The Jefferson County Girl Scout Service Unit hosted its end of the year awards with a dessert banquet May 19.
Nicole and Joe Garretson received the Volunteer of Excellence Award and were recognized for their leadership, hard work, and dedication to the Girl Scout Cabin and local events they have organized. Earlier this year, Joe Garretson received a special recognition from Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois: the Outstanding Community Partner Award.
Heidi Pickard and Amber Cass also were recognized with the Volunteer of Excellence Award. They are always the first to volunteer to help at local- and council-sponsored events. They do a tremendous job with their troops.
Therese Cummiskey has been a Friend of Jefferson County Girl Scouts for a long time. She has helped with programming at local day camps and has traveled to Camp L-Kee-Ta to help with overnight camps. She has guided girls and sponsored them as they earned their Bronze and Silver awards with community service projects at Jefferson County Park.
Two troops held bridging ceremonies at the banquet. Daisy Troop 2288 bridged to Brownies, and Brownie Troop 9663 bridged to Juniors. They received their bridging certificates, pins and badges.
Troops handed out troop badges, awards and talked about what their favorite activity for past year.
The Fall Product Awards and Cookie Awards were presented.
According to Tammy Hamilton, Fairfield Service Area product sales manager, “We had an increase in fall sales this past year — a total of 1,786 products were sold compared to 1,563 products the previous year.”
Top-selling troops were: Troop 2288 with 497 products sold; Troop 1066 with 230 products sold; and Troop 9408 with 230 products sold.
The top seller was Shaylynn McKim with 207 items sold.
“We had a decrease in cookie sales this year,” said Hamilton. “A total of 19,687 boxes of cookies were sold; last year the total was 20,057. We did, however, have a per girl selling average of 237 boxes, which was higher even than the Council per girl average, which was 164 boxes.”
The top selling troops were: Troop 2288 with 4,182 boxes; Troop 2564 with 3,042 boxes; and Troop 9408 with 2,832 boxes.
The total sales was $80,781, with $11,603.59 for the troops and a $69,177.41 for the Council.
The Girls Scouts who sold 500 or more boxes were: Shaylynn McKim of Troop 2288, with 1,501 boxes; Addison Jones of Troop 2288 with 810 boxes; Savannah Garretson of Troop 2564 with 658 boxes; Kinzley Dunkin of Troop 2288 with 652 boxes; Liylah Luko of Troop 3531 with 613 boxes; Lana White of Troop 9408 with 610 boxes; Lexi Wickenkamp of Troop 1088 with 600 boxes; Gabriella Titus of Troop 9663 with 507 boxes; Jaycee Bakker of Troop 2288 with 503 boxes; and Alexis Megrath of Troop 9408 with 503 boxes.