Category Archives: Cookies Volunteers

a collection of important cookie communications from council

New online training options for TCMs

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If you haven’t made it to an in-person training session for new and returning Troop Cookie Managers, please join us for one of the following online options:

  • 1/19 Tuesday – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • 1/21 Thursday – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

No pre-registration is necessary, just follow the link below at any of the scheduled times.

Join the meeting: https://join.me/JamieHaxton
On a computer, use any browser. Nothing to download.
On a phone or tablet, launch the join.me app (https://join.me/app) and enter meeting code: JamieHaxton

Join the audio conference:
Dial 1.303.993.0071
Access Code: 710-989-496#

By computer via internet: 
Join the meeting, click the phone icon and select ‘Call via internet’. A small download might be required.

Reminder: Round 1 booth selection opens at 6 pm today

Don’t forget to login to eBudde and select your troop’s council-sponsored booth site this evening at 6 p.m. Each troop will be allowed to select one site tonight, one on Jan. 15 and one on Jan. 16.  Then booth selection will shut down at 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 16, until 6 p.m. Jan. 19 when it opens for Round 2 selections.

Some changes this year:

  • Shorter booth time slots: This decision was made by the corporate offices of WalMart/Sam’s Club, King Soopers/CityMarket and Safeway. It still gives girls plenty of time to sell and will allow more girls to host booths.
  • Some King Soopers/City Market locations are not listed: Our corporate contacts are holding back a few locations that they were not yet sure about. Some locations in the following cities won’t be available during Round 1: UPDATE: King Soopers/City Market  has decided to allow booths at the  locations previously being held back. Those locations will be uploaded into eBudde and available for Round 2 sign ups on Jan. 19 (There are three King Soopers locations off the list completely because they are under construction. They are: 19711 E Smoky Hill Rd Centennial, CO 80015
    1173 Bergen Pkwy Evergreen, CO 80439
    1070 W Baptist Rd Colorado Springs, CO 80921.)
  • This year, after Safeway merged with Albertson’s, they decided to reduce the amount of time they allow organizations to solicit in front of their stores. They have graciously given us a two-week period during which to host booth sales. King Soopers is allowing booths for all the February dates.
  • Reminder: Troops should NOT contact these stores to ask for additional dates not offered in eBudde.

 

Starting Inventory Order for Cookies due 8 p.m. Jan. 13

Have you input your troop’s Starting Inventory Order yet? If not, please do so before 8 p.m. Wednesday so your girls will have cookies to sell on opening weekend Jan. 31!

To place your Starting Inventory Order, you’ll need to log on to eBudde  – use the temporary password 2326@RahRah and click login. You’ll need to change your password and enter your contact info. Select the Initial Order Tab at the top of the page and click the “Other” line at the bottom of the screen. Click into the squares to begin your entry.

Remember there are no returns of cookies to council this year, so plan your SIO carefully. You can use the SIO calculator on our website to help determine what varieties to order based on your troop goal. Tip: You submit the number of packages (individual boxes of cookies) of each variety and eBudde will round up the amount for total cases. All SIO orders are in full cases.

Once you’ve submitted the order, don’t forget to visit the Delivery tab, enter delivery information then submit, select a time slot if applicable and then print your confirmation form.

Need help?

  • Contact your Service Unit Cookie Manager (listed on your troop page of eBudde)
  • Ask the staff Product Sales Specialist for your area (see below)
  • Try our Customer Support Team at 877-404-5708 or inquiry@gscolorado.org

Your Product Sales Specialists

  • Mary Ann Deard (Region 1, 2, 5) – maryann.deard@gscolorado.org
  • Rychelle Arnold (Region 3, 4) – rychelle.arnold@gscolorado.org
  • Laura Aguon (Region 6) – laura.aguon@gscolorado.org
  • Allison Snavely (Region 7) – allison.snavely@gscolorado.org
  • Elizabeth Lipp (Region 7) – elizabeth.lipp@gscolorado.org

Weekly Cookie Calls

Girl Scouts of Colorado will host weekly Cookie Calls – join in any Tuesday evening if you have questions. The calls will be 6:30 – 7 p.m. Tuesdays,

Jan. 12 – March 22 . Each call will be hosted by a member of the Product Sales Team to answer questions from volunteers and parents about the 2016 Cookie Program.

Join the meeting: https://join.me/JamieHaxton 

On a computer, use any browser. Nothing to download. 

On a phone or tablet, launch the join.me app and enter meeting code: JamieHaxton 

Join the audio conference: 

Dial (303) 993-0071 and enter access code  710-989-496#, or connect via internet. 

Important Dates

Jan. 14: Round 1 of booth sales selection opens at 6 p.m., remains open until 11:59 p.m. Jan. 16. Each troop may select one booth on the 14th, one on the 15th and one on the 16th.

Jan. 19: Round 2 of booth sales selection opens at 6 p.m., remains open through the end of the sale.

Jan. 30: Main cookie delivery day

Jan. 31: Sale starts!

Online cookie training options available for TCMs

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If you haven’t made it to an in-person training session for new and returning Troop Cookie Managers, please join us for one of the following online options:

  • 1/8 Friday – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • 1/9 Saturday – 10 a.m. to noon
  • 1/9 Saturday – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • 1/10 Sunday – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • 1/11 Monday – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

 No pre-registration is necessary, just follow the link below at any of the scheduled times.

Join the meeting: https://join.me/JamieHaxton

> On a computer, use any browser. Nothing to download.
> On a phone or tablet, launch the join.me app and enter meeting code: JamieHaxton

Join the audio conference:
Dial a phone number and enter access code, or connect via internet.

By phone:
Denver area local number  (303) 993-0071


United States – Atlanta, GA   +1.404.801.3225
United States – Camden, DE   +1.302.202.5900
United States – Detroit, MI   +1.734.746.0035
United States – Hartford, CT   +1.860.970.0010
United States – Los Angeles, CA   +1.213.226.1066
United States – New York, NY   +1.646.307.1990
United States – San Francisco, CA   +1.415.655.0381
United States – Saugus, MA   +1.781.666.2350
United States – Tampa, FL   +1.813.769.0500
United States – Washington, DC   +1.202.602.1295
Access Code   710-989-496#

Other international numbers available

By computer via internet:
Join the meeting, click the phone icon and select ‘Call via internet’. A small download might be required.

Cookie University is now in session

Cookie University is now in session! Thanks to everyone who attended our first round of trainings in Summit County and Steamboat Springs on November 14 and 15, 2015.

This year, Girl Scouts of Colorado is hosting additional trainings for Troop Cookie Managers for the 2016 Girl Scout Cookies Sale. These training sessions are being held throughout the state. Upcoming sessions include:

November 21, 2015               Southwest Colorado- Durango

 

November 22, 2015               Southwest Colorado- Cortez

 

December 5, 2015                 Denver Metro Area & Pueblo

 

December 6, 2015                 Denver Metro Area                    & Northern/Northeastern

 

December 12, 2015             Colorado Springs & Western Slope

 

Cookie University is an excellent opportunity for you to spend time with other Troop Cookie Managers, get your required basic cookie training and most importantly, ensure your troop’s Starting Inventory Order is well thought-out and meets the needs of your girl and troop. You can also participate in some exciting new enrichment sessions to help with Inventory Management, Digital Cookie, eBudde and Sale Etiquette. Participants will also receive NEW collector lapel pins for each session they participate in.

You can register for Cookie University by using this link:

https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/cookieuniversity

 

If you can’t attend the training session in your area, feel free to attend one in another area.

2016 Cookie Sale: A message from Little Brownie Bakers

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Dear council customers:

Cookie Season is around the corner, and Little Brownie Bakers is ready! We’ve been moving forward on new plans, facility enhancements and cookie supplies to make sure we’re ready to serve you no matter what the season serves up. Please find here a video message from our top bakery leaders.

We know girls are ready to reach high goals this cookie season, and we at Little Brownie are ready to support them—and you—in every way we can.

Sincerely,

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Cookie University is coming

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Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to announce additional training for Troop Cookie Managers for the 2016 Girl Scout Cookies Sale. If you’re planning to serve as a TCM this year, THANK YOU! We understand the time, commitment, and heart this volunteer role requires and we truly appreciate it.

We will host a variety of Cookie University training sessions throughout the state. They will be:

November 14, 2015               Mountain Communities- Summit County

November 15, 2015               Mountain Communities- Steamboat                                                                        Springs

November 21, 2015               Southwest Colorado- Durango

November 22, 2015               Southwest Colorado- Cortez

December 5, 2015                 Denver Metro Area & Pueblo

December 6, 2015                 Denver Metro Area                           & Northern/Northeastern

December 12, 2015             Colorado Springs & Western Slope

Cookie University is an excellent opportunity for you to spend time with other Troop Cookie Managers, get your required basic cookie training and most importantly, ensure your troop’s Starting Inventory Order is well thought-out and meets the needs of your girl and troop. You can also participate in some exciting new enrichment sessions to help with Inventory Management, Digital Cookie, eBudde and Sale Etiquette. Participants will also receive NEW collector lapel pins for each session they participate in.

You can register for Cookie University by using this link: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/cookieuniversity

If you can’t attend the training session in your area, feel free to attend one in another area.

 

 

GSCO visits the Little Brownie Bakery

“I am embarrassed by what happened during the 2015 Cookie Sale and personally guarantee that it will NEVER happen again.” – Jeff, Little Brownie Bakers

That quote from Jeff, a key employee on the production lines at the Little Brownie Bakery, was echoed in similar fashion by multiple top managers and key executives during Girl Scouts of Colorado’s visit to the bakery in Louisville, Kentucky in mid-August 2015. Members of GSCO’s Product Sales Staff, along with members of the Marketing and Communications Department and executive staff, visited the bakery to see what changes have been made since the challenges faced during the 2015 Cookie Sale. The trip was sponsored by Little Brownie Bakers.

During a tour of the bakery, Jeff showed GSCO staff members several pieces of new equipment he said will speed up production for the 2016 sale. They included a new oven for Savannah Smiles and equipment on the lines that produce Thin Mints and Trefoils. Jeff told GSCO these improvements also improve the quality of all the cookies LBB makes.

Our cameras were not allowed inside the production area. However, LBB provided this video to share with you.

After the tour, GSCO staff members met with LBB top managers and key executives, who explained in detail what led to the challenges experienced during the 2015 sale and what LBB has done/ is currently doing to make sure it never happens again. Changes at LBB include:

  • Equipment upgrades throughout the bakery to increase production and the quality of all Girl Scout Cookies made by LBB.
  • Adjustments to the LBB production schedule, so the bakery can better accommodate an increase in orders from councils nationwide.
  • New goals and deadlines for cookie production to ensure that more cookies are ready to be shipped prior to the start of the 2016 sale than there were in 2015.

LBB also asked GSCO to share the following link with you:  Letter to volunteers.

All in all GSCO feels this visit to LBB was a positive one. We are encouraged by the changes made since the 2015 sale and believe LBB has a vested interest in helping Colorado Girl Scouts succeed and reach their goals.

Important change for the 2016 Girl Scout Cookies sale

Girl Scouts of Colorado is moving to a no-return policy for the 2016 Cookie Sale. This policy will allow girls to be more successful because we’ll have better control over inventory, a more accurate Starting Inventory Order and girls will have the cookies they need.

After production issues experienced at the bakery last season caused challenges nationwide, Girl Scouts of Colorado decided to move up our planned timeline for a no-return sale. Girl Scouts of Colorado was one of only a few councils that allowed returns.

Girls and troops still will be able to transfer cookies from troop-to-troop and order more cookies from their local cupboard as needed.

Additional training will be provided to Troop Cookie Managers to ensure that troop Starting Inventory Orders are well thought-out and meet the needs of the girls and troops.

We’re looking forward to an awesome 2016 Cookie Program where Girl Scout Cookies can do a world of good!

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Why is GSCO moving to this policy now?

Inventory shortages at Little Brownie Bakers created a situation in 2015 where some troops and girls ran out of cookies to sell and couldn’t get more. Moving to a no-return policy and troops submitting a Starting Inventory Order of what they actually plan to sell will ensure we have all the cookies on hand at the beginning of the sale.

2. Can I still checkout booth sale cookies on consignment?

No, booth sales will need to be accounted for in your SIO. We will provide solid estimates of the number of cookies you can expect to sell of each variety at a typical booth sale. Make Hometown Heroes a prominent push at your booth and door-to-door sales and any leftover packages you have will go to your HTH donation. Additional cookies will be available at cupboards but cannot be returned.

3. Can I swap varieties of cookies for others at the cupboard?

The council cupboards will not accept any returns or swaps. Troops and girls can swap with other troops. Service Unit-level volunteers will be able to help facilitate these transactions.

4. Can I return damaged cookie boxes?

Yes, if you find damaged cookies in your inventory, please exchange the package for a non-damaged package at your local cupboard as soon as possible.

5. Will GSCO recommend a SIO per girl?

A new section of cookie training will focus solely on Starting Inventory Order. Council can recommend an average SIO for a new troop or girl based on program level and region.

6. What happens if we have a girl who cannot sell at the last minute due to a family emergency or something?

As we saw during the 2015 Cookie Program, Girl Scouts are happy to help sister Girl Scouts. Your troop can transfer those cookies to another troop looking to supplement their inventory.

7. Can GSCO return cookies to Little Brownie Bakers?

Girl Scouts of Colorado pays for every case of cookies that we put in our warehouses. We cannot, nor have we ever been able to, return any cookies to the bakery or exchange cookies with other Girl Scout Councils.

8. How will this change the volunteer role of Cookie Cupboard Managers?

Cupboards will still be used for storing, managing and delivering cookies to troops/girls. A new Cupboard Manager training will be provided to focus on the no-return policy, troop-to-troop transfers and the number of cookies needed for booths.

 

Top cookie sellers celebrate at CEO’s house

Colorado’s top 15 Girl Scout Cookies sellers were the guests of honor at a special dinner at the home of Girl Scouts of Colorado President and CEO Stephanie Foote on Saturday, July 11, 2015. The #cookiebosses arrived in style via a limo and spent the evening celebrating. Some of them were even willing to share the secrets of their selling success with their Girl Scout sisters.

These special girls came from as far away as Durango and Pueblo to attend this private dinner party. Congrats, girls!

 

Top 15 of 2015

Paige, Thornton — 4,747 packages

Charlotte, Arvada — 4,010 packages

Olivia, Durango — 3,500 packages

Ciara, Lakewood — 3,364 packages

Jacquelyne, Aurora — 3,101 packages

Diana, Pueblo — 3,085 packages

Madison, Arvada — 3,083 packages

Tristina, Colorado Springs — 3,080 packages

Joanna, Lochbuie — 2,800 packages

Emma, Castle Rock — 2,778 packages

Kaitlyn, Arvada — 2,771 packages

Arianna, Lakewood — 2,529 packages

Alycia, Lakewood — 2,429 packages

Emilyann, Arvada — 2,276 packages

Jenni, Arvada — 2,204 packages

See all of the photos from the special evening on our Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gscolorado/sets/72157653498476044