By Samantha Herring, Communications & Marketing Intern
Forty-Five years. That’s how long North Carolina State Senator Tamara Barringer has been a Girl Scout. At this year’s annual meeting, Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines had the honor of presenting her with a 45-Year Membership Pin and also awarded her the Girl Scout Thanks Badge. The Thanks Badge is a really big deal. It’s a national award that honors a volunteer for going way beyond expectations in serving their Girl Scout Council.
You go, Girl Scout!
Senator Barringer has contributed to Girl Scouting in many different ways. So many ways, in fact, that it would be easier to list the positions she hasn’t held! She has served as a Troop Leader, Adult Learning Facilitator, Service Unit Manager, Board of Directors member, and has chaired or served on numerous other committees.
We recently asked Senator Barringer about her Girl Scout experience. Read on to learn what she shared.
How long have you been a volunteer and what has your favorite role within Girl Scouts been?
I’ve been an active volunteer since 1977. It would be hard to say what my favorite role has been. Each has had its own challenges and rewards. I am proud to have had the opportunity to serve in so many different ways.
What can you tell us about your experience as a young Girl Scout?
Girl Scouting has had a profound influence on my life since I was very young. My original Girl Scout leaders in Shelby, North Carolina, taught me through their words and deeds that people are inspired by and respect leaders who challenge them.
Do you think being a Girl Scout had any influence on your becoming a Senator?
Through Girl Scouting, I learned to be a leader. Now, more than 40 years later, I continue to experience the life-enriching joy of service to others. The Girl Scout mission is at the heart of my service to others.
Do you ever hear from the girls who were in the troops you led?
Oh, yes. I try to stay in contact with them. When I am able, I especially enjoy attending their weddings, baby showers, and other important events. I am so proud of them all.
Are you still active in Girl Scouts?
Absolutely! I keep my certifications up to date so that I can continue to train leaders and girls, and supervise troop events. I also am a member of the Gold Award Committee, which reviews and approves girls’ Gold Award projects.
Hats off and congratulations to Senator Barringer for being honored with the Thanks Badge for being such a vital Girl Scout volunteer, for completing 45 years as a Girl Scout, and being such an incredible role model!
Being a Girl Scout volunteer can change your life, and your service can change the lives of girls. Start the fun today — click here to explore the many ways you can help shape girls of courage, confidence and character.