Cookies: January 2009 Archives

USA is hosting the Coca Cola Classic Baseball Series over Mardi Gras weekend at Stanky Field.  Girl Scouts are being given the opportunity to come to the games and have a booth sale at the main gate.

With the purchase of 5 tickets ($3 each, same price for youth or adults), a troop can set up a booth sale.  Your troop can take turns watching the game and selling cookies!  Sign up by Feb 6
by filling out and submitting an event registration for and mailing it to Mary Anne Brutkiewicz at the Mobile Service Center.  First come, first served.

Game schedule:
Feb 20, 6 pm. vs. Mercer
Feb 21, 11 am vs. Liberty
Feb 21, 6 pm vs. Liberty
Feb 22, 1:30 pm vs. Ole Miss



The fun doesn't have to stop when you turn in your initial order. There will be 5 more weeks for your girls to earn money for your troop and learn valuable marketing skills.  Let your Troop Cookie Chair know that you are still interested in selling!

Is your troop planning a booth sale?  Why not have it at the Thin Mint Sprint on Feb 28?

2 slots are available: from 8am to 10am and from 10am to 12pm.

Call Molly Smart at 344-3330 or email her at msmart@girlscoutssa.org by Feb 7 to sign up.

Cookie_Costume.jpgThe runners at the Thin Mint Sprint will be encouraged and delighted when they see our Girl Scouts in the Cookie Costumes!  We have 4 available costumes for the event.  One size fits most.

Wouldn't one of your girls like to
participate in the fun?  Contact Molly Smart at 344-3330 or email her at msmart@girlscoutssa.org to sign up.

Troop cookie orders are to be entered into eBudde system by 10 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28.  After 10 p.m. on this date, eBudde will automatically lock you out of the system.

Similarly, Service Unit Cookie Chairs will have until midnight on Thursday, January 29, to verify orders on eBudde before they are locked out of the system, as well.

If this happens to you, simply contact Teri Eversole (teversole@girlscoutssa.org) or Cheryl Miller (cmiller@girlscoutssa.org), and they will authorize your access to the system.

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None of the eight varieties of Girl Scout cookies are part of the current peanut butter recall, including the Tagalong® and Do-Si-Do® cookies.  We have received assurances that none of the cookies are connected to the peanut producer linked to the salmonella outbreak.

The peanut butter used in all Little Brownie Bakers Girl Scout cookie products does not come from the supplier involved in the current peanut butter recall.  Our CEO, Dr. Liz Brent, said "We've been in constant contact with Little Brownie Bakers and they reassured us that our cookies are not coming from the affected source."

Food safety and quality are of the utmost importance to us. We appreciate your continuing support in our local communities.

Here's some tidbits of interest for Cookie Leaders:
Patches for troops choosing NO incentives: Troops will still receive patches, even if they choose to not receive incentives. Your cookie chair will order these incentives with the other final incentives at the end of the sale.

Pewter Figurines: Was your troop concerned that there was no little pewter figure as an incentive this year? Lots of Girl Scouts collect them every year! They are back! This year's figurine is an elephant to match the theme of the cookie sale and is available in the council shop for sale for $6.

This is the last week of the pre-order period! Have a great sale!

A good sales pitch is everything!  (Note the cookie names are not the same as we have in our council).

Even more good ideas are available at www.wikihow.com.

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Volunteers know there is more to the cookie sale than selling and eating yummy Girl Scout Cookies. Our girls learn planning, goal-setting, marketing and finances. And this year, Daisies can join in the fun!

Daisies are able to participate in all aspects of the cookie sale activity, including booth sales. Of course, all the Safetywise guidelines apply to our littlest girl scouts.

So welcome, Daisies to the fun of Cookie Sale!

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The volunteers will have just as much fun as the runners at the Thin Mint Sprint!  Passing out water, setting up tables, face-painting and many other opportunities are available to support and enjoy the festivities!

Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama is hosting a 5K run and 1 mile fun run and family fun festival in partnership with the Port City Pacers on February 28 at Langan Municipal Park in Mobile. Make your commitment to a healthy lifestyle by registering now for the run at www.active.com.

Volunteers make a difference!  With your help, the Thin Mint Sprint 5K Race and Fun Run/Family Fun Festival can become one of the most successful events in Southern Alabama.  We need approximately 40 volunteers for race day.  There are a wide range of needs and we can use volunteers middle school ages and up. This is a great community service opportunity for your older Girl Scouts.  All volunteers will receive the official Thin Mint T-shirt.

To volunteer, please contact Molly Smart or Tonya Howard at 251-344-3330 or e-mail communications@girlscoutssa.org.

The Cookie Sale has started! And some of the best recognitions available are credits toward Summer Resident Camp.

When a Girl Scout sells 600+ boxes, she earns all the cumulative recognitions up to the level AND she can choose, among other options, $175 toward a camp session. And at the 1000+ box level, she can choose $350 toward a camp session. Immediate family members have the benefit of pooling their number of boxes at the 600 and 1000 levels, so that the family may receive a credit towards camp! For specific examples, contact your Troop Cookie Chair.

ladyjags.JPGBring your troop to Girl Scout Day with the Lady Jags February 14, 2009. Troops will have a pre-game chat with Coach Petrie and some of the players at 11:30 a.m., followed by the Lady Jags game against Florida Atlantic at 1:00 p.m. This will be a nationally televised conference game. Cost is $3 per participant and the deadline for ticket orders is January 28. Since there are no restrictions on the number of tickets, you may mail, drop off the Event Registration Form or e-mail it to mbrutkiewicz@girlscoutssa.org.  Girl Scouts will also participate in the half time show! We need troops to do the "High 5 Tunnel," present the flag with a color guard, wear cookie costumes and dance.  Two troops will be allowed to set up cookie booths between the games. Contact Mary Anne Brutkiewicz at 251.344.3330, if your troop is interested in participating in the half time show or selling cookies.

Marketing.jpgHere's another great way for our girls to sell cookies and get additional opportunities to earn camp sessions, Destinations, gift certificates to a GSSA Shop and more!  The Cookie Business Marketing Campaign is designed to meet area business requests for Girl Scout cookies.  The campaign is a marketing tool that streamlines the process of order taking and delivery of cookies to businesses.  Participating girls will earn a cookie marketing patch.

Here's how to participate:

·         Your Troop Cookie Chair informs your Service Unit Chair that you have girls choosing to participate in the Cookie Business Campaign.  The SU Chair will get you the business order forms to deliver to two or more area businesses, or you can download the forms here.

T    The Girl Scout picks up the order form, or the business may fax in the order to the council (be sure the girl's name, troop number and service unit are on the form)

·         Businesses can fax orders to:
                Mobile Service Center 251.344.4181
                Montgomery Service Center 334.272.6574

When an order is received at the service center, the council will ensure the order is given to the girl.

Girl Scouts deliver cookies and collect money as usual.

·         Your Troop Cookie Chairs will order the marketing patch through the e-budde website, and the patches will be included in the service unit recognitions shipped from Little Brownie Bakers.

 

 

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