Volunteer Connection
In This Issue
Power of One
SeaWorld San Antonio Cookie Rally
Stuff the Sleigh
Share Your Creativity
Bear Hunt Community Project
A Wonderland Christmas
Money Manager Training
Community Partner Programs
App Challenge
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Get Connected!
Dates to Remember
Volunteer Service Center, Girl Scout Shop &
Resource Center open School Year Hours
now-May 31

December 13

December 18
GSSWT Offices Closed for Winter Holidays
December 24-January 1, 2013 (reopen January 2)
January 19
January 31
Facilitators' Conference
February 1-3
Annual Meeting
March 2
Adult Volunteer Recognition Event
March 2

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November 30, 2012

Here you'll find timely information about program, adult learning opportunities and other general news to keep you connected to GSSWT! Volunteer Connection is sent weekly every Friday. Stay in the know and keep an eye on your inbox for great Girl Scout information!
Power of One

This year girls can participate in the Power of One campaign and earn a patch (limited quantities, while supplies last) while spreading Girl Scouting to others! The Power of One campaign challenges girls to open the door to new girls by adding a member to their troop.


Power of One

Download the Power of One form now and mail to GSSWT, 811 N. Coker Loop, San Antonio, Texas 78216 or fax to 210-349-2666. Once your Power of One form is received, your GO Team Recruitment Specialist will contact you to coordinate pick-up/delivery of patches.



Contact your GO Team Recruitment Specialist:

Pink GO Team -- Annalissa L. Franco (210-319-5775 ext. 411)

Purple GO Team -- Crystal Falcon (210-319-5775 ext. 414)

Blue GO Team --  Raitza Garcia (210-319-5775 ext. 406)

Orange GO Team -- Michele Cruz-Ortiz (210-349-2404 ext. 222)

Yellow GO Team -- Tina Kosikowski (210-349-2404 ext.232)


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) 

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!

Help Broadway Bank Stuff the Sleigh

Stuff the Sleigh For every 'Like' the Broadway Bank Facebook page receives from today until December 21, they'll donate $1 to five local charities, including Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas!

Please share the news with your friends and fellow Girl Scouts, and be sure to like Broadway Bank! They help make it possible for girls in our region to have the best possible Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas could earn up to $5,000!


Share your creativity!

San Antonio Housing Authority (SAHA) needs 90 centerpieces with the theme of Girl Scouting's 100th anniversary for its annual Senior Gala to be held on Friday, December 14. (Tables are round and will seat 10 people each.)


Please deliver centerpieces to Maritza Rosario (210-319-5775 ext. 423) at the West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center at Coronado/Escobar (5622 W. César E. Chávez Blvd., San Antonio, 78237) no later than Wednesday, December 12.

Bear Hunt Community Project
sponsored by Coldwell Banker

Coldwell Banker is collecting stuffed animals -- gently loved and new! No animal is too cuddly or ferocious, too big or small, we will take them all! All new stuffed friends must retain a tag and will be taken to children's hospitals this holiday season for Christmas. The goal of our hunt is 15,000 stuffed animals.


You may drop off your stuffed animals at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center (811 N. Coker Loop, San Antonio, 78216) or the West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center (5622 W. César E. Chávez, San Antonio, 78237) For more information, please contact Kassaundra Escalera at 210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 262.

A Wonderland Christmas
at Morgan's Wonderland  

Morgan's Wonderland will host the first-ever A Wonderland Christmas, every weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas from 5-9 p.m. Fun will include a petting zoo, Santa's living room (with a photo opportunity), north pole, tree, lights and much more!


Morgan's Wonderland would like to host groups to perform Christmas carols/music for guests taking part in A Wonderland Christmas. Girls performing and leaders will receive free admission; guests would pay park admission of $15/adult and $10/child. If your troop/group is interested in participating, contact Kristin Simpson, Marketing Associate at 210-495-5888 ext. 1024 or visit www.morganswonderland.com.

Money Manager Training

Still need training for the service unit or troop money manager positions? Join us from 6-7 p.m., Thursday, December 13 at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center (811 N. Coker Loop, San Antonio, 78216).


Remember that you must register five days prior to the date of the course -- get the adult learning registration packet 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


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

  • 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.

Calling All Girl Scouts:
The White House Equal Futures App Challenge

Do you know any Girl Scouts who use apps on their smartphones, tablet computers or other mobile devices? If you do, the White House has a fun and educational challenge for them! The Equal Futures App Challenge asks girls to create an app that promotes civic education and/or inspires other girls to serve as leaders in our democracy. Get all the details hereSubmissions are due January 12!

Girl Scouts in the News

GSSWT Board Member Cece Cheever's Cheever Books was featured on the San Antonio Current last week -- There are two places one should feel safe getting lost in: one is, of course, thought, and the other is a bookstore. Both are places of the mind and both are not so easy to find let alone get lost in these days. Cheever Books (3613 Broadway) has been helping thoughtful people safely get lost in both states for 27 years.


Read the entire article here!

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. 

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