Semmes Mayor Judy Hale recently issued a City of Semmes Proclamation declaring May 5, 2015 as "Lib Dodd Day." Ms. Dodd, a long-time Semmes resident, was recognized for her leadership role in establishing, preserving and maintaining the historical 1902 one-room school house located at Semmes Heritage Park, along with her many other accomplishments.
Because Lib Dodd loves and appreciates the history of Semmes, she was instrumental in the establishment of, and is a charter member in the Alumni and Friends of Semmes School, Inc., a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to preserving the history of Semmes.
The name of Lib Dodd has become synonymous with Semmes; her achievements are stamped in a visible way throughout the area, especially at Semmes Heritage Park. And because of her love for the town and its citizens and her commitment and action to preserve its history and heritage, Ms. Lib is affectionately known to many as "The First Lady of Semmes."
At the same meeting, Mayor Hale also recognized the individual members of Alumni and Friends of Semmes School, Inc. for their ongoing efforts to promote local historical education and preservation programs, and issued a City proclamation declaring May as "Historic Preservation Month" to stress the importance of Semmes area history.