January Speaker Tells Us How She Swum the Engilsh Channel

                                                                                                                                        December 2010
In This Issue
Newest Member
Update Your Info
After Hours Mixer
Portlandia Cookbooks Are Here!
President's Letter
January Luncheon
Letter from Dress from Success

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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
Thurs., Jan. 6
Portland City Grill
111 SW 5th Ave/ 30th flr
members $25/guests $35
(bev svc only: members $15/guests $10)
1st Thurs of every month
11:30am - 1:30pm
Register Here

After Hours Mixer
Thurs., Jan. 20
Benson Hotel
309 SW Broadway
members $12/guests $15
3rd Thurs of every month

Member Birthdays
Judi Jones 4
Kimberlee Buckingham 5
Nancy Bishop Dietrich  23
Lynn Hannah  26
Susan Adams-Messmer  29
Theresa Gahagan  31

MJ Cherkauer 5
Mary McGill  9
Julia Fitzgerald 12
Marilyn Mays 12
Alana Wilson 19

Save the Date!

January 6
Monthly Luncheon

January 20
After Hours Mixer

February 10
Monthly Luncheon
(Networking Derby)

February 16
Bunko & Dinner
(Members Only Event)


Annual dues
renewal invoices
will be
emailed soon,

so watch for them!

Newest Member

Patti Keating
, owner of
Intentions Coaching,
has rejoined Portlandia. Contact her at patti@pattikeating.com.

 Welcome!  We are so glad to have you back!

Update Your
Info Please!


In an effort to ensure that we can contact each other & that Portlandia Club can get messages to members about monthly events & important news.....


Please send your name, business, mailing address, email address & preferred phone number to:


Marilyn Mays at marilynmays@comcast.net



After Hours Mixer


Can't make our next luncheon? Even if you can, join us for cocktails and camaraderie at our next After Hours Mixer on Thurs., Jan. 20 at 5:30pm at the Benson Hotel (309
SW Broadway, Portland).

Members $12/Guests $15

$5 Valet Parking if you mention you're with Portlandia.


Start your year right! Bring a friend & join us for our first luncheon of 2011 on January 6, featuring speaker Kate Haslach, author of Fat Chicks Float Well.

Kate's book is a frank and inspiring chronicle of personal experience and personal growth, offering comfort, encouragement and perspective to fellow travelers on their own journey toward acceptance, fulfillment, and joy.

On Swimming, Self-Image and Self-Acceptance - January Speaker Tells All


"I'm accepting the journey called life with open arms and an open heart. That's the ultimate gift of buoyancy."


So writes, Kate Haslach, author of Fat Chicks Float Well, who is our January speaker.


Her book is a story of a girl who grew up in an affluent Portland neighborhood, but in dysfunctional surroundings and a dysfunctional self image


Things started to change when she moved to San Francisco to pursue her dream of swimming the English Cannel.  As she worked on her goal, a transformation took place in her psyche.  She began to view her weight not as a burden as a gift of buoyancy.


 As one reviewer wrote, "Kate's book is a frank and inspiring chronicle of personal experience and personal growth, offering comfort, encouragement and perspective to fellow travelers on their own journey toward acceptance, fulfillment, and joy."

Register here before December 29 to secure your seat! ($25 for members / $35 for guests)
A Tasteful Gift Idea:
The Portlandia Cookbook
Hits the Streets

The Portlandia Cookbooks are in!  They are fabulous!  They are $20 each and for every two you purchase, you also get a reuseable Portlandia shopping bag.  Pay with cash or make checks payable to Portlandia Club. 

You can purchase and pick them up at the following member retail locations:

Forest Heights Design Studio
2061 Northwest Miller Road
Portland, OR 97229
Open Weekdays 10am-5pm; Sat 9am-5pm; Sun 9am-3pm
Dipinto a Mano
425 2nd St., Suite A100
Lake Oswego, OR  97034
Open Tues-Thurs 11am-6pm; Fri 11am-9pm; Sat 10am-9pm; Sun 12pm-5pm
Hair Color Salon Dirk
1517 SW Sunset Blvd.
Portland, OR  97239
Open Sun 12pm-5pm; Tues 9am-5pm; Thurs 9am-6pm; Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 9am-5pm
Thank you, Susan, Linda and JoAnna for helping in the sale and distribution of them!
If you would rather order online with a debit or credit card and have them shipped, you can do so at www.portlandia.org.

President's Letter
December 2010

 It's hard to believe this is the last letter I'm writing for the newsletter, but I'm ready to turn the baton over to Marilyn and enjoy the reading vs. the writing. It has been tricky for me to come up with words some months!

The holiday season is for sharing time with family and friends but also giving time and resources to complete strangers who otherwise would feel very lonely. This is my favorite part of the season; knowing a child will get a toy or a homeless person some warm gloves and a coat. To me, this is the spirit of the season and a way to give back to the less fortunate in our community.

When my parents divorced, I was fourteen. My mother went back to teaching but could only get work as a substitute teacher, so we really struggled financially. I remember our first Christmas without my dad or his financial support. We ate whatever the Food Bank gave us, which made for some interesting meals. There were no presents expected, but the members of our church made sure my three sisters and I didn't go without some.

The generosity of people we didn't know very well made a profound impression on me and it was the spark to the start of my annual tradition of giving to strangers. I will be spending time with family in Washington this year, and I'm sure we'll have lots of laughter and fun. But the smile I'll be wearing will be more from the elf work I did to charities.

My hope is for you all to have a wonderful holiday season with your friends and family. How about sharing some of your time or resources too?


Edrie Bizak

President 2010

 January Luncheon

Thursday, January 6
11:30 - 1:30 pm

Portland City Grill 
111 SW 5th Ave, Portland
30th floor/ Jefferson Room 

Caesar Salad (Regular or Vegetarian)

Miso Glazed Salmon
Sweet Corn Risotto (Vegetarian)

Vanilla Creme Brulee

 Members $25  Guests $35

Beverage Service Only (Coffee, Tea or Softdrinks):
Members $10  Guest $15

RSVP at www.portlandia.org before December 29.
Members & guests must log-in to RSVP.
Contact Gloria for website help: real2reel@teleport.com

Letter From Dress for Success ED Barb Attridge

Hi Ladies,

I'm so full of gratitude for all you and Portlandia contribute to Dress for Success, it's difficult to find the words to express my appreciation. The Portlandia meeting today was just wonderful-- the energy in the room was electric and I left feeling inspired and a wonderful sense of connection.


Thank you again for giving us the opportunity to present Tuck $10 today-Phylicia is amazing and it brought tears to my eyes to hear her speak on behalf of Dress for Success. The grand total from today was $1,245! What a generous gift for our clients.


Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you do for Dress for Success!


Barb Attridge

Executive Director

Dress for Success Oregon