She always wanted to be a teacher. But growing up with nine siblings, Elizabeth Chester Tripp's family didn't have the money to send her to college, she said.

So she cooked for a living at the Golden Crest - now Eastern Pines - Convalescent Center in Atlantic City and became a registered dietitian, overseeing the kitchen staff and menu serving 80 to 100 people, she said.

But when Tripp, 92, became a Girl Scout leader in the late 1950s, she found a way to develop her inner teacher. She learned about and taught a wide variety of subjects, so Scouts could earn their badges.

"I learned how to do camping. That was the biggest fun of Girl Scouting," she said.

Now living in Pleasantville, she raised her own 10 children in Atlantic City. She was one of the people who helped Girl Scouting flourish in the city, said her daughter Sharon Tripp, of Pleasantville.

"A lot of ladies developed other troops because of her," said Sharon Tripp, who was a leader of Brownie troops for decades. She frequently runs into women who greet her with the Girl Scout pledge and talk about her mom's 1,2,3,4 cake they learned to make for the cooking badge. That's one stick of butter, 2 cups of sugar, 3 cups of flour and four eggs, she said.

In 2010, Union Baptist Temple in Atlantic City made Elizabeth Tripp its Church Mother for her decades of service there and in the community. She also ran Vacation Bible School, was president of her PTA for years and generally pitched in wherever needed.

"She was president of most things," said granddaughter Amber Harris, of Pleasantville.

Decoys on display

Roy Lucadema, 52, of Dias Creek has been decoy carving for more than 25 years. A display of his work will open at the Second Friday event 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Bayshore Center at Bivalve, 2800 High St., Port Norris.

The new exhibit, "Natural Wonder - Images from South Jersey and Beyond" also will feature nature photographer CariAnne Slotterback's work.

Employee of month

Health Unit Coordinator Susan Mounts, of Ocean City, has been named September Employee of the Month at Shore Medical Center in Somers Point.

"Susan consistently goes above and beyond for our patients, doing whatever is necessary to ensure that they feel comforted and well cared for," said Luanne McGroarty, 5th Stainton nurse manager.