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Thank you Girl Scouts of Colorado supporters

Thank you for another wonderful year and for making an investment in girls. Thank you for believing that girls today are the leaders of tomorrow. Together, we can make the world a better place.

 

Donor Spotlight

Susan Alvillar Susan Bullock Alvillar

Susan Bullock Alvillar will tell you she has lived a charmed life, full of blessings, and joy. She credits Girl Scouts with providing her the skills to be successful, both in her personal and professional life. The ability to run a meeting and a family, be organized and efficient, and to follow through in what you say and agree to do is living the Girl Scout Promise and Law in Susan’s mind.

Susan feels so fortunate to be able to give back to the organization that has richly endowed her with a lifelong love of Girl Scouts and a passion to make it strong. To that end, Susan has creatively matched cash gifts through corporate programs, founded several events, and joined the Juliette Gordon Low Society, where a legacy gift is pledged. Susan is the founder of the yearly Western Colorado Women of Distinction and helped establish the Secrets to Success program. The former honors strong women who are champions in the community and the latter introduces girls to the careers of professional women. Secrets to Success attendance more than doubled in 2017 from 2016, the inaugural year.

The spirit and power of giving and volunteerism was modeled in Susan’s childhood home in Atlantic, Iowa, where her mother “held down the fort” while her father traveled for a living. Susan and her three sisters were active in Girl Scouts, 4-H, sports, and extracurricular activities. It was a good thing, then, that most places the Bullock sisters needed to be were in walking distance from their home. Susan became a Girl Scout at age 5, proudly graduating high school as a Girl Scout Senior after earning the Girl Scout First Class award, the equivalent of today’s Gold Award. During Susan’s high school years, her mom gave back to the community as a Girl Scout leader, 4-H leader, and a trustee with the local hospital (the first woman trustee!) among many other things. The Bullocks also gave generously to local causes.

Following high school, Susan attended Colorado Women’s College in Denver and later graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in Sociology in 1973. Armed with courage and character, Susan began working with troubled children in Denver and later in Grand Junction where she moved in 1976. A quirk of fate in her work caused her to meet a prosecuting attorney, Jim Alvillar, and she had an opportunity to work in the energy field, where she still works today.

Jim and Susan married in 1982. While raising a family and traveling for her job, Susan led Girl Scout troops, served as Service Unit Manager, Leader Trainer and Service Unit Cookie Chair. It was not unusual for girls, cookies, nuts and crafts to overtake the Alvillar home. During that time, Susan was also very proud to earn a Master’s Degree in Environmental Policy in 1999 from the University of Denver.

Over her 35-year career in the energy industry, Susan has enjoyed teaching anyone who will listen, especially Girl Scouts, about where energy comes from. Today, she works for Terra Energy Partners, a natural gas producer, in Western Colorado.

Jim and Susan are proud to have raised three children, David, Leslie, and Jordan, who now volunteer in their communities, set aside charitable contributions for worthy organizations, and are wonderful human beings, proud parents and loving siblings. Jim and Susan love to travel, play golf and spend time with their family. In the spirit of making the world a better place, Susan will always search for ways to create opportunities for all girls in Colorado and beyond to be able to live their own charmed lives.