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Connie Chavez Villarreal
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Girl Scouts Thanks Local Businesses for Hosting Cookie Booths, Gears Up for Annual Sale

HOUSTON (Dec. 15, 2008) – Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) staff, volunteers and supporters gathered on Dec. 15 amidst endless rows of Girl Scout cookie cases to thank local businesses for hosting cookie booths during the annual Cookie Sale, which begins Jan. 10. The event was held at Graebel, the distributor’s warehouse, where tons of Girl Scout cookies will arrive over the next several weeks and be stored until they are distributed to thousands of troops across the Council’s 26-county area.

“We are very thankful to our cookie booth partners for their support and for allowing Girl Scout troops to sell cookies at their place of business,” says D’Anne Hawk, director of product sales for GSSJC. “The Girl Scout cookie program is run by girls, for girls, but we couldn’t do it without the support of our community.” Last year, partners like Kroger, H-E-B and Randall’s helped Girl Scout troops sell more than 600,000 boxes of cookies.

For more than 80 years, Girl Scouts, with the enthusiastic support of their families, have participated in the country’s premiere entrepreneurial and economic literacy program. In fact, many successful businesswomen today say they got their start selling Girl Scout cookies. The Cookie Sale is a familiar part of American culture that helps girls, ages five to 17, gain confidence, as well as communication and business leadership skills that will benefit them throughout their lives. At an early age, girls learn to develop marketing strategies, deliver business presentations and increase their customer base.

“I contact all my previous customers via e-mail prior to the sale to let them know what the new products are and when I will be coming around,” said Senior Girl Scout Stacy Syring, a high school sophomore who has been selling cookies since first grade.

The Cookie Sale is one of very few youth-oriented programs in the country that provides its participants the opportunity to decide how to direct the proceeds generated through their business activity. Many troops set goals to raise money to help the community, earn recognitions or supplement troop activities, and in some cases, pay for camp. The skills girls learn - all while having fun and making friends - will truly last a lifetime! So next time you hear, “Would you like to buy some Girl Scout cookies?” rest assured knowing that your support is developing future leaders who will make the world a better place! This year, Girl Scouts will begin taking orders for cookies on Jan. 10. Cookie booths will be held from Feb. 20 to March 29. For more information on where to buy Girl Scout cookies, call 1-888-GS-COOKIES.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.5 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 64,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call Erin T. Campbell at 713-292-0362 or e-mail her at Ecampbell@sjgs.org.

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Embracing and promoting pluralism is an integral part of every activity and plan of Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, not disconnected or separate projects. Only individuals willing to accept and be educated about the basic tenet that Girl Scouting is for all girls may serve in volunteer leadership or staff positions.

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