cut up and properly retire flags that have been collected throughout the community.

Bring in your old flags

North Metro Fire Rescue District and Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum will be accepting retired flag donations at the following locations until 5 p.m. on June 8.

FLAG DROP-OFF LOCATIONS:

North Metro Fire Rescue Headquarters
101 Spader Way, Broomfield

Monday—Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

North Metro Fire Station 62
10550 Huron Street, Northglenn

Monday—Sunday, 8 a.m. until 7 p.m.

North Metro Fire Station 64
13515 Lowell Boulevard, Broomfield

Monday—Sunday, 8 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum
12 Garden Center, Broomfield

Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Girl Scouts honor heroes

Submitted by Carol Lucero

Metro Denver

Thornton

After the tragedy in Dallas, Thornton Girl Scouts collected 70 retired American flags and cut out the stars, packaging them with a note of thanks for every officer on the Dallas Police Force.

Since then, girls have continued to collect, cut/tag/bag almost 15,000 stars for veterans and first responders locally. 50 stars are also mailed to every department (fire, EMS, police, DOC) who suffers a line of duty death in the country- a staggering 208 heroes since Dallas.

The North Metro Fire Rescue Department is a main partner in this effort, as they collect retired flags from the public and donate them to our girls to continue this cause. All troops are invited to join us June 10, 2017 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Station 61 at 1275 Midway Blvd., Broomfield for their annual flag retirement ceremony. Help cut up flags and save stars for our program.

New this year is an essay contest on what the Flag means to you. The winner gets to read their essay at the Retirement and wins a $50 gift card. Enter here: http://bit.ly/2q6RqnK We hope to see you on the 10th!

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Girl Scout earns ALL Junior badges

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Submitted by Addison J.

Metro Denver

Centennial

Hi! My name is Addison J. I am 11-years-old and a current Girl Scout Cadette. When I was a Junior, I did something pretty amazing that I will always remember. I earned all of the Junior badges!

It all started when my mom , who is also my troop leader, let me take a look at the badge book to see if I was interested in any badges that I wanted to earn on my own. And, of course, there was – The Musician badge! Since I was very interested in guitar at the time, I thought it would be fun. It took me no time at all to earn it. That sparked a sudden interest in Junior badges and I decided to earn another one and it all spiraled from there.

I started earning harder badges like ones that involved going on mini-field trips. My mom and I scheduled different days to go take adventures to different places in Colorado such as: The Molly Brown House for the Playing in the Past badge, leading the Pledge of Allegiance with my troop at a city council meeting for the Inside Government badge, and many more fun activities.

My experience isn’t just about earning all of the Junior badges, but also earning all three of the Journeys too, which led me to earn the Summit Award! I learned a lot earning all of these badges. My Girl Scout sisters and mom were especially supportive toward me, which also led my troop members to earning their Summit Awards too. I will always remember my experience as a fun one!

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Host families needed

Submitted by Linda Fuller

Metro Denver

Denver

Do you have a daughter between the ages of 10 and 15? Would you consider being a host family for a girl of a similar age from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) July 14 – August 1, 2017?

We’re looking for Girl Scout families as our founder, Juliette Gordon Low, saw a stranger as a friend she hadn’t yet met. The girls are participants in a Chinese program known as Capable Teens, modeled on American Boy Scouting. You do your usual weekend family stuff and introduce a young girl from China to a sampler of an American way of life. During the week, the girls will be at Girl Scout Camp at Sky High Ranch in Woodland Park. The girls are excited (and nervous!) about spending time with your family in this immersion into American life.

Expectations of American families:

  • Be willing to live your normal lives with the addition of a young female guest from China as well as being welcoming, loving, offering fun experiences and opening your lives to her.
  • Provide normal American opportunities for her to practice her English, be a part of your family, and gain an understanding of Girl Scouting.
  • $300 stipend available to help.

By opening your door, you open a girl’s eyes to the real America: real people, experiences, and life. At the same time, your generosity of spirit creates a positive view of the United States that crosses borders—and lasts a lifetime. Your values as a Girl Scout will create a bond with a youth in a way you never expected, make a difference in the life of a girl, and help your children to learn and grow as they open their lives to another culture.

For more information, please contact Linda Fuller, Girl Scout Program Coordinator, Capable Teens USA
linda.j.fuller@hotmail.com 303-909-2264

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Girl Scouts to celebrate 20th anniversary of Women of Distinction in Denver: 426 extraordinary women honored

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Join Girl Scouts of Colorado in celebrating “20 years of Amazing Women” by honoring all of the Women of Distinction of the Denver-metro region. This year’s Event Chairs are Maria Garcia Berry, Woman of Distinction ’97; Jean Galloway, Woman of Distinction ’97; and Arlene Hirschfeld, Woman of Distinction ’97.

Since the Women of Distinction program began in 1997, Girl Scouts has honored 426 top women leaders in our community based on their remarkable achievements as business, community, and civic leaders. They are examples of corporate, civic, and philanthropic leadership and serve as role models for female leaders of tomorrow. The Women of Distinction program brings together a group of women dedicated to raising support for Girl Scout leadership programs.

Girl Scouts of Colorado will kick off the 20th anniversary celebration of the Women of Distinction program with a private reception on June 20, 2017 at the Colorado Auto Dealers Association from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The celebration concludes with the Thin Mint Dinner on October 19, 2017 at Denver Marriott Tech Center from 5:30 to  8:30 p.m. The event includes Thin Mint Cocktails and dessert made with Thin Mints, three-course meal, and event program.

For information regarding tickets and sponsorships, visit girlscoutsofcolorado.org/woddenver or contact Heidi Books at 303-607-4833 or at heidi.books@gscolorado.org.

Cadettes from Troop 2551 help out at Terolyn Horse Rescue

Submitted by Jennifer Harrison

Metro Denver

Aurora

Cadette Girl Scouts from Troop 2551 wanted to earn their Silver Award by helping out animals, so we found Terolyn Horse Rescue in Elizabeth. Terolyn is run almost exclusively by Teri Allen, who rescues horses from dire situations, rehabilitates them, and finds them new homes. Teri works very hard and there were plenty of projects around her ranch for our girls. The girls decided to help by photographing and inventorying a trailer full of donations and building a set of obstacles to help Teri with training horses. The girls found plenty of time to love on some of Teri’s wonderful adoptable horses!

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Silver Award with Shiloh House

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Submitted by Lisa Svede

Metro Denver

Centennial

Congratulations to Hailey L. of Cadette Troop 60762 for earning her Silver Award this year. Hailey was recognized at the Highest Awards Celebration in Denver on May 7, 2017 for the work she did partnering with Shiloh House. Shiloh House offers specialized 24-hour care for youth between the ages of 5 to 18 experiencing severe behavioral and emotional issues. Placed in home-like settings, youth receive intensive therapeutic intervention to address behaviors and issues that impact their daily participation in the community. When Hailey reached out to Shiloh House, she learned they were in great need of lightly used or new towels, blankets, sheets, and new socks. Upon learning this, Hailey reached out to her community with a video on her mother’s Facebook page; through community websites; by asking her school to put in a newsletter; by asking her church to put in the bulletin; and making the collection drive known to all of the troops in her K-8 sister troop. For several weeks, Hailey collected items from the community. She held a collection night with her sister troops where she spoke to the troops about Shiloh House and her Silver Award project. Hailey delivered the many donated items she collected to Shiloh House in February. Congratulations, Hailey!

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Cookie money has awesome rewards

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Submitted by Kathi Agnes

Metro Denver

Lakewood

Troop 942 sold 5,000 packages of Girl Scout Cookies this year. We used the cookie money for fun and for good! We have so many animal lovers in the troop, we decided to go hang out with them. We went to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo as a troop for their Wild Night. We had an educational zoo tour, which included feeding the giraffes. We learned how zoos across the U.S. work together to protect animals.  We have an awesome troop!

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Hometown Hero Donation

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Submitted by Amy Caperton

Metro Denver

Littleton

Approximately 22 troops donated their Girl Scout Cookies to the South Jeffco Cupboard and then, many of them gathered to donate about 360 cases (that’s 4,230 packages) of cookies to Buckley Air Force Base. Four current soldiers came to speak to the girls and also gave them MRE’s (meals ready to eat) to try. Thank you to all the troops that donated!

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Troop 64098 delivers cookies to Special Olympics

Submitted by Shannon Michel

Metro Denver

Aurora

Troop 64098 from Aurora, Colorado brought over 300 packages of Girl Scout Cookies to Special Olympics, the troop’s Hometown Hero. Girl Scouts Chloe, Avery, and Emily and Troop Leaders Jennifer and Shannon volunteered their day helping at the Denver North Regional Track Meet. We all had a wonderful time and plan on doing more volunteering with Special Olympics!

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