‘Women of Distinction’ to be honored Nov. 7

Soroptimist International of Hood River has selected the 2012 winners of its annual Women of Distinction award: Dotty Nelson of Parkdale, Becki Rawson of Hood River and Kim Yasui of Mt. Hood.

The trio will be recognized at a luncheon in their honor on Wednesday, Nov. 7, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Soroptimist International is an organization for business and professional women who, according to its mission, “work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local areas and throughout the world ... with community-based and international projects.”

In Hood River County, SI members fundraise to offer several program goals: to provide grants to local adult- and college-entry-age women seeking to increase their education or skills; to support new mothers; to end sex-trafficking worldwide and to end domestic violence.

The event will be held at the Best Western Hood River Inn Gorge Room and is open to the public. Proceeds will be used to continue Soroptimist programs for women and girls in the community. Tickets are $18 and available at Waucoma Bookstore or by calling Jean Harmon, 541-207-4226.

The three women selected for this year’s Women of Distinction awards exemplify the spirit of personal responsibility, diligence, effectiveness and compassion the organization hopes to promote, and have all worked over many years to improve the lives of others in our community.

Soroptimist supports Helping Hands Against Violence, New Parent Services and “Gutsy Girls” anti-bullying programs for elementary school-age girls, among other programs.

Funds are also raised via the “Wine, Women and WOW!” women’s networking event in September, and Harvest Fest quilt raffle tickets sales.”

Another fundraiser, Lunafest, an inspiring festival of short films written, produced and directed by women and focused on women’s issues, is set to screen in March at Columbia Center for the Arts.”

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