Cookies, cookies, cookies! They are in our house. They are in our dreams. They are at work. They are everywhere! It definitely is cookie season!
I have been fortunate to see some great photos of the neighborhood walkabout for cookies, what fun! One of my favorites was the canine "assistant," who helped the girls while they were doing the walk-about. There's always safety in numbers. I watched a delightful video created by some girls, doing their sales pitch and talking about what they learned from selling cookies to the public. So, even though the cookies are invading our homes and invading our dreams, they are fulfilling their purpose of teaching girls how to be entrepreneurs.
I had a great discussion with a staff member recently about how professional the girls are when they are selling cookies and how great they act. They are in their uniforms or in their Girl Scout T-shirts and look like professional young women. They are making great sales pitches and graciously accepting that not everyone purchases their delectable treats, so not only are we building future entrepreneurs, but this program builds professional women.
The first year I was here, I received telephone calls about parents and volunteers at booth sales arguing about what door they had scheduled at the Walmart and throwing boxes of cookies at one another. I'm so grateful the demeanor of the parents and volunteers working with the girls has improved during my time here. One of the staff has a sign in their office that says "REMEMBER A GIRL IS WATCHING." I think this is true of the cookie program. The public draws conclusions about Girl Scouts from how professionally the girls and parents behave at cookie booth sales and throughout the program. This makes me appreciate the high level of professionalism I see exhibited or hear about from others about girls participating.
We appreciate the amount of time this takes from your already busy schedules. We know that moving cookies, hauling cookies, counting money, running to the bank, and all the other things you do to make this program a success are time consuming. But, if you could see all the things the girls learn from it, you would know it certainly is worthwhile. We also appreciate your professionalism in what can be a taxing task.
Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place, one girl at a time.