Volunteer Connection
In This Issue
Hurricane Sandy: How you can help
Thanksgiving Dinner
Mobile Leadership Center on the road!
Cheer Mile Volunteers needed
Ex Officio Girl Board Member
Board-approved Award Nominations Due
Upcoming Programs
Want to make a Gingerbread House?
PSA Contest
2013 Facilitators' Conference
Wurzbach Parkway Progress
Shop News
Get Connected!
Dates to Remember
Volunteer Service Center, Girl Scout Shop &
Resource Center open School Year Hours
now-May 31

Thanksgiving Dinner at the West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center
November 15

GSSWT Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

Board-approved Award Nominations due
November 30
GSSWT Offices Closed for Winter Holidays
December 24-January 1, 2013 (reopen January 2)
January 31
Facilitators' Conference
February 1-3
Annual Meeting
March 2
Adult Volunteer Recognition Event
March 2

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November 9, 2012

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Hurricane Sandy: How you can help 

Girl Scout sisters from around the country are asking how to help the eight Girl Scout councils affected by Hurricane Sandy. Although material donations and troop offers of assistance are appreciated, the councils are not currently in a position to process and organize them.


How can you help? While Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) does not allow fundraising for outside organizations, contributions may be directed to a specific council or councils through their online giving sites. To give, please visit donate.girlscouts.org/hurricanerecovery, where you will find links to the online giving sites for all eight councils, as well as the giving form for GSUSA's Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund. 


Thank you for your support of our sister Girl Scouts during this difficult time. 

Thanksgiving Dinner at the new
West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center
at Coronado/Escobar 

Join Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas for a Thanksgiving feast from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 15 at the new West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center (5622 W. César E. Chávez Blvd., San Antonio, 78237).

This event is open to the community! Come share Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings with our Girl Scout friends and family. Not a Girl Scout? Not a problem! Become a registered Girl Scout by signing up at the event.

For more information, contact Raitza Garcia (210-349-2404/
1-800-580-7247 ext. 310).

Mobile Leadership Center to visit all-new
West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center 

The Mobile Leadership Center is coming to the West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center at Coronado/Escobar (5622 W. César E. Chávez Blvd., San Antonio, 78237)!

  • Monday, November 19, 4-8 p.m.Mobile Leadership Center
  • Thursday, December 6, 4-8 p.m.


Visit the mini-shop for your Girl Scouting needs. (No cash; credit cards and checks only, please.)

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 this 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
Board-approved Award Nominations due
Friday, November 30

Let's celebrate the great work the volunteers give so willingly to GSSWT and nominate them for a board-approved award. Complete your nomination packet and submit to the Volunteer Development Center by Friday, November 30. Don't miss this chance to recognize an extraordinary Girl Scout volunteer at the annual adult recognition event on Saturday, March 2! Questions? Contact Kecia Batsell-Smedley ext. 207 or Pamela Riles ext. 219 (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247). 

Upcoming Programs  

Time to Breathe

Friday, November 16

open to girls in grades K-1

Air isn't just smelled -- it's seen and heard. Often it can be felt and tasted, too. Do you have the desire to nurture and protect the air around you? Become aware of issues regarding air in your community and around the world. Discover your personal flair while becoming an effective communicator on key issues, inspiring others to act. Get more details and the registration form here.


She & Me Scrapbooking 

Saturday, December 1

open to all Girl Scout levels 

'Tis the season to be -- giving! Spend the day card-making, paper-crafting and scrapbooking with your favorite female adult. Spread holiday cheer by creating homemade cards to send throughout the community to those in need. This program is open to all Girl Scouts. Get more details and the registration form here.

Want to make a Gingerbread House?  

Well here's your chance! The San Antonio Children's Museum will host a Gingerbread House activity session, sponsored by Imperial Sugar 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, December 8 at North Star Mall (7400 San Pedro, San Antonio, 78216).


Cost for a Gingerbread House, which includes house, candy, icing and a Girl Scout Gingerbread Patch, is $14/Museum Members or $16/Non-Museum Members.


Cost for a Gingerbread Cookie Pack, which includes two cookies, candy, icing and a Girl Scout Gingerbread Patch, is $8/Museum Members or $10/Non-Museum Members.


For more information, contact Catherine at 210-212-4453 ext. 1309.

New PSA Contest asks girls how to end bullying

End Bullying PSA 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.

SAVE the DATE -- 2013 Facilitators' Conference

February 1-3, 2013 at Camp Mira Sol

Join us at Camp Mira Sol on February 1-3 for the 2013 Facilitators' Conference. The overall goal of the conference is to provide council facilitators with the information, tools and techniques they need to conduct successful and engaging adult learning sessions for our volunteers. 


So come to camp in February ready to do some skill-building, brain-picking, info-sharing and other activities designed to charge up your creativity. Interested in becoming a council facilitator? Then join us at Camp Mira Sol -- look for the event registration form in the Spring 2013 Pathways Guide.

Wurzbach Parkway Progress

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


South-bound US Hwy 281 at Bitters Road

10 p.m. until 5:30 a.m., Tuesday, November 13

All lanes of south-bound US Hwy 281 will be closed at Bitters Road overnight while crews work on the dynamic Transguide system. Drivers will exit Bitters and re-enter the main lanes of the highway after crossing Bitters Road. Drivers should expect delays along this route.


North-bound frontage road of US Hwy 281 between Country Parkway and Heimer Road

10 p.m. until 5 a.m., constant November 9-12

All lanes of the north-bound frontage road will close while crews build a large drain structure under the roadway. Drivers will use Country Parkway and Heimer Road to reach Bitters Road. Drivers seeking to access north-bound US Hwy 281 will have uninhibited access to the entrance ramp from Nakoma. Expect long delays.


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.
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