Volunteer Connection
In This Issue
Offices Closed Dates
Holiday Mingle & Jingle
Winter Association Meetings
"Move that Bus!"
Council Facilitator Session
Holiday Mail for Heroes
Let's Get Loud!
2012 Cookie Rally
Power of One
Love Camp?
Forever Green
Shop News
Get Connected!
Dates to Remember
 Girl Scout Shop & Resource Center open School Year Hours
Now-May 31

Power of One Campaign
November 1-December 31

Girl Scout Offices Closed for Thanksgiving
November 24-25

Love Camp?
Tell Us Why!
Submission Deadline
November 30

Holiday Mingle & Jingle
December 1

Winter Association Meetings
December 6-14

Holiday Mail for Heroes Submission Deadline
December 9 

Girls Rock Tour 2012
Submission Deadline
December 12

Girl Scout Offices Closed
for Winter Holidays
December 26-January 3

SeaWorld San Antonio Cookie Rally
January 21
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November 18, 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!
GSSWT Office Closed Dates  
All GSSWT offices will be closed Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 for Thanksgiving.

Offices will also be closed Wednesday, December 7 for a Staff Development Meeting.

For the winter holidays, offices will be closed beginning Monday, December 26 and will reopen Tuesday, January 3, 2012.

See future closed dates here.

Holiday Mingle & Jingle 
Benefit GSSWT while you shop! 
An adult-only evening of merriment, shopping, and more! Be there Thursday, December 1 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at The Shops at La Cantera (meet at the Fountain Court between Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom).

Get all the shopping details here!

Winter Association Meetings  

to be held December 6-14

Want to know more about what is going on in your Girl Scout community? All adults and girl members over the age of 14 are invited to attend Winter Association Meetings. There is lots of great information to be shared and it's a great way to be heard! Get dates, times, and locations here

"Move that Bus!" 

ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition wants to "move that bus" to San Antonio!

Do you know of any inspiring families who would be great candidates for a home makeover? Nominate them now.

Ever Wanted to be a Council Facilitator?
Here's your chance!

A Facilitating Adult Learning session will be held 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Saturday, December 3 at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center. Get more information and an application here. Deadline to register is Monday, November 28.

Questions? Contact Courtney Cunningham (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 207).
Council-wide Take Action Opp
Holiday Mail for Heroes

The holiday season is just around the corner and it's time again to start thinking about being part of the 2011 American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes. For the fifth year, American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes are partnering to ensure all Americans have an opportunity to send warm wishes this holiday season to members of our U.S. military, veterans and their families -- many of whom will be far away from home this holiday season.

The process is very simple and takes no time at all to share your appreciation for the sacrifices members of the U.S. Armed Forces make to protect our freedoms.

The Holiday Mail for Heroes mailbox is open and ready for your cards (deadline is Friday, December 9):

Holiday Mail For Heroes 

P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456 

Sending a "touch of home" to American men and women who serve our country is the perfect way to express your appreciation and support during the holiday season. If you want more information on this program, please call 210-224-5151 or visit the American Red Cross website.

Let's Get Loud!
If you're a Girl Scout and you have talent,
come on and show it!

GSSWT is searching for girls to be part of the Girls Rock Tour to perform at the 2012 SeaWorld San Antonio Cookie Rally.

If you love to sing and dance, and have musical talent, we want to see you shine! This opportunity is open to all registered Girl Scouts. Click here for more details and submission form! Submissions are due no later than Monday, December 12.
BIGGER and BETTER than Ever!
2012 SeaWorld San Antonio Cookie Rally --
Saturday, January 21, 2012
All Girl Scout families are welcome to join GSSWT for splashes of fun at the annual cookie rally. Start with an interactive tailgate party where girls can earn up to five different patches brought to you by H-E-B, CPS Energy, Valero Energy Corporation, Rackspace Hosting, and Wells Fargo. Later, jump into a park excursion with shows, rides, games, and much, much more!

The fun kicks off at 9:30 a.m. Cost is just $12/person ages 2+; new this year, an all-you-can-eat buffet available for an additional fee. Get all the details and registration form here!
Power of One
(2011-2012 Add-a-Member Campaign)
Power of One You can make a difference!

Each one of us is powerful and unique. Think of all that can happen if you just add one more individual into a group. Every registered girl who brings a new girl member to an event between November 1 and December 31, 2011 will earn a Power of One Patch for herself and her friend.

Find out more today!
Love Camp?
Tell Us Why! 
Do you love our camps La Jita and Mira Sol? Thousands of girls from across the region have enjoyed countless opportunities and have fond memories of their time spent swimming the Sabinal River or haunting the forests of Mira Sol. This is your chance to Tell Us! why you love our camps. Several quotes from both girls and adult volunteers will be selected as a feature of the new interior design of the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center, scheduled to be complete by December 31, 2011.
roasting marshmallows
Tell Us! why you love our camps by visiting our council website. Be sure to mention which camp you love and leave your name and grade level (if a girl member). Quotes will be accepted and considered for placement in the leadership center through November 30.

Forever Green
RecycleThe Forever Green Committee invites troops to participate in the pouch brigade with TerraCycle. Start collecting your Capri Sun or Honest Kids drink pouches and for every pouch collected, TerraCycle will donate 2 cents to GSSWT for the 2012 Forever Green projects. Fantastic prizes will be awarded to top troops!
For more information, visit the Forever Green Web page or email the committee.
Shop News

Open School Year Hours Now-May 31

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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GSSWT's Vision Statement
Our vision is to be a high performing, girl-focused staff with the desire and skill set to provide the highest standard of support that enriches, empowers, and energizes the local Girl Scout Movement. In doing so, we create a lifetime of inspiration through Girl Scout experiences that are so relevant and inclusive every girl will want to be a part.