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Last chance to SHARE
Every girl deserves her own
Camp it Up!
Tree dedication
Early Bird
Helpful Hints
Upcoming Programs
Girl Power!
Girl Scouts in the News
Wurzbach Parkway Progress
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Resource Center open School Year Hours
now-May 31
 
Girl Power! ITC exhibit
now-July 14
 
May 9
 
aMAZE Yourself
May 11
 
May 13
 
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May 27

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May 3, 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. Stay in the know and keep an eye on your inbox for great Girl Scout information!
Last chance to SHARE this spring!
Support Her Activities, Resources & Experiences
SHARE Patch The SHARE Family Partnership Campaign is specifically designed for families to have the opportunity to financially contribute to their daughter's Girl Scout experience. SHARE contributions provide funding for council-sponsored programs and camp facilities, as well as resources and training materials for troop leaders.
  • With a $15 donation, all registered girls in the family will receive the annual SHARE patch. 
  • Grandparents who donate $15 or more on behalf of the SHARE Campaign qualify their granddaughter Girl Scout to receive a "My Grandparents Care to SHARE" patch.
  • With a family donation of $50 or more, registered girls in the family will receive a special birthday greeting.
Ways to participate for your patch 
Click here to make a donation now or mail contributions to:
     Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas
     Attn: Development & Communications Department
     811 N. Coker Loop, San Antonio, TX 78216
Every girl deserves her own ... 

Green Girl ... book, that is, to ensure she is receiving the full Girl Scout Leadership Experience!

 

To help make this happen, the Girl Scout Shops at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center, West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center and Mobile Leadership Center will feature all girl guides, journey books and journey book sets at a special price from May 6-18 (see shop section below).

 

Questions? 210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 201.

Camp it Up! 

Camp it Up! Ready to plan your summer fun? Download Camp it Up! Your 2013 Summer Fun Guide now and look for it in your mailbox -- one has been mailed to every Girl Scout household! 

 

Questions? Contact Becky Jennings (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 241).

Tree dedication in memory of Girl Scout sister 

Please join Hope Arise United Methodist Church and the family of Alexis Steele at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 5 at Cibolo Green Elementary (24315 Bulverde Green, San Antonio, 78261) for the school's tree dedication in honor of our deceased Girl Scout sister. We will celebrate the life of Alexis and her 10th birthday with cake, smiles and a few tears. The American Cancer Society and Red Cross will be there and a blood drive will take place during the event. Looking for a way to honor Alexis? Bring a small gift to donate to Alexis Angels Ministry, benefiting children in local cancer wards. We are specifically looking for fun bedside games and activities for young boys.

 

Thank you for your good thoughts and contributions to Alexi's memory.

The Early Bird gets the ... Patch!

Early Bird patch Early Bird registration gives current Girl Scouts and troops/groups the opportunity to register early for the upcoming Girl Scout year (October 2013 through September 2014) before the fall rush! Re-register today! Please note that dues have increased to $15/member, $195/graduating girl lifetime membership dues and $375/lifetime membership dues.

 

Learn about Early Bird incentives and important information regarding the membership dues increase here.

Helpful Hints for Finance Reports

Summer is coming and troops that have not attended the new Money Manager course may have questions about completing the summer finance report. We are here to help. The finance report is now an Excel spreadsheet and available on GSSWT's website. Looking for complete details? Get 'em here

 

Detailed finance report instructions are provided in the new Money Manager course -- next course is 6-7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 9 @ Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center.

 

Questions? Contact Trisha Kealoha, Finance Report Specialist (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 260).

Upcoming Programs

It's a Girl's World

6-8 p.m., Friday, May 17, Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center  -- open to girls in grades 9-10
Imagine a world of peace and serenity. Imagine yourself making a difference. Take a journey around "your" world -- discover yourself, your surroundings and how you can enact change. Be the girl who makes a difference in the world! Get complete details and the registration form now.  

 

Nature Explorers

Friday, May 17-18, Kerrville -- open to girls in grades 6-8
Take a night hike along the river, use the tools of a scientist, make a craft and learn about nature and wildlife! Sleep inside the climate-controlled Riverside Nature Center Visitor's Center and enjoy a pizza dinner, snack and continental breakfast with your fellow Girl Scouts. Nature Center counselors are trained teachers and/or Texas Master Naturalists. Get complete details and the registration form now.  
 
aMAZE Yourself 
10 a.m.-12 p.m., Saturday, May 18, Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center -- open to girls in grades 6-8
Think about the twists and turns in your everyday life ... through fun and friendship, discover the tools to navigate through life's maze. Find the power to make the world a better place -- starting with a personal journey. Get complete details and the registration form now
Have you visited Girl Power?

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.

Girl Scouts in the News
Prominent Girl Scout alumna visits Girl Power! at the Institute of Texan Cultures 
Eagle Pass Business Journal, April 18, 2013

Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas CEO Rose González Pérez welcomed Judith A. Canales, Acting Deputy Under Secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development, to the Girl Power! exhibit at UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures on March 28. Read the entire article here.


Parade-goers take in River festivities

mysa.com, April 23, 2013 

Hordes of festive celebrators turned out Monday for the first parade of the 2013 Fiesta season: the Texas Cavaliers River Parade. They lined the banks of the River Walk, some honoring long-held tradition, others feeling curious and many hoping to rev up the spirit of Fiesta. Read the article and see photos here

 

Century of 'Girl Power' at ITC

mysa.com, April 29, 2013

Memories jotted on notes dangle like leaves from a replica of a cypress tree. A green sash, made of construction paper and long as a giraffe, looms above visitors. And 10 prominent San Antonio women bear witness to a bond shared with millions of women - membership in the Girl Scouts of the USA. Read more 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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Friday: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Second Saturday: 9 a.m-3 p.m. 
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