Volunteer Connection
In This Issue
All Things Cookie
Business Patch Partners
Girl Power! opens
Making a difference
Annual Council Meeting
Adult Volunteer Recognition Ceremony
Rummage Around sale
Forever Green
College Scholarships
Birdies for Charity
Viva Fiesta!
Girl Scouts in the News
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
Girl Power! ITC exhibit
February 22
February 23

Girl Scouts Go Green!
in Kerrville
February 26
Deadline to enter
Girl Scout cookies
for a year contest
March 1
Annual Meeting
March 2
Adult Volunteer Recognition Event
March 2
Texas Cavaliers River Parade
April 22

CPS Energy




Wells Fargo

Girl Scout Greats

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February 15, 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!
All Things Cookie

Win a year's supply of Girl Scout Cookies!

New Boxes! You -- and girls' customers -- can enter GSSWT's contest on Facebook to win a year's supply of Girl Scout cookies! Visit our Facebook page and look for the tab at the top with the delectable Samoa. Clicking on the tab will take you to the entry form where you can upload a picture of yourself with your favorite box of Girl Scout cookies! One winner will be chosen at random to receive a case (12 boxes) of cookies every month for 12 months.
Contest ends March 1. One entry per Facebook user. Good luck!
Have you seen ...
... Girl Scout cookies on the side of VIA buses?! There are 36 buses in San Antonio with banners. If you see one, snap a pic and post it to our Facebook page!
Look for Cookie Booth Sales

Girls are selling outside of store fronts through Sunday, February 24 -- get fun tools here to jazz up that booth!

Cookie Club -- Cookie Buzz

Cookie Buzz fun patch All girls who successfully send out 20 emails by the end of the cookie program using the Little Brownie Baker's Cookie Club will earn the new Cookie Buzz fun patch (pictured at right). Troop Cookie Managers simply need to select the patch for the girls who have earned it when submitting their incentive order during the end-of-sale procedures. 


Additional Cookie Incentives

The following are additional incentives for all girls participating in the cookie program!

>> The top seller of each service unit will earn a 2013 Service Unit Cookie Princess T-shirt

>> All girls who sell 1,000+ will earn two free tickets to the 2014 SeaWorld San Antonio Girl Scout Cookie Rally

>> All girls who sell 5,000+ boxes will earn free tickets for a family of four to the 2014 SeaWorld San Antonio Cookie Rally

>> The service unit that achieves the greatest percent increase over last year's sale will earn a free weekend at camp


Reorder Site Info

In order to allow more girls to reach their goals, the North Central reorder site (at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center) will extend its open days through Friday, March 1 (originally Tuesday, February 26). 


Uvalde will have a cookie reorder site at Reno's Rentals (974 E. Main, Uvalde, 78801) beginning Wednesday, February 6 through Friday, March 1.


See updated reorder site information here.

Questions? Contact the Product Sales office at 210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 309. 

Business Patch Partner Activities --
available online

Business patch programs provide the opportunity to explore topics beyond those in the Girls' Guide to Girl Scouting and other GSUSA resources. There are five business patch partners, each with a unique focus, that all of our girls can earn every year by completing five activities from their appropriate grade-level book.


Check out the activities for our five business patch partners below -- all conveniently located online! There are also grade-level booklets available for checkout in the Resource Center.


CPS Energy & Environmental Awareness

H-E-B & Healthy Living

SWBC & Envision Your Future Building Leaders

Valero & Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)

Wells Fargo & Financial Literacy


For more information about these business patch partner activities, contact Courtney Cunningham (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 221).

Girl Power! opens February 22

The Institute of Texan Cultures, in partnership with GSSWT, presents Girl Power!, an exhibition heralding the next century of Girl Scouting. The exhibit opens Friday, February 22 -- how appropriate for Girl Scouting's World Thinking Day!  Visit ITC's website for hours and admission. 


Come experience the enduring values and traditions of this iconic organization as told through personal stories, photographs, artifacts and memorabilia. The exhibit will be on display through July 14.


A special family program -- Cookies, Community, Culture -- will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, February 23. Additional special programs will be held March 23, April 6 and May 11 -- look for details in upcoming Volunteer Connections.
Volunteers of all ages needed
ITC is looking for girls and/or troops/groups of all ages to volunteer their time and talent at the special family programs on Saturday, February 23 and Saturday, March 23. 
Volunteers directly contribute to the success of festivals and special events at ITC. Whether you're a student who needs volunteer hours, a kind-hearted citizen who enjoys volunteering at events or a corporate neighbor who prides on giving back to the community, we have a role for you. Benefits of volunteering include free event admission and making a difference. Volunteer opportunities include:
  • Greeters -- greet visitors as they enter the exhibit area and direct visitors to various activities
  • Craft Assistants -- assist participants in various craft projects.

Interested? Call 210-458-2279 or email museumtours@utsa.edu.

Making a difference starts with you!

Making a difference

Girls, families, volunteers and community supporters are invited to join GSSWT for


Girl Scouts Go Green

5-7 p.m., Tuesday, February 26 at
Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library


Enjoy storytelling and interactive activities to learn more about the Forever Green initiative with Rose González Pérez, CEO.


Light refreshments and cookies will be served.  

RSVP by February 22 to Steven Acton (210-319-5775 ext. 418).

Annual Council Meeting
Saturday, March 2

The 2013 Annual Council Meeting will be held on Saturday, March 2 at the West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center at Coronado/Escobar (5622 W. César E. Chávez Blvd., San Antonio, 78237). Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., with a call to order at 9:30 a.m. Please join us to get important updates on the council, board of directors and learn about bylaw changes. Get additional meeting information and documents here.


Register now -- RSPVs due Friday, February 22. 


Questions? Contact Jody Hernandez, Chief Operating Officer (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 247).

Allow us to thank you

Adult Volunteer Recognition Ceremony

12 p.m., Saturday, March 2


Join us for food, fun and fellowship to recognize our fabulous volunteers on Saturday, March 2 at the West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center. A reception will be held at 12 p.m. followed by a ceremony at 1 p.m. Get more information and your registration form here.


Questions? Contact Pamela Riles (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 219).

Rummage Around Sale
Get ready to bargain hunt for great treasures during the 89th Annual Junior League of San Antonio Rummage Around sale on Saturday, February 23 in partnership with Goodwill. For more information, call 210-924-8581.
Special thanks to the Junior League of San Antonio for selecting Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas as a benefiting charity of the Rummage Around sale.
Rummage Around sale 
Forever Green
Forever Green patch

Going green? Remember, you can still participate by tracking your 2012 and 2013 Take Action projects and/or take the Forever Green Pledge. Did you take the Forever Green pledge and participate in at least one Take Action project during the 100th Anniversary celebrations in 2012? Then you're eligible to purchase the 2012 Forever Green patch! The patch is still available in the Girl Scout Shop (while supplies last, so don't delay).


Continue being green -- get ideas here!

College Scholarship Opportunities

Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors -- it's that time of year. Still searching for college scholarship opportunities?


The San Antonio Area Foundation has scholarships available for college expenses such as tuition, fees and books. Plus, all scholarships with a Feb. 13 deadline use the same application! You can apply for more than one scholarship using the same application as long as you meet the criteria. Click on the Red Button on the scholarship page of the SAAF website for all the details!

Support GSSWT through the 2013 Birdies for Charity® program

Birdies for Charity In 2013, GSSWT is poised to succeed with its partnership with Birdies for Charity® through the annual Valero Texas Open and your help is needed to spread the word! What's a birdie, you ask?! It's a score of one stroke under par (the expected score) for any hole on the golf course.


Birdies for Charity is a fundraising program designed to give participating organizations the opportunity to generate contributions through the Valero Texas Open, scheduled for April 1-7. All donations and pledges are tax deductible and GSSWT will receive 100 percent of the dollars raised through Birdies for Charity! 
Get more details here.
Viva Fiesta at the Texas Cavaliers
River Parade

Texas Cavaliers River Parade

There's still time to reserve your group tickets for the Texas Cavaliers River Parade! Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas has been selected as a benefiting charity of the 2013 Texas Cavaliers River Parade (parade fun is April 22). Girl Scout groups are eligible to receive a 20 percent discount on group ticket orders (10 ticket minimum). 


Parade tickets are going fast, so reserve your spots today by calling Jennifer Nahoum (210-227-4837) and be sure to request your Girl Scout group ticket discount!

Girl Scouts in the News

ksat.com, Wednesday, February 13 

Girl Scouts go for the hard sell

2013 marks a milestone for the Girl Scouts, with a century of building "courage, confidence, and character" in young girls across the United States and beyond.
Wurzbach Parkway Progress

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


It's Cookie Season!

Traffic along Arion Parkway will be heavier over the next several weeks, requiring truck drivers working on the Wurzbach Parkway project to be more aware of vehicles with little passengers. Read the entire article here.


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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