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Empowering Women

For the past 41 years Soroptimist has presented awards to women whose achievements in their respective fields of work and interest, and dedication to community service set them apart. If you know an outstanding woman, deserving of an award, please fill out the nomination by clicking on the box below.

Entries are due

October 15, 2023.

2022 Women of Distinction Winners

Arts & Culture

Debi Terracciano

Debi has been a big part of the lives of many girls over 40 years,
providing a safe, nurturing place for them to learn to dance, and to grow
into strong, confident young women.


Business & Professional

Tara Malek

Tara leads with compassion and tenacity. With a dream of worldwide
gender equity, her leadership and success in trial have inspired other
women attorneys to embody the same traits. Tara’s goal-oriented
mindset provides her team with concrete steps to achieving client
success and team members’ personal goals.


Community Service

Ashlee Aurora

Ashlee’s unwavering dedication and devotion to our communities’
children in need, her gracious heart combined with her work ethic, inner
strength and determination, make her one in a million. She is as humble
a human being as you will ever meet.


Charlene Babb

For more than 20 years, Charlene has been a selfless teacher who
lives for her students. Her love of teaching led her to introduce a
number of student programs. She also volunteers her time for extra
curricular school activities and helping others in the community.




Dr. Susan Melchiore

Dr. Melchiore volunteers considerable time and energy to make sure
that the needs of vulnerable elders are met. She keeps a strong focus
on the value of those that are often "discarded" by society, genuinely
cares for those she patiently serves, and gives much more than most
are aware. She sees elders as a precious resource, to be treated with
the greatest of respect. She is kind and compassionate towards the
patients and families she cares for and teaches others to do the same.
She is creative in developing programs to make life better and more
meaningful for seniors.


Public Service

Charlotte Pegoraro

Charlotte's expertise, energy and efforts have increased the overall
capabilities of the Eastside Fire Department. She is the go to not only
for her fellow department personnel but to our community. Charlotte
exemplifies selflessness and a caring image that our community
associates with the fire department. Charlotte always represents the
department in a positive and professional light.



Joanne Forsyth

For more than 30 years, Joanne has been serving her community
through her countless hours of volunteer work. Joanne has volunteered
with Alcoholics Anonymous, Area Agency on Aging North Idaho, Family
Addiction Recovery, North Idaho Republican Women, 39ers
Humanitarian Service Club and many church activities. She is always
willing to serve a need she sees.



Marlo Finney Faulkner

Her dedication to community service began as a Blue Bird in 1948. In 2022
she’s a new board member of the Human Rights Educational Institute
Board. During the 74 years between Marlo Finney Faulkner has made a
difference, rocked the boat and led the charge not only in her home town of
Coeur d’Alene but in every place she’s lived. Her legacy of service and
advocacy is extraordinary and ongoing. Marlo Finney Faulkner is a
wonderful example of the difference one person can make in this world.

WOD Thank You All Sponsors!
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