Ellen & Jim Westerhaus Making a Difference in the Lives of Girls
There is a popular saying among many long time Girl Scout alumnae and volunteers. I am a proud Girl Scout; I bleed GREEN. This powerful phrase exemplifies the commitment Ellen and Jim Westerhaus have for Girl Scouts.
Ellen and Jim Westerhaus from Junction City, Kansas are the super couple that everyone knows and tries to emulate. They have served in nearly every volunteer role and continue to be extraordinary advocates for Girl Scouting in their community and beyond.
Volunteering for one organization for 50 years is a tremendous milestone, so of course we must celebrate. As many know, Ellen and Jim quietly give back and don’t want a fuss made. But, March 8 begins Girl Scout Week and what better way to celebrate a fantastic milestone while making sure the event stays girl-focused.
So we crossed that hurdle, and the celebration is on. What is even better? Ellen and Jim have an opportunity to reflect on their years of service. Of course, their camping stories are countless. They are committed to getting girls outdoors and feeling such pride when they overcome challenges. Favorite stories include a three day covered wagon camp-out in the 1960s or the many times girls would just stare in awe at the night sky or go on moonlit hikes. These activities didn’t cost much, but they certainly provided priceless memories for girls.
In addition to the awesome camping knowledge she shared with girls, Ellen also served as a troop leader taking her daughter’s troop from Brownie to Senior Girl Scouts. She served as the service unit day camp director for 12 years, Thinking Day coordinator and caretaker for the Girl Scout House. Ellen doesn’t take all the credit for bringing great things to girls.
Jim enthusiastically joins her in service. He is constantly making improvements and performs routine maintenance at the Girl Scout House. He makes sure that troop and day camps are ready to go for Girl Scouts.
Ellen and Jim wish for so much for today’s Girl Scouts. They want the girls to enjoy their experience and make memories that they will hold dear just as they have. For 103 years, the Girl Scout mission has been strong – building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Our mission would not be possible without compassionate and committed volunteers like Ellen and Jim Westerhaus.
On Sunday March 8 as we kick off Girl Scout Week, we are so proud to honor Ellen and Jim. In fact, Ellen and Jim will show off their hard work at the Girl Scout House and girls will complete traditional activities like learning the parts of a flag ceremony. And of course, there will be learning and earning of a patch. Not just any patch, a special 50 years in Girl Scouting patch honoring Ellen and Jim!
Thank you, Ellen and Jim Westerhaus for all you have done to make Girl Scouting possible! Your generous and selfless service has done so much to further our mission. Congratulations on this incredible milestone!!