Volunteer Connection
In This Issue
Happy 100th Girl Scouts!
Enjoy Girl Scout History
All Things 100th!
Join Us for Coffee!
How Can You Help?
Summer of the Girl Guide
2012 Cookie Tech YouTube Contest
Competition & STEM Opp
Community Conversations 2012
Forever Green
Recognizing Excellence
Website Redesign
Love to Travel?
Birdies for Charity
Discovering Tomorrow's Leaders
Bridging into the Next Century
Girl Scouts Do Great Things!
Girl Scouts in the News
Shop News
Get Connected!
Dates to Remember
 Girl Scout Shop & Resource Center open School Year Hours
Now-May 31 

Give the Green Light
ToGetHerThere
Now-March 31

Morning Coffee
Mix & Mingle
March 10

100th Anniversary of
Girl Scouts
March 12

2012 National STEM
Video Game Challenge
Entries due
March 12

2012 Cookie Tech
YouTube Contest
Submissions due
March 12

Recognizing Excellence Nominations due
March 30

Flip the Switch/Earth Hour
March 31

Reconnect & Rediscover Alumnae Rededication
April 5

Offices Closed --
Staff Development Meeting
April 11

I Want to Rock the Mall
Contest Entries due
April 20

Offices Closed--  

Battle of Flowers Holiday 

April 27

   

Offices Closed --
Memorial Day

May 28




Final Days for Special Price
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March 9, 2012

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!
Celebrate the 100th on Monday, March 12! 
Girl Scouts is 100 years young -- let's celebrate!100th TrefoilHowever you choose to celebrate, keep in mind that you're a part of the world's premier leadership organization for girls! Now that's something special!

Happy 100th Girl Scouts!
Join the Celebration 
It's your Girl Scout history -- come read and enjoy photos of 100 years in the USA and 88 years in San Antonio and surrounding areas outlined by decades on beautiful green banners! These banners, the work of the 100th Anniversary History Committee, will be displayed at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center near the lobby! Enjoy the scavenger hunt, available in the Resource Center, while you travel down memory lane!
 
A second set of these banners are displayed with a large vintage Girl Scout collection at the Boerne Library until March 31 -- hours are Monday and Tuesday until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday until 6:00 p.m., Friday until 5:00 p.m., and Saturday until 3:00 p.m.
 
There is also a wonderful Girl Scout collection being displayed in Castroville at the Landmark Inn. The grand opening will be Sunday, March 11, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. with the mayor's proclamation at 2:00 p.m. This display will be featured until March 31 every day from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
 
Don't forget -- you can still share our history in your area. Still have that vintage Brownie beanie? How about a unique Girl Scout pin? Show them off by identifying a location within your area to host a 100th anniversary exhibit or display. Interested but need help in organizing? The council's 100th Anniversary History Committee has ideas for you! For more information or to submit secured locations for an exhibit or display, please contact Linda Jurman.
All Things 100th!  

Give the Green Light ToGetHerThereToGetHerThere 

Visibly show your support for the promise of all girls and their leadership potential by lighting your residence and place of business with green exterior lights for the month of March to commemorate 

Girl Scouting's 100th Anniversary!

 

 

Go beyond -- take the ToGetHerThere Pledge and visit togetherthere.org to determine how you can make a difference in the future of American leadership.

Go Retro -- Change that Photo!  
Calling all Girl Scouts! For the month of March, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas is asking all alumnae to change their Facebook profile pictures to a photo of them as a young Girl Scout in uniform.

It's finally here -- 100 years ago this month, Juliette Gordon Low placed a phone call to a friend, declaring, "I've got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world, and we're going to start it tonight!" That evening, she gathered 18 girls to register the first troop of Girl Scouts. The rest, as they say, is history.

100th Anniversary Bear
Build-A-Bear Workshop will introduce the limited edition commemorative 100th Anniversary Girl Scout Bear on March 16. These bears would make a great gift for a volunteer or your Girl Scout's birthday!

Build-A-Bear Workshop will also host special Girl Scout events at their affiliate store locations. Contact Anthony Cardenas, 210-525-0901, at the North Star Mall location in San Antonio or Christina Alvarado, 210-694-0287, at the La Cantera location in San Antonio for more information or to schedule your event today.

The "Girl Scouts" name, mark and all associated trademarks and logotypes, including the "Trefoil Design," are owned by Girl Scouts of the USA. Build-A-Bear Workshop is an official GSUSA licensed vendor.
Adult Girl Scout Morning Coffee Mix & Mingle 
Please join us 9:00-10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 10 for sweet treats at a Morning Coffee Mix & Mingle hosted by the Girl Scout Alumnae Association at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center, 811 N. Coker Loop, San Antonio, 78216.

During 2012, the Alumnae Association will meet once a month to connect, form new friendships, and rediscover how Girl Scouts is impacting girls in our community. These mix & mingles are open to all Girl Scout alumnae, so spread the word and bring a friend.

Interested in joining the Girl Scout Alumnae Association? Connect with GSSWT online by selecting "Southwest Texas" from the council dropdown menu. Be sure to also join us on Facebook.

Save the Date ... 
...for a special Alumnae Rededication event celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting on Thursday, April 5 at the AT&T Center. More details to come!

For more information or to RSVP, email Stephanie Sanchez Sinclair.

Tornadoes in the United States:
How Can You Help? 

The outpouring of support for the people affected in the wake of the devastating tornadoes in the United States last week has been remarkable, and Girl Scouts across the country are always eager to help in many different ways. We know, however, that after natural disasters like these, sending funds is often the best way to help.

 

Below is a list of ways individuals and troops can help.

Summer of the Girl Guide --
Coming Soon!  

Thank you for your patience as the Summer of the Girl Guide, your 2012 camp guide, is produced. It's taking a bit longer to produce this year, and we apologize for any frustration. However, you will be happy to know the reason for the delay is that each Girl Scout household will be mailed a copy of the guide. This is the first time in more than five years that it has been printed and mailed.

Expect your Summer of the Girl Guide to arrive in mailboxes early March.
2012 Cookie Tech YouTube Contest --
Deadline is midnight, Monday, March 12 

Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas wants to know how you leverage technology to sell cookies!

How do you bring virtual attention to your Thin Mints, Samoas and Savannah Smiles sales? Show us! The winner of the 2012 Cookie Tech YouTube Contest will become "CEO for a Day" of Webhead -- an information, technology and web development company located in San Antonio, led by our very own Honorary CEO, Janie M. Gonzalez.

Deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. CST on Monday, March 12, 2012.

The winner will not be selected based on number of cookies sold. We are looking only for the most creative use of technology when selling Girl Scout cookies!

Get all the details -- and how to enter -- now!
Competition & STEM Program Opportunity
for Girls --
Deadline to enter is March 12  

2012 National STEM Video Game Challenge Girl Scouts of the USA is proud to be an outreach partner with the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and E-Line Media to introduce the second annual National STEM Video Game Challenge open to Girl Scouts! This challenge invites game makers to show their passion for playing and making video games and aims to motivate children's interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Up for grabs is almost $200,000 in cash and prizes, with multiple ways to win! The entry period is open through March 12. Finalists will be selected by a distinguished panel of judges and winners will be announced in the spring of 2012 at a major public event.

For more information on how Girl Scouts can enter the Youth Prize competition (middle school & high school) look here!
Community Conversations 2012
The Volunteer Advisory Steering Committee (VASC) acts as the core of the volunteer-led structure being the voice of the volunteers, advisors to all operational committees and creates a transparent environment between the work of the council and its members.

Let's talk! What is working? What do you need for resources and support? What leadership opportunities do you want to see? What isn't working as well? Service Unit team positions, meetings, structure?

Join one of our volunteer facilitators as they lead these Community Conversation discussions that will take place throughout the council. You are welcome to attend any of the meetings and bring your ideas as we strive to support all volunteers.

Get the complete list of dates, times and locations here! First one to be held Monday, March 19.
Forever Green  
Save Energy-Join Earth Hour 
Flip the SwitchTo encourage sustainable behavior change, reduce carbon dioxide footprints, and save energy and money, you are invited to participate in the symbolic Earth Hour event by turning off lights from 8:30-9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31. Go beyond the hour-replace incandescent light bulbs with ENERGY STAR® qualified, or other energy-efficient, bulbs.

Aluminate App
Aluminate
Download Aluminate, Alcoa's Recycling iPhone app,
to help you set a recycling goal, track your progress, find a nearby recycling center, and learn how you are making the world a better place -- it'll also tell you how much cash you may earn for your recycling efforts! Download this app for free at iTunes.



Own a piece of Girl Scout history
while saving the planet!
Reusable BagDitch the paper and plastic -- pick up one of these reusable bags from your local H-E-B store today! H-E-B and Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas have partnered to create and sell reusable bags to commemorate Girl Scouting's 100th anniversary. Art depicted on the bags was created by Girl Scouts from Texas to honor 100 years of Girl Scouts.

The reusable bags are now available exclusively at all H-E-B stores in Texas, and proceeds from bag sales will benefit all Girl Scout councils across the state. These bags are only available until May, so grab yours before they're gone! Can't find them in your local store? Ask an H-E-B employee where they display reusable bags, and keep an eye out on our Facebook page for locations where the bags have been spotted!


What are you doing to be forever green?! We want to know! Post your pictures and ideas to GSSWT's Facebook page. Happy Saving!

Learn more about Forever Green here.
Recognizing Excellence Staff Nominations
due Friday, March 30          

The Recognizing Excellence staff awards will award up to six staff members 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 first quarter will be accepted through March 30 for awards presented in April 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!

Website Redesign in the Works         
It's no longer good enough to have a static website -- it must evolve as technologies change, as well as when peoples' needs change. GSSWT realizes its website needs continuous improvement to capture your attention, have new information, and engage you. Therefore, we invite you to give us your feedback as we embark on the journey to the website redesign.

In a perfect world, what would you like to see added to the website? What are the successes of the current site? What are the failures? Provide your feedback now.

Thank you for taking the time to provide your input, it is most appreciated.
Love to Travel?          
Do you love to travel? Enjoy meeting new people? Want to help others? The Mobile Leadership Center (MLC) team is looking for volunteers to assist with upcoming travel dates.

The duty is to provide professional, superior customer service to all internal and external customers, members, volunteers, staff and other community contacts. We are looking for people who are committed to Girl Scout values, are customer-service friendly and knowledgeable of the Resource Center and Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

Upon your first shift with the MLC, you will receive a free T-shirt and lapel pin. After completion of each shift, you will be entered into a drawing for fun prizes such as gift cards and door prizes. Drawing will be held in the late spring.

Interested? Contact Cathy Noll or Tamarra Mencey.
Mobile Leadership Center
Birdies for Charity   

Birdies for CharityGirl Scouts of Southwest Texas is participating in Golf San Antonio's Birdies for Charity program. Birdies for Charity is designed to allow participating organizations to generate contributions through the annual Valero Texas Open. When you donate through Birdies for Charity, 100 percent of your donation comes to GSSWT and opens additional funding opportunities through the Golf San Antonio grant program.

It's easy to participate -- see all the ways here!
 

Discovering Tomorrow's Leaders    
Discovering Tomorrow's LeadersZavala County Volunteers -- Help young leaders and local schools win computers by nominating outstanding Girl Scouts in your area for the Discovering Tomorrow's Leaders Initiative. One young leader from Zavala County will be selected every week now through mid-April! Visit the Discovering Tomorrow's Leaders website to access the nomination form and review full contest details.
Bridging into the Next Century Event
with Walt Disney World    

GSSWT is excited to share this inspirational message from Walt Disney with you -- "Take the initiative to share YOUR character with the world through your courage and confidence to take steps to save our planet. The Walt Disney Company prides itself on innovation and inspiration to create magic and share a message of conservation in its theme parks and resorts. We hope you are inspired every day to create magic and actively engage in the preservation of your community-and beyond!

We look forward to seeing you and your fellow Girl Scouts at Disney's Bridging into the Next Century Event taking place May 25-28, 2012 at the Walt Disney Resort. Be sure to get your tickets and book your resort rooms soon to ensure that you can share in the excitement of this once-in-a-lifetime event! The event is open to all Girl Scouts -- and their friends and families -- from across the country."
Girl Scouts Do Great Things!   
Girl Scouts Do Great Things!At the 2012 SeaWorld San Antonio Cookie Rally, Girl Scouts donated a whopping 2,055 pounds of food to the San Antonio Food Bank. This in turn, will provide 1,605 meals for families! WOW -- Girl Scouts are amazing!

Girl Scouting makes communities a better place. Every year, in virtually every ZIP code, Girl Scouts provide a total of more than 70 million hours of direct service to communities. Girl Scouts are changing the world!
Girl Scouts in the News 
Texas Monthly, March 2012, Volume 40, Issue 3 
GSUSA CEO Anna Maria Chávez talks about Being a Girl Scout. Read the article here.

Forbes, March 2012
GSSWT's very own Girl Scout Senior, Hannah Richmond, is mentioned in the current issue of Forbes. Read the article now.

San Antonio Woman, March/April 2012
San Antonio Woman helps Girl Scouts celebrate its 100th anniversary with a special 16 page insert in the March/April 2012 issue. Pick up your free copy at area H-E-B stores and Jim's Restaurants.
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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.