“Set a goal and don’t quit until you attain it. When you do attain it, set another goal, and don’t quit until you reach it. Never quit,” that was a quote from the late football coach Bear Bryant, and one young Woodbridge resident just proved his point.
Ana Fitzgerald, 8, a Brownie with Troop 60865 at Beecher Road School, just sold 1,300 boxes of Girl Scout cookies, well, actually it was 1,317 boxes, or 1,325 – I lost track.
Given the pandemic, Girl Scouts were not asked to sell door-to-door as previous generations have done, which always put Woodbridge Girl Scouts at a disadvantage. Instead, they passed on a link where potential customers could order their sweet treat and pay for it directly. But the delivery will be to her home, with Ana having to sort out the orders she collected.
Ana set herself a goal — 1,000 boxes — because she had researched the incentives offered up by the state Girl Scout organization. There were stuffed animals, pins and patches along the way. But that was not Ana’s goal. Her goal was to have lunch with the new CEO on May 22. “I have a lot of ideas,” she told her mom, ideas that she wants to take straight to the top.
Ana and her mom launched a campaign selling cookies. She made a list of family, friends and neighbors, both here and out-of-town, and hand-wrote a letter pitching her cookies. Every morning, before they each started their daily chores, they would have a meeting, checking their list and responses. People who didn’t want to buy cookies for themselves could also donate toward frontline workers and the military.
When she had reached the 1,000-box mark, she upped her goal to 1,300, which will earn her a free week of Girl Scout camp this summer. And her troop benefits as well, as a portion of the sales flows back to the local group.
The sales window closed at the end of January, but the job is not done. Now she is on to writing thank-you notes. Then there are 150 donations that she will get to distribute among charities of her choice. The first batch went to the Yale oncology group that is taking care of her grandma.
“It’s been a journey for her,” said her mom, Sheri Weidner. “It’s been a lesson in business as well as setting goals.”
By Bettina Thiel – Woodbridge Town News Correspondent