Volunteer Connection
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Upcoming Offices Closed Dates
Pathways Guide is available!
Don't miss out!
Long Range Property Plan
Value the Fun!
Regional Family Giving Coordinators needed
Girl Power! exhibit -- free admission
2nd Annual Living History Timeline
Lose Something?
Commemorative Coin
Wurzbach Parkway Progress
Shop News
Get Connected!
Dates to Remember
now-September 29

Volunteer Service Center, Girl Scout Shop & Resource Center change to School Year Hours
September 1

Free admission to
Girl Power! exhibit
September 1

Labor Day
(GSSWT offices closed)
September 2

Unclaimed lost & found items from camp to be donated to Goodwill
September 3

Honey Creek Service Unit Long Range Property Plan Town Hall Meeting
September 3

Eagle Pass Long Range Property Plan Town Hall Meeting
September 4

Junction Long Range Property Plan Town Hall Meeting
September 5

Long Range Property Plan Town Hall Meetings
continue
September 9-October 17

Free admission to
Girl Power! exhibit
September 8

GSSWT offices closed for Staff Development Meeting
Sept. 12 & 13

September 20

Bricks 4 Kids
October 5

Soap, Suds & Puppy Dogs
October 5

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August 30, 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!
Upcoming offices closed dates

Please note the following closed dates for all all GSSWT offices:

  • Monday, September 2 -- Labor Day  
  • Thursday, September 12 and Friday, September 13 --
    Staff Development Meeting 

View future closed dates here.

Fall 2013 Pathways Guide is available!

Fall 2013 PG CoverGSSWT's Pathways Guide is published twice a year (January and August). Hard copies of the publication are available for every registered Girl Scout and the guide can be easily accessed online.

Inside the Pathways Guide, you'll find a step-by-step guide to registering for and attending a variety of council-sponsored activities that emphasize the flexible pathways in Girl Scouts. GSSWT staff plan and implement girl activities and adult learning opportunities throughout the council's 21-county service area to meet the needs and interests of our diverse membership.

 

Each event identifies the appropriate grade level, whether adults are required to attend and if the event is for troop, individual or family participation.

Click on the cover above and make your way to Girl Scout fun!
 

Don't miss out! 

null The deadline is Monday, September 16 for all Gold Award Alliance recipients -- including those who have received the Golden Eagle of Merit, the Golden Eaglet, Curved Bar, First Class and the Gold Award -- to be included in GSUSA's first-ever Gold Award Alliance Directory!

 

Questionnaires have already been sent out to the highest achievers, but if you are a Gold Award Alliance recipient and did not receive your questionnaire, there's still time. Just contact the publishing partner, Harris Connect (866-874-7479).

 

Only Gold Award Alliance recipients will have the opportunity to purchase a copy of the directory, which will be published in February/March 2014. In addition, a new Gold Award Alliance pin (pictured above) is being introduced that can be purchased with the directory for a nominal extra fee.

 

The Gold Award Alliance Directory represents an elite group of women who have achieved the highest award in Girl Scouting since its inception in 1916. The directory will feature not only names and contact information of recipients to help friends reconnect, but also inspirational personal stories about these exceptional women. See more details about the Gold Award Alliance Directory.
Long Range Property Plan

In August 2012, GSSWT's board of directors established a volunteer-led Long Range Property Plan (LRPP) Committee that was tasked to develop a long-term property plan for the council's 21-county jurisdiction. In June 2013, the LRPP Committee presented the findings and recommendations to the board.

 

Visit girlscouts-swtx.org/property for more information on the long-term property plan.

  

Upcoming town hall meeting dates are as follows:

See future dates here

Value the Fun! 

PJs & Penguins 

5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20 to 8 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 21 -- open to girls in grades K-3
Bring your favorite pair of PJs and join this penguin sleepover at SeaWorld San Antonio! Explore various activities and enjoy a pizza party with your Girl Scout friends. Then spend the night next to penguins! Top off your overnight adventure with a continental breakfast before saying goodbye to your new Girl Scout and penguin friends. Cost is $95/participant. Get the details and registration packet here.

Bricks 4 Kidz

10 a.m.-12 p.m., Saturday, October 5 -- open to girls in grades K - 12

Kids learn best through activities that engage their curiosity and creativity. They learn, they build while they play with...LEGOŽ bricks. This program is built around model plans, designed by engineers and architects, with exciting themes such as space, construction and amusement parks. Get the details and registration packet here.

 

Soap, Suds & Puppy Dogs

1:30-4 p.m., Saturday, October 5 -- open to girls in grades 4-5

Take action and be an agent of change while giving dogs a bath! Contribute to your community and work with a team of Girl Scouts to help dogs at the Animal Defense League. It's Your World -- Change It! Get the details and registration packet here. 

Regional Family Giving Coordinators needed

The Family Giving campaign is GSSWT's new campaign scheduled to officially begin in October - the SHARE campaign is no more! This is an exciting opportunity to build a culture of philanthropy around our girls, and family giving provides a way for your family to make an investment in your daughter and her Girl Scout experience.
 
We need volunteers like you to help develop the Family Giving campaign. This is your chance to make a difference and have your voice heard! We want enthusiastic, influential and reliable volunteers who can be our advocates at service unit meetings and parent meetings as Regional Family Giving Coordinators.

Regional Family Giving Coordinator responsibilities will look like this:  

  • Give input on campaign materials
  • Give input on incentives
  • Present "ask" presentations at GO Team meetings, service unit meetings, service unit events, parent meetings, etc.
  • Includes showing the video, referencing our materials and presenting a gift envelope
  • Work with service units to achieve Family Giving participation goals 

As a Regional Family Giving Coordinator you are not expected to hold fundraising events in order to earn financial support for family giving as the purpose of the campaign is to engage individual families through a personal contribution.
 
For more information or to sign-up, please contact Brooke Johnson (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 211). 

Girl Power! exhibit -- free admission

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. 

 

Free Admission on Sundays through September 8!

Haven't had a chance to visit the exhibit? Or just want to tour it again? Gather your family and friends and visit on Sundays for FREE through September 8!

 

The display has been extended to Sunday, September 29. Come experience the enduring values and traditions of this iconic organization as told through personal stories, photographs, artifacts and memorabilia. 
2nd Annual Living History Timeline
hosted by The Texas Time Travelers 

Have you ever wanted to step back into history? Perhaps your favorite historical event is the Civil War or Indian history. Would you like to be able to visit with a Civil War soldier, a Buffalo soldier, or even soldiers from World War I or II or someone from the Texas Camel Corp with Camels? This is your chance! All proceeds to benefit The Warriors Roadtrip Network Education Fund.

10 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, September 20

9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, September 21

9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday, September 22  

 

All Girl Scouts who attend on Saturday and Sunday in uniform will receive free admission! Without a uniform, admission is $5/adult and $3/children.

 

Directions: West side of San Antonio, at the crossroad of loop 1604 and Hwy 90 West, go south on 1604 for 2 miles, turn right on FM 143 and then left on to Cagnon Rd. Cross the river and look for the "See History Come to Life" sign on the left.

 

For questions or to make arrangements for your troop to camp out, contact Chris Smith (210-639-0458).  

Lose Something?

Did you lose something during your adventure at camp this summer? Chances are good that we've found it! You can check through all of our discoveries to find that missing shirt, pillow, water bottle, shoes, sleeping bag, swimsuit or anything else you might have left behind at camp. Stop by the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center (811 N. Coker Loop, San Antonio, 78216) during business hours to claim your belongings.

 

Unclaimed items will be donated to Goodwill at the end of the business day on Tuesday, Sept. 3, so don't delay.

 

For more information, contact Becky Jennings (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 241).

Girl Scout Commemorative Coin 

Still don't have the 2013 Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial Silver Dollar? Well now's a good time to buy, because you'll get free standard shipping on your entire order! This is a great opportunity to be a part of Girl Scout history, since this is the first time the United States Mint has produced a commemorative coin dedicated to a girls' organization. Let's make sure we don't have to wait another 100 years for the next one! Buy yours today before they run out.
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.
Girl Scout Shops
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Shop hours @ Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center changing to
school year hours
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(school year hours, September 1-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. 

Shop @ West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center Hours

Please call 210-319-5775 for shop hours and open Saturday dates

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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.