Nominations Sought for SIHR’s 2015 Women of Distinction Award


Soroptimist International of Hood River invites individuals and organizations to honor a woman in their midst whose professional or volunteer work has made a distinctive difference in the life of Hood River County or in the lives of women and girls. Nominations for the service club’s annual “Women of Distinction” award are being accepted until Thursday, April 30th.

 “We have been honoring amazing women in our community for over 40 years. We know we will never run out of worthy nominees,” says committee chair Jean Harmon. “Our larger community benefits from the work of these outstanding citizens and we ask your help in making sure they are recognized.”

(See last year’s winners here.)

Nomination forms, guidelines and a list of previous winners can be downloaded via the link at the bottom of this posting. Hard copies are available at Waucoma Bookstore or by calling Barbara Young at 541-490-1996.  Nominations need to include all activities that show the nominee’s dedication, effectiveness and vision. Letters of support are particularly helpful.

 Winners and their nominators will be notified in early May, and their names and pictures will be announced in the Hood River News , on local radio stations and on the Soroptimist Hood River Facebook page. The Women of Distinction awards luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, May 27, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Best Western Hood River Inn. Tickets are $24 each and will be available at Waucoma Bookstore in early May.

 Soroptimist of Hood River, part of Soroptimist International, is a business and professional women’s service organization dedicated to empowering the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. To learn more about Soroptimist International, go to For more information about Soroptimist Hood River, contact Barbara Young at

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Live Your Dream Awards! (formerly known as the Women’s Opportunity Awards)


Women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families and seek financial assistance to continue their education or receive training can now apply for the Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards (formerly the Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards).

Applications are available at the Hood River County Library or the White Salmon Library or by contacting Kate Dougherty at 541-490-4296 or Applications may also be downloaded – application forms and reference forms are included at the bottom of this post. The application deadline is November 15, 2014.

The Soroptimist clubs of Hood River and Mt. Adams will provide five $1,500 cash grants to award recipient. Two of the recipients will then be advanced to the Soroptimist Northwest Region level, where recipients could receive up to an additional $5,000.

Recipients can use the Live Your Dream Award to offset costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education or additional skills and training. This includes tuition, books, childcare, carfare or any other education-related expense.

The Live Your Dream Award provides more than $1.6 million in cash grants to head-of-household women in need each year. Since the program’s inception in 1972, approximately $30 million has helped tens of thousands of women achieve their dreams of a better life for themselves and their families.

These awards help improve the recipients’ quality of life; builds their confidence; strengthens their self-determination and makes them want to, in turn, help others. Helping women in this way has the demonstrated effect of leading to stronger communities, nations and the world.

The Hood River and Mt.Adams clubs are part of Soroptimist International of the Americas, a global organization that works to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.  Almost 80,000 Soroptimists in 120 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community-based projects benefiting women and girls. Soroptimist, a 501(c)(3) organization that relies on charitable donations to support its programs, also powers—an online community offering offline volunteer opportunities in support of women and girls.


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Wine, Women & Wow! 2014 in just 24 hours!


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