Volunteer Connection
In This Issue
Girl Scouts needed Monday, August 27
Local memories to be featured
Will you be there?!
Stop. Think. Connect.
Lose something?
Renewing the Promise
You're Invited!
Girls in Motion
Upcoming Events
Access Volunteer Tools
Pathways Guide is here!
Explore Volunteering Opportunities
The Nutcracker
Continued Construction
Girl Scouts in the News
Shop News
Get Connected!
Dates to Remember
Girl Scout Shop &
Resource Center open Summer Hours
now-August 31

Photos for
Texas State Fair DUE

August 30

Labor Day Holiday

(offices closed)
September 3

Renewing the Promise
September 6

Trefoil 2012
September 20

Adventure Time
September 22

Speak Out
September 29

GirlExpo 2012
October 6

Girl Scout Greats

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August 24, 2012

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Girl Scouts needed
to welcome a soldier to his new home 

Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas has been invited to a home presentation for SSgt. Alex Del Rio, USMC (Ret) at 11 a.m. on Monday, August 27. SSgt. Del Rio lost both of his legs while serving in Iraq and HelpingAHero.org has built a specially adapted home for him and his family. 


Available Girl Scouts in all grade levels are invited to welcome SSgt. Del Rio during the key ceremony at his new home (204 Arrowhead Cove, Cibolo, 78108).


Girl Scouts who plan to attend are highly encouraged to wear official uniform and make signs that read something along the lines of "Welcome home!" or "Thank you for your service."


For more information or to RSVP, please email TX@HelpingAHero.org .

Local Memories to be featured
at Texas State Fair   

Storybook Tree Do you have photos of Camp La Jita or the Storybook Tree from your time as a Girl Scout? Have your memories included in the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas exhibit during the Texas State Fair, September 28-October 21, at the Hall of State in Dallas!

The GSSWT exhibit will feature a (smaller) replica of the beloved Storybook Tree, and images submitted will hang from its branches. More recent photos will loop on a flat screen TV mounted inside the opening. The title of the council's exhibit is "Rooted in History, Branching Out to the Future."

Please send your pictures in JPEG or TIFF form to Theodora Setterbo, Communications Specialist, before Thursday, August 30. 


Thank you for your contribution to making this the best Texas State Fair in Girl Scout history!


Texas State Fair 


Will you be there?!  

GirlExpo 2012  GirlExpo 2012

10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, October 6, Freeman Colisuem 


Join Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas in a day-long event including hands-on activities, entertainment, food, and fun! Girl Scouts and non-Girl Scouts alike are welcome to enjoy the festivities. 

GirlExpo 2012 will celebrate everything GREAT about being a girl! From camping and sports to careers and science, girls and their families will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities and learn about resources and opportunities in our community. Tickets are $8/person in advance or $10/person at the door.


External organizations and businesses are encouraged to participate as an exhibitor or sponsor -- get details here


Girl Scouts of the USA has joined the national cybersecurity awareness campaign, STOP. THINK. CONNECT., in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of online safety. 


The Stop.Think.Connect. campaign is a national public awareness effort among government, industry and non-profits designed to guide the nation to a higher level of Internet security by educating and empowering the American public to be more vigilant about practicing safe online habits.


While the Internet is a great place to learn and play, kids -- and particularly young women -- can easily become victims of cyber bullies, cyber predators and other online criminals if they do not first stop, then think about what they are doing and finally connect over the Internet in a careful way.


Click here to learn more and get the campaign materials and toolkit.   Stop. Think. Connect.

Did you lose something?  

Did you have fun at summer camp? Did you leave something behind?! Lost and found items want to return home! Contact Dawn Santaniello to claim your goods. Camp lost and found will be kept until August 31 -- items not claimed will be donated to Goodwill.  

Renewing the Promise 2012 

6-8 p.m., Thursday, September 6 @ Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center (811 N. Coker Loop, San Antonio, 78216)


Join us for light refreshments, door prizes and a Girl Scout event! Come learn about the customizable membership options for girls (K-12) as well as fun and flexible volunteer opportunities for adults. All girls registering at the event will receive an early bird patch.


For more information, contact Recruitment Specialist, Annalisa Franco (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 285).

You're Invited!  
The American Business Women's Association (ABWA) invites you to attend its annual Woman of the Year Luncheon -- with our very own Rose González Pérez, GSSWT CEO, as the featured speaker -- from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 22 at Anne Marie's @ Devonshire Place (12475 Starcrest Drive, San Antonio, 78216).

ABWA is celebrating Girl Power to Woman Power in conjunction with our 100th anniversary. Reservations are required and the deadline is September 7. Get the registration form here.
Girls in Motion   

Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas Dance Series 

open to girls in grades K-12

Love to dance? Dance to the beat with Girl Scouts! It doesn't matter if you're big or small, Girl Scout Daisies through Ambassadors, we want you all! Practices will be held bi-weekly at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center (811 N. Coker Loop, San Antonio, 78216) beginning Tuesday, September 18 from 6:30-8 p.m.


Contact Ashton Webster for more information (210-349-2404/ 1-800-580-7247 ext. 296).

Upcoming Events 

Adventure Time

Saturday, September 22, Floresville -- open to girls in grades 2-3 

Ever wondered what it's like to view the world how others see it? Join Brownie Elf and the Brownie crew on a journey that will take you to places you've only dreamed of. It's Your World -- Change It! So put on your traveling shoes and get ready for this exciting adventure! Get more details and the registration form here.  


Speak Out

Saturday, September 29, Seguin -- open to girls in grades 2-3

It's Your Story -- Tell It! Everyone has opinions, but is yours being heard? Join your Brownie crew and find your voice through interactive storytelling! What you think matters, so let's speak out to make the world a better place. Spaces are limited -- get all the details and the registration form here.    

Contact Ashton Webster for additional details regarding these events (210-349-2404/ 1-800-580-7247 ext. 296).
Access Volunteer Tools  

Toolkit Are you a Girl Scout volunteer? Build a brighter future for girls by logging on to  GirlScouts.org/Tools4U, where you'll find a wealth of online resources: the Make Your Own badge site, My Girl Scout Calendar app, an online library of badges and a cool communications tool. You can also enter to win Starter Kits for the upcoming membership year. But hurry -- you must enter by September 30! (Use the option that says "If you didn't receive a code, click here to get one.")

Fall 2012 Pathways Guide is here!  
Pathways Guide GSSWT's Pathways Guide is published twice a year (January and August). Hard copies of the publication are available for every registered Girl Scout and the guide can be easily accessed online.

Inside the Pathways Guide, you'll find a step-by-step guide to registering for and attending a variety of council-sponsored activities that emphasize the flexible pathways in Girl Scouts. GSSWT staff plan and implement girl activities and adult learning opportunities throughout the council's 21-county service area to meet the needs and interests of our diverse membership. Each event identifies the appropriate grade level, if adults are required to attend, and if the event is for troop, individual or family participation.

Click on the cover at right and make your way to Girl Scout fun!
Explore Volunteering Opportunities 


As a society, we lose something
every time a girl doesn't raise her hand in school, doesn't say what's on her mind, or chooses not to lead. But with you in her life, she's one step closer to speaking out and leading the way.


Your time as a mentor will give a girl the environment she needs to blossom into her best self, regardless of how she defines it: scientist, business leader, stay-at-home mom, race-car driver or mayor of your town. You don't need experience working with girls to be good at this. You just need to believe in the potential of girls and be there to support them.


So what are you waiting for? We hope you'll explore volunteering opportunities with Girl Scouts, the world's premiere girl-leadership organization. But if that's not for you, check out opportunities with Big Sisters, Girls Inc. and other girl-serving organizations. Because if it's good for girls, it's good for us.

Ballet San Antonio and
San Antonio Symphony presents   

The Nutcracker

November 23-25 and November 30-December 2 at the Majestic Theatre.


Join the Nutcracker Prince as he takes Clara through the Land of Snowflakes to the magical Kingdom of the Sweets, where they will tell their tale to the Sugar Plum Fairy. Delight your whole family by attending a holiday tradition!  


To purchase tickets, contact Karen Cramer (210-554-1066).

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.


Construction on Wurzbach Parkway is scheduled for completion in 2015. 

For more information and weekly updates on the construction, 
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Girl Scouts in the News   

Girl Scouts aim to produce leaders

mysa.com, August 22, 2012  

Girls have higher grade-point averages. They are more likely to be members of the National Honor Society. And more women than men graduate from college and then go on and get graduate degrees. Read the entire story here.

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