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Letters to The Platteville Journal for April 16
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Where cookie sales go

In February and March, the community said yes to Girl Scouts when Badgerland Girl Scouts asked you to buy cookies and support their Cookie Program goals.

Did you know your simple business transaction with a Girl Scout is also helping her to build a lifetime of real world skills? The girls have a lot of fun selling cookies but they’re also gaining important skills including money management, decision making, goal setting, business ethics and improved communication with others.

Here’s an example of how one local Girl Scout Daisy put those new skills into action. She planned a visit to talk to her local VFW about getting cookie donations to send to military troops. Her Girl Scout troop had decided to donate extra cookies to locally deployed troops and she figured the VFW would be a natural audience. According to her leader, the Girl Scout wrote her own speech and was very polite; she even told her audience that she got to stay up past her bedtime to talk with them about Girl Scouts. That sealed it! She received donations for three cases of cookies to send to our military.

There is so much more than cookies in those boxes ... there’s opportunity. Opportunity to grow and learn, and opportunity to make the world a better place! A Brownie troop leader shared with me that her girls went into the Cookie Program with the goal of “truly embracing what it means to be a Girl Scout.” This amazing volunteer said, “What we did differently was let the cookies sell themselves and, instead, sold what it meant to be a Girl Scout ... helping load groceries, getting someone a cart, telling everyone to have a nice day, thanking those who already bought for supporting Girl Scouts, introducing ourselves to other Girl Scouts and telling them congratulations on doing a great job, thanking parents of Girl Scouts for supporting us, smiling, saying hello and shaking people’s hands by being pleasant greeters ... just simply paying it forward.” This is what the Cookie Program supports.

All funds earned stay local. Each troop determines how to spend their cookie profits and many plan to spend their earnings to travel together and experience camp together. And they’ll be investing some of those dollars back into the community. Many troops use cookie dollars to complete community service projects like planting gardens, buying food for animals in shelters, and giving small gifts for nursing home residents. Individually, Girl Scouts decide how to spend her own cookie proceeds. This year, many Badgerland Girl Scouts plan to pay their way to summer camp using cookie earnings. In 2014, 30 Badgerland Girl Scouts sold at least 2014 boxes of cookies and earned a trip for herself and favorite adult to Disney World! What a tremendous achievement!

Because you said yes to a Girl Scout this year, Badgerland Girl Scouts sold more than 1,427,412 boxes of cookies in six weeks, a record-breaking year. Cookie-buyers understand the value of investing in Girl Scouts and know that their purchase is an investment in a girl’s future. Can a box of cookies change the world? We think so! After all, girls who grow up in Girl Scouts go on to great achievements as adults. According to the Alumnae Impact Study, conducted by the Girl Scout Research Institute, 70 percent of professional women, two-thirds of female Congressional leaders and virtually every female astronaut are Girl Scout alums. Girl Scouts matters to our community, to our country, and indeed the world.
Girl Scouting works in our community because of selfless volunteers. The thousands of Girl Scout cookie families and volunteers dedicated countless hours made the 2014 Cookie Program an overwhelming success. Together, we will get her there!

By saying yes to Girl Scout cookies you are giving girls in our community the opportunity to learn, grow, and become a leader who can change the world. Because that’s what Girl Scouting is — a place where girls gain courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place. That mission is accomplished, in part, with your support of the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

Marci Henderson
CEO, Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Badgerland Council

Fire department help

We want to express our extreme gratitude to the many firefighters and related emergency responders who seemed to materialize from nowhere Friday afternoon when a fire got out of control west of Livingston.

Moving quickly up and out from a rather remote spot on the Upper Platte River, and fanned by variable, at times speedy winds across dry grasslands and woodlands, the flames rapidly exceeded our four-person group’s limited ability to head off its spread.

We were thankful to hear sirens in the distance, hoping they were headed in our direction as we struggled.

Firefighters started showing up, a few at first, and then growing to what seemed like 60 or 70, all with varied and useful equipment to fight a fire in rugged, remote terrain. A plane started circling overhead to help direct the efforts. EMT’s had medical trucks standing at the ready. Smiling women from the Livingston Friendly Place Convenience Store showed up with sandwiches and water to nourish all. (“The firefighters follow the fires. We follow the firefighters,” one said.)

A few hours later, the fire was brought under control, smoldering spots doused while the winds died, evening came on and the humidity rose. Night settled and all was quiet.

We were told that firefighters from Livingston, Rewey, Platteville, Montfort, and Fennimore were there, along with the Department of Natural Resources, Grant County Sheriff’s Department and contractors with bulldozers. There were likely more. We also don’t know who made the initial emergency call, for which we were very grateful.

A remarkable coordinated effort came forth quickly “out in the middle of nowhere.” Our sincere appreciation to these volunteers, professionals and the communities who support them.

Warren and Sharon Gaskill, Glenn Chambliss, Brent Haglund

Don’t forget Porter

As someone born and raised in Platteville, I enjoyed reading your Etc. column April 2 and your praise of Bo Ryan and his success with the UW–Platteville basketball team.

I would like to add to your comment about Division 3 players, “...and obviously no National Basketball Association future”: Terry Porter played basketball for UW–Stevens Point and in 1985 was drafted 24th by the Portland Trail Blazers. He had a 10-year distinguished career with the Blazers before playing on other teams.

Jack Stephenson
Beaverton, Ore.


More on Bo

Please accept my deepest appreciation for the articles on the Final Four and Bo’s days at UW–Platteville. I am a Platteville native and UWP Class of ’64 graduate and witnessed/partook of all you described during the 1990s. I lived in Cinti at the time and knew Bo well — went to Springfield and Buffalo and had a blizzard enroute back.

I have been in Peoria 20 years. My former husband taught at Bradley, but didn’t get tenure, so he moved to Middle Tennessee State and I remained (BU hoops are not quite the same, though we whipped them in November 2008, which was after my heart valve repair). I continue to be a fanatic and come to UWP for games/banquets, and assisted at the scoring table prior to Bo’s departure to UW–Milwaukee.

I am an original booster as was my wonderful mom, Zelma Schuldt, who passed in October 2007. Yes, Dick Brockman was the editor for eons and actually wrote article for The Platteville Journal ... he passed so tragically last year.
I read through articles as my neighbor saves — to keep current with both good and bad. UWP is not my hometown college now — I hardly recognize when I come back to attend games, etc. and have family property by Middle School for 100 years, and I often feel that myself.

Mom was on the school board with Mr. Brockman, but I didn’t know the family well ... they worked so hard.

Thank you again for your attitude — in Peoria I always mention UWP hoops and people tend to say “Bears” — they did their thing and brought many southern and others here.

Carolyn Schuldt
Platteville High School Class of 1960,
UW–Platteville Class of 1964

From Platteville to ...

Last month my wife and I attended all-day air show at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demo team was featured. You can imagine how proud we were to hear the announcement that one of the pilots was a young lady, Maj. Caroline Jensen, from Platteville.

We have some familiarity with the F-16 since one of our sons flew the airplane when he was with the Wisconsin Air National Guard based in Madison, and now a Delta Airlines pilot. The F-16 is a fabulous airplane and these pilots flew with such precision. The crowd was in awe. Everyone owes a debt to these pilots and all personnel in the service of our country and as a community, Platteville can be proud of Maj. Jensen.

Another person to acknowledge is Bo Ryan, who led UW–Platteville to four basketball titles and is now making his name in UW annals.

A toast to these individuals. They make Wisconsin proud.

Richard Helstad
Oconto Falls

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