GLEN CARBON — Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois recently wrapped up its annual Girl Scout Cookie Program.
The following local girls were the top cookie sellers for their areas:
Hope Rosales of Bethalto was the top seller for the Bethalto area.
Ella Martinez of Edwardsville was the top seller for the Edwardsville and Glen Carbon area.
“This year’s Girl Scout Cookie Program was a huge success,” said Kelly Jansen, director of product program for Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois. “I’d like to thank all of our girls, their parents and the fantastic volunteers who contributed to the success of the cookie program. The dedication and commitment of all those involved allow us to provide girls throughout Southern Illinois with a great Girl Scout Leadership Experience.”
The program helps girls gain five valuable skills — goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics — that will benefit them throughout life. In addition, proceeds help Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois recruit and train adult volunteers, provide financial assistance so Girl Scouting is available to all girls, improve and maintain camp properties, and develop and deliver extensive program activities for girls.
Girl Scouts and cookies share a rich history. While recipes and box designs have changed over the years, selling cookies remains an important part of today’s Girl Scout program. The activity of selling cookies is directly related to the Girl Scouts’ purpose of helping all girls reach their full potential and helping them become strong, confident and resourceful citizens. All cookie proceeds stay in Southern Illinois.
Many successful businesswomen say they got their start selling Girl Scout Cookies. While participating in cookie activities, girls are members of a team working toward a common goal, with each girl striving to do her best. Customers had the opportunity to not only choose from a variety of cookies for themselves, but they could also purchase cookies to benefit GSSI’s Gift of Caring program. GSSI’s Gift of Caring program, called Operation: Sweet Treats, allowed customers to purchase and donate cookies that will be sent to military members serving overseas as well as military organizations in Southern Illinois.
Girl Scouting has inspired more than 50 million girls and women since its founding in 1912. Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois is a high-capacity Girl Scout council serving approximately 13,000 girls and 4,500 adult volunteers in 40 ½ counties in Southern Illinois. GSSI is the premier organization providing all girls in Southern Illinois a Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
For information, visit gsofsi.org.