To the editor:

The annual Girl Scout cookie sale is over for another year. One thing is for sure. Utah Girl Scouts know how to sell cookies. And Utah communities know how to buy them.On behalf of the more than 7,500 girls who participated in this year's sale - representing 850 Girl Scout troops - I want to thank the people of Utah. We sold 984,612 boxes of cookies, a record-breaking high. The enthusiasm of our girls - including Brownies as first-time sellers - coupled with your terrific support, produced a 37 percent sale increase over last year.

The success story continues year-round through challenging Girl Scout program activities funded by the cookie sale. The cookie sale is just one powerful example of what can be accomplished in a successful girl-adult partnership.

There is more to it than selling cookies. The girls cultivate a sense of responsibility and marketing and money-management skills while they earn activity credits for Girl Scout program opportunities. The leaders commit themselves to caring about Utah's future enough to help nurture the skills girls need today to be resourceful citizens in Utah's communities of tomorrow. And the cookie consumers receive great cookies and a good feeling about the Girl Scout opportunities they are helping to provide for over 14,000 Utah girls annually.

As a Girl Scout volunteer of many years, I know first-hand the worthwhile benefits of being part of this program. Being appreciated is one of them. It feels good to be thanked. If you know a Girl Scout volunteer in your neighborhood, at work, within your social circles, thank her, thank him.

Pam Russell

Volunteer Cookie chairwoman

Utah Girl Scout Council