Roderick was named executive director of Quality Forward in 1983, but she began volunteering with the group in 1975. City leaders back in ’73 set up the nonprofit to clean up the town in advance of the country’s 1976 Bicentennial celebration. Back then, the group was called Quality ’76 and it was an all-volunteer effort.
The name changed to Quality Forward in 1977, and it later became affiliated with Keep America Beautiful, the national organization devoted to community improvement.
Over the years, Roderick has done everything from helping to build playgrounds and celebrate beautiful trees to battling the ever-present litter problem. She’s partnered with countless other community organizations. In short, she’s been a persistent force.