Volunteer Connection
In This Issue
Our Very Own Headed to GSUSA
Special 9/11 Commemoration
Houston, We Have a Party
Upcoming Programs
Save the Date -- Camporee
Shop News
Get Connected!
Dates to Remember
Early Bird Deadline for 52nd National Council Session and Convention
August 31

Girl Scout Shop & Resource Center begin School Year Hours
September 1

Princess Please
September 3

Me & Self-esteem
September 10

Special 9/11 Commemoration
September 11

Come & Take It
September 24

September 24

On-time Registration Deadline
September 30

The Great Escape
Adult Volunteer Weekend
November 4-6

52nd National Council Session and Convention
November 8-13

100th Anniversary Camporee
May 18-20, 2012

Girl Scouts Rock the Mall Sing-a-Long
June 9, 2012

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52nd National Convention


August 26, 2011

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Our Very Own Headed to GSUSA      

Anna with girlsGSUSA announced Wednesday, August 24 that our very own
Eagle 1, Anna Maria Chávez, has been appointed to the top post of the iconic organization. She is set to officially assume her new role at the Girl Scouts National Council Session/52nd Convention in November.

Board Chair, Jackie Gorman-Johnson commented, "This is a bittersweet day for us in Southwest Texas. We are fortunate to have benefited from Anna's visionary leadership and now look forward to watching how she will impact Girl Scouting on a, not only national, but global scale."

From newspaper articles to radio interviews to CNN, and more, this honorable news has spread far and wide, rapidly. Click on the links below to read just a few of the stories:

The Huffington Post, August 24
The Wall Street Journal, August 24
San Antonio Express-News, August 25
The Arizona Republic, August 25

GSSWT is quite proud of Anna and all that she has done for girls locally -- and we know she'll do even bigger and better things for girls across the nation!

Special Commemoration on the
10th Anniversary of 9/11  

The entire world changed 10 years ago when terrorists attacked our nation, and we lost thousands of American lives in New York, Washington DC and Pennsylvania. To honor the lives that were lost and to honor those who continue to serve us by protecting our freedoms around the globe, everyone is invited to a special commemoration on the 10th Anniversary of what we all now know as 9/11.

GSSWT invites all its members, families, and friends to join the observance, which will be held at Alamo Plaza, on the morning of Sunday, September 11, from 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. The commemoration is open to the public, and all are welcome. Read more here ...

Houston, We Have a Party! 

The 52nd National Council Session and Convention will be here before you know it and you are not going to want to miss out on a thing!

Get your registration in before the early bird deadline of Wednesday, August 31! Register now


GSUSA has an action-packed agenda for the convention to kick off our next 100 years in Girl Scouting, including a History Conference, speakers and entertainers, unforgettable learning experiences and -- of course -- celebrations of our many accomplishments. Please check out the latest updates on GSSWT's website here.

Questions? Contact Kayla Rice (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 227).

2011 National Council Session
Upcoming Program Fun for Everyone!
Princess Please -- Saturday, September 3
Pamper up Girl Scouts -- this program will have you enjoying a day of relaxation. Bring your robe and explore ways to help you feel better -- inside and out! Learn how to care for your hair, skin, and face, too.This program is for Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors and will be held at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Saturday, September 3. Get all the details and register form here. Volunteer opportunities are also available -- contact Denise Aguilar (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 243).

Me & Self-esteem -- Saturday, September 10

Are you ready to rumble...?! Join us, with your adult female (18 yrs+), for this exciting workshop -- complete with pre-game activities facilitated by the San Antonio Silver Stars! Includes a parking pass and  ticket for girl and adult to the game (vs. Washington), too! This program is open to all girls in grades 2-8 and non-Girl Scouts are welcome! Me & Self-Esteem will be held at the AT&T Center Saturday, September 10 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. (game time is 7:00 p.m.). Get all the details and register form here. Questions? Contact Laura Cabaniss (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 279).

Come and Take it -- Saturday, September 24

Surely you remember the Alamo, but do you remember Gonzales and the battle cry, "Come and Take It"? Take a journey in history and experience the historic atmosphere of the battle.This program is for all Girl Scout families and friends and will be held at the Confederate Square in Gonzales from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Get all the details and registration form here. Questions? Contact Ashton McDowell (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 296).

ZumbAtomic -- September 24

Join us for this series (a six-week program) for a fantastic dance party! Learn fitness dances, play games, and more! This program is for Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes and will be held weekly at Miss Kelly's Zumba in Seguin. Get all the details and registration form here. Questions? Contact Ashton McDowell (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 296).
Save the Date -- 

100th Anniversary Camporee

In 2012, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas will celebrate the national Girl Scout 100th anniversary with a Camporee May 18-20 at Camp La Jita in Utopia.

Bring the family and enjoy tent camping, horses, fishing, swimming, canoeing, archery, and more at this beautiful camp in the Texas Hill Country. Authentic chuck wagon dinner and campfire will be a part of the fun, too!

Mark the date on your calendar today!

Volunteer opportunities will be available -- interested? Contact Girl Scout Volunteer Yvonne Newton or Outdoor Program Manager Becky Jennings.
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