Nominate a 2018 Woman of Distinction!






Soroptimist International of Hood River, through our Women of Distinction Awards, annually honors women who have improved the quality of life in Hood River County. Our larger community benefits from the work of these outstanding citizens and we ask your help in making sure they are recognized. 

Who is eligible? Any woman in the community who has distinguished herself by improving the life of our community or the lives of women or girls through her professional or personal life.

We welcome nominations from individuals or organizations. The simple nomination form is available at the Hood River Library. (You can also download the nomination form attached below this post.) As you prepare your nomination, please be sure to include all activities that show your nominee’s dedication, effectiveness and vision. Tell her story with both examples and timelines so our three judges will be able to understand and compare your nominee’s qualifications against those of other nominees. Letters of support are particularly helpful, but please limit them to three.

Nominations must be received by Thursday, April 19th. Please mail to: Soroptimist International of Hood River, P.O. Box 51, Hood River, Oregon 97031, or contact Jean Harmon at 541-207-4226 for hand delivery.

Nominators and winners will be notified on or before Thursday, April 26. Winners need to be available for a photography appointment later that week or weekend.

This year, we will honor our Women of Distinction Award winners during a “Happy Hour” celebration from 5:30pm to 7:00pm, Thursday, May 17th, in the Columbia Room at the Best Western Hood River Inn. Tickets for the event will be available via Eventbrite.

If you have any questions about the nomination process, please don’t hesitate to call any member of the committee: Jean Harmon at 541-207-4226, Barb Young at 541-490-1996,
June Knudson at 541-760-6050.

2018 Nomination Form

past winners

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Soroptimist International of Hood River is very excited to host our tenth annual LUNAFEST screening on Thursday, March 15 and Friday, March 16, 2018, at the Columbia Center for the Arts located at 215 Cascade Avenue in Hood River. Doors open at 6 pm, screening starts at 7 pm.

Tickets are $20 and are available at the Columbia Center for the Arts and at Waucoma Bookstore at 212 Oak Street in Hood River. Tickets may also be purchased online at Eventbrite.

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.

Thanks to the generous donations from our sponsors, Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital and Laughing Mountain LLC, 100 percent of all proceeds from this event will go to Soroptimist International of Hood River’s cornerstone program—the Live Your Dream Awards, financial awards given directly to local women working to better themselves and their families’ lives.

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EXTENDED DEADLINE for SIHR’s “Live Your Dream” Awards!

The Live Your Dream Awards assists women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the financial resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.

In addition to providing the primary financial support for their families, eligible applicants must be enrolled in, or have been accepted to, a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program and must demonstrate financial need.

Live Your Dream Awards recipients may use the cash award to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, such as books, childcare, tuition and transportation.

You are eligible to apply for the SIHR Live Your Dream Awards if you:

  • Are a woman with the primary financial responsibility for yourself and your dependents. (Dependents can include children, spouse, partner, siblings and/or parents)
  • Have financial need.
  • Are enrolled in or have been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program.
  • Are motivated to achieve your education and career goals.
  • Reside in Hood River/Wasco County.
  • Have not previously been the recipient of a Live Your Dream Awards (formerly called the Women’s Opportunity Award). Do not have a graduate degree.
  • Are not a Soroptimist member, an employee of Soroptimist International of the Americas or immediate family of either.
  • Have submitted completed application and reference forms.

Now that you have determined that you eligible to apply for the Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards, you are ready to begin the application process. The Live Your Dream Awards application has two components:

  • The application itself
  • Two (2) reference forms

These documents must be submitted together in order for your application to be considered eligible.

Applications can be picked up at the Hood River Library, Cascade Locks Library, Parkdale Library and The Dalles Library. You may also download the application and reference forms attached to this post.

Award Applications should be sent to:
Soroptimist International of Hood River
Attn: Live Your Dream Awards
PO Box 51
Hood River, OR 97031

EXTENDED Application Deadline Is: Postmarked January 15, 2018

If you have any questions regarding the process, please contact Soroptimist Kate Dougherty at or 541-490-4296.

live-your-dream-application_2017 reference-form_2017

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