Volunteer Connection
In This Issue
The Best of the Best
Association Meetings
2011 Girl Scout Cookie Program
Thinking Day
Pathways Guides
Ready, Set, Adventure!
New Equipment
Save the Date!
Offices Closed
Shop News
Get Connected!
Dates to Remember 
GSSWT Offices Closed
January 17

MLK March
January 17

Association Meetings
January 18-25

SeaWorld San Antonio
Cookie Rally
January 22

destinations Aps due
January 31

Thinking Day

February 22

2011 Annual Meeting
April 30

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January 14, 2011

Welcome to the Volunteer Connection E-newsletter!
Here you'll find timely information about programs, adult learning opportunities, and other general news to keep you connected to GSSWT! Volunteer Connection will be sent weekly every Friday. Stay in the know and keep an eye on your inbox for great Girl Scout information!
The Best of the Best!

Congratulations to Gina Thompson, the Best of the Best Award Winner for 2010!G Thompson

In 2010, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas implemented a staff award program to recognize staff members in the areas of customer service, commitment, flexibility, teamwork, leadership and creativity and innovation. At the end of each year, one staff member is named Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas Best of the Best.

We wish to congratulate Gina Thompson as being named the inaugural award winner for 2010. Gina was selected as the winner of the Excellence of Creativity and Innovation Award in January 2010 for her work in encouraging the use of technology in the membership department. Gina, as part of the SWTE (Staff Working Together Effectively) committee, was also instrumental in helping design the new organizational structure for the Membership, Volunteerism and Program (MVP) department. The new structure went live August 2 and Gina was promoted to the position of Director of Membership and Community Development. In this role, Gina has excelled in leading her team, many of them new to Girl Scouts, to many successes in her department. She works tirelessly to encourage staff to take Girl Scouts to the next level.  Gina is a true visionary and serves as an example of dedication, integrity and commitment to girls, staff, and volunteers.

Congratulations, Gina!

Winter 2011 Association Meetings,
January 18-28

GSSWT's Board of Directors and Association Chairs invite all girls 14 and older and adult members to attend association meetings to ensure your voice is heard in regards to influencing policy decisions. We encourage you to attend to be a part of the governance and organizational structure in Girl Scouts.
Please encourage all members age 14 years or older to attend and participate in this important process.

Click here for a complete schedule of association meeting dates and locations.
2011 Cookie Program -- Starting Today!
Starting Today graphicA World of Cookie Resources
During cookie season, girls will be learning firsthand the ins and outs of running their own cookie businesses. The countless exciting possibilities of tomorrow -- from new business opportunities to a healthier planet to a more beautiful world -- begin with the skills girls learn and the actions they take today. The tools are available to you as you guide your girls as they participate in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience through the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Visit and check out all of the cookie resources available to you at:
Little Brownie Bakers

Cookie Activities
There are new and exciting cookie activities developed for the 2011 cookie season! Share them with your girls -- you may want to participate in them all or select some. Watch the sales grow as girls set their goals high! A few of the cookie activities: "My Cookie Store" Booth Contest, Cookie Club, Cookie CEO University for Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors, 160+ Initial Cookie Order, Cookie Gold Award - Super Troops/Groups/Girls and much, much more! Don't miss out on some great activities -- check them out today!

Cookies at a Glance
January 1 -- Girls Began Taking Cookie Orders
January -- Orders Online
February 2-5 -- Initial Cookie Deliveries
February -- Independent Booth Sales
February 11-27 -- Council-sponsored Booth Sales
March -- End of Sale Paperwork
April -- Girl Recognitions Arrive

Girl Scout BrownieSamples for Check Out
Samples of the cookie prizes and cookie costumes are available for check out from the Resource Center. Call to reserve your set today (210-349-2404/ 1-800-580-7247 ext. 203). Once booth sales start, costumes are limited to one per troop, per booth. New this year, booth packets to help you manage your booth sales!
Thinking Day

Each year on February 22, Girl Scouts take time to think about theirWorld Thinking Day sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all over the world. This date was chosen because it was the birthday of both Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of Boy Scouting, and his wife, Lady Baden-Powell, who was World Chief Guide of the Girl Guide/Girl Scouts. It's a great time to help girls realize they are part of an international movement -- one of 145 countries with Girl Guides and Girl Scouts organizations -- and can increase international peace and understanding by learning about other cultures.

Find ideas of how to celebrate the day, international and cultural resources available at the Resource Center, and more by following this link!

Show Your Pride!
Remember, there's a participation patch available for purchase in the Girl Scout Shop! Girl Scout Daisies through Ambassadors can wear this fun patch on the back of the sash or vest.

Show your Girl Scout pride and wear your Girl Scout uniform or pins to school, work, or the grocery store on Tuesday, February 22 to celebrate World Thinking Day.

It's Your Story -- Share it! 

Help celebrate World Thinking Day by sharing your Girl Scout experience with someone new to Girl Scouting then invite them to join the organization.

Pathways Guides are here!

Pathways GuideIn the Pathways Guide (previously called the Program/Training Guide) programs are divided by Pathways (event, series, camp, and travel) More than 45 new programs have been added this year. Check out the NEW Spring 2011 Pathways Guide available online and at your monthly service unit meetings.



Great Programs Coming Soon!

Look for more program fun here!
Ready, Set, Adventure!

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity that could be a once in a lifetime experience. If you are between the ages of 11-17, you should check out destinations. These near or far travel opportunities range from seeing the birthplace of our founder to exploring Ireland. Click here for upcoming ops!

Hurry, applications are due January 31 to Erin Magee.

New for Volunteer Use
Through a generous gift from USAA, the Resource Center now has a brand new die cut machine for troop/volunteer use. The roller die cut machine features 96 different die cuts to choose from.

Adult volunteers (only) will be able to use the machine free of charge for Girl Scout use. You must provide your own paper to cut; a small supply of color paper will be available for purchase for a nominal fee.

The types of paper that can be used in the machine are:
  • lightweight paper
  • construction paper
  • laminated paper
  • cardstock
  • fun foam
Save the Date!
2011 Girl Scout National Council Session
The Girl Scout National Council Session brings together the diverse membership of the organization once every three years. The next national session will be held in Houston, Texas, November 10-13, 2011 and will kick-off the national celebration of Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary in 2012.

The National Council of Girl Scouts of the USA consists of delegates elected by Girl Scout councils, delegates representing USA Girl Scouts Overseas, members of the National Board of Directors and the National Nominating Committee, past presidents of Girl Scouts of the USA, and other persons who may be elected by the National Council. 

Delegates and alternates from our council will be elected at the Annual Meeting April 30, 2011. More information about the National Council Session will be published as it is received from GSUSA.

Get additional information here. Further questions can be directed to  Elizabeth Soto.
Girl Scout Leadership Institute
On November 10-13, 2011, more than 1,200 girls from across the nation will gather in Houston, Texas for the 2011 National Girl Scout Leadership Institute (GSLI): Leadership and Innovation...the Next 100 Years.

GSLI will be offered to girls 13 and older as an integrated track within the National Convention. GSLI will begin on Thursday morning and culminate on Sunday morning. GSLI participants will be included in the National Convention Opening Ceremony on Thursday evening as well as other scheduled events. When scheduling permits, girl delegates will be welcome to attend GSLI activities Thursday through Sunday. Limited space will be allotted to adult members who will serve as chaperones. 

Get further information and the interest form here.
GSSWT Offices Closed January 17
The Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center and all other GSSWT offices will be closed on Monday, January 17 in observance of Martin Luther King Day.
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Our vision is to be a high performing, girl-focused staff with the desire and skill set to provide the highest standard of support that enriches, empowers, and energizes the local Girl Scout Movement. In doing so, we create a lifetime of inspiration through Girl Scout experiences that are so relevant and inclusive every girl will want to be a part.