From the Mailbag…

Outstanding Achievement for a New Dentist Practice

Let’s see what people are sending along for announcements….

OK, here’s a good one and wow this is cool: Our very own Dr. Michelle Reynolds of The Tooth Ferry dental office, has won a national design award. Outstanding Achievement for a New Dentist Practice. Check this out:


And the Soroptimists sent this over:

Soroptimist Awards Available

Fall is awards season for the 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 in overcoming personal difficulties and 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 available at the Soroptimist website,, at the Toy Box or by contacting Kristine Odle (, phone 378-2414). Completed applications are due by December 15th, 2012.

The Violet Richardson Award honors a young woman between the ages of 14 and 17 years to is helping to make our community and world a better place through her volunteer activities.  Applications are available at the Soroptimist website, or at The Toy Box. For more information contact Gretchen Staehlin ( or 370-5933). Completed applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on December 1, 2012.

The Ruby Award honors a woman who has worked to improve the lives of women and girls through her professional and/or volunteer work assisting women and girls. The program enables local Soroptimist clubs and the Soroptimist organization to thank these women and encourage others to explore ways to assist women and girls. Applications are available at the Soroptimist website, or at the Toy Box. For more information contact Dana Bune, ( or 378-0857). Completed applications are due by December 15th, 2012.

The Fellowship Award will be presented to a woman who is returning to school for postgraduate study in an accredited college or university leading to an advanced degree (Masters or Ph.D.) The local winner will receive a scholarship award. Her application will then be submitted to the Northwestern Region of Soroptimist International of the Americas for further consideration of an additional scholarship. Applications are available at the Soroptimist website, or at the Toy Box. For more information please contact Lenore Bayuk ( or 378-3636. Completed applications are due by January 10, 2012.

To learn more about Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor or to download applications, visit their website at


Here’s a message from the Trails Committee:

The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) is revising the state’s strategic plan for outdoor recreation and we’d really like your thoughts about what’s important to include.
The state’s outdoor recreation strategic plan, called the State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP), needs to be updated every 5 years to maintain our ability to receive federal funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. RCO uses these federal dollars for grants to local communities to build parks and trails, and conserve wildlife habitat.
The SCORP addresses the future recreation needs of our residents and helps guide decisions about what projects to fund.
Your input is crucial to understanding what’s important to include in the plan. To make it easy to give us your opinions, we created the ‘SCORP Town Hall’ Web site at ( where you can quickly share your views.
Please help us spread the word and let your members know about this opportunity through your distribution lists, newsletter, or Web site. Everyone who is interested in recreation should have an opportunity to participate.
Thanks for your help in planning for the future of outdoor recreation in Washington!
If you have additional questions, contact:

Mark Duda, Responsive Management’s Executive Director

Michael Fraidenburg, subcontractor to Responsive Management

Dominga Soliz, RCO’s project coordinator
San Juan Island Trails Committee, a committee of Island Rec
Facilitating and participating actively in the creation, maintenance, and use of a network of trails for non-motorized use on San Juan Island

Posted on November 16, 2012 at 5:53 am by

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