Paula Lucas Protects Women from Overseas Domestic Violence
                                                                                                                                                   August 2011
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Board Officers
President  Marilyn Mays
Vice Pres. Janis Collins 
Secretary Kathie England
Treasurer Edrie Bizak
Historian Christine Green  

Board Members

Theresa Gahagan
Mary Golden
Rhonda Martini
Kim Megorden

Samantha Phenix
Joan Riley

Dr. Christie Winkelman  

Board meetings
4th Thurs 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., Sept. 1
Portland City Grill
111 SW 5th Ave/ 30th flr   11:30am - 1:30pm
Speaker: Paula Lucas 
lunch $25 members, $35 guests;
bev svc only $10 members,
$15 guests
 Register Here
After August 29, only beverage service available, first come
first serve.    

Save the Date!


Sept. 16-18 Members Beach Retreat

Sept. 22 After Hours, Hotel 50  

Oct. 6Monthly Luncheon 
Nov. 3
Annual Members Monthly Luncheon    


Member Birthdays      



8/1 Grace Ishida

8/9 Mary Golden 

8/12 Barbara Attridge 

8/13 Pamela Jeanne

8/16 Kim Megorden

8/31 Alicia Adair 



9/15 Christine Green

9/25 Susan Ferguson

9/26 Virginia Rubin 


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Mix, Mingle & Meet Up!

Co-Ed Networking Event  

Portlandia After Hours are a fun, informal way to meet other Business Professionals & make great connections.

Portlandia After Hours   
Hotel 50
50 SW Morrison St.   

Thurs., September 22

6 - 8 p.m.

$15 for general public, $12 for members
Light appetizers, no-host bar 

Register Here by Sept. 19 at 6 p.m.     

The public is invited to attend this open forum at Hotel 50 and take advantage of meeting & networking with other professionals and business owners.     


(You never know what's in store for you at a Portlandia After Hours. At the last one, attendees caught a glimpse of Tim Hutton and other cast members as they were filming an episode of Leverage!)   


This is a co-ed event, so everyone is welcome.  


New Member!


Join us in welcoming Grace Ishida to Portlandia. Grace works for Kaiser Permanente Medicare Advantage Plus Sales.  


Mission Statement

Portlandia Club provides services and opportunities that enhance members' professional and personal lives. The club has an open membership policy, an active mentorship program and a commitment to community service. We provide scholarships and funds to help women and children who need a hand up. Please join us!     


How wonderful is it that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
                                                                                 - Anne Frank  

Speaker Helps American Abuse Victims Overseas

Paula Lucas lived what appeared to be an ideal life overseas with her Newsweek photojouralist husband and three sons. Their social network included government ministers and wealthy and powerful Middle Eastern businessmen. But little did the outside world know that she and her sons suffered severe domestic violence. Her desire to escape was hindered by her husband hiding their passports.


Neither her family nor even the U.S. State Department were of any help.


The story of her eventual escape to the United State is frighteningly dramatic and awe-inspiring. In 1999, she published a website to assist other women suffering abuse overseas. Over the past 10 years, she has developed a nonprofit organization to aid these victims. The American Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center received 2289 crisis calls last year.


Paula has appeared in national and international magazines as well as radio and TV programs, including the Today Show.


On September 1, she will address the Portlandia Club members at our monthly luncheon. Don't miss her.


Lucas has received national recognition and awards highlighting her groundbreaking work through the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center.


September Luncheon  

Thurs., September 1

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



Soup of the day
Chicken Caesar Salad
Peanut Butter Chocolate Layer
Vegetarian Alternate: Olive Oil Vegetable Sandwich 
Register here  before August 29 to secure your seat! (Lunch, $25 Members, $35 Guests; Beverage Service Only, $10 Members, $15 Guests) After August 29, only Beverage Service is available, first come first serve.    
marilyn maysPresident's Letter
August 2011  


I have just returned from a family vacation in the Redwoods. It had been years since I had been through them, and the Redwoods themselves were never a destination, just an interesting place to pass through on my way to other places, people, or experiences.

How different they were as a destination!  It is profoundly quiet inside the groves of trees. They are amazingly adaptable and long-lived, and able to survive incredible trauma. I had seen them but knew very little about these beautiful trees.  I also found myself feeling much more peaceful and centered just walking through or sitting with the trees. I came back feeling renewed and energized and ready to take on challenges at work and in life as they come up.

Given some time to think I realized that throughout my life I have perceived many events, people, and places differently based on whether I am just "passing through" or see them as a destination. Once I view anything as a destination I have a different purpose for being there. I ask more questions,  I notice detail that I would have missed, I become familiar and interested in the person or event and I care about them much more. I find a new level of commitment from that closer look. The greater my level of commitment, understanding, and interest, the more I receive back.  

I hope that each of you find a way to make your time with Portlandia a destination and not just a place you are passing through. I think you will get so much more from joining and helping build the club than you might from just coming to an after hours or a lunch. If you need more information about committees or how you might actively engage, you can call me at 503-464-6058.

Hope to see you at lunch next month! 


Marilyn Mays
President 2011

Meaningful Mentorship 

At Portlandia's June 23 mentor/mentee workshop the attendees completed a survey about their mentorship experience. Below are a few of the comments.  

I appreciate my mentor the most for her: 

help staying focused

positive attitude

advice, positive attitude, someone to talk to


flexibility, understanding

fabulous energy and freshness/zest for life

willingness and example

kindness and always willing to listen and make the time, even when it is hard for her

commitment of time that she dedicates to mentoring me


For more information about the mentorship program, contact Pamela Mason at

Life Can Be a Beach!   

Sign up for our annual beach retreat



Annual Beach Retreat


Castle Beach House 

Lincoln City, Oregon 

Friday, Sept. 16 (late afternoon) - Sunday, Sept. 18 (late morning), 2 nights, 3 days, 4 meals, wine provided

$100 (Members Only) 


If you'd like to join fellow Portlandians for long walks on the beach, late night talks and a getaway to remember, RSVP by sending a $100 payment to the address below.  


Make check  payable to "Portlandia Club" and mail to:   

Portlandia Club Beach Retreat

15450 Boones Ferry Rd., #9-425

Lake Oswego, OR 97035


(Space is limited, so RSVP today.)

This House is has six bedrooms, 6 baths, and 3 stories w/ large living space and a large gourmet kitchen, game room, spa, Jacuzzi & more. Visit the website to see all we that have. There will be 5 or 6 ladies PER room & each room has its own bathroom!


Call Joan Riley for details or questions at 503-487-6260.



Be Cookbook Smart
Add some flavor to your life with the
Portlandia Cookbook   
The Portlandia Cookbook is a stunning collection of delectable recipes from Portlandia's own members. Only $20 each, this book will bring the magic of Portlandia to your kitchen. Buy two, get one free along with 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:


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!  


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