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Girl Scouts Soar as Leaders

June 4, 2013

By Lisa Jones, Chief Executive Officer

Supporting girls’ health, wellness and leadership development is not only important to us at Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines; it is an essential part of our mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

Over the last few weeks, I have had several opportunities to witness girls’ developing into our leaders of tomorrow.  I recently met with our IT2 Girl Advisory team ­­who shared with me their impressions about our Council’s strengths and opportunities from an older girl perspective.  Girls’ voices are important part of our mission.  The advisory team also provided feedback about creating an online forum where all girls and volunteers could share suggestions for consideration during our strategic planning process.

IMG_3286A very visible way to see our mission in action is through our Girl Scout Cookie Sale. Everyone knows about Girl Scout Cookies, but do they know what girls are really learning through the program? Not only are our Girl Scouts having fun selling cookies, they are learning how to set and achieve goals, manage money, work as a team, make sound decisions and provide great customer service.

Girl Scout Troops experienced of the rewards of philanthropy and community service, as they helped to deliver this year’s donation of 95,952 boxes to our Operation Cookie Drop sites. Those who attended the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base drop not only met female pilots, but also experienced the pilot’s seat first hand.

Three Girl Scouts in particular soared to new heights during the 2013 Cookie Sale.  Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines is pleased to announce Hailey of Albertson as the Overall Top Seller, with 3,100 boxes of Girl Scout cookies sold. Xena of Cary placed second with 3,041 boxes sold, and Taylor of Knightdale placed third with 2,800 boxes sold.

OverallTopSellers_Taylor_Hailey_XenaThis past Saturday, I had the pleasure of joining these top sellers and their families for a celebratory luncheon on the Bicentennial Terrace of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh.  I enjoyed the conversations I had with these growing leaders, and was impressed to hear what each girl valued most about the experience and how their accomplishments made them most proud.  I can easily envision each one with a future in sales, business management, or even CEO of Girl Scouts!

I am proud of all the Girl Scouts who helped make this year’s Cookie sale such a success.  It is truly an honor to witness girls developing the courage, confidence, and character to be both leaders today and in the future.

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Operation Cookie Drop offers a Taste of Home

May 26, 2013

By Amy Vitale, Product Sales Manager

249121_10151467838684092_137405925_nGirl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines is in our ninth year of Operation Cookie Drop, a program within our annual Cookie Sale where Girl Scouts have the opportunity to collect donations that are used to purchase Girl Scout cookies for our military men and women serving in the US and abroad. We continually hear that the cookies are a welcome taste of home especially for those stationed thousands of miles away.

In our first year, we collected enough donations to purchase 45,000 boxes. We have more than doubled that total this year with 95,952 boxes.  As we go into the 2014 Cookie Sale, we will have shipped over 600,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to military personnel.

Now you may be wondering, where do all those yummy cookies go and how do they get there? In May, almost 100,000 boxes will be delivered to five locations in North Carolina.  These cookies will leave warehouses and travel to the delivery locations by tractor trailer… yes, that’s a lot of cookies!  From there, the cookies are shipped by military support units to soldiers overseas.

Cookies will be delivered to two US Marine installations – Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville and Cherry Point in Havelock, US Army base Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, NCPacks4Patriots in Ayden, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, and the USO at RDU airport.

921731_10151460270729092_1305436636_oOur military soldiers love to receive yummy cookies that remind them of home. Our customers have an opportunity to support both the Girl Scouts and our US military with one purchase. And what do Girl Scout troops receive from the Operation Cookie Drop program? Actually quite a lot!

Every girl who receives enough donations to purchase 15 boxes of cookies receives an awesome Operation Cookie Drop patch. Troops receive proceeds from these boxes of cookies just like a box of cookies purchased to take home. And girls get the opportunity to use the 5 Skills by setting a goal for Operation Cookie Drop donations and all while supporting the community.

Operation Cookie Drop is a win-win for everyone! Can we count on your support next year?

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