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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The Community Baby Shower is back!



Soroptimist International of Hood River is once again organizing the Annual Community Baby Shower to benefit babies born to local families who are not able to afford those things for their child that many of us take for granted.

Soroptimist members will be in the lobby of Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital on Saturday, June 4th from noon until 4:00pm to accept donations. Can’t swing by that Saturday? Checks (made payable to SIHR) may be mailed to SIHR, P.O. Box 51, Hood River, OR 97031; cash or checks may be deposited to SIHR’s account at Centerpointe Bank in Hood River. Donations may also be dropped off at The Next Door at 965 Tucker Road in Hood River.

 Suggested donations (new and unwrapped, please):

  • Disposable diapers (newborn & larger sizes)
  • Baby oil, shampoo, wash, wipes
  • Q-tips
  • Teething supplies                                                           
  • Pacifiers
  • Glass bottles                                                           
  • Diaper rash ointment
  • Disposable cameras, photo albums
  • Baby toys, board books
  • Receiving blankets/quilts                                   
  • Socks/ booties/ hats                                                                                               
  • Pajamas (newborn-up to 24 months)
  • T-shirts/onesies

All donations go to The Next Door’s “Healthy Start” program, which provides a “Welcome Baby Visit” to all first-time parents and weekly home visits to new families experiencing extra stress in their lives. “I can’t tell you what a difference these gifts make for many of our new parents,” says Grace Parson, who manages the program. “The baby shower gifts are given to deserving families throughout the year who are so grateful for the help.” 

Questions: Contact Kate Dougherty 541-386-3850 or email kated@gorge.net.

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Presenting SIHR’s 2016 Women of Distinction!


(portrait photography by SIHR member Denise Rehse Watson)

Each year since 1975, Soroptimist International of Hood River has asked community members and organizations to honor women in their midst whose work in a professional or volunteer capacity has made a significant difference in the quality of our community. Please come and join us in honoring Becky Bugge, Dottie Gilbertson, Martha La Mont and Cherie Vannet, this year’s winners of SIHR’s Women of Distinction Award. These four energetic and dedicated local women will be introduced by their nominators at a luncheon in their honor on Wednesday, May 18, 11:30- 1:00 pm, in the Columbia Room of the Best Western Hood River Inn. Tickets for the luncheon are $25 and available at Waucoma Bookstore or by calling Jean Harmon, 541-386-3748.

In nominating Becky Bugge, FISH Food Bank president Marianne Durkan said, “Becky has served as board treasurer for over 13 years and was an active leader in the complicated fundraising effort to build a state of the art food bank facility. During that time, she donated thousands of hours to oversee the accounting and financials; she helped write grants and participated in the planning of the building and ordering all the necessary equipment and furnishings. She also is a role model of respect and warmth as she provides weekly direct service to clients.”

Dottie Gilbertson, nominated by the Hood River County History Museum Heritage Council, helped keep the Museum on steady footing through several leadership transitions, including serving as interim director. She was a driving force for bringing “Hood River Cemetery Tales” to life and is now its producer and director. She also brought the Oregon Trail story and other pieces of local history to life for Westside School students during her many years as a teacher, and she helped lead the school’s transition to technology “back in the day” according to former school principal Betty Shalhope.

When Martha La Mont moved to Cascade Locks eight years ago, she brought considerable energy with her, looking forward to make a difference in her new community. She arrived just as the local food bank’s director was leaving, so she joined the board and encouraged the organization to join forces with FISH Food Bank. Martha is known for finding ways to make things better, whether at the Food Bank or by adding to the success of Cascade Locks Museum’s “Magical History Tour” fundraising auction. She also joined the Lions Club and is a regular volunteer at the Vista House, where she encourages visitors to drive further east and discover the beauty and fun of Cascade Locks.

For decades, Cherie Vannet kept the scoreboards and rules books accurate for nearly every Hood River Valley High School athletic event. She began in the 1970’s when her late husband, Ed, was athletic director. And according to recently retired athletic director, Keith Bassham, “When she wasn’t working a game, she was looking for a way to make sure less fortunate kids could get involved in athletics, either by donating equipment or donating funds for athletic scholarships.”

Please come on May 18th, learn more about them and help the community celebrate these four amazing women.


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