Volunteer Connection
In This Issue
Girl Scout Voices
Volunteer Spotlight
Be a Part of the 100th!
Fun Family Programs
Go Green Contest
Save the Dates
Volunteers Needed
Birdies for Girl Scouts!
Teen Updates
Tell Us!
Shop News
Get Connected!
Dates to Remember 
100th Anniversary
Steering Committee Mtg
March 7
Girl Scout Week
March 6-12
Girl Scout Night with the San Antonio Spurs
March 11

Girl Scout Birthday
March 12

Go Green Contest Submission Deadline

March 15
Green Urban Adventure
March 25

GSSWT Facilitator's Conference
March 25 & 26

Recognizing Excellence Nominations due
March 31

Ambassador Bridging to Adult Ceremony
April 10

Birdies for Charity
Donations Due
April 12

Staff Development Mtg (GSSWT Offices Closed)
April 13

Battle of Flowers Holiday
(GSSWT Offices Closed)
April 15
Leader Appreciation Day
April 22

Annual Meeting
April 30

Celebrations 2011
May 22

Memorial Day

(GSSWT Offices Closed)
May 30

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March 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!
Girl Scout Voices

The older girls get,

the less they like being girls.                

(Girl Scout Research Institute, 2010)


Girl Scouts learned this from the Girl Scout Voices survey. Knowing information like this helps Girl Scouts create programming targeted to help girls where they need it most-like self-esteem. It's one of the 15 promises we've made to girls.

Participating in research studies is an important part of helping make Girl Scouts better for girls and volunteers. Thank you for returning GSSWT outcome surveys each year!

Here is a special opportunity to participate in a national study about Girl Scouts and Academic Success.

Calling all Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes!

We need YOU to tell us about your experiences in Girl Scouting, at school and in the community. This is a special invitation to participate in an exciting national research project that helps GSSWT  and GSUSA make connections between all parts of girls' lives.

GSSWT is one of only twelve councils participating in this study, which is coordinated by the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI). If you have any questions, please contact Lea Rosenauer, Chief Administrative Officer (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 224).

Sign up here to participate -- do so by March 21 and get your chance to win 1 of 10 gift cards worth $100 each. 

[Note: If you are under 13, you will need your parents' permission to sign up. So, be sure to visit the Girl Scout Voices with an adult.] 

Girl Scout Research Institute, 2010

Volunteer Spotlight -- Lisa Alexander
LAlexanderSouth Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS) nurse, and Girl Scout volunteer, Lisa Alexander, RN, MSN, was named one of just six recipients of the Secretary's Award for Excellence in nursing and Advancement of Nursing Programs.

Alexander was recognized in the Registered Nurse, Staff Role category for her outstanding work as part of the Care Coordination Home Telehealth (CCHT) team. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki (photo, left) presented the award at VA Headquarters in Washington, DC, June 30.

Read the rest of the article on page 3 in the Healthier Living for Texas Veterans, Summer 2010 magazine.
As a girl, Alexander was a Girl Scout for 10 years and a recipient of the Fille du Monde Award in Missouri. She's been a Girl Scout volunteer for six years and currently serves as Bandera Service Unit's Outdoor Consultant.

Congratulations, Lisa!
Reminder -- Be a Part of the 100th!

100th Bloom 

100th Anniversary
Committee Meeting 

Monday, March 7 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Sally Cheever Girl Scout

Leadership Center

811 N Coker Loop, San Antonio, 78216  


Anyone and everyone is invited to join the 100th Anniversary Committee for a meeting of the masses. Take on a lead role or simply agree to help with a bit of the grand plans. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Carole Wood (210-403-1551/1-800-580-7247 ext. 211).

Fun Family Programs

Disney on Ice presents Disney Pixar Toy Story 3 --
April 20-24

Save $5 on tickets for groups of 15 or more. Every Girl Scout in the group will receive a FREE special commemorative patch! Toy Story 3, the record-breaking summer blockbuster, is so hot it's cool as everyone's favorite toys take to the ice in Disney On Ice presents Disney Pixar's Toy Story 3, a brand-new live ice spectacular produced by Feld Entertainment. An award-winning creative team and a cast of world-class skaters are bringing Woody, the pull-string cowboy; space ranger Buzz Lightyear; Jessie, the yodeling cowgirl; and the rest of the gang to the Alamodome just for you! Get further details now

CPS Energy's Go Green Contest!

GoGreenCPS Energy invites Girl Scouts to take part in its Go Green Video Contest. Just tell them your energy-efficiency story and take your shot at winning a free iPad as well as four tickets to CPS Energy's Go Green Night at the San Antonio Spurs game on April 6 versus the Sacramento Kings. All you have to do is grab a camera, share your story on video and post it to YouTube. Get all the contest details here! Hurry, the submission deadline is March 15!

Once CPS Energy posts your video on its Go Green Contest channel, you'll automatically be enrolled in the contest. Viewers will vote on the videos by clicking "Like" next to their favorite video. The three videos with the most "Likes" will go before a panel of judges that will choose the winner. It's easy, so pick up that video camera or smart phone and tell CPS Energy your story!
Save the Dates
Green Urban Adventure Badge Bash -- Friday, March 25
The first-ever Green Urban Adventure takes place on March 25 at the Red Berry Mansion located near the AT&T Center in San Antonio. The FUNdraiser benefits GSSWT and will bring together the community, Girl Scout alumnae, and Girl Scout supporters for an evening of fun. This opportunity to invest in girls will be flowing with food, music, dancing, fun patches, and a silent auction. Tickets to the adult-only event cost $100/person. Read more about this unique event here.

2011 Facilitators Conference - It's Our Story, Share It!

The 2011 Facilitators Conference will be held on Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26, 2011 at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center. All facilitators are invited to join in a weekend of fellowship, food and fun. Cost is $25/person. Get further details here

Volunteers Needed for Programs
Adult volunteers are needed to assist in delivery of fabulous Girl Scout program: Interested? Contact Denise Aguilar (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247
ext. 243).
Birdies for Girl Scouts!

Birdies for CharityGirl Scouts of Southwest Texas is again participating in Golf San Antonio's Birdies for Charity program.


Birdies for Charity is designed to allow participating organizations to generate contributions through the annual Valero Texas Open. When you donate through Birdies for Charity, 100% of your gift comes to GSSWT and makes us eligible for additional funds through the Golf San Antonio grant program.


Deadline for donations is Tuesday, April 12. Get more details and donation form here

Important Updates for Teens 

Ambassador Bridging to Adult Ceremony

All graduating Girl Scout Ambassadors are invited to this very special bridging to adults ceremony hosted by the Order of the Silver Trefoil on Sunday, April 10, 2011. Look for more details to come.

Celebrations 2011

All girls who earn the Girl Scout Silver Award, Girl Scout Gold Award, Presidential Volunteer Service Award, and scholarship recipients are invited to the Celebrations Award Ceremony to be held Sunday, May 22, 2011 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


Invitations will be going out shortly to all girls who have completed their Gold Award (final project paperwork was due in December 2010) and all girls who have completed their Silver Award projects (final paperwork is due April 15, 2011.)


Silver Award Recipients -- Have your girls/troop recently completed the Silver Award (after May 2010)? Be sure to be included in the special invitation list. Please e-mail Dawn Williams or call 210-349-2404, ext. 212. If your girls/troop have completed a project and submitted paperwork, GSSWT does not want to miss honoring their accomplishments.

WAGGGS 34th World Conference

WAGGGSOur very own Anna Maria Chávez, GSSWT CEO, has been invited to attend the 34th World Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom in July. 


The conference will be an opportunity for WAGGGS to report on progress made toward achieving its Strategic Plan, but also to celebrate the centenary of international Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting.


Anna is the only council CEO to join the United States' delegation to the World Conference, and we are very excited that GSSWT will be represented at this global event. 

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.  

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