YWCA names new honorees for NW Women's Hall of Fame

Vi Zurline, who started Bellingham Travel & Cruise in the 1960s, is among four Whatcom County women to be inducted into the YWCA Northwest Women’s Hall of Fame during its 15th annual celebration dinner at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, in Northwood Hall at 3240 Northwest Ave. in Bellingham.

Zurline will be honored for her role as a model and coach for emerging women entrepreneurs, civic leadership and her support of Western Washington University women athletes.

Other honorees include:

– Sister Brigid Collins (1918-1990), a past administrator at St. Joseph hospital administrator and renowned advocate for services supporting healthy women and children. Collins is being honored as a Legacy Awardee.

– Melinda Shenk, founder of Marianne’s House that bears the name of her late sister, Marianne Barden. The day activity center works to enrich the lives of adults with developmental disabilities.

– Cyndie Shepard, volunteer director of Compass 2 Campus, a program that introduces middle school students to higher education and provides WWU student mentors for them through 12th grade.

Reservations for the celebration dinner cost $30, and space is limited. Reservations and disability requests should be made by Tuesday, March 19, by emailing karen@ywcabellingham.org or 360-734-4820, Ext. 101. Online reservations can be made at http://brownpapertickets.com/event/312717. (A small service fee will apply.)

These honorees join 53 contemporary Whatcom County women and 11 from the late 19th and early 20th centuries who have been inducted into the Northwest Women’s Hall since it was founded in 1999.

The Northwest Hall Steering Committee is an independent volunteer organization operating under the umbrella of the YWCA. For information, visit www.ywcabellingham.org.

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