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Silver Award Girl Scout creates “Foster Love Bags” for children entering foster care

Silver Award Girl Scout Maddie G. of Grand Junction delivered 50 “Foster Love Bags,” which she created for children entering foster care, to Ariel Clinical Services on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Maddie knows first-hand about the needs children in foster care have because her own family has served as a foster family for three years. When children come to live with foster families through Ariel Clinical services, they come with nothing but the clothes on their backs. This bothered Maddie and she wanted to help. Foster families have to buy everything for these children from toiletries to toys and games. With these bags, children can immediately have their OWN belongings and have their basic needs met. Included in the bags are two books that Maddie selected specifically because they teach children it is OK to be different and that they can be who they are, because they are special. Also included is a toothbrush/toothpaste, comb, journal, playing cards, a blanket, lip balm, and stuffed animal. Maddie contacted local businesses and friends to help gather items for the bags. She hopes they give the children a positive start when they enter foster care.

Through this project, Maddie will earn the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest honor for Girl Scout Cadettes.

Thanks to 11News/KKCO-TV in Grand Junction for joining Maddie for the delivery and sharing the story with their viewers.



Uniform to Uniform: Backing the blue

Submitted by Amanda Hanson

Western Colorado


In our family, we bleed blue and red. Many of our family members are either volunteer firefighters or police officers. Our girls have received lots of support from dispatchers, officers, and firefighters. Our girls have a goal of selling 1,000 packages of cookies each. Our girls have loved the support from those who are risking their lives to make the world a better place.

These girls have made goodie bags for our local state troopers, visited with our firefighters, and been out in the public volunteering for elderly. Our Daisies also had hot cocoa with cops this year as part of their “Respecting Authority” petal!

Invite uniformed personnel, such as law enforcement, firefighters, EMTs, etc., to visit you at your cookie booth as part of Uniform to Uniform! Learn all about this new patch program on the GSCO Blog: https://bit.ly/2VaYX1a

2019 Best Cookie Dad contest: Cookie booth coordinating dad

Submitted by Kate Harvie

Western Slope


Steve Grenoble is not just a regular Cookie Dad ! He serves as one of our cookie booth coordinators for Troop 17122. Day or night, Steve is the man on the job during cookie season. He helps our TCM in many ways, not just to benefit his own daughter.

Dads are an important part of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Cookie Team. That’s why we honor dads who help Girl Scouts all across Colorado meet their goals. Tell us about what makes your dad an awesome Cookie Dad and he could win a cool prize. 

Girl Scout Day with CMU Women’s Basketball

Girl Scout Day with CMU Women’s Basketball is Friday, February 22, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at Brownson Arena, Colorado Mesa University (1100 North Ave Grand Junction 81501).

Join Colorado Mesa University’s women’s basketball team as they take on Fort Lewis College! All tickets are free, and girls will receive a coupon for a free small popcorn. You can also meet and greet with the team after the game!

Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org for tickets. Registration deadline is Thursday, February 21 at 8 p.m.


2019 Best Cookie Dad contest: Dad leads the pack

Submitted Jenni Grossman

Western Colorado

Grand Junction

Ryan is our troop’s Cookie Dad. He volunteered for this position after joining our troop. He had previous experience doing it for a smaller troop, but he made the jump to managing almost 30 girls and their cookies. He works full-time, so balancing Cookie Dad too is no easy feat! He even rented a giant Uhaul for cookie delivery to make it easier on the other volunteers. He has worked so hard and it’s just the beginning of the season. Our troop is so lucky to have Ryan as a part of our team!

Ryan was a go-getter when he organized cookie pick-up and did it all on his own! He is a leader by selecting as many booth sites as he can to help our girls reach their goals! He takes risks by jumping in to help and never looking back. He is using innovation skills to manage the girls’ cookies, money, orders, and work with parents—all with a smile on his face!

Dads are an important part of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Cookie Team. That’s why we honor dads who help Girl Scouts all across Colorado meet their goals. Tell us about what makes your dad an awesome Cookie Dad and he could win a cool prize. 

2019 Best Cookie Dad contest: Cookie Dad 101

Submitted by Kate Harvie

Western Colorado


Mark Hanson is already rocking cookies in 2019! He hosted the cookie education and tasting station at the 2019 Montrose Cookie Camp Rally. Mark was the hero of the day, helping set up every station and he taught the girls to roll up a tent from their skit props. Mark is a hero in Troop 17122

Dads are an important part of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Cookie Team. That’s why we honor dads who help Girl Scouts all across Colorado meet their goals. Tell us about what makes your dad an awesome Cookie Dad and he could win a cool prize. 

Harlem Globetrotters at Colorado Mesa University

When: February 28, 2019 at 7 p.m.


Brownson Arena at Colorado Mesa University

1100 North Ave

Grand Junction, CO 81501

On the heels of taking their unparalleled entertainment to capacity crowds overseas, the Harlem Globetrotters (“Globetrotters”) will return to North America with their all-new Fan-Powered World Tour, bringing their unrivaled show to fans in more than 250 North American cities. All Girl Scouts, family, and friends are invited. The event starts at 7:00 p.m. and is at Brownson Arena at Colorado Mesa University.

Discounted general admission tickets are available at $22.00/person (normally $35.50). Check out the event flyer for details on additional discounts.

Buy tickets online (make sure to select the 2/28 event in Grand Junction) and use the promo code GIRLSCOUT:

Featuring Guinness World Record holders and some of the most elite dunkers and exceptional ball handlers on the planet, a Globetrotters game is more than just basketball – it is the ultimate family entertainment that will bring smiles and fan interaction to people of all ages. This year’s show will feature a star-studded roster, including showmen like Big Easy Lofton, Hi-Lite Bruton, Ant Atkinson, and Hammer Harrison, as well as fan favorites Firefly Fisher, Bull Bullard, Thunder Law, and Cheese Chisholm.

To match the growing popularity of the Globetrotters’ female stars, the tour now includes the largest selection of female talent ever – TNT Lister, Hoops Green, Torch George, and Mighty Mortimer. Rosters vary in each city and are subject to change. After virtually every game, the Harlem Globetrotters remain on the court for autographs and photographs with fans.

The deadline to order tickets is February 25 at 12 p.m.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org


Girls learn “Secrets to Success” from Western Colorado businesswomen

More than 80 girls in grades 6-12 from Western Colorado gathered on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Colorado Mesa University for Secrets to Success. The event  gave girls the unique opportunity to connect with professional women in a variety of career fields in a speed-dating format, giving them a unique opportunity to learn directly from incredible women. Girls personally engaged with more than 20 women leaders in the fields of technology, law, healthcare, finance, skilled trades, entrepreneurship and more, learning from role models that will help them become our future business and community leaders. This event joined today’s leaders with the next generation, to share their expertise and provide inspiration for success.

Reporter Star Harvey with Fox5/KREX-TV also attended the event. Watch her story here: https://www.westernslopenow.com/news/local-news/girls-learn-secrets-to-success-from-women-leaders/1729325083?fbclid=IwAR08kzHzJRHzKmcTg7TIybI77RdUwoB4iW4MoOXdbQ3lqCy6sUM6pGUR04U

Special thanks to event sponsors Alpine Bank, Colorado Mesa University, and AT&T.



Start preparing for college

Older Girl Scouts, let’s get ready for your next great adventure: COLLEGE!

Join GSCO at Colorado Mesa University on January 26, 2019 from noon – 1 p.m. to answer all your burning questions about your future. The Mesa County College and Career Advisors will cover:

  • College application process
  • Timeline to get you ready
  • Scholarship applications and FAFSA
  • What you can do NOW to prepare

Register today before spots fill up! https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2019/college_prep_western.html

Want to make a full day of learning about your future? Attend Secrets to Success in the morning! https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/secrets_to_success.html

Girl Scouts honors 2018 Women of Distinction on the Western Slope

Thursday, November 8, 2018, Girl Scouts of Colorado honored the 2018 Women of Distinction during a breakfast held at Two Rivers Convention Center. 2018 Women of Distinction for the Western Slope-area are:

  • Sister Barbara Aldrich SCL, VP of Mission Integration, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center
  • Jeni Brown, Chief Financial Officer, J.G. Management Systems, Inc.
  • LeAnn Zetmeir, Philanthropist and Community Leader

A group of nearly 300 gathered at the event, which was chaired by Women of Distinction Stacey Mascarenas ’17, Community Development Administrator, Family Health West. The honorees were selected by a committee of their peers led by Selection Chair Sue Conry ’17, Director of Mesa County Family Resource Center. 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 Molly McPherson, and Silver Award Girl Scout, Anela Cronk.

Since 2013, Girl Scouts of Colorado has recognized 18 Grand Junction-area women with this honor. More than $32,000 was raised at this year’s breakfast for Girl Scout programs.

For more information on the Girl Scouts Women of Distinction program, visit our website.