March Madness was here in our Council no doubt, and it wasn't basketball related. It was our Girl Scout entrepreneurs showing why we are the #1 entrepreneurs in the Pacific NW. Last year, each Girl Scout on average sold 297 boxes—this March Madness, they crested over 300 boxes per Girl already and still pointed due north. It is no surprise that Melinda Gates lives in this state because our entrepreneurs are following in her footsteps. Why has this cookie sale been so impressive? Well our Girl Scouts have set high goals, made wise decisions, and been ethical at every step. Another skill set they have shown is sound money management principles.
Recently, I visited the TriCities to stop by our energetic Girl Scouts selling cookies. All of them were practicing sound money management skills. I remember two Daisies counting by 5's to give the change back. Despite being in 1st grade, they rattled off arithmetic quicker than I can plug the numbers into my phone calculator. This is why we are a movement on the rise. Practice makes perfect and our council of Girl Scouts knows they have had a lot of practice with 730,000 boxes already headed home to happy households. Besides the money counting, our Girl Scouts have been exposed to many other principles, including the use of digital orders and money fees, for example, if Square is used. They have seen how money is collected and deposited into the bank. I didn't have my first job dealing with cash until high school and I must tell you my Taco Bell register hoopla was not even close to what our Girl Scouts are dealing with in volume—it is evident we are the #1 Girl-led business in the world and this cookie season, the Council of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho is putting an exclamation point down!
This season, our victorious volunteers are helping their Girl Scouts to sharpen their mental math skills. Sitting hours on end at shopping centers, they discuss comparison shopping and then take field trips based on the cookie dough earned. Other volunteer leaders take their Girl Scouts to the bank for deposits. Ultimately, in this $3.5 million dollar local adventure, our Girl Scouts are exposed to all manners of experiences from their Daisy times to Ambassador. Our top cookies sellers in year’s past, Ambassadors Mikayla Butler and Miranda Reed, have years and years of goal setting, decision-making and selling—is there any doubt if they were hired into a financial industry position they would not excel? Of course not, as our best entrepreneurs, their seasoned money management skills and experiences would match up well to any four year academic experience. They have a head start and so should they pursue being business women which 50% of Girl Scouts go on to do, they will rise to be the best of the best—that is a Girl Scout promise!
When down in the Tri-cities visiting a Texas Roadhouse cookie booth (cool!), Troop 3518 was dutifully using a special marker to check all bills for counterfeit. We recently had an experience where a counterfeit bill was used at a cookie booth. I sat back and marveled at how much exposure our Girl Scouts have to real life, to crime, to misdeeds. Girl Scouts is an experience and for those 2,800 entrepreneurs who are on our front lines, you will grow in so many ways that will leave you ready to lead in our world, and to lead well! I continue to be humbled by our cookie scholarship program which keeps older Girls inspired to sell cookies. $34,000 in college scholarships handed out. These Girls will enter college prepared to be successful entrepreneurs. Being In the military, the one quality I understand best is risk. Risk is the one quality that distinguishes an entrepreneur from a manager. Our Girl Scouts exposed to cookie selling will undoubtedly better understand risk because as they make cookie orders to our central office on how many boxes they want, they take on a huge risk. Yes, in battling that risk, they become Girls of Courage. That is why our Council is riding high this spring—we understand money management, we are risk-taking entrepreneurs and thus we are a Council of Courage, and in 2019, we SUCCESSFULLY went for Bold!
-Brian Newberry, GSEWNI CEO