This community we’re part of [Foreign Service] is all about networking and sharing… sharing information, advice, comments, experiences… In sharing, we all become stronger, and able to keep moving forward! 😮 That said, I’m now sharing some information learned from The Dinoia Family‘s Blog, about this year’s Girls Scout Cookies Initiative, involving a couple of other very active ladies [and their daughters!] from the FS community – definitely, a great one! And I’m very grateful for the opportunity to be sharing their initiative and efforts! 😮
Quoted from The Dinoia Family’s blog:
“Yep…it’s cookie time!
Girl Scout cookies are back and we are on those orders! In fact, this year, we are working together with Jill and Riley to spread the cookie goodness far and wide throughout the Foreign Service. We have made it terribly easy to enjoy those once-a-year treats that you buy en masse because they are so darn yummy (and ship well!).
To make it easy, I have copied the “how to” from Jill’s blog. Follow these simple instructions and you, too, could be enjoying those cookies very soon! And now…Spanish homework is calling again…
Want cookies? Read the excerpt from Jill’s post below and just follow the instructions!
First and foremost, we don’t want to step on anyone’s toes, so our joint efforts are focused on providing Girl Scout Cookies solely to our Foreign Service friends overseas, where we can ship to an APO/FPO/DPO or pouch address. If you are our family members or personal friends and want to buy from us rather than from the little girlies who are SURE to knock on your door sometime in the next few months, that’s great too. But we’ll take care of you outside of this joint venture.Just like the last few years, the cookies are only $4 / box … with all your favorites returning!
- Thin Mints
- Thank You Berry Munch
- Dulce de Leche
- Savannah SmilesHere’s how to order:1) Attempt to narrow down how many boxes you want (versus how many boxes your eyes and stomach want.)2) Send an email to DSforGS@yahoo.com by Friday, January 18th, with …* Your Name* Your Post* Your Address* Exactly how many of each kind you’d like3) When the cookies come in, send us your payment via paypal, and we’ll get them out to you ASAP. We’ll send you an email invoice letting you know your totals.It’s THAT simple.We will be shipping the cookies in the USPS Flat Rate boxes. The current APO/FPO rate is $13.45 for a 12″ x 12″ x 5 1/2″ box … and we can fit 8 boxes of cookies in them. And as an incentive … you pay the first $10 / box, and we’ll pick up the rest!A wee bit of additional information …** If you are at a post overseas, pass along this information to any of your friends. We would LOVE to outfit your entire Consulate or Embassy.** Consider combining orders with your friends to help reduce shipping costs.** Between the two families, our girls sold over 1100 boxes of cookies to 50+ countries during the last two years to FS personnel.** We set up the DSforGS@yahoo.com email address so that we could make it easy to get more cookies shipped out to more places. If you know either of us personally and want our daughters to send out your cookies – no worries. Just say so in your email. Otherwise, we have divided up the world behind the scenes so that all you need to do is send in your order, and let us take care of the rest!Now what are you waiting for? Happy ordering!”
4 thoughts on “It’s [Girls Scout] Cookie time! [Sharing information from The Dinoia Family]”
You’re more than welcome! I share the info with our CLO here, who is also one of the Girls Scouts leaders… she said it’s necessary to check into our post’s particular rules for pouching… something in regards to not being allowed to pouch items that would generate profit… Let’s see! 😮 Thanks for the initiative!
Hi! Just to be totally clear, this in no way generates profit. The only way to buy Girl Scout cookies is from a Girl Scout. We are merely offering the opportunity to purchase cookies to those with legitimate access to the APO/FPO/DPO/pouch systems, as we know that most overseas troops don’t sell cookies. We are not making a profit, in fact, both Jill and I lose money (from our wallets) on the shipping. However, we do it because we know what it’s like to be overseas and want that *taste of home!*
If your CLO has any questions, please have her write me directly at jdinoia(at)yahoo(dot)com. The only way it would go against pouch rules would be if someone resold them at post and we would not ship them out if we knew someone was doing that. These are personal purchases, just like one would buy from Amazon.com or Target.com. One of us has been doing this for 3 years now and this year I believe we are shipping to at least 30+ embassies and/or consulates.
Again, please feel free to have her contact me, I assure you (especially as the spouse of a DS agent), this is abosolutely allowed and goes against nothing in the FAM or any other rules set up. We are still taking orders and likely will be for a few weeks.
Thanks again for spreading the word!
Thank you very much, Jen! I totally understand, and I guess, our CLO, although also part of a Girls Scouts group in the US, was unsure about our rules here, regarding pouching… we’ll get it all straighten up, and I’ll have her contact you – thank you so much for making yourself available! Greetings from La Paz! 😮