Volunteer Connection
In This Issue
Two Thousand Twelve is the Year of the Girl
Offices Closed Dates
MLK March
2012 Cookie Rally
"This is Not Your Grandmother's Girl Scout Troop"
Volunteer Recognitions
Girl Scout Day at the Rodeo
AT&T Invests in the Future
Girl Scouts Do Great Things!
Girl Scouts in the News
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Get Connected!
Dates to Remember
 Girl Scout Shop & Resource Center open School Year Hours
Now-May 31

Girl Scout Offices Closed for Staff Development Meeting
January 11

Martin Luther King Jr.
(offices closed)
January 16

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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Two Thousand Twelve is the
Year of the Girl

Girl Scouts of the USA has declared 2012 Year of the Girl. On the heels of 100 years of developing girls of courage, confidence and character, the Year of the Girl is our move to rally the nation around the cause of girls' leadership. Please partner with us to help make Year of the Girl the boldest campaign for girls this nation has ever known. Think about the key influencers in your sphere who need to be aware of this campaign, and suggest they visit the website (girlscouts.org/YearoftheGirl) and opt in by providing their email addresses.  

For further information on Year of the Girl and to join in the movement, click here.

GSSWT Office Closed Dates  
All GSSWT offices -- including the Girl Scout Shop and Resource Center -- will be closed the following dates:
  • Wednesday, January 11 -- Staff Development Meeting
  • Monday, January 16 -- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day  
See future closed dates here.
Join in the largest MLK March
Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas will again be participating in the 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. March and invites all Girl Scouts and their families to march together 10:00-11:30 a.m., Monday, January 16.

This local march is the largest currently held in the United States and expects to have 100,000 participants this year, as well as Martin Luther King III as a keynote speaker.

Approximately 2.75 miles long, the march will begin at the MLK Freedom Bridge (near MLK Academy at the 3500 Block of MLK Drive) and will end at Pittman-Sullivan Park (1101 Iowa Street). Additional festivities will follow, so come out and march with GSSWT.

To learn more about this march and where Girl Scouts will meet up to walk together, contact Megan D.C. Jackson, Program Specialist (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 292).
SeaWorld San Antonio Cookie Rally --
deadline to register extended!

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 deadline to register has been extended to Friday, January 13, so register today!

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!

"This is Not Your Grandmother's
Girl Scout Troop"

See an interview with former GSSWT CEO, now GSUSA CEO Anna Maria Chávez about the relevance of GSUSA's new program portfolio!
Interview With Anna Maria Chńvez, CEO of Girl Scouts 
Know Someone Great? Nominate!

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 and get the nomination forms 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 !

AT&T Invests in the Future of Girls  
AT&T has announced a special matching gifts initiative exclusively for AT&T employees. If employees make a gift to Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas or to GSUSA through March 31, 2012, AT&T will match that gift dollar for dollar up to $500,000. Employee gifts made to Girl Scouts through the 2012 United Way or Employee Giving campaigns will also be matched.

AT&T employees can learn more by visiting the company intranet, AT&T Insider, or tSpace (search Girl Scouts Centennial). Details about how to make a contribution are available on both internal sites and are accessible via your global login. Know an AT&T employee? Be sure to forward this story to them!

Thanks, AT&T! 
Girl Scouts Do Great Things! 
What did you do today?
Girl Scout Junior Troop 3151 of Alamo Heights Service Unit recently visited a local Ronald McDonald House of San Antonio to prepare and serve dinner for resident children and families.

The Ronald McDonald House is a home-away-from home where families can stay while their children are being treated at San Antonio's various medical centers.

The troop is working to earn their Simple Meals badge while earning community service hours as they prepare to start their Girl Scout Bronze Award project. A special thanks goes out to H-E-B for providing the donation to purchase food and supplies and a gracious shout out to volunteers Stacy and Carole for coordinating this awesome service project.

One girl can make a difference, together girls can change the world.
Girl Scouts in the News! 

For the first-time in history, Girl Scouts from San Antonio are pictured on the iconic packaging of Girl Scout cookies. Members of Troop 7775 from Northside ISD's Linton Elementary were photographed in Market Square and are featured on the box of this year's new cookie, Savannah Smiles. The lemon cookie is a tribute to Girl Scouting's 100th anniversary and the city where the organization was founded in 1912.

Troop 7775 and Interim CEO Rose Gonzalez Perez
on Fox News First 

January 6, 2012, Fox News First --
Rose and the girls talk about the all-new Savannah Smiles Girl Scout Cookie! See the video here.

Kate joins the Scouts: Ex-Brownie to help with cooking and campfires as package of royal patronages is unveiled
January 5, 2012, Mail Online -- Girl Guide alumna, Duchess of Cambridge and newest member of Britain's royal family, selects Scouting as a signature cause in the UK. Read the entire story here.

New Girl Scout Cookie: Savannah Smiles Celebrates
Girl Scouts' 100th Year
January 4, 2012, Huffington Post Online -- It's Girl Scout cookie season again, and this year there's a new girl in town to celebrate the Scouts' 100th anniversary. Read the entire story here
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Friday: 8:30 a.m.-1:00 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.