Community Connection
The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the country and generates more than $750 million for girls and communities nationwide. Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls develop five essential skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.

Record Number of Girl Scouts at Cookie Rally at SeaWorld 
To kick off the official cookie season, more than 6,000 Girl Scouts, twice last year's attendance, participated in the 2012 Girl Scout Cookie Rally on January 21, an exclusive event held at SeaWorld San Antonio.

Corporate volunteers hosted activities during the initial Tailgate Party to introduce five innovative patch programs for each company's area of expertise. Joining last year's CPS Energy's Environmental Awareness initiative, H-E-B's Healthy Living initiative, and Valero Energy Corporation's STEM initiative were Rackspace Hosting's Voice Through Technology initiative and Wells Fargo's Financial Literacy initiative.

Once inside SeaWorld's arches, Girl Scouts and families had the opportunity to see three shows, ride two rides, and witness the Girls Rock Tour performance at Ski Stadium.

Finalist performances can be seen on GSSWT's YouTube channel and photos from the 2012 Girl Scout Cookie Rally can be seen here.


Craving Girl Scout Cookies? There's an app for that! 
Girl Scout cookie distribution to troops across the 21-county Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas jurisdiction began today. Order-taking began January 1, and Girl Scout cookies will now be available for purchase in front of neighborhood stores.

Those looking for a quick Thin Mint fix can download the free mobile Cookie Locator app from iTunes, Android Marketplace, or by calling **GSCOOKIES (**472665437) from a mobile phone.

The app can be used to find the Girl Scout cookie booth sale closest to your GPS location or ZIP code, choose times to shop, map the route to the nearest booth, discover cookie personalities, and share sale locations and more with friends on Facebook and Twitter.

Girl Scout cookies cost $3.50 per box, and all proceeds stay in the region to fund unique leadership opportunities throughout the year. All cookie varieties are zero trans fat per serving.

Don't have a smart phone? Find your cookies by visiting girlscouts-swtx.org or calling 210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247.


Savannah Smiles Troop 7775 
For the first time in history, Girl Scouts from San Antonio are featured on the packaging of Girl Scout cookies. Members of Troop 7775 from Northside ISD's Linton Elementary can be seen on the box of this year's newest cookie, Savannah Smiles.

The lemon-flavored, powdered sugar-dusted cookie is a tribute to Girl Scouting's 100th anniversary and the city where the organization was founded in 1912. This will be the only year Girl Scouts from San Antonio will appear on more than 8 million boxes of Savannah Smiles nationwide -- so stock up this season before they're gone!




Janie Gonzalez Named Honorary CEO 
This year's Girl Scout Cookie Program theme asks, "What can a cookie do?" and answers, "More than you see." The theme tells the world that a Girl Scout cookie can help girls dream more, have more opportunities, give more to their communities, and do more than they ever thought possible.

In order to help Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas attain the goal of accomplishing more, Webhead Chief Executive Officer Janie M. Gonzalez (at left in photo with Rose Gonzalez Perez, GSSWT Interim CEO) has been selected to serve as the regional council's Honorary Cookie Entrepreneur Officer.

A Girl Scout alumna and nationally-recognized internet industry leader, Ms. Gonzalez and her team contribute to the federal government's national defense efforts. She has been named E-Myth's Entrepreneur of the Year, Accion Texas Microlender Entrepreneur of the Year, San Antonio Business Journal's "40 under 40" Rising Star, and has received the Compass Bank Latina BusinessExcellence Award and the National Association of Women Business Owners Visionary Award.


Reusable Bags Exclusively
at H-E-B
 
Keep an eye out for a piece of Girl Scout history during your normal grocery-shopping routine.  H-E-B and Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas have partnered to create and sell reusable bags to commemorate Girl Scouting's 100th anniversary.

The bags will be sold at all H-E-B stores in Texas, and proceeds from bag sales will benefit Girl Scout councils across the state.

Photo: Honorary Troop 210 models the new Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary reusable bags, found only at H-E-B stores. From left: Winell Herron, Group Vice President of Public Affairs, Diversity and Environmental Affairs; Suzanne Wade, President, San Antonio Food and Drug Division; Jaren Shaw, Vice President, Customer Service; Dya Campos, Director of Public Affairs; Tina West, Manager, HR Strategic Initiatives


Record-breaking Local Media Coverage of Girl Scout Cookies
 

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.

Orders being taken for Girl Scout cookies
January 5, 2012, Uvalde Leader-News --  Order taking for Girl Scout cookies began on New Year's Day, so keep an eye out for girls selling the tasty treats or visiting workplaces, and watch for e-mails asking for a "promise" to purchase Girl Scout cookies. Read the entire story here.

SA Girl Scouts grace cookie box
January 6, 2012, KSAT 12 -- Friday is the first day folks around the country got a taste of the newest Girl Scout cookie and some San Antonio Girl Scouts are front and center of what should be the biggest selling cookie of 2012. See the video here.

Girl Scouts' annual cookie campaign beginning

January 13, 2012, New Braunfels Herald Zeitung -- They're heeerree. Well, almost. Read the entire story here.

Local Girl Scout Outsells 21 Counties 

January 15, 2012, La Prensa -- Last year, 14-year-old Hannah Richmond sold 3,258 boxes of Girl Scout cookies. Read the entire story here.  

 

San Antonio Living holds live remote at Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center

January 25, 2012, San Antonio Living -- Leslie Bohl Jones was on hand while cookies were delivered to the cookie warehouse at the leadership center. See the video here!

Top cookie sellers don't go out half-baked

January 27, 2012, San Antonio Express-News --  If you're one of the hundreds who bought Girl Scout cookies from Alyssa Owens last winter, odds are good she has kept your name on file and will be calling you soon to sell you more. Read the entire story here.


Girl Scout's top sellers

January 30, 2012, mysa.com, Trends blog -- Ready, set, sell. Here come the Girl Scouts armed with a yummy list of options... Read the entire story here.