Volunteer Connection
In This Issue
Recognizing Excellence Staff Award Nominations due
Be On-Time Today!
Go Play in the Street
It's Big & I'ts Green!
The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting
Upcoming Programs
Only 42 Days until the Party
Dedicate a Flower
Shop News
Get Connected!
Dates to Remember
 Girl Scout Shop & Resource Center open School Year Hours
Now-May 31

Recognizing Excellence Staff Award
nominations due
September 30

On-time Registration Deadline
September 30

Go Play in the Street
October 2

Leap, Beam & Tumble
October 8

Young Women's Leadership Symposium
October 15

I'm Diggin' It
October 22

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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52nd National Convention


September 30, 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 -- Nominations due Today!
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!
Be On-Time -- Deadline Today!
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

Go Play in the Street Sunday, October 2! 

Bring the family to Siclovia Sunday, October 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Broadway from Brackenridge Park to McCullough.

Siclovia is San Antonio's newest family adventure to increase activity -- it's free, it's fun, and it's not a race! Friendly dogs on leashes, bikes, skates, skateboards, walkers, runners, wheelchairs are all welcome.

Fun to include a women's roller derby team, Sean Elliott, and Mayor Castro! Read more 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 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).

Mobile Leadership Center

Important Information regarding the
Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting
The all new Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting has been such a big hit that it's flying off the shelves across the country!

Girl Scout Junior Girl's Guide to Girl ScoutingPlease note -- If you are on GSSWT's shop pre-order list, do NOT call the shop -- they are calling everyone on the list and you will be contacted. Once contacted, you will need to pick up your order by the shop's date or they will go back into the inventory.

Thank you for your patience.

Learn more about the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting here!
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! 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 grades 8-10 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.

I'm Diggin' It -- Saturday, October 22
Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes can experience a day of fun at the blossoming Health Collaborative Community Garden Saturday, October 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Get all the details here.

Only 42 Days Until the Party of the Century!  

The time we will spend together in Houston at the 2011 National Council Session/52nd Convention this November will be historic, euphoric -- and unconventional. The party will be bigger. The speakers and entertainment will be unforgettable. The business sessions will be streamlined to leave more time for thoughtful conversations about where we are and where we're going.

Make a promise to yourself that you will join us. You will rejoice that you did.

Snapshot of OpportunitiesSee the entire convention schedule here.

GSSWT Packages
GSSWT has put together two packages to make it easier for its members to attend the 2011 National Council Session/52nd Convention. Package pricing includes registration and transportation to and from the convention site.

Package 1
Official Visitor Full-time Passport Registration to the convention from Thursday, November 10 to Sunday, November 13 -- includes access to all business meetings, all plenary sessions, all Conversations of Consequence, Hall of Exhibits all three days, and credentials and convention publications; also includes transportation via charter bus from the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center to the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Estimated cost, not including lodging, (prices vary according to number of participants; prices listed are based on 57 participants) by October 14, 2011 deadline:
  • $450/adult member
  • $275/girl member  
Lodging arrangements have been made at La Quinta Inn Houston Greenway Plaza, five miles from downtown Houston. Rates are:
  • Thursday
    • Double room for 1-2 adults -- $76.50 (with taxes total is $89.50)
    • Double room for 3-4 adults -- $81.00 (with taxes total is $94.77)  
  • Friday and Saturday
    • Double room for 1-2 adults -- $71.10 (with taxes total is $83.19)
    • Double room for 3-4 adults -- $75.60 (with taxes total is $88.45)  
Therefore add these costs to Package 1. Final cost is dependent on how many people in your party from Thursday through Sunday.

Package 2
Official Visitor One Day Pass Registration to the convention for Saturday, November 12 -- includes single day access to business meetings, plenary session, Conversations of Consequence, and Hall of Exhibits; also includes transportation via charter bus from the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center to the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Estimated cost (prices vary according to number of participants; prices listed are based on 57 participants) by October 14, 2011 deadline:
  • $155/adult member
  • $75/girl member  
Interested? Please complete the Council Travel Package Registration Form now.

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

2011 National Council Session

Dedicate a Flower on the
Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Float 

Be a part of the Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Float in the Tournament of Roses Parade on January 2, 2012! The spectacular float, designed and decorated by Girl Scouts, will celebrate our centennial anniversary and be viewed by an international audience of more than 50 million!
Girl Scouts hopes that all girls, adults, staff and volunteers will want to join in the excitement and ride "virtually" on the float. For a $5 donation, which will support the float, anyone can make a Float Flower Dedication and specify a name of their choice to be put on the float and "ride" the parade route. People have dedicated flowers for their daughters, troop leaders, volunteers, mothers or in memory of a loved one -- the possibilities are endless.
Please consider joining in on this unique opportunity and telling your friends too! Visit Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles website to get your name on the float or make a dedication in honor of a Girl Scout, alumna, troop leader, family member or friend today. And don't forget to watch the Girl Scouts' float live on January 2, 2012 in the Tournament of Roses Parade!

Questions? Email us!
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Friday: 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

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