Jan King formed the law firm of King & Sommer, LLP in 2008. Her practice focuses on corporate and business transactions representing mid-sized and small businesses, including non-profit organizations, health care providers and women-owned and minority-owned businesses. She served on the Board of Directors of the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce for six years, serving as Chair of the Business Development Council and also as Chair of the Leadership and Professional Development Council. Jan is a graduate of Leadership San Antonio, class of 1999, and Leadership Texas, XXIV. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation, the San Antonio Bar Association, and the Bexar County Women’s Bar Association. In 2005, Jan was a recipient of a Women’s Leadership Award from the San Antonio Business Journal and in 2008 was named as one of the Best Lawyers in Business/Corporate by Scene in SA, as selected by her peers. Jan has completed a two year Member-at-Large term and has served on the Risk Management Committee and the Board Development Committee.
Jackie L. Gorman, Chair
Jackie is the Executive Director for SAGE (San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside), a nonprofit that serves as the growth engine for San Antonio’s Eastside. Prior to joining SAGE, she was the owner of Ivy Consulting and a senior partner with Allen Austin Global Executive Search, where she was the non-profit, government and higher education practice leader. Jackie received her Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Michigan. She was inducted into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame in 2002 and was a member of the Leadership Texas Class of 2003. She has served on numerous boards and commissions including the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, Alpha Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the Alamo City Black Chamber of Commerce. Jackie has served on the board of GSSWT for 11 years and has held the positions of Member-at-Large (2002-2008), 1st Vice Chair of Development (2008-2009), Chair Elect (2009-2011) and Board Chair (2011-2012). She served as chair for the 100th Anniversary Steering Committee and chair of the African-American Advisory Committee. Jackie is a member of the Executive Committee and represented Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas as a delegate for the 2008 National Council Session in Indianapolis as well as the 2011 National Council Session in Houston.
A volunteer board of directors sets strategic direction for Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas. Board members represent the broad diversity of our council membership and the communities we serve. Members are recommended by a volunteer nominating committee and approved by the council delegates at the annual council meeting. A formal democratic process facilitates communication between the board of directors and the council's membership.
The volunteer board of directors is elected by GSSWT's membership to ensure that the council:
Chair, Jeannie Frazier
Girl Board Chair, Irini Tsounakas
1st Vice Chair, Kelly Faglie
Honorary Cookie Entrepreneur Officer (CEO). Kelly is a graduate of Knippa High School and earned an Associate's degree at Southwest Texas Junior College in Uvalde. Prior to owning her own company, Kelly was host of "The Morning Show with Kelly". Through her work at the radio station, she became involved in the community and has served as president for the Uvalde area Chamber of Commerce. Kelly has been active with Relay for Life, Humane Society of Uvalde, Uvalde Area Development Foundation, Uvalde 1st, Rotary Club, Texas Agri-Women, City of Uvalde planning and zoning committee and the City Strategic Planning Board (a mayor-appointed position). In 2013, she was named Uvalde's Volunteer of the Year. Kelly has two children. Her daughter is married, lives in San Antonio and is an oncology nurse. Her son studies graphic art design at Texas State University. She was elected to serve as member at large for 2014-2016. Read more...
2nd Vice Chair, Mary Henrich
Secretary, William T. "Bill" Avila
Bill Avila has been a member of the board since 2007 and has served on the Board Development Committee (2009-2010), Executive Committee (2008-2009 and 2011-2012), Finance Committee (2007-2009) and Investment Committee (2011-2012) for GSSWT. He was a member of the Nominating Committee from 2005-2007. Bill is a Partner in the San Antonio office of the law firm of Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP. Read more...
Treasurer, Deena Clausen
Chief Executive Officer, Angela "Angie" Salinas
Chief Operating Officer, Jody Shaw Hernandez
Chief Development & Communications Officer, Stephanie A. Finleon
Chief Financial Officer, Blythe Simonson
|Terri Benoit||Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin|
|Mary Rose Brown||Kathleen Krueger|
|Cece Cheever||Jelynne LeBlanc Burley|
|Angelica Docog||Jennifer Moriarty|
|Luis de la Garza||Nancy Ozuna|
|Dr. Gretcha Flinn||Maritza Rodriguez|
|Leah D. Flores||Sandy Schlortt|
|Ramon Flores||Dr. Velma Villegas|
|Nancy Gonzales||Teri Wenglein|
|Roger A. Graham|
|Girl Board Chair, Irini Tsounakas||Dayna Greene (Purple GO Team|
|Hayley Drozdick (Blue GO Team)||Rebekah Seal (Purple GO Team)|
|Sophia Solomon (Orange GO Team)||Amanda Gutierrez (Yellow GO Team)|
|Alyssa Pena (Pink GO Team)||Ashley Wright (Yellow GO Team)|
|Joanne Rios (Pink GO Team)|
Board development committee members are elected by GSSWT's membership to recommend candidates for the board of directors and the board development committee. The board development committee presents the following for delegate vote at every annual council meeting:
Every three years, the board development committee also presents a single slate of regional delegates and regional delegate alternates.
GSSWT accepts potential board member and nominating committee member referrals year-round for a single slate presented at our annual council meeting. We place a high priority on recruiting women and men from diverse geographic and racial/ethnic communities.
|Jennifer Moriarty - Chair||Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin - Board Member|
|Angelica Docog - Board Member||Tom Karger - Community Member|
|Victoria M. Garcia - Community Member||Janet Putman - Community Member|
|Ramon Flores - Board Member||Dr. Marian Suarez - Community Member|
Per GSUSA, via an email sent August 30, 2011, the early-bird convention registration deadline has been extended to 10:59 p.m. (central time), Friday, September 9 due to the many service disruptions caused by Hurricane Irene.
After 10:59 p.m. (central time) on Friday, September 9, the following fees will be in effect:
There is still time to register for GSU@Convention, the History Conference, and the Girl and Adult 100th Anniversary parties.
Any Delegates or Official Visitors who register after September 9 will automatically be charged the higher registration fee.
We encourage you to check out the GSUSA convention website -- it has all the details and specifics of the events planned, exhibitors, celebrations, venue and more.
Please note that all 2011 National Council Session/52nd convention materials are currently being revised to reflect the dates November 8–13. This change will allow for pre-convention sessions—details of which are outlined below—to be incorporated into our print and web collateral. (The original print and web collateral only showcased the dates November 10–13.)
There are a number of exciting pre-convention activities at an additional cost, so you’ll want to plan your travel accordingly.
In addition to the Girl Scout History Conference, a staple of past conventions, GSUSA is proud to offer new educational development opportunities through Girl Scouts University (GSU) @ Convention. These opportunities are for volunteers, parents, and council staff. Topics are varied and many, and include “Journeys and The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting for Younger Girls,” storytelling, song workshops, leadership development sessions, and much more.
November 8–10: History Conference
November 8–9: GSU @ Convention: Board Governance seminar (This is a one-day seminar offered twice. The title of the program is Building Strong Boards for Greater Philanthropic Impact.)
November 8–12: GSU @ Convention: The sessions include I Love Girl Scouting and Leadership Development.
November 9–13: Girl Scout Leadership Institute
More details on each of these sessions as well as the prices for each can be found on the GSUSA convention website.
2011 National Council Proposals
Below are the proposals that will be discussed and voted on by our National Delegates at the 2011 National Council Session in Houston, November 10-13, 2011.
Using a formula based on the ending girl membership numbers for last year, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas is entitled to send 11 National Delegates to the convention. As representatives of the council, they go informed, but not instructed; that is, they need to hear your thoughts on these proposals so they can better represent the entire council as they vote.
Please review each of the three proposals:
Included with each proposal is the rationale from the council which submitted the proposal and the recommendation from the National Board of Directors. Please note that the recommendation of GSUSA’s board should not have any bearing on how each council discusses the pros and cons. As you review the proposals, you may want to ask yourself the following questions:
Registration is now open!
Prior to actuallly registering, you may want to learn more about the convention program. Details on the content, as well as information about Houston and lodging, is available at theconvention website.
You may register yourself for any of the following:
The following registration categories must continue to register via Council Group Registration:
Any of the above must register through Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas.
Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council will be needing volunteers throughout the convention and GSUSA will need volunteers to serve as Parliamentary Aides or Tellers. Priority will be given to San Jacinto council members and those who volunteer to work a three-hour shift or more will receive a complimentary day pass. Get an online application here.
The Girl Scout Leadership Institute brings together 1,200 girls who are recognized as leaders in their councils to connect and take action on matters that touch the future for girls and for our movement.
This year’s theme -- Leadership and Innovation, the Next 100 Years -- will stimulate the girls to think big. Smartly designed interactive sessions will make the most of their time together. Focus areas include:
GSLI will run in parallel with the National Council Sessions from Thursday to Sunday. The girls will attend opening and closing ceremonies and participate in the Conversations of Consequence. They will also play a leading role in launching our 100th Anniversary Take Action project: Girl Scouts Forever Green.
At this time, the slots for the council’s GSLI group is closed. GSLI is being opened in three phases and Phase 2 was just completed. Phases 1 and 2 were only for the councils to select the girls to represent them.
Phase 3 is scheduled for September. At that time if there are any remaining slots not taken by any of the 112 councils across the United States (the number of total registrants is limited), they will be opened up to any girl to attend at her expense. At that time there will also be slots available for individual sessions. But again, we will not know what may be available until September or when Phase 3 officially opens.
Regarding any other registration category for your daughter or anyone else, please review the offerings at the GSUSA convention website. Registration is now open for you to register yourself -- early registration deadline is August 31.
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Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas
811 N Coker Loop
San Antonio, Texas 78216
The Presidential Volunteer Service Award—Gold is awarded to girls ages 15-18 who have completed at least 250 hours of service to their community in the past 12 months. Service includes time given to community, school, faith institutions, and medical institutions throughout the Southwest Texas area. The following girls earned their hours—and this award—between April 30, 2010 and May 1, 2011. Number represents total service hours.
Victoria Li T.—264
Prerequisite: Completed Girl Scouting 101 (online GSUSA training)
Who is this course designed for? This session is designed for volunteers who volunteer in other than the Troop/Group Pathway such as episodic volunteers helping with events and programs, community event volunteers, university/college students, volunteers assisting with a special project.
Resources you may want to bring:
Prerequisite: Completed Girl Scouting 101 (online GSUSA training)
This session is designed to provide details on how to organize the mechanics of leading a group of girls and creating parent support. Learn how to keep girls safe and how to create a safe space for them to learn and grow. This session must be completed before meeting with girls.
Resources you may want to bring:
Prerequisite: Completed Girl Scouting 101 (online GSUSA training) and attended Troop Leadership Essentials
These courses explore the excitement of leading girls! Discover who your girls are and what adventures they're ready to explore. Connect with the resources available for your specific grade level, and take action to learn how to facilitate activities that are girl-led, cooperative learning, and learning by doing.
Resources you may want to bring:
Explore the excitement of leading girls in grades Kindergarten-1st as they begin their Girl Scout Daisy Leadership Experience! Includes information on leader resources, the Daisy Journey guides, and how girls can discover, connect, and take action in age-appropriate ways. Leaders will learn how to apply their own leadership skills as they facilitate activities that are girl-led, cooperative, and encourage learn-by-doing.
Begin the Brownie Quest with girls of 2-3rd grades! This course will show you how to discover, connect, and take action with girls as they learn to make the world a better place. Leaders learn to use their skills to guide their girls as they develop a program that is girl-led, and teaches cooperative skills through hands-on learning. Also included is information on characteristic behaviors, try-it earned awards, the Brownie Journey guides, and how to build a Leadership Experience that develops girls of courage, character, and confidence!
Prerequisite: Completed Girl Scouting 101 and attended Troop Leadership Essentials
Join your Girl Scout Juniors as they journey through grades 4-5 to make the world a better place! Leaders learn to guide girls and foster their ability to make their plans a reality in a girl-led, cooperative, and learn-by-doing environment. Includes information on assisting girls select methods of troop governance, explore the Journey guides, and assist girls in selecting their program activities and earned achievements such as the Bronze Award.
Cadette/Senior/Ambassador Grade-level Training
This course provides information for advisors of Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. Advisors will explore the skills needed to make the transition from leader to advisor as girls plan their program to discover, connect, and take action to make their world a better place. Information included on how girls develop their leadership skills through the Journey Guides, Interest Project Awards, charms, and the Girl Scouts Silver and Gold Award. Advisors for each grade level will have a chance to focus on concrete ways for girls to choose their age-appropriate methods of troop governance and encourage excitement about the many leadership opportunities for older girls.
Multi-level Troop Leader Workshop
Prerequisites: Completed Girl Scouting 101 and attended Troop Leadership Essentials & ONE Grade-level Essentials (choice of Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, Junior or Cadette/ Senior/Ambassador).
For leaders of multi-level troops—a workshop just for you! Multi-level troops include girls from more than one grade-level. Topics include fostering girl-led activities with girls of different grade levels, assisting older girls in their specific leadership pathways, and the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Using the grade-level leadership journey guides and earning awards in a multi-level setting will also be covered. Sign up to learn more about multi-level troop challenges and opportunities!
The Girl Scout Promise and Law are shared by every member of Girl Scouting. The Girl Scout Promise is the way Girl Scouts agree to act every day toward one another and other people, and the Girl Scout Law outlines a way to act towards one another and the world.
The Girl Scout Promise
On my honor, I will try:
The Girl Scout Law
I will do my best to be
Why should I let my daughter join Girl Scouts?
Girl Scouts helps your daughter realize her dreams and prepares her to take on a complex world with dignity and confidence. We create a safe and nurturing environment where girls can learn to be their best, learn about the world around them, and how to make a difference in their communities.
What happens after my daughter becomes a Girl Scout?
When a girl joins the organization, she becomes a Girl Scout member. All members may choose any one, all, or some of the flexible pathways to participate in during a single year.
How can I support my daughter’s Girl Scout journey?
Parents/guardians should be familiar with the flexible pathways your daughter can experience. Help her identify her interests, and encourage her to participate in various activities.
Where do funds come from to pay for books, pins, and awards?
Through participation in product sales, such as the annual Girl Scout Cookie Program, which provides troops or individual girls with proceeds to help pay for books, earned awards, or uniform pieces. Proceeds may also be used to pay for attendance at camp or to travel, as well as various activities offered by the council. Parents/guardians of girls will often pay some of the costs. If a troop is newly formed, a troop leader may request a small amount from the parents to begin the program year. All of these specific troop details should be discussed at the first parent’s meeting. Limited financial assistance for books, membership pins, and uniform components is available.
Are uniforms required in Girl Scouting?
Uniforms are not required, but are encouraged for visibility and Girl Scout spirit. A girl is always welcome to participate in Girl Scouting whether or not she chooses to have a uniform. The Girl Scout Membership Pin can be worn with or without the uniform. Girls are encouraged to at least purchase (visit the Girl Scout Shop) a sash or vest on which to display earned awards and other official insignia. Financial assistance is available.
Is financial assistance available?
Yes. GSSWT believes no girl should ever be denied the opportunity to participate in Girl Scouts because of financial need. Funds are available to assist girls with council activities, membership dues, books, etc.
Who can be a Girl Scout volunteer?
Anyone over the age of 18 and willing to accept the Girl Scout Promise and Law is welcome to volunteer for the organization. Adults go through the following steps when applying to become Girl Scout volunteers: application with criminal background check, appointment for one year, placement, and required training. GSSWT offers adult learning opportunities online and in a live class format to provide volunteers with a solid foundation for guiding the leadership development of girls.
Who do I contact for information or help?
Contact your Girl Scout staff liaison (call 210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 or click here for the staff directory).