News from Portlandia Inc.
August 2010
Portlandia Club Inc Newsletter
In This Issue
President's Message
August Monthly Luncheon
Luncheon Speaker
Sept After Hours Event
Portlandia Cook Book
New Members Bios
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
 August Birthdays:
Beth Freeman 8/8
Mary Golden 8/9
Barb Attridge 8/12
Kim Megorden 8/16
Dana Layon 8/15
Alicia Adair 8/31
September Birthdays:

Diane Freaney 9/15
Christine Green  9/15
Christy Stewart  9/23
Virginia Rubin  9/29
 Save the Date!
 August 14th Family Picnic at Oaks Park 1-5pm
 Members only event!
September 16th
After Hours, Benson Hotel 
5:30- 8:00pm
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 Bring a friend and join us for lunch at The Portland City Grill.  Enjoy wonderful food & views,30 stories above our beautiful city!
RSVP before August 30th, to secure your seat!
                         President's Letter
I am so excited about our new cookbook fundraiser and the two international organizations we'll be able to support with the proceeds - Itafari and World Pulse!  As a child, I lived on the island of Guam and had the privilege of trying very unique foods.  There isn't a food I don't like (well, eggplant) and I love cooking, especially native Guamanian, Filipino, Thai and Hawaiian dishes.  I've already entered one of my Filipino recipes in our cookbook called Chicken Adobo, and I will be entering lots more!  And, if you're attending the members only picnic this coming weekend at Oaks Park, you'll have a chance to try out the Chicken Adobo.
I know so many of you are also great cooks and I'm excited to have your recipes to try.  If you haven't had a chance to enter some recipes yet, go to  Enter your name under Contributor - the Group Login is Portlandia and the password is fundraiser.  It's super easy to enter your recipes, but the deadline is September 20th!
We would love to see as many international recipes as possible, especially since we'll be supporting Itafari and World Pulse.  For those that missed Victoria Trabosh, founder of Itafari, speak at our February luncheon, or Jensine Larson speak at our July luncheon, you will be amazed by the work they do supporting women internationally.  Itafari helps Rwandan women rebuild their lives following horrific genocide, one brick at a time.  World Pulse gives women a voice in all parts of the world, through mass media, telecom and the web.  Together, yet separately, these two organizations are giving hope and a way to be heard for millions of women that have never had either.  I am so delighted to be a part in support of their missions.
Please start getting the recipes you'd like to share together - and get them entered! 
Let's Connect, Collaborate, Contribute - and Cook!    

Edrie Bizak


 President 2010



 Portlandia Luncheon 
 September 2nd 
                                       Please join us!
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:  Fresh Tossed Baby Field Greens
Entree:  Fresh Spinach & Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Breast
Sun-Dried Tomato Pest Ravioli (VEGETARIAN option)
Dessert:  Cookies
Rolls & Butter Service
RSVP at before 8/30.
Members must log-in to RSVP. Contact Gloria for website

Luncheon Speaker

In My Fair Lady, Henry Higgins asks, "Why can't a woman be more like a man?"
In 21st Century America, we are asking, "How can women be a more successful business owners?"
Our September speaker, Monique Hayward, explains that women do business differently than men.  Her book, Divas Doing Business: What the guidebooks don't tell you about being a women entrepreneur gives you the female spin how to make it - and thrive --in your own business.
Hayward arms you with the tools and the inspiration to tackle the obstacles that trip up entrepreneurs as they try to build their dream businesses.
She has first-hand experience, as past CEO of Dessert Noir Café and Bar and senior marketing manager at Intel Corp. in Hillsboro.
She will join us with her wisdom - and books to buy - on September 2. 

 Portlandia Business AfterHours 

                               Thurs September 16th                       
                                  5:30 pm- 7:30 pm
                                   The Benson 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 
$5 discounted Valet Parking available at the Hotel.
(Please tip your valet!)

RSVP/Register no later than Tuesday, Sept 14th at   You can pre-pay online when you register (preferred) or pay with cash or check (only) at the door.    
Calling All Cooks! 
 At long last, Portlandia will be publishing it's first cookbook! The purpose is to raise money for our annual Charitable Giving Fund.  We plan to add two international charities, serving women & children, to our list of recipients: Itafari Foundation & World Pulse.
We ask that you go to, login: portlandia, password: fundraiser and use the easy template to insert your favorite recipes. We will have the books available for purchase by our Nov 4th luncheon, in time for your holiday giving!
Itafari's founder is our own Portlandia member, Victoria Trabosh.  World Pulse's founder & publisher is Jensine Larsen, our July luncheon speaker. To learn more about these organizations, go to &
Questions?  Judi Jones

Newest Members

  Christy Stewart owner of Christy's Cuisine, is a personal chef making custom designed/healthy meals in her clients homes.  Contact her at

Cheryl Aker is a distributor for MonaVie and passes the message of wellness and health to others.  Contact Cheryl at

Kimberly Gale is a human resource consultant and executive career and life coach.  Contact Kimberly at

Erin Kavaney sells IT Consulting services to small and medium businesses.  Erin's employer is Convergence Networks and you many reach her at
We are so glad to have you!!
                    Workshop Helps You Live Your Dream

Do you want to clarify your dreams and re-ignite your passions?  Then sign up today for a fall workshop by Certified Dream Coach and international speaker (and Portlandia member) Victoria Trabosh.
The workshop, Saturday October 23 from 1-5 p.m., is available for no cost to mentees and anyone who has been a mentor.  Portlandia members who have not been involved in the mentor program can attend also, as space allows.
The workshop will help participants:
*Create and realize important personal and professional dreams
*Make major life changes with greater ease
*Remove obstacles
*Become a more powerful leader 
To sign up for the workshop, contact Kathie England: