Volunteer Connection
In This Issue
It's Your Story -- Tell It!
100th Anniversary Updates
Fun Program for Everyone
Robotics Want You!
Most Delicious App Ever!
Doodle 4 Google
In the News
Tell Us!
Shop News
Get Connected!
Dates to Remember 
Application Deadline for National Council Delegates
February 8

Girl Scout Shop & Resource Center Open
February 12

Cupid's Cumbia at
El Progresso Hall

February 12

Thinking Day

February 22

Thin Mint Sprint
March 5

Recognizing Excellence Nominations due
March 31

2011 Annual Meeting
April 30

Charlotte's Web at Magik Theatre
April 30
Join Our List
Join Our Mailing List

February 4, 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!
It's Your Story -- Tell It!

It's Your Story -- Tell It!Girl Scouts of the USA and DoveŽ, the leading personal care brand, have partnered to deliver Girl Scout leadership and self-esteem programming to millions of girls nationwide and abroad with the latest Girl Scout leadership journey It's Your Story -- Tell It! It's Your Story -- Tell It! uses a storytelling theme in a fun and relevant way for girls to better understand themselves and their potential.

It's Your Story -- Tell It! also has a very comprehensive Web site that allows you to get involved in a number of awesome activities! It has quizzes and games, video examples and templates plus a whole lot more! 

Definitely check out the video of Navajo Storyteller, Geri Keams -- it's absolutely beautiful.


100th Anniversary -- Be a Part of History.

Deadlines Fast Approaching

There are numerous ways for adult volunteers and girls age 14 and older to participate in plans for Girl Scouts of the USA's 100th Anniversary. Currently, GSSWT is accepting applcations for Girl Champions to serve on the council's 100th Anniversary Steering Committee and for National Council delegates. Learn more about each opportunity below.


Girl Champions

Girl Scouts' 100th Anniversary is just around the corner and we are seeking help from the ones who make it all possible -- girls! Girls are asked to make a one- or two-year commitment on the 100th Anniversary Steering Committee as the Girl Champion for one of many sub-committees. Each girl's commitment will help to form the activities and events that will frame the 100th Anniversary.


If you know of a girl or girls in the 9th-12th grade, please encourage them to apply. Send in the completed application ASAP to Erin Magee.


National Council Delegates

Girl Scouts of the USA's National Convention brings together the diverse membership of the organization once every three years. The 52nd National Council Session and Convention will be held in nearby Houston November 10-13, 2011. 


The National Council Session in 2011 plays a critical role in deciding the future of Girl Scouting and GSSWT is committed to electing a delegation representative of its membership. 

All members of Girl Scouts, age 14 and above, are eligible to apply to serve as a National Council delegate. Elected National Council delegates will be involved in all aspects of the 52nd National Council Session and Convention and will have all travel and convention expenses paid for by GSSWT. Get more information at girlscouts-swtx.org/100.

If you are interested in serving as a National Council delegate, please complete the application and return it to the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center, Attn: Board Development Committee, no later than Tuesday, February 8, 2011.
Fun Program for Everyone

Don't miss these upcoming events!


Cupid's Cumbia -- Come to this family-friendly dance with a Valentine's day twist! Cupid's Cumbia is on Saturday, February 12 from 6:00 to 8 p.m. at El Progresso Hall (1306 Guadalupe Street San Antonio, TX, 78207). Current Girl Scout members or girls interested in registering to become a Girl Scout that evening are welcome to attend with their father or an equivalent adult-figure. Get more details here! 


Thin Mint Sprint -- Challenge yourself and your family to sign up for the Thin Mint Sprint, a fun 5K walk/run on Saturday, March 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon.  What an easy way to get fit after the holiday season -- no equipment needed. Get more details here!


Charlotte's Web at Magik Theatre -- Come see your favorite childhood story portrayed on the Magik Theatre stage during a special Girl Scout day on Saturday, April 30 at 2:00 p.m. This heartwarming tale is the story of childhood on the farm, and how the power of love can conquer anything. This event is for all Girl Scouts, families, and friends. Get more details here!


Robotics Want You!

Enjoy building things? Like to take things apart? Wonder how things work? Ever wanted to build a robot?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you should join Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas' Teen Robotics Teams!

Girls between the ages of 14 to 18 (grades 9-12) are wanted to join our team. This year we'll be competing in the US First FRC & FTC competition -- learn more here!

Questions? Contact Caroline Crosson, Robotics Team Volunteer (cell/text 210-632-3542).

The Most Delicious App Ever!

GSSWT is one of only 21 councils nationwide piloting a Girl Scout Cookie Locator app to better connect Girl Scouts and their cookiesMobile App Favorites to customers.


The free mobile app is available for AT&T iPhone and Android users from iTunes, Android Marketplace or by calling **GSCOOKIES from any Smartphone and has been named AT&T's "App of the Month" for February.  

The Cookie Locator app is an extention of the online Cookie Locator feature made possible by Little Brownie Bakers, and is connected to the booth scheduler in eBudde for real-time results. Features of the "most delicious app" allow customers to:

  • Find the Girl Scout cookie booth sale closest to your GPS location or by zip code or city and state
  • Choose the times you want to shop
  • Map you way to the nearest Girl Scout cookie booth sale
  • Add the sale day to your calendar
  • Discover your cookie personality and tell the world about it
  • Share sale locations and more with friends on Facebook, Twitter and e-mail

Download the app today, and be sure to pass it on!

Doodle 4 Google

Doodle 4 GoogleGirl Scouts of the USA has partnered with the fourth annual Doodle 4 Google contest.

Open to K-12 students in the U.S., Doodle 4 Google is an opportunity of a lifetime: to design the Google.com homepage doodle for millions to see, and while you're at it, take home a $15,000 scholarship and a $25,000 technology grant for your school.

In the spirit of thinking big, the theme this year is "What I'd like to do someday..." For an optional doodle party kit tailored to Girl Scouts (intro letter, flyer, awards certificate) look here.

Last year, it was reported that a Girl Scout finalist was in the Doodle 4 Google contest.

Girl Scouts in the News

Girl Scouts are doing great things. Check out your sister Girl Scouts who are making news.


Congrats to Girl Scout volunteer Charlotte Rowe and her troop at West Avenue Elementary for receiving the Superintendent Award from Northeast ISD for their efforts in beautifying the campus. Read more here.


The new Girl Scout Cookie Locator App made news on News 4 WOAI, WOAI AM 1200 and KABB Fox San Antonio.


Have news to share? Tell Us! using the new feature at girlscouts-swtx.org.

Tell Us! Button now on Web site

Tell Us!GSSWT's Web site has a new feature just for you -- the Tell Us! button!


This is the place for you to share your ideas, constructive suggestions, compliments, or concerns about anything that relates to your involvement in Girl Scouts.

So please, Tell Us! Click here or on the button above to share now.

Girl Scout Shop News
It's Your Story

Click on the graphic above to find detailed information about the Girl Scout Shop ... or to shop online!!
Get Connected! 
Find us on Facebook    Follow us on Twitter   My SA blog  Tell Us!  Constant Contact
GSSWT's Vision Statement
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.