From the Feb. 9, 2011 edition. To read all the articles, SUBSCRIBE.
By Cheryl Kingham
Special To The Press
Local Girl Scout troops gathered together at the Arcata Veteran’s Hall in early January for their annual Cookie Rally to prepare for the new season of cookie sales coming to Humboldt.
The rally provided an opportunity for the girls to taste and learn about their cookie products, understand goal-setting and safety guidelines, and generally have fun together before the hard work begins.
The rally included a cookie booth relay race, cookie trivia contest, a “Bling” your cookie wagon demonstration, role playing, cookie tasting, and crafts including making cookie display trays from boxes.
The Girl Scout Cookie program is the largest girl-led business in the country where girls earn money for their troop at the same time as they learn five essential skills: decision making, money management, goal setting, people skills, and business ethics.
Girl Scout cookies not only taste good, but their sale creates great opportunities for girls to become confident and learn about financial literacy.
The money earned from selling the eight types of cookies also provides funds for service projects, learning programs, and fees for camps and memberships. A portion of the $4 per box cost of the cookies stays with the troop selling the cookies and the rest of the profits stay in the local Council area to fund programs serving Girl Scouts throughout Northern California.
The varieties of cookies being offered is the same as last year including the popular Thin Mints, Samoas, and Tagalong peanut butter patties. The other cookies available are the Lemon Chalet, Do-si-Do crunchy peanut butter sandwich, Dulce de Leche, Trefoil shortbread cookies, and the newest variety Thank You Berry Munch.
Starting Feb. 11, girls can pass out order cards to friends, families, and businesses and by Feb. 18, girls should have cookies to take around neighborhoods to sell on the spot. Public booth sales held in front of local stores will not begin until Feb. 26 and then will run through the month of March.
The Girl Scout Gift of Caring project is a community service initiative where customers can purchase Girl Scout cookies that are donated to local food banks or to our military troops. Ask for more information about this program at booths or wherever you see a Girl Scout selling cookies.
This March is the 99th anniversary of the founding of Girl Scouts in the United States and a display about the organization will be set up in the lobby of the McKinleyville Library during the month. A tea party for Girl Scout Alumni is being arranged for March 12 with the location and time still to be determined. If you were ever a Girl Scout, please contact Elaine Reed at 839-2288 so that you can be included in the invitation for that event.
If you are interested in becoming a Troop leader, Girl Scout volunteer, or have a daughter interested in Girl Scouts, please contact the Eureka Program Office at 443-6641. Details about cookie booth locations and times will be announced in late February.
From the Feb. 9, 2011 edition. To read all the articles, SUBSCRIBE,
By Daniel Mintz
Press Staff Writer
What’s the use of making plans for the year 2050, some might say, but at a community workshop in Eureka they were told that future visions can inform near-future policymaking.
A community visioning project known as Imagine Humboldt! wrapped up its initial series of workshops with one at Eureka’s Wharfinger Building on Feb. 2. About 50 residents were asked to look ahead 40 years, when population here is expected to increase by 24,500 people, and offer their ideas on how to plan for housing, transportation, natural resources and other needs.
Funded by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and carried out by the multi-jurisdictional Humboldt County Association of Governments, the project taps community opinions on the direction the county should follow as it grows.
“This should give us the ability to track progress,” said meeting facilitator Kathleen Moxon. “It should allow us to watch decisions as they’re being made and really judge whether those decisions are taking us toward the vision we all created together or potentially veering off, away from that vision.”
Moxon emphasized that Imagine Humboldt! is not a conventional planning process and “lacks force of law.” She described the goal of the project as “trying to create a vision that will influence policy decision-makers,”
Online surveys at http://www.imaginehumboldt.com will include more people than the workshops can, Moxon added.
Later, workshop participants jotted their ideas on various planning topics on post-it notes and discussed them. Answering a question about the relevance of long-range visioning, Moxon pointed out that transformational projects can take a long time to develop.
“Infrastructure takes a long time and we’ve got to do the best we can to put things in motion that create viable communities that people want to live in,” she said.
Another audience member asked about Caltrans’ influence. Caltrans Planner Leishara Ward said her agency is only providing funding. And she told the audience that the true value of looking ahead to 2050 has more to do with the present tense than the future.
“The process has been more beneficial to the regions than even the data that they’re finding, because of the conversations that they’re having,” she said. Ward added that the various cities and areas of the county are becoming more aware of community desires and “they’re trying to address what they’re hearing.”
The Planwest Partners consulting firm is coordinating the project and based on the content of the workshops and surveys, it will create “future scenarios” and describe their impacts.
Residents will consider those scenarios and comment on them in a second round of community workshops.
The preferences of audience members were gauged in an electronic voting process. Multiple choice questions were asked and responses were logged using hand-held electronic gadgets.
Economic development was voted as the highest priority for the future. Improving “connectivity” via trials, public transit and sidewalks was voted as the most important way to improve mobility.
Asked to assess the county’s performance in planning for the future, most people – 51 percent – said it’s been “poor.”