Portlandia Inc. Newsletter
January 2010
Portlandia Club Inc Newsletter
Better Together
In This Issue
President's Message
January After Hours Event
February Annual Luncheon
Feb Luncheon Speaker
Portlandia's New Location
Generous Portlandia Donors
New Members Dec
You Can Change a Life Today
Board Officers

President  Edrie Bizak

Vice Pres. Marilyn Mays 
Secretary Linnea Osterberg
Treasurer Christie Winkelman/Diane Freaney
Past Pres. Christine Green
Historian Judi Jones
Gloria Nussbaum
Susan Adams-Messmer
Janis Collins
Kim Megorden
Board meetings
4th Tues of each month
11:30 am- 1:00 pm
Insights to Health
Village Offices
2929 SW Multnomah Blvd
Portland, Or 97219

Monthly Luncheon
     Portland City Grill
111 SW 5th ave/ 30th flr
members $25/guests $30
1st Thurs of every month
 Member Birthdays
Jan Birthdays
12 Julia Fitzgerald
12 Marilyn Mays
Feb Birthdays
2 Marilyn Arthur 
7 Harmony George
7 Pamela Mason
16 Carol Day Hibbs
28 Kate Eskew
  Save the Date!
Jan 21st  After Hours 
Hotel 50
Feb 4th Luncheon
Portland City Grill
 Bring a friend and join us for lunch in our new location, The Portland City Grill.  Enjoy wonderful food & views,30 stories above our beautiful city!
RSVP www.portlandia.org before Feb 1st, to secure your seat!
 Presidents Letter 
Wow!   It seems only yesterday it was the millennium!  Then again, that also seems so very long ago.  So much has changed in my life in the last decade, especially since I moved from Eugene to Portland three years ago and found Portlandia.
While in Eugene, I belonged to an organization called Women's Business Network (WBN) and was an active member in that club for over seven years.  WBN offered me support in my business, networking opportunities, social fun and business with those that knew, liked and trusted me. 
In WBN we were also allowed to give back to the community and women in need through LCC's Business Development Center and WBN's partnership mentoring program, where we mentored women graduating and/or returning to the workforce.  (Side note:  One of my WBN mentees is now the current City Manager of Salem, OR - I'll share her story in a future newsletter prez letter!)
Imagine how thrilled I was to discover Portlandia at the Women in Business Expo in April of 2007!  Jane Drew was staffing the Portlandia booth and described the club to me.  As she talked and I looked at the display board, my mind wondered if somehow WBN and Portlandia were related.
After joining Portlandia and attending events, I realized, indeed, the two organizations were related, although neither presently knew it at the time.  Long story short, WBN was founded by a group of dynamic Eugene business women who attended Portlandia Club monthly luncheons on business trips up the I-5 corridor!  Since the WBN founding members had passed on, it was such a joy to let WBN members know what sparked their original idea.
So, it is now over a decade that I've had the opportunity to belong to such great groups of dynamic women.  I hope you join me this year in all of our many opportunities for networking, support, fun ("what happens at the beach, stays at the beach!"), and assisting those women a little less fortunate than ourselves in becoming the best they can be!
Go Girl Power!
Warm Regards-
Edrie Bizak
Portlandia Club
President 2010
                               Portlandia AfterHours
                            Thursday, January 21st
                                   5:30 pm- 7:30 pm
                                            Hotel 50
                                 50 SW Morrison Street
                  (Naito Parkway and SW Morrison St.)
                               Portland, OR 97204
The public is invited to attend this open forum and take advantage of meeting and networking with other women that are professionals and business owners.
This is a bi-monthly networking event designed to help successful business women improve their networking skills, expand their contacts and get support from other professional women.  Bring lots of Business cards!
PRICE:        $15 for non-members, general public
$12 for Portlandia members
Delicious Light Appetizers included. 
No Host Bar: May pay by cash or debit/credit card
*There is TWO HOUR FREE Valet Parking available at the Hotel.
Enter on SW Morrison.  (Please tip your valet!)

Please go online to RSVP/Register no later than Tuesday, January 19th at www.portlandia.org   You can pre-pay online when you register (preferred) or pay with cash or check (only) at the door.   
For more information about the Portlandia Club & to learn more about their other events come to the After Hours event and also visit their website shown above.

February 4th Luncheon
 Please join us in our new location!
11:30 - 1:30 pm
Portland City Grill
111 SW 5th ave, Portland
30th floor/ Jefferson Rm 
$25 members/ $30 guests
$10 coffee only
 Menu: Classic Romaine Caesar salad, Flatiron Seared Tombo Tuna, Lemon Passion Fruit & Blackberry Tart.
Vegetarian Option: Field greens salad w/ champagne vinegarette, Vegetable risotto w/ truffle oil & Reggiano Cheeze. 
 Speaker: Victoria Trabosh, Itafari Foundation. 
RSVP at www.portlandia.org before 2/1/10.
Members must log-in to RSVP. Contact Gloria for website help: real2reel@teleport.com* Due to the popularity of our luncheon, reservations or walk-ins after  Feb 1, will be coffee only.


February Speaker Urges Accomplishing the Extraordinary in 2010 - from Rwanda to the Rose City



Victoria Trabosh knows how to accomplish extraordinary things and she likes to inspire others to do likewise.


When she addresses our club at the February 4 luncheon, she will wear two hats - that of executive coach and founder of a non-profit foundation that helps the survivors of genocide in Rwanda.


Who better to rattle us out of our cozy comfort zone and ramp up our aspirations for the year 2010? 


Victoria established the Itafari Foundation in 2005 with two other women who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Together they created a non-profit organization to assist those who lived to through the Rwandan genocide.  The foundation helps by providing donations to organizations and individuals in that ravaged country and by inspiring the women and children to have hope and to realize their empowerment to rebuild better lives.


Aside from her philanthropic work, she has more than 33 years of experience in leading a range of companies and participating effectively in teams. Her "adventures" in business include working as a controller in manufacturing; president and owner of a private fiduciary company established to manage conservatorships, guardianships, trusts and estates; and most recently, managing director for a large trust division in a national bank.


Today she coaches individuals and organizations to reach new heights.


Invite a friend to join you for this exciting speaker!

Portlandia's New Location!

For many years we have enjoyed holding our luncheons at the MAC.  Food, location & service were always wonderful.  However, the one drawback to a private club is that we were not allowed to advertise the location of our meetings in print.
Our new luncheon location will be The Portland City Grill.
Directions: 111 SW 5th ave & Pine st., Portland/ Unico US Bank Tower/ Jefferson Room 
We will enjoy all the same ammenities; great food, location & 2 1/2 hr free covered parking, for the same price.
We look forward to seeing you there!



                       Generous Portlandia Donors

I am totally thrilled with your generous response to my request for donations to the gift basket(s) from Portlandia for the Celebrate Success Silent Auction on Friday, April 30.
Several logistical requests:
¨ Please start bringing your donations to our luncheons so I can start collecting them as soon as possible.
¨ If you are donating money, please make your check payable to Portlandia Club, Inc.  We'll use monetary donations to add other items to the basket or perhaps pay for some of Kay Herr's expenses in putting the basket together for us.
¨ When you make a donation, I'll give you the donation form used by Dress for Success for this event.  I will keep them all and use them to make a list of all the items in the basket(s).
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you so much for your generosity!
Time for Success, Inc.
Kathie E. England, COC® and CPO®
Certified Organizer Coach®
Certified Professional Organizer®

     Portlandia New Member - December
Mercy Norby was referred by her friend Dawn Lind to Portlandia.  Mercy markets anti-aging products for Nu Skin Enterprises and holds her BS degree in Business Administration.  Mercy is also a member of the Royal Rosarians, WEW and the Beaverton Garden Club.  Mercy joined Portlandia because she wants to network with great women.  In her spare time Mercy enjoys golfing.  Welcome to Portlandia, Mercy!

            You Can Change a Woman's Life
What if just nine of us took nine minutes a week to change the lives of nine women?
Nine.  That's how many eager women from the Dress for Success Professional Women's Group raised their hands asking for a mentor at a recent mentee orientation session.
As those who participate in the Better Together mentor program have discovered, you can have a significant impact on a mentee's life by simply having a monthly phone conversation with her for, say, 36 minutes.  Can you spare the time?  Think of how easy it can be to build confidence, self-esteem and success in another woman.  Contact
Kathie England  

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