Lemon Grove declares Savannah Smiles as its official Girl Scout cookie

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During a recent celebration at Parsonage Museum Plaza, Lemon Grove Mayor Mary T. Sessom, a proud Girl Scout alumna, presented a proclamation declaring Savannah Smiles the city’s official Girl Scout cookie. Back by popular demand, the zesty lemon powdered sugar-dusted treat was last sold in San Diego in 2014.

During a recent celebration at Parsonage Museum Plaza, Lemon Grove Mayor Mary T. Sessom, a proud Girl Scout alumna, presented a proclamation declaring Savannah Smiles the city’s official Girl Scout cookie. Back by popular demand, the zesty lemon powdered sugar-dusted treat was last sold in San Diego in 2014.

Savannah Campos of Daisy Troop 4000 appeared in a lemon costume to honor her namesake cookie. Other special guests included Lemon Grove City Councilmember Jennifer Mendoza and Gloria Ferreira, president of Soroptimist International of Lemon Grove (both former Girl Scouts); and four-generation Lemon Grove Girl Scout family—Beth Bush, manager of Girl Scouts’ Valley Grove (East County) Service Unit, accompanied by her daughter Lindsay Bush, mother Wilma Demling and great-niece Cherika Seebeck.

The fanfare heralded the launch of the 2016 Girl Scout Cookie Program, which continues through March 6. 

East County Girl Scouts are out in full force armed with boxes of America’s favorite confection. In addition to Savannah Smiles, Thin Mints, Samoas, Do-si-dos, Trefoils, Tagalongs and Rah-Rah Raisins are also available, as are (on a limited basis through a pilot program) gluten-free Toffee-tastics. Customers have the option of purchasing cookies for Operation Thin Mint®, a local service project through which San Diegans can donate cookies to deployed U.S. military troops and local veterans.

Every penny of proceeds from the Girl Scout Cookie Program stays here in San Diego to fund Girl Scout activities, events, camps, volunteer training and financial aid for nearly 40,000 girl and adult members. 

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the world’s largest girl-led business, teaching girls important lessons about goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics. Many successful women say they developed these aptitudes, along with self-confidence, while selling cookies. 

Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. For information about year-round Girl Scouting opportunities for girls and adult volunteers in East County, visit www.sdgirlscouts.org/membership, or contact Marlyn Carrillo at mcarrillo@sdgirlscouts.org or (619) 610-0817.

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