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Editor’s Notebook: Selling cookies and so much more

Published: Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 5:30 a.m. CST

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The Kane County Chronicle has been the recipient this month of two tasty media kits from the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois organization.

Dropped off at our office annually by moms and their daughters, the kits include an assortment of Girl Scout cookies, as well as information about the cookie-selling program.

The timing of when this year’s cookie kits arrived was perfect for me, as I already had Girl Scout cookies on the brain.

A friend I have known since first grade asked whether I would pass around an order form to help increase her daughter’s cookie sales.

I decided to do it, but I told myself it would be on one condition: I wouldn’t pressure anyone to buy the sweet treats.

After all, I’d already done my time selling cookies.

Yes, as a brownie many years back, I would trek door to door with my sister and mom, and we would sell cookies together.

I always thought it was kind of tough because instead of one person selling cookies there were two – my sister and me splitting sales between us.

On top of that, I also was in park district soccer each spring and fall, and my two sisters and I had to sell candy for that. I think a bunch of our neighbors really got to know us through our constant sales efforts.

That being said, I do think I learned a lot from selling cookies (and candy). Just like the Girl Scout media kit says, I learned goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

Thirteen-year-old Crystal Kotvan, a cadet in St. Charles Troop 4298, also has identified with those skills.

“You really have to know how to spend your money after you get it,” she said, adding that “you really need to know what audience you’re trying to appeal to.”

Sisters Lexi Blondin, 10, and Emma Blondin, 7, a junior and brownie, respectively, have found positives in selling cookies as well.

“It’s taught me how to goal set,” Lexi said. “My troop is trying to go to a dude ranch, so that’s what we’re trying to save money for.”

To learn about the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois and annual cookie sales, visit www.girlscoutsni.org.

Oh, by the way, I sold more than 40 boxes of cookies for my friend’s daughter. Not too bad for an ol’ brownie.

• • •

My fiance (yes, I did get engaged over the holidays!) and I attended the opening reception for the “I AMerican” art exhibit at Water Street Studios in Batavia on Jan. 24.

The exhibit is a “multi-media exhibition exploring what it means to be an ‘American’ from the perspective of bi-cultural artists living in the U.S.,” states Water Street’s website.

It was great to get out of the house on a cold Friday night to check out a variety of art, discuss different pieces on display and mingle with art-lovers young and old.

You can see the exhibit for yourself now through March 30.

Learn more at www.waterstreetstudios.com or 630-761-9977.

• Kathy Gresey is editor of the Kane County Chronicle and president of the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association Board. Contact her at kgresey@shawmedia.com or 630-845-5368. Learn more about NINA at http://ninaonline.org.

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