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Volunteer Spotlight: Danielle Malott

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Danielle Malott of Fruita in the Western Colorado region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Danielle 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?

I became a leader because there was not space in a troop for my daughter to join. I have fond memories of Girl Scouts from my youth and I wanted my daughter to have those as well 

Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.

I have been a troop leader and volunteered on the service unit leadership team. As a troop leader, I have worked with Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors. Having a multi-level troop is amazing. You get to see the older girls help the younger girls. When this happens, the girls gain confidence and leadership skills by leaps and bounds. My favorite troop event has been all of the camping trips! On the service unit leadership team, I focused on events. Living on the Western Slope, we don’t get many council events. My goal was to bring similar events to the Western Slope, but on a smaller scale. My favorite event was an art day with a local pottery shop. I am most looking forward to a astronomy lock in once COVID-19 is over.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

The biggest skill I have learned is how to teach things I have no clue about.  My girls always pick a few badges that are way out of my wheelhouse. Figuring out how to teach those has been an adventure.

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

How to be inclusive and determined. We have a wide range of abilities and challenges in my troop. I hope that the girls have learned how to accept others and over come the challenge that come along while having FUN!!

How has your experience as a volunteer helped you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

My girls pick new and exciting activities that constantly push me and them. By helping them grow, I get to grow with them.

Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org. 

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.

 

 

Volunteer Spotlight: Shawnda Staten

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Shawnda Staten of Fort Lupton in the Northern & Northeastern CO region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Shawnda 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?

I became a Girl Scout volunteer at 18, so I could work at a resident camp after I graduated high school and then it just worked out that I was needed for my little cousins troop as a co-leader, so she could do all the “cool stuff” (her words not mine) that I got to do growing up. Then, a very short time later my daughter was old enough and wanted to be in Girl Scouts and of course, we had no leaders, so it just happened and then I had another daughter ten years later who wanted to be a Girl Scout too. I had to start a new troop for her and when I thought I was going to take some other roles in council, I was blessed with a granddaughter, so I haven’t changed roles just yet because now I am honored to be her leader.

Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.

Different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout started for me as a Girl Scout member: helping Brownie leaders that needed help, and at the local nature centers doing educational tours for scouts and the community. I wasn’t working on a Program Aide or any awards or badges, but for fun and the experience. Then, as a legal adult, I volunteered as a camp counselor a couple times, co-leader/leader from early 1990’s til now in a couple states, special events manager/coordinator a couple times, and in a couple states, service unit registrar, service unit and troop product program manager/coordinator a couple times (even back when we had calendars/candies and of course cookie season), service unit co-manager/ manger. I have been secretary on the service unit team, mentor for leaders and various other positions on the team, and helped in adult training. I think for about three months in the very beginning I was just a registered parent. LOL. They have all been an experience to remember and most I enjoyed for the terms they were assigned because of the fellow volunteers I had on the team with me.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

Being a Girl Scout volunteer, I have learned I’m only human, I am flawed, and I make mistakes, but it’s how you handle them that makes you a better leader and person. I have learned that I have lots still to learn from a program aspect, from the parents and fellow volunteers, and most importantly ,to me is learning from the girls. Its great to let the girls explore and grow in their own time and in there own way. Not all girls are created equal and that is perfect! Be flexible, open minded, non-judgmental and easy going as much as possible. That not all Girl Scouts; girls and adults will like everyone else, look at their troop the same way, or with the same dedication level, which can be frustrating, but its always good to accept for the sake of being a mentor/ role model and living by the Promise and Law. I have learned basic things like how to live by the Promise and Law, not just say the words. I think a lot of volunteers miss that when they sign up for a volunteer role, and cookies is not a competition between girls/troops, it’s a learning tool. How to hike and camp correctly with a bunch of rambunctious and social young ladies. How to cook with a solar oven and better at dutch oven. How to make better knots and teach girls edible knots and campfires, so they get it at a young age. How to have a cleaner camping kitchen. How to canoe down a river and in the lake without swamping it, as well as archery and gun safety. How to use badge requirements to benefit the girls and how to use their everyday experiences to fulfill badge requirements without double dipping.  How to track paperwork.

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

What I hope my girls have learned from me is emotional for me when I think about it. Being a Girl Scout, growing up when we had basically no guideline rules other than Susie Safety and having a lifetime of lasting memories and friends. I want that for all of my girls too, but it goes deeper. I want them to accept others for who they are, not what society expects them to be. To accept everyone with or without disabilities because it doesn’t define them as a person. To love themselves and know they have worth. That because I was open and honest with my girls that they will be as well. That they learned to give back to themselves, their families, their communities, and this country. To accept their accomplishments and defeats equally and with pride and humility. To be independent, responsible, take charge, role models. To be good mommies or not, spouses or not, businesswomen or house wives, and Girl Scout leaders if that is what they want in their journeys. That I will always support them, that I am here for them throughout Girl Scouts and beyond. That they touched my heart even if they were only mine for a short time and I am proud of them and the growth I see within them. That when I say at the beginning of the year that our troop is a family not just a bunch of people who get together once a week that I meant it and their sisters in scouts are their friends for life.

How has your experience as a volunteer helped you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

My experience as a volunteer helped me become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader) through my personal growth and experiences with the girls and the good friends I have made through the years. Its all been trial and error and preconceived notions of what is right or wrong and how to accomplish a task. How you deal with the unknown events and the gratitude you have from the mistakes as well as the accomplishments. To always be the girls safe heaven and their biggest cheerleader because sometimes that is all they need from you. To show them that you care and are dedicated to their success makes you a success. Be their friend even when they drive you crazy because it helps you grow. For me, it meant looking for a bigger picture and getting outside my comfort zone and moving my family across country for a chance at something different, and then again for a better long term future goal. To set goals and not give up until you have no other option and even then keep moving forward with your head high, to take the necessary risks in life to achieve your journeys goal. Over the years I am now blessed with being a Girl Scout grandma several times and It has given me a sense of pride I didn’t know I would get from being a leader. I step outside myself and what I think I know to help myself grow and move out of the way of my own ego. I always am willing to try something new and push boundaries and stereotypes. That is how I became a G.I.R.L.

Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org. 

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.

 

 

Volunteer Spotlight: Jo Anne Busch

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Jo Anne Busch of Fort Collins in the Northern & Northeastern CO region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Jo Anne 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 became apparent at an organizational meeting for Brownies at my daughter’s school, there needed to be a group of mothers to come forward to be leaders. I offered to help.  I wanted to share with the girls the values, life skills and unique experiences I had as a Girl Scout.

Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.

My first role as a volunteer was when I was in college.  As a requirement for an Outdoor Ed. class I chose to contact the local Girl Scout council to help with a troop hoping to share with them my earlier Girl Scout Camping experiences. My time with them ended with a camp out. I still remember.  We cooked chicken, potatoes, carrots, onions as a foil dinner ad then sat on logs around the fire eating.

Most people have heard me say “I am a Jack of all trades, but a master of none”  as I have been a volunteer for many years and held a variety of positions in both Mountain Prairie Council, but now in Girl Scouts of Colorado.

I have been fortunate to have been a volunteer at several levels of the Girl Scout organization- local, national, and international.

Having had three daughters, I have been a troop leaders for Brownie, Junior, and Cadette levels. My longest leader experience was at the Cadette level. 

Local level positions positions have included trainer, service unit manager, service unit product program coordinator, day camp committee, special events (Guys and Dolls) committee, as well as area delegate to council annual meeting. Most long lasting has been a member of the International Festival  Committee and a member of the Holiday Gift Wrap committee both for more than 40 years.

Council level volunteer positions have given me the opportunity to serve on the training operating unit as a trainer and presenter at several training conferences, leader summits, and enrichment trainings.  In addition, I have served on council task forces, product program team, recognition committee, outdoor education team and a delegate to Girl Scout National Conventions. Some of the highlights have been as a member of the program operating team where we developed opportunities for girls to travel not only in the United States, but the world. Council-sponsored trips to Our Chalet, Pax Lodge, and  Our Cabana,  and Wider Opportunities –now Destinations for girls to come to Colorado and explore the wonders of the state. More recently, I spend a good deal of my time with activities of the Girl Scouts of Colorado  (GSCO) Global Action Team and with the various opportunities  the GSCO History Center in Loveland have on their schedule.

It is always an honor to be involved on the national level.  My first experience as a volunteer at the national level was to be chosen as a co-leader for a group of girls from all across the United States to travel to Sangam the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) World Center in India, and then to the Golden Triangle (Delhi, Agra, Jaipur). Since then, opportunities have led to being a Liaison for GSUSA for participants attending International events. Becoming a member of the World Foundation of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts- Friends of Sangam – USA Committee has given me the opportunity to attend Girl Scout National Conventions in various Cities to promote the World Center.   At present, my volunteer positions include being a GSUSA National Volunteer Partner with the responsibility of working with national on specific projects that have included trainings, review of Young Women of Distinction Scholarship, the Forever Green Initiative, as well as being a Teller at National Conventions.  I am also the GSUSA-GSCO’s Global Action Volunteer.

Several of my activities have led me to participate as a volunteer on the International level. I have been able to be a representative from the Friends of Sangam committee – USA to an International Friends of Sangam Triennial meeting at Sangam in India a few years ago. I am currently a member of the WAGGGS volunteer pool and available for opportunities that arise.  I enjoy getting the almost daily emails from the World Bureau with invitations for initiatives for young women.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

All of my experiences have enhanced my life and made me appreciative of what the organization offers the girls and young women of today.

I learned there was a challenge in every position I had as a volunteer. The best part of the challenge was that I learned a new skill, had the satisfaction of accomplishment of creating something new and exciting, helping to fulfill a council need, as well as helping girls to make the world a better place.

I have learned there are three qualities that are essential in being a volunteer. They are flexibility and patience and to have fun. I am a reflective person. I need to gather as much information as I can before going forth with a project. I my not have all the answers but hope I have the ability to do research when necessary.  

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I hope girls have learned that Girl Scouts can offer new and exciting experiences throughout their life. As I have shared with them my unique and memorable times as a girl, leader, council committee member and even as Girl Scouts of the USA representative.

The world is out there for them to explore, where they can have new adventures, challenges, travel, meeting new friends, and fun. I have had all these in my many years and levels of Girl Scouting.

How has your experience as a volunteer helped you become a G.I.R.L (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

My experience as a volunteer has truly helped me to become a G.I.R.L..  As a girl I was a shy, soft-spoken person tending to my own tasks to produce a quality end product. Once I became a troop leader, I learned and perfected my skills

—-   as a Listener

—-   showing my Enthusiasm for the girls’ ideas and plans,

—-   being Adaptable and flexible,

 —-   being Dependable,

—-   being Energetic, creative, with a positive attitude

and   —-   Responsible for what I say and do

I learned there was no challenge “too big.”   Each opportunity I has given me the chance to be that to be that   go-getter, innovator, risk taker, and leader.  It has been a joy to be able to have these experiences.

Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org. 

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.

 

Volunteer Spotlight: Jen Vaughn

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Jen Vaughn of Fountain in the Pikes Peak region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Jen 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?

I became a volunteer because my daughter asked me to join Girl Scouts with her. She heard about it from friends at school, but didn’t want to join alone. I am so glad that she did, because I think I have had more fun than she did, and I have stayed around through all four of my daughters now.

Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.

I am currently a Girl Scout leader for a Junior/Cadette troop, as well as the service unit leader for Ft. Carson Service Unit 417.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

I have learned that there is always something new to learn, and always multiple ways to get something done. I have also learned that friends you make through Girl Scouts are forever friends. A lot like GORP, there are a lot of different kinds of people in the world, and once you mix them all together you learn things about yourself that you never knew.

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I hope that they have learned that you can be yourself, and will never be judged. I hope that my girls have learned that we learn things together and I will never expect anything out of them that I will not try myself. They have taught me better ways of doing many things, and if we didn’t work together, we would never learn as much.

How has your experience as a volunteer helped you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

I think that Girl Scouting has given me a voice that I didn’t know was in there before. I have learned things that I would not have necessarily tried before, and loved them. I have pushed myself to be a better person so that my girls can know that I believe in them and that they can be anything they want to be. I have realized that without risks we would never get to our full potential.

Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org. 

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.

 

Volunteer Spotlight: Denise Krohn

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Denise Krohn of Littleton in the Metro Denver region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Denise 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?

When my older daughter’s troop leader couldn’t continue, I decided to take over that role. It was important to me that the girls were given the opportunity to continue to learn and have fun together.

Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.

Over my more than 20 years as a Girl Scout, there have been many roles. I was the troop leader for both my daughters’ troops and school coordinator at their elementary school. For product programs I’ve been troop fall product program manager, service unit fall product program manager, troop cookie manager, service unit cookie manager, area cookie manager, cookie cupboard manager, site delivery manager, and cookie committee member. As I gained experience and knowledge, I took on the next level of responsibility.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

Many changes have come to Girl Scouts during my volunteer years and thus, new skills: using email for communications, having eBudde for tracking cookie sales instead of recording everything on paper, social media, etc. Some I’ve mastered, but others I’m still learning. I’ve gained self-confidence and public speaking skills from training troop cookie managers. Mostly, I’ve learned that there is always more to learn.

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I hope girls learn to persevere! Never give up – no matter the difficulties. Set goals and work hard to achieve them. And, remember that you will learn more from your mistakes and hardships then when everything is smooth-sailing.

How has your experience as a volunteer helped you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

Since I’ve experienced so many volunteer positions, I feel I have a unique perspective of Girl Scouts and especially the product programs. By listening to others, it’s easier to lead others with best practices. I’ve learned to speak up with suggestions when I recognize something that could be improved. At the Waterstone delivery site the last two years, we’ve tried a couple new procedures to speed-up the pickup process for troops. And, we’ve asked troops to step-up with volunteers to make the day better for everyone, lessening everyone’s workload and stress level. It is important to me to evaluate and adapt quickly to changing policies and procedures, and to communicate information effectively to other volunteers, caregivers, and girls.

Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org. 

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.

 

Volunteer Spotlight: Jody Clair

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Jody Clair of Colorado Springs in the Pikes Peak region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Jody 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?

My Daisy daughter. We could not find a troop, so we started one. There were very few in our area.

Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.

I have been a leader 17 years this Girl Scout year. I have also had the pleasure of being a council trainer many years, and a council delegate twice.

Then, I have worked with girls on the Power Up program and PA training. I have worked for many years in our service unit and on our Region Four Cookie Committee. Whew!

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

To not take everything for granted. I have had a Girl Scout lose her mom and we assisted in helping her work through it; Girl Scouts on my door step that had been abused; Girl Scouts from homes with no money; Girl Scouts from homes with drug addicted parents; and so much more in 17 years. To see any Girl Scout smile and to say “I have your back” has made me realize you just never know what someone needs in their life. It could be a simple smile!

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

To be great humans! I also hope they have learned to try something before they give up.

How has your experience as a volunteer helped you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

I was outgoing before Girl Scouts, but now it is about me and the Girl Scouts and what that means in my heart, not “just” my daughter. She works year-round at Tomahawk Ranch and to see that makes me the proudest mom and leader out there! Seeing her thrive, reminds me every day to keep striving for those things in G.I.R.L and to share it with as many Girl Scouts as possible! Them becomeing better people makes my life full.

Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org. 

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.

 

Volunteer Spotlight: Liz Duke

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Liz Duke of Greenwood Village in the Metro Denver region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Liz 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?

The honest truth is that my sons were doing Cub Scouts, and my daughter wanted to do Girl Scouts. There wasn’t a troop at her school and I knew that if a troop was going to get started, I would have to be a big part of making that happen. SO, it comes down to not wanting to tell my daughter “no.”

Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.

I have been a troop leader for the past four years. I have been a cupboard manager for the past two years. This is my first year as service unit cookie manager.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

I have learned to step outside my comfort zone on issues that are important to me and my troop.

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I hope they have learned that they need to be the positive change they want to see in their community.

How has your experience as a volunteer helped you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

Risk-taker: I have met a lot of positive role models in the Girl Scout community. I try to take their ideas and attitudes back to the troop and show the girls that it is okay to try something new and fail at it, so long as you learn from the process.

Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org. 

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.

 

 

 

Volunteer Spotlight: Silvia Santana

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Silvia Santana of Rifle in the Western Colorado region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Silvia 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?

While attending a kindergarten roundup event, there was a table with some Girl Scout volunteers. I had heard a little about it and having a daughter, I loved the idea of empowering girls. We attended our first meeting, and I thought to myself that I could see myself do that. After the second meeting, I signed up to assist the Daisy leader. I wanted to be part of an organization that provided opportunities for all girls regardless of their background and help in their development to become strong, confident, and independent girls.

Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.

Well, I started just helping the Daisy leader a little over six years ago. When that troop closed, I started my own Brownie troop. I have served as Daisy leader, Brownie leader, Junior leader, cookie mom, treasurer, planner,  you name it. Anything the troop needs, I have stepped up to help.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

We definitely learn to love each girl in our troop. Each one of them has a special part in my heart. I have seen many of them grow and will be bridging to Cadettes this next year. I have leaned that no matter how much time we can volunteer, we can all make a difference in these girls’ lives. I see the sisterhood they have developed and I am very proud of all of them.

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I like to lead by example, so I hope that each one of them learns to be strong, independent, and confident. I want them to know that they can be anything they put their minds to. They have learned to set goals and create plans to achieve them. They have learned responsibility, how to use their resources, and be kind and caring for others.

How has your experience as a volunteer helped you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

I feel I have always been a leader since young age, however I was not a go-getter or risk-taker. Being a volunteer has helped me set goal for my personal growth, just like we set goals with the girls. I took a risk and went back to school a year ago. I knew there would be a possibility I would not be able to handle work, school, home, and volunteering. I was determined not to let that get in the way, and in May I will be graduating. I am glad I can teach the girls that all things are possible.   

Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org. 

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.

 

 

Ways to Honor Your Favorite Girl Scout volunteers

 

 

 

Are you looking for a way to show your favorite Girl Scout volunteers how much they mean to you? Here are a few ways to show you care even if you can’t see them in person:

  • Call or video chat with them!
  • Send an e-card
  • Personalize one of our pre-designed card templates, one for younger girlsand one for older girls. Add a straight-from-the-heart message then text or email it to your volunteer(s). They’ll love hearing how they’ve made a difference in your life!

Looking to get everyone in on the fun? Consider sending a digital group thank-you via Kudoboard! Each troop member and her family can share a message, photo, or video on your volunteer’s thank-you board. Kudoboard has been officially licensed for a limited time by Girl Scouts of the USA . Use promo codegirlscouts2020 to unlock unique Girl Scout backgrounds—like this one —and get the following discounts:

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  • Milestone board (unlimited signers, can play as slide show, $6.99)

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Volunteer Spotlight: Erin Sullivan-Ortiz

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Erin Sullivan-Ortiz of Greeley in the Northern & Northeastern CO region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Erin 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?

I became a Girl Scout volunteer for several reasons! I was a Girl Scout myself, and my mom was my troop leader for a while. Some of my favorite childhood memories were formed in Girl Scouts, many of my values were strengthened through Girl Scouts, and two of my still-best friends were sister Girl Scouts! My grandmother, whose only child was a son (my dad), was a Girl Scout volunteer for over 50 years! Her commitment to empowering girls was nothing short of inspiring. Given this rich family history with Girl Scouts, when my daughter joined Girl Scouts in kindergarten as a Daisy, it felt completely natural to join as a troop volunteer!

Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.

I started as a troop volunteer. I could not attend most regular meetings with my work schedule, so my first couple of years I helped plan events and ceremonies, organized speakers for meetings, and supported wherever else I could. I became a co-leader of our multi-level troop and “cookie mom” my third year, and the next year took on overall troop leadership (yay paperwork!) as well as continued to lead my daughter’s level (Brownies). I continued those roles, moving to Juniors with my daughter!

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

So much! I’ve learned even more about how thoughtful, innovative, compassionate, generous, and creative girls can be! I’ve learned the importance of slowing down to give each girl the space and time to explore and express her own opinions, thoughts, and feelings. I’ve learned that collectively, they are even more amazing than the sum of the individuals, which is saying something since they are each so unique and wonderful! I’ve learned that by creating our own annual traditions, like camping trips or ceremonies, we are not only creating opportunities to develop memories, but cumulatively reinforcing special memories from years past – and with them, unbreakable bonds of sisterhood. I’ve learned how powerful it is for younger girls to have older girls to look up to, and how engaging it can be for older girls to have younger girls to guide and teach.

I’ve also learned that the community as a whole loves to support Girl Scouts! We’ve had so much support from so many people and organizations, from the Larimer County Park Rangers teaching us about how to “Leave No Trace,” to the CSU Society of Women Engineers helping us earn an engineering badge, to local businesses encouraging our pursuit of booths for cookie sales, to people taking time out of their busy lives to share their passion and/or career with our troop, and so many more. I’ve figured out that if we think creatively as a group, we can find support for just about any interest we want to pursue!  

Furthermore, I’ve again learned about the power of friendship as an adult. Our troop leadership team and volunteers are so incredible and engaged. I’ve learned that as an adult involved with Girl Scouts, not only do I get to support the girls, but I also get to make special memories and create/strengthen bonds with other parents who care about these girls and their success as much as I do! 

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I hope they’ve learned that they are capable of more than they thought possible. I hope they’ve learned that they are powerful, and truly can make an impact when they put their minds to it. I hope they’ve learned to listen to and care for their sister Girl Scouts and others. I hope they have learned to see the issues in their community as opportunities for change rather than just something to be sad or feel helpless about. I hope they’ve really learned the concepts of the Girl Scout Promise and Law, and creatively employ those in their everyday lives, now and in the future!

How has your experience as a volunteer helped you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

Anybody who tries to wrangle 22 second through fifth graders on a Friday after school for 2.5 hours will have their leadership skills stretched!  🙂   

Some of the leadership skills I’ve developed by volunteering with and then leading this troop include patience, teamwork, and the ever-important skill of delegating. We’ve had to be innovative in how we connect with our community and make BIG things happen (like installing a drinking fountain/water bottle refill station at a local shelter, hosting a fun run to raise awareness about how to support kids going through tough medical situations, and more) while still encouraging our young troop to take the lead. These girls have huge ideas and even bigger hearts; daring to take the risk to pursue these projects rather than saying “no, that’s too big of an idea,” asking the girls questions and pushing them to figure out how to facilitate the ideas becoming reality, and then getting out of their way (!!) has been challenging to say the least. I could not ask for a better reward than hearing one of our troop members say to another last summer on the way back from a camping trip, “I LOVE Girl Scouts.  I never want to quit being a Girl Scout!” 

So worth it.  I know they’ll keep challenging themselves, each other, me, and the world around them!  

Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org. 

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.