The Order of the Palmetto is the highest civilian honor awarded to citizens of South Carolina for extraordinary lifetime achievement, and for national or statewide service. This once in a lifetime achievement was awarded to longtime friend of Girl Scouts, Dodie Anderson, yesterday by Gov. Henry McMaster.
"Dodie put her stamp on South Carolina after relocating from Illinois. She joined as a member of the Board of Directors during a period of turmoil. As the Girl Scouts worked to insure integration in all programming and community service, Dodie stepped up to lead the organization as the Chief Volunteer Officer, or President, when others shied from the challenge.
Dodie worked tirelessly to build a Girl Scout coalition by merging communities together for a stronger presence, including the formation of the regional jurisdiction of what was known as the Girl Scouts of the Old 96 council. She and her family were immersed in the success of the organization - not only were her daughters all Girl Scouts, civic volunteers, and even summer camp staff, Dodie and Robert both became certified trainers to help women learn about agelevel behavior management, outdoor skills, or managing finances so that they in turn could support young women. When the Girl Scouts of the USA learned of Dodie's impact in South Carolina, they courted her to join the National Girl Scout Board of Directors, which she later did. Charged with creating that same energy at the national level as created in South Carolina, Dodie served as a national mentor to volunteer governance leadership that were realigning and rebranding in their local communities.
Upon completion of her national board service term, Dodie returned to South Carolina and reengaged with her volunteerism locally. With her love of the out of doors, her name-sake gift of support provided for the Dodie Anderson Outdoor Administration center at our resident Camp WaBak outside of Marietta. In 2006 when South Carolina was selected as the national pilot for our Movement's realignment of councils from 345 to 112, Dodie was integral to the merge of the Upstate and Midlands region of our state with her gift of the Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands corporate office. And as we now launch publicly our place of destination for the Girl Scouts and alumni of South Carolina, Dodie is the proud sponsor of the Girl Scout Historical Room and Archives display at our Leadership Center, to be opened in summer of 2019 in Columbia. But the value that I most appreciate is that Dodie is a person that I rely upon for honest feedback, clarifying history, sage advice, and humor.
Dodie Anderson embodies everything the Girl Scout Leadership Experience strives to instill in girls. Dodie leads with courage and confidence, yet gives back and inspires with character and empathy."
-GSSC-MM President and CEO, Kim Hutzell