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Brownies turn cookies into orchestra support
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Brownie Troop 30197 donated to the Effingham Community Orchestra. From left to right, front row: Jenna Wells, Piper Vickery, Emily Jarriel, Mary Surber, Skie Crowe and Cayden Fleming; back row, orchestra director, Andrea Huff, board members Ken Beale, Melissa Miles, Jennifer Ricks, Susie Farless and Brownie troop leader, Angela Surber. Brownies not pictured who also worked on the project are Alynah Jonas, Angelina Pena, Emaline Anderson, Heather Lee, Kayli Brinks and Sammi Hanovich. - photo by Photo provided

Girl Scout Brownie Troop No. 30197 made a very special visit to Effingham Community Orchestra’s May 1 rehearsal. They arrived to complete a mission they had been working on since the beginning of their cookie sale campaign.

Some of the troop’s girls and families had attended the orchestra’s December 2010 Holiday concert.

At the concert, they learned that the orchestra depends totally upon musician contributions and community donations for their existence. They were impressed by that fact.

Shortly after the concert, the troop members cast their votes to determine which charity they would like to give part of the profits from their 201l cookie sale campaign. Effingham Community Orchestra was one of their vote winners.

With this mission in mind, the girls and family members worked harder than ever selling their cookies. On May 1, they presented to Effingham Community Orchestra a check for $600 which placed them in the Maestro’s Circle of the “Friends of the Orchestra Sponsors.”

For more information on the Effingham Community Orchestra, visit