Volunteer Connection
In This Issue
GSSWT Offices Closed
Hurricane Sandy: How you can help
Mobile Leadership Center on the road!
Ex Officio Girl Board Member
Board-approved Award Nominations Due
SeaWorld San Antonio Cookie Rally
She & Me Scrapbooking
Community Partner Programs
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

GSSWT Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

Board-approved Award Nominations due
November 30

December 18
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

Girl Scout Greats

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November 16, 2012

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GSSWT Offices Closed for
Thanksgiving Holiday

Please note that all GSSWT offices will be closed Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23. Offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, November 26.


We wish you a peaceful and delicious Thanksgiving.

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. 

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


Mobile 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)! Join us from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, December 6 and visit the mini-shop to stock up on your Girl Scouting needs! (No cash; credit cards and checks only, please.)  

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 firsthand. 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). 

SeaWorld San Antonio Cookie Rally--
must register by Dec. 18!  

Join the party at SeaWorld San Antonio and kick off the Girl Scout Cookie Program in a wave of fun!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

(must register by Tuesday, Dec. 18 -- late registrations will not be accepted) 

SeaWorld San Antonio

Open to all Girl Scout families and friends! What a great way to kick off the 2013 cookie season! Join GSSWT and all of your Girl Scout and SeaWorld friends for splashes of fun at the annual cookie rally. Start with an interactive tailgate party filled with music, new activities, games and so much more. Later, jump into a park excursion with shows, rides, games and a whale of a good time (the park will not be open for full use). As a Take Action project, please bring donations for the San Antonio Food Bank -- visit safoodbank.org for the most wanted items. 


  • $15/person ages 2+ (includes tailgate party activities, patches, snack, and entrance into SeaWorld)
  • Optional Meal Package -- additional $13/person for all-you-can-eat grilled hamburgers and hot dogs (includes chips, cookie, and drink) **Optional meal package must be purchased prior to event; will NOT be available for purchase day of; only those with a ticket will be allowed to enter, this includes parents/guardians of girls; no ticket equals no entry to food area**

Get more details and the registration packet 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.

Community Partner Programs  

Woodlawn Theatre Badge Workshops

Do you dream one day to become an award winning actress? We are ready to help you reach your acting dreams! The Woodlawn Academy for Performing Arts at the Woodlawn Theatre (1920 Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio, 78201) is offering a fun and exciting acting workshop to teach you how to express yourself and begin to understand the art of performing. After all the blooming starlets have completed the workshop training, you and your family get the chance to see a show performed LIVE! Questions? Contact Sherry Wehner at 210-859-0255 


Fees include tickets to the Best Christmas Pageant show the same evening!  

  • $25/Girl Scout Brownie
  • $30/Girl Scout Junior
  • $35/Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors & Ambassador

  • Dates/Times:

    Act Out!/Let's Pretend (Daisies & Brownies):

    • Dec. 1, 3:30-6 p.m. workshop; 7:30 p.m. show
    • Dec. 8, 3:30-6 p.m. workshop; 7:30 p.m. show
    • Dec. 22, 3:30-6 p.m. workshop; 7:30 p.m. show

    Theater (Juniors): Dec. 15, 2:30-6 p.m. workshop; 7:30 p.m., show  

    Peforming Arts (Cadettes, Seniors & Ambassadors): 
    Dec. 15,
    2-6 p.m., workshop; 7:30 p.m., show  

    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.

    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.


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

    postponed until January

    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. This closure has been pushed back to January due to utility conflicts.


    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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