Sunday, March 14, 2010

Cookies Galore

I took over the job of Girl Scout Cookie Manager for all of my town. There are about 30+ Girl Scout Troops with about 350 girls. My job is to supply all the troops with the 8 varieties of GS cookies throughout the sale. I keep a stock of cookies to parcel out and resupply as needed. My goal at the end of today, the last day of sales is to have an empty garage. So far my plan has failed.

Every year GSUSA changes the types of cookies we sell. They will always have Thin Mints, Samoas, Trefoils, DoSiDos and Tagalongs. Then they have 3 other types that they replace after 1-3 years. This year the 3 types we have are Lemon Chalet Cremes, Dulce de Leche, and Thank U Berry Munch. All three are not selling very well, with the Lemon hardly selling at all. The Lemons got bad press this year. The bakery recalled some lots of Lemons because the taste was "off". Now our council did not receive any of these packages but the local news reported it and people were leery. Many of my troops found they could not sell these so I took them back. The Dulces are selling because they changed them from the previous year and the Thank U's have cranberries in them and people are just not jumping at that.

My garage is full of Lemons, Dulces and Berries. Now we have a program to deal with left over cookies. We collect donations for Operation Cookie Drop. Our donations are used to buy our cookies to send to US military. People are very supportive of this drive and give generously. The cookies left in my garage are used for Operation Cookie Drop. I really hope that the military loves the taste lemon as I think the bulk of what they are getting will be these. Besides, the chocolate based cookies don't travel as well and melt in the heat of the desert.

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