Cookies: February 2010 Archives

Dear Colleagues,

I know how hard you have been working to make the 2010 cookie sale a success!   I have heard numerous stories about new ways to sell cookies.   We have many more girls involved in the cookie sale this year, and are poised for a very successful "cookie season."

This year, we have worked to make the sale even easier for you, our volunteers. We piloted a new drive-through delivery system trial in the Montgomery area and worked to make the online booth sale scheduler easier for volunteers to use.   We also provided the cookie program books earlier, so leaders could work with girls on the program and integrate it into the girl activities.  We worked hard to provide cookie bucks and other improved incentives for girl participation. There is considerable work and communication that transpires before the sale ever start, and the staff felt very positive about the prospects of the sale this year.

In spite of all of our best efforts, this has, however, been a frustrating cookie season in many ways.  We work with the cookie baker in advance of the sale and do estimates of our beginning inventories for warehouses and cupboards.  Last year, the cookie baker made too many Girl Scout cookies, so they put them in a landfill at the end of the sale.   Because of the national decline in sales, the cookie baker is much more conscious of the number of cookies they are producing for the sale, which has translated into you not having enough cookies to fill your orders.  

We were told we would have 10 percent more cookies in our warehouse than our initial order in 2009.   That didn't happen.   From the first day of deliveries, we did not have that amount of cookies.   The cookie team has been on the phone continually talking to those we work with at the bakery to get more cookies to you.   We all want this sale to be a success.   To that end, we told the cookie baker last Thursday our cookie supplies were depleted; yet, we did not receive any shipment of cookies for 8 days.   And when the shipment came in, it still didn't have all of the types of cookies we ordered.   We have not had Trefoils for most of the sale, which is a top-selling cookie in this council.

I have been on the phone and sending e-mails trying to get your girls more cookies.   We know here is nothing worse than having cookies sold with no product to deliver, and many of you have shared your understandable frustration.     Know that those of us who work for you and your girls have been and are doing everything we possibly can to get cookies to you as quickly as we possibly can.   Quality customer service is one of those issues that come into play when selecting a cookie baker.   We will be scrutinizing responsiveness, quality of incentives and product going forward.

We thank you and appreciate all you do to make this a great council.   We appreciate all your year-round hard work.   Thank you for all you do that helps to build girls of courage, confidence and character.

 

Sincerely,

Elizabeth M. Brent, Ph.D.

CEO

The Thin Mint Sprint is almost here, and we keep getting exciting news that will make this event even more special!  Radio personality Mason Lafayette, from Lite Mix 99.9, will be there before the race starts to get everyone pumped up, and Senator Vivian Davis Figures will be speaking at the post-race party about healthy living! 

 

NEW this year will also be prizes for the fun run!  We want kids to be motivated to stay fit and run, so there will be prizes for the top 3 girl winners and top 3 boy winners.  Certificates will be given in age brackets: 3 years and under, 4 - 6, 7 - 9 and 10 - 12 year olds.

 

Last year we had Thin Mints for race participants, and this year we'll have Thin Mints with MILK - thanks to Dairy Fresh!  How fun is that? Hope to see you there on Saturday!

 

Several volunteers unexpectedly cannot assist us Saturday morning.  The volunteer work is fun, and you're done early.  So, if you'd like to help us out, call Molly Smart at 251.344.3330, ext. 1402. 

During the month of February, Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama and LifeSouth Community Blood Centers are partnering to save lives in our community. Girl Scouts will be onsite at several LifeSouth blood drives to help recruit donors, and to promote the Girl Scout cookie sale.

 

Cookie booth sales begin February 12, along with LifeSouth's 'Give from the Heart' blood drive with WSFA-News 12. 'Give from the Heart' will be held at the LifeSouth Donor Center, located at 1601 Eastern Boulevard in Montgomery beginning at 6 a.m. until 6 p.m.

 

"Partnering with the Girl Scouts is another way that LifeSouth can contribute to the community," said Melinda Hinds, Community Development Coordinator for LifeSouth. "We are extremely honored to be working with these girls to encourage people to reach out and show support of the Girl Scouts and the wonderful things they do for our community.  Their interest in educating people on the importance of supporting LifeSouth and the role we play in supplying the hospitals is awesome and ever so gratifying." 

 

If your troop is interested in participating, contact Cheryl Miller, extension 2302.

The initial orders are in, and it's time to start booth sales.  Are your girls working booth sales to go for the top prizes? They definitely don't want to miss out. Top three sellers can win either an iPod, Nintendo DSi, Wii or Xbox. Other top prizes also include money toward a destination.  Remind your girls, working hard at booth sales may be just what they need to reach the top! All of the recognitions can be found in the cookie manual.

 

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This year you can find Girl Scout merchandise in Old Navy stores. Old Navy has partnered with Girl Scouts to bring your daughter limited edition tees. These tees include vintage Girl Scout logos and the infamous Thin Mints, Tagalongs and Samoa cookie characters. The shirts are priced at $10.50 each.  Not only are these shirts cute, stylish and a great price, but Old Navy has also committed to allowing troop booth sales during cookie season at free-standing locations. Old Navy is a great booth sale location, with high foot-traffic and lots of families shopping there. Hurry to get your limited edition tee, they are going fast!

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