Girl Scout top sellers enter 2011 Cookie Hall of Fame
Cookie business success benefits local organizations
When businesses have a profitable year, funds are frequently earmarked to support local community efforts, and that’s just what Girl Scouts did during this year’s Girl Scout cookie program. By utilizing new technologies and participating in cookie program activities, girls learned how to set individual and group goals, practiced new marketing skills, and achieved their own cookie business success, allowing them to realize their dreams and give back to the communities who support them through cookie donations and service projects.
Girl Scouts from throughout the council’s 23 parish jurisdiction participated in this year’s cookie sale, selling more than 1,100,000 boxes of cookies, with 186 girls inducted into the Girl Scout Cookie Hall of Fame for selling 500 boxes of cookies or more, including 17 girls who sold over 1,000 boxes.
“We congratulate all of our Girl Scouts, especially these high achievers who have earned a place in the Girl Scout Cookie Hall of Fame, for taking the lead in making their cookie business a success,” said Alisha Moore, product sales director at Girl Scouts Louisiana East. “We are especially thankful to our adult volunteers who serve as leaders and mentors for our Girl Scouts, helping them to develop the skills they’ll need as future leaders for themselves and their communities.”
This year’s top seller with 1,562 boxes sold was Girl Scout Cadette Emma J. of Baton Rouge who more than doubled her last year’s total of 706 boxes. “All I know is that I love, love, love selling cookies and always have,” said Emma. “Selling cookies has taught me to set a goal and do my best to reach it.”
The Girl Scout cookie program is an important part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, giving girls the opportunity to discover what matters most to them, connect with people in their community, and use the power of Girl Scout cookies to take action to make the world a better place. Customers enjoy a great product knowing that they are helping girls in their community to realize their dreams to do great things. A portion of the cookie sale proceeds goes to support Girl Scout troop activities with the remainder helping the council.
Girl Scout troops helped to support local community organizations and non-profits, such as Colonial Oaks Living Center in Metairie, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center and Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge, and many homeless shelters from Morgan City to Slidell with donations of cookies through the Gift of Caring service project. Girl Scouts also reached out to make a difference in the world by shipping cookies to our military men and women serving overseas, or sending them through organizations like Operation We Care, Soldier’s Angels, or Blue Star Mothers of Louisiana.
Girl Scout’s mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. The local council, Girl Scouts Louisiana East, serves girls 5 to 17 in the parishes of Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana. For more information about Girl Scouts or adult volunteer opportunities, call the council office in Baton Rouge at 225-927-8946, in New Orleans at 504-733-8220, or visit its website at www.gsle.org.
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