Yearly Archives: 2013

Cookie Season is Here

Cookie Sale Managers

With cookie season upon us, I’ve been investigating the cookie selling process. People in the know (you know who you are!) have advised me to make sure I get a Troop Cookie Sale Manager. Two moms have volunteered! I found a job description for the role and talked to the product sales people at my council to find out about cookie sale training, which is planned for the beginning of February.

Below, I’ve shared the best description of the cookie sale manager job that I found (thank you Manitou Council!).

Position:  TROOP COOKIE SALE MANAGER

Reports to

  • Community Cookie Sale Manager

Purpose

  • To assure that girls in the troop carry out the cookie sale in an enthusiastic, safe, timely and accurate manner.

Term of Appointment

  • Recruited and appointed by the troop advisor for the term of one cookie sale period.

Accountabilities

  • Complete troop cookie sale manager training
  • Be accountable for all troop monies collected from cookie sale.
  • Follow procedures as outlined in the “Troop Cookie Managers Procedures”.
  • Attend a troop meeting prior to the sale to help the girls set a troop goal and to provide safety, sales, program and ordering information and again after the sale to assist them in completing the cookie sale evaluation.
  • Cookie Sale Parent Permission forms until after all money is collected from the girls. Collect and retain copies of original signed.
  • Record all sales in e-budde cookie sale online ordering system by the deadline dates.
  • Ensure for the distribution of awards and program credits to the girls in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Responsible for depositing all monies owed for girl sales into the COUNCIL bank account by established deadline date.
  • Assist the council in clearing outstanding, overdue balances from the troop or individual girls.

Required

  • Become a member of the Girl Scouts of the USA and subscribe to the mission of Girl Scouting.
  • New volunteers provide the names of two references and agree to a background check.
  • Must have e-mail address.

As Troop 40072 gets ready to sell cookies, I’d like to knowWhat are your best tips for the cookie sales? How do you prepare yourself and your troop for the cookie sale?

How to Disagree

Creating space for disagreement is how we give diversity room to grow. In this movement many wonderful things are created by people working together, so knowing how to disagree can come in handy. We all have doubts, reservations and different opinions, so that isn’t news. In fact, I sometimes disagree and argue with myself!

In a top-down world, however, disagreement can be seen as disloyalty. Or negativism, or not being a team player. But if I can’t say “no,” then my “yes,” has no meaning. We will only let go of those doubts to which we have given voice. Once my opinion is made public and appreciated I can choose to keep it or change it, since I own the feeling rather than keeping it under wraps.

But appreciating disagreement- that’s the hard part. The person in charge doesn’t need to address everyone’s concerns. None of us do. Dissent is complete simply in having been expressed. So here are a few tips for authentic disagreeing:

1. Be honest. If you believe there is a problem are you acting as though the present situation is good enough?

2. Be respectful. Check to see if you are simply reacting to not being in control.

3. Be helpful. Resignation is just a passive form of control that alienates others.

And if you are the one listening, simply focus on that- listening. If you feel the need to defend yourself by answering someone’s doubts, then the space for disagreement closes down. Of course, if you can genuinely answer a question the resolves a difference, then do so. Most of the time, however, doubts are well founded and have no easy answer. Resist the urge to take it personally; the future doesn’t die from opposition, it disappears in the face of lip service.

Put Forth Your Best

In January of 1919 Juliette Low sailed off to visit Sir Robert and Lady Baden-Powell, intent on learning how Girl Guides were contributing to their country now that World War 1 had come to an end.  Before she left, she wrote a New Year’s message in the monthly newsletter from National Headquarters thanking Girl Scouts for their service and courage during the war years. She continued with an appeal to every Girl Scout to “brace up and strain every nerve to continue public service and help to make a newer and better world.” Beginning a new year, and in the new peaceful era, Juliette had three directives for the girls.

First: Stick to your studies. “Get wisdom,” said Juliette, “and withall get understanding.”  Let me translate for 2013: Look, kiddo, you have to finish that homework.

Second: Play fair. Get on a team and learn to play together, and “let not bitterness attend the result of a game whether you are victor or vanquished.”

Third: Make yourself strong. A Girl Scout, in Juliette’s view, should be an example of “womanly strength and fitness.” I don’t think she meant weight training, I think she meant strength of character. In other words, would you jump off a bridge if everyone else was doing it?

Great advice doesn’t go out of style, and as I was preparing to pass this on to my daughter, I had a little nagging reminder that I’m a Girl Scout, too. So I had to ask myself three little questions:

First: What am I learning? What do I want to learn in 2013? Can I see how I’ve developed a greater understanding in some area over the course of 2012?

Second: Am I getting along with the people at work, in my family, in my community? How am I getting along with girls in the movement? Am I fair? Gracious? A team player?

Third: How will I take care of myself this year? What character-building endeavor should I begin? Do I have the healthy diet, adequate rest and exercise to be the example that Juliette expected of the girls?

One thing that I love about our movement is that it is good for everyone. It “rises within you,” as Juliette summarized in that article, “and inspires you to put forth your best.”  So let’s share the inspiration: What are your thoughts for the new year?