Volunteer Connection
In This Issue
Carol Lozano, Girl Scout Leader
Girl Scouts & Fiesta!
State-of-the-art Volunteer Service Center
White House Event on STEM
Water, Water -- Not Everywhere!
Special day of recognition Saturday, May 5
One Last Chance!
Summer of the Girl Camp Guide
Teen Adivsory Committee
Continued Construction
Mayor's Fitness Council
Relocating West Side Facility
History of Girl Scouting
Girl Scout Voices
Girl Scouts Do Great Things!
Shop News
Get Connected!
Dates to Remember
 Girl Scout Shop & Resource Center open School Year Hours
Now-May 31 

Fiesta de los Niños Parade
April 21

White House Event

April 24

Offices Closed--  

Battle of Flowers Holiday 

April 27


Montalvo House Conservation Program 

April 28 


Fiesta Flambeau Parade

April 28 


Volunteer Recognition & Celebrations Events
May 5

Offices Closed --

Memorial Day

May 28

Girl Scout Greats
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April 20, 2012

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Girl Scout Leader will always be remembered  

Carol LozanoBeloved Girl Scout Leader of Troop 994, Carol Lozano passed away on Saturday, April 7 after a 12-year battle with breast cancer. She was 54.


Carol was a devoted Girl Scout Leader and volunteer for the past 10 years. She led the girls by example, with her kind and caring words of encouragement. Carol's positive attitude carried her with grace throughout her illness, as she lived a life of courage in front of the girls in her troop. She shared that loving spirit wide and far, from supporting young girls in Girl Scouting to being a Big Sister (Big Brothers Big Sister) to a young man from the age of 8 through his deployment to Iraq. Professionally, Carol was employed with Christian Senior Services. She was always dedicated to helping people of all ages.


Carol is survived by her husband, Alfredo Lozano; her 15 year old daughter, Xochitl; her parents, Bob and Peg Jarmon; a sister and two brothers, and her Girl Scout troop who will never forget her. Carol truly "made the world a better place."


The Girl Scout Flag at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center will be lowered to half-staff today, April 20, in Carol's memory. 

Girl Scouts & Fiesta
and other 100th anniversary items 

Get your Fiesta Medal today! 

Get your Girl Scout Fiesta Medal now! For just $8/each, the medal can be purchased at the Girl Scout Shop or The Fiesta Store (2611 Broadway, San Antonio). ¡Viva Fiesta!  

100th Anniversary Commemorative Poster

Remember to purchase your 100th Anniversary
commemorative posters from the Girl Scout Shop or  online here! Four-time Fiesta San Antonio poster artist and Girl Scout alumna, Shelley Fluke, collaborated with Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas to produce the poster.  


Battle of Flowers parade tickets  

on sale now at Girl Scout Shop
Battle of FlowersCome cheer and show your green at the Battle of Flowers parade on Friday, April 27 as we celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting! Tickets to the parade are on sale now in our Girl Scout Shop at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center for $12 a seat. These tickets are for a limited number of bleacher seats, so buy an extra for your cooler. Our council will have a carriage entry with Juliette Low and girls wearing vintage uniforms, and Gamma Sigma Girls will participate in the parade by carrying the American flag! Show us your green -- wear a green shirt to show support of Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas!


Look for Girl Scouts at Fiesta events!

Fiesta de los Niños 

Head to Port San Antonio on Saturday, April 21 for the Fiesta de los Niños parade. Keep an eye out for Girl Scouts, who will march in their "blinged-out shoes." The parade begins at 12:00 p.m


Fiesta Flambeau Parade

Don't miss Girl Scouts marching in the largest illuminated night parade in the nation, the Fiesta Flambeau parade, at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, April 28. Tickets are on sale now at The Fiesta Store (2611 Broadway, San Antonio) or may be purchased online.

Have you heard about the
Girl Scout stamp?!

To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the First-Class Celebrate Scouting Forever Stamp this June as part of the Girl Scouts' Rock the Mall celebration in Washington, DC.

The stamp features a large silhouette of a girl with binoculars looking into the distance -- perhaps sighting a soaring bald eagle or a faraway destination. The scene within the silhouette features a girl in mid-stride with a walking stick, shorts and backpack on a summer trek. The environment is composed of large redwoods, a lake, a distant forested mountainside and small ferns in the foreground, with a blue sky as it appears in early morning or late evening.


Celebrate Scouting, the "sister" stamp to the 2010 Scouting stamp, pays tribute to scouting organizations for the opportunities and pleasures they have provided millions of youths worldwide. The artwork for both stamps was created by Craig Frazier of Mill Valley, CA, under the art direction of Derry Noyes of Washington, DC. 

Coming Soon:
State-of-the-art Volunteer Service Center 

Get ready for a new beginning and a new volunteer customer service center just for you! Currently, the adult learning office, registrar office and the Cheever Powell conference room will be under construction. With this new Volunteer Service Center, we hope to better meet the needs of our girls and adult volunteers. Construction is scheduled to conclude early to mid May. Please see below for more information of where staff affected by this move will be temporarily stationed:

  • The registration department will reside in the upstairs Hendry conference room
  • Pam Riles will be in the Director of Volunteer Development and Resources office next to the stairs
  • Courtney Cunningham, Volunteer Development Specialist, will be located in the Resource CenterUnder Construction!

More details are soon to come, so put your hard hat on and keep an eye out!

Tuesday, April 24: White House Event on Women and Girls in STEM 


Women and girls continue to be significantly underrepresented in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields -- a trend that starts early and comes at a serious cost to both the career prospects of our young women and the success of our economy. By ensuring women and girls receive the exposure, encouragement and support they need to enter, and succeed in, STEM fields, this country can benefit from the full range and diversity of its talent.


From 9:30-10:30 a.m. (CST) on Tuesday, April 24, the White House Council on Women and Girls is excited to announce a White House event that features a panel of trailblazing women in STEM fields who will share their experiences and encourage young women to follow in their footsteps -- or blaze a trail of their own. This event will also include the very first public screening of "Girls in STEM," a video on girls in STEM, featuring footage from girls who participated in the 2012 White House Science Fair.  

The event will be broadcast live online from the White House and on Facebook, enabling anyone with Internet access to join.  We will also post a video recording of the entire event online (as well as a link to "Girls in STEM") for viewing any time at www.WhiteHouse.gov/administration/eop/cwg. Here's how you can participate:


Submit your questions for the panel right now through a webform on www.WhiteHouse.gov.


On April 24, watch live and join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter:

If you can't join live, full video of the event will be posted on  WhiteHouse.gov/cwg.  

Water, Water -- Not Everywhere!   

Drought, water restrictions, rain collection systems, conservation... Water is a precious resource, especially in Texas, and we are constantly reminded to watch our water use. Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas invites you to visit the Montalvo House in Brackettville on April 28 to discover how easy it is to conserve this natural resource.  


The event includes a speaker from the Texas Water Development Board, hands-on activities and games. The fun runs from 12:00 until 3:00 p.m. This event is free to the community and everyone is welcome, especially children in grades 2-8, so bring the whole family! Get more details here.


Don't miss out -- RSVP today or call 830-563-3443.

Saturday, May 5 --
Join us for a special day of recognition  

Join us on Saturday, May 5 for a special day of recognition for adult volunteers and teen Girl Scouts at the Morgan's Wonderland Event Center, 5223 David Edward Drive, San Antonio, 78233.   


The Adult Volunteer Recognition Brunch recognizes the wonderful volunteers who are receiving board-approved awards. We will begin with brunch at 11:00 a.m. followed by the award ceremony. The fee for this event is $15/person, with awardees receiving two (2) complimentary tickets.


Brunch will be followed by Celebrations, the event to recognize those Girl Scouts who have earned their Girl Scout Gold Award, Girl Scout Silver Award or Presidential Volunteer Service Award and top cookie sellers. Graduating Senior Scholarships will also be presented at Celebrations, which will begin at 2:15 p.m., also at Morgan's Wonderland Event Center. Light refreshments will be served and there is no charge for this event.


Register now for either event

Community Conversations 2012  

Nine community conversation opportunities took place throughout the council areas between March and April. Thank you to all of the volunteers who attended to lend your voice to helping bring great ideas to the table on how to support you better. The meeting notes and survey results will be given to the Volunteer Advisory Steering Committee (VASC) members for their review and they will then make recommendations to staff as they move forward with plans for GSSWT membership support.


If you were unable to attend one of the Community Conversations, here is your chance to voice your thoughts. Click here to participate in the survey members took at the conversations. This survey will be open through the end of April 2012. Don't miss this opportunity to have your voice heard!

Thank you for all of your support. We look forward to hearing from you!

Summer of the Girl 2012 
Summer of the Girl 2012 The  Summer of the Girl 2012 Camp Guide
is finally here! Keep an eye out for the printed version, landing in a mailbox near you soon. For now, take a look at the activities offered during the  Summer of the Girl 2012!

This is a large file and full color -- you may want to use black ink to print.
Calling girls ages 14-18 

Girl Scouting provides an excellent forum for girls to learn the skills needed to become future leaders. GSSWT is currently recruiting girls to join the council's Teen Advisory Committee. As a member of the Teen Advisory Committee, girls will have the opportunity to meet quarterly with GSSWT's CEO and girls from across the council's jurisdiction, to discuss current issues and share personal insights.


All teen Girl Scouts, ages 14-18, are encouraged to apply for this exciting leadership opportunity. Serving as a member of the Teen Advisory Committee is an excellent way for teen Girl Scouts to become involved at the council level, share their experiences and provide input to GSSWT's CEO. Apply now!


For more information, contact  Kassaundra Escalera (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 262).
Parkway progress and construction updates 

Construction on the Wurzbach Parkway extension continues to progress, affecting traffic flow to and from the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center. 


Navigating Starcrest

Remember to follow all warning signs and traffic control signs in work zones. Failure to adhere to the posted signs will result in fines twice the normal amount. Speed limits have decreased in the Starcrest area due to construction, and the San Antonio Police Department is issuing citations to those drivers who do not abide by the posted warnings.

Accepting Applications!  
The Mayor's Fitness Council is pleased to announce that they are searching for San Antonio students to represent the Mayor's Fitness Council in their schools as Student Ambassadors for the 2012-2013 school year.

Students who will be in grades 5-12 during the 2012-2013 school year and attend a school in Bexar County can apply now!

GSSWT is relocating its west side facility 

Quality program and service to girls and adult volunteers is a top priority of GSSWT. Recently, the organization elected to suspend all activities at the Avenida Guadalupe Girl Scout Center and vacate the premises. GSSWT has experienced exponential growth in recent years and requires a larger facility to better serve its members. It also became necessary to remove GSSWT staff from an unhealthy work environment. 


Please be assured that GSSWT staff will continue to serve girls and adult volunteers through in-school and after-school activities and in collaboration with other youth serving agencies such as The Neighborhood Place, YMCA, YWCA, Boys and Girls Club and SA Youth. 


Thank you for your continued support of Girl Scouting and for your patience as the organization moves forward with its momentous transformation!

See the History of Girl Scouting
in an area near you!  

El Progreso Memorial Library in Uvalde

History display in UvaldeThe personal Girl Scouting collection of long-time Girl Scout member Estella Reyna Kierce is on display along with local troop items and history banners for the entire month of April at the El Progreso Memorial Library at 301 W. Main St. in Uvalde, Texas. Be sure to visit the display during the library's hours of operation:

  • Mon., Tues., Wed. -- 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday -- 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Fri. & Sat. -- 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Cody Library in San Antonio

Stop by the Cody Library on 11441 Vance Jackson for 100 Years of Girl Scouting. This exhibit will be open Mondays, 

Wednesdays, Friday - Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for the month of April. Come by today!


Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center
San Antonio

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, are on display 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.


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 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.

Girl Scout Voices 

Please share this with girls and their parents in your troop. The link below is for girls to give input about their Girl Scout experience.


Would you be interested in giving a few minutes of your time to participate in a survey about your Girl Scout experiences?

The survey results will help us understand how Girl Scouting benefits you and girls like you. Your input will tell us how we can make your experiences even better. That means that your answers are very  important to the success of Girl Scouting. All answers are kept confidential. Click here to complete the survey now!

Thank you for your participation.
Are you an online shopper?!  

Do you love Groupon? Are you an online shopper? Did you know that you can help GSSWT earn money for the shopping you already do?


OneCause.com is an online shopping program that pays a percentage of your purchase to your favorite charity. Visit the website at www.onecause.com to sign up and see the list of online merchants that participate. Each merchant sets the percentage that goes to your charity. For example, Groupon pays 4 percent of your purchase. In order to earn the percentage back, you must choose Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas as your charity and click through www.onecause.com to go to the merchant site.

Girl Scouts Do Great Things!

Girl Scout Cadette Tia Thomas will be awarded the 2012 Hats Off Award, which recognizes youth who have exemplified scholastic, leadership and community service achievements. Given by the Alpha Phi Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, the award will be presented to Tia at the Hats Off Award and Scholarship Luncheon on Saturday, May 5. Tia is an outstanding member of GSSWT's Public Relations Team. Congratulations, Tia, we are so proud of you!

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Friday: 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Second Saturday: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 

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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.