Volunteer Connection
In This Issue
Eagle 1 Soars to New Heights Farewell Party
Fall Association Meetings
It's Big & I'ts Green!
Ways to Help Sister Girl Scouts
On-time Registration
What's New in Adult Development?
Upcoming Programs
Houston, We Have a Party
Shop News
Get Connected!
Dates to Remember
 Girl Scout Shop & Resource Center open School Year Hours
Now-May 31

Eagle 1 Soars to New Heights Farewell Party
September 17

Fall Association Meetings
September 20-27

 
It's All in the Numbers
September 24

On-time Registration Deadline
September 30

Young Women's Leadership Symposium
October 15

Mobile Leadership Center Traveling to 11 Counties
October

The Great Escape
Adult Volunteer Weekend
November 4-6

52nd National Council Session and Convention
November 8-13
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September 16, 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!

Eagle 1 Soars to New Heights Farewell Party  

Eagle 1 Farewell Party

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.

It's Big & It's Green!    

It's the all new, jam-packed, resource on wheels -- the Girl Scout Mobile Leadership Center! The MLC will be traveling to 11 counties in six days during Launch Week in October.

Come explore the MLC when it comes to your town! Volunteers are needed to help with launch week activities -- and be one of the first 15 adult volunteers to sign up and receive an exclusive FREE Mobile Leadership Center T-shirt and special lapel pin!

Get the schedule, details, and volunteer form here!

Questions? Contact Cathy Noll (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext.261).

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:
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

What's New in Adult Development?
Girl Scouting 101, a 45-minute self-paced online orientation to Girl Scouting, will be available to new and existing volunteers beginning October 1.

Girl Scouting 101 (GS 101) replaces the existing three online sessions. This new training is intended for all volunteers, no matter which pathway they enter. GS 101 covers not only the basics of Girl Scouting, but the next steps for our volunteers to go through. These steps include:
  • About Girl Scouts
  • Ways to Participate
  • What Girl Scouts Do
  • the Mission, Promise and Law
  • Girl Scout Cookies
  • Staying Safe
  • Ages and Stages: What Girl Scouts Are Like, and
  • What's Next

GS 101 not only has the most up-to-date material for volunteers, but it flows better with the adult Journey guide and Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting. To access this new and exciting feature, click here (password: GS101).

 

Questions? Contact Adult Learning.
Upcoming Program Fun for Everyone!

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
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