|Dates to Remember|
Volunteer Service Center, Girl Scout Shop &
Resource Center open School Year Hours
Family Fall Festival
Juliette Gordon Low's Birthday
Facebook: Friend or Foe?
Self-Defense Launch Workshop
50th Anniversary Welcome Home Ceremony
GSSWT Offices Closed for Winter Holidays
December 24-January 1, 2013 (reopen January 2)
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We've gone pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month in honor of our founder Juliette Gordon Low (who passed away from breast cancer in 1927), all who have fought it, all who are at peace and all who have been affected by it. Go Pink!
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|A Special Girl Scout |
It is with great sadness that we share with you the loss of a beloved Girl Scout friend, Lucille Shean. Lucille suffered a stroke and passed away Monday, October 22.
Lucille was a great friend to Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas and co-founder and longtime member of the Order of the Silver Trefoil. In her memory, the Girl Scout flag at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center will be flown at half staff Friday, October 26 through Monday, October 29.
Visitation will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Sunday, October 28 at Mission Park Funeral Chapel North (3401 Cherry Ridge, San Antonio, 78230) with funeral services at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, October 29 at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church (8231 Callaghan Road, San Antonio, 78230). A reception will follow at the church. Burial will take place at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery after the reception.
|Family Fall Festival |
All Girl Scouts and their families are welcome to join the fun at the Fall Festival from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. this Saturday, October 27 at the West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center at Coronado/Escobar (5622 W. César E. Chávez Blvd., San Antonio, 78237).
Enjoy food booths, fun activities, safe trick or treating, a costume contest and more -- no registration needed and it's free!
|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! Join us from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, November 3 at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center (811 N. Coker Loop, San Antonio, 78216). Cost is $15/family. For more information, contact Becky Jennings (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 241).
|Girl Scouts invited to very special|
Welcome Home Ceremony
Girl Scouts and their families and friends are invited to attend the
Vietnam Veteran 50th Anniversary Welcome Home Ceremony, parade and reception from 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, November 7. The ceremony will be held on Staff Post Field on Fort Sam Houston from 4-5 p.m. and will be followed by a reception for Vietnam Veterans and their families in the Quadrangle from 5-7 p.m. Guest of Honor for the ceremony will be Medal of Honor recipient Major General Patrick Brady (USA, Retired), also a Vietnam-era veteran.
This ceremony and reception are a long-overdue opportunity to combine the efforts of the Army at Fort Sam Houston, our fellow service components and the local community to welcome home Vietnam War Veterans and their families regardless of the branch of the military in which they served. This initiative will honor not only those who served during this time, but also those who lost their lives in this war, those who were held as Prisoners of War and those still unaccounted for.
The official ceremony will be military-style, complete with troops, music, police honor guards and fanfare. From Vietnam-era equipment to welcome home signs and banners to helicopter flyovers, the ceremony is meant to offer a celebratory environment to finally welcome these heroes home the right way.
Immediately following the ceremony on Staff Post Field, guests are asked to line the "Corridor of Thanks" as Vietnam Veterans walk into the historic Fort Sam Houston Quadrangle for the reception. All Girl Scouts are asked to create their own "Welcome Home" signs to hold along this "Corridor of Thanks."
|POWERHOUSE Self-Defense Workshop|
This workshop will teach you to be aware of your surroundings and includes learning techniques to use your core strength to defend yourself. Light refreshments will be served during the Q&A session. Come prepared -- leave empowered!
Register by contacting Leslie Gartin, Regional Event Coordinator (210-382-3201).
|Cheer Mile Volunteers Needed!|
Need community service hours or just want to do something good? The local Susan G. Komen Foundation Rock 'n' Roll Marathon (scheduled for Sunday, November 11) is in need of volunteers for the Cheer Mile!
Come wearing pink and bring noise makers, voices and signs to boost participants' spirits during the run, from 5:30-10 a.m.
Light refreshments will be served. The first 150 volunteers to sign-up will receive a FREE Cheer Mile T-shirt and a pink Komen San Antonio noisemaker.
Interested in participating in this great activity? Contact Samantha for more information.
|Apps due Tuesday, November 27 |
| 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.
|New PSA Contest asks girls how to end bullying|
Girl Scouts is taking on bullying in a big way. The "Be a Friend First" initiative rolls out this winter, and the fall/winter PSA contest gives girls a chance to create a video, write a script or make a storyboard, telling the world how to stop bullying in its tracks. The contest is open through January 31 at speakout.girlscouts.org/create. Entries are already streaming in -- take a peek and vote on your favorites! And stay tuned for the winner of this summer's PSA contest ("Dear Mr. President"), which we'll professionally produce and air in January.
|Wurzbach Parkway Progress|
Keep an eye out for heavy equipment transportation in our area as construction on the Wurzbach Parkway extension continues to progress.
West Ave set to reopen next week
Crews working on the expansion and improvements on West Avenue expect to have the road reopened next week with two lanes of traffic flowing in each direction.
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, sign up for the newsletter here.
School Year Hours (now-May 31)
Monday-Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Second Saturday: 9 a.m-3 p.m.
|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.