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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Jamie McLeod-Skinner, the Democratic 2018 candidate for US House of Representatives, Oregon District 2, will be in Hood River Friday, March 8, to keynote and participate in a panel discussion on gender-balanced leadership’s effect on our workplaces, our local communities and the world.

The free event, titled, “Balance for Better: How gender-balanced leadership can improve our communities and our world,” is scheduled for International Women’s Day, March 8, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at the Hood River County Library. It is hosted by Soroptimist International of Hood River and the Library, and is sponsored by Copper West Real Estate.

Following the keynote address, Jamie will join a panel of five dynamic local women leaders to further the discussion on a more gender-balanced world. Soroptimist and the Library are honored to welcome:

• Dr. Marta Yera Cronin, President, Columbia Gorge Community College
• Jessica Metta, Executive Director, Gorge Technology Alliance and Hoof River City    Council member
• Jeanie Vieira, RN, CEO, Providence Hood River
• Christina Mercer, Director of Strategy, Insitu
• Anna Williams, Oregon District 52 Representative and college instructor.

Audience members will be invited to submit questions to the panelists upon admission to the event.

McLeod-Skinner, whose background includes engineering, planning and law, continues to use her approach of building bridges between people separated by politics and the urban-rural divide, to focus on developing solutions for core issues, such as healthcare, education, economic development, and natural resource management.

The first International Women’s Day was held in 1909 in recognition of the 1908 U.S. Garment Workers strike, but has grown over the last hundred and ten years as a day to recognize the needs and accomplishments of women and girls throughout the world. Soroptimist International is a global volunteer organization that improves the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. The Hood River group welcomes visitors and new members.

“Balance for Better” is free and open to the public. Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be available.

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Mark your calendars! LUNAFEST returns to Hood River’s Columbia Center for the Arts this coming March 21st and 22nd! Tickets will be sold at CCA, Waucoma Bookstore and online thru Eventbrite – stay tuned to find out when tickets will go on sale!

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.

Your admission fee for LUNAFEST benefits Soroptimist International of Hood River.  Soroptimists 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.

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