Jamie McLeod-Skinner, the Democratic 2018 candidate for US House of Representatives, Oregon District 2, will be in Hood River Friday, March 8, to keynote and participate in a panel discussion on gender-balanced leadership’s effect on our workplaces, our local communities and the world.

The free event, titled, “Balance for Better: How gender-balanced leadership can improve our communities and our world,” is scheduled for International Women’s Day, March 8, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at the Hood River County Library. It is hosted by Soroptimist International of Hood River and the Library, and is sponsored by Copper West Real Estate.

Following the keynote address, Jamie will join a panel of five dynamic local women leaders to further the discussion on a more gender-balanced world. Soroptimist and the Library are honored to welcome:

• Dr. Marta Yera Cronin, President, Columbia Gorge Community College
• Jessica Metta, Executive Director, Gorge Technology Alliance and Hoof River City    Council member
• Jeanie Vieira, RN, CEO, Providence Hood River
• Christina Mercer, Director of Strategy, Insitu
• Anna Williams, Oregon District 52 Representative and college instructor.

Audience members will be invited to submit questions to the panelists upon admission to the event.

McLeod-Skinner, whose background includes engineering, planning and law, continues to use her approach of building bridges between people separated by politics and the urban-rural divide, to focus on developing solutions for core issues, such as healthcare, education, economic development, and natural resource management.

The first International Women’s Day was held in 1909 in recognition of the 1908 U.S. Garment Workers strike, but has grown over the last hundred and ten years as a day to recognize the needs and accomplishments of women and girls throughout the world. Soroptimist International is a global volunteer organization that improves the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. The Hood River group welcomes visitors and new members.

“Balance for Better” is free and open to the public. Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be available.

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Mark your calendars! LUNAFEST returns to Hood River’s Columbia Center for the Arts this coming March 21st and 22nd! Tickets will be sold at CCA, Waucoma Bookstore and online thru Eventbrite – stay tuned to find out when tickets will go on sale!

Established in 2000 by LUNA, the makers of the Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, LUNAFEST spotlights the work of a diverse array of talented women filmmakers with intelligent, funny and thought-provoking themes. This traveling film festival is dedicated to promoting awareness about women’s issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in their communities.

Your admission fee for LUNAFEST benefits Soroptimist International of Hood River.  Soroptimists have been empowering women through access to education since 1972 with our cornerstone program—the Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards (formerly the Women’s Opportunity Awards). Funds raised for SIHR will support our Live Your Dream awards, financial awards given directly to local women working to better themselves and their families’ lives.

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Live Your Dream 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).

Soroptimist International of Hood River will provide a $1,500 cash grant to three award recipients. One of the recipients will then be advanced to the Soroptimist Northwest Region level, where she could receive up to an additional $5,000.

Applications are available at the Hood River County Library; applications may also be downloaded from this post – see below. The application deadline is November 15, 2018.

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.

Soroptimist International of Hood River is 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 LiveYourDream.org—an online community offering offline volunteer opportunities in support of women and girls. For more information about how Soroptimist improves the lives of women and girls, visit www.soroptimist.org.

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