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Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival

Girl Scouts are invited to the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival November 15 – 17, 2019! This is a three-day celebration of cinema with an opening night gala at the Cornerstone Arts Center at Colorado College followed by two full days of film screenings. Over the course of the weekend, approximately 40 films will be presented at five venues across the Colorado College campus. Guest filmmakers from across the country will be attending and Q&As will be offered at many of the screenings.

Secrets to Success: Conversation Station Leader Commander Tish Olszewski

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 second annual Secrets to Success event in Colorado Springs on Saturday, November 9, 2019. Girls will personally engage with more than 20 women leaders in the fields of technology, construction, healthcare, finance, nonprofit administration, entrepreneurship, and more, learning from role models who will help them become our future business and community leaders. This event joins today’s leaders with the next generation, to share their expertise and provide inspiration for success. Register online now: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/secrets_to_success_c.html

In preparation for this exciting event, we are thrilled to announce some of the amazing women whom girls will be engaging with. Check out this blog post and others to learn about the women participating this year.

Commander Tish Olszewski is a 35-year veteran of the Colorado Springs Police Department and currently holds the highest civil service rank in the police department at this time. She has served in many different areas for the police department, starting as a patrol officer and working in most other police areas like major crimes detective, drug prevention, training academy, internal affairs, sex crimes, gangs, vice, and narcotics. While female police officers are few on the Colorado Springs force (now 86), she feels she was never discriminated against and was equally able to achieve her career goals in the police department. She has always been willing to put in the work needed to fairly earn her accomplishments, including getting a Masters degree in Organizational Management. Becoming a police officer was a dream of hers since childhood, and she is thrilled she is able to live that dream.

Cdr. Olszewski will be leading one of our Conversation Stations at Secrets to Success on November 9. In this role, she will be telling more than 100 girls about her work, why she loves it, and how she is changing the world with it. She will join more than 20 other professional women who will be networking with girls to have them learn the myriad options open to them for their own future work. We are excited to have Cdr. Tish Olszewski join us for this awesome event!

Molly Brown inspires girls 100 Years Later

Submitted by Stacie Gonzalez

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

On Sunday, September 29, 2019, Colorado Springs Girl Scout Troop 43841 toured the Molly Brown House in Denver! The tour meets one of the requirements the girls need to satisfy to earn the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame patch. (The CWHF’s goal is to educate society about the contributions of Colorado’s remarkable women and ensure their legacy for future generations.) Here are some of the things the girls had to say about this fascinating tour:

“I never knew that JJ and Margret were separated from each other and traveled apart. I didn’t know they had kids.” Karis 9, Junior

“I never knew that she helped so many people.” Olivia, 10, Junior

“I never really knew about what she did and how she did it. For example, how she spent so much of her time helping other people when she could have been relaxing.” Alena, 11, Cadette

“I found it really interesting how big the house was – super big! It was kind of interesting that her name wasn’t actually Molly. That was her nickname after she passed away.” KC, 11, Cadette

“I learned there were three sister ships that looked the same as the Titanic and all three sank.” Eva, 12, Cadette

“My favorite part about the Molly Brown House tour was the stain glass because it gave all the stairs really pretty lighting. I learned that Molly Brown lived to read.” Izzy, 12, Cadette

“My favorite things on the tour was the formal parlour. It was interesting how kids under 14 weren’t allowed in there.” Tavin, 9, Junior

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

Secrets to Success: Conversation Station Leader Michelle Talarico

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 second annual Secrets to Success event in Colorado Springs on Saturday, November 9, 2019. Girls will personally engage with more than 20 women leaders in the fields of technology, construction, healthcare, finance, nonprofit administration, entrepreneurship, and more, learning from role models who will help them become our future business and community leaders. This event joins today’s leaders with the next generation, to share their expertise and provide inspiration for success. Register online now: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/secrets_to_success_c.html

In preparation for this exciting event, we are thrilled to announce some of the amazing women whom girls will be engaging with. Check out this blog post and others to learn about the women participating this year.

Michelle Talarico is co-owner of The Picnic Basket, Inc., rated for 24 years in a row as the “Best Catering Company” in Colorado Springs by readers of the Gazette, Colorado Springs Business Journal, Independent, and Colorado Meetings and Events magazine. Her business is heavily service-minded and nimble to meet the needs of an ever-changing and growing community. She loves that she employs hundreds of people of diverse backgrounds and encourages each of their development professionally and personally. In 2015, it was estimated that The Picnic Basket had contributed more than $50 million to the local economy.

Michelle is most proud of her son, Sam, and sincerely practices a personal mission statement that includes daily gratitude, living with intention, being inspired and inspiring others, fostering positivity, and life-long learning. She has been heavily involved as a volunteer leader for many local nonprofits for many years.

Michelle will be leading one of our Conversation Stations at Secrets to Success on November 9. In this role, Michelle will be telling more than 100 girls about her work, why she loves it, and how she is changing the world with it. Michelle will join more than 20 other professional women who will be networking with girls to have them learn the myriad options open to them for their own future work. We are excited to have Michelle join us for this awesome event!

GE Johnson hosts “Build Like a Girl: Careers in Construction”

GE Johnson Construction Company hosted “Build Like a Girl: Careers in Construction” for Girl Scout Cadettes and Seniors in Colorado Springs on Saturday, September 28, 2019! Girls learned about construction careers; how to work as a team and use power tools to build a community library book stand; about project management and sustainability; and participated in a behind-the-scenes construction tour at the U.S. Olympic Museum. Cadettes worked on requirements for the “Woodworker” badge and Seniors worked on requirements for the “Social Innovation” badge. Girl Scouts also received a special event patch.

This event supported Girl Scouts’ STEM initiative and gave girls hands-on project experience with the opportunity to hear about a variety of careers in the construction industry. Thank you GE Johnson for once again hosting this great event!

Girl Scout Day and Pizza Party with Women’s Air Force Volleyball

All Girl Scouts, family, and friends are invited to cheer on the Air Force Academy women’s volleyball team as they take on San Diego State on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 11:30 a.m.

This event also includes a pre-game pizza party, drinks, an opportunity to meet players from the team, autographed posters, and a fan tunnel (high-five tunnel). Please provide any dietary restriction and allergy information on the registration form for the pizza party.

Register online: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/girl_scout_day_with__67438456.html

We encourage Girl Scouts to wear their vest or sash or a Girl Scout T-shirt to show their Girl Scout spirit!

This is not a drop off event. All girls must attend with a parent, guardian, or troop leader. Adult to girl ratios for events must be met.

Registration closes Tuesday, October 15.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

Girl Scout Gold Award candidate installs “Grow Tower” at high school in Colorado Springs

Girl Scout Gold Award candidate Emma P.  installed the first of two “Grow Towers” in the library of Palmer High School in Colorado Springs on September 30, 2019. Emma is working to earn the Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouts.

Emma describes her project:

“Ever since I was a little girl, I have always been deeply interested in climate change and determined to help address it. For my Girl Scout Gold Award project, I wanted to pick a project that would help address climate change in my community. I decided the library at my high school, Palmer High School, would greatly benefit from a new environmental project, the installation of two hydroponic ‘Grow Towers,’ an indoor alternative growing system. ‘Grow Towers’ are vertical, hydroponic (plants grown in liquid instead of soil) growing systems, which grow various herbs, vegetables, and other plants in less than 3 square feet. This project has many important ramifications for my entire school. The cafeteria and culinary classes will utilize the fresh herbs and vegetables in their programs. I also plan on tying these towers into some science classes and am considering starting a new horticulture class to further educate and involve students in similar projects. Along the way, I have been working with teachers, administrators, and student groups to help maintain my project and work toward expansion. I have also met with and arranged for representatives from two community organizations (Pikes Peak Urban Gardens and Colorado Springs Food Rescue) to give presentations at my school about their organizations’ work. I am hoping students will feel more connected and interested in similar local work. Ultimately, I am hoping these towers will help the Palmer community learn about the importance of locally sourced and healthy food options within schools and students will feel a sense of empowerment in addressing climate change.”

A special thank you to the Colorado Springs News-Gazette and Fox21News/KXRM-TV for joining Emma for this event and sharing her story.

Open only to girls in high school, the Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls—and the most difficult to earn. The Gold Award project involves seven steps: 1. Identify an issue, 2. Investigate it thoroughly, 3. Get help and build a team, 4. Create a plan, 5. Present the plan and gather feedback, 6. Take action, 7. Educate and inspire. Of the skills learned through Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, leadership, organization, and critical thinking are the fundamentals of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

Secrets to Success: Conversation Station Leader Ann-Marie Manning, LCSW, LAC

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 second annual Secrets to Success event in Colorado Springs on Saturday, November 9, 2019. Girls will personally engage with more than 20 women leaders in the fields of technology, construction, healthcare, finance, nonprofit administration, entrepreneurship, and more, learning from role models who will help them become our future business and community leaders. This event joins today’s leaders with the next generation, to share their expertise and provide inspiration for success. Register online now: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/secrets_to_success_c.html

In preparation for this exciting event, we are thrilled to announce some of the amazing women whom girls will be engaging with. Check out this blog post and others to learn about the women participating this year.

Ann-Marie Manning is Pikes Peak Community College’s Faculty Member of the Year for 2018-19. She has been a professor in the Social Work department at the college since 2013, obtained her Masters in Social Work in 2001 and has been a Licensed Clinic Social Worker since 2016.  Ann-Marie has also been a Licensed Addictions Counselor since 2017.  The honor she received as Faculty Member of the Year stems from her love of the people at the college she works – especially students. In addition to teaching classes in Social Work and Women Studies, she is extremely active working with the President of PPCC, Lance Bolton, to solve tough issues student’s face, such as housing and food shortages. She knows that when a student is struggling to find affordable housing or food that it makes it difficult to be a good student.

She actively seeks out people in the community who can offer services or partnerships to help solve these issues. By solving these issues, Ann-Marie believes the entire Colorado Springs community will benefit by having students who are healthy and thriving and ready to be hired into positions open in the area.

Ann-Marie will be leading one of our Conversation Stations at Secrets to Success on November 9, which is being held at Pikes Peak Community College. In this role, Ann-Marie will be telling more than 100 girls about her work, why she loves it, and how she is changing the world with it. Ann-Marie will join more than 20 other professional women who will be networking with girls to have them learn the myriad options open to them for their own future work. We are excited to have Ann-Marie join us for this awesome event!

Earn a custom avatar patch and support your service projects with the Fall Product Program

GSCO asked Girl Scout Cadette Peyton B. of the Pikes Peak region to tell us about her experience participating in the Fall Product Program for the past four years. She enjoys “designing patches” and really likes creating her Me2 avatar that looks like her – “It is fun seeing my avatar on my patch.”

Here’s what she else she had to say:

What do you like about having an online storefront?

I like having an online storefront because it makes it easy to reach out to family and friends that may not live in my area. The online storefront is fun to use because it has online games that help you learn about Girl Scouts and the Fall Product Program.

What tips for success would you share with girls who are participating for the first time?

If it is your first time participating, I would recommend reaching out to family and friends as soon as possible via phone and email. This will allow them as much time as possible to get their orders in.

What nut or candy item (s) do your customers like best?

My customers like the Salted Caramel Chocolate and Spicy Cajun Trail mix the best.

What has your troop done with Fall Product Program troop proceeds that you’ve earned?

My troop uses the Fall Product proceeds to fund service projects.

What’s the coolest reward that you have earned?

The coolest reward that I have earned is the avatar patch.

 Fall Product Program helps girls learn and practice valuable business skills. On the M2 platform, girls can create their personalized avatar, customize messaging to friends, family, and other customers, and set and track their goals. Girls earn rewards and troops earn proceeds that they use to fund activities, special events, projects, camp outs, or other adventures!

You’ll find M2 log-in instructions, a troop and Juliette guide, and an order card that shows all girl rewards on the Fall Product Program page of the GSCO website.

The 2019 Fall Product Program started September 21 and runs until October 28. If you have questions or need assistance, contact GSCO customer care at inquiry@gscolorado.org.

 

Secrets to Success: Conversation Station Leader Noreen Landis-Tyson

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 second annual Secrets to Success event in Colorado Springs on Saturday, November 9, 2019. Girls will personally engage with more than 20 women leaders in the fields of technology, construction, healthcare, finance, nonprofit administration, entrepreneurship, and more, learning from role models who will help them become our future business and community leaders. This event joins today’s leaders with the next generation, to share their expertise and provide inspiration for success. Register online now: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/secrets_to_success_c.html

In preparation for this exciting event, we are thrilled to announce some of the amazing women whom girls will be engaging with. Check out this blog post and others to learn about the women participating this year.

Noreen Landis-Tyson runs one of the largest and most complex nonprofits in the Pikes Peak region, CPCD…giving children a head start. As President and CEO since 2002, she is nationally recognized by her peers for her leadership, knowledge, and expertise. Noreen is a Head Start Fellow and serves as a mentor through UCLA’s New Director Mentor Program, supporting the development of new Head Start directors, and is regularly asked for advice and support to other programs throughout the country.  She is not only nationally-recognized for her expertise and innovation in managing El Paso County’s Head Start program, she is an expert in building partnerships, having nurtured collaborations with six school districts to blend Head Start services with the state-funded Colorado Preschool Program to serve almost 1,800 of the county’s most vulnerable young children and their families. Additionally, under Noreen’s leadership, CPCD partners with three early care and education programs to offer Head Start services in their centers, supporting increased quality for all children in those centers.

Along with her impressive professional achievements, Noreen is also an internationally-ranked bicycle race official, one of only 50 women in the world to hold that rank, and frequently officiates bike races around the world! This year she was appointed by the International Cycling Federation to be the lead official for track cycling at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020, the first woman to serve in this role.

Noreen will be leading one of our Conversation Stations at Secrets to Success on November 9. In this role, Noreen will be telling more than 100 girls about her work, why she loves it, and how she is changing the world with it. Noreen will join more than 20 other professional women who will be networking with girls to have them learn the myriad options open to them for their own future work. We are excited to have Noreen join us for this awesome event!