2013 JUST DESSERTS: Recipe for Success

By Renee Trout

Ingredients:

8 varieties of Girl Scout Cookies

4-5 Girl Scout Troops (any age level)

4-5 local chefs

1 panel of judges

Unlimited amount of community supporters

1 evening of delicious fun

Mix all ingredients with creativity, flair, and ambition.  Serve on Thursday, February 7, 2013, at Drury Lodge in Cape Girardeau, MO and you have created something fabulous that we call Just Desserts!

More than a fundraising event, this exciting evening allows Girl Scouts a chance to work with renowned chefs to create a totally new recipe using Girl Scout cookies.  Participants can sample all the delicious entries and vote on their favorite dessert by purchasing a vote for $1 each (you can vote as many times as you like).  The entry with the most votes is named “People’s Choice” winner.  Our panel of sponsors will also pick their favorite dessert, judging each entry on texture, flavor, use of Girl Scout cookie, and creativity. Just Desserts 2013- for VC and blog

This is the third year that Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland has hosted the Just Desserts event.  TV shows like Cake Boss, Cupcake Wars and Sweet Genius were the inspiration for creating this unique fundraising opportunity.  The combination of a cook-off and Girl Scout cookies was too good to pass up!

As with everything we do in Girl Scouting, it is not just about the money we raise–it’s about what we are able to teach our girls in this process.  All the chefs are local business owners who offer the girls some real world advice and show them how to use their imaginations to create something totally new.  The girls must also come up with the name for their new recipe that will motivate people to vote for their dessert.

As we celebrate another Girl Scout cookie season, we encourage everyone in the area to come out and see what great things our Girl Scouts are learning and doing.

 

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2012 Cookie Program Extension

You may be aware that some areas of our council were recently affected by tornadoes. This natural disaster has impacted the ability for troops in those areas to fully participate in the cookie program this year. For this reason, GSMH has decided to extend the cookie program throughout the entire council for 2 additional weeks. Please read this information in full for complete details. If you have any questions, please contact your local Product Program Specialist.

  • The final day of the cookie program is March 25. Troops can continue with direct selling until this day.
  • Service Center cookie cupboards will be open 11:00-4:30 M-F while they have cookies in stock. Note: Closed on Saturdays
  • Cookies of most varieties are still available at all cupboard locations.
  • Cookies will continue to be $4/box throughout the sale.
  • Girls can continue to accumulate recognitions throughout the extended sale.

 Money deadlines:

  • March 14: Troop deposits for all cookies ordered through March 11.
  • March 28: Final troop deposits for cookies ordered March 12-25.

Note: If your service unit has been piloting the ACH auto-withdraw plan, your final deadline still applies. If your troop participates in the extended program, you will need to make a final deposit into a council account. These monies will not be removed from your individual troop accounts.

Recognition deadlines:

  • For troops not participating in the extended sale: March 14.
  • For troops participating in the extended sale: March 27.

Note:  If additions/changes  are made that will affect the girl totals toward recognitions please remember to update any information when doing transfers and placing the recognition order.

 Paperwork deadline:

  • Final paperwork will be due Friday, March 30.

 

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Annual Girl Scout Cookie Program Begins: Girls Become Young Entrepreneurs

It’s a much-anticipated time of year – Girl Scout cookie time. Through mid-March, girls will go
door-to-door and set up booths at local merchants to sell eight delicious varieties of Girl Scout
cookies to eager customers. All proceeds from Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland’s Girl Scout
Cookie Program benefit girls in the area; girls earn troop proceeds and Girl Scout Cookie Credit
that can be used to pay for Girl Scout camp, leadership programs, uniforms, and more.
Additional proceeds help to fund needs such as financial assistance, volunteer training and
support, and program resources.

More long-lasting than monetary proceeds are the leadership skills that girls learn through the
Girl Scout Cookie Program, which is the leading entrepreneurial program for girls in the United
States. By managing their own cookie sales, from initial goal-setting at the beginning to
evaluation at the end, girls have a hands-on experience in business. They decide how many
boxes of cookies they want to sell, and are then responsible for managing their own resources
of time, energy, and family support in order to reach their goals.

The tangible business and life skills that girls learn through the Girl Scout Cookie Program
include goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.
“As we enter our one hundredth year of Girl Scouting in 2012, the Girl Scout Cookie Program
reminds us of the great potential of girls” says Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland interim CEO
Anne Soots. “Since 1912, Girl Scouts has taught self-sufficiency, independence, and service.
The Girl Scout Cookie Program is a fantastic way for girls to learn those skills and more.”
New in 2012 is a council-wide Girl Scout Cookie Share program, in which customers may
purchase cookies to donate. Many troops throughout Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland’s 68-
county jurisdiction will select a local organization that is special to them, such as a food shelf,
family shelter, or military unit. Others will give customers the option to donate cookies to military
troops and military family groups, which are this year’s council-designated Cookie Share
beneficiary.

Girl Scout Cookies will be sold through mid-March this year, with eight cookie varieties
available: Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwich,
Shortbread, Thanks-A-Lot, Lemonades and Shout Outs. The shortbread cookies will feature a
special-edition 100th anniversary box. Cookies are $4 per box, with all proceeds benefitting the
Girl Scout Leadership Experience. For information about the Girl Scout Leadership Experience
or the Girl Scout Cookie Program, please visit www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org or call 877-312-
4764.

 

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Girl Scout Cookie Program Continues With Direct Sales

If you’ve already ordered your favorite Girl Scout Cookies, they’re here and delivery has begun! If you missed the first round or would like more, don’t worry. From now until March 13, girls will continue to sell Girl Scout cookies through direct sales, including door-to-door and at booths outside local merchants.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches lifelong leadership skills, such as goal-setting, decisionmaking, money management, people  skills, and business ethics. “The direct sales component of the Girl Scout Cookie Program is an important one for girls,” says Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland CEO Jennifer M. Orban, “they get hands-on experience in customer service, accounting and teamwork.” Customers also benefit from the instant gratification of walking away with their favorite Girl Scout cookies!

This year, there are eight cookie varieties available: Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Shortbread, Thanks-A-Lot, Lemonades and – new this year – Shout Outs. All proceeds support leadership program activities, financial assistance, volunteer training and other resources for area Girl Scouts. Find a Girl Scout cookie booth near you by using the booth locator tool at www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org/pages/cookieprogram.php or call 877-312-4764.

See this and more press releases on the Council News Page.

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Annual Girl Scout Cookie Program Begins: Girls Become Young Entrepreneurs

It’s a much-anticipated time of year – Girl Scout cookie time. Through mid-March, girls will go door-to-door and set up booths at local merchants to sell eight delicious varieties of Girl Scout cookies to eager customers. All proceeds from Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland’s Girl Scout Cookie Program benefit girls in the area; girls earn troop proceeds and Girl Scout Cookie Credit that can be used to pay for Girl Scout camp, leadership programs, uniforms, and more. Additional proceeds help to fund needs such as financial assistance, volunteer training and support, and program resources.

More long-lasting than monetary proceeds are the leadership skills that girls learn through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, which is the leading entrepreneurial program for girls in the United States. By managing their own cookie sales, from initial goal-setting at the beginning to evaluation at the end, girls have a hands-on experience in business. They decide how many boxes of cookies they want to sell, and are then responsible for managing their own resources of time, energy, and family support in order to reach their goals.

The tangible business and life skills that girls learn through the Girl Scout Cookie Program include goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. “As Girl Scouts learn these skills, they are poising themselves for lifelong success,” says Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland CEO Jennifer M. Orban. “When they apply for their first jobs, they can say with confidence that they already have customer-service and teamwork experience. When they head off to college, they will have already had experience with keeping a budget and meeting important deadlines.”

The Girl Scout Cookie Program also encourages girls to give back to their communities. Many Girl Scout troops participate in a “Cookie Share” program, in which customers may purchase cookies for a local organization of the girls’ choosing. In addition, girls are encouraged to utilize some of their proceeds for community service. Last year, Girl Scouts throughout Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland made a difference through projects such as holiday “adopt-a-family” programs, park beautification, visits to nursing homes, blanket-making for emergency facilities and school recycling programs.

Girl Scout Cookies will be sold through mid-March this year, with eight cookie varieties available: Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Shortbread, Thanks-A-Lot, Lemonades and – new this year – Shout Outs. For information about the Girl Scout Leadership Experience or the Girl Scout Cookie Program, please visit www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org or call 877-312-4764.

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Extended Cookie Sales – Special Troop Offer

cookie boxesFirst of all, we wanted to take a moment to tell you how much we appreciate all of your effort and support during the 2010 Cookie Program!

The 2010 cookie season has had many new and exciting opportunities, but with that we have had challenges (or learning experiences).

This year ABC started a new ordering process, so whatever we have in the four warehouses – we own.

Our challenges have become your opportunity to earn additional funds for your troop.  We have cleared out the warehouses and have more cookies than we need.

This is why we are able to offer troops a one-time increased proceeds on cookie sales (while supplies last).

You can earn $2 per box on cookies sold AND no additional paperwork! Here’s how:

All troops who come to a service center and purchase cookies between 3/15/2010 and 3/31/2010 will get the following perks:

Troop Profit: $2.00/ per box Can purchase mixed cases No Paperwork Due

Note:

  • All purchases will need to be in full cases, these can be mixed cases (total of 12 boxes).
  • Must pay at time of purchase ($24.00/ per case) with a troop check only or NO discount will be given.
  • In order to streamline this process (no paperwork), additional cookies picked up will not count towards girl recognitions, cookie credit, troop or SU bonuses.
  • All direct selling to the public must be completed by April 30, 2010.
  • Additional cookies purchased and troop proceeds earned must be documented on your annual Troop Financial Report due on July 1st.
  • All sales to the public will continue at $4.00/ per box – no exceptions.
  • It is the responsibility of the troop to collect on any insufficient funds checks received for cookies sold during this time period.

This is a great opportunity for those troops who are planning to go on a trip or want to help girls attend resident camp this summer!

Stop by one of the five service centers to pick up your cookies today!

Cookies will only be available in the service center cookie cupboards.  You can still call ahead for larger orders.

If you are unable to come to a service center, please contact your community/membership development specialist to make arrangements for a delivery.

Toll Free: 877-312-4764

Cape Girardeau Service Center, 1432 Kurre Lane, Cape Girardeau, MO  x1503

Dexter Service Center, 1420 Girl Scout Way, Dexter, MO  x1423

Jefferson City Service Center, 230 Metro Drive, Jefferson City, MO  x1337

Joplin Service Center, 1029 E 7th Street, Joplin, MO  x1215

Springfield Service Center, 210 S. Ingram Mill Road, Springfield, MO  x1132 or 1133

All service center cupboard hours are as follows: Monday – Friday 11:00 am – 4:30 pm and Saturday, March 20th from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.

All service centers will be CLOSED on 3/17/2010 and 3/27/2010 due to a previously scheduled staff meeting and annual meeting.

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ABC Baker Lemonades – No Quality Issue

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland and ABC Bakers would like to clarify that Girl Scout Lemonades cookies sold by Girl Scouts in the Missouri Heartland Council are not affected by recent quality concerns with Little Brownie Baker’s Lemon Chalet Crème cookies. The Lemonades cookies that are part of our Girl Scout Cookie Program are tested regularly by our baker, which had not detected any evidence of oil rancidity or quality withdrawal. Given the inherent stability of the oils that ABC Bakers has chosen for its formulations, we do not expect to experience any issues similar to those that Little Brownie Baker is currently experiencing with its Lemon Chalet Crèmes.

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Girl Scout Cookie Program continues with direct sales

If you’ve already ordered your favorite Girl Scout Cookies, they’re here and delivery has begun!

If you missed the first round or would like more, don’t worry. From now until March 14, girls throughout central and southern Missouri, southeast Kansas and northeast Oklahoma will
continue to sell Girl Scout cookies through direct sales, including door-to-door and at booths outside local merchants. “The direct sales component of the Girl Scout Cookie Program is an important one for girls,” says Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland CEO Jennifer M. Orban, “they get hands-on experience in customer service, accounting and teamwork.” Customers also benefit from the instant gratification of walking away with their favorite Girl Scout cookies!

This year, there are eight cookie varieties available: Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Shortbread, Thanks-A-Lot, Lemonades and Daisy Go Rounds (five 100-calorie packages in each box). Cookies are $4 per box and all proceeds support leadership program activities, financial assistance, volunteer training and other resources for area Girl Scouts. Find a Girl Scout cookie booth near you by using the booth locator tool at www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches girls leadership and teamwork skills that they will carry with them throughout their lives. Together, they set goals, work to achieve them, and budget their proceeds for troop activities and community service projects. To purchase Girl Scout cookies, volunteer your time, make a donation, or join Girl Scouts, visit us on the web at www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org or call 877-312-4764.

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Continued Sales: Keep GOAL-ing!

Keep GOAL-ingDid you know that Girl Scout Cookie Booths are not the only way to continue working toward your 2010 Girl Scout Cookie sales goals?
You can also continue taking orders with a buddy door-to-door, or try out one of these other innovative sales ideas…

Check out the Keep GOAL-ing! flyer for ways that you can keep the sales going.

Remember:
• 99% of people surveyed thought that Girl Scouting was a good program and that
the cookie sale was a central and valuable part of the program.
• Most customers who are approached will buy.
• Those who don’t buy say they were not approached.
• Those who were not approached say they would have bought if they had been
given the opportunity.

Remember, all the boxes that you sell between now and March 14 count toward your total. So you can continue earning recognition items, including Girl Scout Cookie Credit!
Plus, the continued sales help your Girl Scout troop earn more proceeds for its activities!

Check out the Keep GOAL-ing! flyer for Bonus Recognition Opportunities!

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