Soroptimist International of Wallowa County 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 action such as fighting drugs, crime and violence; cleaning up the environment; and working to end discrimination and poverty.

The Violet Richardson Award program begins at the local Soroptimist club level. Wallowa County Soroptimists split $1,000 among three winners.

Club-level winners then become eligible for one of 28 $1,000 awards. In addition, at the local 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.

Applications for the award program are available from the Soroptimist Thrift Shop by calling 541-426-3204. Applications must be returned to Soroptimist International of Wallowa County, P.O. Box 127, Enterprise, OR 97828 or to the Thrift Shop by December 1, 2009.

The award program is named after Violet Richardson, the president of the first Soroptimist club in 1921. Richardson believed in personal responsibility and the motto, "It's what you do that counts."

For more information: call 541-432-8605.

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