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Volunteer Spotlight: Amy Bissell, MCC member

How long have you been a Girl Scout?

I have been a Girl Scout for 47 years.  Some of those were girl years, but most of them are adult years. I have  been a leader of every level except Girl Scout Daisies. My favorites were 30+ years as an older girl leader/advisor. Those were great years and I have kept in touch with many of “my girls.”  It is wonderful to see how they have changed from girl to woman.

How long have you been on MCC? 

This will be my second time to be on the MCC. My first time was in 2012 for two terms, I think.

What inspired you to join MCC? 

I love Girl Scouts and I want as many girls as possible to get to be a Girl Scout. My part of Colorado covers lots of miles and there are very few girls who participate in Girl Scouting in this area.  I want to make Girl Scouting available to girls in small towns.  I want to be able to help them achieve Highest Awards, travel abroad, and go on Destinations.  I also want to show girls and leaders that they can lead and that their dreams and goals can be met through Girl Scouting.  Lack of communication is a real problem here because so many do not have internet access and, since so much of Girls Scouting is now online, I would like to see more communications through other ways. I hope that progress can be made through MCC to help GSCO realize that there are big gaps in online communications that is not the girls’ faults.  There has to be another way to deliver program.

What have you learned through being part of this committee?

The more people work together to achieve a common goal, the better the experience and the outcome.  Working together is also a great example for girls to learn.  When they see what can happen with a group working together for a common goal, they will be more likely to use that in their lives, too.  Usually, the more people that share a goal and are willing to work for it, the better the committee will be in the future and the more likely that they will share their skills in team building with their troops who, in turn, will use it as they work for a girl-led troop and the more confidence that they will have to achieve it.

Why would you recommend being a member of MCC to other volunteers?

I have noticed, when I do trainings, that most of the leaders have no idea as to how GSCO works, how decisions are made, and what it takes to make Girl Scouting possible.  MCC is a good way to “get your feet wet.”  It does a lot of it’s work by phone, isn’t so expensive that most people could handle it.  You don’t have to travel a long way several times a year. An MCC member gets to know a lot of people in her territory as she talks to them about various concerns. I like it because I get to talk face-to-face with them and can answer questions, and, most of all, establish and a network of people who want to help the troop and the girl and the adult succeed, a relationship that can lead to better understanding of how GSCO works and they have someone they have met who is an person who really cares about girls and the Girl Scout program.

Tell us about yourself.

I am 71-years-old and my husband, Wayne, and I will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary this summer.  I was born in Texas, went to school in Texas, married in Texas, lived for 2 1/2 years in Canada teaching in a coed boarding school while my husband was in Vietnam.  We have two children, a son, Terry (he and his wife Heather live in Broomfield) and a daughter, Beth (she and her husband Todd, live in Fort Worth and they have our three grandsons, Justyn, Jaxson, and Joshua.  Beth is a Gold Award recipient and Lifetime Girl Scout  and is the principal of an elementary school. Terry will be starting a new job in June.

Wayne and I love to travel.  We have been to almost all 50 states, all but two of the Canadian provinces, Europe, Africa, Ukraine, Vietnam, Ireland, and Central America.  Both of us are now retired and we were in Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore, and China in January and our anniversary gift to each other will be a trip to England and Scotland in August.

My Girl Scout experience began as a Brownie in Texas when cookies were around $1 a package.  I earned my First Class Award in high school.  I have been a day camp director, took girls to Macy Conference Center in New York, attended the WAGGGS international conference the year it was held at Macy. I was an alternate to the Vermont Round-Up and, as an adult was on the program staff twice  for a Wider Opportunity with 1,200 girls in   Tennessee. One year I was the music leader and another year I was the ceremonies director.  I was elected for two terms as the president of the Board of Directors for the Columbine Girl Scout  region here in southeastern Colorado.  I am currently a trainer, program resource person, on three different Gold Award Mentors committees right now, the GSCO History Committee,  GSCO Global Girl Scouting committee, and will begin my second time to be on MCC. I am also a Lifetime member of GSUSA and I am looking forward to 2020 to celebrate 50 years as a Girl Scout.  I was on the 100th GSUSA celebration state committee in 2012. I coordinated the library display here in Pueblo and did the Flat Juliette activities for the state event.  AND…I love being a Girl Scout!

I am the youth ministry leader at our church.  One of my duties with that is Vacation Bible School.  This is my  5th year to write my own curriculum and it’s a lot of fun!  I am responsible for the children’s classes at our church and I teach two classes every week.  I am retired from Dillards.  My favorite hobbies are reading and music.  I am currently trying to declutter our house and it should be finished some time in the next century! I love romance books and historical books and my favorite book is the Bible.  I have an Associate of Arts degree from Lubbock Christian University (College back then) and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Abilene Christian University (College back then).  I also did some post -graduate work at ACC, but, I never finished it.

I may have left something out, but, this is MORE than enough!

Girl Scouts of Colorado is lucky to have a unique governance system with the Membership Connection Committee as the centerpiece of our democratic process and a way to give our members a strong voice in the issues they care most about. Would you like to be a voice for Girl Scouts of Colorado? Speak up and contribute our success together! To reach the MCC, e-mail GSCO.MCC@gscolorado.org

Ukrainian exchange student

Submitted by Suzanne Mahan

Pueblo & Southeastern CO


I work for American Councils and place foreign exchange students, who come on State Dept. scholarships. I have a Ukrainian girl, who will be a sophomore in high school and needs a host home for the school year. She enjoys camping, swimming, volunteering, and pets and wants to be a pharmacist. She has good grades and speaks English. If you would be interested in hosting, please email me at s.e.mahan@hotmail.com.

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

Colorado State Fair Ambassador Opportunity for Girl Scouts

The Colorado State Fair invites you to participate in the Colorado State Fair Ambassador Program! Volunteers act as ambassadors during the 11 days of festivities, serving as hosts to the thousands of guests  during the fair. Each volunteer will receive two gate admissions to the fair and an ambassador t-shirt.

Ambassadors are needed daily from August 25 – September 5, 2017 and are scheduled in one of two shifts: 1 – 4 p.m. or 4 – 7 p.m. You may sign up for as many or few shifts as preferred, but at least three people are required to cover each shift. At least one adult must be present. Duties include:

• Enthusiastically greeting fair goers as they enter the grounds. You are the friendly face of the Colorado State Fair.

• Answering questions for guests. Training is provided.

• Directing guests where they need to go.

• Providing information about events and special attractions.

If you would like to be take part in this essential, enjoyable, and exciting opportunity, or if you would like more information, please contact Alison at 719-470-3445.

We appreciate your time and look forward to seeing you at the 2017 Colorado State Fair!

Girl Scouts donate cookies to volunteer fire department

Submitted by Amanda Reel

Pueblo & Southeastern CO


Girl Scout Troop 32640 decided to donate Girl Scout Cookies to the fire department this year, but not just a regular fire department. The West Park Fire Department is run by volunteers. They do not get paid, but do their job anyway. Our girls know how hard it is to fight wildfires and do a job when you don’t get recognized often. We hope that our sweet treats make their jobs a little easier this year.

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

Bronze and Silver Award recipients honored at Highest Awards celebration in Pueblo

Nearly one hundred Girl Scouts, families, and friends gathered at the Center for American Values in Pueblo on April 21, 2017, to honor the more than 1,400 Girl Scouts from across Colorado who took the lead in their communities and earned one of Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, the Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award.

The Gold Award, which is the highest honor in Girl Scouts, is presented to girls in grades 9-12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through a project that makes a difference in their community. The Silver Award is the highest award a girl in 6th – 8th grade can earn. The Bronze Award is the highest award a girl in 4th or 5th grade can earn. For the 2016-17 Girl Scout awards program year, more than 1,000 girls across the state and 24 in Pueblo and Southeastern Colorado earned the Bronze Award. Over the last two years, 18 girls across Pueblo and Southeastern Colorado earned the prestigious Silver Award.

Girl Scouts of Colorado President and CEO Stephanie Foote applauded the girls for having the courage and confidence to try new things and make their world a better place.

“Girl Scouts are groundbreakers, big thinkers, and role models. Giving back is in their blood. So is standing up to the challenge, no matter how big or small,” she said.

2016 Gold Award recipient and National Young Woman of Distinction Sarah Greichen served as the celebration’s emcee. She talked briefly about her journey to earn the Gold Award and how Girl Scouts helped her become the leader she is today.

“I cannot remember a day when Girl Scout flags, supplies, sashes, cookies, and girls planning events weren’t covering multiple floors of my house. We (the girls in my troop) each earned our Bronze and Silver Awards, while constantly practicing the leadership skills necessary to passionately lead, serve, and change the world,” she said. “Girl Scouts and in particular the Gold Award has given me unique opportunities to become courageous, caring, and confident, while actively practicing leadership skills that greatly impact the world. Girl Scouts also gave me the opportunity to identify and pursue my passion. I found that following your passion is the key to choosing and accomplishing highest awards projects.”

The focus of a Gold Award project is identifying and researching a community issue she is passionate about, developing a plan to address it in cooperation with her team and community members, establishing a global connection with others, and providing sustainability for the project. Of the skills learned through Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, leadership, organization, and critical thinking are the fundamentals of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Some 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.


Volunteer Appreciation Event: An evening of painting and fun

Submitted by Girl Scouts of Colorado Volunteer Support Specialist Carmen Valdez

On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, GSCO staff celebrated and honored the accomplishments of superstar volunteers in Pueblo. The evening also featured an investiture for our newest stars by our vested Girl Scouts. Lively music filled the air, as volunteers created a one-of-a-kind of masterpiece on canvas. Fun, laughter, and sisterhood was shared by all!

Chico Basin Ranch Girl Scout tours


Submitted by Chico Basin Ranch

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Would your troop like to meet real-life cowgirls and their working horses? See a songbird up-close and watch it be released? Observe young craftswomen making handmade leather goods? Explore a vibrant grassland ecosystem AND camp under the prairie skies?

All of this can happen in ONE place, and that’s why the Chico Basin Ranch is the perfect spot for your next Girl Scout adventure!

The Chico is an 87,000-acre working cattle ranch that’s open to the public and focused on conserving land, wildlife, and western heritage. For the past 17 years, the Chico has invited visitors to experience how ranching can work to preserve our native Colorado rangelands while exploring scientific research and ecology first-hand through the ranch’s seasonal bird banding stations.

Here’s what learning looks like on the Chico:

Appropriate for all ages, a visit to the ranch can include:
bird banding observation (April 12 – May 21, Sept 5 – Oct 5);
a prairie and pond ecology walk;
a visit to our working leather shop;
and a corral tour with a horse and rider demonstration.

We also welcome the opportunity to work with your troop on building certain skills for badges, customizing an overnight camping trip, and/or developing a service project.

Located between Colorado Springs and Pueblo in the high desert prairie just east of the Front Range, the Chico is easily accessible from I-25. We are booking Spring and Fall 2017 field trips for our seasonal bird banding station so now is the time to set your date! Please email becca@ranchlands.com or call 719-683-7960 for scheduling. We look forward to hosting Girl Scouts from all over Colorado soon!

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

Princess Ball

Submitted by Dena Darling-McBean

Pueblo & Southeastern CO


On Saturday April 1, 2017 at the Eagles Club on South Prairie Ave. in Pueblo, 80 girls were made Scout Princesses at the Princess Ball. They invited guests and parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and more to this grand event. The County High School were the guards of the thrones as well as making the saber arches that each of the girls walked through up to the thrones. They danced the night away with many of the old time dances through the past 100 years. It was a wonderful evening for all who attended. The date is planned already for next year’s ball. The girls insisted on it.

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

Cookie video contest: The power of cookie

Submitted by Carrie

Pueblo & Southeastern CO


Amber is a Cadette Girl Scout in Troop 30222 in Pueblo, CO.  She is very excited to share what a Girl Scout Cookie can really do!

Amber will be attending “Zip Life” at Sky High Ranch.  Her goal is to sell enough cookies to earn her own way to camp.

Amber had a lot of fun creating this video.  With her friend, and troop leader, Jacque, she learned how to use different video editing software, and how green screens work!

This video was submitted for the 2017 Best Cookie Video contest.

Girl Scouts help evacuees







Submitted by Jacque Korell

Pueblo & Southeastern CO


At our October 16, 2016 meeting, the girls of Troops 30222 & 30220 expressed concern about the people being evacuated from the Junkins Fire in Custer County. (Several of the girls knew evacuees or emergency responders working this fire.) They decided that they wanted to help and voted on how much of their cookie money to spend and what they wanted to do.

The next day our troop met at our local Walmart and shopped for items, then a few of the girls were even able to join us at the Pueblo County Fairgrounds where we gave our donations to the Red Cross to help the evacuees!

As leaders, we are so incredibly proud of these girls who took the initiative themselves to help make someone’s day a little brighter in such horrible situations.

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