Volunteer Connection
In This Issue
Girl Scout Shop Closed
Vote for Us!
Calling all Girl Scouts
Offices Closed August 2
Service Unit & Regional Volunteer Position Training
FREE Robotics Camp
Continued Construction
Girl Scouts Do Great Things!
Shop News
Get Connected!
Dates to Remember
Girl Scout Shop &
Resource Center open Summer Hours
now-August 31

PR Team Applications
being accepted
July 15-August 15

Girl Scout Shop Closed
for Inventory
July 16-27

Free No-Sew Blanket Workshop
July 28

Team Up Challenge
Voting Open
July 30-August 13

GSSWT Offices Closed -- Staff Development Meeting
August 2

Operation Supply a Student Collection Event
August 4

Service Unit & Regional Volunteer Position Training
August 11

Labor Day Holiday
(offices closed)
September 3

Trefoil 2012
September 20

GirlExpo 2012
October 6

Girl Scout Greats

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July 27, 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!
Girl Scout Shop to reopen July 30 

Please note that the Girl Scout Shop will reopen at 8:30 a.m., Monday,
July 30.

Vote for Us! 

The grand prize for the 2012 summer Team Up Challenge, funded by Silver & Black Give Back, is $10,000 -- help GSSWT have the chance of winning it by visiting and voting for GSSWT at www.teamupchallenge.com between Monday, July 30 and Monday, August 13. You can vote as many times as you want!

GSSWT's Team Up project empowered middle and high school girls with the opportunity to serve as mentors for younger girls by facilitating service projects to benefit the community and local organizations. Throughout the summer, middle and high school Girl Scouts led program with younger Girl Scouts (grades K-5th) during Camp Metro sessions. Girls created art projects to benefit Meals on Wheels, led a beautification at The Neighborhood Place and created a community garden at the new West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center.   

If won, the grand prize will be used to provide twenty Take Action mini-grants for Gamma Sigma Girls and Gamma Sigma Pearls chapters to complete the service projects of their choice during the 2012-2013 school year. These projects are girl-led and benefit a wide variety of organizations across our community. 

Calling all Girl Scouts

Are you interested in telling others in your community how great Girl Scouts is?

Girls ages 5-17 with bright personalities are needed to help represent our organization throughout its 21-county jurisdiction as part of the council's Public Relations (PR) Team. Applications for the 2012-2013 PR Team will be accepted through August 15.

Applicants for the PR Team should be articulate, outgoing, willing to be called with very short notice, and have access to transportation to and from events. Girls with musical talent (singing, piano, etc.) are also encouraged to apply.

To apply, a parent/guardian must complete the 2012-2013 PR Team Application, available online through August 15. You will be contacted after that date about the next steps in the process.

Applications will be accepted through August 15 ONLY. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered until the next membership year.

Apply now!

Offices Closed August 2 

GSSWT offices will be closed Thursday, August 2 for a staff development meeting. Thank you for your understanding.


See future closed dates here.


Girl Scout Brownies and 4th-5th grade Girl Scout Juniors wanted for a dazzling good time! Learn how to be your own fashionista! Create your own accessories!


Join the fun from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, August 10 at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center. Cost is just $14 and includes a patch. Contact Lynn Jefferson, Retention Specialist (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 242) for more information and to register. 

Service Unit & Regional Volunteer Position Training -- Saturday, August 11   
100 Years of Volunteerism ... and there's still something to learn!


All volunteers who have been or are currently service team volunteers, and all volunteers interested in training for service unit team positions or the new regional volunteer positions, are encouraged to attend Service Unit and Regional Position Training and Enrichment from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, August 11 at San Pedro Presbyterian Church (14900 San Pedro Avenue, San Antonio, 78232).     

There will be opportunities throughout the day for volunteer position learning, special enrichment sessions, door prizes and much, much more. The day will conclude with a fantastic celebration you don't want to miss!


This day is designed to bring you the information you need to achieve great success and provide greater impact opportunities for girls and better support to all volunteers. If you know any adults who would be a good match for an administrative volunteer position at the service unit or regional level, invite them to join you! 


Questions? Contact your Service Unit Director or the Volunteer Development Center (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 207/training@girlscouts-swtx.org).


Contact Courtney Cunningham (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 207) to register. Cost is $12/person. 

FREE Robotics Camp   

August 13-17, Northwest Vista College 

Girls ages 14-18 are invited to register for the free Robotics Camp to be held daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. August 13-17 at Northwest Vista College (3535 N. Ellison Drive, San Antonio, 78251).


Robotics summer camp is a fun-filled, interactive, hands-on experience giving girls an opportunity to design and build robots. Learn valuable life skills as you discover how to build and program robots.  Get the registration form here


Please submit applications to Kassaundra Escalera (fax 210-349-2666). Questions? 210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 262.
Today's girl is backing down ...  

 ... opting out, and playing small. She lacks role models and mentors, especially in the high-paying science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. She's confronted by unhealthy images of female beauty. And the mean-girl culture of her peers holds her back. Girls start opting out of leadership around 5th grade. If this goes unchecked, millions of girls will never realize their full potential.

Legislation may be only part of the total picture, but it's an effective way to encourage change. We've set up a simple process for advocating on behalf of girls, in three distinct areas:

Will you advocate on behalf of girls? Make a few clicks.

And help get her there.


Wurzbach Parkway progress  

Keep an eye out for heavy equipment transportation in our area as construction on the Wurzbach Parkway extension continues to progress.


Please drive slowly when entering the grounds near the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center, as trucks will be coming and going quite often through the lot.


Blanco Road at Wurzbach Parkway

Varying lane closures involving alternating lanes will be closed at the intersection of Blanco Road and Wurzbach Parkway while electricians finish setting up new traffic signals and concrete crews build curbs and sidewalks.


Construction on Wurzbach Parkway is scheduled for completion in 2015. 

For more information and weekly updates on the construction, 
sign up for the newsletter here.

Girl Scouts Do Great Things!   

Girl Scout Troop 590 to hold free No-Sew Blanket Workshop 

Come learn a skill to last you a lifetime -- while helping a child in need!  


Girl Scout Troop 590 will hold a free No-Sew Blanket Workshop from 12-4 p.m. on Saturday, July 28 at Our Lady Guadalupe Catholic Church (Riggs Road, Helotes).


Bring the following materials with you:

  • two pieces of matching or coordinating fleece fabric, 60 inches x 48 inches each
  • fabric scissors
  • yard stick  

Blankets completed at the workshop will be donated to a children's hospital to comfort sick children. Questions? Email troop590gsswt@hotmail.com.



Girl Scouts CEO Rose González Pérez was invited to speak at the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) San Antonio chapter luncheon on Thursday at the Old San Francisco Steakhouse. Rose, accompanied by four of the council's top cookie sellers, spoke about the benefits of Girl Scouting in her life, as well as the Girl Scout Cookie program's ability to turn young girls into entrepreneurs. Mariah Bartlett, Alyssa Owens, Hannah Richmond and Rayven Torres answered questions from the audience about their cookie sales strategies.



Grande Communications -- thanks for your support!

Grande Communications employees in the 


Passion & Commitment Investment Club contributed $2,000 to Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas this week. Thank you for your support -- you're helping girls do great things! Girl board member Augusta Fite accepted the gift from Deidra Stevens, board member of the local Passion & Commitment Club, on behalf of GSSWT. 

Girl Scouts in the News    

Operation Supply a Student Both News 4 WOAI and KABB Fox 29 covered the story of a group of Girl Scouts from the Kirby area working to earn their Girl Scout Bronze and Silver awards with Operation Supply a Student. If you are interested in supporting the group's efforts, the last school supply drive will take place from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday, August 4 at Office Max in the Woodlake Crossing Shopping Center (6212 Wood Glen Drive, San Antonio, 78244).


Come learn a skill to last you a lifetime -- while helping a child in need!  

Shop News

Please note that the Girl Scout Shop will reopen at 8:30 a.m., Monday,
July 30.


Shop News
Summer Hours (now-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 p.m.
Second Saturday: 9 a.m-1 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.