Volunteer Connection
In This Issue
Know Someone Great?!
Volunteer with GSG
Girl Scout Day at the Rodeo
2012 Special Meeting
Legacy Ball Proceeds Benefit GSSWT
Mother & Daughter Tea
Girl Scouts in the News
Girl Scouts Do Great Things!
Shop News
Get Connected!
Dates to Remember
 Girl Scout Shop & Resource Center open School Year Hours
Now-May 31

Volunteer Recognition Nominations due
February 8

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

Mother & Daughter Tea
February 25

Special Meeting
March 3

Offices Closed --
Staff Development Meeting
April 11

Offices Closed--  

Battle of Flowers Holiday 

April 27


Offices Closed --
Memorial Day

May 28

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Know Someone Great?! Nominate!
Deadline extended to Wednesday, February 8

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.


Hurry! Get your nomination form to the Adult Development Department by Wednesday, February 8. Forms may be mailed, faxed, or delivered to council.

Volunteer with Gamma Sigma Girls

Adult volunteers (18 yrs+) are needed to support the Gamma Sigma Girls' Habitat for Humanity builds. There will be 150 Gamma Sigma Girls (high school aged girls) participating at two builds in February -- Friday, February 10 and Friday, February 17. Builds are on the southwest side of San Antonio near Old Pearsall Road and 410 and the time for both days is 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.   


In order for all of the girls to be allowed to participate, we are required to have at least 30 adults to help supervise. Interested? Please contact Pamela Riles (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 219) for an information packet. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and close-toed tennis shoes and bring a completed waiver of liability. 

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 on 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 yourselves a commemorative rodeo patch (pictured above)!


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 !

2012 Special Meeting -- Saturday, March 3 
On Saturday, March 3, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas will hold a Special Meeting from 9:00-11:30 a.m. in lieu of the Annual Meeting at St. Philip's College, 1801 Martin Luther King Drive, San Antonio, 78203, in the Watson Fine Arts Building.

Proposed bylaws will be voted on by delegates at this time, so please review the documents below for more information regarding GSSWT bylaws:
What to Expect
  • Check-in will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the front of the auditorium in the Watson Fine Arts Building.
  • A continental breakfast will be available at no cost to those who register.
  • The Girl Scout Shop will be open with a limited quantity of items available for purchase.  
  • NOTE: The Volunteer Recognition Event will be held at a later date in May -- look for details to come.

Register now! RSVP by Saturday, February 18.

Legacy Ball Proceeds to Benefit GSSWT    
Joint Base San Antonio's African American Heritage Committee presents the third annual Legacy Ball (adults only) at 6:00 p.m., Saturday, February 18 at the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort and Spa.

Tickets are $55/each and proceeds benefit Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas' African American Advisory Committee. Purchase your tickets here.
African American Advisory Committee
Invites You 
Ida B. WellsPull out your fancy dress, pretty shoes, hair bows, gloves, and favorite hat and join Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas' African American Advisory Committee for the Annual Mother and Daughter Tea. This event is open to all girls ages 5-17 and their parent/guardian and will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 25 at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center (811 N. Coker Loop, San Antonio, 78216).

In observance of Black History Month and in honor of the Year of the Girl, the contribution and membership of African American women in Girl Scouts will be the topic of discussion.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, February 22 to Lucy McArthur (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 232).
Girl Scouts Do Great Things!      
GSSWT Volunteer Named 2012 Embajadora of the Year
The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is the first organization of its type in the United States. Today, there are nearly 35 Hispanic chambers of commerce in Texas and 600 nationwide. The SAHCC celebrated its 83rd year on Jan. 28 with more than 1,700 in attendance at its Annual Gala.

Girl Scout Troop Leader Leticia Delgado Gonzalez was named the 2012 Embajadora of the Year at the Gala, an award that is presented annually to a member volunteer who exemplifies the best in service and commitment to the SAHCC and the community. Ms. Gonzalez leads the sales team at Green Vida Commodities, and is passionate about educating the community on protecting the environment. She and her daughter belong to Troop 188 in the Jordan Service Unit.

"When we first got involved in Girl Scouts, I thought it was going to be a one-way relationship -- I quickly learned that wasn't the case," Ms. Gonzalez said. "I wish more people knew what we do and what (Girl Scouting) is about."

Girl Scouts in the News     
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.
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