Portlandia Inc. Newsletter
February 2010
Portlandia Club Inc Newsletter
Better Together
In This Issue
President's Message
Scholarship Fundraisers
Members Only Event
March Monthly Luncheon
March Luncheon Speaker
Win a Ticket To DFSO Event
March After Hours Event
Generous Portlandia Donors
Become A Fan On Facebook!
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
 Joan Riley
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
Feb Birthdays
2 Marilyn Arthur 
7 Harmony George
7 Pamela Mason
16 Carol Day Hibbs
28 Kate Eskew
March Birthdays
5 Jane Drew 
6 Gloria Nussbaum
14 Irena Sontag
14 Verena Lewandowski
20 Edrie Bizak
30 Karna Gustafson
  Save the Date!
Feb 23rd
Member Social
Szechuan Kitchen 
March 4th Luncheon
Portland City Grill
March 18th After Hours
Hotel 50's
 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 March 1st, to secure your seat!
                          President's Letter 
Spring is around the corner, I just know it.  The crocuses peeking up at me from garden beds, the hummingbirds swooping to defend their real estate in our backyard, the goldfinches and black-capped chickadees gobbling thistle seed from our feeders and busily building nests in the cozy houses hanging in our backyard trees - how can it not be?  But wait, it's only the first week of February! 
The beautiful early spring weather has me excited for new life, too.  This has always been such a powerful time of year for me.  Being born on the Spring Equinox gave me a strong start.  While new things in life most often mean change, I've learned to embrace these transitions to get to the other side of the new, get help when I need it and accept the loss of what was old in the process.
Our Mentorship Program and the work Portlandia Club Mentors do with their Mentees actively illustrate this spring "metamorphosis".  The Mentors offer an ear and listen as their Mentees bring new ideas forward toward their own growth.  They offer other help through our Mentor Resource Group.  As Mentees breath new life into their ideas, their Mentors support them through their transitions, ultimately allowing them to achieve success.  And, the Mentees aren't solo in gaining from this program, for it often empowers Mentors equally.
My hope is for you all to enjoy the wonderful sounds, sights and smells of Springtime as you go through your days.  Could you also assist another woman in her metamorphosis?  How about offering your strengths as a resource to other Mentors navigating those new ideas with their Mentees?  Think about it as you smile back at the sun on your next walk, taking in all of the new life around you...
Grateful for spring and warmly, 
Edrie Bizak
President 2010

Scholarship Fundraisers


Each year Portlandia donates to a variety of organizations that support women and children in our community.  
Our members have found ways to raise money individually. Member Mary Golden is offering an opportunity to purchase beautiful jewelry  from Fifth Avenue Collection and support the scholarship fund at the same time on Wednesday, Feb 17th @ 5:30. 
Click here for more details.
Dr. Christie Winkelman is donating to the scholarship fund for each initial patient visit made by a Portlandia member or guest during the month of February. 
Click here for more details.

It's a win/win for our members and our community. If you would like to contribute to the scholarship fund, please contact Christine Green. Thank you  for helping us serve the community.

Get Social w/ Gal Pals!

When: Feb 23, 2010social time
Where: Szchuan Kitchen
           15450 Boones Ferry Rd & Kruse way 
 Time: 5:30-7:45pm
 This is a Portlandia Members Only Event and guarenteed to be a great time!  It is a chance to unwind & have meaningful conversation with the friends you've made in the club and to forge bonds with those you might not know yet.
Please plan to attend by RSVPing at http://www.Portlandia.org
We will pay for dinner onsite, along with any "no host" adult beverages.

March 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
African Chicken Peanut Soup, Fresh Spinach & Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Breast, Chocolate Mocha Cheesecake.
Vegetarian option:  Field Greens Salad with Champagne Vinegarette, Sweet Corn Succotash Risotto with Wild Mushrooms, Edamame, Teardrop Tomatoes, Reggiano Cheese and Truffle Oil, Chocolate Mocha Cheesecake. 
Katherine Durham, V.P. Hewlett-Packard, will speak on "Overcoming Fear and Challenges that Hold Us Back".
RSVP at www.portlandia.org before 3/1/10.
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  March 1, will be coffee only.

  Speaker Says, "Walk Though Life Fearlessly"
           A Special Luncheon for Mentees 
                       March 4th 2010
What's holding you back?  We all have our self-limiting fears.
Our March speaker has overcome personal and physical challenges to become an international business leader. Hewlett-Packard V.P. Katherine Durham will tell us how we can overcome our fears and challenges that limit our success. 
As the Vice President of Marketing for Hewlett-Packard's Imaging and Printing Group, Durham is responsible for building the HP brand from Canada to Latin America.  Since 2000, Durham has held a number of executive positions in Hewlett-Packard.  Before that she was the general manager for a unit in Mattel that developed software titles for Barbie, Hot Wheels and American Girl.  She also served as vice president of marketing for a multi-media software company and a social networking site for teen girls. 
She has worked in public relations, local government in Washington State and as a Peace Corps teacher in Thailand.
Ask your mentee to RSVP to Pam Mason at pamela.mason@comcast.net by Thursday, February 25, if she plans to attend.  Please remind her that if it she cannot make this commitment, to let Pam know by Monday, March 1 at noon or the Mentoring Program will be charged for her lunch.
 Invite a friend to join you for this exciting speaker!
Are you Feeling Lucky?
Portlandia will be purchasing two patron tables at the Celebrate Success event, benefiting Dress For Success Oregon, on April 30, 2010.  You have two ways to attend this great event: You may purchase a ticket at the low, low, price of only $30 through Portlandia for a savings of $95 from the single ticket price of $125.00! Or, even better, you may be one of 5 lucky women to win a "Seat at the Table" this year.

Win a seat, you say?  How might I do that?  It is simple, easy, and a great opportunity to invite your friends to join you in the best women's organization in Portland, bar none.  Each time you recruit a new member to Portlandia your name will be entered into a drawing for a seat at Celebrate Success.  We will draw *two winners in February, one in March, and two in April!

So think about it. Who would you like to share Portlandia with?  Who might be absolutely the most fun at: An After Hours event, the Beach Retreat, the monthly luncheon?  Invite them along and share what you already love about Portlandia. 

*Congrats to the first two winners at the Feb 4th luncheon, Joan Riley & Judi Jones! 

Please contact Marilyn Mays for more details.
                               Portlandia AfterHours
                            Thursday, March 18th 
                                   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, March 15th 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.

                      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!

             Exciting News!!   We Are Live!!    
Portlandia Club now has a Facebook Group Page with photos, events & a wall.
The Portlandia Facebook page is for club members and non-members to learn about the activities & events our Club is offering.

We want to get the word out about the club...not just what we do but who we are.  Plugging into Social media is a great way to accomplish that.
I'd like to invite you to take a look & join now.   Share  it with your friends & business associates.  
Here's the Link: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=wall&gid=281203947963  
See you on Facebook and see you at the Live events!  
Joan Riley,
PR & Marketing Chair

            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.