Speed Networking Derby Coming Up Feb. 10!
                                                                                                                                              January 2011
In This Issue
Newest Member
Update Your Info
Portlandia Cookbooks Are Here!
President's Letter

Join Our Mailing List

Board Officers
President  Marilyn Mays
Vice Pres. Janis Collins 
Secretary Kathie England
Treasurer Dr. Christie Winkelman
Past Pres. Edrie Bizak
Historian Christine Green

Board Members

Joan Riley
Susan Adams-Messmer
Janis Collins

Kim Megorden

Theresa Gahagan

Rhonda Martini

Mary Golden

Samantha Phenix

Board meetings
4th Tues of each month
11:30 am- 1:00 pm
Brightfield Village Condominiums
Recreation Room
(Hall Blvd. across from Washington Square)
Portland, OR

Monthly Luncheon
Thurs., Feb. 10
Portland City Grill
111 SW 5th Ave/ 30th flr
11:30am - 1:30pm
(Speed Networking Derby) 
lunch $25 members, $35 guests;
bev svc only $10 members, $15 guests
Register Here
After Feb. 7, only beverage service available, first come
first serve.

After Hours Mixer
Thurs., Jan. 20
Benson Hotel 
309 SW Broadway
members $12/guests $15
Register Here

Member Birthdays
Marilyn Arthur 2
Francine Read 3
Pam Mason 7
Harmony George 7
Claudia Reinhaus 10
Maeva Troup 18
Mercy Norby 26
Kate Eskew 28


Save the Date!


February 16
Bunko & Dinner
(Members Only Event)

March 3
Monthly Luncheon
(Speaker TBA)

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Thank You Note

My heart is overflowing with gratitude for your gracious acts of kindness, generosity and prayers for my beloved husband, Laurence and me this past year. Each and every one of you have been and continued to be the answered prayers of my life.   

Rev. Christine Green

Newest Members

Kathryn "Kate" C. Haslach
, author of
Fat Chicks Float Well, owner ofCootie Seasoning and The Gulping Gourmet
and last month's speaker has joined Portlandia. Find out more about her at www.katehaslach.com.

Susan Schwarz is an investment advisor and coach at Investment Advisors International and can be contacted at sschwarz9@gmail.com



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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:


Kim Megorden at jmkmeg@gmail.com

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Break out your business cards and polish up your elevator speech for our next Speed Networking Derby on Thursday, February 10.
Portlandia's Speed Networking Derbies make networking a relaxed, enjoyable experience and are the best way to find out more about your fellow Portlandian's businesses.


"I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity."

 - Oprah Winfrey


Speed Networking Derby

Thurs., Feb. 10

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Portland City Grill
111 SW 5th Ave.
30th Floor/Jefferson Room

Buffet-style salads, sandwich makings and soup

Speed Networking Derbies are held four times throughout the year and give guests the chance to learn about each other's businesses. Despite the name, the interactions do not feel rushed or superficial and provide the opportunity to make meaningful connections.

Register here before February 7 to secure your seat! (Lunch, $25 Members, $35 Guests; Beverage Service Only, $10 Members, $15 Guests) After February 7, only Beverage Service is available, first come first serve.
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

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.

marilyn maysPresident's Letter
January 2011

Welcome to a new year of growth and opportunity with our wonderful club!

In the spirit of connect, collaborate, and contribute, your board held our annual retreat Saturday. In our ad hoc work groups we utilized the feedback from all of you in the November annual meeting to begin to carve out both short and long range plans for continued growth.


Accommodating Rapid Growth

In 2010 we had 30 new members and 47 returning members. Those of you at the January luncheon probably noticed we had over 50 members and guests attending. If, as feedback from November suggests, we all want to continue that level of growth, we will more than double in size in just 2 years! As your board, we are extremely aware of the need for planning for that growth in membership numbers.


Establishing Relevant Committees

The ad hoc work groups will continue to function until we have revamped and expanded our committee structure to be more appropriate for the current business and economic climate.


Expanding Networking Opportunities

In reviewing the feedback from all of you, it is clear that the luncheon speaker format and networking derbies were successful. We will work for expanded networking opportunities for all members(including member only and after hours events). We will be shifting the agenda for the luncheons to include table introductions(expanded introductions to all those at your table), increased visibility for raffle prize donors, greater attention to the members only table, and a central location for raffle ticket sales.


Increasing Board Transparency

The other piece that we heard from you was a need for greater transparency on the part of the board. Our work groups will be moving toward a goal of making board meeting minutes, agendas, and our annual budget available for all members to review in a cost effective, environmentally sensitive, format.


Celebrating our 25th Anniversary

Finally, we have a group of members interested in a special event to commemorate our 25th anniversary in 2012.            More information will be available soon; the committee for that event should be up and running this spring.


Expanding Participation

We will continue to work to expand our membership numbers in the spirit of connecting and collaborating with one another. Expanded opportunities for providing direction and leadership will come to all members as we revamp our committee structure. Stay tuned for updates and opportunities as we move forward.


Marilyn Mays
President 2011



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).


Members $12/Guests $15
Register Here


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