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A snowy start to the sale

Submitted by Angelia Zipplies

Colorado Springs

Southwestern Colorado

My daughter Emma and I began the Cookie Sale on Sunday, the first day to sell. Unfortunately the weather thought a blizzard would be a great way to celebrate the start of the sale! We started out with a power wheel quad hooked to her wagon to help pull through the snow that had already started to fall. By the time we got around the block I was pushing her, the power wheel and wagon full of cookies from behind. After retreating home for an hour we got a sled out and headed back out after the next wave of snow had stopped. We received 15 inches of snow over the next 3 days so the next time we sold, we just used the sled.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Daisy goes door to door to earn Broncos patch

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Submitted by Alexandra Ramey

Erie

Northern and Northeastern Colorado

Since her mom was out of town the first weekend of cookie sales, Alexandra was determined to catch up this weekend! As a Daisy, going door to door was a new experience for her. The excitement of reaching her 50 package goal for the Broncos patch had her running from house to house. She was thrilled when we found this house full of Bronco fans getting ready for the game, they bought 12 packages and were nice enough to come outside for a picture!

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Best Cookie Video Contest

Selling Girl Scout Cookies online? Make sure you’re taking advantage of all the tools, which Digital Cookie gives you to be creative and customize your website, like creating and uploading a video. In addition to attracting more customers and increasing sales, your video could earn you $200 in Cookie Credits!

To enter this year’s “Best Cookie Video Contest,” just submit your video, along with a brief story, through the Share Your Stories form on the Girl Scouts of Colorado blog. Don’t forget to include your cookie goal. All entries must be received by February 15, 2016. Afterwards, they will be uploaded to the Girl Scouts of Colorado YouTube account. The video that receives the most “thumbs up” by March 1 at 9 a.m. wins!

First Prize: $200 in Cookie Credits

Second Prize: $100 in Cookie Credits

Third Prize: $50 in Cookie Credits

Girl Scouts 12-years-old and younger can have a parent help them make their video. Videos submitted by Girl Scouts 13-years-old and older must be girl-done. VIDEOS CANNOT CONTATIN ANY COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL.

*** Note: This contest is for Girl Scouts of Colorado girl members only.


 

Why is your Cookie Dad the best?

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Dads are an important part of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Cookie Team. That’s why we honor dads, who help cookie bosses all across Colorado meet their goals.

If your Cookie Dad is the best, write a short essay about what he does that is so awesome and submit it through the Share Your Stories form on the Girl Scouts of Colorado blog. Be sure to include a photo of him, preferably involved in a Girl Scout Cookies-related activity. However, any photo will do. You may also submit a link to a YouTube or Vimeo video. All submissions must be received by March 13, 2016.

The best stories will be shared on the Girl Scouts of Colorado blog and social media networks. We also have a special prize for the best submissions to show dad just how much we appreciate him for being part of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Cookie Team.

If you have questions, please email Girl Scouts of Colorado Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper.

*** Note: This contest is for Girl Scouts of Colorado girl members only.

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!

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.