Volunteer Connection
In This Issue
Holiday Closed Dates
Snowflakes for Sandy Hook
SeaWorld San Antonio Cookie Rally
Stuff the Sleigh
Girls in Motion
Cookie Warehouse Update
Your Feedback Wanted
Free Financial Aid Training
Girl Scouts Do Great Things!
Girl Scouts in the News
Wurzbach Parkway Progress
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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 21
GSSWT Offices Closed for Winter Holidays
December 24-January 1, 2013 (reopen January 2)
GSSWT Offices Closed for Staff Development Meeting
January 9
January 19
GSSWT Offices Closed for 
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
January 21
January 31
Facilitators' Conference
February 2
Annual Meeting
March 2
Adult Volunteer Recognition Event
March 2

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December 21, 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!
Holiday Closed Dates

Please note that all GSSWT offices will be closed Monday, December 24, 2012 through Tuesday, January 1, 2013, reopening at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 for the winter holidays. We wish you and yours a blessed and joyous holiday season!


All offices will also be closed the following dates:

  • Wednesday, January 9 -- Staff Development Meeting
  • Monday, January 21 -- Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday
Reaching Out to Sandy Hook

Eight of the 12 girls who we lost on Friday, December 14 were Girl Scout Daisies and two boys were sons of Girl Scout families. Girl Scouts across the country who wish to reach out to those affected by the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut are welcome to participate in either memorial below.


Trefoils for Sandy Hook

Girl Scouts may reach out to the victims' families and Girl Scout survivors through the Connecticut Trefoil Project. First, get a piece of paper shaped as a trefoil. (Download a pattern here.) Next, write your thoughts, prayers, poems or words of encouragement on the trefoil. Mail to:

Girl Scouts of Connecticut Office
Trefoil Project
340 Washington Street
Hartford, CT 06106


Your trefoil will be presented at a Girl Scout memorial service in mid-January. 


Snowflakes for Sandy Hook

Please help the students of Sandy Hook have a winter wonderland at their new school. Get creative -- no two snowflakes are alike. Make and send snowflakes -- by January 12 -- to:

Connecticut PTSA

60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103

Hamden, CT 06514

SeaWorld San Antonio Cookie Rally  

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

Saturday, January 19, 2013

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**

Registration Deadlines:

  • Cookie Rally only (no meal tickets) -- January 16
  • Cookie Rally and purchasing meal tickets -- January 9

Get more details and the registration packet here!


Girls Rock Tour 2013

Apps due today!

Girl Scouts are ready to rock and roll with the second annual Girls Rock Tour! Have you always wanted to showcase your dance moves or sing your heart out for all to hear? If yes, Girls Rock is perfect for you! Show us your musical talent that pops for a chance to perform at the 2013 SeaWorld San Antonio Cookie Rally. This is your moment to shine! Open to all registered Girl Scouts. Submissions (get your submission packet here) are due today! Questions? Contact Amber Philpot.

Help Broadway Bank Stuff the Sleigh --
last day! 

Stuff the Sleigh For every 'Like' the Broadway Bank Facebook page receives through today, 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!


Girls in Motion to perform
at San Antonio Spurs Game

Friday, December 28

Open to all Girl Scouts and families
Watch GSSWT's dance team, Girls In Motion, perform at the San Antonio Spurs game before the game starts at 7:30 p.m. Girls in Motion performs at 6:30 p.m. Purchase your game tickets at any TicketMaster or contact Nancy Gonzales (210-444-5682) for group sales. Tickets are as low as $15/person, which includes a bag of chips, small drink and a hotdog. 

Cookie Warehouse Update

2013 cookie program Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas is excited to announce that it will partner with a new delivery agent for the 2013 cookie program! Ward North American (17275 Green Mountain Road, San Antonio, 78247) will now help us with our initial delivery and reorder sites during the month of February.


We are no longer working with Armstrong Moving and Storage on Walzem Road. Please note this change to ensure you do not visit the wrong location during cookie season!


Questions? Contact David Nerio (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 226).

Your Feedback Wanted

Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas is currently conducting a survey to obtain feedback related to programs and properties. Your feedback is vital to the development of GSSWT's Long Range Property Plan (LRPP).


The LRPP committee is made up of volunteers and local members of the community who are committed to identifying  program and property needs. We ask that you please take a few minutes of your time and complete the multiple choice survey (takes approximately 10 minutes). This is an ideal opportunity for your voice to be heard regarding programs and properties. The survey will be active through the end of December.

Free Financial Aid Training
(for school counselors, administrators and mentors, in partnership with Café College)

In collaboration with the Financial Aid Council of San Antonio and the Texas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (TASFAA), the San Antonio Education Partnership is pleased to host a FREE financial aid training program designed to help you learn and understand more about financial aid programs, processes and concepts. Workshop will be held at Café College (131 El Paso St., San Antonio, 78204) and breakfast and lunch will be provided!

  • 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday, January 11
  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesday, January 15

Register now (scroll down to choose correct date/location).

Girl Scouts Do Great Things!
2012 Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Celebration - Fort Sam Houston, TX
2012 Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Celebration
Fort Sam Houston, TX


Thanks to Girl Scouts in Cole Service Unit (Fort Sam Houston) who helped tie the yellow ribbons lining the Corridor of Thanks for this memorable ceremony. These girls are living the Girl Scout Promise "to serve God and my country."

Girl Scouts in the News

KSAT12.com, December 17

Girl Scout Rini T. partnered with the American Red Cross to help veterans during the holiday season -- see the video here. On a side note, our very active Girl Scout was also the 3rd top seller in the 2012 Girl Scout Cookie Program. You rock, Rini!

Wurzbach Parkway Progress

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


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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