Celebrating League of Women Voters and State of Arizona's birthday

Join the League of Women Voters Sedona-Verde Valley in celebrating League of Women Voters and Arizona's Birthday on Friday, Feb. 15, 11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. at the Montage Ballroom adjacent to Best Western Inn of Sedona, 1200 W. State Route 89A, Sedona.

From the spirit of the suffrage movement and the shock of the First World War came a great idea - that a nonpartisan civic organization could provide the education and experience the public needed to assure the success of democracy. With that idea the League of Women Voters was founded on February 14, 1920. "Today we stand on the shoulders of generations of incredible volunteers who have proudly served the League and made a measurable impact in their communities," said national League president Mary G. Wilson. "I am bursting with pride as I wish our nearly 150,000 members and supporters a "Happy Birthday!"

How far would you travel for silver and gold? After Arizona became a separate territory on February 24, 1863, New Englanders searching for gold came to Arizona and founded the town of Prescott. By the 1880's the Arizona territory was filled with fortune seekers from all around the world. On February 14, 1912 Arizona became a state. Today, Arizona is one of the fastest-growing, most dynamic states in the nation. Both Fortune 500 and start-up technology companies call Arizona home. It is a state also filled with vast cultural and scenic resources. It is ready to meet the challenge of becoming an energy self-sufficient state.

The guest speaker at the luncheon celebration, who will speak about Arizona "Meeting the Renewable Energy Challenge" is Kris Mayes, Commissioner, Arizona Corporation Commission. Kris Mayes is a native Arizonan, born and raised in Prescott. Commissioner Mayes was appointed to the Corporation Commission in 2003. Her fields of interests at the Commission include pipeline safety, renewable energy and natural gas. She was instrumental in the Arizona Corporation Commission adopting on October 27, 2007 the Renewable Energy Standard of 15-percent renewable energy by 2025.

This goal has positioned Arizona -- with its abundant solar resources -- as the second largest solar program in the U.S. behind California.

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