The deadline 5 p.m. Friday, March 17 for contest submissions.

Exceptional Women 2016Four years ago, The Outlook, Sandy Post and Estacada News published a special section that has proven to be a favorite among our staff writers and readers: Exceptional Women.

This publication provides us with an opportunity to introduce you to some extraordinary women — behind-the-scenes community volunteers, business owners, civic leaders and those who place an equally high priority on supporting their families.

Since its launch, we've written about such Exceptional Women as:

• Sharon Elder, executive director of the Oral Hull Foundation for the Blind in Sandy. After decades of volunteering and in supporting roles, Sharon's commitment to the organization has elevated it (and her!) to new levels of public awareness and an expansion of services.

• Cathe Wiese, the mother behind My Father's House, whose life's mission continues to be providing homeless families with hope, life skills and self-sufficiency.

• Gloria Polzin, the pied piper for Estacada's arts and the community. Few committees and city projects haven't been influenced by Gloria, whose soft spot for her adopted hometown led her to launch a community email newsletter.

In all, through the past four years, we have written about the life stories of more than two dozen amazing women.

We know there are others, however, and because of that, we are assembling a list of candidates for stories in our 2017 edition, which will be published in late April.

We would love your help.

If you know of a woman who is truly exceptional as a business person, volunteer, wife or mother — maybe all of the above — we invite you to share their name with us.

Please tell us why you find your candidate to be exceptional and provide as much information as possible about their career, community involvements and family. We will need to know how to get in touch with you (email and phone), as well as how to reach the person you are nominating.

Send an email with a detailed description of your nominee to Special Sections Editor Anne Endicott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also mail your information to The Outlook (Exceptional Women Nomination), 1584 N.E. Eighth St., Suite 200, Gresham, 97030. Deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, March 17.

We look forward to introducing you to the exceptional women who make our community a better place because they're here.

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