Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Katie Betts of Pagosa Springs in the Southwestern Colorado region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.
GSCO asked Katie to answer a few quick questions about her volunteer experience. We hope you find her as inspiring as we did.
Why did you become a Girl Scout volunteer?
It may not be a glamorous story, but I became a Girl Scout troop leader because my daughter’s first two troops disbanded and her third troop was losing it’s leaders. I volunteered so Jenavieve and the other girls would have stability and a leader that is in it for the long haul for them to meet their goals and help them make their Girl Scout experience everything they hope for.
Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.
I have volunteered with Girl Scouts for years while my husband’s sister was coming up through the program. We camped, canoed, hauled cookies, sorted cookies, volunteered to help in bridging ceremonies, we did it all! With our daughter, we have done all of the same and tried to do more.
What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?
By being a Girl Scout volunteer, I have learned that it is a lot more work than you anticipate! I have also learned that we have a community full of strong, smart, lovely girls that want to make a difference and this program can help them do that.
What do you hope girls have learned from you?
I hope the girls have learned that they can do anything they put their mind to. I hope they continue to learn how to be good Girl Scouts, good citizens, and all around good people by living by the Girl Scout Promise and Law.
How has your experience as a volunteer helped you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?
This experience has helped me to become a go-getter because these girls have big goals and we are all going to have to work really hard to get after it!
An innovator because some times we have to change things up a little bit to work with what we have.
A risk-taker because sometimes putting yourself out there and doing new things seems risky, being the troop cookie manager was a RISK! 🙂
A leader, because I really do try my hardest to set a great example for these girls and to lead them down a path to meet their goals and become the women that they want to be!
Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at email@example.com.
The nomination deadline for 2020 Volunteer Recognition Awards is April 30. GSCO invites members statewide to take this opportunity to recognize an outstanding volunteer by nominating them for a Volunteer Recognition Award. Nominators are responsible for ensuring enough endorsements are submitted to support their nomination of a volunteer for an award. Your volunteer support specialist can check nomination and endorsement submissions for you. Learn more.