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Happy New Year! Happy Cookie Time!
Office Closed Dates
Reaching Out to Sandy Hook
SeaWorld San Antonio Cookie Rally
Cookie Warehouse Update
Free Financial Aid Training
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 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

Girl Scout Greats

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January 4, 2013

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!
Happy New Year! Happy Cookie Time!

Girl Scouts started taking orders Tuesday, January 1!

Look for girls knocking on your door and selling at booths in front of neighborhood stores beginning February 8 through February 24! For only $3.50/box, don't miss out on the opportunity to stock up on all your favorite flavors: Thin Mints
, Samoas, Tagalongs, Do-si-dos, Trefoils, Savannah Smiles, Thank U Berry Munch and Dulce de Leches!


New Packaging Design New Boxes!
For the first time since 1999, all boxes of Girl Scout Cookies have a new look and a new purpose: to elevate the significance of the Girl Scout Cookie Program. The pictures are of girls doing activities that a girl could do with the proceeds her troop/group earns! Everyone knows how tasty Girl Scout Cookies are, but a lot of people who buy them don't realize what a Girl Scout learns from selling them. Girl Scouts gives every girl access to life-changing experiences that inspire her to do something big and that is pictured on each box.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program empowers a girl with the strength, abilities and drive she'll need to become an accomplished woman who benefits herself, her family and her world.


Learn more about the cookie program here!

Closed Dates

Please note that all GSSWT offices will be closed the following dates:

  • Wednesday, January 9 -- Staff Development Meeting
  • Monday, January 21 -- Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday

Thank you for your understanding. 

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 to be held later this month. 


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 --
deadline to register with optional meal package is Jan. 9 

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!

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).

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).

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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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.  

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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.