Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Monica Monson of Pueblo West in the Pueblo and Southeastern Colorado region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.
GSCO asked Monica 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 I wanted to be a role model to young girls. I wanted to learn from fellow Girl Scout leaders and pass along what I learned.
Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.
As a volunteer, I have many roles. I am one of three leaders, in charge of the bank account fund, and cookie manager. I do a lot of the planning for our weekly meeting and order whatever is needed for our troop from the Girl Scout store.
What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?
I have learned lots of things while being a leader. The first thing that comes to mind is boundaries. I have learned to say yes a lot of time, but have also learned saying no is ok and very much necessary at times. I have learned that words mean a lot and how to communicate in a more positive way.
What do you hope girls have learned from you?
I hope the girls learn from me accountability. Every week there is a meeting and I try really hard to keep that. When I tell them I am going to do something, I do it. I hope they learn to be flexible as well. Life happens and throws us curve balls. I try and show them through my actions that we can just go with the flow.
How has your experience as a volunteer helped you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?
Becoming volunteer has helped me become a G.I.R.L. in many ways! Every week, I look forward to meeting with my girls and leading. I am not afraid to speak my mind and stand up for each girl. I have done CPR classes and sat through trainings that I never thought I would do. I have gone out and have talked to all kinds of people with confidence. I have taken risks in my personal life and have grown. Overall, I try and live by the Girl Scout Promise and Law and it has been a foundation to lean on. I am excited to see where this journey takes me and what I will learn next.
Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at email@example.com.
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.