Volunteer Connection
In This Issue
Offices Closed Dates
Winter Association Meetings
Holiday Mail for Heroes
Be a Star!
Who Will You Nominate?
2012 Cookie Rally
Volunteer Recognitions
Girl Scouts in the News
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

Winter Association Meetings
December 6-14

Girl Scout Offices Closed for Staff Development Meeting
December 7

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

Martin Luther King Jr.
Holiday
January 16

SeaWorld San Antonio Cookie Rally
January 21
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December 2, 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 Wednesday, December 7 for a Staff Development Meeting.

For the winter holidays, offices -- including the Girl Scout Shop and Resource Center -- will be closed beginning Monday, December 26 and will reopen Tuesday, January 3, 2012.

Here are additional dates that all offices will be closed:
  • Wednesday, January 11 -- Staff Development Meeting
  • Monday, January 16 -- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day  
See future closed dates 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,
    


Bluebonnet

7:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 6
Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center,
811 N. Coker Loop, San Antonio, 78216

Sunrise
7:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 7
Seguin Girl Scout House, 216 E. Humphreys Street, Sequin, 78155

Key to the Hills
7:00 p.m., Thursday, December 8
Kendall Elementary, 141 Old San Antonio Road, Boerne, 78006

Flight of the Mariposa
2:00 p.m., Sunday, December 11
Del Rio Bank and Trust, 1200 Veterans Blvd, Del Rio, 78840

Mission Trails and Star Gazers
6:30 p.m., Monday, December 12
Avenida Guadalupe Girl Scout Center,

1410 Guadalupe Street, Suite 102, San Antonio, 78207

Northeast Wildflowers
7:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 14
Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center,

811 N. Coker Loop, San Antonio, 78216

Wild, Wild Northwest
7:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 13
Northwest Hills United Methodist Church,

7575 Tezel Road, San Antonio, 78250   


Read more information here

Council-wide Take Action Opp
Holiday Mail for Heroes

The holiday season is just around the corner and it's time again to participate in the 2011 American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes. 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.

Be a Star!
The stars at night... are BIG and BRIGHT.. deep in the heart of TEXAS! If you love to sing and dance, and have musical talent, Girls Rock Tour is looking for you!

GSSWT is searching for girls to perform at the 2012 SeaWorld San Antonio Cookie Rally. 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.
Who Will You Nominate?
Have you received excellent service from a GSSWT staff member? Then nominate them for the Recognizing Excellence Staff Award.

Up to six staff members may be recognized 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 fourth quarter will be accepted through Friday, December 23 for awards presented in January 2012. 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
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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!
Volunteer Recognitions

Have you been waiting to nominate that amazing volunteer in your service unit? Here's your chance! Board-approved awards are the perfect way to show your appreciation and to give thanks to your fellow volunteers.

 

Awards include Girl Scout Volunteer Achievement Award, Thanks Badge, Community Partner Award, and more -- see the entire list here.

 

Nomination forms are due to the Adult Development Department by Tuesday, January 31. Forms may be mailed, faxed, or delivered to council.

Girl Scouts in the News 
Girl Scouts unveil new program called
Gamma Sigma GIrls

Southside Reporter, Wednesday, November 30

The scene could be viewed as what typically is found among many high school girls across the city.

Hundreds of them chattered inside Fox Tech High School's auditorium waiting for guest speakers to begin. The girls had matching shirts with the letters "GS" emblazoned across the front. Some accessorized with jewelry, boots and hair bows. Read the entire story here
Shop News

Please note that the Girl Scout Shop (along with all GSSWT offices and the Resource Center) will be closed for the holidays beginning Monday, December 26 and will reopen Tuesday, January 3, 2012.

 

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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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.