Journal of the San Juan Islands


Four honored by Soroptimist awards

March 16, 2013 · Updated 2:45 PM

2013 Soroptimist award winners; from left, Cynthia Brast, Sarah Clark, Catalina Kohring. Not pictured, Cheri Hancock. / Contributed photos

Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor presented its annual awards at the Notable Women’s Luncheon March 6.

The annual award ceremony is held in conjunction with International Women’s Day, March 8, a global celebration designated by the United Nations in 1975.

This year’s theme, The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum, was addressed at the lunch by Friday Harbor Mayor Carrie Lacher, who recalled the help and encouragement from several notable women in Friday Harbor who helped her on her path to becoming mayor.

The signature program of Soroptimist International is the Women’s Opportunity Award. Given to a woman head-of-household who is furthering her education. This year’s recipient is Catalina Kohring, from Lopez Island. Kohring spoke about her efforts to overcome challenges and finish college, and her goal of becoming a teacher. To assist her, she received a check for $5,000.

The Fellowship Award honors a woman in graduate school. Cynthia Brast received $3,000 towards a graduate degree in Entomology. She is working through the University of Florida on a livestock and pest control project with the WSU County Extension.

The Violet Richardson Award (named after Soroptimist founder) is for a 14-to-17 year old girl who performed outstanding community service. Sarah Clark received the $750 award and spoke about volunteering for multiple overseas missions; her goal is to become a doctor.

The Ruby Award honors a woman in our community who helps women and girls. Cheri Hancock received a $750 prize for establishing a local nonprofit organization, Minor Reinforcement, providing support to teens.


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