News from Portlandia Inc.
March 2010
Portlandia Club Inc Newsletter
Better Together
In This Issue
President's Message
April Monthly Luncheon
April Networking Derby
March After Hours Event
Members Only Event
Win a Ticket To DFSO Event
Speakers Wanted!
Orchid Award Winner!
Generous Portlandia Donors
Welcome to our New Members
Become A Fan On Facebook!
You Can Change a Life Today
Board Officers

President  Edrie Bizak

Vice Pres. Marilyn Mays 
Secretary Kathy England
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
March Birthdays
5 Jane Drew 
6 Gloria Nussbaum
6 Tonie Gomez
14 Irena Sontag
14 Verena Lewandowski
20 Edrie Bizak
30 Karna Gustafson
April Birthdays
5  Barbara Murphy
21 Kathie England 
23 Sheila Mason 
24 Denise Bower
  Save the Date!
March 18th After Hours
Hotel 50's
April 1 Networking Derby
Portland City grill
April 19 Bunko & Wine Tasting- Members Only
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 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 before March 29th, to secure your seat!
** Please note that seating is limited for this special event & RSVP's are required.
                         President's Letter 

Bellvue Garden


Last week at our monthly luncheon we heard about Katherine Durham's success in business despite her physical challenges.  I found her outlook so positive and she really offers this same energy to others when she speaks. 


Katherine shared with us her parents' belief in not only miracles, but the necessary efforts she needed to participate in ("pull your wheelchair up to the sink and grab a towel!") to become the woman she is today.  Overcoming obstacles seemed less painful for her with their support and influence as she navigated challenges in both her personal and professional development.


At this same meeting last week we honored mentees and their mentors presently participating in the program through the Professional Woman's Group at Dress for Success.  I had the pleasure of meeting and visiting with a few of the mentees and hearing some of their stories made me both sad and happy at the same time.


Even though these women had been through some negative times in their lives, they were also able to talk about extreme joy and gratefulness .  Both women echoed the support and insights they'd gained from their mentors and truly couldn't say enough great things about what they continue to get from the experience.  Thank you mentors!


I am proud to belong to Portlandia Club and actively participate in our efforts to help in our mission addressing & assisting other women less fortunate and with a few more obstacles to overcome than I ever did.  Please consider becoming a mentor - or joining me in our call to action for our upcoming fundraising activities!


Edrie Bizak

President 2010


April 1st Networking Derby
 Please join us in our new location!
11:30 - 1:30 pm
Portland City Grill
111 SW 5th Ave, Portland
30th floor/ Jefferson Room 
$25 members/ $30 guests
$10 coffee only
 Buffet Lunch
 This is our very popular event that happens only twice a year!  Similar to "speed dating", this Derby will help you make great contacts!
RSVP at before 3/29/10.
Members must log-in to RSVP. Contact Gloria for website help:
* Due to the popularity of our Derby & very limited seating,  RSVP's Are Required  

  Networking Derby!
For several years this has been one of Portlandia's most popular events!   Fun & fast paced, it is similar in structure to "speed dating".  
A moderator gives participants several minutes to talk about their business, ideal client, etc. before being prompted to move to the next table. You will make contact with more women that you ever could at a regular Portlandia luncheon! 
Please be sure to bring plenty of business cards & a polished "elevater speech" ! 
 Invite a friend to join you for this exciting event!
 * Due to limited seating, secure your place by going to  RSVP's are required by March 29th.

 Portlandia Business 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. Improve your networking skills, expand your contacts and get support from other professional women.  Bring lots of Business cards!
PRICE:        $15 for non-members
                    $12 for Portlandia members

Delicious Light Appetizers included. 
No Host Bar: May pay by cash or debit/credit card
*TWO HOUR FREE Valet Parking available at the Hotel.
Enter on SW Morrison.  (Please tip your valet!)

RSVP/Register no later than Tuesday, March 15th at   You can pre-pay online when you register (preferred) or pay with cash or check (only) at the door.    

Get Social w/ Gal Pals!

When: April 19, 2010social time
Where: Bunko & Wine Tasting
              Location TBA 
 Time: 5:30-7:45pm
 This is a very popular 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
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.

 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!

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

Please contact Marilyn Mays for more details.
                                 Speakers Wanted

The Community Transitional School is one of the organizations that Portlandia has contributed to through our scholarship fund. They are an awesome organization providing educational services to children who are homeless or otherwise at risk of school failure.
Speakers are invited to visit the school and talk to the class about what they do the weeks of April 19-23 & 26-30.  Marna likes to get people in a variety of occupations speak to the class. Remember these kids have parents who basically don't work or have failed at work, so they have no role models at home for how to get a job or how to succeed at one.
Marcia Harris, their development coordinator, says it really important for them to see and hear from successful business women (besides their teachers, of course)!

You can contact Marna Tisdel at Thanks for making a difference!

Francine Won!!!  Whoo Hoo!
A coveted Orchid Award will be presented to our own Francine Read at the Women in Business Awards Luncheon.  Francine is the owner of Voices, Inc. a popular lecture series.  If you can attend to support Francine, the details are below. 
  Thursday, April 8, 2010
11:30 - 1:00 pm
Hilton Hotel, Grand Ballroom
921 SW 6th Ave
Portland OR

Tickets are $60 pp, table of 10 for $550.  Questions, contact Stephanie at or 503.219.3432.

                      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.
Please contact me if you would like to donate.
Thank you so much for your generosity!

Welcome to our New Members 

Terrie Kasianczuk is Market Leader for Apple, overseeing all Apple retail stores in Oregon.  Terrie is interested in networking and mentorship and enjoys tennis, running, scuba diving, and reading.  You may reach her at
Toni Gomez works in a local Apple retail store, is looking forward to networking and mentoring in Portlandia, and enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and golf.  You may reach Toni at
Teresa Allen is a LMT/Esthetician especially interested in Fitness and Exercise.  In her leisure time she enjoys hiking, reading and  movies.  You may reach Teresa at
Dana Layon is the owner of Zen Flow Yoga. Dana looks forward to networking with other members and enjoys yoga, camping, and traveling in her spare time.  You may reach her at

             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. 
Here's the Link:  
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.