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Monday, 23 April 2012 09:59

Preserving Our History

Anyone interested in helping preserve Girl Scout history is invited to join Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas's (GSSWT) History Committee.

The idea to establish a History Committee for GSSWT came about from members of the Order of the Silver Trefoil (OST) -- members of the Girl Scout Alumnae Association -- who were interested in the collection and preservation of items related to the history of Girl Scouting in the region.

The committee meets regularly at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center in San Antonio, and welcomes your assistance in sorting, researching, and cataloging items. Not able to join? Please consider donating Girl Scout memorabilia to the organization or contributing needed supplies for the committee's work -- see Wish List:

  • #2 pencils
  • White art erasers
  • Post-it notes (all sizes)
  • Plastic coated paper clips
  • Uniball pens, black
  • Micron Pigma pens
  • Index box/index cards/dividers
  • Gain detergent, non-scented
  • OxiClean
  • Thank you notes


Donations may be dropped off any time during regular office hours at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center, or you may bring donations to the History Committee meetings. A special thanks to the OST for its generous contribution to the History Committee to help purchase supplies.

Monday, 23 April 2012 09:58

Special Events

Upcoming Special Events

 

Institute of Texan Cultures Girl Power!, an exhibition heralding the next century of Girl Scouting -- Friday, February 22 to Sunday, September 29

Experience the enduring values and traditions of this iconic organization as told through personal stories, photographs, artifacts and memorabilia. Visit ITCs website for the most up-to-date information.

 

Trefoil 2013 -- September 26

For 26 years, Girl Scouts has selected an outstanding woman and dedicated community leader who embodies the beliefs and principles of the Girl Scout Movement and has presented her with the Trefoil Award. Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas will honor Carri Baker Wells in recognition of her lifelong achievements, particularly her contributions to the community on Thursday, September 26, 2013. Get details and purchase your tickets here.

Monday, 23 April 2012 09:57

Membership & Renewal


If you have a history in Girl Scouting, we welcome you to join our Girl Scout Alumnae Association. Once a Girl Scout, Always a Girl Scout is our motto. As Girl Scouts and Girl Guides, we came to understand the value of sisterhood, and that belief continues in our lives as women in today's world.

Tell us your story behind the sash! 

Questions may be directed to GSSWT Director of Development, Janet Pedrotti (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 223).

To stay up to date on the latest happenings, be sure to stay connected and sign up for the Alumnae Connection e-newsletter.

 


Order of the Silver Trefoil (OST)
An 18-year history in Girl Scouts (as a girl and/or adult) qualifies you as a member of the Order of the Silver Trefoil (OST), which is the service arm of the Girl Scout Alumnae Association and the group spearheading the council's historical preservation efforts.

OST meets four times a year: September, December, March, and June. The group meets to socialize, work on service projects, and help the council where needed. For more information, call volunteers Geri Simms (830-779-2308) or Ella Carrasco (210-653-7429).

Monday, 23 April 2012 09:56

Girl Scout Alumnae

Can you guess what 1 in 2 women have in common? They have all benefitted from the nation's premier leadership program for girls ... Girl Scouts.

Studies show that Girl Scout alumnae are women of courage, confidence and character, who are making the world a better place right now. They are in your community and are teachers, mothers, business executives, and scientists who credit Girl Scouting as the place where they found their voice.

The Girl Scout Alumnae Association brings these women together and continues the positive impact of Girl Scouting by encouraging new volunteers, promoting business and social opportunities among alumnae, and increasing financial and human resources.

 

Preserving Our History

    • Alumnae Connection - your e-newsletter                                                                                    

Support Us

A great way to reconnect with Girl Scouts is to help the girls of today become the women leaders of tomorrow.  Learn more about how you can support Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas by visiting the Support Us Area

 

 

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To commemorate Girl Scouting's 100th anniversary, Girl Scout alumnae are being celebrated as Girl Scout Greats. Girl Scout Greats are former Girl Scouts who have achieved success in their area of expertise and who will advocate on behalf of all girls. 

Every leader has a story, and we are proud to feature Southwest Texas women in leadership roles who are former Girl Scouts and serve as inspiration to us all. Just like these women, we know there are many more out there who got their start as leaders being a Girl Scout.

SylviaBenitezSylvia Benitez
Fine Artist & Founder, Gentileschi Aegis Gallery Association

SherylSculleySheryl Sculley
City Manager, City of San Antonio

JelynneLeblancBurleyJelynne Leblanc Burley
Executive VP & Chief Administrative Officer,
CPS Energy

LeticiaVandePutteThe Honorable Leticia Van de Putte
State Senator for District 26, Texas Legislature

DrLeeCarlisleDr. Lee S. Carlisle
Medical Director, UT Medicine San Antonio

SuzanneWadeSuzanne Wade
President, San Antonio Food & Drug Division, H-E-B

JanieMartinezGonzalezJanie Martinez Gonalzez
President & CEO, Webhead

CarriBakerWellsCarri Baker Wells
Chief Operating Officer, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP

DrChaGuzmanAna Margarita "Cha" Guzman, Ph.D.
President, Palo Alto College

LisaSanchezWongLisa Sanchez-Wong
Owner, Rosario's Mexican Café y Cantina & Ácenar
on the Riverwalk


Whatever your Girl Scout role may have been - Brownie, Junior, Cadette, troop leader, camp volunteer, staff member, or dozens of others - count yourself among the 59 million women who are today's Girl Scout Greats. Whether you've started a business, you're a doctor or a community activist, tell us your story about where you are today and how your Girl Scout experience helped to get you there.

Tell us your story behind the sash today!

Monday, 23 April 2012 09:54

Newsroom

Every Cookie Has a Mission: To Help Girls Do Great Things
Order Taking for Girl Scout Cookies Begins New Year’s Day

Local Girl Scouts begin taking orders for America’s much-anticipated sweet treats on January 1, 2012 and this year’s cookie season has historic significance.


Local Girl Scouts Featured on Savannah Smiles

For the first-time in history, Girl Scouts from San Antonio are pictured on the iconic packaging of Girl Scout cookies. Members of Troop 7775 from Northside ISD’s Linton Elementary were photographed in Market Square and are featured on the box of this year’s new cookie, Savannah Smiles. The lemon cookie is a tribute to Girl Scouting’s 100th anniversary and the city where the organization was founded in 1912.

This will be the ONLY year Girl Scouts from San Antonio will appear on more than 8 million boxes of Savannah Smiles nationwide. Five foot replicas of the cookie boxes were unveiled at a special event attended by Sen. Leticia Van de Putte and Mayor Julian Castro earlier this year.

 

2012 Honorary CEO – Janie M. Gonzalez

To benefit the girls participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, each year’s sale has a programmatic theme. This year’s theme asks, “What can a cookie do?” and answers, “More than you see,” telling the world that a Girl Scout cookie can help girls dream more. Have more opportunities. Give more to their communities and do more than they ever thought possible.

 

Serving as the regional council’s Honorary CEO – or Cookie Entrepreneur Officer – for the 2012 Girl Scout Cookie Program is Girl Scout alumna, Janie M. Gonzalez (Chief Executive Officer, Webhead). Ms. Gonzalez will lead thousands of girls as they learn essential skills and become young entrepreneurs and social innovators through the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

 

A nationally recognized industry leader in Internet operations and technologies for new industries, Ms. Gonzalez leads a team of cyber warriors contributing to the federal government’s national defense efforts. She is the recipient of the E-Myth Entrepreneur of the Year, Compass Bank Latina Business Excellence Award, Accion Texas Microlender Entrepreneur of the Year, San Antonio Business Journal’s “40 under 40” Rising Star and National Association of Women Business Owners Visionary Award. 

 

“I feel privileged to have the opportunity to lead, inspire, and catapult a diverse group of girls and young women in San Antonio and the surrounding areas, applying technology, innovation, and tools to a well established program,” says Janie M. Gonzalez about being named as the 2012 Honorary CEO for Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas.

Girl Scout Cookie Program – Dates & Details

Order taking for Girl Scout cookies begins January 1, so keep an eye out for girls selling door to door, visiting the workplace or sending an email asking for a “promise” to purchase Girl Scout cookies. Girl Scouts will continue their sales beginning the first week of February in front of neighborhood stores. Offering eight varieties, each box of Girl Scout cookies is priced at $3.50.

No university has produced as many female business leaders as the Girl Scout Cookie Program. The program has helped girls grow into leaders by developing five essential skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. These skills allow girls to acquire the talent and resources to make the world a better place.

 

The Girl Scout Cookie Program not only helps girls fulfill their goals, but also helps communities grow. All proceeds from selling Girl Scout cookies stay within the region to provide direct services to girls and adult volunteers and girls get to decide where the money goes. Your purchase of Girl Scout cookies helps girls do great things, such as pay for a fresh change of clothes for an abused victim or cheer up a soldier far from home.

 

Learn more:
•    View the “What can a cookie do?” Video
•    Find Girl Scout cookies on your mobile phone.
      Download the free app on iTunes, Android Marketplace or
      call**GSCOOKIES (**472665437).
•    View Troop 1123 Taking Action to Help at Haven for Hope
•    View Video of a Parent from Troop 7775 Discuss Value of Cookie Program

Monday, 23 April 2012 09:47

Girl Scouts and Diversity

Diversity was the founding idea of Girl Scouting in 1912.  Today we serve girls in every U.S. zip code, from the inner city to the praire.  We serve girls in urban community centers and girls incarcerated in detention centers.  We serve girls in churches, temples and mosques.

There is only one qualification for being a Girl Scout. 

You have to be a girl.  That's it.

 

Across income and demographic groups, our membership virtually mirrors the U.S population.

We look like America, and we change with America: Latinas in Girl Scouts have surged by 44% in the last five years.  Locally, 59% of girls and 36% of adult volunteers are Latina. 

Wherever girls live, whatever their circumstance, we help them learn to be safe, think for themselves, and lead the way for others.

Diversity of Membership

Girls

 

African American 5.4%
Anglo 30.3%
Asian .9%
Hawaiian/Pacific Islander .1%
Hispanic 59.3%
Native American .9%
Multiple Races .1%
Other .2%
Not Reported 2.9%

Adults

African American 3.3%
Anglo 55.9%
Asian 1%
Hawaiian/Pacific Islander .2%
Hispanic 35.8%
Native American .7%
Multiple Races <.03%
Other .3%
Not Reported 2.2%
Monday, 23 April 2012 09:46

Girl Scouts and Leadership

For nearly a century, Girl Scouts has produced leaders who have excelled in every segment of our American life.  Through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, girls age 5-17 discover themselves and their values, connect with other girls, and take action to make the world a better place.

So what's standing in their way?

Today's girls represent humanity's largest untapped talent pool.  Too many urgent challenges go unmet because too few girls become leaders.  Yet only one girl in five believes that she has what it takes to lead the way for others.

 

Simple things can be barriers: 41% of girls are uncomfortable speaking to a group, many girls feel embarrassed in a leadership role, and 39% have been put down by peers when they've tried to lead.

As a society, we lose something every time a girl doesn't raise her hand in school.  We are poorer every time she doesn't say what's on her mind.  Our future is a little bit smaller every time a girl chooses not to lead.

Leadership experiences for girls
are what make Girl Scouting unique.

 

We help every girl discover who she can be and what she can do, wherever she chooses to put her energies.  The journey begins with the Girl Scout environment itself.  A girl's leadership potential blooms among other girls -- away from school pressures, social cliques, and boys -- where she can be herself and try new things.  Among Girl Scouts, activities are girl-led.  She learns by doing, and the learning is cooperative, not competitive.

 

To discover who she can be, she needs access to wise adults who both inspire her and respect her.  Our more than 8,000 adult volunteers do this every day.

 

To discover what she can do, she needs participation opportunities as varied as the world -- so she can "try on" different leadership roles and grow into the ones that fit her best.

Monday, 23 April 2012 09:44

Girl Scouts and Community

Girl Scouting exists to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. As the world's largest organization of girls, we hone the leadership skills and provide the opportunities to make an impact. But it's the girls who set the agenda. The idea of changing the world doesn't intimidate them. The world is already their community, and they have already helped change it.

Imagine a new generation of leaders who lead in a new way.
Who lead out of principle rather than pride.

Who step across barriers of class and race everyday.

Who seek out the work that needs doing in the world,

and bring boundless energy to every challenge.

Girl Scouts throughout the region selflessly gave more than 18,000 service hours in 2011 to causes close to their hearts; including abused or neglected animals, children and seniors in need, as well as the military and their families.

There are 8,760 hours in a year. 
The total hours Girl Scouts spent on service equal 2.05 years. 
Where would those in need be without Girl Scouts?

 

Girl Scouts & Leadership

For nearly a century, Girl Scouts has produced leaders who have excelled in every segment of our American life. Through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, girls age 5-17 discover themselves and their values, connect with other girls, and take action to make the world a better place.

So what's standing in their way?

Today's girls represent humanity's largest untapped talent pool. Too many urgent challenges go unmet because too few girls become leaders. Yet only one girl in five believes that she has what it takes to lead the way for others. Simple things can be barriers: 41 percent of girls are uncomfortable speaking to a group, many girls feel embarrassed in a leadership role, and 39 percent have been put down by peers when they've tried to lead.

As a society, we lose something every time a girl doesn't raise her hand in school. We are poorer every time she doesn't say what's on her mind. Our future is a little bit smaller every time a girl chooses not to lead.

Leadership experiences for girls
are what make Girl Scouting unique.

We help every girl discover who she can be and what she can do, wherever she chooses to put her energies. The journey begins with the Girl Scout environment itself. A girl's leadership potential blooms among other girls -- away from school pressures, social cliques, and boys -- where she can be herself and try new things. Among Girl Scouts, activities are girl-led. She learns by doing, and the learning is cooperative, not competitive.

To discover who she can be, she needs access to wise adults who both inspire her and respect her. Our more than 8,000 adult volunteers do this every day.

To discover what she can do, she needs participation opportunities as varied as the world -- so she can "try on" different leadership roles and grow into the ones that fit her best.


Diversity

Diversity was the founding idea of Girl Scouting in 1912. Today we serve girls in every U.S. ZIP code. We serve girls in urban community centers and girls incarcerated in detention centers. We serve girls in churches, temples and mosques.

There is only one qualification for being a Girl Scout.
You have to be a girl. That's it.

Across income and demographic groups, our membership virtually mirrors the U.S population.

We look like America, and we change with America: Latinas in Girl Scouts have surged by 44 percent in the last five years. Locally, 59 percent of girls and 36 percent of adult volunteers are Latina. 

Wherever girls live, whatever their circumstance, we help them learn to be safe, think for themselves, and lead the way for others.


Diversity of Membership


Girls

African American 3.6%
Anglo 25.8%
Asian .95%
Hawaiian/Pacific Islander .2%
Hispanic 59%
Native American .5%
Multiple Races 1.5%
Other 1.1%
Not Reported 7.8%

Adults

African American 3.05%
Anglo 51.74%
Asian 1.18%
Hawaiian/Pacific Islander .34%
Hispanic 36.34%
Native American .78%
Multiple Races 1.1%
Other .84%
Not Reported 4.63%

 

 

Girl Scouts & Military

There is a long history of Girl Scouts supporting our nation's armed forces, beginning in the movement's earliest years when Girl Scouts rolled bandages for soliders during World War I and planted victory gardens and sold war bonds during World War II.

Today, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas serves families at each of the four military installations within its region, as well as countless families of retired military or civilian personnel.

Each year, nearly 1,300 Girl Scouts provide more than 2,600 hours of community service directly to the military and their families. 

Girl Scouts honor the fallen by placing flags at every headstone at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery and participate in the official Memorial Day ceremony. They honor veterans by laying red ribbons at appropriate headstones in recognition of Veteran's Day, and sent hundreds of handmade cards to C Company 2-149th General Support Aviation Battalion for Valentine's Day.

Girl Scout cookies sold as part of the council's Gift of Caring project were sent to combat zones overseas and donated to the Fisher Houses at both Fort Sam Houston and Lackland Air Force Base. In addition, Girl Scouts baked more than 400 dozen cookies and gifted them to the Soldier and Family Assistance Center at Fort Sam Houston.

The tradition of service to those who defend our country continues.

Monday, 23 April 2012 09:44

Advocacy for Girls

Be the Voice For Girls

Girl Scouts has a long-standing commitment to the well-being of girls and serves more than 26,500 girls and adult volunteers throughout Southwest Texas. For nearly 100 years, Girl Scouts has been engaged in girl's lives and a resource and expert on their growth and development.

Supporters of Girl Scouts are encouraged to visit www.girlscouts4girls.org and be the voice for girls by joining the Girl Scouts Advocacy Network. The network provides a tool for you to make a difference in your community and across the nation. Together, we can educate policymakers and community leaders on issues that directly affect girls and Girl Scouts. By being an advocate, you will have an impact on girl policy issues moving through Congress and the state legislatures.

An investment in Girl Scouts is broader than a cause or a cure. It's a commitment to a generation.

More than half of America's girls hope to have an effect on the world beyond the communities where they live. That's where you come in. Our donors and volunteers are changing the world by supporting the young women who will change it. As someone who understands that our future depencs on our investment in youth, we are counting on your help.

See what your gift can do:

  • $50 will provide CPR & First Aid Training Certification for a teen Girl Scout to learn life-saving skills that will last her a lifetime.
  • $150 will provide a financial literacy program for 15 girls to help them learn how to save for their future.
  • $200 will provide a camp scholarship for a girl to experience an outdoor adventure she will never forget.
  • $260 provides a girl one full year of Girl Scouts -- where she can discover who she can be and what she can do, wherever she chooses to put her energies.

 

What would you give to help change the world?
Help us start in Southwest Texas, one girl at a time.

Together, we can get her there.

Monday, 23 April 2012 09:42

Program Partners

Click on the name of the organization below to read more about GSSWT's program partners and community service resources:

  • American Camp Association - Our very own Camp La Jita is ACA-approved!

  • American Red Cross of the San Antonio Area

  • Boerne Gymnastics Center - Gymnastics center offering recreational programs in girl’s and boy’s gymnastics, acrobatic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, and rock climbing. The center also offers a competitive program for girls and boys in gymnastics and acrobatic gymnastics.

  • GSUSA Online Volunteer Orientation: No prerequisites. Note: This course does NOT substitute for the GSSWT Orientation provided by a local volunteer or staff member. Access to the Girl Scout Orientation is found at: http://training.girlscouts.org/. The current assigned password is discover.

  • Humane Society SPCA of Bexar County - The Humane Society SPCA has many dogs, puppies, cats and kittens that are available for adoption. They also conduct educational presentations for children and adults that highlight responsible pet ownership, pet needs, pet overpopulation, animal cruelty, and respect towards all animals. In addition to offsite educational programs, tours of the facility are offered for any age group.

  • Incredible Pizza - At Incredible Pizza, you'll find an incredible all-you-can-eat buffet and choose to eat in the sporty Gymnasium,  cool Drive-In Room, fun retro 50s Diner, or quiet Family Room! Then, hop into some fun at the Fairgrounds, where you'll find indoor Go-Kart Races, Bumper Cars, Route 66 Mini Golf, an incredible game room, bowling, and much more!

  • Little Brownie Bakers GSSWTs official vendor for the cookie sale program. This site is filled with fun facts, games, and resources to help with the cookie sale program.

  • MouthPower -- Discover the power of a healthy smile! The National Museum of Dentistry, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is pleased to present MouthPower. Created in partnership with the American Dental Association, www.mouthpower.org is an entertaining and educational Web experience that engages children in discovering the power of a healthy smile. Meet Mouthie, the chatterteeth mascot, run experiments about oral health, healthy eating, tobacco-use prevention, and how much a dental visit has changed. Girl Scouts will learn about making healthy choices and fulfill requirements for several Brownie Try-Its and Junior Badges. After completing the program, Girl Scouts have the option to purchase a MouthPower patch to place on their uniform. MouthPower online is available in both English and Spanish.

  • National Women's Friendship Day  Kappa Delta created National Women's Friendship Day in 1999 to encourage all women to acknowledge their female friends. Since that time, women and girls across the country have celebrated with picnics, outings, and adventures. Some Kappa Delta chapters have celebrated with local Girl Scout troops by helping girls earn friendship badges.

  • Paul Mitchell the School - San Antonio is designed to teach Future Professionals the skills they need to inspire and explore their passion and creativity. When people come first, success will follow!

  • Project Linus - Service project to make homemade, washable blankets and afghans to give to seriously ill or traumatized children.

  • P.R.A.Y. - Programs of Religious Activities with Youth is a not-for-profit organization that assists with providing information about the religious award programs for Girl Scouts.

  • Riverside Nature Center - Riverside Nature Center is located in the heart of Kerrville on the Guadalupe River at the junction of Town Creek.  This former small farm has been transformed into an urban wildlife and native plant sanctuary.

  • San Antonio Children’s Museum – The San Antonio Children’s Museum provides engaging hands-on experiences where children and the adults in their lives actively learn through creative play. Here you will find information about the museum’s exhibits, hours, membership options, ticket pricing, and special events.

  • San Antonio Missions Baseball - Ticket information, player stats, and season schedule for the San Antonio Missions baseball team. Here you can also find information about special events and shop for all of your MiLB gear.

  • San Antonio Missions National Historical Park - In 1718, Franciscans and Spanish representatives established the first mission. Within 13 years, five were located along the San Antonio River. Today, visitors can retrace the footsteps of the mission Indians and friars. Free guided tours, movies, and demonstrations are scheduled throughout the week.

  • San Antonio Symphony - Schedule and ticket information for all symphony events. Call 210.554.1066 for information about special Girl Scout pricing.

  • San Antonio Zoo - The San Antonio Zoo is home to more than 3800 animals representing 750 species. The zoo opens at 9:00 AM every day of the year. Admission to the San Antonio Zoo is $9 for adults and $7 for seniors and children.

  • SeaWorld San Antonio - This wet theme park is a treat for anyone who loves animals, roller coasters and fabulous shows. Not only does Sea World have Shamu,the performing killer whale, it also has walk-through animal habitats and exciting rides. Check out the water-skiing shows and the restaurants and be sure to stick around at night for laser shows and seasonal concerts.

  • Seguin Outdoor Learning Center Our friends at SOLC offer a 115-acre facility nestled along Geronimo Creek in historic Seguin, Texas. SOLC offers a variety of outdoor activities and invite you to explore their woods, fields, and waters for your next adventure! Join SOLC through Girl Scout programs or on your own for a day of education through experience.

  • Southwest School of Art and Craft – On a historic campus alongside San Antonio ’s meandering River Walk, the Southwest School of Art & Craft is one of the country’s largest community-based art schools, offering classes to established artists as well as to beginning and intermediate students of all ages.

  • Space Center Houston – Space Center Houston is a place where people can experience space -- from its dramatic history and exciting present to its compelling future. Space Center Houston is the only place on Earth that gives guests an out-of-this-world journey through human adventures into space.

  • Sunin Clay Studio – SUNIN Clay Studio will introduce the world of pottery and clay to anyone with pottery knowledge/experience or just a curiosity of the art with classes and a nurturing, well-equipped studio and gallery.

  • Interested in visiting San Antonio? VisitSanAntonio.com has all the information you need!

What would you give to help change the world?
Help us start in Southwest Texas, one girl at a time.

Together, we can get her there.

Our Partners

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Girl Scout Mission

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

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Girl Scout Promise

On my honor, I will try:
to serve God and my country,
to help people at all times,
and to live by the Girl Scout Law

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Our Locations

Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center
811 N. Coker Loop
San Antonio, Texas 78216
Tel: 210-349-2404

 

West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center
5622 Cesar Chavez Way
San Antonio, TX 78237
Tel: 210-319-5775