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Monday, 23 April 2012 10:13

Floresville Girl Scout Regional Office

Located in Wilson County

Facility Statistics

Location: 600 US Hwy 97 W, Floresville, Texas 78114
Phone Number: 210-349-2404 ext. 296
Square footage: Leased office space of 247 square foot in Floresville Community Center
Usage: Primary office space for three staff, Girl Scout program provided on Tuesday nights; office space shared with Boys and Girls Club of Floresville
Amenities: Main building 43,700 square feet -- meeting rooms, banquet area, basketball and volleyball indoor courts, double kitchen, restrooms, air conditioning and heat

Hours

Monday-Wednesday 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

*Select Saturday and extended hours for the Girl Scout Shop and Resource Center

Need directions? Click here for a map!

 

Room Reservation Policies - Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center
Troops/groups can now use the leadership center for meetings and events and the USAA Multipurpose Room for overnights!


 

Leave Your Mark ...

... at the new Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center -- purchase a paver!

 

Facility Statistics
Location: 811 N Coker Loop, San Antonio, 78216
Square footage: 30,000
Capacity: 900
Usage: Headquarters for Southwest Texas, meetings, overnights
Amenities: Kitchen with refrigerator and stove; meeting rooms; courtyard with fire circle; Resource Center; Girl Scout Shop
View photos of the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center **coming soon**

Monday, 23 April 2012 10:09

Facilities

Headquartered at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center in San Antonio, facilities managed by Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas include the newly constructed leadership center, two camp properties in the Texas Hill Country and nine satellite centers in outlying areas.

Monday, 23 April 2012 10:08

Outcomes

2012-2013 Outcomes Survey Process

Thank you for your participation in Girl Scouts! GSSWT continuously measures how girls benefit from participation in Girl Scouting. Measurements include program evaluations, resident camp surveys, service unit event reports, troop activity reports, and direct outcomes surveys.

Continuous feedback is important to GSSWT in order to ensure the best leadership experience for girls. In addition to improving program and volunteer support, the council conducts outcome studies because donors and contributors ask for evidence of the impact of Girl Scouting. Total public support, including United Way allocations, contributions and special events and grants totaled $1,477,301 in 2011. Participation in this study ensures that our council continues to receive the necessary United Way, foundation, and public support needed to help girls in Southwest Texas continue to make the world a better place.

Before taking a survey, to ensure that GSSWT is able to accurately include your survey information, visit
Girl Scout Voices. Visiting this website gives girls the chance to be a part of the GSSWT panel where GSSWT can communicate with girls strictly for the development of programs through surveys.

The survey questions ask girls to respond to several statements about themselves and Girl Scouts. Typical statements include:

  • I think learning new things is fun.
  • Everyone gets along during Girl Scout activities.
  • I tell the truth even if it gets me into trouble.
  • It is important to focus on the good side of people.

All answers are kept confidential!

To complete survey online, simply click on the survey title below. Click on PDF to print paper copies and submit completed surveys to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Curriculum & Outcomes Specialist, at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center.


Remember to visit Girl Scout Voices before completing any of the surveys below.


2012 Outcomes Pre Surveys

Girl Scout Daisy Pre Survey (PDF) Girl Scout Senior Pre Survey (PDF)
Girl Scout Brownie Pre Survey (PDF) Girl Scout Ambassador Pre Survey (PDF)
Girl Scout Junior Pre Survey (PDF) Parent/Guardian Pre Survey (PDF)
Girl Scout Cadette Pre Survey (PDF) Troop Leader/Advisor Pre Survey (PDF)

 

2012 Outcomes Post Surveys

Girl Scout Daisy Post Survey (PDF) Girl Scout Senior Post Survey (PDF)
Girl Scout Brownie Post Survey (PDF) Girl Scout Ambassador Post Survey (PDF)
Girl Scout Junior Post Survey (PDF) Parent/Guardian Post Survey (PDF)
Girl Scout Cadette Post Survey (PDF) Troop Leader/Advisor Post Survey (PDF)

 

2012 Pathways of Character Surveys 

Pre Surveys

Post Surveys

Pathways of Character Cadette Survey (PDF) Pathways of Character Cadette Survey (PDF)
Pathways of Character Senior Survey (PDF) Pathways of Character Senior Survey (PDF)
Pathways of Character Ambassador Survey (PDF) Pathways of Character Ambassador (PDF)

 

2012 Gamma Sigma Girls Surveys

Pre Surveys

Post Surveys

Gamma Sigma Girls Senior Survey (PDF)

Gamma Sigma Girls Senior Survey (PDF)

Gamma Sigma Girls Ambassador Survey (PDF)

Gamma Sigma Girls Ambassador Survey (PDF)


2012 Gamma Sigma Pearls Surveys

Gamma Sigma Pearls Pre Survey (PDF) Gamma Sigma Pearls Post Survey (PDF)

Monday, 23 April 2012 10:08

Community Conversations 2012

The Volunteer Advisory Steering Committee (VASC) acts as the core of the volunteer-led structure being the voice of the volunteers, advisors to all operational committees, and creates a transparent environment between the work of the council and its members.

 

Twenty twelve is the Year of the Girl and Girl Scouts is 100 years young! This is a great time to meet with Girl Scout volunteers as you deliver the organization’s mission to develop girls of courage, confidence, and character. Let’s talk about what’s working, resources and support services, leadership opportunities, team positions, structures, as well as what may not be working or things you would like to see happening at this time.

 

Keep an eye out for dates of the next Community Conversation in your area!

Monday, 23 April 2012 10:06

Governance & Organizational Structure

Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas is a chartered council of Girl Scouts of the USA to provide program in 21 counties throughout the region. The council's governing body is divided into five regions and delegates to the council are elected by each service unit.

Purpose
The purpose of the Council is to carry out the purposes of the GSUSA, which are:

  • to promote the qualities of truth, loyalty, helpfulness, friendliness, courtesy, purity, kindness, obedience, cheerfulness, thriftiness, and kindred virtues among girls, as a preparation for their responsibilities in home and for service to the community;

  • to direct and coordinate the Girl Scout movement in the United States and territories and possessions of the United States; and

  • to fix and maintain standards for the movement that will inspire the rising generation with the highest ideals of character, patriotism, conduct and attainment.

Elected Members of the Council
The Elected Members of the Council shall be members of the Girl Scout movement, fourteen years of age and older, registered through the Council, and shall be:

  • Regional Delegates elected by the Regional Areas as defined in Article III of the bylaws;

  • The members of the Board of Directors as defined in Section 4.2 of the bylaws; or
  • Members of the Board Development Committee who are not otherwise Elected Members of the Council.

 

All Elected Members of the Council shall hold membership only for the term to which they have been elected and only for as long as they are registered through the Council.

Regional Areas
The Board of Directors shall establish geographic subdivisions within the Council jurisdiction. Each geographic subdivision will be called a Regional Area.

Responsibilities of members in each Regional Area
It shall be the responsibility of members in each Regional Area to:

  • Nominate Regional Delegates and Regional Alternates, present the views of members of the Regional Area to such Regional Delegates, and receive Regional Delegates' reports;
  • Consider proposed plans, policies and other matters referred to the Regional Areas by the Board of Directors;
  • Participate in strategic planning processes as delegated by the Board of Directors;
  • Submit proposals to the Board of Directors for improving the quality of Girl Scouting;
  • Perform such other duties as may be delegated by the Board of Directors.

Regional Delegates & Regional Alternates

The members of each Regional Area shall elect Regional Delegates to the Council. Each Regional Area may elect twenty Regional Delegates. The Board of Directors may increase this number by resolution. The membership of each Regional Area may elect Regional Alternates to become Regional Delegates for the unexpired term should vacancies occur.

Regional Coordinator
There shall be a Coordinator for each Regional Area who shall be appointed by the Chair of the Council on the recommendation of the respective Regional Area, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors. Vacancies shall be filled by the Board. The Regional Area Coordinator shall be appointed for a term of two (2) years or until a successor is appointed, and shall serve for no more than three (3) consecutive terms.

Duties of Regional Coordinator
The Regional Coordinator shall be responsible for the following:

  • Guiding the members of the Regional Area in their responsibilities as set forth in Section 3.3 of the bylaws;
  • Assisting in planning the agenda and presiding at Regional Area meetings; Participating in meetings of the Regional Area Coordinators, delegate briefing meetings and Council meetings;
  • Convening, if necessary, the delegates elected by the Regional Areas to inform them about the issues to be considered; and Carrying out such other duties as may be delegated by the Board of Directors. 

 

Board of Directors Powers, Responsibilities and Accountabilities
The corporate and business affairs of the Council shall be managed under the direction of the Board of Directors, except as may be otherwise provided in these Bylaws or the Certificate of Formation. The Board of Directors is accountable: to the Elected Members for managing the affairs of the Council; to the Board of Directors of GSUSA for compliance with the charter requirements; to the State of Texas for adhering to Texas corporate law; and to the federal government in matters relating to legislation affecting non-profit and non-stock organizations.

Composition of Board of Directors
The Board of Directors shall consist of the Elected Officers of the Council and at least fifteen but not more than twenty-five members-at-large. In addition, there may be two registered girl members (age fourteen or older), ex officio (without vote), of the Board of Directors selected by each Regional Area who shall serve a term of one year each.

 

For more detailed information, read GSSWT's Bylaws.

 

Monday, 23 April 2012 10:05

Recognizing Excellence

In 2010, a staff award program was created, Recognizing Excellence. Just as GSSWT recognizes its valuable volunteers, there are awesome staff members much deserving of recognition as well.

The recognition program and incentives are based on the results of the online survey conducted by the Staff Recognition Task Group. The Recognizing Excellence staff awards will accept nominations from staff and volunteers. A group of board members, led by Rose González Pérez, CEO, will award up to six staff members each quarter in one of the following categories: customer service, commitment, flexibility, teamwork, leadership, and creativity and innovation. Each award recipient will receive a personalized award suitable for display, lunch with the CEO, one paid day off, a designated parking space, and recognition at the Adult Volunteer Recognition event, held each year in May. At the end of each year, one staff member will be selected as GSSWT's Best of the Best and will receive an all-expense paid trip to the training/conference of their choice.

 

Be sure to keep an eye out for staff doing something right! Get the Recognizing Excellence nomination form here.

 

2013 Recipients

January

GFalconGonzalvo Falcon, Excellence of Commitment

Gonzalvo, also known to many as “Chino,” is a part-time ranger at Camp Mira Sol and has gone above and beyond since day one. His innovative and creative problem solving has decreased labor around the camp and helped reduce waste. One example of Gonzalvo’s creativity is that he developed an innovative tree watering system that reduced staff time and waste. He takes on every task with a smile and his positive attitude, willingness to teach and share his ideas. He is an inspiration. 





 

CHaskinsCrystal Haskins, Excellence of Customer Service

For a second time, Crystal has been given the award for her Excellence of Customer Service. She has helped work on producing new and improved filing systems that are more user friendly for our staff and volunteers, along with this she created communication logs for staff to utilize. Crystal always makes sure that her team members are always taken care of and always makes it a point to put everyone first. Crystal received her first award in 2010.







 

Ruth Hernandez, Excellence of Creativity & Innovation

Ruth has used her passion for software programs to create many different forms that have helped her department and GSSWT. She personally created a paperless roster that is utilized for program updates, and also created many of our new forms that are currently being implemented for the 2013 SeaWorld San Antonio Cookie Rally. Her peers see her as an irreplaceable treasure and look forward to see what genius idea she has next.

 

AWebsterAshton Webster, Excellence of Teamwork
Ashton is known for her teamwork throughout GSSWT. At every major event, she is there ready and willing to lend a hand in whatever needs to be done. She has taught the Girls in Motion Dance team to be courteous, courageous and confident. Ashton is always prepared for a new challenge and has always been one that will go out of her way to help not just her team succeed, but the council as a whole. Many of her peers see her as a shining example of excellence.

Monday, 23 April 2012 10:04

Staff Directory

 

Rose González Pérez, Chief Executive Officer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 204
Tiffany BranfordSenior Executive Assistant  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 231
      

Development & Communications

   
Stephanie A. Finleon, Chief Development & Communications Officer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 230
Vacant, Director of Development This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Helen Montoya HenrichsDigital Media & Communications Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 256 
Laura Cabanilla-CruzDevelopment & Data Outcomes Manager (temp) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Kalli McQueen, Grants & Events Specialist This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 253
Aaron Epstein, Graphic Design & Website Specialist This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 218
     

Membership/Volunteerism/Program

Jody Shaw Hernandez, Chief Operating Officer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 247
Veronique Moreno, MVP Project Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 214
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West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center             

   
Blue GO Team    

Serving Cole, Connell/Page/Rogers, Dwight/Brentwood/Kazen, Edgewood/Rhodes/Wrenn, 
Harlandale, Lackland, Lowell/Harris, Martin Luther King, Tafolla/Irving/Cooper, 
Whittier/Twain/Longfellow service units.

   
Laura Y. Bustos, Director of West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-319-5775 ext. 408
Vacant, Recruitment Specialist This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Valerie Sanchez, Volunteer Retention & Resources Specialist This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-319-5775 ext. 423
Vacant, Program Manager    
Fabiola Popuchet, Program Lead This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-319-5775 ext. 402
Vacant, Program Specialist This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
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Membership & Community Development

Gina Abad, Director of Membership & Community Development This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 217
                
Pink/Purple GO Team    

Serving Atascosa, DNLS, East Central, Guadalupe Valley, Independence Trails, 
Karnes County, Southside, Southwest/Shepard, Wilson County service units.

   

Serving Bandera County, Dimmit/Zavala County, Val Verde/Kinney County,
Maverick County, Frio County, Kendall County, Kerr County, Kimble, Nueces Canyon,
Uvalde County service units.

Staff located at Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center

   
Marshelle Roseland, GO Team Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 235
Kristina Garcia, Recruitment Specialist This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 227
Lynn Jefferson, Retention Specialist This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 254
Denise Lewis, Program Specialist This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 257
                     
Orange GO Team    

Serving Connally, Hobby, Jordan, Medina County, Neff, Pease, Rawlinson, Rudder, 
Stevenson, 
Stinson, Sul Ross/Jones/Rayburn, Zachry service units.
Staff located at Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center

   
Melissa Soliz, GO Team Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 262 
Raitza Garcia, Recruitment Specialist  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 222
Carolyn Yanez, Retention Specialist This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 202
Kathleen Hash, Program Specialist This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 239
                     
Yellow GO Team    

Serving Alamo Heights, Bradley, Bush/Lopez, CIMASCH, Driscoll/Harris/Wood, 
Eisenhower, Garner, Honey Creek, Jackson/Nimitz, Kirby, Kitty Hawk, 
Krueger/Ed White, New Braunfels, Randolph, Tejeda service units.

Staff located at Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center

   
Lucy McArthur, GO Team Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 258
Sharoya Hall, Recruitment Specialist This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 242
Karla Vasquez, Recruitment Specialist This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 205
Jillian Baza, Retention Specialist This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 220
Dawn Santaniello, Retention Specialist This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 279
Amanda Pena, Program Specialist This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 237
              
     
Volunteer Development & Resources    
Kathryn Foley, Director of Volunteer Development & Resources This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 246
        
Volunteer Resource Center    
Marlowe Brownlow, Assistant Volunteer Resources Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 203
Vacant, Volunteer Resources Specialist (part-time) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
        
Volunteer Development Center    
Renee Harvey, Volunteer Development Center Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 219
Brittany Edwards, Adult Learning & Mentoring Specialist This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 207
Lisa Ewell, Volunteer Development Center Specialist (part-time) Email 210-349-2404 ext. 219
     
Volunteer Service Center This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Rita Sanchez, Customer Service Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 391
Vacant, Assistant Manager Volunteer Service Center This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 391
Crystal Haskins, Customer Service Representative This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 391
Ruth Hernandez, Customer Service Representative This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 391
Cathy Noll, Customer Service Representative This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 391
Tina Pastrano, Customer Service Representative This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 391
Martha LozanoCustomer Service Representative This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 391 
Desirae Galvan, Customer Service Representative This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   210-349-2404 ext. 391 
Suzette Ramirez-Escobedo, Administrative Assistant (temp) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 391
        
Girl Leadership Experience    
Becky Jennings, Director of Girl Leadership Experience This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 241
Hannah McGarrah, Teen & Program Outcomes Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 221
        
Outdoor Program    
Tabitha Bomer, Camp La Jita Program Coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 830-278-5747
Johnny Connell, Camp La Jita Ranger This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 830-966-3521
Gonzalo Falcon, Camp La Jita Assistant Ranger    
     
Product Program    
Christina Frazier, Director of Product Program This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 226
Charlotte Clegg, Product Program Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 249 
        
Girl Scout Shop    
Jackie Lee, Interim Shop Manager  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   210-349-2404 ext. 238 
Glori Sanchez, Sales Associate (part-time) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-319-5775 ext. 422
Diane Sifuentes, Sales Associate (part-time) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 201
Maggie Valdez, Sales Associate (part-time) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-319-5775 ext. 422
Vacant, Sales Associate (part-time) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 201 
        
Business Operations, Property & Technology    
Lisa Garcia, Director of Business Operations This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 224
Lindy Dalton, Information Technology Coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 206
Peggy Neeley, Office Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 311
Patty Esparza, Business Support Clerk This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 215
Vacant, Maintenance Assistant This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
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Finance

   
Blythe Simonson, Chief Financial Officer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 208
Iris Toledo, Accountant This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 209
Vanh Meagrow, Accounting Specialist This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 248
Tonia Fallin, Administrative Assistant This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 308
Magdalena De Hoyos, Troop Financial Report Assistant (temp) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 210-349-2404 ext. 260
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Monday, 23 April 2012 10:03

Board of Directors

 

Board of Director Officers

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 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:

  1. manages its affairs according to state and federal law,
  2. complies with Girl Scouts of the USA charter requirements, and
  3. secures and allocates the resources needed to deliver the Girl Scout program throughout our jurisdiction.

 

 

 

 

Chair, Jackie L. Gorman
Jackie L. Gorman 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 Executive Search Consultants, where she was the non-profit, government and higher education practice leader. Read more...


 

 

Chair Elect, Jan King
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. Read more...

 

 

 

1st Vice Chair, Development, Mary Henrich
Mary Henrich joined the board as a Member-at-Large in May of 2010 and was appointed in June of 2010 to 1st Vice Chair of Development to fill a one-year unexpired term. Mary has eighteen years of solo private practice of law providing legal counsel primarily in the area of family and juvenile law. Read more...

 

 

Treasurer, Jeannie Frazier
Jeannie Fraizer is the Vice President for Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer at the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research in San Antonio, Texas. Her responsibilities include all accounting functions, treasury, payroll, finance IT, purchasing, human resources, and environmental health and safety. Prior to joining SFBR late in 2006, she worked in non-profit healthcare finance for 24 years, primarily for urban teaching facilities. Read more...

 

 

Secretary, William T. "Bill" Avila
Bill Avila is an attorney in the San Antonio office of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., a full service the international law firm which serves the needs of businesses, governments, non-profit organizations and individual clients around the world, and one of the largest law firms in the United States with more than 850 lawyers, over 75 integrated practice areas, and 17 offices world-wide, with international locations in Beijing, London, Munich, Hong Kong, Dubai and Riyadh. Bill has more than 30 years of experience in the practice of law in Texas. Read more...

 

Executive Team

Chief Executive Officer, Rose González Pérez

Chief Development & Communications Officer, Stephanie A. Finleon

Chief Operating Officer, Jody Shaw Hernandez

 

Members-at-Large

Cece Cheever Jennifer Moriarty
Deena Clausen Courtney Peña
Heather Davis  Linda Ramón 
Trish DeBerry Jaren Shaw
Leah DeLaGarza Lisa Uribe, Ph.D.
Luis De La Garza Bob Waller
Debra Dunn Russell Warren
Kathleen Krueger Charles "Marty" Wender
Carla Mancha Charlotte Youngquist
Marisa Martinez Palmer

 

Ex Officio Girl Board Members

Girl Board Chair, Danielle Gutierrez

Madison A. (Pink GO Team)

Rachel B. (Yellow GO Team)
Yanitza C. (Yellow GO Team)
Emily D. (Pink GO Team)
Emily O. (Orange GO Team)
Hannah R. (Orange GO Team)
 

Girls Have a Voice on the Board of Directors

In 2003, a proposal was approved to have one teen Girl Scout from each association on the board, rather than just one Senior Girl Scout. This provided a stronger voice for girls to be heard by the board. As ex officio (non-voting) members, the girls attend four board meetings -- held on Saturdays -- providing valuable input on many issues. In 2004, the first six girls were voted on to the board of directors. As we celebrate five years of having girls on the board we wish to thank the girls for their service on the board in 2011-2012:

    • Sunrise Association, Lauren B., first-ever Girl Board Chair
    • Bluebonnet Association, Danielle G.
    • Flight of the Mariposa Association, Alexia P.
    • Key to the Hills Association, Madison
    • Missions Trail Association, Sara K.
    • Star Gazers Association, Augusta F.
    • Wild, Wild Northwest Association, Hope P.

 

Board Development Committee

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 meeting:

  1. a single slate of nominees for officers of the council;
  2. a single slate of nominees for directors; and
  3. a single slate of nominees for members of the nominating committee.

Every three years, the board development committee also presents a single slate of national delegates and national alternate delegates.

GSSWT accepts potential board member and nominating committee member referrals year-round for a single slate presented at our annual meeting. We place a high priority on recruiting women and men from diverse geographic and racial/ethnic communities.

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What We Stand For

Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas (GSSWT), headquartered in San Antonio, is aware of recent communications via email, blog posts, etc., that are critical of Girl Scouts of the USA and continue to share misinformation about the Girl Scout Movement. The inaccurate information is most prevalent during the iconic Girl Scout Cookie Program when awareness of the organization is at its highest and is focused on the Movement’s alleged relationship with Planned Parenthood USA.

Get the facts about Girl Scout cookies here.

Boycotting Girl Scout cookies is bad for girls, read our response to the alleged endorsement of State Sen. Wendy Davis here.

At the national and local level, the answer to this question is very simple -- Girl Scouts of the USA and Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas do not have a relationship with Planned Parenthood and have never received financial support from or contributed to the organization.

GSSWT has a long and proud history of serving girls throughout the region. Girl Scouts has a reputation of being the best leadership development organization with an outstanding record of community service and programs for girls. The organization is able to accomplish this with the help of exceptional adult volunteers, alumnae, supporters and friends. It is out of respect to the nearly 30,000 members in Southwest Texas that the record is set straight.

In some areas of the country, Girl Scout troops or groups may choose to hold discussions about human sexuality and/or pregnancy prevention and may choose to collaborate with a local organization that specializes in these issues. Participation in these discussions is optional, and parental consent must be provided prior to a girl’s participation. However, please consider that the Southwest Texas region has among the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the nation and for girls in some communities, it would be appropriate for them to receive pregnancy prevention education from a factual perspective in Girl Scouts.

Girl Scouts of the USA is an organization whose membership represents a cross-section of America. Girls and families hold various religious beliefs and opinions on social issues and practices. As a result, GSUSA does not have a position on specific issues such as abortion and contraception. Rather, GSUSA recognizes and supports the primacy of parents as they educate their daughters with regard to human sexuality and pregnancy prevention.

This policy is not new. Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas affirms that parents/guardians may be certain their daughters will not be exposed to information on these topics that they don’t want them to have, and it is unfair to expect an organization as large and diverse as Girl Scouts to take on the role of parents and/or religious organizations.

The mission of Girl Scouting is to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place, and the organization will never shy from its duty or waver from its commitment to be an advocate for all girls.


Frequently Asked Questions: Social Issues

What is Girl Scouts of the USA’s position regarding human sexuality, birth control, and abortion?
Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) does not take a position or develop materials on these issues. We feel our role is to help girls develop self-confidence and good decision-making skills that will help them make wise choices in all areas of their lives.

Parents or guardians make all decisions regarding program participation that may be of a sensitive nature. Consistent with that belief, GSUSA directs councils, including volunteer leaders, to get written parental permission for any locally planned program that could be considered sensitive.

Does GSUSA have a relationship with Planned Parenthood?
No, Girl Scouts of the USA does not have a relationship or partnership with Planned Parenthood.

Did GSUSA distribute a Planned Parenthood brochure at a United Nations event?
No, we did not. In 2010, GSUSA took part in the 54th Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations. Our participation in that conference was the subject of numerous Internet stories and blogs that were factually inaccurate and troubling. Girl Scouts had no knowledge of the brochure in question and played no role in distributing it.

Did Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) send a tweet in support of Texas State Senator Wendy Davis, suggesting she be considered for Woman of the Year?
Girl Scouts has not endorsed any person or organization. This confusion stems from an autopopulated tweet linking to an article that mentioned newsmakers from 2013. The tweet simply asked folks to share their opinions about which women should be added to a year-end discussion originated by the Huffington Post.

GSUSA’s Twitter bio states that a retweet does not equal an endorsement. The sharing of the article was not to endorse any of the women featured, but to highlight the source's acknowledgement of women who made a mark in 2013.

Girl Scouting aims to empower all girls to have the courage to make their voices heard and welcome respectful discourse about what qualities a woman of the year should have. GSUSA issued an apology on the Girl Scout Blog, which can be read here.

Why were Girl Scouts pictured in a photograph with State Sen. Wendy Davis in the San Antonio Express-News?
On Friday, Feb. 14, the San Antonio Express-News published a story about gubernatorial candidate and state senator Wendy Davis discussing her proposal to improve early childhood education at Leal Middle School in Harlandale Independent School District. Davis is pictured with a group of Gamma Sigma Pearls wearing their Girl Scout T-shirts in the accompanying photograph, which is an implied endorsement. Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas did not host, sponsor, endorse, nor have prior knowledge of the event. Girls attended in their capacity as students of Leal, who also happen to be Gamma Sigma Pearls. We consider the use of this photograph by the Express-News to be inappropriate in light of the controversy that is having a negative impact on innocent girls who are in the community selling cookies. We have since asked the newspaper to print a clarification of the photo’s context.

Where exactly do proceeds from the Girl Scout Cookie Program go?
One hundred percent of the money that a council and its troops raise through the Girl Scout Cookie Program stays with that council and its troops. All of the revenue from cookie activities—every penny after paying the baker—stays with the Girl Scout council. Girl Scout councils offer a wide variety of recognition items, program- and store-related credits and travel experiences that girls are eligible to earn individually based on their sales. Girl Scout councils do not provide any portion of their cookie revenue to Girl Scouts of the USA. 

Should people be concerned about where the money goes?
Absolutely not. Girl Scout cookie sales fund the amazing work that Girl Scouts do to improve communities nationwide—including yours. Through Girl Scouting, including the beloved Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls discover the fun and friendship that life holds, developing to their full potential and gaining values that will guide their actions along the way.

Should I buy Girl Scout Cookies?
Yes! When a Girl Scout sells you cookies, she’s building a lifetime of skills and confidence. Through Girl Scouting and the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls learn they can be and do anything they set their minds to. And why wouldn’t you want to be a part of that? Learn more about the Girl Scout Cookie Program at www.girlscoutcookies.org.

What is Girl Scouts’ process for reviewing materials?
Girl Scouts constantly reviews our materials based on feedback and suggestions we receive from our members, and we update our materials on a regular basis. As a result of this process, upcoming reprints of Journeys materials will not include playwright Josefina Lopez or links to the Women’s Media Center or Media Matters. Councils will be notified of changes that are made in the future, and information on changes will be posted on our corporate website. We also are making changes on our corporate website to ensure appropriateness of content.

It is important to note that our materials feature more than 200 women and girls from many walks of life who have worked to make a difference in the world, and while we may not agree with the opinion of everyone featured, we believe they embody the commitment to leadership that we strive to teach our girls.

What is Girl Scouts’ position on serving transgender youth?
Girl Scouts is proud to be the premiere leadership organization for girls in the country. While we do allow men to participate in our program as volunteers and staff members, the program is developed specifically for girls. GSSWT has not had cause to address the issue of accommodating transgender youth. The organization remains focused on providing a quality leadership experience for all girls in grades K-12 and believes there are other organizations better suited to provide a leadership experience for boys. Acceptance of transgender youth is handled on a case-by-case basis, with the welfare and best interests of the child and the members of the troop/group in question a top priority.

Does Girl Scouting support families of faith?
Yes. Girl Scouting supports girls from all backgrounds and beliefs. While we are a secular organization that refrains from teaching religious or spiritual beliefs or practices, we believe that the motivating force in Girl Scouting is a spiritual one, and we greatly value our longstanding partnerships with religious organizations across many faiths that share the values of the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

We encourage girls to develop connections to their own spiritual and religious beliefs by earning recognitions provided by their faith communities and by earning the new My Promise, My Faith pin, which helps a girl deepen the connection between the Girl Scout Law and her faith. GSSWT has partnered  with the Archdiocese of San Antonio to create and support the earning of six more religious awards for the Catholic community that are only available in our 21-county service area.

Girl Scouts welcomes faith leaders to verify that program delivered to girls in their places of worship is consistent with their faith’s teachings.

What is GSUSA’s relationship with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts?

The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) comprises 145 member organizations that promote mutual understanding and cross-cultural opportunities for girls around the world. Girl Scouts of the USA is one of the 145 member organizations.

Each member organization creates its own programs and pursues advocacy efforts based on the needs and issues affecting girls in its individual country. GSUSA does not always take the same positions or endorse the same programs as WAGGGS. GSUSA's relationship with WAGGGS is akin to the United States’ relationship with the United Nations (UN). The United States may not agree with every position the UN takes, but values having a seat at the table.

Does GSUSA have a financial relationship with WAGGGS?
Every Girl Scout and Girl Guide organization is a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts—and each Member Organization, including Girl Scouts of the USA, pays dues. WAGGGS operates in much the same way as the United Nations: Each Member Organization pays dues based on the size of its membership and the per capita income of the country in which the organization resides.

Are girl membership dues used to pay the WAGGGS quota? Membership dues from girls and from adults are not used to pay the WAGGGS quota. All dues collected from Girl Scout members are used to pay for services that directly impact the development and delivery of Girl Scouting to girls in the USA and girls who are involved in USA Girl Scouts Overseas, our program that brings Girl Scouting to American families who live and work abroad.

Is any money from Girl Scout cookie activities used to pay the WAGGGS quota?
No, all of the money from Girl Scout cookie activities stays at councils. The national funds that GSUSA sends to WAGGGS come solely from investment income.

Are girls individual members of WAGGGS?

No, individual girls are not members of WAGGGS. Girl Scouts of the USA is a Member Organization of WAGGGS.

Do girls have to wear a WAGGGS pin?
Girls wear the WAGGGS pin to represent their connection to the worldwide sisterhood of Girl Scouting and Girl Guiding. For a girl to be in uniform, the only requirement is that she wears her Girl Scout pin.

 

 

 

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