Journal of the San Juan Islands


Like Academy Awards; only better, local

November 8, 2012 · Updated 8:37 AM

Soroptimist / Contributed photo

Fall is awards season for Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor.

Local women are encouraged to apply for the Women’s Opportunity Award, the Violet Richardson Award, the Ruby Award and the Fellowship Award.

The Women’s Opportunity Award assists a woman to overcome personal difficulties by improving her life through education and skills training. A woman who is the primary wage earner in her household and is pursuing an undergraduate or vocational degree may apply for the award.

Applications are due by Dec. 15. For more information, contact Kristine Odle, kodle@rockisland.com, or 378-2414.

The Violet Richardson Award honors a young woman between 14-17 years of age who is helping to make the community and the world a better place through  volunteer activities. Applications are due by Dec. 1. For more information, contact Gretchen Staehlin, gstaehlin@gmail.com, or 370-5933.

The Ruby Award honors a woman who has worked to improve the lives of women and girls through professional or volunteer work. The program enables Soroptimists to thank these women and encourage others to explore ways to assist women and girls. Applications are due by Jan. 15. For more information contact Dana Bune, sdqsbune@rockisland.com, or 378-0857.

The Fellowship Award provides a scholarship to a woman returning to an accredited college or university for postgraduate study, leading to a masters degree or doctorate. The local winner’s application will be submitted for an additional scholarship to the Northwestern Region of Soroptimist International. Applications are due by Jan. 10. For more information, contact Lenore Bayuk at bayukll@rockisland.com, or 378-3636.

Applications for all awards are available at the Soroptimist website, www.sifri.org, or at the Toy Box, 20 First St. N.


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