Girl Scouts Recognize Top Cookie Sellers

April 17, 2015

Girl Scout Cookie Program an Overwhelming Success

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) wrapped up its annual Girl Scout Cookie Program this week. The sale was an overwhelming success! The following girls were the Top Cookie Sellers for their areas:

Mariah Winegarner from Centralia was the Top Cookie Seller for the Centralia area.
Jennifer Hodge from Odin was the Top Cookie Seller for the East Marion County area.
Lenzie Merriman from Mt. Vernon was the Top Cookie Seller for the Jefferson County area.
Madeline Burgess from Valier was the Top Cookie Seller for the North Franklin County area.

“What a fantastic cookie program! I’d like to extend my thanks to all of our wonderful girls, volunteers and parents who contributed to the success of the Girl Scout Cookie Program,” said Villie M. Appoo, GSSI Chief Executive Officer. “Because of their dedication and commitment, together we will continue to provide girls the best possible Girl Scout Leadership Experience.”

The Girl Scout Cookie Program helps girls gain five valuable skills – goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics – that will benefit them throughout life. In addition, proceeds from the cookie program help Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois recruit and train adult volunteers, provide financial assistance so Girl Scouting is available to all girls, improve and maintain camp properties, and develop and deliver extensive program activities for girls.

Girl Scouts and cookies share a rich history. While recipes and box designs have changed over the years, selling cookies remains an important part of today’s Girl Scout program. The activity of selling cookies is directly related to the Girl Scouts’ purpose of helping all girls reach their full potential and helping them become strong, confident and resourceful citizens. All cookie proceeds stay right here in southern Illinois.

Many successful businesswomen today say that got their start selling Girl Scout Cookies. While participating in cookie activities, girls are members of a team working toward a common goal, with each girl striving to do her best. Customers had the opportunity to not only choose from a variety of cookies for themselves, but they could also purchase cookies to benefit GSSI’s Gift of Caring program. This year, GSSI partnered with Mission of Moms and Soldiers Angels for its annual Gift of Caring program, and donated cookies will be sent to military members serving overseas as well as local military organizations in southern Illinois.

Girl Scouting has inspired more than 50 million girls and women since its founding in 1912. Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois is a high-capacity Girl Scout council serving approximately 14,000 girls and 4,800 adult volunteers in 40 ½ counties in southern Illinois. GSSI is the premier organization providing all girls in southern Illinois a Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

The mission of Girl Scouting states: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts is the world’s pre-eminent organization dedicated solely to girls – all girls – where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world. In partnership with committed adults, girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives – like strong values, social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth.

Today’s Girl Scouts not only enjoy camping and crafts, but they also explore math and science and learn about diversity, good citizenship, leadership and teamwork. Girl Scouting is the place where girls experience the fun, friendship and power of girls together.

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois is a not-for-profit organization supported by various United Ways throughout the region. Girl Scouts is a Proud Partner of United Way.

For more information, please call Tricia Higgins at 618.242.5079.