Stacks and stacks of sweet treats: Girl Scout cookies arrive
Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 2:27pm
The Girl Scouts are celebrating 100 years of knocking on doors to sell cookies to support the many projects they sponsor in communities just like ours.
Blanche Greene and Sharon Evans, co-lead Jefferson County’s combined Louisville and Wrens girls.
“It’s our 100th year of selling cookies and they have arrived,” Greene said Monday.
The National Guard building in Louisville was nearly filled with 1,100 cases of eight different types of cookies.
Jefferson County’s troop is currently 70-girls strong, Greene said.
Locally, here in Jefferson County, our longest lifetime member is Eunice Oliver, who has been involved in the program for 45 years with Troop 20013.
“Her legacy, combined with her daughter, Tanzie McBride, and granddaughter, Keondra McBride, represents three generations of scouting in one Wadley family,” Greene said. “Sherlinda Logan (Troop 20769) also has a lifetime membership of 38 years with her daughters and granddaughters. Jennifer Grier and Tracey Johnson, co-leaders of Troop 27068, continue the legacy with their daughters and mentor many girls in the community.”
Anyone wanting cookies this year are encouraged to contact Grier, Logan or Greene.
“Cookies are only here for a short time; now until March 5,” Greene said. “And you can buy them by the case. They can be frozen.”
The first Girl Scout troop to hold a cookie sale was in Oklahoma in 1917. Sales saw a boost in 1922 when a special sugar cookie recipe and a cookie-selling business plan was published to help troops maximize their returns. The first sales for what was specifically called “Girl Scout” cookies was in 1933. These forward thinking girls learned goal setting, decision making, money management and people skills as well as business ethics.
This legacy of learning continues with troops all over the world even to this day.