Soroptimists celebrate award winners at luncheon, Wednesday

The Friday Harbor chapter of Soroptimists International honored Mollie Kohring of Lopez Island with its 2012 Violet Richardson Award, which recognizes individuals for volunteer community service.

Kohring joined the Lopez Island Conservation Corps in 2007 and has been an active participant since.

Natalia Lawrence and Patricia Tullock, are recipients of Soroptimist’s Women’s Opportunity Award. Lawrence, self-supporting with a 3-year-old daughter, will use the Soroptimist grant to help pay for a recreational therapy degree program at Western Washington University. She is a licensed massage therapist, and volunteers to work with girls in recovery at a rehab center.

Tullock, a long-time Orcas Island resident, commutes four days a week to Skagit Community College's San Juan Island campus and is working on an associate degree, with a goal to become a dental hygienist. She is the sole support for herself and her two children, ages eight and 13.

The recipient of the Fellowship Award for graduate study is Elizabeth Johnstonbaugh, who currently is working on a master’s degree in geographic information systems at the University of Washington. Johnstonbaugh will combine a scientific background (chemistry major at Reed College) with  graduate-level training in digital mapping to help solve environment issues, such as pollution.

With 107 members, the Friday Harbor Soroptimists is the largest Soroptimist International club in the Americas, which includes 1,400 clubs in 19 countries and territories. The club’s annual awards are a tribute to women who are making a difference for themselves and their community.  For info:

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