Soroptimist fields ‘Women of Distinction’ nominations

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 Soroptimist “Woman of Distinction.” Nominations will be accepted until April 27. An awards luncheon is scheduled for May 18.

“Our community is full of strong, capable women who have shaped our county’s culture since its beginning,” said committee member Jean Harmon. “Soroptimist began recognizing and celebrating many of these distinctive women 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 Waucoma Bookstore, on Facebook at Soroptimist International Hood River, or by calling Barbara Young at 541-490-1996. Nominations need to include all activities that show the nominee’s dedication, effectiveness and vision. Letters of support are particularly helpful.

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

The Women of Distinction awards luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, May 18, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn Gorge Room. Tickets, at $25 each, will be available at Waucoma Bookstore in early May, or by calling Harmon at 541-386-3748.

Soroptimist of Hood River, part of Soroptimist International, is a business and professional 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, check out our Facebook page or contact Barbara Young at 541-490-1996.

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