I heard a story this morning about someone who was no longer serving as the cookie chair and she was laughing about how she had done little to break in the new chair for that service unit. She noted that person would be surprised at the amount of paperwork that arrives. The point was she was glad to no longer serve in that role and wished her successor good luck.
We want to thank those of you who are brave and have the courage to step up and take on more leadership. Serving as a troop leader can sometimes seem daunting. But working to coordinate many troop leaders can sometimes be a challenge. We appreciate all of you who are willing to take on that role and fulfill that need. Without you we would not thrive and survive. You are at the heart of how this organization works.
We all share in the chaos and challenges of the cookie program. It is interesting, it is one of those activities where I hear story after story about girls who blossom doing something they didn't believe they could. Many girls find their voice through the cookie program. Others gain confidence to recognize they are entrepreneurs and can accomplish more than they imagined. Some just learn a lot more about arithmetic and find that maybe making change is easier and more relevant than learning addition and multiplication. It is hands-on, experiential learning that happens in a short span of time. Ordering cookies and organizing how to get rid of them requires some leaps of faith. How much to order, how to keep track of it, how to separate who sold what at booth sales. All of it requires some time, thought, and attention. But we are fortunate that some of you are willing to take on a larger role, to lead the leaders. We are very grateful to you for all you do. To make the cookie program a success, to assist your colleagues in what can feel overwhelming, and to change the world through girls.