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Patoka Jr. Girl Scout Kassidy Devall with Troop 8579 and Salem Junior Girl Scout Kyrsten Scott with Troop 8582 at the recent girl scout cookie rally in Salem. Submitted Photo.

Marion County Girl Scouts Kick Off Annual Cookie Sales, Searching for Volunteers

By Will Doolin, WJBD News

It's Girl Scout Cookie Time.  The East Marion Girl Scouts have kicked off their annual cookie sales with a cookie rally event at the Grace United Methodist Church in Salem.  

The girl scouts tried various Minute to Win it type games and watched a skit put on by Salem Junior Troop 8588, showing examples to girl scouts on how to make girl scout cookie sales.  The girls also competed in a race that involved putting on oversize clothes from a trunk to see which team could do it the fastest.  

The finale was a girl scout cookie eating contest with six girl scout leaders.  Those competing were Odin leader Nicole Hodge, Kinmundy leader Elecia Cooper, Salem leader Mindy Roberts, Kinmundy leader Sarena Green, Salem/Iuka leader Lisa Morris, and Salem leader Cyndi Addison.  The contest ended in a tie between Elecia Cooper and Cyndi Addison.  

The annual cookie sales is the main source of funds for local troops.  The funds help troops travel to girl scout events outside of our county, go on field trips as a troop and pay for meeting supplies and badges that girls earn.  

The East Marion Girl Scout Unit is looking for people to be adult volunteers.  Anyone over 18 can be a volunteer.  Former leaders are needed to mentor new leaders.  The Girl Scouts are also looking for individuals to host field trips or do a one-time presentation.  Leader volunteers are required to complete two short trainings and pass background checks.  Unit Director Cyndi Addison says training is very flexible, with some of it even available online.  

For more information on how to order cookies or to volunteer your time or talents, contact Addison at 267-9638 or email at emariongs@gmail.com.  The East Marion Girl Scouts cover every community in Marion County, excluding Centralia and Sandoval.  

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