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In This Issue
Happy Girl Scout Week
Girl Scout Sunday Celebrations
Please note hours for WSGSLC
Cookies for a Year winner!
Girl Power! is open
Centennial Silver Dollar
Birdies for Charity
Upcoming Programs
Summer day camp staff needed
Volunteer Opportunity
Kohl's Cares Scholarships
Girl Scouts in the News
Girl Scouts Do Great Things!
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
now-July 14
Deadline to enter
Girl Scout cookies
for a year contest
Midnight, March 1
Annual Meeting
March 2
Girl Scout Sunday
March 10
March 10
Girl Scouts Birthday
March 12
March 14
March 15
Girl Scout Sabbath
March 16

March 22

March 23

March 23
On the Green
March 26
March 30
April 5
April 6
Texas Cavaliers River Parade
April 22

CPS Energy




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March 8, 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 Girl Scout Week!

Girl Scout Week is celebrated each March. It starts with Girl Scout Sunday and ends with Girl Scout Sabbath on a Saturday, and it always includes the Girl Scout Birthday, March 12, the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the first 18 girl members in Savannah, Georgia.


Did you know that Girl Scouts used to establish seven days of service during Girl Scout week? Share these with your girls!

Girl Scout Sunday and Girl Scout Sabbath (Saturday) was a time girls attended services at their house of worship 
  • Take part in a religious service, wear your Girl Scout uniform. 
  • Say or sing grace at a meal.
  • See Girl Scout Sunday Celebrations article below. 
Monday was designated Homemaking Day
  • Help do chores around your house.
  • Be extra nice to your siblings. Do a good deed for them. 
Tuesday was Citizenship Day (Happy 101st Birthday, Girl Scouts!)
  • Take part in a flag ceremony.
  • Do a service or take action project in your community. 
Wednesday was Health and Safety Day
  • Do at least 20 minutes of exercise.
  • Check to see if your smoke detectors and fire extinguishers are working properly.
  • Eat only healthy snacks today. 
Thursday was International Friendship Day
  • Learn about a country you would like to visit and cook/prepare something from that country.
  • Learn what WAGGGS stands for. 
Friday was Arts and Crafts Day
  • Make a scrapbook of your family.
  • Make a craft from recycled materials. 
Saturday was Outdoors Day
  • Take a scavenger hike. Find something in nature that starts with each letter of the alphabet.
  • Play games outside with your troop or family.
Girl Scout Sunday Celebrations --
Celebrating 101 Years

Each year, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas celebrates a variety of religious services during March. Below are religious institutions that will recognize Girl Scouts at specific services during the month.


If you are aware of additional church services that will recognize Girl Scouts during March, please contact Risa Weinberger or Jan DeHaven. The Interfaith Committee for Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas would appreciate having a count of Girl Scout participants for each service -- please provide a brief report (name of location, date and number of participants) by April 5 to Becky Jennings.


Troops must meet adult/girl ratio. Individual girls must be accompanied by an adult. Girls attending are encouraged to wear official Girl Scout uniform. Girl Scout Sunday patches are available for purchase in the Girl Scout Shop at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center.  


Protestant Service -- Sunday, March 10

10:15 a.m. sign-in; 10:50 a.m. service

Canyon Lake United Methodist Church, 206 Flintstone, Canyon Lake, 78133


Catholic Service -- Sunday, March 10

1:30 p.m. sign-in; 2 p.m. Mass

San Fernando Catholic Church, 115 Main Plaza, San Antonio, 78205


Catholic Service -- Sunday, March 10

10:45 a.m. sign-in; 11:15 a.m. Mass

Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 20523 Huebner Road, San Antonio, 78258


Protestant Service -- Sunday, March 17

10:30 a.m. sign-in; 11 a.m. service

Travis Park United Methodist Church, 230 E. Travis Street, San Antonio, 78205

Note change in business hours for West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center next week

The West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center will be hosting a Spring Break Camp next week, March 11-14. During this week ONLY amended business hours are as follows:

  • Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
  • Friday 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Currently there is no program scheduled for Saturday, March 16.

The Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center will observe regular business hours.

For those of you who are off next week, have a wonderful and safe Spring Break, Girl Scouts!
Announcing Cookies for a Year contest winner!

Cookies for a Year Winner! Congratulations to Diana B. and daughter Harley on winning a year's supply of Girl Scout cookies!

Diana writes: "Girl Scout Daisy, Harley, from Troop 1087 (Honey Creek Service Unit) LOVES selling cookies. Here is a picture of her at her first ever cookie booth! Thank you Girl Scouts for providing such a great program (and yummy cookies too)!"

Diana and Harley elected to receive all 12 cases at once to donate to their troop's Gift of Caring project, which will benefit the Brooke Army Medical Center.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our first-ever Facebook contest! 
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. 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.

Outdoor Skills Day for families
Saturday, March 23
In conjunction with the exhibit, ITC and GSSWT are teaming up to offer an outdoor skills class for families. Join us at ITC (801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd., San Antonio, 78205) from 10 a.m-2 p.m., Saturday, March 23 to learn about fire safety, camping skills, knot tying and play outdoor games! Informal tours of the Back 40 outdoor living history area will take place, too! Get more details and admission fee here.
Girl Scouts now has a centennial silver dollar!

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 year-long celebration of our 100th anniversary. On September 22, 2012, GSUSA unveiled the design of the coin at the 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 is now available for sale! 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 green 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 a girl succeeds, so does society. Learn more and sign up here.
On the Green ToGetHerThere  
You're invited to upcoming programs

All sorts of fabulously fun programs are coming soon! Interested in flying? Want to picture your future? Learn to be a great pet owner? How to enact change in your community? Like film and art and storytelling? Then these programs are for you! Each has a link to more details and a registration form.

Let's Learn How to Fly

9 a.m.-3 p.m., Thursday, March 14 -- open to girls in grades 4-12

meet at Julio's Restaurant (3900 Hwy 90 E., Del Rio, 78840) Get more details and the registration form here


It's a Girl's World

6-8 p.m., Friday, March 22 -- open to girls in grades 9-10

Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center (811 N. Coker Loop, San Antonio, 78216Get more details and the registration form here


Celebrate Your Bliss

10 a.m.-12 p.m., Saturday, March 23 -- open to girls in grades 11-12

Heritage Middle School (8004 New Sulphur Springs Road, San Antonio, 78263) Get more details and the registration form here.  


Animals, Pets & Me

10 a.m.-12 p.m., Saturday, March 30 -- open to girls in grades K-1

(Floresville Community Center (600 Hwy 97 W., Floresville, 78114Get more details and the registration form here.


Break Out Your Muse

6-8 p.m., Friday, April 5 -- open to girls in grades 4-5

Sally Cheever Girl Scouts Leadership Center (811 N. Coker Loop, San Antonio, 78216) Get more details and the registration form here.


Speak Out Brownie

10 a.m.-12 p.m., Saturday, April 6 -- open to girls in grades 2-3

Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center (811 N. Coker Loop, San Antonio, 78216) Get more details and the registration form here.

Summer day camp staff needed

camp counselor Camp Mira Sol is searching for summer day camp staff members. A variety of positions are open, including camp nurse, cook and especially counselors. Staff members will ride the bus daily to Camp Mira Sol from the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center in San Antonio or from the Riverside Nature Center in Kerrville. Check out the available positions and apply TODAY!


Can't make it to camp the entire summer? We always welcome volunteers. Whether you have a day, a week or a month available, come spend time sharing your talents and skills with our campers!


Questions? Want to volunteer? Contact Katie Hornstrom, Camp Mira Sol Program Specialist (830-995-2191).

Petco 5K9 Walk Run looking for volunteers
The Petco Foundation helps animal-welfare organizations find lifelong, loving homes for millions of orphaned pets, as well as fund spay and neuter efforts, animal-assisted therapy programs and humane education. Th Petco 5K9 Walk Run event includes a 5K, 1-mile plus health and fitness expo for people and pets. The race will be held on Sunday, March 10 at the Petco Headquarters on Richland Hills Drive. Volunteers are needed to hand out water, be on poop-scoop duty, help with registration, tear-down and set-up the course and work a variety of other stations. Food and T-shirts provided for all volunteers!

Interested? Contact Anne Elizabeth Chacon (210-218-2012).

Kohl's Cares® -- Nominate a young volunteer for up to $10,000 in scholarships

Go to kohlskids.com to nominate a young volunteer, ages 6 to 18, who has made a difference in your community. Top winners will receive $10,000 each for higher education. Nominations accepted now-March 15.

Nominators must be 21 or older.

Girl Scouts in the News
Local Girl Scout raises $20k for Romanian church 

A Canyon Lake senior (our own Kati DeHaven) is making a huge difference in the lives of others halfway across the world. See the story here

Girl Scouts Do Great Things!
Comal ISD website
Canyon Lake High student raises $20,000 for church in Romania as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project

Some people wait a lifetime to realize a goal Canyon Lake High senior Kati DeHaven reached before she was 18 years old. As part of DeHaven's Girl Scout Gold Award project ... Read the entire story 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. 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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