Live Your Dream Awards 2016

application-1Soroptimist International of Hood River and Mt Adams are looking for five Gorge area women heads of households to receive $1,500 Live Your Dream Awards to continue their education.
Soroptimist’s Live Your Dream Awards provide help for women who have primary financial responsibility for their households, whether as single parents or married. Its purpose is to help further their education as a means to improving their lives. The Live Your Dream Award is not a scholarship; the funds can be used for any educational expenses, including tuition, childcare, transportation or textbooks. The five winners will be notified in early January. (Past recipients are not eligible to apply for a second award.)
“This is real, local dollars helping real, local women,” says Soroptimist committee chair, Kate Dougherty. “The community has generously supported our fundraising efforts over the last year, such as the LunaFest film festival and Families in the Park. These contributions are now available to women who are working to make a better life for
themselves and their families. We look forward to hearing from them.”
Julie Tucker, who received a Live Your Dream Award a few years ago, said, “The money opened the doors for me to start over again and make my dream of going back to school come true.” Tucker, the single mother of two children, became a
renewable energy technician with a degree from Columbia Gorge Community College.
To be eligible for the Soroptimist Hood River award, applicants must be enrolled or accepted in a college or vocational school program. One of the recipients may compete for an additional $3000 Regional Award in April 2017.
Applications are available at the Hood River County Library and the White Salmon Library. You may also download the application forms that accompany this post (see below).  Completed applications are due by December 1; mail to: SIHR, PO Box 51, Hood River, OR 97031. Have questions? Call Kate Dougherty, 541-386-3850 or e-mail her at

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October is Gorge Happiness Month!

Happiness is good for your health. A review of hundreds of studies has found compelling evidence that happier people have better overall health and live longer than their less happy peers. Interestingly, 50% of our happiness is genetic, 10% is environmental, but the rest is in our control. Why? Because 40% of our happiness can be helped through habits.
Gorge Happiness Month is 31 days of fun and free activities in October based on the science of happiness. It’s hosted by One Community Health who are celebrating their 30th Anniversary this year. They’ve asked local businesses and organizations throughout the Gorge to help spread the word, host classes, randomly give away things and generally make October happy.
David Edwards, the CEO of One Community Health, and/or Emily Reed, partner at the Open Intelligence Agency, will fill us in on the details of Gorge Happiness Month and how we can participate at our upcoming September program meeting this coming Wednesday, September 21st, noon-10pm at the Hood River Valley Adult Center.
In the meantime, you can find out more at
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June 15th program meeting: Emily Goodwin Martin

4cd94a_b7213f7b48a243e991a346eda6e6a28bEmily Goodwin Martin, Founder and Director of Cascade Mountain School, will speak at the upcoming Soroptimist of Hood River program meeting on June 15th. She will discuss some of the challenges our society faces in supporting young women to pursue careers in science and engineering. Emily will also share a bit of her personal story in starting and nurturing CMS, a Gorge-based outdoor science school she founded in 2011.
Through place-based education, Cascade Mountain School inspires students to use creative problem solving skills to become stewards of their communities. The school offers day and residential summer camps, a residential semester program for high school and “gap year” students, and custom programs for schools, teachers and adults. The school is committed to helping close the achievement gap for women and minorities pursuing careers in science and engineering. CMS is a program of the Mt. Adams Institute, a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening the connection between people and the natural world through education, service learning, career development and research.
Emily started Cascade Mountain School after realizing it was the perfect intersection of her passions: environmental stewardship, youth education, and experience of the natural world. She received her BS and MS in Earth Systems, an interdisciplinary environmental science program, from Stanford University. Before founding CMS, Emily worked for the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation on ocean conservation issues. She serves on the board of the Oregon Ocean Science Trust and is a community grant evaluator for the Oregon Community Foundation.
All are welcome to attend this program at noon on Wednesday, June 15th, at the Hood River Adult Center (2010 Sterling Place, Hood River). These programs are provided by Soroptimist of Hood River at no charge.
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