Applicants sought for program honoring young women volunteers

Soroptimist International of Lake Oswego/West Linn, an international volunteer organization for business and professional women, is seeking applicants for its recognition program targeted to young women who make the community and world a better place. The Violet Richardson Award honors young women between the ages of 14 and 17 for volunteer actions such as fighting drugs, crime and violence; cleaning up the environment; and working to end discrimination and poverty.

“As a volunteer service organization for business and professional women, Soroptimist believes that by acknowledging young women’s volunteer involvement now, they will grow up to be vital, active members of the community,” said Joanna Williams, president of the Lake Oswego/West Linn club.

The Violet Richardson Award program begins at the local Soroptimist club level, where the type of award varies; Soroptimist International of Lake Oswego/West Linn presents a $250 award to their winner. Club-level winners then become eligible for one of 28 $1,000 awards. In addition, at this level, $1,000 will be contributed in honor of the winners to their volunteer organizations. One finalist will be chosen from among the 28 winners for an additional award, including a contribution of $2,500 to the finalist’s volunteer organization.

For an award application and more information, email Connie Kemp at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applications must be returned to Soroptimist International of Lake Oswego/West Linn by Dec. 1.

The award program is named after Violet Richardson, the president of the first Soroptimist club in 1921. Richardson believed in personal responsibility and lived by the motto, “It’s what you do that counts.” She was committed to creating opportunities for girls and young women. Soroptimist established this award to honor the memory of this unique woman and her dedication to volunteer action.

Providence offers classes to help cope with loss this holiday season

Providence Hospice Community Care is hosting “Get Me Through the Holidays: 10 Strategies for Coping with Loss” for those who are coping with the death of a loved one. Classes will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 16 at Providence Milwaukie Hospital, 10150 SE 32nd Ave., and 2 p.m. Nov. 19 at Providence Willamette Falls Community Center, 519 15th St., Oregon City.

The programs are facilitated by trained hospice staff who offer simple and effective tools that help grieving people discover practical and meaningful ways to cope during the holidays.

Space is limited, and reservations are suggested. For more information, call Anne Kister at 503-215-4636.

Celebrity chef at Meridian Park today

In celebration of World Diabetes Day, celebrity chef and fresh produce advocate Curtis Aikens will present a healthy cooking demonstration and educational workshop at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center today.

He will demonstrate how to make a low-carb, full-flavor dish and share favorite healthy recipes. The event begins with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by a program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 503-335-3500 or visit


In the Neighbors story on Lisa Lieberman that appeared on Nov. 7, the credit for the bottom photo on the page should be for Edis Jurcys. Also, the complete title of the award Lieberman won was Oregon Amateur Jazz Vocalist of the Year.

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