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  • Cookie Sales Boost Girl Scouts' Skills

    27 Jan 2015

    We’ve always believed that Girl Scout cookies do a lot more than satisfy a craving for sweets, and we encourage you to break that New Year’s diet just a bit to close a sale.

    Yes, it’s Girl Scout cookie season once again, and the young entrepreneurs are out in force, armed with smiles and piles of brightly colored boxes filled with this year’s flavor selections.

    It may be difficult to think about boosting anyone’s money-management skills when buying cookies — you’re just fishing in your wallet or purse for the price of a box or two — but that’s just one of the lessons that the annual campaign is designed to teach.

    Officials with Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, which includes Denton County, tell us that girls who participate in the cookie program also pick up valuable people skills and learn about goal setting, decision making and business ethics.

    That’s why it’s important to buy the cookies from the Scouts themselves, not her parents. You’ll get the same cookies, but a lot of the lessons will be lost if adults are making the sales pitch.

    You can find Scouts selling in front of local grocery stores and downtown Denton shops, offering the cookies to their neighbors and setting up shop in front of selected homes. Other opportunities to purchase cookies can be found at http://texascookietime.org.

    The cookies are only sold once a year and have become crowd pleasers since the first documented sales were reported in about 1917...



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  • Girl Scout Cookie Season In Full Swing

    25 Jan 2015

     

    Girl Scout cookie season is here again — the time of year when men, women, boys and girls lose their minds and much of the weight in their wallets over tiny baked treats packed with assorted flavors and a greater mission in the community.

    Girl Scout cookies taste good in your mouth and feel good in your heart, according to Justin mother Brandi Hochstetler. Her 8-year old, Sophie, has been busy, already going through nearly 50 cases since the season began Jan. 16.

    “People call me at all hours of the night and say, ‘Hey, can you bring me cookies.’” Hochstetler said. “I don’t know what it is. They love them. They absolutely love them.”

    Madison Mallouf, a Hawk Elementary fourth-grader who has been a scout since kindergarten, said the cookies, sold only once a year, are sweet and that people just can’t say no.

    Her troop’s civic goal with their sale is rebuilding.

    “All proceeds go to our troop, and we give back to Denton,” Mallouf said. “My troop is going to help rebuild Eureka Park.”

    The first batch of cookies came out of the oven as early as 1917, when the Mistletoe Troop of Muskogee, Oklahoma, baked cookies and sold them in its high school cafeteria as a service project.

    The number of flavors have changed from the 1950s, when there were only three varieties. Today there are multiple flavors, including the three that are almost mandatory — Thin M...



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  • Girl Scouts Break Record at Women of Distinction Luncheon

    05 Jan 2015

    The Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas announced recently that it broke records at its Women of Distinction Luncheon at the Hilton Anatole in November, raising more than $481,000. It was also the largest attendance the group had ever had, with 865 people.

    The 2014 total is 25 percent over 2013 figures.

    Gene Jones received the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Nancy Ann Hunt received the Woman of Distinction Award. The luncheon was chaired by Elizabeth Gambrell, and the keynote speaker was Alison Levine, author of On the Edge: The Art of High-Impact Leadership.

    High school seniors Meredith Burke of Dallas and Cameron Wicks of Cedar Hill were given Young Women of Distinction honors.

    Cookie time

    Speaking of fundraisers, the Girl Scouts will kick off 2015 cookie sales Jan. 16.

    There are two new flavors this year, Rah-Rah Raisins and a gluten-free offering, Toffee-Tastic. The Girl Scouts are celebrating the 40th birthday of the Samoa, and it will be sold alongside other perennial favorites Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos and Savannah Smiles. The cookies are $4 per box except for Toffee-Tastic, which sells for $5. The cookie sales last through March 1.

    Girl Scouts from kindergarten through 12th grade sell cookies to help fund service projects, field trips, camping and leadership activities.

    “As mother to a Girl Scout Cadette, I’ve witnessed firstha...



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  • Local Girl Scouts Make A Difference

    30 Dec 2014

    Girl Scouts from the Lewisville/Highland Village area have been hard at work in the community this holiday season. In mid-November, several troops joined in the Keep Lewisville Beautiful (KLB) Trash Bash helping to collect trash from parks and waterways throughout the city. According to Amy Wells, Executive Director for KLB, the Girl Scouts were part of nearly 400 volunteers who braved the cold temperatures to make a difference on November 15. Wells reports, “Altogether, we had 398 volunteers who showed up to help make a difference in our community, who gave 1,393 volunteer hours towards community improvement and litter abatement. Together, we removed 6.6 TONS of trash from our local waterways. These are record breaking numbers for our fall Trinity Trash Bash...” The Girl Scouts then came out for the Thanksgiving holiday to lend a hand at the First United Methodist Church of Lewisville’s annual community Thanksgiving dinner. The girls from Service Unit (SU) 406 donated 96 cans of chicken broth, 14 cans of cranberry sauce, a 101 oz. can of green beans and 4 cans of lemonade to support the making of 1000 meals for families in need. The Girl Scouts also made 300 placemats for the dinner tables, and four troops prepared the materials to make 200 turkey hats for the children attending. Several Girl Scouts came out on Thanksgiving Day to help set up and serve dinner as well. (photo #1 attached) This December, the Girl Scouts from SU 406 collected 70 jars of cre...



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  • Girl Scouts Aim to Increase Membership

    02 Dec 2014
    The Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, as part of a nationwide epidemic, have seen a decline in membership over the past 10 years. In order to reverse the trend, Jennifer Bartkowski, CEO of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, has begun meeting with school districts and community leaders about Girl Scouts. “Developing girl leaders is our focus. Today, girls need leadership skills,” Bartkowski said. “I met with Lewisville ISD’s superintendent, Dr. Stephen F. Waddell, and found that their goals lined up with ours. We find ourselves to be complimentary to the school environment.” According to officials, in 2003 there were nearly four million women and girls in Girl Scouts of the United States of America. Now the number is around 2.3 million. The number of councils has also dropped from 321 to 112. In Northeast Texas, there are approximately 30,000 Girl Scouts. Bartkowski said locally, Northeast Texas saw its first decline last fall. “We’re transforming how we collaborate with the community and how we service older girls. We’re bringing in technology, and we really think we’re on to something.” Bartkowski said it’s hard for Girl Scouts to retain the girls in middle and high school, but the organization recently launched a leadership program for high school girls that provides corporate visits and internships that provide a unique exp...


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  • Scout Dedicated to Saving Pets

    04 Nov 2014

    Devin Bray, a junior at Denton Guyer High School, has been reaching for the gold since she was a Daisy — the youngest level of Girl Scouts — in kindergarten.

    Bray says her passion for animals inspired the project she’s undertaken to earn her Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Her goal, she said, is to help firefighters learn how to better save the lives of cats and dogs rescued from burning homes.

    “By watching the news I saw all these animals that needed to be saved, and I wanted to help do something about it,” said Bray, a member of Girl Scout Troop 317 in Corinth.

    And she did.

    Over the past seven months, Bray researched how to provide not only pet oxygen masks to the community, but also the training needed to use them.

    Denton Fire Department Battalion Chief Brian Glenn said he had been in communication for six weeks with Bray about her project, and initially she was just asking to donate some masks.

    “We weren’t really in the market for more masks, but I told her we could maybe use some training and it went on from there,” he said.

    Caleb Coursey, a member of Texas A&M University’s Veterinary Emergency Team, led training Saturday at the Denton Public Safety Training Center.

    Coursey said it was the veterinary team’s first oxygen safety training course for firefighters, and he hopes it leads to more.

    “It’s possibly one of the best things that could happen,” he said about the launch of the n...



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  • Local Girl Scouts Meet Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere

    17 Oct 2014

    Members of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas Junior Troop 3537 met with Mayor Harry LaRosiliere in his office located at the Plano Municipal Building on Monday, October 13, 2014. Meeting the Mayor was an honor and a key step for completing their “Inside Government” badge.

    Mayor LaRosiliere spoke with the troop regarding how city government is run and how they can be active citizens. The girls then asked questions that ranged from “why did you decide to become mayor” to “can you tell me about your kids.”

    After the discussion, the girls pledged to become ambassadors for the city of Plano, as part of the city’s Youth Ambassador Program for which the Mayor awarded each scout a certificate and badge.

    After the meeting, Mayor LaRosiliere tweeted:

    Plano Mayor’s Office (@PlanosMayor) 10/13/14, 5:10 PM

    "Met with Girl Scout Troop 3537. Thanks girls for taking the Youth Ambassador Pledge! http://www.plano.gov/1792/Become-A-Youth-Ambassador pic.twitter.com/zpJqBZnksF"

    About Troop 3537
    Girl Scout Troop 3537 are first year Juniors and fourth grade students at PISD’s Gulledge Elementary and Hickey Elementary. Troop members who met the Mayor included: Cassidy Brown, Gillian Hill, Eva Myers, Devika Nair, Hayley Polkes and Maya Villanueva. Also in attendance were troop leaders Leslie Brown and Leanne Villanueva, as well as, parent volunteer Seth Myers.

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  • Girl Scouts break record at Women of Distinction Luncheon

    The Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas announced recently that it broke records at its Women of Distinction Luncheon at the Hilton Anatole in November, raising more than $481,000. It was also the largest attendance the group had ever had, with 865 people. The 2014 total is 25 percent over 2013 figures. Gene Jones received the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Nancy Ann Hunt received the Woman of Distinction Award. The luncheon was chaired by Elizabeth Gambrell, and the keynote speaker was Alison Levine, author of On the Edge: The Art of High-Impact Leadership. High school seniors Meredith Burke of Dallas and Cameron Wicks of Cedar Hill were given Young Women of Distinction honors. Cookie time Speaking of fundraisers, the Girl Scouts will kick off 2015 cookie sales Jan. 16. There are two new flavors this year, Rah-Rah Raisins and a gluten-free offering, Toffee-Tastic. The Girl Scouts are celebrating the 40th birthday of the Samoa, and it will be sold alongside other perennial favorites Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos and Savannah Smiles. The cookies are $4 per box except for Toffee-Tastic, which sells for $...


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  • Local Girl Scouts Make a Difference

    30 Dec 2014

    Girl Scouts from the Lewisville/Highland Village area have been hard at work in the community this holiday season. In mid-November, several troops joined in the Keep Lewisville Beautiful (KLB) Trash Bash helping to collect trash from parks and waterways throughout the city. According to Amy Wells, Executive Director for KLB, the Girl Scouts were part of nearly 400 volunteers who braved the cold temperatures to make a difference on November 15. Wells reports, “Altogether, we had 398 volunteers who showed up to help make a difference in our community, who gave 1,393 volunteer hours towards community improvement and litter abatement. Together, we removed 6.6 TONS of trash from our local waterways. These are record breaking numbers for our fall Trinity Trash Bash...” The Girl Scouts then came out for the Thanksgiving holiday to lend a hand at the First United Methodist Church of Lewisville’s annual community Thanksgiving dinner. The girls from Service Unit (SU) 406 donated 96 cans of chicken broth, 14 cans of cranberry sauce, a 101 oz. can of green beans and 4 cans of lemonade to support the making of 1000 meals for families in need. The Girl Scouts also made 300 placemats for the dinner tables, and four troops prepared the materials to make 200 turkey hats for the children attending. Several Girl Scouts came out on Thanksgiving Day to help set up and serve dinner as well....



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