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Volunteer Spotlight: Catherine Bendl

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Catherine Bendl of Golden 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 Catherine 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 because my girls were interested in trying Girl Scouts and I wanted to make sure their experience was a good one. Now that I’m a troop leader, I appreciate those volunteers who help to make events and outings possible because they are willing to help.

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

I am currently troop leader for our Cadette troop. It is such a rewarding experience and I’m so glad I took the leap to start a troop. Watching these older girls connect is so wonderful! Previously, I volunteered as an adult member of troops and helped with overnights, cookie sales, badge work, and meeting prep.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

I have learned that volunteering is usually so easy and ends up being so worth it in the end. 

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I hope the girls have learned that giving time to help others is a vital part of what makes us successful people. I hope that they see that giving of yourself brings joy to others and to self.

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

I started my own business just before we started the new troop last fall. This experience has helped me to pursue my business in going after new clients and taking risks doing tasks I’ve never done before. I hope by making my business successful that the girls will learn that being a leader is a positive thing and will help them in the future. 

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

 

Volunteer Spotlight: Aneida Slomski

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Aneida Slomski 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 Aneida 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 got my daughters into Girl Scouts because I enjoyed being a Girl Scout when I was a girl. It’s a great program and after a couple years, the troop needed a new leader, so I volunteered.

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

I started out as a Brownie Leader, and then we became a multi-level troop and I went up through the levels with my daughters. I work with the Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors now and I’m the treasurer for our troop. I love working with this level because they’re so capable and have such good ideas. I have volunteered at day camps and service units. Now, I’m a service unit co-director. I’m on various committees on the service unit level to help plan our fall campout and World Thinking Day activities. I help coordinate summer activities with our troop, like campouts and trips to go caving (the crawling on your knees kind, not the walking kind) and whitewater rafting. We have camped at three different Girl Scout camps in Colorado through the years. I’ve also helped coordinate many trips to local businesses and organizations, so the girls can learn how things work in our area and the girls can get service project ideas.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

I am a homebody. The girls really get me out of my comfort zone and I like it. I started out not even knowing how to start a fire. I had to learn to cook outdoors; I think sometimes I cook better outdoors than indoors! I learned PowerPoint and Excel to help the troop. The first spreadsheet I made added the phone number. I had to learn knots, map and compass, lashing, and other outdoor skills, so I could teach the girls for the Reach for the Peak camping competition. They learned from the leaders, and then they just ran with it. They got so good at it that they reached the point where they told the leaders where to sign and where to drive them and they won the highest award.

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I hope the girls have learned to try new things. If a girl has an idea (and they always have amazing ideas), there are adults who will help them get to where they want to be, cheering them on. I hope the girls learn about the outdoors and how capable they are in that environment. In a multi-level troop, they really get the opportunity to work with girls of different ages and cultural backgrounds. I hope they have learned that our differences are no big deal.

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

Being a leader has taught me to be on the lookout for exciting things to share with the girls and to work with others to make them happen. As an innovator, I’ve learned to create events from scratch like day camps and cultural events. I am not the type to take a lot of risks, but I was a risk-taker and a leader when I organized a townhall meeting to save Sky High Ranch. I have never gotten involved like that before, and it was really amazing to see my adult daughters, the girls from our area, former camp counselors, and so many local leaders coming together to speak up and save our camp. Council listened, they were very supportive, and Sky High Ranch was open for summer camp again. We did it for the 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. 

 

 

Volunteer Spotlight: Christine Kucera

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Christine Kucera of Steamboat Springs in the Mountain Communities region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Christine 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’ve become a Girl Scout volunteer for many reasons. First, I volunteered to become a troop leader while in college at Illinois State University. I missed all of the fun activities and my connection to younger girls. I felt that I had a lot to share with a group of Brownies. I had a wonderful time taking them camping and teaching them what I remembered as most special to me.

After I got married and moved to California, I volunteered again. I wasn’t ready to have children of my own yet, but again missed my connection with girls. I became very involved with a troop of girls through Juniors and Cadettes. We taught them life skills, took them canoeing, camping, and skiing.  One of them had never seen snow and now takes her family skiing.

We moved to Colorado and took a break from volunteering to spend more time on the slopes and raising children. I resisted volunteering for a while because I felt that I was too busy with my two children. My kids went to a small local charter school north of Steamboat Springs and I realized that my daughter needs to get to know more town kids to help ease her eventual integration into the high school. I was able to find a Girl Scout troop that would hold off starting the meeting after school until we could arrive. This was a nice sized troop that had lots of fun playing games and singing songs, but was not doing any badges. I was hoping to have my daughter enjoy Girl Scouts without her mom as the leader, but I stepped in and helped. I led this troop through Bronze and Silver awards, trained them to win Reach for the Peak, and am guiding them down their paths to the Gold Award. Girl Scouts has become an important part of my soul.

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

I now have many roles in Girl Scouts. I am a Senior/Ambassador troop leader, member of the local Girl Scout grant committee, Mountain Communities region volunteer trainer, local troop camp director, and 2018 National Delegate. My troop and I lead many local events each year, ranging from bridging, World Thinking Day, cookie rallies, monthly multiage group meetings, and annual troop camp. I am a trainer for adults, especially 101 and Camping and Cooking. I am the trainer for Program Aides and soon Volunteer in Training. I plan and implement PA-run troop camp for Juniors and older each summer. I was honored to be selected as a National Delegate and want to take my troop to the National Convention in Florida in October 2020.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

I have learned that when girls are challenged, they step up and can accomplish anything. I have seen Daisies learn how to use a compass, tie lashing, and do dishes for all of camp with more maturity than the average middle schooler. I have seen girls struggle with the stress of the Reach for the Peak Competition, immediately start planning their next year’s theme and come back two years later to win the Peak Award. My troop ran a local older girl super troop, teaching outdoor skills, Girl Scout ceremonies, songs and games, and had girls repeatedly ask me when I will be healthy enough to start it up again this year until I got it scheduled. I have watched my daughter work diligently for a year and a half on her Gold Award, only to say “I know I could be done at this point, but I want to go bigger and make a real difference.” I have girls from my California troop who contacted me over Facebook and reminisce with me about the things we did and how they are sharing those things with their families. I have learned that everything I do with Girl Scouts makes a lasting impact on young women and it makes me feel inspired every time I see an unspoken thank you.

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I hope that girls learn to pass on their strengths while improving their weaknesses. My greatest hope is they realize that they are role models for people younger and older than themselves and they can make as big of an impact as they desire.

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

My greatest desire is to give my daughter amazing experiences that help her through her life journey. While trying to accomplish this, I have stepped up and become a go-getter. I have had to come up with innovative ways to share everything I know and teach her things I am learning for the first time. I have taken risks that I would not have dreamed of before that have made me a stronger person. Have I become a better leader than before? I think that goes without saying. Even more importantly than my personal growth, I have watched all the girls I’ve interacted with turn in a G.I.R.L. by following my example. Girl Scouts makes all of us better women.

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

 

Volunteer Spotlight: Lisa Ali

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Lisa Ali of Denver 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 askedLisa 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 always wanted to be a Girl Scout. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance growing up as there was not enough volunteers in our neighborhood. I remember thinking as a little girl that I sure wished I could be a Girl Scout and wear an amazing Brownie uniform and go camping with all my girlfriends. I remember thinking that if I ever had a daughter, I would be a leader, so that she would get the chance to dawn the Brownie cap. I didn’t want her to miss out on becoming the best little human she could be and the experiences she would have with her Girl Scout friends would be priceless. So, when my daughter smiled up at me one day and shared that she wanted to be a Girl Scout, (she had a flyer in her Thursday folder from school) I looked into it. There were NO open troops of Daisies in our area. Initially, I felt defeated until council introduced Tiffany Stone to me and we met for coffee one afternoon and the rest is history. Our troop was established and the Daisies who began with the troop are still together as second year Juniors and first year Cadettes.

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

I was terrified to be a Girl Scout leader as I seriously had NO clue on how to run a Girl Scout troop. I was at a loss and I tell you thank goodness for my co-leader as she is creative, motivated, and AMAZING. So amazing that since she runs the Urban Trails Service Unit I had to throw my hat in the ring and I have been the service unit cookie manager finishing my fourth year.  So, I am a Girl Scout mom, leader, and SUCM. I just love the volunteers in Urban Trails as they are an amazing group of people who make having the roles I play worth every moment. 

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

Well, as a volunteer I have learned a variety of things about myself, my daughter, engaging parents, and team work. Being a leader is a lot of work. Helping the girls learn how to be the best humans they can be through kindness, empathy, diversity, and respecting themselves and showing respect to others has been an amazing challenge. It was like herding cats when they were Daisies, all that energy and sparkle it was almost impossible to contain. When they became Brownies and they started to take an active interested in “being girl led,” it was challenging to let them have more of the control and creativity, as they continued to explore who they are as individuals and as a troop. I learned what the term “safe failures” means and how it helps our girls become confident and self sufficient. Teaching them to stand up for themselves and others in a way that is kind and assertive has been such an area of growth.  Watching them support one another as they take on life challenges or they see a fellow Girl Scout sister emotionally hurting and supporting them without prompts, was the most amazing reward for me to experience. I think in regards to what I have learned about being a Girl Scout volunteer regarding my troop has been the girls learning that they don’t always win, an that is okay, taking a loss or a failure for a learning experience and trying harder the next time has been breath taking.  Our girls have always been go-getters, innovators, risk -takers, and are becoming leaders. From the very inception of our troop, we have always had the expectations the girls would give back to their community as part of their yearly activities. Every year they have picked a give back project and paid for it through some of the earnings from the Fall Product or Girl Scout Cookie programs.  Our girls have given cookies and suitcases to kids in foster care, so that they don’t have to move from home to home with their belongings in a plastic bags. They have built and painted a little library for the community where their meetings are held and created a community garden amongst other things.  It has been a joy to watch them grow, not only physically but emotionally and mentally. I know I rambled as I began to write my thoughts got a way from me. I have learned that it takes a village to have an amazing troop. We have that, between the leaders, the girls and the parents and all the support they give our troop is able to thrive. 

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I hope they have learned to believe in themselves, that making mistakes is just fine, being a team is empowering, and that being accountable for your actions is key to growth as a beautiful human. 

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

Well, this is a loaded question. I am a Puerto Rican, African American, Caucasian adopted woman who struggles with dyslexia and ADHD.  I don’t like being in the spotlight as all my life I have struggled with finding my place of belonging and believing in myself.  You know self esteem issues and all that.  Being an adopted bi-racial person, I was always the square peg that just didn’t quite fit. I wanted something different for my daughter, I wanted her to have a sense of belonging from a very young age. So, I knew that I wanted to create a troop that is diverse in all ways possible. I wanted to have a place where all girls regardless of their ethnic background, socio economic situation, family dynamics, cultural experience, or learning style had a place to feel accepted for who they are as they are. I wanted to create a troop where all girls had a sense of belonging and sisterhood was true.  Becoming a Girl Scout volunteer, I knew as a brand-new troop leader that I was going to make mistakes, grow from them, and become a better person. Definitely not without hard work and some bumps along the way. I believe that I have become a go-getter by exceeding my boundaries and challenging myself to step out of my comfort zone. Hiking in the woods, sleeping in uncomfortable places, and walking in the dark with the fear of bears are just a few of the obstacles I have overcome.  Not to mention placing myself in a role where others depend on me as the person who can support and help them have a successful cookie season.  Managing all the ins and outs of being a SUCM in an organized fashion takes patiences, innovation, and leadership.  The challenge of my dyslexia and ADHD has always been so difficult growing up and not wanting others to see me as flawed I always seemed to shy away from leadership roles which would have me standing out in the crowd. I was much more of a blend into the shadows type of person. I now understand ADHD and dyslexia are part of who I am and that being a risk-taker, go-getter, and innovator has made me a great leader therefore helping me to embrace ALL that I am. I am grateful for the parents in our troop, the girls and especially my co-leader because without all these individuals I may still have been someone who was okay with staying in the shadows.  Volunteering has helped me grow, heal and accept me for me and I now know I am enough.  

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

Volunteer Spotlight: Rini Kirkpatrick

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Rini Kirkpatrick 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 Rini 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?

Growing up in Indonesia, I was in Girl Scouts for several years. During that time, I saw my parents being involved by helping out with activities, such as camping trips, hikes, and other activities. I learned a lot as a Girl Scout, and even though I did not continue past middle school, I wanted that experience for our daughter.

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

I started out at the troop level as a leader for our daughter’s Daisy troop. As we continued our Girl Scouting adventures, I became more involved with the service unit. I served as a service unit cookie manager for several years, and was involved in the parent-daughter volunteer camp for three years. I was also on the committee with the first Youth Engaged in Learning about Leadership (YELL) event in Northern Colorado. Currently, our troop is hosting the Power Up anti-bullying program update pilot, so we can offer it to troops in the region. In addition, I support the SU fall product program manager and the older girl Gift Wrap Committee. 

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

Through the years, I learned that being a volunteer was a great way to connect and be involved with our daughter, as well as other girls. Looking back, I feel a sense of wonder of how much the girls in the troop have grown into leaders. The Girl Scout program includes so many options, they meet the varied interests of girls. I hope I was able to make a difference in girls’ lives, so they can reach their full potential, achieve their dreams, and make a difference in the world. 

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

Perseverance. Standing up for yourself and for others. Learning there are different ways you can make a difference, and it does not have to be a big thing to make a difference. Courage. Willing to make new friends, even if you don’t know anyone. Finding your people. Working together. Being open to new experiences. Having open hearts and open minds.

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

When working to provide girls with the best leadership experience, I have gone out my comfort zone to organize and participate in activities that I had not previously done. I hope by guiding girls to take charge of their own activities, I show that leaders are not necessarily those who are in front, but also those who ensure that people around them have the opportunity to grow into their fullest 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. 

Volunteer Spotlight: Jessica Heacock

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Jessica of Dolores 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 Jessica 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 started out being talked into a co-leader position, and “all I needed to do was sign on the bank account.” Our original leader quit right after cookie season started last year, and at first I was terrified. I’ve been the leader since, and it’s been a blessing in disguise. 

My family has made friends with families that have common goals like we do, and we have planned set aside time (meetings), that we learn and work together.

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

I’ve been co-leader, leader, and troop cookie manager. I also distribute volunteer recruiting supplies as needed, and serve on the service unit team. All roles take different amounts of time, and some people are ready for cookies to be done right after they start. My family makes it a family time experience while selling cookies, and my girls love doing it.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

I’ve learned a lot of things as a Girl Scout volunteer. I’ve learned different ways to teach and let girls help. I’ve learned the Girl Scout steps myself, as I was not one when I was younger. The things we learn at meetings help our daily life.  Most importantly, I’ve learned to be flexible, as not all girls learn the same way and at the same rate. 

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I hope girls have learned how to be a strong leader and valuable individual in our community and communication skills. All of those traits will take them a long way in life. 

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

I’ve personally learned a lot of things, but the best part is I’m passing skills to my daughters as well.  We applied risk- taker when we made our initial cookie order. We also offered to take other troops’ stock because my girls were having fun selling. We transferred 102 packages of S’mores after March 1, so we could enter into the S’mores drawing, all not knowing if we could sell the cookies. I’ve learned a lot of leader skills teaching lessons, and using the VTK. We try to apply go-getter to everything we do, whether it’s selling cookies, or finishing homework. The best part is, everything we learn can be applied to everyday life. 

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

Volunteer Spotlight: Catherine Rice

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Catherine Rice 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 Catherine 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 have fond memories of my short five years as a Brownie and Girl Scout and had wanted my daughter to have the same fun. I was the classic story of a busy, working  mother who attended an organizational meeting and said, “I cannot be the leader, but I will help.”  Of course, I was the only one who even said that much! Thus I became a leader, so that we could get a Brownie troop started (Daisies had not yet begun).  It was one of my wisest decisions. I happily remained the leader of Hawaii Troop 614 for 15 years, seeing nine girls earn their Gold Awards. When my daughter gave birth to a girl, we saw more green blood! We could not wait for her to become a Daisy, and I am now in year seven as one of the co-leaders with her mother of Colorado Troop 41002 and having fun all over again.  Why?  Because I believe completely in the Girl Scout Program which encourages girls to be their best and become leaders all while having so much fun and making lifelong friendships. I have seen my girls become international travelers, a media success, business owners, doctors, an active community volunteer, a national forest executive, and three of them are Girl Scout leaders, so I know it works!  Watching our younger girls grow so quickly and become G.I.R.L.s is such a thrill because I see the program still working.

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

During my first 15 years as a Leader, our school had a troop in nearly every grade. For several years, I was the liaison between the school and the Girl Scout Board and I was a member of the Girl Scout Board. Our service unit was very large and very active, so I was involved with the annual parades, calendar production and sales, and several large statewide camps celebrating Girl Scout milestones. I was very honored to receipt the Volunteer Appreciation Pin.  One of my more exciting adventures was as an adult chaperone for Melinda Caroll’s Girl Scout Choir. We traveled around the state and attended the National Convention in 1993.  And I accompanied one of my Gold Girl Scouts, who had created an educational traveling recycling project, to an environmental camp at the Edith Macy Center in New York attended by one girl and adult from each State. It was fun and interesting to see the many different sides of Girl Scouting. My role now is mostly as a leader, who tries to help wherever I can and being a retired grandmother allows me the freedom to attended most activities and trainings. I was able to help with recruitment events during the summer and fall and on the service unit level, I have helped to plan camps and World Thinking Day events. I am also part of the Girl Scout Travel Group.  Being a Girl Scout Volunteer has blessed me with many lifelong adult friendships as well.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

The girls are my inspiration!!!  Throughout my Girl Scout volunteer days, the girls have always been the more creative and motivational ones.  The leaders may give them ideas, but watching them run with those ideas is phenomenal.  Doing as much as I can to keep girls in the program through high school is my current goal because I have seen the doors that the Girl Scouting experience has opened for my first troop. There are so many opportunities for older girls. I have also learned that camping and selling cookies in warm Hawaii is so much easier than in freezing Colorado! 

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

Hopefully, I have been a good role model for the girls, showing them that anything is possible and that doing crazy things is fun at any age. Living the Girl Scout Way is very important to me and I hope that they feel and act the same. Mostly, I want them to always remember their Girl Scout years with fondness, laughing at funny memories, proud of their hard work, remembering that Girl Scouts leave a place better than they found it, and that we always strive to make the world a better place.

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

Being a Girl Scout volunteer has kept me going in so many ways. Throughout a very stressful career in the financial world, it reminded me that “I got this” no matter the challenge. I’m not so sure I have been a great innovator, but I have learned from the girls! Girl Scouting has made me courageous and strong and always willing to try new things – that is the fun of it all. I was always a follower in school, but after being a Girl Scout leader I found that I could be the head of a group. I remember being so nervous in front of parent meetings that my voice would shake, but after many years of doing it over and over I am much more comfortable.

Thinking back through the years while writing this, I realize how much more I have gained from Girl Scouts than I have given. There were many late nights of planning and writing newsletters (typed in the beginning!), keeping the records organized, buying supplies, days of lugging everything to and from meetings, making sure everyone was safe, but I don’t remember those details. I remember my two sets of Brownies (30 years apart!) looking in the “pond” and seeing themselves, our brown and white situpons, my wonderful assistant leaders and helpful parents (still good friends), our hikes, going to camps, taking 26 Juniors to another island and Easter sunrise on the beach, sitting around our silly inflatable pool at a big statewide camp, 12 costumed Girl Scout parades through Waikiki, and being so proud listening to all of those Gold Award speeches. And my first girls will never let me forget the time I left the meat in my freezer before Easter Brunch at a large family camp! With my current troop, I will remember those darling little Daisies, our first Brownie sleepover, Wild Nights at the Zoo, crawling and sliding through the mud in Cave of the Winds, delivering our HTH cookies to Hope and Home, earning our MEdia Journey at a Hamp Hup overnight, teas, service unit amps, and many badge workshops. 

I am so thankful that those many years ago I said, “I will help”, and will always encourage others to do the same!

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

Volunteer Spotlight: Nicole Lockwood

 

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Nicole Lockwood 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 Nicole 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, after I earned my Gold Award and wanted to continue sharing my Girl Scout story. Plus, I wanted to inspire girls to reach for their dreams and pursue their goals. I had a strong support system as a girl with a few key leaders and my mom. I wanted to share that same support with other girls, who may not have that same support. 

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

Like most volunteers I wear several hats within Girl Scouts, which has lead to taking on various different roles. Those include being a troop leader, service unit product program manager, Gold Award mentor, member of the Membership Connection Committee, and Colorado delegate for the 2017 National Convention. I also participate with the Girl Scout Choir. Each of these different roles has allowed me different opportunities and chances to work with several other volunteers and girls across the state. Of all the roles I have held, one of my favorite was being with the Girl Scout Choir and being able to attend the 95th and 100th Anniversary Singalong in Washington, D.C. Another favorite role of mine was being able to be a delegate at the 2017 convention. It was a first time experience for myself and I got to be part of some of the national decision making with GSUSA, along with being able to meet and interact with other volunteers and girls across the country and even worldwide, while also being able to meet some very important people from GSUSA. Most of my different volunteer roles I have held for almost six years. 

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

There are lots of things I have learned while being a Girl Scout volunteer. I have learned that any girl you work with, for no matter the length of time, will always look up to you as a role model. I’ve also learned that while being a volunteer, we still need to embody what the Girl Scout Law means as sometimes we are also the face of Girl Scouts. Most importantly, I have learned that sometimes the girls aren’t the only ones who get to have fun and try new adventures. 

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I hope that the girls I have been able to volunteer with have learned that you can do just about anything you set your mind to. Nothing is ever unattainable, unless you don’t try. Along with that, I hope the girls have learned that its always important to try something new, because you never know what new adventures or doors it may open up for you. 

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 helped become a G.I.R.L. in several different ways. I have become a go-getter by always willing to step up for a new challenge or task whether it be taking on a new role in one of my Girl Scout troops or just by being an extra helping hand whenever and wherever it may be needed. I’m innovator by always thinking outside of the box and trying to come up with new and creative ways to solve any problem or task that comes my way. Sometimes doing things a little different will lead to a unexpected outcome. Becoming a risk-taker has showed me that I should never be afraid to step out of my comfort zone or to try new activities. Becoming a leader with a troop for so many years has allowed me to watch my own leadership skills grow and blossom so much that, I was able to to take on some of the other roles that I currently have. Becoming a G.I.R.L. has showed me that there is so much more to being a Girl Scout volunteer and it has shown me some of the experiences and opportunities that I may have missed when I was a Girl Scout myself. 

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

Volunteer Spotlight: Jill Mann

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Jill Mann of Windsor 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 Jill 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?

Originally to help my daughter’s troop when my oldest girl was a Daisy and they needed someone to coordinate the troop cookie sales. I’ve since helped out with troop and service unit level leadership.

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

I’ve been our troop cookie manager for four years now. This is my second year in a troop leadership position. Last year, I worked with our Brownies. This year, I’ve helped our Daisy and Cadette level troops (mixed level troop) with their badge goals, and assisted our other leaders with Brownie and Junior level activities. I have also assisted our troop leadership team on our yearly troop camping trips. This year, I’ve also assisted with our service unit leadership and was the service unit cookie manager.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

I’ve learned that there are so many more opportunities for our girls to learn a variety of skills, all they need is a little guidance to see the possibilities and think outside the box.

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I hope they have seen that they really can do anything they want to with a little determination and the ability to ask for help if they need to, and that there is something to be learned from every experience.

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

I have definitely had to leave my comfort zone on this adventure. I tend to be more of a quiet observer. Being a Girl Scout volunteer, I’ve had to get out, do things, and learn new skills I would not have otherwise picked up.

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

Volunteer Spotlight: Jamie Buttermore

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Jamie Buttermore of Grand Junction 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 Jamie 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 was a Girl Scout for a few years as a child. I knew that as soon as my oldest was in kindergarten, I was going to find a troop for her. A troop we found, but the leadership team decided to step down. A couple of parents approached me to help them lead. At the time, I was very pregnant and working full-time and questioned my ability to be successful, but I knew that I needed to step up, so that my daughter and the other girls in the troop could have a great experience like I had as a child. 

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

Initially, I started off as a troop support volunteer. That did not last long until I became a troop leader. I have been a troop leader now for six years. I also currently am on the Membership Connection Committee through Girl Scouts of Colorado. 

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

As a volunteer, I have learned how to effectively communicate with large groups of people, hone in on my multi-tasking and organizational skills, and have learned fun skills along the way. I have also learned the quirks of many girls over the years, learned their fears and dreams, and learned how to cherish my role and impact not their lives. 

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

My goal as a leader is to give the girls experiences they would not otherwise get. My goal is to role model kindness, hard work ethic, and a thirst for adventure. I want them to give back to the community, always believe in themselves, and try new things. I hope that the girls I have led over the years have fond memories of me and truly felt I was genuine and made some type of positive impact on their lives. 

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

I have always been a G.I.R.L. It is in my innate personality. What I hope my volunteer experience has helped me do is create more G.I.R.L.s. I hope that I have empowered them to go after their dreams, get creative when problem solving, innovate new ways of doing things, take chances, try new things, and take ownership and lead the way. 

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