Volunteer Connection
In This Issue
College T-shirt Day!
Two Free Tickets
STEM in the Community
100th Anniversary Fun
Helping Sister Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts in the News
Tell Us!
Shop News
Get Connected!
Dates to Remember
Girl Scout Shop Open
(9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)
May 14

College T-shirt Day
May 20

Celebrations 2011

May 22

Art of Sound Family Concert
May 22

Memorial Day

(GSSWT Offices Closed)
May 30

Shop and
Resource Center
Summer Hours begin

June 1

Discount Deadline for 100th Travel
June 1

C/S/A Leadership Workshop
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 13, 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!

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

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

Program Fun! 

Art of Sound Family Concert, Sunday, May 22 -- The San Antonio Symphony is offering Girl Scout families and troop leaders two free tickets to the Sunday, May 22 family concert, additional tickets may be purchased for $4/each. A limited number of seats are available and orders will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. 


To receive your free tickets, send your name, address, city, state, zip, phone number, and email address to tickets@sasymphony.org. Tickets will be held at Laurie Auditorium box office at Will Call on the afternoon of the performance and can be picked up after 12:00 p.m. Deadline to respond is 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 18. The free ticket limit is up to two tickets. Call Karen Cramer (210-554-1066) to purchase additional tickets at $4/each.



Cadette/Senior/Ambassador Leadership Workshop, Wednesday, June 1 -- Learn what older girl opportunities await you in Girl Scouts! Join us at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center (AT&T Rooms) on Wednesday, June 1 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to learn more about exclusive Girl Scout opportunities just for you! Here is just a sample of what is to come:

  • International & U.S. travel opportunities
  • New age-specific programming
  • Silver & Gold Award tips from a pro
  • Scholarship opportunities (who doesn't like free money for college?!) 

Snacks and refreshments to be served during the workshop, so come ready to veg out and enjoy this unique experience!

Please RSVP by Friday, May 27 to Morgan Weber (210-349-2404/

1-800-580-7247, ext. 245).



Summer Travel Fun -- Summertime is right around the corner, and it's time to head out on the highway and take a trip! Fantastic travel opportunities are available this summer --  Under the Sea (Corpus Christi), Good Ol' Texas Time (Houston), and Dino's of Fun (Glen Rose). Hurry, you don't want miss your chance to explore fun destinations during your summer break!


Check out our Calendar of Programs/Events for more information or contact Denise Aguilar.  

STEM in the Community 

Celebration of Innovation

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Academy held the Celebration of Innovation event on May 5 at their campus at Robert E. Lee High School (Jackson Nimitz Service Unit).  


Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas was lucky enough to be the only outside organization invited to participate in the monumental event to showcase the different innovation and technology inspired activities we have through our Valero STEM Initiative.


STEMGirls ages 14-17 participated together with Yellow GO Team Program Specialist, Delia Lira to build a Trebuchet out of an assortment of odd materials such as pencils, straws, yarn, rubber bands etc. When asked what her favorite part of the activity was one participant said, "I really liked working with girls I had never met before. I'm very excited to make new friends."


Big thanks to STEM Academy Director, David Bordelon and his faculty and staff for their support and invitation to this event!   

Celebrate National Girl Scouts
100th anniversary with us
in a variety of ways! 

Teen Travel -- savings deadline extended


Save $150 off each 2012 travel opportunity through Wednesday, June 1. 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!

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).

Forever Green -- recycling efforts

The Forever Green Committee invites troops to participate in the pouch  brigade with TerraCycle. Start collecting your Capri Sun or Honest Kids drink pouches and for every pouch collected, TerraCycle will donate 2˘ to GSSWT for the 2012 Forever Green projects. Fantastic prizes will be awarded to top troops.


Have fun this summer and quench your thirst with icy pouch drinks -- and then collect them all!! For more information, visit the Forever Green Web page or contact Mary Martha LeBlanc.


100th Anniversary Committees

Eight committees have been formed to help celebrate Girl Scouts 100th anniversary: Brand, Funding, History, Alumnae, Fiesta, Council-wide Event, Camporee, and Forever Green. Join the fun and be a part of making history! Get all the details here.   

How to Help Sister Girl Scouts in
Tornado-hit Areas

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.

Girl Scouts in the News 

May 12 -- Ursula Pari's Evolution

Check out Ursula Pari's, KSAT 12 News Anchor, evolution and story on healthy media images for girls that aired Thursday, May 12 on KSAT 12!

Ursula Pari's Evolution 


April 28 -- Gonzales Girl Scouts Participate in Horse Clinic

Independence Trails Service Unit Girl Scouts were treated to a fun horse care clinic at their weekly troop meeting! Read the story in The Gonzales Cannon.

Reminder! 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!

Have news to share? Tell Us! your story!Tell Us!  

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.  

Girl Scout Shop News

Shop News

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

Summer Hours to Begin June 1

Please note that summer hours begin Wednesday, June 1 (and continue through August 31):
  • Monday-Wednesday -- 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday -- 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
  • Friday -- 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. 
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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.