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Call to Action
San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame
The Best Party in Town!
Be a Justine R.E.A.L. Girl!
Ways to Help Sister Girl Scouts in Japan
Fun Family Programs
Volunteers Needed
Birdies for Girl Scouts!
Tell Us!
Shop News
Get Connected!
Dates to Remember 
 SA 2020 Report Release March 19

Deadline to purchase
Green Urban Adventure tickets
March 22

Deadline to purchase tickets for Inductee Ceremony for
San Antonio Women's
Hall of Fame

March 22

Inductee Ceremony for
San Antonio Women's
Hall of Fame
March 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 &
Volunteer Recognition
April 30

Celebrations 2011
May 22

Memorial Day

(GSSWT Offices Closed)
May 30

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Spring 2011 Catalog

March 18, 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!

Call to Action for ALL Girl Scouts --

Tomorrow, Saturday, March 19

SA2020The City of San Antonio has embarked on a lengthy process to develop a strategic plan for the community. SA
is a four-to six-month community-wide visioning process that launched in September 2010. The final report will be officially released for public review and comment on Saturday, March 19 from 11:00 a.m. to noon at UTSA's downtown campus. GSSWT and CEO, Anna Maria Chávez (aka Eagle1) would love to have a TON of Girl Scouts present in uniform for this historic event.

Please consider gathering your troops and/or other Girl Scout families to attend this event to show the community that the leadership skills girl's develop through participation in Girl Scouts is essential to the continued prosperity of our community.

Learn more about SA 2020 and RSVP for the event on March 19 here. FREE BBQ lunch to follow!

Questions? Contact Stephanie Finleon, Chief Communications Officer (210-349-2404 ext. 230). 
Our Very Own Inducted into
San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame

TrefoilAnna Maria Chávez, GSSWT CEO has been invited as a
Spring 2011 Inductee 

For her "leadership contributions in the San Antonio metropolitan area" and the assistance "given to other women as they learn and grow in their community contributions," Anna Maria Chávez will be inducted into the San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame.


Join us to honor and congratulate Anna Maria Chávez on this well-deserved recognition -- Saturday, March 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Club at Sonterra, 901 Sonterra Boulevard, San Antonio, 78258.


Individual tickets are $40/person and can be purchased by mailing a check to SAWHOF, PO Box 461104, SA, TX 78246 by Tues., March 22. 

What fabulous item will you bid on?!
Green Urban Adventure Badge Bash -- Friday, March 25

The first-ever Green Urban Adventure takes place on Fri., March 25 at the Red Berry Mansion! The FUNdraiser benefits GSSWT and will bring together the community, Girl Scout alumnae, and Girl Scout supporters for an evening of fun. Tickets to the adult-only (21 & up) event cost $100/person.

Fabulous silent auction items to bid on include:

Delectable food stations spread throughout the mansion as well as the grounds to tempt your tastebuds include:

  • Cochinita Pivil -- Pulled pork served over mini corn tortillas accompanied by diced onion and cilantro, roasted tomato salsa, and lime wedges
  • Campfire Chicken Diablo Lollipops -- marinated chicken breast strips filled with poblano pepper and pepper jack cheese wrapped with bacon, grilled to perfection and drizzled with raspberry chipotle sauce 
  • Mediterranean Slider Bar -- Mediterranean beef sliders served with sundried tomato aioli and crab cake sliders served with cucumber dill sauce
  • and more! 
You don't want to miss this exciting, adventurous, and delectable event! Ticket purchase deadline extended to Tuesday, March 22! Purchase tickets and read more about this event here! 

Call to Service Units

As previously offered for the Great Girl Scout Cookie Concoction, service units can participate in the silent auction by donating a themed basket to the Green Urban Adventure Silent Auction! Fifty percent of the sale price of the auction basket will be returned to the service unit!

Baskets are due by 12 noon, Tuesday, March 22. Is your service unit interested?  Contact Toni Kyle (210-349-2404 ext. 248). 

Be a Justine R.E.A.L. Girl --
deadline is Friday, March 25! 


GSUSA Announces Ways to Help
Sister Girl Scouts in Japan 

We are devastated by the catastrophe in Japan and, on a personal level, are deeply concerned about our sisters there, the Girl Scouts of Japan.


USA Girl Scouts Overseas has served American military and civilian families in Japan for many years, and has extremely close ties with Girl Scouts of Japan. In fact, many of our overseas troops and Girl Scouts of Japan are sister troops.  We have received many calls from Girl Scouts around the country asking how to help and are happy to report that the policy that prohibits Girl Scouts from raising money for other organizations has been temporarily suspended.


To contribute to earthquake and tsunami relief efforts, you can make an online donation to the newly established Girl Scouts of Japan Relief Efforts. At times like these, Girl Scouts throughout the world come together in sisterhood to help those in need. We have seen our Movement rally in support of the victims of Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters over the years, and will continue to do everything we can to help our sister Girls Scouts of Japan in the weeks and months ahead.


Make checks payable to Girl Scouts of the USA:

Girl Scouts of the USA-Fund Development


P.O. Box 5046

New York, NY  10087-5046

Memo: Girl Scouts of Japan relief efforts 



Girls are also encouraged to send expressions of friendship to their sister Girl Scouts in Japan by making origami cranes (Sadako). For instructions, see YouTube videos. The Girl Scouts of Japan made and mailed thousands of these cranes to the United States as an expression of peace and friendship after the September 11th tragedy.


Mail cranes to:

USAGSO - West Pacific



Unit 45005

APO, AP 96343-5005  










Fun Family Programs

Wildflower Hike -- April 2

Grab the family and get to Jackson Nature Park near Stockdale to take a wildflower hike and see these beautiful flowers that color the fields and roadsides up close! Remember to bring your camera! Click here for more details.  


Rampage Night with Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas -- April 10

Get in on the fun with $12 tickets, and you'll get lower level seating, a pre-game skate, hot dog, chips, drink, and a fun patch! Click here for more details.


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! Get further details now

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).
Deadline to donate Birdies is April 12!

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

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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Click on the graphic above to find detailed information about the Girl Scout Shop ... or to shop online!!  
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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.