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Calling all Val Verde County Girl Scouts!
2012 Fall Product Sale
Ex Officio Girl Board Member
Facebook: Friend or Foe?
Money Manager Training
State Fair of Texas tickets available
Hay You!
Girl Scouts Do Great Things!
Girl Scouts in the News
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Get Connected!
Dates to Remember
Volunteer Service Center, Girl Scout Shop &
Resource Center open School Year Hours
now-May 31

Del Rio-Val Verde County Agency Fair &
Silent Auction

October 13

Order-taking for Fall Product (Nuts & Candy)
ends October 14

Facebook: Friend or Foe?
October 16

Money Manager Training
October 18

State Fair of Texas
October 21

Facebook: Friend or Foe?
October 23

Facebook: Friend or Foe?
November 3

GSSWT Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
November 22 & 23

Ex Officio Girl Board Member applications due
November 27

Girl Scout Greats

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October 12, 2012

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Calling all Val Verde County Girl Scouts! 


Mark your calendar for the Del Rio-Val Verde County Agency Fair & Silent Auction from 2-8 p.m. on Saturday, October 13 at Plaza del Sol (2205 Veterans Boulevard, Del Rio, 78840). Come by for fun activities and a great silent auction supporting 18 Del Rio-Val Verde County United Way agencies, including Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas!

2012 Fall Product (Nuts & Candy) Sale --
get 'em before they're gone! 

Become the Difference This year's fall program (nuts and candy) theme is Become the Difference. The fall product sale offers girls the opportunity to earn fast funds at the beginning of the 2012-2013 Girl Scout year.


The Volunteer Product Sales Team developed exciting updates for this year's program. New features include these new products:

  • Peppermint Bark in a swirl tin for $10
  • Chocolate Covered Pretzels in a snowman tin for $8
  • Double Dipped Chocolate Covered Peanuts for $6


Additionally, the team is excited to announce an expanded rewards package, including cute incentives and the always useful Nut Bucks program credits. Order taking ends October 14!  


For more information, contact the Product Sales office at 210-349-2404/ 1-800-580-7247 ext.380.

Nominations due Tuesday, November 27  
All teen Girl Scouts, ages 14-18, are encouraged to apply to serve as ex officio girl board members to GSSWT's Board of Directors. Applications are due Tuesday, November 27.

Each of the five regional areas will select two teen Girl Scouts to serve on the board -- an excellent opportunity for girls to become involved at the council level and experience the democratic process first hand. See the timeline and get the application here
Facebook: Friend or Foe? 
Facebook is the largest social network site in the world and its growth seems unstoppable. It has many advantages, but online safety is always a concern. Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas will hold two classes specifically designed for teens ages 12+ and their parents.

We will have in-depth discussions on:
  • The multiple benefits of using Facebook
  • How parents can remain involved without being intrusive
  • Appropriate content and online etiquette
  • Profile and privacy settings
This is a class you and your teen can't afford to miss!

Dates:Cost is $15/family. For more information, contact Becky Jennings (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 241). 
Money Manager Training 

Join Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, October 18 at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center (811 N. Coker Loop, San Antonio, 78216) for Money Manager Training.


Learn the how-to of troop finances! Discover the money management process and requirements from bank account procedures to filing reports. Help guide girls with their financial goals and assist in establishing good money practice skillsPrerequisite: Must have Completed Girl Scouting 101 and Welcome Session


For more information and to register, contact Trisha Kealoha  (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 222). 

State Fair of Texas tickets available NOW
in the Girl Scout Shop  

Are you heading to the State Fair of Texas (open today through October 21) at Fair Park in Dallas? Purchase your tickets now at GSSWT's Girl Scout Shop!


Girl Scout councils from across the Lone Star State will be featured in the Hall of State. Check out www.statefairgirlscouts.com for more information on all Girl Scout events during the fair.

Tickets are $14/person (tax included). Numbers are limited, so stop by and get yours today!

Texas State Fair
Hay You! 
What are your plans this weekend? The Graff Family Farm has dedicated  part of the South Texas Maize to Girl Scouting's 100th anniversary! The maize is open for the fall season through November 25 and hours are: 
  • Friday 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
  • Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Sunday 12-5 p.m.
Visit www.southtexasmaize.com for more information and to purchase
South Texas Maizetickets. See why getting lost in the maize is just so much fun!

The South Texas Maize is located at 911 US Hwy 90 East in Hondo, 78861.
Girl Scouts Do Great Things! 

O, The Oprah Magazine, November 2012 

Hannah R.Girl Scout Hannah Richmond is featured as one of 12 individuals making a difference in their communities in the November issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. Pick up the magazine today to read about Hannah's cookie sales on page 158!


Justine Magazine, October/November 2012

Girl Scout Krystal Farthing was an Honorable Mention winner in Justine, the "real-girl" focused national lifestyle magazine for teen and tween girls. The R.E.A.L. Girl Contest asked teens to describe how they are Remarkable, Energetic, Aspirational Leaders and was held in partnership with Girl Scouts of the USA.


San Antonio Express-News, October 8, 2012 

Girl Scout Rebecca Baumgarten is a great example of how girls today are already demonstrating the leadership skills learned in Girl Scouts.

Girl Scout aims to enhance books for visually impaired
The idea came to the Girl Scout Cadette at her brother's house last Christmas. Her 3-year-old nephew climbed onto the couch beside her, book in hand, and asked her to read him a story. His request floored her. Read more here.
Girl Scouts in the News   

Wilson County News.com

October 10, 2012

Goober Gazette: Elisa Meza, Colton Routh to represent Girl Scouts

Elisa Renee Meza will represent the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, Wilson County Service Unit in the 68th annual Peanut Festival. See more here. 


The New York Times   

October 11, 2012

Girl Scouts Update Recipe for Cookie Box  

The Girl Scout cookie box is getting a major makeover - for the first time in more than a dozen years - to better tell the story of what girls learn from selling cookies. Thin Mints, Samoas, Trefoils all and the other cookie varieties will move from being a product to a messenger, seeking to explain what scouts do and to reconnect with some of the 59 million Girl Scout alumnae. Read the entire story here. P.S. Anna Maria Chávez was in San Antonio when she conducted the phone interview for this story!


Tune in today at 5 p.m.!

News 4 WOAI 

The Girl Scouts and STEM story will air today, Friday, October 12 on News 4 WOAI on the 5 p.m. show. Don't worry if you miss it -- re-broadcast will air tomorrow, Saturday, October 13 on the 5 or 10 p.m. show!

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Offer Expires: November 25, 2012South Texas Maize