Volunteer Connection
In This Issue
Recognizing Excellence
Helping Sister Girl Scouts
College T-shirt Day!
Volunteers Needed
100th Travel Ops
Save the Date
Girl Scouts in the News
Tell Us!
Shop News
Get Connected!
Dates to Remember
College T-shirt Day
May 20

Celebrations 2011

May 22

Memorial Day

(GSSWT Offices Closed)
May 30

Discount Deadline for 100th Travel
June 1

Early Bird Registration Deadline
June 16

Recognizing Excellence Nominations due
June 30

The Great Escape
Adult Volunteer Weekend
November 4-6
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Spring 2011 Catalog

May 6, 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!

Recognizing Excellence Awards

In 2010, for the first-time ever, a staff award program was created, Recognizing Excellence. Just as GSSWT recognizes its valuable volunteers, there are awesome staff members much deserving of recognition as well.

The April 2011 awardee was Denise Aguilar, Excellence of Flexibility

Read more about Denise here!

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 next quarter will be accepted now through June 30 for awards presented in July 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. 

Be sure to keep an eye out for staff doing something right! Get the Recognizing Excellence nomination form here!

How to Help Sister Girl Scouts in
Tornado-hit Areas

Sister Girl Scouts across the southern states have been tragically affected by the severe storm system that tore through the region last week.  


Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama has suffered significant damage in 31 of their 37 counties. Trish Coghlan, CEO, reports that one Girl Scout lost her life and countless members of the extended Girl Scout family have suffered significant loss. They will not know the full impact until power and communication lines are restored throughout their jurisdiction.


Girl Scouts of the USA encourages those who would like to donate money or collect funds to do so with respected national charities that focus on disaster relief including the Red Cross and the Salvation Army.


You can also visit the North-Central Alabama website for more details.


At times like these, Girl Scouts 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 communities in the weeks and months ahead.

Mayor Castro Announces Friday, May 20
as College T-shirt Day! 

Beginning Monday, May 16, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro is kicking off College Week with a press conference to announce various events, including College T-shirt Day on Friday, May 20. Learn more here... 

Volunteers Needed for Program  

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).

Planning to travel with Girl Scouts to celebrate the 100th anniversary?! 

Savings deadline extended!


Save $150 off each 2012 travel opportunity through Wednesday, June 1. People are already registering, so don't miss your chance to travel to these fantastic destinations to join the fun and celebrate Girl Scouts turning 100:


  • Savannah, Georgia to discover Girl Scouts' birthplace
  • Washington, DC to raise your voice and participate in a sing-a-long at the mall
  • and cross the seas to visit Europe and our sister Girl Scouts from across the world!

Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime chance to celebrate Girl Scouts' 100th anniversary by traveling the world! Girls, adults, and alumnae are all invited to join in the fun. Cookie credits and Fall Product Sales earnings may be used towards the cost of trip(s). 


Questions? Contact Erin Magee (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 237).

Save the Date! 

All adult volunteers (18+) with an eye on the future should save the date of November 4-6, 2011 for The Great Escape weekend at Camp La Jita! More information to come.  

Girl Scouts in the News 

April 21 -- Girl Scouts Names New CFO 

GSSWT welcomes Angela Alvarado as its new Chief Financial Officer. Read more about Angela in the San Antonio Business Journal.


April 28 -- Gold Award Project Benefits Thompsonville Community Center 

Girl Scout Hannah Kincaid -- Independence Trails Service Unit -- wanted to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award -- and chose to do so by replacing the tables under the main pavilion at The Thompsonville Community Center for her project! Read her story in The Gonzales Cannon and The Gonzales Inquirer

April 29 -- Be Fit with Friends

GSSWT's Be Fit with Friends (BFF) partnership with UTHSCSA was highlighted as one of three programs getting kids moving this summer. Read more about BFF in the San Antonio Express-News and HSC News. Are your Girl Scouts interested in participating in BFF? If so, contact Candace Wright (210-349-2404, ext. 288).

May 21 & 22 -- Tune in to Focus on South Texas
Focus on South Texas -- aired on KABB Fox 29 and sister station CW 35 -- is a weekend public affairs show hosted by Girl Scout alumna Mileka Lincoln. Tune in on Saturday (5/21) or Sunday (5/22) to hear from special guests Anna Chávez (GSSWT CEO), Jackie Gorman-Johnson (GSSWT Board Chair) and Maddie Nelson (Girl Scout Ambassador and Gold Award recipient). Don't miss the special segment on Healthy Media Images for Girls with Anna and special guest April Ancira. Check your local listings for showtimes!

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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 stories, 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!!

The Girl Scout Shop is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the second Saturday of each month:

May 14                 September 10

June 11                October 8

July 9                   November 12

August 13             December 10 

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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.