Greetings, Tribe! This Wednesday is a Program Meeting and we have someone amazing coming to share with us! Sarah Wood created and runs Empowered Women (for Personal Health, Body Love and Nourishment), an online forum on Facebook. Sarah is a certified health coach and through Empowered Women, offers a free personalized assessment of your relationship to food and how it may be affecting your personal health goals. She has gathered a wonderful, supportive group of women to her forum and is looking to share it with us! See you this Wednesday, November 16th, noon to 1pm at the Hood River Valley Adult Center…(for more info on Sarah and the Empowered Women page, visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/empoweredandwell/permalink/1040863559285543/ )
Soroptimist 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 kated.gorge.net.
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.