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Girl Scouts of Colorado Connections – June 2022

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Preventing Period Poverty

Girl Scout Orrin Jones is working towards her Gold Award. For her project, she decided to focus it around making feminine hygiene products more available. Coming out of COVID was already a challenge for numerous people, especially for women.

One of my greatest friends missed school for a few days; this was not usual for her, so I asked her if she was sick. She replied promptly and stated that she wasn’t sick, she only had her period. This confused me because I assumed that our school had recourses for menstruators. When I spoke to one of my school nurses, she told me that the sanitary napkins were bough quarterly and they ran out of materials to distribute. I further asked her if the district has a budget or lends the school money for these products, and she stated that the district does not do either of those things, and she has to use her salary for such products. This incident sparked my interest in this issue, which I came to find out was more common globally. 1 in 7 women cannot afford sanitary products, and 1 in 3 miss school, work, or other important events to stay home and tend to their cycles. On top of that, there is a Pink Tax that makes female items more expensive than male products.

All of prompted me to take action and try to spread awareness. I decided to create a nonprofit and website (both still in the process) called Prevent Period Poverty, and I have partnered with global nonprofit I Support the Girls to expand my business not only nationally, but in countries such as Pakistan, Germany, and Japan. My nonprofit collects donated sanitary products, creates reusable sanitary napkins, and pamphlets, and sends each item to numerous organizations that will distribute these items to women who need it, schools, and other institutions. I will be working on placing a category on my website where females can order their menstrual products for free and have them delivered to their location.

I am also spreading awareness on my website on the Pink Tax issue, how it is unconstitutional, and ways that each person can help fight against this injustice issue. Though I have just begun my journey, I am excited to see how far my organization can go to make this issue decrease and educate people on how to help and support menstruators.

Ambassador Water Badge Workshop

Water is one of the essentials that all living creatures need. We use it as a resource, a mode of transportation, a recreational tool, and in many other ways. While we may take advantage of the power behind water, we also must respect and protect it along with everything that is in it. Many different groups have come together to do just that, such as the US Water Alliance, the Office of Water at the Environmental Protection Agency, and the World Wildlife Fund.

A workshop was designed to allow Girls Scouts of the Ambassador level to be able to take part in the programs listed out in order to earn their water badge. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, it was not able to be implemented. However, the workshop program that was written up is still available for use.


Girl Scouts of Colorado Highest Awards Manager Kaitie Lodolce presented the 2022 Debbie Haskins Spirit of Girl Scouting Award and the 2022 Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize to Gold Award Girl Scouts on April 20, 2022. This year’s ceremony was a virtual celebration due to COVID-19. In past years, this special ceremony has been part of Gold Award Day at the Colorado State Capitol.

  • Lauren Frisch, Broomfield, Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness – Lauren partnered with the Family Promise organization to create a bridge housing program at her church for families experiencing homelessness. The church now provides short-term housing for families, so they have a self-reliant living situation while they get back on their feet. Lauren is the 2022 Stephanie Foote Leadership Prize winner and will receive a cash gift to recognize her sustainable impact through leadership.

  • Nicole McCloskey, Colorado Springs, Stitching for Good – As an avid seamstress herself, Nicole created an online resource to connect people who love to sew with organizations that take donations of sewn items. Anyone can visit to find places to donate the items they make and find sewing patterns for frequently donated items. Nicole was named 2022 Stephanie Foote Leadership Prize Honorable Mention.

  • Celeste Fullerton, Carbondale, Vaping Prevention Program – Celeste launched a comprehensive awareness campaign to inform students about the dangers of vaping. As part of her campaign, Celeste created a podcast and developed the Junior Vaping Prevention Specialist program. Both allow students to hear from their peers about the negative effects of vaping. Celeste is recognized with this year’s Debbie Haskins Spirit of Girl Scouting Award for her confidence, resilience, and courage in succeeding in life.

Each year, Gold Award Girl Scouts are eligible to earn the Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize. This award was made possible through a generous gift to Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Endowment by former Girl Scouts of Colorado President and CEO Stephanie A. Foote. “I am proud to recognize Girl Scouts whose Gold Award projects have made a lasting impact,” Foote said.

In addition, the Debbie Haskins Spirit of Girl Scouting Award is given in memory of Girl Scout Gold Award Mentor Debbie Haskins, who had a passion for working with older Girl Scouts. It recognizes one outstanding Gold Award Girl Scout from Colorado who exemplifies the Girl Scout spirit through courage, confidence, and character.

“Gold Award Girl Scouts don’t just change the world for the better, they change it for good—and these Girl Scouts embody everything this achievement stands for,” said Leanna Clark, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Colorado. “Each of these young women addressed an issue that’s important to her in order to earn her Gold Award, and we congratulate each of these Gold Award Girl Scouts on this momentous accomplishment.”

Open only to girls in high school, the Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls—and the most difficult to earn. The Gold Award project involves seven steps: 1. Identify an issue, 2. Investigate it thoroughly, 3. Get help and build a team, 4. Create a plan, 5. Present the plan and gather feedback, 6. Take action, 7. Educate and inspire. Of the skills learned through Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, leadership, organization, and critical thinking are the fundamentals of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

Regional Highest Awards celebrations are back in-person this year are planned in April and May to honor the 800 Girl Scouts who earned Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards this year. Email to register.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Bronze, Silver, Gold Award Girl Scouts honored at Northern Colorado celebration

More than 50 Northern Colorado Girl Scouts gathered on a snowy and windy day at Meadow Mountain Ranch to celebrate earning one of Girl Scouts Highest Awards on April 23.

Regional Highest Awards celebrations are back in-person this year are planned in April and May to honor the 800 Girl Scouts who earned Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards this year.

Gold Award Girl Scout Sarah Schumacher received her Gold Award pin. For her project, Sarah created a club for 3rd-5th graders to raise awareness and knowledge about the deaf community and teach students American Sign Language.

View the Flickr album with photos and videos of the celebration.


Class of 2022 Denver Women of Distinction announced

11 Extraordinary Women Honored

Each year, Girl Scouts of Colorado bestows the Women of Distinction honor upon 10 exceptional women in our community. This year, the new Woman of Distinction Gold honor will also be given to one extraordinary woman, who has not only exemplified the qualities of a Woman of Distinction but whose lifetime achievements have made a significant, lasting impact on our community. This year’s honorees were selected by a committee of their peers and chosen based on their contributions to the community, both professionally and personally. These women join a network of more than 500 alums. They are shining examples of corporate, civic, and philanthropic leaders, who serve as role models for our female leaders of tomorrow.

2022 Woman of Distinction Gold

  • Anna Jo Garcia Haynes, Founder & Former Executive Director, Mile High Early Learning Centers- Anna Jo is both a product of and a champion for Colorado education and has dedicated her life to serving others, especially Colorado’s youngest and most vulnerable children and their families. During her 40-year tenure as the executive director and co-founder of Mile High Early Learning, Anna Jo played a key role in creating programs and policies designed to meet children’s developmental needs. The Mile High Early Learning centers across Denver serve more than 500 children each day, approximately 92% of families served live at or below the Federal Poverty Level. As president emeritus, Anna Jo continues to advocate for universal and quality early childhood education and care. She also co-founded the Colorado Children’s Campaign and is a founding mother and the third president of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado. Her achievements have been recognized in Colorado and across the country. In 2015, she was inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame. She has also made a national impact as a consultant to the White House Conference on Children and Youth and as an advisory member of the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues. In 2021, Gov. Jared Polis signed an unanimously supported bill named in Anna Jo’s honor for her lifelong advocacy for Colorado’s children and youth. This bill will create a Department of Early Childhood, revolutionizing the state’s early childhood education and care system as well as creating a statewide universal childcare system, including at least 10 hours per week of preschool for every child in their final year before kindergarten. Mile High United Way created an award named for her– the Anna Jo Haynes Caring About Kids Award– that honors community leaders who make significant contributions on behalf of children. 

Class of 2022, Women of Distinction

  • Angela Baier, CEO, CollegeInvestSince she was a young woman, Angela has been breaking through the barriers and biases of age, gender, and traditional career tracks to pave her own unique path across industries. As CEO of CollegeInvest, Angela has a top position in the male-dominated financial industry. Under her leadership, CollegeInvest is now the fastest growing 529 college savings program in the country serving more than 375,000 families and managing more than $12 billion in assets. Prior to CollegeInvest, Angela served as the first female vice president at the Denver Zoo and was the City of Denver’s first marketing director, the second job of its kind in the country.
  • Gloria Schoch, Director of Global Impact, VF Corporation & Executive Director, VF Foundation- Gloria is a social impact strategist with 15 years of experience at Fortune 500 companies leading corporate social responsibility, community relations, government relations, and communications. Gloria oversees the Foundation’s strategic vision to help create a more equitable and sustainable world. She works across VF’s brands, enterprise, and with community partners to innovate, problem-solve, and measure social and environmental impact in collaborative ways to drive transformative, systemic change in the communities where VF operates around the world.
  • Judy Regensteiner, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Director of the Ludeman Family Center for Women’s Health Research at CU Anschutz Judy directs the Ludeman Family Center for Women’s Health Research, which focuses on conducting cutting edge research in women’s health and women’s health research, on mentoring the next generation of scientists in these fields, and on educating the public and health care providers about women’s health and sex differences. Her research expertise is in the cardiovascular effects of diabetes with a specific focus on women with type 2 diabetes since they appear to have more significant cardiovascular abnormalities than men with diabetes. Her lab has been funded for more than 30 years and her more than 170 publications have influenced the field.Judy is also the Judith and Joseph Wagner Chair of Women’s Health Research.
  • Lindy Eichenbaum Lent, President & CEO, Rose Community Foundation- At the Rose Community Foundation, Lindy leads efforts to advance inclusive, engaged, and equitable Greater Denver communities through values-driven philanthropy. Through leadership and advocacy, grantmaking, donor engagement, and stewardship of philanthropic resources, the Foundation supports strategic and innovative solutions to enduring challenges and emerging issues in seven-county Metro Denver across a wide range of issue areas while also stewarding donor-advised funds for individuals, families, and businesses and endowments for nonprofit organizations. RCF manages $370 million in assets and has granted more than $350 million since it was founded in 1995. Prior to Rose Community Foundation, Lindy served as executive director of the Civic Center Conservancy and communications director for then-Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper.
  • Lori Fox, Principal, Taloma Partners- Lori is a principal and founder of Taloma Partners, a consulting firm providing public affairs, issues management, and strategic communications consulting to a wide variety of corporate and non-profit entities. Through Taloma, she also served as the interim executive director of the Prosperity Denver Fund, assisting the board in standing up the newly voter-approved taxpayer-funded entity to provide additional resources to nonprofits supporting Denver students’ access to post-secondary education. Lori began her career in Washington, D.C., where she worked on Capitol Hill, at two cabinet agencies, and in the White House.
  • Lorii Rabinowitz, CEO, Denver Scholarship FoundationIn concert with her colleagues, Lorii manifests her passion to foster equitable opportunities and outcomes for all through her work at the Denver Scholarship Foundation, which helps to make college possible for thousands of Denver Public Schools graduates each year. Lorii’s commitment to community service is a guiding force in all she does; as such, she actively serves on numerous nonprofit boards, advisory boards, and committees. Her prior professional experience includes executive roles with the entrepreneurial venture Denver Center for Arts & Technology, local consulting firm Rebound Solutions, and 9NEWS.
  • Marcela de la Mar, President of the Board, Mexican Cultural CenterMarcela is widely recognized as a collaborator, connector and community leader. Over her impressive 23 year career as executive director of the Mexican Cultural Center, Marcela dedicated herself to the advancement of Mexican art and culture in Colorado. Officially retired, her connection with MCC continues as she currently serves as the president of the board. Under Marcela’s leadership, the MCC was able to build sustaining partnerships with some of Denver’s well-known cultural organizations to pursue common goals that benefit a broad and more inclusive community. These collaborations have increased the awareness, appreciation, and importance of Mexican arts and traditions while also building a bridge between the Latino community and mainstream arts organizations. Because of her work, the MCC received the Mayor’s Award for Cultural Impact in 2017.
  • Maureen Tarrant, President & CEO, Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center & Rocky Mountain Hospital for ChildrenMaureen is an experienced senior executive within HCA’s HealthONE system of care.With a deep commitment to community organizations, Maureen serves on many boards and committees. She is currently a member of the board of directors for Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation. Prior to her role at P/SL and RMHC, Maureen was president & CEO of Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree, where she led the planning, design, and development, construction, and opening of HCA’s HealthONE seventh hospital.
  • Monica Liley Skok, Managing Director & Intermountain Region Manager, JPMorgan Chase Commercial BankingMonica is a results-driven financial services executive, CEO, and board director with more than 25 years of repeated success leading strategic vision, building teams and organizations, and delivering financial and operational results in investment and commercial banking, healthcare, and family office businesses. Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase, Monica launched MLS Advisory to provide C-level services to families, businesses, and their trustees to define and execute strategic and financial objectives.
  • Rosemarie Allen, Ed.D, Founder, President and CEO, Institute for Racial Equity & Excellence Through IREE, Rosemarie has worked with the U.S. Department of Education and other organizations to provide training on implicit bias, microaggressions, anti-racism, and racial equity. IREE is contracted with the State of Colorado to monitor and license early childhood facilities using a model she created called Culturally Responsive Community Based Licensing. Rosemarie also serves as an associate professor in the School of Education at MSU Denver and has been an educational leader for nearly four decades. Her life’s work is centered on ensuring all children have access to high quality early childhood programs that are developmentally and culturally appropriate.

Girl Scouts of Colorado will welcome the Class of 2022 honorees from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., August 25, at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

“I am honored to welcome this year’s class of Women of Distinction. They are strong, bold, empowered women who represent the leadership and excellence that powers today’s world, and they are outstanding role models for our girls,” said Leanna Clark, CEO of Girl Scouts of Colorado.

Proceeds from the event will support Girl Scouts of Colorado’s crucial leadership development programs in entrepreneurship, outdoors, STEM, and life skills for more than 15,000 members across Colorado.

Event chairs are Elaine Torres, Woman of Distinction ’09, and Marti Awad, Woman of Distinction ’19.

For information regarding tickets and sponsorships, visit

Zoom fashion show, open houses coming up at Girl Scouts exhibit

Submitted by the GSCO History Center

Hello from the Girl Scouts of Colorado, GSCO, History Center located in Loveland, Colorado. Recently, our energies have been focused on curating and now sharing our special exhibit, Girl Scouts Impact the World.  Located at The Global Village Museum of Arts and Culture, 200 W. Mountain Ave., in Ft. Collins, this display is open Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on the first Fridays of the month, now until May 21, 2022. Admission for registered Girl Scouts is FREE!

This is an historical review of how 110 years of Girl Scouts’ services, dedicated efforts and skills have affected the world, locally and globally. The exhibit shows through uniforms, artifacts, hands-on activities, and even a scavenger hunt how Girl Scouting has continued to evolve into an organization with a global presence emphasizing how girls have and are using their passion and their skills of courage, confidence, and character to make the world a better place.

On April 22 , 3-7 p.m. we will host an Alumni Open House at this exhibit. Members of the Green Hat Society will be meeting there that day at 2 p.m.  If you’d like more information about this alumni group, please join us.

Also, on Thursday, April 7, 6-7:30 p.m., the History Center, together with the museum, will present a Zoom vintage uniform fashion show “Girl Scouts in Style.”

This is open to all but registration is required. Sign up is on the Museum website:

In addition to the Alumni event and fashion show Zoom, we will  have Open Houses for the public and troops Saturday, April 9, and, May 14, from 11 a.m. to  5 p.m..  History volunteers will also be at the museum on the first Friday of May 5-8 p.m.  The Song Bird Choir will be singing the evening of May 6. There is no registration required for these dates.

These events are free for registered Girl Scouts.  All others will need to pay the Global Village admission fees.

Adults – $5; Seniors, Veterans and Students – $3; Youth 4 to 15 – $1; Youth under 3 – Free   Regular museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11  a.m.-5 p.m.

Currently, Global Village Museum states that for the safety of the staff and participants, masks are suggested when visiting the museum. The Museum is reassessing each week.

Please share this information with anyone who you think would be interested in attending this exhibit.

Email the GSCO History Center at



Enter ‘Future Me’ video contest for a chance to win $529

Take a peek into your crystal ball, imagine your future, and share a quick :10 second or less video or 100 word essay telling us what you see! All video and written submissions will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of two $529 prizes for your CollegeInvest savings plan to help you fund that future. If you don’t already have a CollegeInvest savings plan, that’s OK, CollegeInvest will help you get set up.

This contest is open only to registered Girl Scouts of Colorado youth members.

The entry form   will open at 9 a.m. on Feb. 14 and close at 5 p.m. on Feb. 28. A selection of entries will be posted on our blog and social media channels.

The winners will be selected in random drawings (one for Daisy, Brownie or Junior Girl Scouts and one for Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Girl Scouts) on March 1.

Girl Scouts of Colorado is pleased to partner with CollegeInvest, Colorado’s 529 Savings Plan, to deliver the Future Me patch program for Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors, coming this fall.

Girl Scout Indoor Climbing Patch: Girls Breaking Beta

Hi my name is Terra Brubaker. I am a Cadette Girl Scout in troop #77915. For my Silver Award I created an indoor climbing patch program and requirements that can be completed at the Longmont Climbing Collective.

The name of the patch is “Breaking Beta”. In climbing jargon that means that you get the information you need to be successful in a climbing route. I am hoping girls get the information they need to feel successful and empowered to climb. I coordinated with one of the LCC owners to ensure trained climbing instructors from the LCC will help the girls complete the patch requirements.

I chose to create this patch because I was spending a lot of time at the climbing gym and not seeing many young girls there. I took many classes and learned how to feel confident climbing using the right techniques. I felt that if I created a program for girl scouts that introduced girls to climbing in a safe and fun way they might feel more successful at this sport.

The purpose for this patch is to get girls engaged with the sport of indoor climbing. Indoor climbing, successfully, can help girls excel in other activities that require balance, upper body strength and lower body strength. It helps girls get physically and mentally stronger as they move from one place to another on the wall.

The cost would be $25.00 per girl. With a minimum size group of 8-10 girls. Above ten girls the cost will be $50.00 because they need to add a second coach. The session will be 90 minutes. The girls will receive a patch at the end of the climbing session. I hope to attend a few of the girl scout sessions, if I am able, to help assist the LCC coaching staff. Contact the information of the flyer to set up the time and date your troop would like to attend at your convenience.


Lazy Acres to celebrate its 75th year

“I’m Lazy Acres born and Lazy Acres bred…”

Calling all campers! Camp Lazy Acres is 75 this year and it’s time to celebrate.

Save the date for July 22 – 24, 2022.

Everyone is welcome to come and share your camp stories and pictures. Don’t forget your songbooks! The camp is reserved for us. There’s plenty of room in the cabins for overnight. Bring your own glamp gear! Or reserve nearby accommodations. Details on meals and swag to come.

Contact Linda Lewis, aka Woodstock, at for more information and to get your name on the interest list.