Volunteer Connection
In This Issue
Happy World Thinking Day
All Things Cookie
Annual Council Meeting
Adult Volunteer Recognition Ceremony
Girl Power! is open
Making a difference
Rummage Around sale
Coming February 28
Birdies for Charity
Business Patch Partners
Wurzbach Parkway Progress
Shop News
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 22, 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 World Thinking Day!
Each year on February 22, World Thinking Day, girls honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts by taking time to give thanks for their international friendships and remember that Girl Scouts of the USA is part of a global community -- one of nearly 150 countries that are members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).
World Thinking Day 
All Things Cookie

Don't miss out on this contest --
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.
Hurry! Contest ends next Friday, 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!

Get 'em before they're gone!

Girls are still selling outside of store fronts through Sunday, March 3! Don't miss out on your chance to help her learn the 5 essential skills!


Encourage your girls to thank their supporters

Who doesn't like receiving a handwritten note? Girls can thank their best supporters -- and customers -- with cookie thank you notes. Get 'em here as well as other fabulous cookie resources.

Questions? Contact the Product Sales office at 210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 309. 
Annual Council Meeting, Saturday, March 2 --
RSVPs due today

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 -- RSVPs due today. 


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).

Girl Power! is open

The Institute of Texan Cultures, in partnership with GSSWT, presents Girl Power!, an exhibition heralding the next century of Girl Scouting. The exhibit opens today, 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. tomorrow, 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 a special family program on 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 today to Steven Acton (210-319-5775 ext. 418).

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 
Coming February 28

The Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial Commemorative Coin Act, signed into law in 2009, authorized the minting of up to 350,000 silver dollar coins in commemoration of the yearlong celebration of our 100th anniversary. On September 22, 2012, GSUSA unveiled the design of the coin at the Gala 100th Anniversary Experience Exhibition Preview and Dinner Under the Stars, hosted by Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, with Connie L. Lindsey, National President, and Anna Maria Chávez, CEO.


The coin will be available for sale starting February 28, 2013 noon EST. A surcharge from the sale of each coin is authorized to be paid to GSUSA's national program development and delivery, which helps girls grow into their best selves. And the coolest part? This is the first time the United States Mint has produced a commemorative coin dedicated to a girls' organization! 

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! S
top by GSSWT's Shop (at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center) and buy a birdie for just $2 each, or buy a golden birdie for $5 each! Get more details here.
Announcing the first annual
On the Green ToGetHerThere Golf Tournament
To be held on Tuesday, March 26 at Canyon Springs Golf Club, this inaugural event offers the community an opportunity to have fun hitting the greens while helping support over 23,500 girls within our 21-county council region. 
Introduced during the Girl Scouts' centennial celebration, the
ToGetHerThere campaign was created to highlight the necessity of fostering a supportive environment for girls that encourages them to pursue their aspirations and realize their full leadership potential. By participating in On the Green ToGetHerThere, you can play an active role in helping her reach her goals. Because, when girls succeed, so does society. Learn more and sign up here.
On the Green ToGetHerThere  
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).

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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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.