Volunteer Connection
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Recognizing Excellence Staff Award Nominations due
On-time Registration
It's Big & I'ts Green!
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

 Fall Association Meetings
September 20-27

On-time Registration Deadline
September 30

Leap, Beam & Tumble
October 8

Young Women's Leadership Symposium
October 15

Mobile Leadership Center Traveling to 11 Counties

The Great Escape
Adult Volunteer Weekend
November 4-6

52nd National Council Session and Convention
November 8-13
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September 23, 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!
REMINDER -- Recognizing Excellence Staff Award Nominations due Friday, September 30
The Recognizing Excellence staff awards will award up to six staff members each quarter in one of the following categories: customer service, commitment, flexibility, teamwork, leadership, and creativity and innovation.
Nominations from staff and volunteers for the third quarter will be accepted through Friday, September 30 for awards presented in October 2011. A group of board members will select the award recipients each quarter. At the end of the year, one staff member will be selected as GSSWT's Best of the Best.
Read about previous award recipients and nominate a staff member 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

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 October 17-22.

Come explore the MLC when it comes to your town! Volunteers are needed to help with launch week activities -- 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).
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

Who Should Take GS 101? 

All new volunteers are required to take GS 101 and existing volunteers are encouraged to take it to understand the latest on the new national program resources and safety-activity checkpoints.


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!

Leap, Beam & Tumble -- Saturday, October 8 

Leap into an exciting day at Powerhouse Gymnastics and experience the fundamentals of gymnastics! Tumble your way through a tumble track, trampoline, vault, and a double mini. Challenge yourself on a balance beam or even climb a rope. All activities are supervised by USA Gymnastics safety certified coaches. This program is for Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors and will be held Saturday, October 8 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Get all details here.


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

On behalf of the Texas Diversity Council, all girls in 8-10 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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Monday-Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Friday: 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Second Saturday: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 

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