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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Calendar Sales Events

Mark your calendars! You DO have a groovy, new ‘Calendar Girls’ calendar, don’t you? You don’t?! Then get yourself to one of these upcoming calendar sales events! You might even get to meet a Calendar Girl AND have her sign her page in your calendar!

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