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Girl Scouts Do Great Things!
Renewing the Promise
Girl Scouts & Martha Stewart
Continued Construction
Shop News
Get Connected!
Dates to Remember
 Girl Scout Shop & Resource Center open School Year Hours
Now-May 31 

Renewing the Promise
June 14

Offices Closed --

Memorial Day

May 28

Girl Scout Greats
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May 11, 2012

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Girl Scouts Do Great Things!

U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison receives Pathfinder Award
On May 1, The Greater Chamber presented Girl Scout Alumna and U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison with the Pathfinder Award, The Chamber's highest honor. The award is given to a pioneer, a leader who has forged new and innovative courses for the benefit of those who follow. Senator Hutchison has been a Pathfinder throughout her career in public service. Senator Hutchison has had many "firsts" in her life, to include, the first onscreen female reporter in Texas, working as Legal and Political Correspondent for KPRC-TV in Houston until 1971; first female member of the Texas House of Representatives from a district in Houston until 1976; and first woman elected to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate.

Kristine Nelson Howland named
Trinity Director of Planned Giving

Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas volunteer Kristine Nelson Howland, a proven fundraiser with more than 20 years of experience in public and private sectors of higher education and related fields, has been named director of Planned Giving at Trinity University. Congratulations!

Christie Goodman received
Del Oro award

GSSWT volunteer Christie Goodman received the Tex Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award from the San Antonio Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America at the Del Oro Awards banquet. Christie is the troop leader for both of her daughter's troops. Congrats, Christie!


Troop 177 Helps Guide Dogs of Texas for
Bronze Award Project

For their Bronze Award project, members of Girl Scout Junior Troop 177 built two custom benches from scratch so that visually-impaired clients who use the bus would have a place to sit protected from the sun and rain at the Guide Dogs of Texas location. The girls made sure that the dedication plaques on the benches include Braille. The troop also held a collection drive and a dog wash event, where they washed 23 dogs and were featured on KENS-TV News. With the support they received, they were able to donate supplies Guide Dogs of Texas needed for two new litters of puppies. 


Jessica Kowalski receives NEISD's Student Volunteer of the Year 

Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas would like to recognize Jessica Kowalski as the Johnson High School Principal's Award recipient for the fourth year in a row and the prestigious NEISD Student Volunteer of the Year. Jessica has been a Girl Scout since 2nd grade and is currently a member of Troop 32 in the Tejeda Service Unit. As a Girl Scout, Jessica has earned her  Bronze and Silver awards and is currently completing her God and Life Award. Jessica is an active Youth Leader for the Community Bible Church in San Antonio and is involved in speech, drama, and debate, finishing as both a State and National finalist. Jessica will be heading to Dallas Baptist University to study Children and Youth Ministries on a full ride scholarship this fall. She will also graduate Summa Cum Laude! Congratulations, Jessica (and her parents, Greg and Jennifer Kowalski)! And thank your for your 1,000+ hours of community service!

Renewing the Promise 2012   
You are invited to renew the promise from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 14 at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center, 811 N. Coker Loop, San Antonio, 78216.


Enjoy light refreshments, take the Forever Green and ToGetHereThere pledges and register for 18-months of Girl Scouting for the low price of $18!



  • Learn about new programs and volunteer opportunities
  • Register as an adult member and customize your volunteer experience
  • Hear about upcoming events and programs


  • Enjoy a fun Girl Scout activity and fire-up some S'mores
  • Register to become a Girl Scout
  • Sign-up for summer camp and upcoming Girl Scout programs

For more information, contact your GO Team Recruitment Specialist (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247):

Girl Scouts & Martha Stewart

Did you see the Girl Scout episode of the Martha Stewart Show on Monday, May 7? If you missed it, watch it here!

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. 


West Ave at Wurzbach Parkway

Non-stop closure through October

West Avenue, between Walker Ranch Park and Indian Hollow Apartments, will be closed for approximately six months while crews rebuild West Avenue. This will be a complete closure and no traffic will be allowed through the construction zone. North-bound traffic will be routed to Nokoma to U.S. 281 frontage roads to Bitters and onto West Avenue. South-bound traffic will turn left on Interpark, right onto the U.S. 281 frontage road and right on Nokoma, then reach West Avenue.


Starcrest Rd from Budding Blvd to Wetmore Ave

Non-stop closure through August

The east-bound lanes of Starcrest are closed for work relative to the Wurzbach Parkway project. All traffic has been diverted to the west-bound lanes, limiting Starcrest to a single lane in each direction. No left turns are permitted along this road. This closure has been extended.

Shop News

Shop News

Open School Year Hours Now-May 31

Monday-Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

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

Second Saturday: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.    

Summer Hours (June 1-August 31)

Monday-Wednesday: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Second Saturday: 9:00 a.m-1:00 p.m.  

Big Savings
Now-May 31: Camp Supply Sale -- 15% off

June 1-31: Clearance Sale 

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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.