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Girl Scouts honor Rosemary Dodd as 2012 Woman of Distinction
Former Girls Scouts give the three-finger salute at the beginning of the Woman of Distinction annual event at the Gainesville First United Methodist Church banquet hall Tuesday morning. - photo by Scott Rogers | The Times

Some 400 people showed up for Rosemary Dodd's "family reunion."

Her friends, family and fellow Girl Scouts gathered Tuesday to honor her as the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia 2012 Woman of Distinction.

Julia Cromartie, Dodd's friend and "little sister," praised her ability to adopt strangers, making them feel part of her family.

"She has the most generous accepting heart of anyone I know," Cromartie said. "And even when she's being outrageous and people say ‘What?' She is following her heart. She's always honest with her love."

Cromartie said one of Dodd's greatest gifts is connecting people to solve problems.

Dodd's friend, "cousin" and past Woman of Distinction honoree Gainesville City Council member Myrtle Figueras presented the award, pin and declared March 20, 2012, "Rosemary Wood Dodd Day."

"This is so important in today's environment that young girls can see themselves in you as successful women," Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia CEO Margaret Skeene said. "They need role models who make good decisions and give back to the community."

A Woman of Distinction should exemplify the values and principles of the Girl Scouts.

Dodd has been involved with nearly 70 organizations in varying capacities. She has been a volunteer or board member of the Elachee Nature Center, Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Hall County United Way and many others.

She worked as director of Advancement and Information Services at Gainesville State College for many years. Since 1986 she has been president of Ed (Rosemary Wood) Dodd Enterprises.

Though Dodd's resume is expansive, her passion for the arts is clear. An artist herself, she has served with several arts organizations.

Dodd entertained the crowd by demonstrating her fundraising skills.

She stepped off the stage, donned a green beret and went to work skillfully selling red poppies for veterans, just as she had done years ago with her Girl Scout Troop 12.


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