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Volunteer Spotlight: Liz Duke

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

GSCO asked Liz to answer a few quick questions about her volunteer experience. We hope you find her as inspiring as we did.

Why did you become a Girl Scout volunteer?

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

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

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

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

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

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

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

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

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

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

The nomination deadline for 2020 Volunteer Recognition Awards is April 30. GSCO invites members statewide to take this opportunity to recognize an outstanding volunteer by nominating them for a Volunteer Recognition Award. Nominators are responsible for ensuring enough endorsements are submitted to support their nomination of a volunteer for an award. Your volunteer support specialist can check nomination and endorsement submissions for you. Learn more.

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