Soroptimists honor six Women of Distinction
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Julie Haguewood, Julia Goudie, Dona Cloud, Joan Miracle, Shirley Buck and Rita Berson, from left, are this yearís Soroptimist International of Port Angeles-Jet Setís Women of Distinction.

Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — Soroptimist International of Port Angeles Jet Set has honored six Port Angeles women as Women of Distinction.

Rita Berson, Shirley Buck, Dona Cloud, Julia Goudie, Julie Haguewood and Joan Miracle are the Jet Set Club’s 2014 Women of Distinction, it was announced at the group’s April 17 awards breakfast at the Port Angeles Senior Center.

The award goes to women who are role models for other women in that they have made outstanding achievements in their professional, business, or voluntary activities; demonstrated exemplary character and integrity along with outstanding ability and leadership; performed activities relating to a Soroptimist program of service; economic and social development, education, environment, health, human rights/status of women, international goodwill and understanding.


Berson has volunteered at the North Olympic Library System’s Library Bookstore since 2006. She became the bookstore manager in 2009.

She oversees about 30 volunteers, writes the bookstore newsletter, orders inventory, helps create many holiday baskets, attends Friends of the Library board meetings, and organizes and supervises three storage units.

She also collects and inventories books and puzzles donated to the library.

She and her staff process about 2,000 to 3,000 books a year, often selling as many and generating income for the Friends of the Library, as well as the library and its programs.


Buck has volunteered at the Port Angeles Senior Center for 14 years.

Usually, she is working behind the counter in the coffee lounge.

She started volunteering half a day, one day a week, a full day, then filling in on days needed.

Now, not only does she work behind the counter, she also trains new counter volunteers and maintains the counter and sandwich makers’ schedules.

Shopping for and ordering supplies are also part of her volunteer duties.

Other challenges she has taken on include craft group lead volunteer, special events assistant, Senior Games lead for venue food support, newsletter lead, and annual Flea Market volunteer.

Senior Center Director D Bellamente remarked, “Shirley is thoughtful and always has good ideas to share, and she is a positive liaison among other volunteers and programs at the Center,” said Senior Center Director D Bellamente.

“We are grateful for her dedication and commitment.”


Cloud has been a volunteer at the Clallam County Historical Society for the past 35 years.

As the research librarian, she has helped thousands of researchers find answers to their questions about people, places and events in Clallam County.

Cloud has published articles in the society’s quarterly newsletter and has developed programs to share the county’s history with members of the community.

Two of the fundraisers she has developed — the annual garage sale and painting raffle, which features local artists — have been a mainstay of the society’s fundraising efforts for the last 15 years.

Cloud not only works at the society’s office two days a week, but also spends hours at home on research queries.


Goudie came to the United States more than 10 years ago with her 4-year-old daughter after marrying a local man.

She learned English at Peninsula College, obtained her U.S. citizenship, and then focused on helping other Russian and Slavic in the Port Angeles area.

She formed an informal Russian women’s association to help others in need while learning a new culture.

For the last eight years, Goudie has arranged social events for other Russian wives and their husbands.

“She has helped in solving cultural, school and medical issues for more than 50 women who live and work in Port Angeles,” the Soroptimists said.

“ She has been the interpreter for many of them and has helped make their transition to the American lifestyle easier.”


Haguewood, a native of Port Angeles, has been involved in volunteering her whole life, the Sorpotimists said.

While her children, Jeff and Jesse, attended Queen of Angels School, she volunteered at both the church and school.

From 2000 to 2011, she served as assistant coach for the cross-county team and served and helped with the annual Queen of Angels community Thanksgiving dinners.

She has assisted with fundraising for BASH — Building A Scholastic Heritage — field day activities, after school activities, and parent/teacher organization fundraising.

Haguewood also has participated in the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce Crab Festival activities and the Port Angeles Senior Games.

Haguewood is involved with the First Step Family Support Center.

“In 2008 she worked under the senior director for Seeds for Compassion, a global event in Seattle with the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu that brought 150,000 people together and launched a worldwide movement spotlighting the importance of early learning in building healthier societies,” he Soroptimists said.

Additionally, the Olympic Medical Center Foundation has contracted with Haguewood for the organization of the annual Red Set Go event and other activities.


Miracle began volunteering at Olympic Medical Center in August 2005 and donates an average of 200 hours a year.

Known as the “energy bunny,” she has held many positions and for the last five years, she has been a floor runner.

Miracle stays busy escorting and transporting patients, and in her “spare time,” she makes sure each patient receives a smile and a “how may I help you?”

Patients are offered magazines, books, or any needed personal item.

“Miracle supports our community in many other ways,” the Soroptimists said.

“She is the first person to donate to the United Way during OMC’s annual campaign and can be seen at nearly every event in Port Angeles. She raves about how much there is to do in the area.”

Jean Hordyk, OMC board member, nominated Miracle.

“Joan is the type of person we would like to clone and have many more volunteers like her, but we are just grateful for our “Miracle” who has given so much to Olympic Medical Center,” Hordyk said.

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