KTTU "In Focus," 1/30/11, 10:30 AM & KMSB "Fox-11 Forum," 2/6/11, 7:30 AM

Posted: Updated:
By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

Host Bob Lee interviews Debbie Rich, CEO, Tamara McKinney, Development Director, and Kristen Culliney, Mission Delivery Director, Sahuaro Girl Scout Council. 400-thousand boxes of cookies are expected to be delivered to southern Arizonans during this year’s sale.  It’s those cookies that help make possible the programs and services to the troops, groups and girls served by the Sahuaro Girl Scout Council.

Rich says in partnership with committed adult volunteers, girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives…such as leadership, strong values, social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth. She says the Girl Scout program has remained “relevant,” because the girls are involved in community projects and are focused on team-building and character development.

McKinney says girls don’t have to be in a “troop” to participate.  She says the Council now has an “outreach” program to involve girls individually in under-served and at-risk communities.  She says poverty, homelessness, domestic violence and illiteracy are just some of the issues the girls are focused on.

Culliney says 70-percent of the Council’s annual budget is from the cookie sales.  She says all the money raised in southern Arizona stays in southern Arizona.  She says it is expected that 800-thousand boxes will have been sold when the sale ends in March.  She says the girls learn goal setting, money management, and teamwork through the cookie sale program.