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Cub Scout is top popcorn seller

Staff reports

Jeff Lambin, 9-year-old Webelos Cub Scout with Pack 409 of Gardnerville, started out with a simple goal, which was to be top seller of popcorn in his pack. He not only accomplished his simple goal, but also went on to be the top seller in all of Northern Nevada.

A resident of Gardnerville, Jeff attends 4th grade at Minden Elementary School. He is in his fourth year of scouting and sold $2,900 of Trails End popcorn to residents and businesses throughout Gardnerville and Minden.

Without realizing all of the benefits of his efforts, Jeff earned a pair of Reebok athletic shoes and was entered in the Trails End Scholarship program. He also earned a gift certificate which he will use at the scouting store. The prize he is most proud of is a football autographed by Steve Young of the San francisco 49ers.

“I went with my mom and dad,” Jeff said, “and my sister Rachael and brother John-Henry kept me company as we went ringing doorbells. My first goal was to sell $1,000 of popcorn, then I wanted to completely fill one order form, then I wanted to fill two order forms.

“I went to one office building and met Shep Curtis, the founder of Pack 409, who told me he would be awarding a special prize to the top seller of the pack.”

During the past four years, Pack 409 was the top seller in the Pinenut District. Jeff helped to make it five years in a row and also to be the first Cub Scout from Pack 409 to win first prize for the Northern Nevada council.

Jeff said, “I met a man, John Raker, while selling door to door, and he helped me by telling me to tell my mom to wait at the curb and I should do all the talking, because this was my sale, not hers. So with those words, she stayed at the curb and I did all the talking. My sales improved and I earned the confidence to do it on my own. A few doors down, I learned that that man was another pack’s leader, and not only did he give me great advice, but he bought popcorn from me.”

Notes for selling and working to be the best is to believe in your product, always be sincere, always go with an adult, and don’t be discouraged when people say “no,” be positive and go on. You will have more people who say “yes” than “no.”

When Jeff heard that he was top seller in not only the ack and district, but council, too, he was in the Chicago area at his grandfather’s funeral.

“This one’s for my grandpa. He always taught me that if you want something real bad, go out and work for it,” Jeff said, adding he wants to thank his dad for delivering most of his orders during his stay with his grandmother and thanks to everyone who brought from him.