Volunteer Connection
In This Issue
Meeting Reminders
Ways to Help Sister Girl Scouts in Japan
Girl Scout Voices
Girl Scouts in the News
Fun Family Programs
Nominations Due March 31
Tell Us!
Shop News
Get Connected!
Dates to Remember 
Toyota 5K Run/Walk
for Japan Relief Efforts
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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March 25, 2011

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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!

Delegate Briefing Meetings and
Annual Meeting & Volunteer Recognition Event Reminder 

Delegate Briefing Meetings 

In preparation for the 2011 Annual Meeting, Delegate Briefing meetings will be held as follows:


Monday, March 28 

Flight of the Mariposa will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Del Rio Girl Scout House, 304 9th St., Del Rio, 78840 


Missions Trail and Star Gazers will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Avenida Guadalupe Girl Scout Center, 1410 Guadalupe, Ste. 102, San Antonio, 78207.


Tuesday, March 29 

Bluebonnet, Key to the Hills, Northeast Wildflowers, Sunrise, and Wild, Wild Northwest will meet at 7:00 p.m. at Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center, 811 N Coker Loop, San Antonio, 78216  


Annual Meeting & Volunteer Recognition Event --

Saturday, April 30

The 2011 GSSWT Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition Luncheon will be held Saturday, April 30 at the Norris Conference Center at 4522 Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio, 78201.


The board of directors voted to move the Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition to the last Saturday in April 2011 due to Mother's Day falling on the first weekend in May. 


Get all the details and the registration form here

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


Origami Cranes 

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


Operation Backpacks for Japan: Kids Helping Kids!

The Scouts of Camp Zama, Japan are organizing this operation to help provide comfort and a message of love to the kids of Japan who have recently lost everything. These comfort backpacks can contain anything from small games to tissues to non-perishable snacks, and more. See the complete details here.  


A Journey of 1,000,000,000 Pennies to Japan

Elisabeth, a Girl Scout Daisy, is learning lessons in charity, empathy and math. She has decided to start on a journey to try to collect one million pennies, by her birthday in April, to be donated to the Girl Scouts of Japan to aid in their relief efforts. Read more and learn how to donate your pennies here.


Toyota to Host 5K Run/Walk

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas is hosting a 5K run/walk for the entire community in an effort to help the families and communities in Japan. The run/walk will be held:

Saturday, March 26

Registration, 7:30 a.m. | 5K starts, 9:00 a.m.

Toyota Plant, 1 Lone Star Pass, San Antonio, 78264

Click here to register.


Donations will be accepted, and all proceeds will go to the American Red Cross relief efforts. A recommended donation is $20 for adults and $10 for children under 16. If you cannot participate but would like to give, please click here. 

Girl Scout Voices --
Special Invitation for Juniors & Cadettes

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

[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 Scouts in the News
Buick Achievers

On Monday, March 21, Gamma Sigma Girls, SAISD, and Generation TX hosted John Montford, chairman of the General Motors Foundation, at Café College when he was in San Antonio to roll out the Buick Achievers program. 

This $4.5 million-a-year national scholarship program will focus on needy, first-generation students who are interested in the automotive industry.
Our very own Gamma Sigma Girl, Karla, was the first to complete an online application for this brand new scholarship program! Learn more about the scholarship program and apply online here.

The historic event was attended by state leaders in education and the business community. Former Spur Sean Elliot and wife Claudia Zapata Elliot concluded the announcement with inspiring words for the more than 500 SAISD students in attendance.


The San Antonio Express-News, KABB Fox 29, KENS 5, and Univision KWEX 41 covered the event. Click on the links below to read more. 


Read the entire San Antonio Express-News story here

Read a complete overview of the fabulous program by the SAISD Foundation here
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 -- 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.


Brownie Try-It Day 2011 -- April 16 

Participate in fun activities for only $12/girl and earn three try-its: Dancersize, Making Music, and Special Language!  Click here for more details

Reminder -- Recognizing Excellence Staff Awards due March 31

The Recognizing Excellence staff awards will award up to six staff members each quarter in one of the following categories: customer service, commitment, flexibility, teamwork, leadership, and creativity and innovation.


Nominations from staff and volunteers for the first quarter will be accepted through March 31 for awards presented in April 2011. A group of board members, led by CEO Anna Maria Chávez will select the award recipients each quarter. At the end of the year, one staff member will be selected as GSSWT's Best of the Best.
Read about previous award recipients and nominate a staff member here!  

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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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