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By Maureen Graham

THANK YOU to all who are helping girls to reach their goals by running their very own cookie business.  Cupboard managers, community product sales managers, troop leaders, other volunteers, parents, and most especially cookie eaters all play an important role in helping girls learn and succeed have fun. Thanks again for all you do!

 

March ACH Debit

What is an ACH debit? It is a financial transaction where funds are electronically withdrawn from a bank account.  We have three ACH debits scheduled to occur during the 2015 Cookie Sale where we plan to withdraw funds electronically from troop bank accounts:

 

- Due March 4: 45% of initial order (or 45% of packages owned by February 17, if no initial order was placed.) March 4 ACH calculations include quantities of Initial order gluten free.  We added initial order packages for the traditional and gluten free cookies; figured amount due to council (excluding the extra $1 for gluten free.)   Example: in packages 144 (in Snap) + 12 (gluten free) = 156 X 3.40 – $530.40 x .45 = $238.68 amount of March 4 ACH.

- Due March 25: 50% of remaining balance troop owes.

- Due April 8: Remaining balance due.  The extra $1.00 for Gluten Free will be collected on the final ACH.

 

If your troop is having trouble collecting the amount which will be withdrawn, please contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist no later than the Friday before the ACH debit is to occur.

 

Controlling Inventory

Need more cookies? Have too many cookies? Controlling cookie inventory can be tricky.  Remember, the goal is to get to a zero inventory for your troop and our council by the end of the sale.  We want all cookies to be sold because leftover packages that are owned by the troop or council still must be paid for. 

 

How can you help?  The obvious – sell cookies while the demand is there; so help girls to sell early and often.  Next, if you need more cookies, place a planned order in Snap by Sunday night at 10:00 p.m. for exactly what your troop needs for the following week.  Our council relies heavily each week on reports that show where planned orders need to be filled throughout the council.  This information helps us determine where cookies are needed and when. So if your troop does not place a planned order, your local cupboard may not have the cookies on hand that you need.  PLEASE, help us help you by placing a planned order in Snap each week that you need cookies.  Finally, if your troop has too many or the wrong kind of cookies – reach out!  Contact families in your troop, other community troops, your Community Product Sales Manager and your Cupboard Manager and let them know what you have too much of.  Transfer cookies between girls or troops wherever possible. Remember that unopened, factory sealed cases can be exchanged for another variety at cupboards where additional inventory is available.  Need more tips on preventing left over cookies? See page 30 of the Answer Book for Troop Product Sales Managers.

 

Gluten Free

For any troop who would like more gluten free Trios; we have product available!  Troops are now able to take Trios in either ½ case or full case quantities.  Please know that the no return policy still applies.  If your troop hasn’t tried the gluten free please consider taking a ½ case (6 packages).  We are hearing that customers are asking about Trios at many cookie booths.  Remember that your troop can earn regular troop proceeds of .60 (for the recognition plan) or .65 (for the cash plan) per package, and packages will also count towards girl recognitions.  Please contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist on how to get Trios for your troop. 

 

5 for 5 Program

We have had a great number of entries in the Buy 5 Packages Win 5 Cases promotion and hope it is helping girls to sell even more cookies.  We are aware that customers putting in their entries continue to get an error message.  While we are currently trying to fix this issue, please let customers know that their entry is still getting through and that they should ignore the message.  If customers are told in advance that they may get an error message when putting in their entry, but that we will still receive it, this would be helpful.  Thank you!

 

Also, to answer a common question we have been getting about the 5 for 5, yes, girls need to give customers a unique code for each five packages which are purchased in a single transaction.  So if a customer purchases ten packages, they will then receive two unique codes from the girl.  Hope this makes things clearer. 

 

Bling Your Booth! 

Plain is boring! We have seen a few blinged booths and they have looked fabulous.  There’s still time to Bling Your Booth and win!  Remember to take a photo of your cookie booth and upload to the GSUSA Facebook page, www.facebook.com/GirlScoutCookieProgram by April 30, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Your troop has the potential to win $500 cash! See the Winter 2014 Connections for additional details. Good luck!

By Michelle

WHEN: April 17th , 2015 | 6:30-8:30 pm

WHERE: First Lutheran Church, Little Falls

WE RECOGNIZE:
- Adult Award recipients
- Top cookie sellers
- Leader’s Day Card Contest winners
- Bronze, Silver & Gold Award Recipients!

Join us as we celebrate our year; enjoy a beverage and cake while we mingle!

RSVP to Bonnie 320-515-4187 or breeves@gslakesandpines.org

 

By Michelle

WHEN: February 23, 2015 | 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Brainerd Good Samaritan Society | 804 Wright St., Brainerd

A learning session to assist new troop leaders with the basic steps of how to get their troop meetings up and running and how to guide girls in their participation choices throughout their Girl Scout adventure.

Click here for all the details.

By Michelle

WHEN: March 7, 2015 | check-in at 8:30 a.m.

WHERE: First Lutheran Church in Little Falls

Come for the day or choose the sessions you want to attend
Choose from:
* Ceremonies
* Troop Finance
* PB & J (Proficiency Badges & Journeys)
* Networking with Girl Scout Volunteers
 
Printable Agenda 

Questions? Contact Bonnie Reeves at breeves@gslakesandpines.org or 320-515-4187

Please register on-line. 

By Michelle

* Come as you are or dress in costume.
* Discover ways to break Elsa's spell and melt the ice.
* Create movie-inspired arts and crafts.
* Strike a pose in a Frozen-themed photo shoot.
* Make Girl Scout Cookie icecream sandwiches.
* Receive a FROZEN patch (shown on flyer).
* Pizza available for $1 per slice. 
 
WHEN: Friday, February 27 at 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
**Doors open at 5:15 for check-in

WHERE: Osakis School, High School Entrance
 
COST: Current Girl Scouts - $5 
          Bring a Friend -  $5 + $15 annual membership to Girl Scouts
          - more information about bring-a-friend on the flyer   
    
REGISTRATION DEADLINE FEBRUARY 23

CLICK HERE for a printable flyer and registration form.




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Dreams to Reality

Plan to Join us at...
The Kitchi Gammi Club Duluth, MN
Thursday, May 28, 2015 5:30pm - 8:30pm

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