Geraldyne Inez Pierce Zimmerman was born on March 5, 1911 in Orangeburg, S.C. She passed away just a little over 100 years later. She spent her life inspiring young people to understand and appreciate mathematics. Those who knew her say, “She was all about giving and helping others.”
The Geraldyne Zimmerman Gala
At South Carolina State University she was a mathematics instructor for 31 years and motivated students not only to appreciate mathematics, but to become public servants and contribute to their community.
Her greatest contribution was her community involvement and work with young people. She worked with the Girl Scouts as a Troop Leader, Board Member, Association President, Troop Consultant, and Service Unit Chairperson.
She received countless honors from many organizations, associations and societies for her tireless work in promoting education and being an advocate for young people and involving youth in community and public service. She not only served as a role model for youth, but was also involved in programs that enhanced their development. Mayor Paul Miller described her then as "one of the finest humanitarians the city of Orangeburg has ever known“.
The Geraldyne Zimmerman Scholarship was established three years ago with the inaugural fundraising gala in Orangeburg at The Cinema in late September.
You are invited to join the Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina this year in this joyous occasion to honor the legacy of Geraldyne Inez Pierce Zimmerman and celebrate Girl Scouting in the Orangeburg community with a 4-course dinner, drinks, music by the Claflin University ensemble, and a special guest speaker, Alice Carson Tisdale. Mrs. Tisdale is married to Dr. Henry N. Tisdale, the 8th President of Claflin University. She holds dual titles of First Lady of Claflin University and the Director of the University Honors College.
A portion of the proceeds benefits the Geraldyne Zimmerman Scholarship Fund, available to graduating Girl Scouts who have been accepted to Claflin University, South Carolina State University or Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College. The 2017 recipients were Chayna Rivers from Ladson and Pria Anderson from Salters.
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Contact our Grants and Community Resources Director Pat Baxley at 843-656-9750 or via email at PatBaxley@girlscoutsesc.org for sponsorship opportunities.