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‘Thanks,’ Senator Barringer, for 45 years and counting…

July 20, 2014

By Samantha Herring, Communications & Marketing Intern

State Senator Barringer and Girl Scouts CEO Lisa JonesForty-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.

 

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What do frogs and Girl Scouts have in common? Girl Scout Rachel H.!

July 15, 2014

By Samantha Herring, Communications Intern

Today our council recognizes an amazing project completed by one of our very own Girl Scouts! Girl Scout Rachel H. first became interested in amphibian conservation when she was in the sixth grade and learned that amphibians were the most endangered group of animal species on the planet. This issue was at the heart of her Girl Scout Silver Award project. In addition to numerous awareness activities, she partnered with the Save the Frogs organization and Governor Beverly Perdue to institute a Save the Frogs Day in North Carolina. Taking her advocacy even further, she helped establish two state amphibians, the Pine Barrens Treefrog – now our state frog, and the Marbled Salamander – now our state salamander!

Every day, Girl Scouts in our council do amazing things: from Gold Award projects aimed at saving endangered species to making a difference in their world by giving back through community service. Girl Scout Rachel Hopkins is no different. As a result of her volunteer work to save the frogs, she was awarded the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Distinguished Finalist bronze medallion during the May 20th Raleigh City Council meeting. The award represents the United States’ largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer service.

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Rachel also received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award, which included a letter from the president of the United States, Barack Obama. In his letter, the president wrote, “Your volunteer service demonstrates the kind of commitment to your community that moves America a step closer to its great promise.”

Our goal at Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines is to give every girl the opportunity to be the leader she wants to be and to be the leader the world needs her to be. Rachel truly embodies the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Thank you Rachel for representing all Girl Scouts who work to make the world a better place!

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