Celebrating 101 years

Geraldine "Jerry" Emmett's 101st birthday will be celebrated at a special July 22 Democratic Women of the Prescott Area luncheon, held at the Antelope Hills Golf Course's Centennial Center, 1989 Clubhouse Drive, Prescott.

Likely the oldest Democrat in Arizona, Emmett will be recognized for her years of service as a teacher and party supporter, as well as one of the founding members of the Arizona Federation of Democratic Women, the Valley Democratic Women's Club and the DWPA. The organizations recognize that Emmett had an influence on the rise of women in the party in general and their key roles as not only supporters, but as leaders and candidates.

Born in 1914, Emmett graduated from Arizona State's Teacher's College (NAU) in 1937. She taught for 45 years all over the state, including the Navajo Reservation, Seligman, Tombstone, Scottsdale and Phoenix before retiring, then moving to Prescott 25 years ago. Not long after arriving, she helped found the DWPA.

She officially turns 101 on July 18, but the DWPA will celebrate with several speakers who appreciate her contributions to the party, including: Carolyn Warner, her friend and former Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction; Barbara Lubin, communications director for the Arizona Democratic Party; Bonnie Boyce-Wilson, board member of Emerge Arizona; and Sandra Fischer, President of the Arizona Federation of Democratic Women.

As part of its recognition of Emmett's accomplishments, the DWPA is naming a scholarship after her, which it plans to award next year. Local businesses have been generous in donating gift certificates and services to help support the silent auction and raffles planned for the event to raise funds for the scholarship.

Luncheon choices are: Chicken Caesar Wrap, Summer Salad and Preskitt Cheesesteak. Please email reservations and luncheon requests to DWPrescottArea@gmail.com by Friday, July 17. A map can be emailed if requested. Lunch costs $15 per member or $17 per nonmember. Contact DWPA ASAP if you need to cancel. Registration begins at 11 a.m.; the program starts at 11:30 a.m. Lunch is served at noon. Birthday cake will be provided.