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By Maureen Graham

·         REMEMBER: ~On your Honor~ Girls can begin taking cookie orders on Monday, February 9th.  No cookies will be available for delivery to customers until February 14thPlease be a sister to every Girl Scout by adhering to these dates and keeping it fair for all.  Thank you.

·         New Council Cookie Cupboard Locations:

DULUTH - 500 S 59th Ave West, Duluth

WAITE PARK - 230 2nd Ave S, Waite Park

Complete list of cookie cupboard locations coming soon.

·         Cookie Booth Updates:

Due to the Cub Foods Booth Sales agreement, booth sales will be allowed throughout the council beginning on February 19th instead of February 20thGo for it! :)

When entering booths in Snap, please do not enter your troop for the Cub Foods locations, as a Requested Cookie Booth.  These are part of the Cookie Booth Lottery.  Lottery details have been sent through Snap email to troops in areas which have the lottery. 

For troops in areas which are not part of the lottery or for booths not included in the lottery, please schedule cookie booths on your own.  Once you have your booths scheduled, please help us help your troop by entering all of your booths in Snap so we can upload them to the Cookie Finder.  This helps to drive additional customers to your booth sale. Remember, they won’t find you if they don’t know about your sale.

·         Cookie Delivery throughout the council begins February 9th.  Shipping schedules have been sent to Community Product Sales Managers.  For troops that placed an Initial Order, please be in touch with your Community Product Sales Manager to find out when your cookies will arrive. 

·         The Girl Upload is coming to Snap!  On February 9th we will upload girl data from our membership system into Snap.  This year we need for girls to be listed exactly the same in our membership system, Snap, and COCO.  The girl data must be in sync in these systems in order for girls who use COCOdirect to get credit for the cookies that they sell.   If you have not entered your girls into the system, please wait for the upload and then check to make sure that everything is correct.  If you have already entered your girl information, then please check Snap after the upload to make sure there are not duplicates. 

Girls should use their first and last names in COCO.  If the girl’s name in COCO is not aligned to her name in Snap, please have her change it to match what is in Snap.  See the troop Answer Book on page 12 for more details. If you have trouble or see any discrepancies in Snap, please let us know.

·         Gluten Free Cookies still available to qualifying troops.  If you are interested, please contact your Product Sales & Finance Specialist.  If after the sale starts you run out and need more, please let us know.They are available on a first come first serve basis.

·         Buy 5 Get 5 Promotion:  Your customer will qualify to have their name placed in a drawing if they purchase five packages of cookies in a single transaction.  We have just a few details to work out yet so that this promotion will run smoothly for all.  Please watch the blog for full details prior to the sale start date.  Thanks for your patience!

·        The USDA, Nutrition & Smart Snack Standards: Selling Girl Scout Cookies at School:  The USDA recently released a document regarding fundraisers at school of items which do not meet their Smart Snack Standards.  This, alas, does include Girl Scout cookies and they are specifically named in the document.  Please read on for more information. 

By Allison Hand

The Girl Scouts from Service Unit 28 would like to invite you to their annual cookie kick off! Join them for a fun filled evening where girls will learn about selling cookies, and goal setting. They will move from one station to the next, collecting cookie charms for their bracelet. The event is FREE to currently registered Girl Scouts and only $15 (registration fee) for new girls.  This is all happening on Friday February 6th, from 6:30 to 8:00pm.  The event will be held at St. Francis-Xavier School in Sartell.  For more information or to register, check out the flyer!

By Maureen Graham

Welcome!

·         We have a new Product Sales and Finance Specialist for Regions 1 & 2!  April Rasmussen is now officially on board and working at the Duluth office.  Please take a moment to welcome her. We are excited to have her here in time for the 2015 Cookie Sale!

Cookie Sale –

·         SNAP ARCHIVE REPORTS.  ABC is currently working to fix an issue with their Snap Archive Reports.  If you need to see a copy of your troop’s Initial Order Report from last year prior to placing this year’s initial order, please contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist and we will get a copy to you.  Hopefully they will get this fixed quickly!

·         Cookie Cupboard Locations/Help Needed.  The council is currently looking to secure locations for council cookie cupboards in Duluth and Waite Park/St. Cloud.  If you are aware of the perfect location, let us know! We are also looking to hire temporary cookie cupboard employees at both council cupboard locations.  Flexible hours optional. Please contact Vickie Strobel (320-247-4568) if you can assist us with either a cupboard location or would like to apply to work during the cookie sale.  THANK YOU!

 Keep reading for more important Cookie Sale updates!

By Maureen Graham

Fall Product Sale

 

·         The Fall Product Sale is wrapping up nicely.  The council ACH debits troop accounts for the full balance due on December 10th.  Troops need to make sure to have their Fall Sale money deposited in their account this week for this debit. 

 

·         If a troop is having difficulty collecting money from a family, the troop needs to fill out the F-10 Outstanding Money Report and let Product Sales & Finance know by this Friday, December 5th so that we have time to make the adjustment to the troop’s debit amount. (Please be aware that all council staff will be out of the office at an all staff meeting on December 3-4 and our offices will be closed, but we will be back on December 5 so feel free to email/call Product Sales staff if you have an issue and we will follow up upon return.)

 

·         If a troop has had any checks returned for the Fall Sale then they should fill out the Product Sales Returned Check Notification Form. This form should be completed and turned in as soon as a bad check is received as checks more than 60 days old will not be reimbursed.

 

·         Kids found your private stash of Gummi Berries?  The council has a limited amount of Fall Product left available for sale.  Please contact us for details. 

 

·         We need to hear from you! Please fill out the Fall Product Sale evaluation form found in the back of your Fall Answer Book and return to the Waite Park Regional Center by January 9, 2015.  Your feedback helps us to make changes and improve the sale for next year. 

 

·         Thank you again to everyone who helped to make the Fall Sale a success!

 

Cookie Sale –

 

·         Thank you to everyone who was able to participate in one of our council cookie trainings so far.  Due to the weather, the training at Camp Sanderson has been postponed to December 11th.  Trainings are also available in Virginia (December 8) and Duluth (December 9).  Please RSVP if you wish to attend or need more details.  If the Virginia training does not reach at least ten yes RSVPS, this training will be cancelled.  An online training will also be available beginning December 12th at www.abcsmartcookieu.com.

 

·         In order to sign in to ABC Smart Cookie U, you must have a COCO login.  The login and password will work at both www.abcsmartcookies.com and www.abcsmartcookieu.com.  1. Begin at www.abcsmartcookies.com and click on the COCO icon towards the bottom of the page.  Then click on the Volunteer box. Scroll towards the bottom and login.  2. If you are a new user, click Register at the bottom of the screen.  3. If you are a returning user, your username is the full email address you used to create the account.  If you cannot remember your password, please just create a new account.

 

·         To login to ABC Smart Cookie U you will use your COCO login and password.  Please allow 24-48 hours for COCO to upload to ABC Smart Cookie U before logging in the first time. 

 

·         Cookie Cupboard Locations/Help Needed.  The council is currently looking to secure locations for council cookie cupboards in Duluth and Waite Park/St. Cloud.  If you are aware of the perfect location, let us know! We are also looking to hire temporary cookie cupboard employees at both council cupboard locations.  Flexible hours optional. Please contact Vickie Strobel (320-247-4568) if you can assist us with either a cupboard location or would like to apply to work during the cookie sale.  THANK YOU!

 

By Maureen Graham

COOKIE SALE PROGRAM

COOKIES arrived this week in the CouncilCan you believe it?  Cookie Sale Program trainings begin in just one week.  Have you signed up yet? We suggest that at least one adult volunteer from each troop attend the training.  It’s a great opportunity to learn valuable information, sample the cookies, and network with other volunteers.

 

·         Camp Sanderson, Tuesday, November 11, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

·         Brainerd, Thursday, November 13, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

·         St. Cloud, Saturday, November 15, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

·         Grand Rapids, Monday, December 8, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

·         Duluth, Tuesday, December 9, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

 

Please RSVP with your name, troop, service unit, town, email address and date/place attending to either Maureen Graham:  mgraham@gslakesandpines.org or 320.247.4571, or Jess Hoffmann:  jhoffmann@gslakesandpines.org or 320.247.4563.  We will also have an online training available at www.smartcookieu.com beginning Friday, December 12. RSVP today. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

FALL PRODUCT SALE PROGRAM

THANK YOU to all who participated in any way in this year’s Fall Product Sale Program.  The Council order has been sent to our Fall Sale vendor and delivery information has been sent to community product sales managers.  Some of the important sale dates remaining:

 

·         Product delivery to service units: November 12 – 17

·         Girls deliver product to customers: Beginning November 12

·         Family Money due to troops: December 1

·         Troop deposits money into troop account: by December 2

·         Council debits troop account for 100% of balance due: December 10

 

Fall recognition awards are shipped to community product sales managers at the end of November/early December.  Give recognitions to the girls after they have delivered products and turned in all money.

 

Questions about the Fall or Cookie Sale Programs? Contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist.




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