Girl Scouts meet Albion village officials, police officers to promote cookie season

Provided photos: Girl Scouts from Albion are pictured with Albion police officers Will Francis, Chris Glogowski and Gary Van Wyke.

Posted 10 March 2020 at 12:17 pm

Press Release, Girl Scouts of Western New York 

ALBION – Girl Scouts of Western New York Troops 82007 and 82261 visited Albion Mayor Eileen Banker and other Village Board members last week to kick off the start of their cookie booth season.

The Girl Scouts met the mayor, along with Village Trustees Stanley Farone, Gary Katsanis and Peter Sidari to talk about how their local government works and to share insights into their own cookie sales.

Mayor Banker explained how the village makes decisions and operates, including the roles of certain departments like the Department of Public Works or the caretaking of places like Mount Albion Cemetery. The girls asked questions about changing laws, the difference between a village and a town, and how elections work.

Albion Village Board members discussed local government with the Scouts. The board members pictured include Trustee Gary Katsanis,  Trustee Peter Sidari, Mayor Eileen Banker and Trustee Stan Farone.

The Girl Scouts explained to the mayor and trustees that they sell cookies because it helps to build skills like being able to get more comfortable talking to people and counting money to make change, and that cookie sales also fund activities like travel trips, going camping, attending Girl Scout programs, or working on community service projects.

Everyone in attendance also took part in a cookie sampling with top choices being Peanut Butter Patties, Thin Mints and Lemonades.

Will Francis gives this scout a tour of the police station.

After the meeting, the troop went around the corner to the village police station. The officers took the girls on a tour of the station and then showed them the inside of one of the police vehicles including all the gear they carry with them.

The Girl Scouts were also able to try on some of the police SWAT gear and were surprised at the weight. They also saw some of the equipment the officers use such as handcuffs and helmets with communication devices built into them. The girls brought some cookies as a gift and the officers also purchased additional cookies.

Girl Scout cookie season ends March 29. To learn more about Girl Scouts or to find a cookie booth, visit

The Girl Scouts were given a chance to sit in a patrol vehicle.

About Girl Scouts of Western New York

Girl Scouts of Western New York (GSWNY) serves nearly 15,000 girls and over 6,000 adult volunteers across the GSWNY jurisdiction, including Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties. The council’s administrative service centers are located in Batavia, Buffalo, Jamestown, Lockport, Niagara Falls, and Rochester.

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