Wednesday, January 29, 2014

2014 Cookie Program Update From Product Program Manager Kelly Jansen


Hello Everyone!  I hope your 2014 Girl Scout Cookie Program has been fun and successful so far!  We have many more opportunities coming up that you’re going to want to take advantage of!   It’s a busy time of year, but I wanted to take a moment to share the answers to some frequently asked questions with you.  



Jan 10-12 Cookie Booth Weekend
We kicked off the Cookie Program with an optional Booth Weekend on January 10-12.  It was a success!!!! Most troop leaders reported great sales which really energized their girls for the rest of the season!    Your troop can host a Cookie Booth from now until April 30!   We have Council-Sponsored Cookie Booth Weekends Feb. 28 – March 2, March 7-9, and March 14-16.  Troops can also host a Cookie Booth outside of these dates – contact me at kjansen@gsofsi.org for more information.

Cookie Club Update
Thank You for your patience with Cookie Club.  There was an issue with some girls not being able to log into the system.  Little Brownie has fixed the issue so please inform your Troops that Cookie Club is now working.
 
Goal Getter Program Starts Feb. 3   
GSSI’s Goal Getter Program begins Feb. 3. Goal Getter allows girls to extend the time they sell to reach their goals (and the next reward level). Girls should have received their Goal Getter order cards when they turned in their order cards from traditional sales. Girls then return Goal Getter order card when they pick up cookies from the traditional order in mid February. (This date varies by area.) In addition, each Service Unit with Girls Scouts participating in the Goal Getter program will receive one Build-a-Bear that girls who sell an additional 20 boxes will be entered into a Service Unit drawing to win. For more information, contact Product Program Manager Kelly Jansen at 800.345.6858 or e-mail kjansen@gsofsi.org.
        
Goal Getter FAQ’s

Yes, girls who did not participate in traditional order taking can still participate in the Goal Getter program.  To participate, please contact Product Program Manager Kelly Jansen at kjansen@gsofsi.org.
Troops can fill the Goal Getter orders with their “extras” from traditional sales as well as with Booth Cookies. 

The Goal Getter order cards will be returned back to the girl with the filled order. 
Troop Leaders will turn in the names of those girls who sold the 20 additional boxes to their Service Unit Cookie Manager and a name will be drawn out at the next SU meeting.

For those troops that are not participating in Cookie Booth Weekends and need additional cookies to fulfill Goal Getter orders, please contact Kelly Jansen, Product Program Manager, at
kjansen@gsofsi.org or Katie Grayling, Product Program Assistant, at kgrayling@gsofsi.org.
 
Cookie Booth Weekends
Council Sponsored Cookie Booth weekends are Feb. 28 – March 2, March 7-9, and March 14-16.  A letter will be mailed to the Troops that have registered, detailing the number of cases a troop can initially order along with an eBudde CookieCupboard Ordering Quick Guide.  If you know of a troop who would like to participate in one of these booth weekends, the eBudde Cookie CupboardOrdering Quick Guide will help volunteers navigate the easy online ordering system.
 
If a Troop is unable to participate in the Council Sponsored Booth weekends, but would still like to host a booth outside of those dates, please contact Product Program now. We would be happy to provide cookies for your scheduled booth weekend.  NOTE: Troops can hold Cookie Booths from now until April 30.  

Cookie Booth Weekend FAQ’s
If you are unable to get an entire troop together at one time for a Cookie Booth, girls can work in shifts or take turns.  A Cookie Booth needs just two registered Girl Scouts and one registered adult at minimum.

We are finalizing Cookie Cupboard locations and will contact those Cookie Cupboard volunteers shortly regarding their training.  We will also be sending out a complete list of those cupboard locations.



On their initial order, Troops can order up to the amount of cookies they sold last year during their entire Booth Sale Weekends.   With the online ordering system through eBudde, GSSI will be able to monitor cookie availability at Cookie Cupboards to make sure they are fully stocked.  There will not be a shortage of cookies.



Troops can exchange cookies one (1) time at the Cookie Cupboard to better stock up on their fast selling varieties.



5 for Five
is a great way to increase your Cookie Booth sales and deplete booth inventory! Customers who purchase five boxes of cookies during the Council Sponsored Booth Weekends will have a chance to win five cases! Business cards detailing how customers can enter to win will be distributed to Troops through Cookie Cupboards.

 
 
We Want to Hear From You
Please share your success stories -- we would love to hear them!  E-mail me at kjansen@gsofsi.org with your stories!


 
Thank you for all you do!
 
Kelly

 

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