Port Angeles, WA—Soroptimist International of Port Angeles – Noon Club celebrated the first annual GEM (Going the Extra Mile) Awards and the club’s 100th anniversary on April 16, 2024, at Field Arts and Events Hall.

The GEM Award honors women who through their professional or personal efforts have worked to improve the lives or those who live in our community, especially women and girls. She also inspires and encourages others. Friends, family and/or co-workers nominated these women to receive the award.

Sunshine Café, Sequim, catered the event. The food was wonderfully displayed and delicious.

Amie Batton, Peninsula College’s Director of Transitional Studies, also serves on the United Way of Clallam County. An advocate of adults wanting to improve their lives through education, Batton has been praised for her ability to remove barriers to adult learners from Quilcene to LaPush.

Jill Coughenour, Mary Kay Director, instructs weekly classes and is always just a phone call away. Currently parenting her grandchildren, Coughenour, is taking riding lessons and with her business is aways on the go.

Jody Copeland, former First Federal Manager, always gives extra time and energy in investing in the growth of others. A mentor to others, Copeland, is an inspiration to those around her by being supportive and always lifting people up.

Cindy Crumb, recently retired Port Angeles High School’s Vice Principal.  Working with at risk youth for 45 years, Crumb has been the Principal of Choice Alternative School, now Lincoln School. After her Lincoln School tenure, she moved into Port Angeles School District administration where she went the extra mile insuring students had a safe place to learn.

Victoria Jones, North Olympic Discovery Marathon Director, has brought the marathon to the national level. Reaching out to sponsors and her team to get the work out about our beautiful peninsula, Jones, goes the extra mile for all the participants of the Run the Peninsula Marathon. Unfortunately, Jones was unable to attend the event.

Christy Nutter, First Federal’s Strategic Initiatives Manager, FVP, is an amazing listener, empathetic and when times get tough goes the extra mile for her co=workers. The first one to challenge everyone to do their best and think differently, Nutter assisted others to think differently to get their jobs done. An impressive leader, she is always willing to go the extra mile for those around her. Unfortunately, Nutter was unable to attend.

Dianne Williams, Port Angeles Senior Center Board Secretary, has been a board member for over ten years. Always willing to step ad and get the job done, Williams’ commitment to the center is strong. When the Senior Center Director retired, Williams went the extra mile to keep the center going.

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