Volunteer Connection Header, Pink
In This Issue
Calling all aspiring girl artists!
Mobile Leadership Center is headed your way!
Open House at the WSGSLC
2014 National Council Session/53rd Convention
Seeking Delegates for GSSWT Annual Council Meeting
High Tea Invitation
Trainers' Gathering
Service & Upgrade Schedule
Chance to claim a "booth" spot!
Upcoming Events
Native Words, Native Warriors ITC Exhibit
Girl Scouts in the News
Wurzbach Parkway Progress
Shop News
Get Connected!
Dates to Remember
Volunteer Service Center, Girl Scout Shop & Resource Center open now-May 31, 2014
Girl Scout Shop @ SCGSLC open 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
October 12

Fall Product Sale
October 13

High Tea
October 13

Mobile Leadership Center tour stop in Del Rio
October 14
Open House at the West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center
October 15

Trainers' Gathering
October 15

Final Long Range Property Plan Town Hall Meetings
October 15 & 17

Mobile Leadership Center tour stop in Eagle Pass
October 15

Deadline to submit
holiday card art

October 16

Native Words, Native Warriors ITC Exhibit Family Day
October 19

Fall for All
October 19

Girl Planning Board
October 20

Deadline to apply for National Council Session Delegate
October 31

Deadline to enter drawing for Mobile Leadership Center booth during 2014 Girl Scout Cookie Program

October 31

November 2

November 8

The Great Escape
Adult Weekend
November 15-17


CPS Energy




Wells Fargo

Shop Banner

Girl Scout Greats
Join Our List
Join Our Mailing List

October 11, 2013

We've gone pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month in honor of our founder Juliette Gordon Low (who passed away from breast cancer in 1927), all who have fought it, all who are at peace and all who have been affected by it. Go Pink! 


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! 
Calling all aspiring girl artists! 

If your girls like to draw and be creative, this is an opportunity for them!


GSSWT is in need of an image to put on the front of a holiday card for the winter season. We plan to send this card to donors and other community members to thank them for their support of Girl Scouts. Here are the requirements:

  1. Don't be afraid to use color. 
  2. Must either be in a high-resolution JPEG format (created with Photoshop, MS Paint or other image editing software) OR original artwork on 8˝ x11" paper can be dropped off at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center (811 N. Coker Loop, San Antonio, 78216).
  3. Cannot depict a Christmas tree, stockings or any other religiously themed items (must be a generic, winter-themed card) OR must depict all religiously oriented holidays (Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, etc). Snowmen and gifts are acceptable on non-denominational cards.
  4. Must be emailed to Brooke Johnson OR dropped off no later than 5 p.m., Wednesday, October 16. If you need to mail your creation (must be received by Oct.16 to be considered), please send it to Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, Attn: Brooke Johnson, 811 N. Coker Loop, San Antonio, TX 78216.

All submissions will be showcased at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center and the West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center.  

The winning design will also be showcased as the council's Facebook cover photo for the month of December. 


Questions? Contact Brooke Johnson (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 211).

Mobile Leadership Center
is headed your way! 

All girls and their families are invited to join the excitement of Girl Scouts when the Mobile Leadership Center rolls through their area as part of Girl Scouts of the USA's National Recruitment Week.


Girls attending will participate in activities relating to healthy living, art, the outdoors and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

Mobile Leadership Center

The Mobile Leadership Center, a 38-foot specialty vehicle owned and operated by Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, travels a 21-county area and includes a library of resources and equipment for adult volunteers, a mini-shop and 24 laptop computers for girl activities and adult learning.


Here are the upcoming tour stops:

  • 5-8 p.m., Monday, October 14 @ Plaza Del Sol Mall, Del Rio
  • 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, October 15 @ H-E-B, Eagle Pass 
Open House at the West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center -- Tuesday, October 15

Join us at an Open House for the West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center (5622 W. César E. Chávez Blvd., San Antonio, 78237) from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15!

Take a tour, learn about program opportunities and visit the STEM Lab, Art Studio, Teen Lounge, Gamma Sigma Girls® Room, Girl Scout Shop and Volunteer Service Center. Don't miss out! Light refreshments will also be served.


Questions? Contact Laura Bustos (210-319-5775 ext. 408).

2014 National Council Session/
53rd Convention 

The deadline to apply to be a delegate to the 2014 National Council Session is Thursday, October 31!

Every three years, Girl Scouts gather together at the National Council Session and Convention to reinvigorate our Movement, celebrate our accomplishments, and chart our future. The 2014 National Council Session/53rd Convention will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 16-19, 2014. The convention promises to honor our cherished traditions and, at the same time, propel the Movement forward into the next 100 years of leadership for girls and young women.


In addition to conducting the business of the Movement, we will engage in important strategic conversations about the future and provide exciting educational opportunities for adults and girls.

If you are interested in serving as a delegate we encourage you to apply! Get complete details and the fillable application here


The deadline to apply is Thursday, October 31, 2013.

Seeking Delegates for the
2014 Annual Council Meeting 

GO Teams are currently seeking individuals who are interested in representing their regional area to serve as delegates for the council annual meeting.

Governance of the council is facilitated through five regional areas that are aligned with the five GO teams. Each regional area is represented by 20 delegates who speak on behalf of their region's members. Adult volunteers or girls age 14 or older may serve as a voting delegate and are responsible for voicing the opinions and concerns of the membership. Governance of the council takes place at monthly GO Team regional meetings and at the council's annual meeting held the first Saturday of March each year.  
If you would like more information or are interested in serving as a delegate, please attend your October GO Team meeting. All delegate names must be submitted by November 14.  


For additional information, contact your regional coordinator, GO Team Manager or Arelí Acosta, MVP Project Manager (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 214).

  • Blue GO Team -- Lorraine Cantu (210-219-8535)/Melissa Soliz (210-319-5775 ext. 401)
  • Orange GO Team -- Liz Zeno (210-269-3595)/Sherry Cook (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 202)
  • Pink GO Team -- Becky Bonnet (830-214-0271)/Marshelle Roseland (210-319-5775 ext. 407)
  • Purple GO Team -- Catherine Bower (830-765-2026)/Marshelle Roseland (210-319-5775 ext. 407)
  • Yellow GO Team -- Lisa Drozdick (210-367-3910)/Lucy McArthur (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 258)

October GO Team Meetings Schedule

You are invited to High Tea 

You are cordially invited to attend an English High Tea at 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 13 at St. Matthew's Family Center (Room 106, 10703 Wurzbach Rd., San Antonio, 78230).    

The Friends of Pax Lodge are raising funds to be used for Pax Lodge scholarships for girls and to assist with ongoing operating expenses.

If you wish to attend for a $25 donation, contact Adrienne King
Trainers' Gathering 

Calling all Trainers and Potential Trainers!

6:30-8 p.m., Tuesday, October 15 @ Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center (811 N. Coker Loop, San Antonio, 78216)  

Join us for our monthly gathering! We will be celebrating Juliette Gordon Low's Birthday! Get updated on what's going on with the GSSWT council and the exciting events coming up for trainers. Hope to see you there!


Questions regarding all things adult learning may be directed to Pamela Riles (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 219).  

Service and upgrade schedule for
next Friday, October 18 

Please be advised that GSSWT's computer and phone network will be down for servicing and upgrades on Friday, October 18 beginning at 1 p.m. and ending at approximately 5 p.m. During this time, incoming/outgoing emails and phone calls will be intermittent. There will also be a second phase implemented approximately one to two weeks after phase 1 on October 18 is completed. Phase 2 will also require network down time between one and five hours. An exact date will be shared once it is confirmed. 
We ask for your patience while we perform these upgrades to better serve our membershipThank you!
Chance to claim a "booth" spot!  

Enter your troop in a drawing for a chance to claim one of 10 cookie booth spots at a location of your choice with the Mobile Leadership Center during the 2014 Girl Scout Cookie Program!


One entry per troop. Troops that submit an order for the 2013 Fall Product Program get two entries. All entries must be submitted to the product sales office by Thursday, October 31.


To receive the contest entry form and for more information, please contact the Product Sales office (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 233). Good luck!

Upcoming Events  

Fall For All

9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, October 19 -- Open to all Girl Scouts and their families

Jump into fall with Girl Scouts at Camp La Jita! Bring your family out to enjoy the great outdoors and fun fall activities, including canoeing, archery, hay rides, pumpkin decorating, face painting and much more. Also, join us in Great Hall for a yummy lunch. Get the details and registration packet here.


Thin Mint Sprint

6:30-8:30 p.m., Saturday, November 2 -- open to girls in grades K-12 and their families

Challenge yourself to sign up for this fun 5K walk/run! What an easy way to get healthy before the holiday eating begins -- no equipment needed! Connect with your friends to test your endurance and celebrate with a healthy snack when you reach the finish line. Get the details and registration packet here.


I Am a Princess

6:30-8:30 p.m., Friday, November 8 -- open to girls in grades K-5

Wow! A glass slipper. Who could it belong to? Is it yours? Delight your imagination and be royalty for a day. Make your own tiara, wave your wand and poof, let's have some fun! Show who you are, become confident and have positive self-esteem. Join the enchantment of the magical place and be your own princess in your own fairy tale. Get the details and registration packet here

Native Words, Native Warriors
Family Day -- Saturday, October 19   

Institute of Texan Cultures invites all Girl Scouts and their families to the Native Words, Native Warriors exhibit for Family Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, October 19.

Families will have the opportunity to decipher language, culture and codes through puzzles and activities. Visitors may also hear from guest speakers who will discuss the role of Native American code-talkers in U.S. history. Get details here.
Girl Scouts in the News    

KSAT 12, Monday, October 7, 2013 --San Antonio girl writes book about mother's cancer fight
Teen shares knowledge, compassion with other kids whose family members are fighting cancer.

Girl Scout Olivia Martin wrote "C is for Cancer" for her Girl Scout Gold Award project ... read the story and see the video here.

We are so proud of you, Olivia!
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

Shop Hours
Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center running 
school year hours (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. -- open tomorrow, Sat.,
    Oct. 12!
Shop @ West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center Hours

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

Get Connected! 
Find us on Facebook     Follow us on Twitter   View our videos on YouTube   Follow Us!   Tell Us!  Constant Contact
GSSWT's Vision Statement
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.