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Gold Award Girl Scout: Joslyn Hays, Gunnison, “Marbles Kiosk”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I promoted the game of Ringer within my community and with tourists. I built a kiosk by the Gunnison Marble Rings explaining the game of Ringer and its history in Gunnison. The game of Ringer is a traditional game played with marbles and a 10-foot ring. It focuses on the importance of sportsmanship. I also hosted marbles workshops, placed bags of marbles with in-depth rules at the Jorgensen Park Ice Rink and Gunnison Tourism Office for people to borrow, and helped the City Council write a resolution naming the Gunnison Marble Rings the Jerry Piquette Marble Rings.

How did you measure the impact your Gold Award project made on your target audience?

I handed out surveys at my workshops. The surveys showed how much people’s  knowledge increased on a scale of five (average increase of 2.4) and whether or not they enjoyed the workshop, found it informative, and would like to play marbles again. The results were all positive and showed that promoting marbles is important.

How is your project sustainable? How will your project continue to impact after your involvement?

The kiosk will be maintained by the Gunnison Parks and Recreation Department, so it will continue to stand for tourists and locals to come and learn from. The Gunnison Marbles Club will replenish the bags of marbles and instructions in case they get stolen, and they will host the workshops in early summer. These groups will help to continue promoting marbles around my community and make my project sustainable.

What is your project’s global and/or national connection?

I sent pictures and the concept for the kiosk to the National Marbles Committee’s Facebook page for them to share with the rest of the marbles community. This was the method that they asked me to share my project with them through. We hope that Marble Clubs around the nation will follow my example to promote marbles and its sportsmanship.

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned that I am good at public speaking. That is an activity that I don’t enjoy, but was required of me throughout this project. It was good to learn that I can do it without seeming uncomfortable.

How will earning your Gold Award impact you in the future?

The leadership skills I learned while earning my Gold Award will stay with me through the rest of my life. I will be able to lead groups in school and my future career by understanding how to work with lots of different groups and set and enforce deadlines. Knowing that I can lead will also help me be more confident in general. This will allow me to do my best work in all future endeavors.

Why do you feel the Gold Award was an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

The Gold Award was the finish line for my Girl Scout experience. I had known that I wanted to earn it since I was a Brownie. Earning my Gold Award was a big part of my overall Girl Scout experience. I was able to focus and pursue my Silver Award and a Journey knowing that they led to the Gold Award. I always tried hard when selling cookies because I knew that some of the money would go towards my Gold Award. More than having been my goal, doing my Gold Award project has been a big part. I’ve been able to see the skills I’ve learned from Girl Scouts come together to help me in this project. I’ve also been able to develop as a leader, which is a great thing to start at a younger age. These have helped me understand the importance of getting my Gold Award and why it tied my Girl Scout experience together,

How did earning your Gold Award help you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)? 

Getting my Gold Award helped me become a go-getter. My project was nontraditional and focused on promoting a small, but important activity. Marbles is an inclusive activity that promotes sportsmanship above all else. I hope to have portrayed those values through my time as a Girl Scout. By pursuing this project, I believe that I set a stage that Gold Awards should be different and unique projects specific to your community. I was also one of the few girls on the Western Slope to earn her Gold Award this year. I hope that my achievement encourages other girls to complete their project as well.

**IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication, and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org

 

Pet adoption connection

Submitted by Chandra Allred

Western Colorado

Glenwood Springs

I have a troop on the Western Slope. My Juniors did their Bronze Award last year contributing to one of the largest pet adoption fairs held in the Glenwood Springs area. Helping pets is a huge passion for my girls.

Last week, my family adopted from a rescue in Denver which rescues from high kill shelters in other states. We picked up our new baby and we were met with a wonderful surprise, a gifted blanket from a Girl Scout troop in Denver.

I just wanted to tell you girls “Thank You!!” Keep up the good work, such a very special gift.

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

Girl Scouts honors 2019 Women of Distinction for the Western Slope-area

 

Thursday, November 7, 2019, Girl Scouts of Colorado honored the 2019 Women of Distinction during a breakfast held at Two Rivers Convention Center. 2019 Women of Distinction for the Western Slope-area are:

  • Jenn Moore, Executive Director of the EUREKA! McConnell Science Museum
  • Angelina Salazar, CEO, Western Healthcare Alliance
  • Diane Schwenke, President & CEO, Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce

A group of nearly 330 gathered at the event, which was chaired by Women of Distinction LeAnn Zetmeir ’18. The honorees were selected by a committee of their peers led by Selection Chair Jeni Brown ‘18. They are shining examples of corporate, civic, and philanthropic leadership and serve as role models for our female leaders of tomorrow. The morning’s keynote speakers were Gold Award Girl Scout Kyra TerLouw and Silver Award Girl Scout Bella Gigoux.

Since 2013, Girl Scouts of Colorado has recognized 21 Grand Junction-area women with this honor. More than $42,000 was raised at this year’s breakfast for Girl Scout programs. Thank you to our Gold Presenting Sponsor, U.S. Bank, and Silver Presenting Sponsors Chevron and FCI Constructors.

For more information on the Girl Scouts Women of Distinction program, visit our website –http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/wodgj – or contact Cindi Graves Cindi.graves@gscolorado.org or (970) 628-8003.

Click here for photos from the event. 

Chevron donates $4,000 to Girl Scouts of Colorado in honor of Women of Distinction Western Slope

Girl Scouts of Colorado is honored to receive a donation in the amount of $4,000 from Chevron to support Girl Scouts in the Western Colorado region. These funds will be combined with others from the upcoming Women of Distinction Breakfast to provide financial assistance to underserved girls. Girl Scouts of Colorado and Chevron want EVERY girl to be able to have the Girl Scout Leadership Experience regardless of their financial circumstances.

“Chevron has been involved the Women of Distinction event for several years,” said Cary Baird, Chevron Public and Government Affairs Advisor, “and it’s wonderful to see how it has grown in size and visibility.  We are proud to recognize today’s women leaders and help prepare girls and young women to succeed in the future.”

Since 2013, including this year’s honorees, Girl Scouts of Colorado has recognized 18 women on the Western Slope as Women of Distinction. The Women of Distinction program brings together a group of women dedicated to raising funds to support Girl Scout leadership programs.

For 2019, three Women of Distinction are being recognized. These Women of Distinction were voted on by their peers and will receive an award:

  • Jenn Moore, Executive Director of the EUREKA! McConnell Science Museum
  • Angelina Salazar, CEO, Western Healthcare Alliance
  • Diane Schwenke, President & CEO, Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce

The Women of Distinction Breakfast is on November 7. This year’s event will be held at the Two Rivers Convention Center. The 2019 Event Chair is LeAnn Zetmeir, Woman of Distinction ’18. Event Sponsors: Gold Presenting Sponsor, US Bank; Silver Presenting Sponsor, FCI Constructors.

For information regarding tickets and sponsorships, visit www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/wodgj or contact Cindi Graves at (970) 628 – 8003 or cindi.graves@gscolorado.org.

Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame patch workshops

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to special workshops at the GSCO Grand Junction office to earn their Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame patch!  The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame patch workshop is Saturday, September 21, 2019. Daisies and Brownies are invited to a morning workshop from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors are invited to an afternoon workshop from 1 – 3 p.m. Register online now! https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/colorado_women_s_hal.html. Registration closes 9/12 OR when event is at capacity.

This patch program, which launched in January 2019, aims to provide girls across the state an opportunity to learn the stories of women who have shaped our state and the nation’s history with courage, leadership, intelligence, and creativity.  Supporters of the COWHF will lead girls through activities adapted from the online instructions and girls will receive their patch at the workshop. This is not a drop off event. All Girl Scouts must attend with a troop leader, parent, or guardian.

Questions? Email Community Partnerships Manager Aimee Artzer at aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

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Historical Girl Scout Collection

Former Girl Scout troop leader and passionate collector Jacklyn Beard donated her extensive collection of Girl Scout memorabilia to the Grand Junction Leadership Center. The collection includes antique dolls, books, bandanas, pins, towels, and more. Girl Scouts of Colorado is grateful she chose to share these unique finds with us. The bulk of the dolls will be on display in Grand Junction before heading to the Girl Scout History Center in Loveland. Historical donations can be made in your local Girl Scout office or by contacting Heidi Books at heidi.books@gscolorado.org.

Girl Scout Day at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

All Girl Scouts, family, and friends are invited to join GSCO for Girl Scout Day at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park on Saturday, September 14, 2019. Register online: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/girl_scout_day_at_gl.html Registration closes September 12. Discount will NOT be honored after September 12.

A mountain is ideal for many things – hiking, skiing, hang gliding, but it’s not the most logical location for a theme park. Yet, situated 7,100-feet above sea level in Glenwood Springs, is America’s only mountain-top theme park. The park is finalizing a few educational segments about their rides. More information will be posted about these educational components as available.

Tickets are $29 per person. Use the registration link to buy your tickets in advance. Online registration will close Thursday, September 12. The discount will NOT be honored for walk-up ticket sales/registration. When you arrive at the park, you will have to check in and hand in signed waivers for everyone in your group. Waivers will be emailed out to all registrations before event.

Tickets are for adult and youth Funday Tickets, which includes a Gondola ride to America’s only mountain-top theme park! Also included are both walking cave tours and unlimited rides on the summer attractions.

Please visit the Park website for ride status at www.glenwoodcaverns.com and visit the Park-Info/FAQ section for great visitor information as you plan your trip to the park. Children under three are free.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

“Woodworker” badge workshop for Cadettes

Professional Women in Building (PWB) of Western Colorado invites Girl Scout Cadettes to JXN Station in Grand Junction on November 9, 2019 to earn their “Woodworker” badge! Girls will learn basic woodworking skills, i.e. how to use a hammer, saw, level, screwdriver, and create a candy dispenser utilizing these skills. Register online now! https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/cadette_woodworking_.html

All necessary supplies, equipment, and safety gear will be provided. Lunch will also be provided for all. Girls will receive their “Woodworker” badge at the end of the workshop.

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

Registration closes Thursday, October 31.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

Gold Award Girl Scout: Kyra TerLouw, Grand Junction, “Container Gardening Initiative”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I created vegetable container garden kits which included soil, seeds, nutritional information, and a bilingual “how-to” brochure, after experimenting with container gardening myself. I partnered with Community Food Bank to distribute the kits to low-resource families, with the hope of inspiring them to eat healthy produce at low or minimal cost, as well as teach their kids about good nutrition.

How did you measure the impact your Gold Award project made on your target audience?

I kept track of the number of kits distributed and collected personal testimonies from family members who received them, as well as gathered feedback from food bank volunteers. A total of 39 kits were given to families in the community.

How is your project sustainable? How will your project continue to impact after your involvement?

Families can continue and expand upon the container garden idea, so that friends, neighbors, and future generations will be positively impacted. My container garden brochure will also be distributed to future Community Food Bank families to inspire a greater number of people. A local church plans to duplicate my garden kit project next year. Library displays placed in Grand Junction High School and Central High School were donated for future educational use.

What is your project’s global and/or national connection?

Healthy eating and living on minimal resources are global issues. People all over the world, not just in my community, struggle with limited access or affordability of healthy food choices.

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned to believe in myself and ask for what I need, that organization is a strength of mine, and communication is very important to getting things accomplished on schedule. I learned that an idea can become a reality with hard work and perseverance. I also learned how to project my voice… becoming more confident and believing in myself helped.

How will earning your Gold Award impact you in the future?

The Gold Award helped strengthen my leadership and communication skills, both of which are needed in the “real world.” Opportunities to take charge, speak publicly, and help others are everywhere. Earning my Gold Award has made me more self-confident.

Why do you feel the Gold Award was an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

The Gold Award personalized my Girl Scout experience. I was able to work on a project that I was passionate about, while making a difference in the community on a much larger scale than I had ever done before.

How did earning your Gold Award help you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)? 

Earning my Gold Award helped me become an innovator. Using vegetable container gardens to address the need for low cost, healthy eating options among families with minimal resources was a new idea in my community. I took my love for gardening and shared it with others who could benefit from growing fresh produce. Another way I became an innovator was through the process of searching for support materials. I realized that much of the published materials about container gardening were for flowers, not vegetables. This discovery led me to develop my own informational brochure.

**IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication, and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org

Fitness: “Deskercise”

Crossroads Fitness visited the GSCO Western Colorado/Southwestern CO team last month to provide tips on sneaking in fitness and exercise into their day,  an important part of health and wellness. Crossroads Fitness has been a sponsor for the Women of Distinction Breakfast in Western Colorado the last few years, and their president is a Woman of Distinction. Molly Jo Johnson, the instructor in the pictures, serves on the President’s Cabinet.