Community Connection
Congratulations Suzanne Goudge,
Trefoil 2011 Honoree


Suzanne GoudgeOn Thursday, September 22,  Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas (GSSWT) honored outstanding female Suzanne Goudge at its annual Trefoil Award luncheon. Also unveiled were initiatives to educate girls in the areas of environmental awareness, healthy living, girls and technology, STEM and financial literacy with five of the nation's leading businesses. The event is GSSWT's largest special event and raised a record-breaking $283,000 for the organization.

For 24 years, GSSWT has presented the Trefoil Award annually to an outstanding woman who has achieved success in her field of endeavor and is a positive role model to young women. Trefoil 2011 honored business and community leader, Suzanne Goudge. The event was chaired by Nancy Loeffler and Teri Wenglein-Callender with support of honorary chairs Charline and Red McCombs.

With a combined contribution of $150,000 to Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, CPS Energy, H-E-B, Rackspace Hosting, Valero Energy Corporation and Wells Fargo have taken the lead in supporting patch programs in each company's area of expertise.

For today's girls, reversing environmental threats and improving quality of life will be the work of their generation. CPS Energy's Environmental Awareness and Energy Conservation Initiative combines environmental education and community action on a regional scale.

Girl Scout programs recognize that physical health, emotional health, and self-esteem are all connected. To further support the "whole girl," H-E-B's Healthy Living Initiative will give girls the skills they need to keep their bodies healthy, their minds engaged and their spirits alive.

At an age where a pulse on technological advancement defines us, Rackspace Hosting's Girls and Technology Initiative will give girls an opportunity to envision ways they can create a career out of their tech interests and push the outer limits of what's possible in the realm of technology, design, and innovation.

Valero Energy Corporation's STEM Initiative (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) focuses on what girls need to thrive in a rapidly changing world. The nation's need for STEM professionals is ever-growing, and Valero's STEM Initiative will encourage girls to push boundaries, test limits and look at the world through inquisitive eyes.

Soon 90 percent of all women will have to be financially self-sufficient. The Wells Fargo Financial Literacy Initiative teaches today's young entrepreneurs vital life skills, such as setting goals, budgeting, and saving.

Watch the video below or view the photo gallery here.

Trefoil 2011 Tribute to Suzanne Goudge.wmv  
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Only 35 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 Opportunities
See 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 
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It's Big and 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:

 

Monday, October 17  

  • a.m. -- Kerrville, Peterson Middle School
  • p.m. -- New Braunfels, H-E-B @ 1655 Hwy 46 W -- Family Fun Night

Tuesday, October 18  

  • a.m. -- Seguin, Rodriguez Elementary
  • p.m. -- Floresville, H-E-B @ 925 Floresville -- Family Fun Night

Wednesday, October 19  

  • a.m. -- Hondo, Meyer Elementary
  • p.m. -- Uvalde, H-E-B @ 201 E. Main St. -- Family Fun Night

Thursday, October 20  

  • a.m. -- Crystal City, Thomas Rivera Elementary
  • p.m. -- Carrizo Springs, Family Fun Night

Friday, October 21  

  • a.m. -- Pearsall, Pearsall Intermediate
  • p.m. -- Eagle Pass, Family Fun Night 

Saturday, October 22  

  • a.m. -- Del Rio, H-E-B @ 200 Veterans Blvd. -- Family Fun Day

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