Volunteer Connection
In This Issue
Who Will You Nominate?
Offices Closed Dates
Are You a Tough Cookie?
Power of One
Free Tickets
2012 Cookie Rally
Volunteer Recognitions
Girl Scout Day at the Rodeo
Girl Scouts in the News
Shop News
Get Connected!
Dates to Remember
 Girl Scout Shop & Resource Center open School Year Hours
Now-May 31

Recognizing Excellence Nominations due
December 23

Power of One Campaign
November 1-December 31

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

U.S. Army
All-American Bowl
January 7

Girl Scout Offices Closed for Staff Development Meeting
January 11

Martin Luther King Jr.
January 16

SeaWorld San Antonio Cookie Rally
January 21

Volunteer Recognition Nominations due
January 31

Girl Scout Day at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo
February 12

Annual Meeting
March 3

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December 16, 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!
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.
Are You a Tough Cookie? 
Tough Cookies The best way to solve America's leadership crisis is to put more women in top leadership roles. And the best way to grow tomorrow's women leaders is to grow strong girl leaders today.

Tough Cookies is the story of Girl Scouting's 100-year legacy of developing ethical, confident leaders, and about girls and young women who are already proving they can make their country and this world a better place.

Buy a copy of Tough Cookies today -- it's a fantastic present! All proceeds from the sale of Tough Cookies go to Girl Scouts of the USA, and by purchasing a copy for yourself or a Tough Cookie in your life, you are helping to build the next generation of girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Power of One

(2011-2012 Add-a-Member Campaign)
You can make a difference!Power of One

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 now through December 31, 2011 will earn a Power of One Patch for herself and her friend.

Find out more today!

Free Tickets to the
U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Free tickets are first-come first-served.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is the premier high school football game in the country and will be held in San Antonio at the Alamodome Saturday, January 7. The bowl features the nation's most elite football players and marching band musicians, and has honored more than 1,000 Army Strong Soldier Heroes since its inception.

Contact Kassaundra Escalera (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 291) to reserve your tickets. (Tickets will need to be picked up at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Center or Avenida Guadalupe Girl Scout Center.)
BIGGER and BETTER than Ever!
2012 SeaWorld San Antonio Cookie Rally
Saturday, January 21, 2012

Grab the family and join GSSWT at SeaWorld San Antonio for the 2012 Cookie Rally on Saturday, January 21 -- it's going to be bigger and better than ever!

The fun kicks off at 9:30 a.m. with an interactive tailgating party with stations of all types -- including the newest patch initiatives by H-E-B (Healthy Living), CPS Energy (Environmental Awareness), Valero Energy Corporation (STEM), Rackspace Hosting (Girls & Technology), and Wells Fargo (Financial Literacy) -- and girls will earn the patches that day!

Once the park opens at 11:00 a.m. -- exclusively for GSSWT -- enjoy three shows, two rides (Steel Eel and Great White), game center (sorry, no prizes -- just fun!), and much, much more until 3:00 p.m. Cost is $12/person ages 2+. New this year is an all-you-can-eat buffet of hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, cookies, and drinks for an additional $12/person.

Don't miss out on the excitement! Register today!

Volunteer Recognitions -- deadline January 31

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.

First-ever Girl Scout Day at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo -- Sun., Feb. 12

Are you ready to rodeo Girl Scout style?! Gather up the young'uns, don yur jeans, boots,and hats and head on down to the
San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo for the first-ever Girl Scout Day Sunday, February 12! 

Experience this long-standing San Antonio tradition with a Girl Scout scavenger hunt on the rodeo grounds and explore the many educational exhibits such as the Rodeo Hall of Fame, Animal Adventures, Little Hands on the Farm, and the Horse Education Building. Y'all will even earn yourself a commemorative rodeo patch!


Cost is $13/person ages 3+ (young'uns 2 and under are free) and includes admission, rodeo performance ticket, and the patch. No worries y'all, the concert is a family-friendly show featurin' Hot Chelle Rae after the rodeo performance. Grounds open at 9:00 a.m. and the show begins at 1:00 p.m.  


Let's rodeo y'all -- register now !

Girl Scouts in the News! 
AT&T, Girl Scouts developing mentoring program in
San Antonio

December 13, 2011, San Antonio Business Journal -- Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas and AT&T are teaming up on a plan to encourage more high school girls from under-served areas to pursue careers in science and engineering. Read the entire story here.

Harlandale ISD makes Girl Scout History 
December 16, 2011, CNN iReport -- For the first time in the 100-year history of the Girl Scouts, there are now four chapters of the Gamma Sigma Pearls. 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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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.