A native of Douglasville, Georgia, Emily and her husband, Peter, moved to Rome in 1998 from Thomasville, Georgia. She immediately began giving selflessly and tirelessly to Rome and Floyd County.

Her past activities and service includes:
Volunteer, Good Neighbor Ministries
Leadership Georgia Class of 1997
Leadership Georgia Program Chair 2001
Co- Chairman, American Cancer Society Cattle Barron’s Ball
Trustee Darlington School
President, Darlington Upper School Parents Association
Charter Steering Committee Member to Establish Young Life in Rome
President, Rome Area Council for the Arts
Board Member, Heart of the Community
Creator of HeArt Art Project
Creator of RACA’s Firefly Fling Annual Student Art Contest
Member of Leadership Team that Launched the Year Long Ellen Axon Wilson 100th Anniversary Homecoming Celebration, which Culminated in the Gift to the City of Rome of a Statue of Her on the Town Green

Her current activities and service includes:
Young Lives Board Member and Volunteer
Colonial Dames
HOPE Alliance Volunteer
Foster Family Support Team at Seven Hills Fellowship
Vice President, Rome Area Council for the Arts

Emily and, Peter are the proud parents of Peter W. Hjort, III and Margaret Hjort Morin.

Nominated by Andy Davis and Nancy Knight– “Emily is a tireless and selfless volunteer. She has given her time, money and talents to improve our community.”


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