Nominations Needed for Women of Distinction Awards





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 “Woman of Distinction.” An awards “happy hour” is scheduled for Wednesday, May 29, 5:30 p.m. at the Best Western Hood River Inn.

“Our community is full of strong, capable women who have shaped our county’s culture since its beginning,” says Soroptimist President Denise Rehse Watson. “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 Hood River County Libraries or by calling June Knudson, 541-760-6050. (You may also download the forms shown below this article.) Nominations need to include all activities that show the nominee’s dedication, effectiveness and vision, along with three letters of support. Nominations deadline is Friday, April 26.

Winners and their nominators will be notified in early May and their names announced in the Hood River News, on Soroptimist social media and on local radio stations.

Soroptimist of Hood River, part of Soroptimist International, is an energetic women’s service organization dedicated to empowering the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. To learn more about Soroptimist International, go to For more information about Soroptimist Hood River, find us on Facebook or contact June Knudson, 541-760-6050.


Nominate a Woman of Distinction for 2019

Who is Eligible?
Women who have contributed to the vitality of our community, supported diversity and/or improved the lives of women or girls through her professional and personal life.

Deadline Nominations must be received by Friday, April 26, 2019

Notification of winner
Nominators and winners will be notified on or before May 3, 2019. Winners need to be available for a photography appointment that weekend or the beginning of the next week.

Awards Celebration
Winners will be celebrated at a “Happy Hour” celebration in Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at the Best Western Hood River Inn Columbia Room. Tickets will be available after May 15th.

Have Questions?
Call Jean Harmon, 541-207-4226 or June Knudson, 541-760-6050

Nominee Information


Address______________________________ City_____________________________
(day) _____________________(evening) _______________________
E-mail _______________________________________________________

Nominator Information


Organization (if applicable)_________________________________________


Phone (day) ________________________(evening) _____________________

E-mail ________________________________________________________

This application and the narrative you write are the only way that our panel of judges can know your candidate and compare them to other nominees.

Narrative Submission Prompts

1. Describe the nominee’s contribution to the vitality of the community

                 2. Describe the nominee’s support of diversity and inclusion

                 3. Describe how the nominee improves the lives of women and girls

                 4. Describe the nominee’s effectiveness and vision

                 5. Tell one story about the nominee

                 6. Provide two or three letters of support


MAIL TO: SIHR (Soroptimist International of Hood River)

                  P.O. Box 51

                  Hood River, Oregon 97031

DROP OFF: Call Jean Harmon, 541-207-4226 to arrange nomination drop-off

Thank you for helping to honor the distinctive women who make a difference in our community.

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