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By Max Erikson

Honors given at awards event


March 14, 2018

The Goldendale chapter of the Soroptimists had their annual Live Your Dream and Woman of Distinction awards ceremony last week at the Goldendale Library for two deserving women. The live your dream award is given to a woman in the community who is attending classes in an educational or vocational training program and is also the sole income provider for her household. The woman of distinction award is given to a woman who has contributed to the community in various volunteer activities and has dedicated their lives to serving others.

The Live Your Dream award winner was Goldendale resident Katherine Johnson, who received the largest scholarship the Soroptimists have ever awarded, $2,000, to go towards her tuition and living expenses. Johnson is currently enrolled at Columbia Gorge Community College earning her two-year degree in Early Childhood Education. She plans to continue her education to pursue a bachelor’s degree and has a goal of possibly being a preschool or kindergarten teacher someday.

“I’m honored and grateful to receive this award,” Johnson says, “and for all the support I’ve gotten from my friends and family. This is will be so helpful to me and my family.”

The woman of distinction award recipient was Deborah Heart, chosen for her life-long service to the Goldendale community and for the many lives she has touched over the years. Heart has volunteered as a Goldendale School District board member for 24 years and was chairwoman of the board at different times during her service. She was an active member of the Jaycees for over ten years and is very active and involved at her local church. She is a member of the Friends of the Library as well as the Soroptimists.

Heart says it is part of her family heritage that she is so committed to giving back to the community with her time and efforts.

“When my family came to this country they felt that being a part of a community was very important, and they also had a need and obligation to contribute and give back,” Heart says. “My grandfather told me that we were put on this earth to do things for others.”

The Goldendale chapter of the Soroptimist was established in 1971 and they are part of a worldwide Soroptimist organization. They have been giving these types of awards every year since. The goal of the organization is to promote the status of women in their communities and women as a whole.


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