As a Girl Scouts troop leader in the 1960s and 1970s, Billie Little was a mentor to young ladies across the area, and her efforts were recognized by the organization when she received a Women of Distinction Award in 2017.
Little was also one of the original organizers of the Friendship House’s annual fall spaghetti dinner, and she has been heavily involved with the American Red Cross in the past. Those are just a few of the organizations she works with and volunteers her time with in service to others.
Little and her husband Norris are benefactors of the Creative Arts Guild, and the couple have endowed a scholarship at Dalton State College for rising juniors who are majoring in elementary education or are enrolled in the Wright School of Business.
One of her signature projects for more than two decades has been the annual Salvation Army Summer Music Days camp. She helped begin the camp 23 years ago, and an annual telethon she organizes and leads helps fund the day camp that runs through the summer. This year, more than 50 youngsters will be able to attend the camp free of charge.
“We are able to make it free of charge for all students because Miss Little makes it happen,” said local Salvation Army chapter manager Patricia Thompson. “She does it all for the children. She doesn’t want any child — no matter if they can afford it or not — to not experience the camp.”
The camp focuses on music, dance and art. Participants put on an end-of-camp talent show, an event Thompson said Little never misses.
It was through the camp that Thompson became involved with the Salvation Army.
“My children were 5, 7 and 9 at the time, and ever since I have worked for the Salvation Army, Billie has been a mentor to me,” Thompson said. “She serves on our adviser board year round, and she is currently helping to plan our 70th anniversary gala. I can’t think of a better person to plan it because she has probably been to more of them than anyone else. Every year something grows just a little bit more with our organization, and we couldn’t do what we do without our advisory board team and people who are dedicated like Billie Little.”
For all of her efforts to improve our community and make it a better place to live, the Daily Citizen-News names Billie Little Citizen of the Week.