‘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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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge



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