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In This Issue
Eagle 1 Soars to New Heights Farewell Party
Special 9/11 Commemoration
Ways to Help Sister Girl Scouts
Fall Association Meetings
On-time Registration
Upcoming Programs
Houston, We Have a Party
Girl Scout Do Great Things
Shop News
Get Connected!
Dates to Remember
 Girl Scout Shop & Resource Center open School Year Hours
Now-May 31

Special 9/11 Commemoration
September 11

Eagle 1 Soars to New Heights Farewell Party
September 17

Fall Association Meetings
September 20-27

Razzle-Dazzle Accessorize
September 23

It's All in the Numbers
September 24

On-time Registration Deadline
September 30

Young Women's Leadership Symposium
October 15

The Great Escape
Adult Volunteer Weekend
November 4-6

52nd National Council Session and Convention
November 8-13
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September 9, 2011

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Eagle 1 Soars to New Heights Farewell Party  

Eagle 1 Farewell Party

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. Girl Scout Ambassador and Gold Award recipient, Jessica Clayton, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance at the ceremony. All Girl Scouts attending are asked to wear the official uniform or their vast/sash over Sunday-best attire. The commemoration is open to the public, and all are welcome. Read more here ...

Ways to Help Sister Girl Scouts   

Wildfires spreading all over the state of Texas have already burned more than 3,582,000 acres. The fires have been particularly severe due to the ongoing drought, and exacerbated by strong winds, unseasonably warm temperatures and low humidity. Our thoughts go out to all those who are affected by these wildfires.

Here are a few ways you can help:

Fall Association Meetings to be held September 20-27    

It's that time of year again -- Fall Association Meetings are right around the corner! GSSWT's Board of Directors and Association Chairs invite all girls 14 and older and adult members to attend your association meetings to ensure your voice is heard in regards to influencing policy decisions.

We encourage you to attend to be a part of the governance and organizational structure in Girl Scouts. Members will receive updates regarding:
  • Membership
  • The Board of Directors 
  • Important information on the council's new fiscal year 
  • 100th Anniversary  
A special presentation will also be conducted by each association's national convention delegate to inform, update, and receive feedback to be used at the 2011 National Convention.

In addition, we are anticipating a special visitor at each association meeting. She is mobile, green, full of resources, and BIG. Can you guess?!

Get dates, times, and locations here.
Did You Miss Early Bird Registration?
Not a problem! Take advantage of this opportunity to get the most out of the membership year. On-time Registration ensures a quality Girl Scout experience all year long!

To qualify for On-time Registration, turn in membership forms and dues between September 1-30, 2011 and receive a unique Just in Time patch (limited quantities, while supplies last)!

Learn more about On-time and get your patch order form here.


Questions? Contact your GO Team Recruitment Specialist by email or phone (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247).

Pink GO Team -- Annalissa L. Franco, ext. 252

Purple GO Team --Devon McLaughlin, ext. 294 

Blue GO Team --  Kassaundra Escalera, ext. 291 

Orange GO Team -- Morgan Weber, ext. 245 

Yellow GO Team -- Kayla Rice, ext. 227

Upcoming Program Fun for Everyone!
Razzle-Dazzle Accessorize -- Friday, September 23
Fall season is upon us -- time to style it up! At Razzle-Dazzle Accessorize learn how to be your own fashionista. Trends come and go, but accessories are the key-create your own with a variety of different materials. This program is for Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes and will be held 6:00-8:30 p.m., Friday, September 23 at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center.

Get all the details and registration form here.

It's All in the Numbers -- Saturday, September 24

They say money doesn't grow on trees -- so let's discover how much things really cost. By using your math skills, you'll learn about financial literacy at this number-crunching program. This program is for Girl Scout Cadettes and will be held 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Saturday, September 24 at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center.

Get all the details and registration form here.



2011 Greater San Antonio Young Women's
Leadership Symposium -- October 15 

On behalf of the Texas Diversity Council, all girls in 8th-10th grades are invited to the 2011 Greater San Antonio Young Women's Leadership Symposium.

This FREE symposium is slated for Saturday, October 15 from 7:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the University of Texas San Antonio 1604 campus.

This event will be a half-day of mentoring and interaction between young ladies and caring, accomplished business women. The 2010 event proved to be motivating and impactful for the attendees, and this year's event should be even better!

Get the application and draft agenda 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!

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 and travel packages offered on GSSWT's website here.

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

2011 National Council Session

Girl Scouts Do Great Things!  

Troop 1237After two years of hard work -- mixed with loads of fun -- St. Peter Prince of the Apostles Girl Scout Junior Troop 1237 of Alamo Heights Service Unit rewarded themselves with a trip to Washington, D.C. this past June.

From learning civic responsibilities to accomplishing several service projects to achieving some major awards -- including the Girl Scout Bronze Award and the I Live My Faith Award -- Troop 1237 worked hard to earn the funds for their adventure to D.C. -- and received much support from their parish community. But they didn't keep all the earned monies for their own trip. The girls shared some of what they earned with Catholic Relief Services and the American Red Cross for relief in Haiti; with the March of Dimes to help in preventing birth defects; with Elf Louise to promote Christmas cheer among the community's less fortunate; and with Jayden's Challenge to combat bullying among kids.

While in D.C., the girls visited monumentsTroop 1237 and museums and created memories to last a lifetime. The highlight of the trip? Meeting Congressman Charlie Gonzalez and bridging from Girl Scout Juniors to Girl Scout Cadettes on the steps of the Capitol! WOW!

Troop 1237, GSSWT commends you on your efforts to help others and all that you learned along the way. We are so glad you enjoyed your well-deserved trip -- and congratulations on an unforgettable bridging ceremony!

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