Let’s celebrate spring with Scout cookies
Did you know that in the $5 billion nationwide cookie industry, one of every 11 cookies sold is a Girl Scout cookie? Did you also know that Thin Mints are the third most popular cookie sold in the United States, after Oreos and Chips Ahoy?
The Girl Scout cookie sale has become a part of our national rite of spring. All across the country, girls are making their yummy products available to sugar-starved Americans. But the great thing is that all proceeds from cookie sales remain in the area where the cookies are sold.
The revenue benefit girls, some of it directly by remaining in the Scout troop’s treasury, and some of it indirectly by subsidizing the cost of providing Scouts program in the council area.
Our local council, Tierra del Oro, maintains two camps in Fleming and Menzies with the revenue from cookie sales. The council also uses the money earned to recruit and train volunteer leaders for each troop and provide financial assistance needed to make scouting available for all girls.
This year’s local cookie sales far surpassed last year’s total of 61,800 boxes. The council’s Northern Mines Service Unit sold 65,000 boxes – more than 5,000 cases – bringing a profit of $32,500. Total proceeds that will support the program at the council is $162,500.
During cookie sales, girls are members of a team working towards a common goal, with each girl striving to do her best. Girls practice useful life skills like planning, decision making and customer service. Many successful businesswomen today say they got their start selling Girl Scout cookies.
Congratulations to the Scouts who sold more than 500 boxes each: Kathryn Dorton, Sabrina Luna, Danielle Morrissey, Jessica Wenger, Janea Elliott, Kristin Mantei, Annie Payton, Laura Knox and Corrinne Mead.
The 620 Girl Scouts and 202 adults who comprise the Northern Mines Service Unit would like to thank the cookie-loving people of Nevada County for helping them achieve their most successful cookie sale ever.
If you’ve got any leftover Girl Scout cookies and need a unique basket to serve them in, this next item is for you. South Yuba River State Park is offering pine needle basket-making classes April 21 and May 25 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Park docent Judy Nichols will teach both classes.
Nichols, whose baskets are on display at the Gene Speck Silver Art Gallery in Reno, has been teaching pine needle basketry since 1991.
Each class will offer instruction on the gathering and preparation of pine needles, and a small basket will be constructed. Classes will be at the park visitors center on Pleasant Valley Road at the covered bridge. A $10 donation is requested to cover instruction and supplies. Preregister for the class by contacting Nichols at 274-3608. Classes fill up early, so register soon.
Neil Bledsoe, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County, shares a heartwarming story. A few weeks ago, he received a phone call from a woman whose daughter used to have a Big Sister through the Nevada County program. The daughter is now grown and doing well.
The caller was moved by the positive and lasting changes in her daughter. She was now at a point in her life where she could give back, and the caller had an idea: Could she possibly charter a luxury bus, fill it with Bigs, Littles and Parents of Littles drive them to Six Flags Theme Park, give them park passes, feed them lunch, and bus them back home?
Without hesitation, Bledsoe contacted parents, Big Brothers and Big Sisters. A couple of weeks ago during spring break, a luxury bus filled with grateful riders had a day to be remembered at Six Flags.
Everyone was touched by this woman’s generosity. On behalf of the families, children and volunteers, Big Brothers Big Sisters wishes to thank the generous, yet anonymous, trip giver.
Pam Fortner is a free-lance writer in Grass Valley. Deadline for information is 5 p.m. Monday. The column will appear the following Saturday. Send information to Pamela Fortner at The Union, 464 Sutton Way, 95945; e-mail to
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