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Girl Scouts offers fun for the entire family this winter

Submitted by Cortney Kern

Looking for great family events this winter?

Join us at the Pepsi Center in January and February to cheer on the Colorado Avalanche and Denver Nuggets with special Girl Scout activities and ticket prices.  January 4 from    6-9 p.m., the Avalanche will face off against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Before the game, Girl Scouts and their families can participate in a skating clinic with the talented Ice Girls. After the game, you can take pictures and play on the ice. All ticket holders enter into a drawing at random to get to watch the Avalanche players warm up from the Penalty Box.

If your family likes basketball, you will not want to miss the Denver Nuggets match-up against the Utah Jazz on Friday, February 27. Not only will girls get to watch the game, they get to sleep over with their families at the Pepsi Center, watch a movie on the jump Pepsi Vision screen, and enjoy a midnight snack and breakfast. There are two level ticket prices for this event. You can sit at the upper level for $22 or get up close at the lower level for $64.

The top three Girl Scout troops who sell the most tickets to the Nuggets game will get a very special opportunity to have a cookie booth after the game where you will get great visibility and an opportunity to make sales. The two troop runner-ups will get to present the colors during the National Anthem.

These two events make for a great family friendly evening.  A portion of tickets sold for both events goes to help provide more girls the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

To get tickets to the Avalanche game, click here. For questions, contact Kiley Long at   (303) 405-7625.

To get tickets to the Nuggets game, use this link:

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For questions, contact Abby Stewart at (303) 405-1139.

 

If sports aren’t your favorite, the Denver Art Museum will have free admission for all kids under 18 during winter break. The museum will have activities, art making stations and theatrical performances throughout the December 20th to January 4th.

Troop creates music video about Girl Scout camp

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Our Cadette troop got to experience Tomahawk Ranch in a whole new way.  The campgrounds became the set of our music video, featuring Troop 2851. We rewrote the lyrics to Miley Cyrus’ song “Party in the USA.” We knew it was a catchy song, and wanted to create a better influence for girls. It was our way of sharing our experiences’ in Girl Scouts.

We recorded the video when we were at Tomahawk Ranch. Most of the video takes place at our cabin. We had a lot of fun recording it, but that was just the beginning. At our next several Girl Scout meetings we went through the process of editing. We learned how to cut the video, add our voice over and background music, move slides around and create credits. It was a lot of hard work but we learned to persevere.

We hope you enjoy it.

Lone Tree Brownies fulfill teachers’ wish lists

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Submitted by Tiffany Baker, (Co-Leader)  Girl Scout Troops 59 & 1226

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When our Brownie Girl Scouts asked us leaders to have more hands on learning experiences and less sit down discussions, we thought, “How could we make the Brownie Money Manager Badge more interactive?”

Badge requirement ideas included asking the girls to pretend to shop at a supermarket for groceries, an outfit, school supplies, and entertainment with friends all on a budget.

Each of the girls spoke with their teachers about what supplies were still needed in their classrooms. In true Brownie Spirit, the girls worked at home to earn classroom supply funds from their parents with agreed upon chores. Some items were donated by businesses.

We decided to meet up at WalMart, which has all the departments we needed.  The Brownies did a scavenger hunt in the Grocery and Clothes departments with a set budget, calculators, and lists of items they needed to find.  Then, they took their teachers’ classroom supply wish lists and worked together as a team to purchase all of the items on the lists for under their $100 combined troop budgets.  But, the learning didn’t stop there! Afterwards, the girls ordered and purchased their own snacks using cash at the in-store McDonalds with their Girl Scout sisters.

The girls learned a simple way they could say thank you to their teachers and work as a team to stay within their budgets.

Brownies help make 2,000 sandwiches for Denver Homeless Community

Submitted by Tiffany Baker, Co-Leader of Girl Scout Troops 59 & 1226

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Looking for a messy and fun service project to help the homeless?  Consider The Denver Peanut Butter Plan!  This organization meets once a month to make as many peanut butter sandwiches as they can.  Young kids can help make the sandwiches for 2 hours in the morning. Adult volunteers distribute the sandwiches in the afternoon.

Our Brownie Girl Scouts chose to work on a Lunches with Love service project this October.  They learned how to work on an assembly line team and that kids can chip in too to help feed others in need.

Each Peanut Butter Plan participant is asked to donate one jar of peanut butter and one jar of jelly, plus 2 or more loaves of bread.  This organization can also use sandwich size Ziploc baggies.  Volunteers are welcome to stay for the fun or just drop off donations.  Other donation ideas to consider would be toiletry kits (deodorant, tooth brushes, etc.), first aid kits or Adult Size t-shirts.  These items are welcome for distribution, anytime!

These troops have a goal of completing one or two service projects a month during the school year.  Next up: Collecting classroom school supplies for their teachers’ wish lists.

Girl Scouts announces 2013 Denver metro-area Women of Distinction

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Girl Scouts of Colorado is announcing the 2013 inductees into the esteemed Women of Distinction program in the Denver metro-area at a private reception on June 4 at the home of 2002 Woman of Distinction and 2013 Thin Mint Dinner co-chair Elaine Gantz Berman (photos from the June 4th event). This year’s eight Denver metro-area honorees were selected by a committee of their peers led by Selection Chair Dr. Jandel Allen-Davis, Vice President of Government and External Relations at Kaiser Permanente Colorado and 2012 Woman of Distinction, and 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.

The Women of Distinction program began in the Denver area in 1997. Including this year’s honorees, Girl Scouts of Colorado has recognized 395 women with this honor. The Women of Distinction is widely regarded as one of Denver’s premier philanthropic programs, bringing together a group of women dedicated to raising funds to support Girl Scout leadership programs. More than $2 million has been raised in 16 years.

Later this year, Girl Scouts of Colorado will publicly honor these inductees at the 2013 Thin Mint Dinner in Denver. This event will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Oct. 10 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel and will once again spotlight Girl Scouts’ Live Healthy, Lead Healthy initiative, focusing on self-esteem, good nutrition and exercise. Paula Herzmark, Executive Director of the Denver Health Foundation and 2002 Woman of Distinction, and Elaine Gantz Berman, Colorado State Board of Education and 2002 Woman of Distinction, are event co-chairs.

For more information on the Oct. 10 event, including how you can help, please contact Amy Myers at 303-607-4896 or amy.myers@gscolorado.org. You can also visit our website for more information or to purchase tickets and/or sponsorships at girlscoutsofcolorado.org/women-of-distinction-denver.

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Denver metro-area 2013 Women of Distinction: 

  • Denise Burgess, President/General Manager, Burgess Services, Inc.
  • Michelle M. Lucero, Esq., Chief Legal Officer, Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Karen Nakandakare, Diversity, Inclusion & Community Investment, CH2M HILL
  • Kristin Richardson, Community Volunteer, Smithsonian National Board, Smithsonian Science Education Board, Children’s Hospital Colorado & Foundation Boards, TBD Colorado Board
  • Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D., Former Dean, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver, Provost, University of Kentucky 
  • Mimi Roberson, President/CEO, Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center & Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at P/SL
  • Regina M. Rodriguez, Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
  • Shari F. Shink, Esq., Founder/President Emeritus, Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center

Media coverage of announcement: Denver Business Journal

Alumna Blog: Girl Scouts teaches lifelong lessons on education, career and community

By Girl Scout Alumna Sherri Vasquez of Denver (Girl Scout Woman of Distinction 2007)

Girl Scouts has just finished celebrating its 100th anniversary year, a testament to its enduring tradition of teaching young girls good old-fashioned values that never go out of style.

The heart of the Girl Scout philosophy centers on respect for self, others and the environment, core beliefs that will move this valuable organization forward during the next 100 years.

Encouraging girls to do their best is especially relevant today because so many are facing overcrowded classrooms at school, depleted finances at home and over-exposed celebrities promoting instant fame and fortune over honesty and fairness.

Time-tested for a century, Girls Scouts is a wonderful way for girls to learn valuable skills and lessons that will help them grow into responsible adults with ethics, moral and standards.

When I became a Girl Scout 42 years ago, little did I know how much the experience would affect my adult life, especially my education, career and community involvement.

Becoming a Girl Scout was my first experience in goal-setting. Although I was only five years old, I vowed to achieve my dream, waiting impatiently to reach the second grade so I could join Girl Scout Brownies.

My father wore an Army uniform and my brother a Boy Scout uniform, so I wanted the honor and privilege of wearing one too. The independence of becoming part of something outside of school and family was a new and exciting concept for me.

The anticipation of joining an organization “just for girls” was just too much for a first grader to bear, so I joined the Camp Fire Girls to help me “practice” to be a Girl Scout Brownie.

When I finally put on my Brownie uniform, I was so proud of it and what it stood for that I wore it everywhere, including my second-grade class picture.

Little girls have lots of energy, and Girl Scouts was an incredibly positive outlet for an active kid like me. I loved it because I had the opportunity to meet new friends, create arts and crafts, take field trips to local businesses and enjoy outdoor adventures. My mother, by then a working single parent, loved Girl Scouts because it gave me a safe, caring place to go after school.

During my five years as a Girl Scout, I learned important lessons about being responsible for myself and respectful of others. Together, my troop learned to care about the environment.

Girl Scouts also provided a valuable place to learn about group dynamics, especially how to interact with peers and authority figures. That sense of sisterhood later motivated me to join the girls’ gymnastics team, cheerleading squad and eventually a college sorority.

Earning badges at a young age evolved into achieving higher goals as I grew up, such as graduating from high school, applying to college, and participating in a study-abroad program in Spain. Finding the courage to leave home and travel to a faraway country seemed easier because Girl Scouting had instilled a sense of independence and stirred my intellectual curiosity.

Not only did it teach my young mind how to travel in new directions and find creative ways to reach those destinations, it gave me the confidence to explore my passion for fascinating places and topics, plan strategies to learn more about them, and persist in those efforts.

These early lessons came into play once again when finishing a bachelor’s degree, starting a career in journalism, and completing a master’s degree.

Even selling Girl Scout Cookies was a useful tutorial, teaching business basics and helping develop a taste for community spirit and entrepreneurism that continues in adulthood.

Although it has been decades since I first donned a Girl Scout uniform, I still try to live by the Girl Scout Law of helping people at all times, whether it be as a journalist shining light on inequities or as a community activist involved in worthwhile causes like education and youth development.

Since Girls Scouts provided such a strong foundation in my early years, I would like to express my heart-felt gratitude for its amazing influence on my life, education and career. Because it offers hope to generations of girls to come, I wish it continued success and growing ranks in the 21st century and beyond.

Sherri Vasquez is the host and producer of Latin View.

Girl Scouts honor their founder on Day of the Dead

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Girl Scouts of Colorado recognized Day of the Dead with a community event at Regis University on Thursday evening, Nov. 1st. More than 100 girls and their families participated in the event, which celebrated the life of Girl Scouts’ late founder, Juliette Gordon Low, who would have been 152 on Oct. 31st. Activities during the event included Day of the Dead rituals such as sugar skull decorating and an altar for Girl Scouts’ founder and loved ones participants wanted to honor. Participants also enjoyed some Girl Scout activities, such as dressing up in vintage uniforms and making dream catchers and dream boards. Special thanks goes to Regis University for being the co-sponsor of this event.

Girl Scouts of Colorado belongs to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, which boasts a membership of 10 million girls and adults in 145 counties. Girl Scouting strives to increase girls’ awareness about the world, promote cross-cultural learning opportunities, and educate girls on relevant global issues that inspire them to take action. Our goal is to promote a global voice for girls and foster responsible global citizens who make the world a better place.

Article on this event in YourHub Denver

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Girl Scouts honor 2012 Denver Women of Distinction at Thin Mint Dinner

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A capacity crowd of 550+ joined Girl Scouts of Colorado at the Sheraton Denver Downtown for an exciting Thin Mint Dinner to honor the 2012 Denver-metro class of Girl Scout Women of Distinction. The event raised $200,000+ for Girl Scouts of Colorado.

The event spotlighted Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Live Healthy, Lead Healthy initiative, focusing on self-esteem, good nutrition, exercise and reducing childhood obesity. Premiering at the event was a video on healthy living created by Colorado Springs Girl Scout Troop 3810. (View the video here.) Lead sponsor for this initiative is the Thiry O’Leary Foundation.

Emcees for the event were Cheryl Preheim, 9News anchor, and Marcelo Balboa, Hall of Fame Colorado Rapids player and Monarch High School coach. Troop 3449 opened the event with a flag ceremony and instrumental musical assistance provided by Girl Scouts of Troop 1472, Victoria Shead (violin) and Melissa Cardenas (cello). The emcees also led an inspirational panel discussion at the event with this year’s Women of Distinction honorees on women’s leadership. (View the video here.)

The three-course dinner featured the creative use of Girl Scout Cookies. (View the recipes here.) Honorary event chair was Former First Lady of Colorado Jeannie Ritter (2009 Woman of Distinction). Event co-chairs were Susan Knox with Cricket and Katherine Peck (1998 Woman of Distinction) with The Gill Foundation.

Girl Scouts of Colorado honors top women leaders in our community as Girl Scout Women of Distinction. These women have reached remarkable levels of achievement as business, philanthropic, government, education and community leaders. They are committed to making the world a better place for the girls of today and tomorrow. They donate their time, talents and experience to Girl Scouting and also support Girl Scouts financially. Since 1997, 387 women have been named as Women of Distinction in the Denver-metro area and raised more than $1.5 million for Girl Scouts of Colorado.

2012 Denver-metro Women of Distinction are: Dr. Jandel Allen-Davis, Peg Bradley-Doppes, Juanita Chacon, Tricia Downing, Melba “Mel” Johnston, Denise O’Leary, Maren Stewart (Learn more about these women here.)

Special thanks goes to the following major sponsors of this event: DaVita, Comcast, UMB Bank, Wagner Equipment Company, Anthem BlueCross and BlueShield, FirstBank and Delta Dental of Colorado.

For more information on the Girl Scouts of Colorado Women of Distinction program, visit our website at girlscoutsofcolorado.org/donors/women-of-distinction. And watch the local press in the next few weeks for articles about this event (we will post links to the stories here too).

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Girl Scouts announces 2012 Denver metro-area Women of Distinction

Girl Scouts of Colorado is announcing the 2012 inductees into the esteemed Women of Distinction program in the Denver metro-area at a private reception on Aug. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the home of 1997 Woman of Distinction Barb Grogan. This year’s seven Denver metro-area honorees were selected by their peers and 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.

The Women of Distinction program began in the Denver area in 1997. Including this year’s honorees, Girl Scouts of Colorado has recognized 387 women with this honor. The Women of Distinction is widely regarded as one of Denver’s premier philanthropic programs, bringing together a group of women dedicated to raising funds to support Girl Scout leadership programs. More than $2 million has been raised in 15 years.

Later this year, Girl Scouts of Colorado will publicly honor these inductees at the Women of Distinction Thin Mint Dinner in Denver. This event will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel and will spotlight Girl Scouts’ Live Healthy, Lead Healthy initiative, focusing on self-esteem, good nutrition and exercise that will help prevent health issues and other serious ailments that affect girls and women. The event will be a three-course dinner featuring the creative use of Girl Scout Cookies. Honorary chair for the event is Former First Lady of Colorado Jeannie Ritter (2009 Woman of Distinction). Sue Knox with Cricket and Katherine Peck (1998 Woman of Distinction) with The Gill Foundation are event co-chairs.

For more information on the Oct. 23 event, including how you can help, please contact Amy Myers at 303-607-4896 or amy.myers@gscolorado.org. You can also visit our website for more information or to purchase tickets and/or sponsorships at girlscoutsofcolorado.org/women-of-distinction-denver.

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Denver metro-area 2012 Women of Distinction: 

  • Dr. Jandel Allen-Davis: VP of Government and External Relations, Kaiser Permanente Colorado; Board Member, University of Colorado & University of Colorado Foundation; The Denver Foundation; Women’s Forum; Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce & Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Leadership Foundation
  • Peg Bradley-Doppes: Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation and Ritchie Center Operations, University of Denver;  Board Member, Denver Metro Sports Commission; Member of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Committee
  • Juanita Chacon: Realtor/Community Activist, RE/MAX Alliance Central; Board Member, Community Corrections City and County of Denver; Founder, Latinas First; former Board Chair, Family Star Montessori
  • Tricia Downing: Speaker, Author, Athlete, and Founder and Director of Camp Discovery
  • Melba “Mel” Johnston: Community Volunteer and Lifetime Service to Girl Scouts; Former President, Girl Scouts Mile Hi Council; Chair, Alumnae Committee, Girl Scouts of Colorado
  • Denise O’Leary: Corporate Director/Private Investor, US Airways, Medtronic, Inc. and Calpine Corporation; Board Member, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and Corporation for Supportive Housing
  • Maren Stewart: President & CEO, LiveWell Colorado; Board Chair, Aurora Economic Development Council; Board Member, Colorado Business Committee for the Arts

Media placements about the honoree announcement and/or upcoming event in the Denver Post, Our Colorado News (Penny Parker), Colorado Expression October/November, Villager (Glory Weisberg), YourHubs with the Denver Post/honorees places of business newsletters and websites, and 9NEWS.

Girl Scouts receives $15,000 grant from The Denver Foundation

Girl Scouts of Colorado recently received a $15,000 grant from The Denver Foundation to support the organization’s outreach programs for girls in underserved areas of Denver, Adams, Arapahoe, Douglas and Jefferson counties. Girl Scouts’ outreach programs in these areas serve 1,400 girls in low-resource schools, affordable housing communities and detention centers.

“Girl Scouts of Colorado’s outreach programs help us fulfill a vital role in our community — helping provide all girls, no matter their background or their resources, the opportunity to participate in Girl Scouting,” said Stephanie Foote, president and CEO of Girl Scouts of Colorado. “We deeply appreciate The Denver Foundation’s long-time support of Girl Scouts and the programs we provide for girls in low-resource communities.”

The Denver Foundation is a community foundation dedicated to improving life in Metro Denver through philanthropy, leadership, and strengthening the community. Last year, the Foundation awarded more than $47 million in grants. The Denver Foundation has three primary roles: stewarding an endowment to invest in meeting current and future needs for the Metro Denver community; managing more than 900 charitable funds on behalf of individuals, families, nonprofit organizations, and business; and working with community and philanthropic leaders to address core challenges that face Metro Denver. For more information, visit denverfoundation.org.

Girl Scouts was founded nationally in 1912, and is today the premier all-girl leadership development organization in the country. Girl Scouts offers girls a variety of leadership-based programs and activities that promote self-esteem and confidence, life skills and academic skills, healthy lifestyles, team-building, community service and much more. This year marks Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary, known as the “Year of the Girl.” There are many ways to get involved in supporting Colorado’s current 30,000 Girl Scouts and 9,000 adult volunteers in fulfilling our mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Learn more at girlscoutsofcolorado.org or by calling 1-855-726-4726.