The more than 4,000 Girl Scouts in the Pikes Peak region sell cookies, lots of cookies.
But they're also busy learning STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), and using their camping skills , and this summer, Troop 4333 from Black Forest demonstrated how to put together the ultimate garage sale. Following the Black Forest fire, the girls collected household items and invited in fire victims, whose homes had burned to the ground, to choose whichever items they needed as they started setting up their homes again.
On Sept. 12, local Scouts and their supporters named the women from this area they consider Women of Distinction and Women to Watch.
It was all part of a festive Thin Mint Dinner, complete with Thin Mint Martinis for the grown-ups and Thin Mint desserts, at the Antlers Hilton hotel. Rain and floods didn't stop the special evening, with some of the guests from Denver and northern Colorado driving a few hours to get to the hotel.
The 2013 honorees had been introduced in June at a summer social at Stewart House, the historic president's home at Colorado College.
2013 Women of Distinction:
Lindy Conter, community volunteer, Women's Resource Agency, The Women's Foundation of Colorado, Colorado Women's Hall of Fame, Pikes Peak Women's Coalition. She received the Girl Scouts' first Sandy Taylor Award for Distinguished Community Service.
Lynette Crow-Iverson, president/CEO, Conspire! and Health Quest Medical; Chamber of Commerce Health Care Council; Health Insurance Exchange Committee.
Margaret Sabin, president, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services.
Barb J. Winter, executive vice president - organizational resources, Ent Federal Credit Union; Athena Leadership Award recipient.
Adis Maria Vila, first Air Force Academy chief diversity officer, professor of international business and international law, White House Fellow and Eisenhower Exchange Fellow, trustee of the Southern Center for International Studies.
Women to Watch:
Ann Cesare, community outreach director, Memorial Hospital, University of Colorado Health.
Amber Ptak, director of education programs, Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado, a program of the Gill Foundation, president of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum Board.
Shannon Rogers, sales and relationship manager, Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado; former executive director, Senior Resource Council