Volunteer Connection
In This Issue
The Early Bird gets the Patch!
Program Fun
Volunteers Needed
100th Anniversary Fun
Girl Scouts Do Great Things
Girl Scouts in the News
Tell Us!
Shop News
Get Connected!
Dates to Remember
Celebrations 2011
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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May 20, 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!

The Early Bird gets the Patch!   

The 2011-2012 Early Bird registration deadline is Thurs., June 16. Outcome Surveys and Troop Financial Reports are also due June 16.

Early Bird is a term used for re-registering 2010-2011 members for the upcoming new membership year 2011-2012.

Early Bird PatchFor each girl or adult form turned in on or before June 16, 25 cents will be given to the service unit. And, new this year, patches will be given to troops and individuals at the time of early bird registration!

Are you eligible for Product Sales Incentives? Learn more here!

Program Fun! 

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) 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.  

Volunteers Needed for Program  

Adult volunteers are needed to assist in delivery of the flash-tastic Girl Scout program, Click-Snap-Pose Tuesday, June 7!

Interested? Contact Denise Aguilar (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247
ext. 243).


Rita's on the RiverGSSWT is happy to announce that Rita's on the River has joined the LocalSteals Campaign Club -- a site that provides subscribers with amazing discounts of up to 90 percent at local restaurants, theaters, sporting events and much more!


From Friday, May 20 to Monday, May 23, Rita's on the River will donate 10 percent of the profits to Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas from any purchases made by anyone referred by our organization! Get the steal here! 

Thank you, Brandy Montalvo of Connally Service Unit for supporting Girl Scouts!

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

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.   

Girl Scouts Do Great Things

May 11 -- Girl Scout Junior Troop 506

Girl Scout Junior Troop 506 made and delivered 17 "no sew" blankets to the Cancer Therapy and Research Center (CTRC) using their nut and cookie program proceeds for their Girl Scout Bronze Award project.


The girls wanted to pick a project that helped children, and the CTRC offered a perfect opportunity since it treats children who have cancer.


Troop 506 is happy knowing that each patient gets to pick out a blanket to use during treatment. The blankets are given to the child and/or family when treatment is completed.

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

Girl Scouts in the News

May 18 -- Mitchell Lake Audubon Center Honors Girl Scout Troop 1222
Girl Scout Troop 1222 created a visual art exhibit, Leave the Lake Cleaner than You Found It, for their Girl Scout Silver Award project. Read about it here!

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 5:30 a.m. Saturday (5/21) to Fox 29 or 5:30 a.m. Sunday (5/22) to CW 35 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.

May 28 -- Girl Scout Cookies to be featured on Food Network's "Unwrapped"!!

Ever wonder how Girl Scout Samoa cookies are made?  Well now's your chance to see it all!  Tune in to the Food Network's "Unwrapped" Saturday, May 28 at 8:00 p.m. local time. Get all the scoop on how we make those delicious yummy cookies!

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

Girl Scout Shop News 

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

Please note that the Girl Scout Shop and Resource Center will be closed July 11-22 and will reopen Monday, July 25.

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.
  • 2nd Saturday -- 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. 
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GSSWT's Vision Statement
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.