Volunteer Connection
In This Issue
Be a Star!
Who Will You Nominate?
Offices Closed Dates
2012 Cookie Rally
Volunteer Recognitions
Girl Scouts Do Great Things!
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

Girls Rock Tour 2012
Submission Deadline
December 12

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

Martin Luther King Jr.
January 16

SeaWorld San Antonio Cookie Rally
January 21
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December 9, 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!
Be a Star!
Submissions due Monday, December 12
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
GSSWT Office Closed Dates  
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.
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! 
Local Girl Scout Graces Cover of Faith Magazine
November 2011 -- "I am a huge advocate for volunteering because it helps the community," states Selena Mitchell, Girl Scout Ambassador and the reigning Miss Black Texas USA Talented Teen.

Read Selena's interview in Faith here.

Anna Maria Chávez Featured in Trends Magazine 
December 2011 -- The new CEO for Girl Scouts of the USA graces the cover of the current issue of San Antonio's Trends magazine. The article, written by Express-News reporter Elaine Ayala, tells the story of Anna's inspiration as a young girl and her journey to becoming the first woman of color to lead the national movement. Pick up your issue of the FREE publication at your local H-E-B or Jim's Restaurant.

New MLC Featured on Great Day SA 
December 9, 2011 -- Floresville Girl Scouts were on hand during Friday's Great Day SA to share news of the brand new Mobile Leadership Center. Visit the KENS 5 website to check out the video.

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.