Point’s Mary Emory is being recognized by the French
government for her work promoting all things French.
On May 1, French
Ambassador Francois Delattre will present La Médaille d’Or du
Mérite Frencophone award to Mary Emory of Fox Point. She is being
honored for promoting the French language in the United States and for
working throughout this country and France in the development of a
magazine with worldwide distribution. The presentation will be made at
the French Embassy in Washington, D.C.
The award was
created in 1916 in Paris by Raymond Poincaré, president of the French
Republic. It celebrates individuals who have rendered exceptional
service in areas of foreign affairs, interior defense and education.
This is only the third time someone from the United States has
received this award.
Emory has been
an active member of Alliance Française de Milwaukee for more than 30
years. She has served as president as well as board member. "The
Alliance Française de Milwaukee has become a dynamic chapter,"
she says. Under her leadership a permanent school was established. In
1999 Emory was named Chevalier dans l’Ordre du Palmes Académiques.
She has accepted
the vice presidency of the Federation Alliance Française USA board,
which now has 130 chapters. "Who knew," she says, "that
three years of French at Whitefish Bay High School, majoring in French
at the University of Wisconsin and getting my teacher’s degree there
would become a way of life for me?"
successfully continued the work of the American Alliance Française
chapers as editor-in-chief of the federation forum newsletter. With a
team across the United States, she also served as editor-in-chief of
Fédération of Alliance Française le Magazine, a glossy magazine
with international circulation. Emory organized and hosted local and
international Alliance Française conventions.
In 2009 she
joined the founding board of directors of American Friends of the
Musée Orsay that celebrated its successful formal gala at the Paris
Museum last November.
work, she has made an impact on Alliance Française members and the
American Association of Teachers of French, students, teachers and