Looking for Women of Distinction!






Is there a woman in your business, civic or personal life who has made a distinctive difference in the quality of life in Hood River county or in the lives of local women and girls?

Soroptimist International of Hood River is asking individuals, businesses and organizations to help honor a woman in their midst whose professional or volunteer work qualifies her as a Soroptimist ‘Woman of Distinction.’ Nominations will be accepted until Thursday, April 20, with an awards luncheon scheduled for Wednesday, May 17.

“Our community is full of strong, capable women what have shaped our county’s culture since its beginning,” said committee member Jean Harmon. “Soroptimist has been recognizing and celebrating distinctive women in our community for over 40 years. We know we will never run out of worthy nominees. because our larger community benefits from the work of these outstanding citizens, we ask everyone’s help in making sure they are recognized.”

Nomination forms, guidelines and a list of previous winners are available at Waucoma Bookstore in Hood River, via download from this website (see end of post), 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 helpful and should be included. Nomination deadline is Thursday, April 20.

Winner and their nominators will be notified in late April and names announced in the Hood River News, on Soroptimist’s social media sites and on local radio stations. The Women of Distinction luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, May 17 from 11:30am to 1pm at the Gorge Room in the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn. Tickets are $22 each and will be available at Waucoma Bookstore and online at EventBrite in early May, or by calling Jean Harman at 541-207-4226.



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2017 Live Your Dream Award Recipients

Yesterday was an awesome day for yours truly (Denise Rehse Watson, SIHR VP, writing…) – not only was it International Women’s Day (March 8), not only did I have several celebrations around town to participate in, but I got the chance to help make a difference in the lives of three wonderful young women pursuing their dream! Mooreen Morris, our club Treasurer, drove me and SIHR member Barbara Barnett Young to the Columbia Gorge Commmunity College campus in The Dalles yesterday afternoon to meet the three women who had won SIHR’s Live Your Dream Awards for 2017 and deliver their awards (read: checks!) to them. This year’s recipients are Amanda Wolf, Seana Sherwood and Bridget Poirier. Ms. Wolf is studying accounting, while both Ms. Sherwood and Ms. Poirier are pursing medical assisting studies.

We all chatted briefly as various bits of paperwork were settled, then it was time for a group photo. Since it WAS International Women’s Day and I WAS wearing my favorite purple pussyhat, I asked everyone to make the “sign of the pussycat” as I snapped one last photo – and voila, the photo you see accompanying this post, lol!

I left the campus that day with high hopes for these courageous women pursuing their dream of improving their lives and the lives of their children. THIS is why I am a Soroptimist – the many opportunities to effect change for the good in the lives of other women. Care to join us?

left to right: Mooreen Morris, Amanda Wolf, Seana Sherwood, Bridget Poirier, Barbara Barnett Young (photo by Denise Rehse Watson)

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LUNAFEST is back! Mark Your Calendars!


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. This year’s LUNAFEST highlights women as leaders in society, illustrated through nine short films that range from animation to fictional drama, and cover topics such as women’s health, motherhood, body image, aging, cultural diversity and breaking barriers.

Soroptimist International of Hood River is hosting this year’s festival at Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River on March 16th and 17th. Program starts at 7pm. Tickets are $15 and are available to purchase at Waucoma Bookstore in Hood River or online at Eventbrite

100 percent of all LUNAFEST net proceeds are donated to charity. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Breast Cancer Fund nationally and Soroptimist International of Hood River locally.  Soroptimist clubs 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.

When you attend LUNAFEST, you not only get a night out with great films, but you also get to make a difference in the lives of real women.

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