News from Portlandia Inc.
April 2010
Portlandia Club Inc Newsletter
Better Together
In This Issue
President's Message
May Monthly Luncheon
May Lunch Speaker
May After Hours Event
May Social Event
Scoops for Scholarships
Generous Portlandia Donors
New Marketing Opportunities
You Can Change a Life Today
Board Officers

President  Edrie Bizak

Vice Pres. Marilyn Mays 
Secretary Kathie 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 $35
1st Thurs of every month
 Member Birthdays
April Birthdays
5  Barbara Murphy
21 Kathie England 
23 Sheila Mason 
24 Denise Bower
 Save the Date!
April 19 Bunko & Wine Tasting- Members Only
RSVP website
May 20th Business After Hours- The Avalon Hotel
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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 May 3rd, to secure your seat!
                         President's Letter 

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What great energy there was at our Networking Derby luncheon on the 1st! While I always enjoy our speakers immensely, our derbies allow me to get to know other members and guests much better, including learning not only what they do in their businesses, but what they're passionate about. And that third question really pumped me up - there were so many incredible women being talked about at the same time!
As we shared our stories about our most admired women, it also got me thinking about those less known, yet still truly remarkable women I admire who were sitting in that very room. Portlandia offers us opportunities to give women and children less fortunate than ourselves a hand up - and so many of us do just that and in a variety of ways.
We help fund raise with our raffles, luncheon and business sponsorships, Scoops for Scholarships (have you signed up for your shift yet?!), business percentage donations and a soon to be launched Portlandia Club Cookbook. Your Board of Directors always welcomes any new fundraising ideas too!
Yes, we're pretty incredible women when you really think about it. Thank you all for your passion and support of Portlandia Club's mission!  


Edrie Bizak



May 6th Luncheon 
 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/ $35 guests
$15 coffee only
Starter:  Soup of the day or Tomato Basil Bruschetta (vegetarian option)
Main: Chicken Caesar Salad or Caesar Salad (vegetarian option)
Dessert: Chocolate Mocha Cheesecake
RSVP at before 5/3.
Members must log-in to RSVP. Contact Gloria for website

  Blazer VP Tells How She Blazed Trails and Bucked Challenges

Sarah Mensah has one of the toughest jobs in the Blazer lineup.  She's never been on the court, but in her 16 years with the Blazers she's scored lots of points. She is the featured luncheon speaker on May 6.
As Senior Vice President of Marketing, she is responsible for the team's revenue and brand management operations, including ticket sales, marketing, communications, community relations, broadcasting, game operations and digital communications.
 Sarah has too many accomplishments to mention here, & many words of wisdom to impart. Please make it a point to meet this wonderful member of our community!

 Portlandia Business AfterHours 

                               Thursday, May 20th                           
                                  5:30 pm- 7:30 pm
                                   The Avalon Hotel
  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.
 (Please tip your valet!)

RSVP/Register no later than Tuesday, May 18th 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!

 Bunko and Wine Tasting 
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April 19, 2010
What: Bunko & Wine Tasting
Where: Check website for location             
Time: 5:30-7:45pm
 This is a very popular Portlandia Members Only Event and guaranteed 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.
You must RSVP to attend, pay at the event
Scoops For Scholarships
  Ice Cream Helpers Needed


We are gearing up for the annual Scoops For Scholarships event at the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts on June 25, 26 & 27. There are many ways for our members to participate.


 1. First, we need volunteers to man the booth scooping ice cream and cashiering. We have a great time being in the booth, meeting the guests and sharing about Portlandia. To sign up, contact Mary Golden


2. If you can't volunteer, we are accepting donations to help cover the costs of the booth. All donations are tax deductible and help to offset our expenses. Contact Cheryl Vick 


 3. Tell your friends!  At the very least, we can tell all of our friends about this event (it IS a fabulous art show!) and ask them to attend and support our booth.


All proceeds from this event go to our Dress For Success scholarship program. Last year we were able to raise almost $3,500.00 - JUST SCOOPING ICE CREAM! For more info, contact Kim Megorden


    Gratitude Quilt
My mentee, Judith Lyn, surprised me last month with a beautiful hand-made quilt that she had created for me.  When we started working together last fall, she shared that she was a quilter.  I inquired whether she had read any of the Elm Creek Quilt novels by Jennifer Chiaverini.  She didn't think she had, so I gave her a copy of the first book in the series, The Quilter's Apprentice.  
I was overwhelmed when she told me she was making a quilt for me based on all the blocks in this first book.  These twelve blocks are called "Sara's Quilt" after the name of the character in the book who learned to quilt using these blocks.  When Judith gave me my quilt, she renamed it "The Gratitude Quilt" because she is grateful for the work we have done together.

Mentoring brings unexpected benefits and this was a gift I never envisioned!
Submitted by Kathie England

             New Marketing Opportunties    

We have two exciting new ways for you as a Portlandia member to increase your visibility to our members and to also support our organization. This is an introductory offer for 2010. Registration begins April 5, 2010.
Luncheon Sponsor
Sponsor a lunch and have an extra benefit of promoting your business by making a special announcement, distributing flyers, name recognition on website and more.One sponsor per lunch beginning May 2010. Fee: $75
Business Sponsor
Become a business sponsor and your name is acknowledged at all Portlandia events, your logo on website, Facebook, etc. Available June through December. Fee: $300
For more details and to register, contact
Christine Green, 503-281-6301


            You Can Change a Woman's Life

Are You Ready to Improve a Woman's Life?
Two women from the Dress for Success Professional Women's Group are ready for a mentor.  Are either of them a good fit for you?
Lori Rushford is 41 and the mother of a 4 year old.  She works part time for Clackamas County and wants to be more productive at work.  She'd like help getting organized, setting goals and taking action.
Melissa Markovich is 27 and wants help finding employment in the Social Services area.  She has a degree in social science and about 18 months experience in social service jobs.  She says, "I would like to work with parents who need assistance in areas such as WIC, Healthy Start, Early Head Start.  I would be happy in any position that would increase my skills and experience." 

Please contact Pam Mason: or Kathie England : if you would like to help one of these women.