The Eleanor Roosevelt Award is presented annually to members of our community whose work and service to the people of Coconino County embody the ideals of Eleanor Roosevelt. The Executive Committee is now accepting nominations for this award to be presented at our annual dinner on March 10. These nominations must be in our office by February 1 and must include a minimum 250 statement in support of the nomination.
In her day, Mrs. Roosevelt was told to “attend to her own knitting,” but she refused. For decades, she wrote a daily newspaper column, traveled to spread FDR’s message, and pushed FDR’s administration toward more progressive policies. Truman appointed her to represent the United States at the first United Nations meeting. She said, “I see it as our duty to comfort the afflicted, and to afflict the comfortable.”
Facing the Nazi threat in Europe in 1939, Mrs. Roosevelt said something that resonates today, “Each American family must snap out of its secure little circle and face stirring problems at home and abroad. The price of keeping our personal liberty is that we shall have to think for ourselves. We are going to have to be willing to face many situations that we have never been willing to face before.”
Who (male or female) in Coconino County strives to live up to the ideals espoused by Eleanor Roosevelt? Submit your nomination by February 1. Up to five nominees will be selected by the Executive Committee as finalists and announced prior to the RK Dinner. The winner will be announced March 10 at the Roosevelt-Kennedy Dinner.