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Troop Leader Spotlight: December 2022


Troop-Leader-Spotlight-Dec22 - Girl Scout Spirit Week

[From left to right: Elissa Bittner, Tammara Whitworth and Heather Wolfertz]

Troop Leaders work hard everyday to deliver a high quality Girl Scout Leadership Experience for girls.

Meet Elissa Bittner, Tammara Whitworth and Heather Wolfertz. These three amazing Troop Leaders were nominated by their peers for their dedication and outstanding leadership. Between them, they have 50 years of experience volunteering at our council!

 

Elissa Bittner, Troop 31826

Time Volunteering: 1.5 years
Service Unit: 601 Coacoochee
Favorite Girl Scout Cookies®: Samoas®

What are three helpful tips you would give a new Girl Scout Leader?

  1. Stay organized.
  2. Ask for help.
  3. Have…FUN. Be silly. Be YOU and your girls will too!

What are two reasons you choose to volunteer with Girl Scouts?

When I was teaching, troops would meet in my classroom after school. While I was planning, I would overhear the sweetness of the girls’ voices singing, the way they would work together inclusively, and encourage one another. Listening to the values, girl leadership skills and learning about the heart of Girl Scouts, I knew my own daughters would one day benefit. Then a friend, and my now co-leader, shined the light and paved the way of involvement for the both of us.

What is one of your favorite Girl Scouts memories?

Have you ever gotten on your hands and knees and sang like a wolf or perhaps danced like a zombie? If you come to our meetings you would never know where the dice would land to make you become the silliest of creatures that change with the season…Nothing like the memories of getting the chance to be your silly self with the sweetest group of ladies AND looking over at your co-leader, each of you feeling safe to be those silly selves, and having the biggest smiles on your faces!

Anything else?

We teach our kiddos, “If you smile on the outside, you will on the inside even when it’s hard to grin. Being thought for this award sure made me smile on the inside and out!

 

Tammara Whitworth, Troop 50148 and 50051

Time Volunteering: 27 years
Service Unit: 626 West Wind
Favorite Girl Scout Cookies®: Trefoils®

What are three helpful tips you would give a new Girl Scout Leader?

  1. Having parent involvement - but remembering to let the girls show their independence. 
  2. Everything is always a success - never a failure no matter the results. 
  3. Always showing girls that they are a huge influence to those around them and the community. 

What are two reasons you choose to volunteer with Girl Scouts?

Being a leader has enabled me to see the growth that each girl makes throughout their journey. Making memories that include successes and growth along with impact on generations. 

What is one of your favorite Girl Scouts memories?

This is very hard. I have so many memories-from when I was a girl and then being the leader of girls. I think seeing the progression the girls make from the tears from that first overnight to flying off across the country and making their mark. Staying in contact with my girls after graduation and seeing all their successes. Girl Scouts has given me so much that it hard to choose one memory but hope I have lived up to the legacy my mom set as my leader. If so, then I feel I have succeeded.

Anything else?

GSWCF is an amazing council and I'm so proud to have been involved for almost 28 years and hope for many more.

 

Heather Wolfertz, Troop 14114

Time Volunteering: 22 years
Service Unit: 605 Circle of Springs
Favorite Girl Scout Cookies®: Adventurefuls™

What are three helpful tips you would give a new Girl Scout Leader?

  1. Know your "why" for being involved a Girl Scout leader... it is way beyond just your daughter.
  2. Look for "experiences" for your girls because many may never have the opportunity.
  3. Always look at quality over quantity...if you have quality, your girls will WANT to be in Girl Scouts and so will others!

What are two reasons you choose to volunteer with Girl Scouts?

Girl Scouts is my passion.  It made a huge difference in my life and I love to be able to pay it forward.

Quality girl experiences build well-rounded, influential leaders that will be our future. I want to be that "stepping stone" and the "remember when" influencer.

What is one of your favorite Girl Scouts memories?

There are so many! My favorite as a girl was my trip to the Smoky Mountains with my Girl Scout troop. My favorite as a volunteer would have to be taking my girls to Savannah and having those new experiences with them.

Anything else?

Everyone who knows me knows Girl Scouts is my passion and I love my girls as my own.

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Do you know a Troop Leader who is passionate about creating girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place? Nominate them for the Troop Leader Spotlight!