girl scouts–arizona Cactus-pine council
THE LISTENING POST
As the year comes to a close,
planning and anticipation for
the 2014 Cookie Program is
running at full speed.
Girl Scout cookies have been
sold by girls since 1936. This
cookie program has become
an iconic piece of American
culture that belongs
exclusively to girls. As seven-
year-old Jenny said, “I love selling cookies. It’s the only thing I can do that
my brother can’t.”
I think sometimes we forget what it means to a girl to have something of
their own. And what a great learning experience this program is for our
girls – no matter what age they are. Our girls become entrepreneurs;
learning financial skills, people skills, leadership skills and more. All of
which will help them throughout their lives.
When parents provide their daughters with encouragement and support
during the cookie program, they are giving a priceless gift. Yes, it means
another activity in your busy family schedule. But this year, we are
simplifying the sale so it’s easier than ever to participate.
No more pre-orders! Girls will now have the cookies in hand as they sell,
so friends and neighbors won’t have to wait to enjoy their favorite Girl
Scout cookie. Along with the direct sale, we’ve shortened the sale to just
six weeks. And, as other councils have experienced, we expect girls will
see their sales increase with this direct sale.
All the proceeds from cookie sales are used to support Girl Scouting in
Arizona – funding our troops, our camps, girl programs, membership and
volunteer support. This year, all the Council proceeds from sales over 3
million packages will help fund the transformation of Camp Sombrero
into the Leadership Center for Girls and Women. This idea came out of
our girl-led Annual Council meeting in April 2014. It’s an easy way for our
Girl Scouts and their families to help make this dream a reality.
So as we look forward to an exciting Cookie Program, we also wish you all
happy holidays, and a New Year filled with blessings.
from the ceo
and board chair
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Girl scouts–arizona cactus-pine council
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Social media is the key to maximizing your
cookie marketing! Check GSACPC channels
often. There will be information and fun content
you can ‘share,’ to make updating customers
Margaret Serrano-Foster, Board ChairTamara Woodbury, CEO
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just for you
FROM THE CEO AND BOARD CHAIR
SEEN & HEARD
Troop Notes and event highlights
Getting to know Pit Lucking
BEST & WORST
Things to say [or not say] during cookie program
BLING YOUR BOOTH
3 Cool Tools to Make Your Cookie Booth Shine
COOKIE Q & A
Your cookie questions answered by experts
SISTER 2 SISTER
Go for the Gold Award
What does cookie success look like?
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
Silver/Bronze Awards and Religious Recognitions
A shout out to Kristyn Piper
TRIBUTES & MEMORIALS
SUPPORT CAMP SOMBRERO
How the 2014 Cookie Program can help!
COOKIE DESSERT CHALLENGE
BIRDIES FOR CHARITY
GUEST EDITORS WANTED
We want your voice to be heard.
LET’S GET STARTED
Information to kick-off the 2014 Cookie Program
LEARN FROM THE BEST
Pointers from the 2013 Top 5 Cookie Sellers
cookie program kick-off issue
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THE 2014 COOKIE PROGRAM IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!
Be sure to complete membership registration before December 12 to participate!
Why is the Girl Scout Cookie Program SO Important?
It’s more than money. It’s the lifelong skills that girls learn by doing and the confidence
they build doing it. The Cookie Program helps girls develop skills in five areas: Goal Setting,
Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills and Business Ethics. These are essential
skills needed to successfully navigate life – whether working on a high-school science
project team, running a household, being a project manager or a company CEO. Not many
organizations offer these key business skills to girls. Girl Scouting does, with the largest girl-
led business in the world!
What’s Our Goal this Year?
To sell 3,300,000 packages of cookies in 2014.
What’s new this year? Cookies Now!
Cookies will be available at the start of the Cookie Program. So girls can sell to neighbors,
friends and families, with cookies in hand. Just one step to sell, deliver and collect money!
»» Saves times for busy families! Instant cookie gratification! Plus, girls can circle back to
customers before the end of the sale to offer a few more boxes.
»» Shorter cookie sale. The overall sales time is consolidated into just six weeks, making it
easier to participate.
»» Increased sales. Selling with cookies in hand has been successful in other Councils.
They saw sales increase by at least 10% over prior year.
»» Girls can still use order forms, if they choose. But now, they can be used as a cookie
sales record that can be kept from year to year, helping girls build their customer base.
What are your goals? Great incentives are waiting!
»» December 15 – Troops can start entering self-scheduled booths in eBudde
»» January 2 – Cookie Booth Scheduler Opens
»» January 8 – Troop initial inventory order due in eBudde
»» January 25-26 – Delivery weekend
»» January 27 – Cookie Go Day! Cookies in Hand, Booth Sales & Cupboards open
»» March 9 – Sale ends
dates to remember
$5 Cookie Dough
Fashion Tee or
$5 Cookie Dough
Portable Speakers or
$30 Cookie Dough
Disneyland Trip or
$150 Cookie Dough
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For advice to navigate through this year’s cookie season, we caught up with Kathy Kenney, GSACPC
volunteer of 14 years. Once a Girl Scout herself, she first volunteered as a Troop Leader and now
serves as Product Program Manager for Sunset Vista Service Unit.
Kenney says R.E.W.A.R.D.S. is the key to learning AND earning, “The tangible rewards are
great, but it’s more than money and incentives. The reward of understanding service,
business skills and leadership delivers exponential benefits over a lifetime.”
what does cookie success look like?
Recruit a team
Everyone invested should be involved in the cookie program. Many hands make light work!
»» Parents are a big resource, and the best place for this manpower is at cookie booths. A good
rule of thumb is a minimum of one booth per parent.
»» Include girls in the planning and logistics – this is a big part of their experience. Starting at age
five or six, girls can sort product, write receipts, count and so on.
Execute your training plan
Everyone on the team participates in training relevant to their involvement. Troop and Service Unit
leadership attend trainings offered by council staff and can share what they learned with everyone.
Make sure your team knows the answers to key questions, and that the girls are informed:
»» Who’s holding skill activities, badges, and awards?
»» What are the rules for cookie boothing?
»» How is everyone going to communicate back and forth?
WOW [wild out-of-this-world] goals
The public wants to be part of the cookie program because they know Girl Scouts can do a world
of good. The best way to increase sales is to set goals around skills, service or leadership, and
communicate this to customers. When you’re setting your goals, where do these key elements fit in?
Much like a building, troop leaders, volunteers and parents help lay the framework and girls should
develop goals within it. As the girls get older, they transition into helping create the framework.
“The tangible rewards are great, but it’s more than
money and incentives.” –Kathy Kenney
R.E.W.A.R.D.S. is an acronym to define key characteristics of a program that runs
smoothly for volunteers, and delivers the highest value for girls.
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Advance the 5 skills each year
Program activities that progress keep girls challenged as they grow. There are many ways to do this
based on the girls’ level and individual learning abilities:
»» For a Brownie or Junior, parents are more involved helping a girl along the way and coaching her
at cookie booths or around the neighborhood.
»» Cadettes are able to be more independent. They can talk to store managers when arriving at a
cookie booth, and set it up themselves, while parents are sitting on the side for support.
»» As girls get older, they should learn the deeper aspects of the cookie business, by discussing
and analyzing city demographics, where selling is most successful and consumer behaviors.
Respect & Responsibility for self and others
Honoring the Girl Scout promise and law is essential to success. Girl Scouts’ values guide behaviors
that keep a balance between individual and group goals:
»» Setting and adhering to feasible deadlines.
»» Communicating regularly.
»» Identifying ways to stay accountable.
Display sales results in real time
When girls know where they stand in relation to their goals, they stay motivated and avoid
procrastination! There are lots of ways for leaders to keep everyone on track and build momentum:
»» Use the sales tracker app to record sales in real time.
»» Update eBudde after the end of each cookie booth.
»» Allocate booth boxes early to keep track of individual sales.
»» Embrace differences in outcomes as an opportunity for everyone to work together and help
Strategize for success regularly
Assess goals throughout the selling period to monitor and adjust for success. All girls and volunteers
can work together on adjustments needed: Does a girl need another booth? Do we need to sell
leftovers at the last minute? This is a great way to maximize learning!
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We keep excel spreadsheets with names
of every individual (except booth sales)
and types of cookies purchased the year
before. This is where we begin. By keeping
good records, we don’t forget anyone and
we say “Do you want the same as last year?”
This year, I sold over 4,000 boxes so our
spreadsheets were about 20 pages long! We
would never be able to keep track of all those
sales and payments if we didn’t do it this way.
Every year, sales (and goals!) get bigger and
bigger because we sell to all the same people
plus new customers!
What is your cookie-selling
strategy? How do you
determine your goal?
When going door to door, I play kind of a silly
game with my mom. I know I should be bubbly
and sweet to all the customers. So when I am,
I earn either a bubbly soda or sugary treat to
enjoy after a day of selling. At booths, I keep
my energy up with my sister scouts with little
games, too. “Who can sell the next peanut
butter combo?” “Who can overcome a ‘no’
first?” – and so on. We reward ourselves
with points and treats that are special to
How do you keep your energy
up for the cookie sale?
Girl Scout Cadette
2013 Sales: 2,262 packages
Our Gift of Caring boxes of cookies go to a military
troop, so if someone says “no,” we say, “Thank you,
would you like to donate to our military troops?” Most of
the time, people say “yes!”
What do you do when someone says
“no thanks” to buying cookies?
Girl Scout Senior
2013 Sales: 2,537 packages
Girl Scout Cadette
2013 Sales: 4,035 packages
learn from the best
pointers from the top cookie sellers of 2013
My troop spent eight days in Washington, D.C. and it was
our cookie money that paid for the trip! Wanting that
amazing learning experience gave me lots of motivation
to sell so many cookies and my customers were excited
for me, too.
I start with the neighbors that I know will buy from me,
then I go door to door from there!
What motivates you to participate in
the Cookie Program?
What is the first thing you do every
year to kick off the Cookie Program?
We chatted with the top Cookie Sellers from the 2013 Girl Scout Cookie Program about their
success. Here’s what they had to say… maybe you can follow in their footsteps this year!
Girl Scout Cadette
2013 Sales: 2,550 packages
Girl Scout Ambassador
2013 Sales: 2,400 packages
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The Campaign for Girls in Arizona is a vision to bring the Girl Scout
Leadership Experience to 10,000 more girls, recruit and train
4,000 more adult volunteers, develop new programs for girls,
and transform Camp Sombrero into a Leadership Center for
Girls and Women. With the support of our Girl Scouts, their
families, our alumnae, and the community, we are working to
raise $15 million to make this vision a reality. As we go to press,
we have already raised $3.2 million.
The idea to use a portion of cookie sales to fund the
transformation of Camp Sombrero came out of our girl-led
Annual Meeting in April 2013 and was approved by the Board of Directors in June. This is a great way for our
Girl Scouts and their families to participate in the Campaign. All Council proceeds from cookie sales over
3 million packages will go toward Camp Sombrero.
support camp sombrero
through the 2014 cookie program
Girl Scout Cookie
During the 2014 Cookie Season, participating chefs from restaurants
across central and northern Arizona will go head-to-head to create
a winning dessert with one of the Girl Scouts’ cookie flavors selected
at random. Throughout the month of February the desserts will be
sold in their restaurants and the whole challenge will culminate with
an awards celebration on March 11.
While there will be many prizes, the grand winner is based on
popularity – the number of desserts sold. PLUS, recipes will be
shared and restaurant boothing opportunities will be available. Mark
your calendars and check your email for more details!
Support the GSACPC annual programming fund by making or
promoting pledges to Birdies for Charity – part of the Waste
Management Phoenix Open. If GSACPC is one of the top five in total
number of pledges, we could win a cookie booth at the 2014 Phoenix
Open! The individual pledge amount is not important – we need at
least 35 more pledges to make our goal.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the names of people you get to
submit a pledge by January 3 to be entered into the drawing to host
the cookie booth if we win! Get the rundown of how pledging works,
make a pledge or download the forms at birdiesforcharityaz.com.
By reaching our goal of 3.3 million packages of cookies in 2014,
that’s $630,000 to build two cabins at the Leadership Center for Girls
and Women, which will be named by votes of 2014 Cookie Sellers!
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your cookie questions answered by experts
Many parents and volunteers had some important questions about the upcoming 2014
Cookie Program, so LP staff enlisted the expertise of the GSACPC Product Program team.
When girls participate in the Council Gift of
Caring program, the council handles all the
cookie delivery details to our partner agencies,
St. Mary’s Food Bank, St. Vincent de Paul Food
Pantries and the USO. Girls participating in the
Troop Gift of Caring program select a recipient
from their community that has a need for the
cookies and deliver the product at the end of the
program. Both options are valuable experiences
for girls, and we encourage participation in
whichever best fits individual needs.
I’ve heard we’re changing how we sell
cookies. Why mess with a good thing?
How do I get parents in my
troop involved in the sale?
What is the difference between
Council Gift of Caring and Troop
Gift of Caring? Is one better than
How can my daughter sell
cookies as an IGM?
Why should my daughter take part in
the cookie program?
We think you’re going to be thrilled with the direct
sale of cookies. Girls will now have cookies in
hand to sell, no more pre-orders. That means a
simpler, shorter and easier cookie program. Plus,
other councils who have changed to direct sales
have seen an increase in sales.
Parental support and
encouragement for their
daughters is always important.
We suggest troops hold a family
meeting before the Cookie
Program begins. Let families know
the importance of the program.
Be specific when asking for help:
“The troop needs a parent to
assist at the Cookie Booth on
Saturday!” is more effective
than “The troop needs help with
cookies.” You can find more tips
in the Troop Cookie Manual.
Independent Girl Members (IGMs)
are welcome to participate in the
Cookie Program. Just contact
the Product Program staff to get
started. They will determine your
action plan and connect you with
the appropriate IGM coordinator
to guide you through the program.
IGMs sell cookie to friends and
family, and join with other Girl
Scouts to participate in booth
sales. They earn the same rewards
as girls in troops.
The Cookie Program is an important part of your
daughter’s Girl Scout leadership experience.
When girls participate in this program, they learn
both financial literacy skills as well as important
leadership skills, such as setting goals, which
they’ll use throughout their life. Most girls really
enjoy selling cookies and boothing with other
girls. Plus, girls earn fun rewards and sales help
fund experiences. For example, earnings can be
used to offset the costs of summer camp – a goal
many girls work toward every year!
Here’s what they said:
Always feel free to reach out to
for help this cookie season!
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bling your cookie booth
3 cool ways to make your cookie booth shine!
1. wear your pitch
With a handmade wearable sign,
you’ll be a walking, talking (maybe
even dancing!) advertisement for
everyone’s favorite cookies!
2. Wrap up the fun
This is an easy DIY project that will
make those cookie boxes stand
out! Just take three different cookie
packages and adorn with a bow of
your choice. You just might have to
make several, because they are sure
to sell out!
3. Dress up your table
This “Girl Scout Green” tablecloth
will catch your customer’s eye! Buy
it at the GSACPC Council Shop!
(Large $24.50, Small $13.50)
Looking for more ideas?
Shop for goodies at the
Council Shop, or keep
an eye out on Pinterest!
best & worst
things to say while selling cookies
not thissay this
“Hello, my name is ,
I'm a Girl Scout and I was wondering if you
would like to buy some Girl Scout cookies?”
“My goal this year is to . I’m also learning
about and look forward to .”
“Thank you for supporting the Girl Scouts!
Have a great day.”
“Everyone I know, recommends the Thin Mints.
They’re the most popular cookie. What flavors do
you like? Do you prefer chocolate? Have a taste for
coconut (or peanut butter, caramel, lemon)? ”
“You don’t eat sweets? You can donate a package
instead! We have a Gift of Caring program which
donates cookies to military troops and food
banks who would really appreciate the treat.”
“Buy some cookies now!”
“I need to sell 200 packages and maybe go on
a trip, so can you buy a few extra boxes please?”
“I don’t eat cookies, so I don’t
know which one is the best.”
“Well, you should buy some anyway;
it’s for a good cause.”
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Call her by her birth name,
Evelyn, and you will be
“Oh, please call me Pit,” she’ll say,
with a smile on her face.
Her affinity for this nickname is
understandable—it was given to
her before she was born. As Pit
puts it, “I liked Pit. It was easier
to write as a child than my real
Pit’s spark for life is contagious,
and her sense of humor—
delightful. She has a mountain of
stories from her life. Pit met her
husband, John, in Sunday school
when they were in the second
grade. After years of being good
friends, and several years of
separation, he called her up late
one night in college and invited
her to get ice cream. “The rest is
history,” as she put it.
She also has lots of stories
from her time as a Girl Scout in
Phoenix. As a member of Troop
66, she participated in the usual
Girl Scout activities and was
also treated to some unique
opportunities by her creative
troop leaders. Troop 66 once
visited FBI headquarters to have
their fingerprints taken and took
the train to Williams from Phoenix
before that line closed down.
She loved all these activities, but
the feeling of camaraderie with
her troop members was what
made Girl Scouting so special.
“I was an only child,
with no cousins in
the family, so having
fun with other girls
was an invaluable
And that camaraderie continues.
In 2010, a member of Troop 66
sent her a picture of their troop
as Brownies. This set off a chain
reaction, and one by one, the
former members of Troop 66
got in touch with each other
and started sharing photos and
Now, most of the original troop
members speak weekly, and
have organized two reunions; the
most recent one in August this
year. Among the activities during
this reunion in California, the
troop visited the Reagan Library
because one of the girls had
grown up to be Nancy Reagan’s
Pit is a wonderful example of
someone who has embodied the
Girl Scout Promise throughout
her life. She received a Masters
in Speech Pathology and
Audiology, raised two children,
and has been an asset to the
Phoenix community she grew
up in—serving on various boards
and volunteering her time with
numerous worthy causes.
Pit recently gave a monetary gift
to our Leadership Campaign for
Girls. Her gift will help support
the transformation of Camp
Sombrero, in south Phoenix, into
a new Leadership Center for Girls
“I feel it’s important to give
back,” said Pit. “Girl Scouts is
a worthwhile cause, and I’d
like to see them provide more
leadership opportunities for
girls—there are some wonderful
things happening!” ■
Girl Scout Camaraderie Continues
Troop 66 as Brownies at a troop meeting.
Troop 66 all grown up!
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seen & heard
In a turnout for the record books, hundreds of GSACPC community members gathered at the Arizona
Biltmore to celebrate the 2013 Women and Young Women of Distinction Awards. The distinguished honorees
are powerful leaders setting a beautiful example of "what could be" for our Girl Scouts today, and gave an
inspirational glimpse into a future led by our most valuable asset—our girls.
A special thank you to our generous corporate and foundation sponsors: our Presenting Sponsor Blue Cross
Blue Shield of Arizona, Carstens Family Funds, Fry’s Food Stores, Arizona Lottery, L. Roy Papp & Associates,
Rodel Foundation, The Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation, The Arizona Republic, and National Bank of Arizona.
Visionary Honorees Morgan
Serventi and Marilyn Seymann
Mistress of Ceremonies,
Carey Pena of 3TV
Debbie Gaby and
Jo Ann Holland
Cindy Willis and
Linda M. Herold
Courage Honorees Sheree Lopez and Dr.
Jacqueline Allen with Tamara Woodbury
Event Chair and 2012 Honoree,
Jackie Norton and Kathie Zeider
Claudia Barling and
(L to R) – Marilyn Seymann, Dr. Jacqueline Allen, Deborah Bateman, Sheree Lopez, Morgan Serventi,
Diana Greymountain, Jo Ellen Lynn of Fry’s Food Stores, John O. Whiteman and Lisa Urias
Christy Moore and Jan Dolan
Promise Awardees, John O. Whiteman
and Jo Ellen Lynn
Leadership Honorees Diana Greymountain
and Deborah Bateman
Barbara Ralston and Dana Campbell-Saylor
women & young women of distinction
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In honor of Juliette Low’s birthday on October 31, the
Council’s History Committee held a Founder’s Day Tea.
Dressed in their Girl Scouts uniforms, attendees enjoyed
learning more about our founder and celebrating her legacy.
Cadette Troop 436 held an anti-bullying workshop to start
the Amaze journey. The girls hosted several activities on
first impressions and learning about one another. They also
made peacemaker boxes, posters and note cards to give to
Members of Troops 1466 and 173 stop for a photo with Nancy Buell and
Phyllis Gay, both members of the GSACPC Historical Society.
The Weitz Company’s Mike Bontrager with GSACPC
Board Chair, Margaret Serrano-Foster, and fellow Board
member, Pat Edwards, at the closing ceremony.
Thanks to GSACPC supporter, Weitz
Construction, more than 150 golfers enjoyed
a beautiful day playing in the Swing for the
Scouts Golf Tournament on October 18.
This is the second year Weitz hosted the
tournament to raise funds for our Campaign
for Girls and transform Camp Sombrero into
the Leadership Center for Girls and Women.
seen & heard
<< Junior Troop 951 visited Posh Restaurant
to complete the Simple Meals badge. They
made Vietnamese bahn mi sandwiches, and
their experience sparked the girls’ interest in
cooking. We can’t wait to see what else these
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As part of the "It's Your World – Change It" journey,
Troop 1674 launched a "No Texting While Driving"
campaign to help improve their community, called
Keep Your Paws on the Wheel! Complete with a
blog, reading materials and video – they went all out
to help improve their community!
In October, Girl Scout Cadettes from Troop 759
donated their time at Goodwill. They sorted items
to be sold in bulk or shipped to retailers overseas. Over 50 new Girl Scout sisters participated in
a monthly STEM program in Flagstaff! Thanks to
volunteers from NAU’s Omega Phi Alpha and all
the parents that help out every week. This program
is made possible by funding from the Flagstaff
Community Foundation, the Forest Highlands and
Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council.
Cadette Troop 90 put their canoeing, water safety,
and first aids skills to the test as they braved a 12-mile
canoe trip down the Colorado River near Lake Havasu
City. The girls learned their own abilities and strengths
as they encountered challenges along the way and
relied on each other to succeed.
Brownie Troop 1010 learned to knit, and made hats
throughout October to donate to breast cancer
Troop 1477 built an amazing
herb garden! Check it out! >>
seen & heard
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Dear Girl Scout Sisters,
I have been a proud member of Girl Scouts since I was five. Now,
I am a sophomore in college attending Arizona State University.
In looking back, Girls Scouts has greatly impacted my life for the
better, most notably through completing my Gold Award project. I
encourage you, sister, to Go for the Gold! It is worth the effort.
Start thinking about what you want to do for your Gold Award now.
Look around your community and school, and within topics you
are passionate about. Opportunity is everywhere.
Once the project starts, be organized and prepared to think on
your feet. Do not give up! The best thing you can do is to find a
group of people that are willing to help you through struggles that
arise. My mom was one of my biggest supporters, and helped me
see the value in pushing through when I contemplated quitting.
Remember, you are not alone. As a member of Girl Scouts, you are
connected to a network of people that are always willing to lend
a helping hand. Most importantly, have fun, create memories and
give back to your community.
GOLD AWARD RECIPIENT
Need more information?
Find testimonials and
Gold Award project
guidelines at www.
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YOUR VOICE to be heard. Share anything from advice, cool news, questions, to DIY projects and photos
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Girl Scout Juniors complete a Girl Scout Journey, and a Take Action Project that
impacts the community in a positive, sustainable way. The following are recipients who
submitted Take Action reports August 1 – October 5.
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Girl Scout Cadettes complete a Girl Scout Journey and a Take Action Project that applies
the knowledge learned through Girl Scouting to benefit the community in a meaningful way.
Girls work together in small groups, and each girl is responsible for a part of the project. The
following are recipients who submitted Take Action reports August 1 – October 5.
Religious recognitions are created by national religious organizations/committees
to encourage the spiritual growth of their youth members and reinforce many
of the values integral to Girl Scouting. Each faith organization develops and
administers its own program.
God and Me
God and Family
God and Church
God and Life
silver // bronze // Religious
Brownie Troop Leader, Kristyn Piper, is passionate about ensuring a
positive experience for all Girl Scouts. A founding member of the GSACPC
Volunteer Interfaith Committee, Kristyn has been an important voice in
developing a purpose statement and planning new events. She jumped
right in to develop a Girl Scout program at a local synagogue, which she has
generously agreed to help facilitate. Thank you, Kristyn, for your support
and dedication to Girl Scouting. ■
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We want your shout outs! Send your submissions (photos welcome)
with the subject “Atta Girl!” to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Leann B. Slezak
Leland W. Peterson
Joanne L. Henning
Mary Anne Clark
Cathy J. Poplin
Heather L. Zeigler
Rebecca L. Lee
In Memory Of Sandy Hook Girl Scouts
James W. Mathews
In Memory Of Yolanda
tributes & memorials
age has it’s benefits
Don’t miss out! The highly
popular IRA charitable-rollover
provision for people at least
70 ½ years old is set to expire on
December 31, 2013. For those
who qualify, this provisions
means IRA owners can make
direct contributions up to
$100,000 of their account’s
assets to a qualified nonprofit
group, like the Girl Scouts–
Arizona Cactus-Pine Council.
This donation can count as
part of the IRA’s owner required
annual withdrawals. While
such gifts can’t be claimed as
a charitable deduction, the
payout doesn’t count as taxable
income, either. Gifts of IRA assets
can make sense if the donor
doesn’t itemize deductions, or
is concerned about minimizing
adjusted gross income. As with
all charitable gifts, we suggest
you consult with a tax advisor or
financial planner prior to making
your gift. ■
ira charitable-rollover provision
19The Listening Post // Winter 2013-2014
Summer Camp Brochure
a girl’s world 5K thin mint sprint
gold & silver Award ceremony
cookie delivery day1/25-26
12/15 camp registration
While setting your cookie goals, you can plan out all the summer
camps you want to attend with your earnings!
Cookies are delivered to troops today.
Cookie sales in neighborhoods and boothing at local
stores begins today.
Join us for a cutting-edge educational conference
about key topics related to girls’ development.
This year’s event is open to Girl Scout troops, family and friends and will
feature activities and community partners that promote healthy living.
Save the date! Check our website after February 1
for more details.
Come celebrate exceptional young women and their value to the
community for completing a sustainable service project.
Summer Camp registration opens!
NEW SHOP HOURS
The NEW online
Council Shop is here.
Buy Girl Scout goodies
galore from home!