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Honor for a leader: Monday Club proclaims 'Jerri Wagner Week'

The Monday Club recently proclaimed Oct. 1 through 8 as "Jerri Wagner Week."

Club members also named a room at the Monday Club after Wagner at a ceremony Oct. 1, "honoring Jerri's countless contributions," said Sharon Hundt, club president.

Wagner has been active in her local community and in national government for many of her 83 years.

"No matter the community you're in, there are things to be done," Wagner has always maintained, then followed her own credo.

She served an eight-year stint as mayor of Prescott beginning in 1969, the first woman ever elected mayor in the state of Arizona and one of only 32 women mayors across a nation of 15,000 mayors.

No other woman has since graced the mayoral position of Prescott.

Wagner also ran for Congress; was a good will ambassador to South America; international president of the General Federation of Women's Clubs; was chairman or on the board of organizations as diverse as the Arizona Department of Water Resources; Northern Arizona Council of Governments; Yavapai County Health Department; Yavapai County Library; the state Energy Commission; the American Red Cross; Salvation Army; Prescott Safety Council; United Fund; Phippen Museum, and others.

The Monday Club's proclamation is intended to "urge all citizens to celebrate this week in recognition of the many hours of service to the city, the state and the country by Jerri Wagner," Hundt said.

Founded Aug. 19, 1895, The Monday Club is the oldest women's club in Arizona.

It was originally a personal improvement group, but evolved into a service-oriented charity organization that is well-known for its community service in Prescott.

The Monday Club's accomplishments through the years include beginning Prescott's public library with a donation of 400 books from private collections; petitioning for the first kindergarten; overseeing a new women's wing at the Arizona Pioneers Home, and helping to rescue and move the Bashford House to the Sharlot Hall Museum grounds.

Today, the club raises as much as $37,000 a year for high school scholarships; the Adult Continuing Education Program at Yavapai College; Project Shelter; Memorial Books, and Girls State. It also feeds the hungry once a year at the Salvation Army; puts The Daily Courier on microfilm at the library; maintains gravesites; clears litter from Gurley Street, and sews clothing for needy children.

Last year, the Monday Club gave an additional endowment of $30,000 to Yavapai College for a scholarship fund in the club's name.

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