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Meet an Expert: Brigadier General Linell A. Letendre

 

Celebrate Month of the Military Child with a special “Meet an Expert” webinar with Brigadier General Linell A. Letendre on April 27, 2021 from 5- 6 p.m.

Register now: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/meet_an_expert_brigadier_general_linell_a_letendre_webinar_04_27_2021

Registration closes Monday, April 26.

Brigadier General Letendre is also the Dean of the Faculty at the U.S. Air Force Academy and commands the 730-member Dean of Faculty mission element and oversees the annual design and instruction of more than 660 undergraduate courses for 4,200 cadets across 31 academic disciplines. She also directs the operation of five support staff agencies and faculty resources involving more than $350 million.

The general will talk about her career, education, and experience in the U.S. Air Force. She will also talk about robotics in the military and the ethics behind the use of robotics in conflict. After her presentation, Girl Scouts will have an opportunity to ask questions live in the chat box.

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.

Hearts Across the Miles: Thank you to Colorado Girl Scouts

Thank you to all the Girl Scouts who submitted APO addresses and delivered Hometown Hero Girl Scout Cookies as part of Hearts Across the Miles during the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program. This annual event sends cookies to deployed service members. This year, 5,092 packages of cookies were sent to 46 APO addresses, most of which were in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq, and Korea, as well as some Navy ships. We received the following notes from soldiers who received the cookies.

This one is from Kuwait.

Hello Girl Scouts of Colorado,

We received your cookies. I wanted to say thank you on behalf of all of my Soldiers. I attached a picture of us with cookies, and a few pictures of my females doing awesome things. Maybe these photos can inspire some of them. We work with food and animals! We all love our job! Thank you again!

This one is from Saudi Arabia.

Hello everyone and greetings from Saudi Arabia.  I wanted to reach out and thank you for the wonderful package we received recently.  It was unexpected but much appreciated.  We are a veterinary team that inspects food and water and also handles working dog and feral animal issues.  We are a small team and you sent a large box so we are going to share with the Air Force kennel staff next door, so we don’t all get overweight from all of those cookies.  We appreciate the cookies and more importantly the support, prayers and your words of encouragement.  I have attached a few pictures of our team.  Please let everyone know how grateful we are; the Girl Scouts of Colorado, the Hearts Across the Miles group, the students at Slavens School, and everyone else in the Colorado area.  It is a happy coincidence, but our unit, the 993rd Medical Detachment is based out of Aurora, Colorado so it was an even more special to see a package from our home state.  Thanks again. 

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.

Serving Girls Where They Serve: Girl Scouts Celebrates the Military Child

In Partnership with Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA)

From Massachusetts to California and Brazil to Beijing, Girl Scouts is proud to serve military families across our country and the world. Each day, we’re inspired by the sisterhood of military-connected girls and volunteers who live and breathe our Girl Scout Promise to serve our country and continue to make a difference (and have fun!) while doing it.

That’s why this April, we’re proud to celebrate our military-based Girl Scouts who give so much to our Movement during the Month of the Military Child.

No matter where a family’s military service takes girls, Girl Scouts is at the ready with tried-and-true programming and a supportive network that allows girls to continue their unique leadership journeys; build new friendships; and enjoy a reliable, safe space of their own.

How can you participate? It’s easy!

Upcoming Events

April 15 – Purple Up! Show your support and celebrate military-connected children by wearing purple. Purple represents the joint environment of the military and encompasses all service branches, Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, and veterans.

April 20- View from My Window Art Workshop for military-connected children

Celebrate Month of the Military Child through art! Each year the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) encourages military-connected children to express their creative side. This year’s theme is “The View from My Home,” showcasing the varying life experiences through the different military branches.

Register here

April 27- Meet an Expert: Brigadier General Linell A. Letendre

Brigadier General Linell A. Letendre is also a robotics lawyer and aeronautical engineering graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy. She will talk about her career, education, and experience in the U.S. Air Force.

Register here

Celebrate on Social Media 

Share your story! Post a picture or video on social media using #MonthoftheMilitaryChild and #BecauseofGirlScouts. Tag GSCO on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram. Twitter and Instagram users should also use #GSColo. You can also submit your story and photos to the GSCO Blog.  Like Chloe did, a Girl Scout Junior with USA Girl Scouts Overseas in Germany:

Girl Scouts has been a place I can come to be myself and to experience things I never thought I could. The best part of being a girl scout here in Germany is the girl power my troop has . . . we have bonded so much and have come together through all our experiences. I am so glad that I made the choice to become a Girl Scout, military life isn’t always easy but my troop has made it easier.
Color at Home

 

Although we may not be able to gather to celebrate our military communities, you can show your Girl Scout and military pride with our Month of the Military Child coloring packet! Decorate your homes, windows, and communities with your own versions of this artwork throughout the month of April.

Earn Badges

Visit Girl Scouts at Home to complete creative activities that celebrate you, your families, and your communities.

The Carla Montana Distinguished Military Veteran Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund

Carla grew up in a family where service to one’s country and friendship to sister Girl Scouts were important values. In honor of Carla’s military service, love of Girl Scouts and travel, Carla’s family has made a generous lead gift to establish The Carla Montana Distinguished Military Veteran Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund. In March 2020, we reached out to Girl Scout supporters and military families with a challenge to raise a minimum of $10,000 to complete this endowment.  Thanks to donations from many of you and a generous matching gift we have achieved this goal. Distributions from the endowment will provide Colorado Girl Scouts from military families with scholarships to experience the learning, joy and camaraderie acquired through travel and adventure.

Learn More

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.

 

Cookies for Hometown Heroes

Submitted by Cecelia Vigil

Western Colorado

Grand Junction

Cecelia chose her local post office where her dad works as her Hometown Hero this year. She sees the long hours they work to deliver essentials to people who didn’t want to leave home during the pandemic. Cecelia delivered 30 packages of cookies to her local post office. She also collected cookies for the military.

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.

Girl Scout Cookies for the Military

Submitted by Kay Martley

Metro Denver

Aurora

If you have family or friends who are currently deployed, please send their APO address to hatm@gmx.com and kaymartley@gmail.com no later than Monday, March 15, 2021. Volunteers will be packing packages of Girl Scout Cookies on Saturday, March 20 at the Colorado Armory in Aurora to be mailed to the addresses provided. The drop-off may change due to COVID.

If you have cookies to donate to the military, please make a reservation for drop off to hatm@gmx.com. You will receive an email with drop off instructions for March 20.

This year, because of COVID and the Colorado Armory rules, Girl Scouts will not be able to help pack as in previous years. Hopefully, next year, girls will be able to participate.

It you would like to make cards or notes for the military, you can mail them to Kay Martley, Girl Scout volunteer. To get the mailing address or answer any questions, email Kay at kaymartley@gmail.com. The Girl Scouts and Hearts Across the Miles have been doing this project for many years.

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.

Girl Scout Cookies for the Military

Submitted by Kay Martley

Metro Denver

Aurora

If you have family or friends who are currently deployed, please send their APO address to hatm@gmx.com and kaymartley@gmail.com no later than Monday, March 15, 2021. Volunteers will be packing packages of Girl Scout Cookies on Saturday, March 20 at the Colorado Armory in Aurora to be mailed to the addresses provided. The drop-off may change due to COVID.

If you have cookies to donate to the military, please make a reservation for drop off to hatm@gmx.com. You will receive an email with drop off instructions for March 20.

This year, because of COVID and the Colorado Armory rules, Girl Scouts will not be able to help pack as in previous years. Hopefully, next year, girls will be able to participate.

It you would like to make cards or notes for the military, you can mail them to Kay Martley, Girl Scout volunteer. To get the mailing address or answer any questions, email Kay at kaymartley@gmail.com. The Girl Scouts and Hearts Across the Miles have been doing this project for many years.

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.

Honoring Hometown Heroes

Submitted by Danielle Wilson

Northern & Northeastern CO

Greeley

With COVID-19 taking place, Tearyn wasn’t able to deliver Girl Scout Cookies to her Hometown Hero until now. She was so excited to call and set up a time to deliver the 30 packages she managed to get! The local military recruiting center was happy to receive the cookies.

I’m a go getter because I set high goals and I never gave up!

I’m an innovator because I changed up my greeting to potential customers and changed my booth set up, even adding lights for my night booths!

I’m a risk-taker because I didn’t know how many sales I would make, if any, at any of my booths, but I always put myself out there to do my best!

I’m a leader because after I hit my personal goal 2,020 boxes, I gave the extra sale credits to my troop, so every girl could reach their goals!

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.

Carla Montana Distinguished Military Veteran Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund

Girl Scouts of Colorado excited to announce an update to the Carla Montana Distinguished Military Veteran Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund!  Early in March 2020, GSCO reached out to Girl Scout supporters and military families with a challenge to raise a minimum of $10,000 needed to endow the fund. Thanks to support from many of you and a generous matching gift we have met this goal! Distributions from the endowment will provide Colorado Girl Scouts from military families with scholarships enabling them to experience the learning, joy, and camaraderie acquired through travel and adventure.

We are particularly proud to have achieved this during the Month of the Military Child. Girl Scouts across the nation are showing their support for military-connected girls, families, and volunteers through social media. Join us as we celebrate the Month of the Military Child by checking Girl Scouts of Colorado social media for ways to participate, tell your own story and honor our military families.

In order to continue the momentum that has been started, we are extending the fundraising campaign through April 30. Extending the campaign allows for more engagement and increased funding which ensures meaningful funds available annually for scholarships.

More information or to make a donation.

Gold Award Girl Scout: Olivia Tighe, Monument, “Presents for Patriots”

What did you do for your Gold Award project? 

My project, Presents for Patriots, provided military families, who have a family member deployed, gifts for their family during the holiday season and throw a Christmas Party for them all to help relieve the stress of the holiday season.

How did you measure the impact your Gold Award project made on your target audience?

Through a survey created for the families to take on how Presents for Patriots affected their holiday season

How is your project sustainable? How will your project continue to impact after your involvement?

My project is now going to be an annual program run by the Tri-Lakes Leo Club, in partnership with the Monument VFW Post 7829. They will continue Presents for Patriots with aid from an electronic book with instructions and tips on how to start or continue Presents for Patriots in their area.

What is your project’s global and/or national connection?

My national and global link is the fact that we had people from across the country donate gifts through our online registry for our families. We, also with the help from the VFW, were able to purchase gifts for remotely stationed families. We had families who were stationed in the U.S. in, for example, Hawaii, but we also had families stationed around the world in Germany, another example.

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned from this project how to efficiently communicate with people and manage my time. Sending many emails to businesses, representatives, and families has taught me the ways of how and when you should send reminders and general emails. I also learned, with my short timeline, how to get a task done in a timely matter.

How will earning your Gold Award impact you in the future?

I feel that this will help my leadership skills in the future because of the communication skills I was able to improve due to the amount of emails and public speaking I did. Also, the time management and organization skills I was able to improve will help me fulfill the duties of an army officer, as that these skills are all important to have as an army officer.

Why do you feel the Gold Award was an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

It really showed me what Girl Scouts is all about, helping others and doing something larger than yourself for others.

How did earning your Gold Award help you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)? 

Earning my Gold Award helped me become an innovator.  An idea that I had, and that my team and I executed, is to collect more gifts from outside of just our area, so we created a registry. This was created on the Walmart website where I could add items that we needed or suggested that people could buy for the kids on the registry. People were able to click what they wanted to buy and purchase it and it would be sent to my house to be organized and wrapped.

**IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication, and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org.

NEW INFORMATION about The Carla Montana Distinguished Military Veteran Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund

Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO) is excited to announce The Carla Montana Distinguished Military Veteran Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund!

The Carla Montana Distinguished Military Veteran Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund honors its namesake and the things she valued most. Carla grew up in a military family where service to one’s country and friendship to sister Girl Scouts were important values. She traveled extensively and had many meaningful experiences both personally and professionally, but her Girl Scout memories were among her most cherished.

The timing of this announcement coincides with the Month of the Military Child, which was established in 1986 and has been celebrated every April since. GSCO is proud of our commitment to military families and will be joining Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) by supporting local events in honor of the Month of the Military Child throughout April 2020.

We are inviting Girl Scout supporters to participate in a challenge to raise a minimum of $10,000 by April 4, 2020, allowing GSCO to complete the endowment started with a generous donation from Carla’s family.

And to help get this started, all gifts to the Carla Montana Fund received between March 13 – April 4, 2020 will be matched, up to $2,500, by Elba Barr, Army Veteran and Lifetime Girl Scout!

Distributions from the endowment will provide Colorado Girl Scouts from military families with scholarships enabling them to experience the learning, joy, and camaraderie acquired through travel and adventure. Additional details of the scholarship process will be made available once the endowment has been established. More information and online donations