“Live Your Dream” Awards Night!









(L to R: Brittany Roberts, Ann Zuehlke, Erin Howland, and Debra Sullivan)

Last night we celebrated FOUR “Live Your Dream” recipients, all of them truly “Wonder Women” – THIS is what SIHR is all about: empowering women to achieve their educational and economic goals! (Each recipient received a $1,500 cash award to spend in whatever manner needed in support of their education.)

SIHR members put together a delicious potluck dinner in honor of our recipients and their guests. LYD Committee Chair, Kate Dougherty, spoke about the history of the “Live Your Dream” awards and our club’s commitment to helping local women. Each recipient stood and talked about their studies and their goals – and then it was time for cake! 


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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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