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Volunteer Spotlight: Monica Monson

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 

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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