See Best-Selling Author Chelsea Cain at Next Portlandia Lunch!
                                                                                                                                      September 2011
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President's Letter
Mission Statement
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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., Oct. 6
Portland City Grill
111 SW 5th Ave/ 30th flr   11:30am - 1:30pm
Speaker: Chelsea Cain 
lunch $25 members, $35 guests;
bev svc only $10 members,
$15 guests
 Register Here
After October 3, only beverage service available, first come
first serve.    

Save the Date!


Sept. 22 After Hours, Hotel 50  

Oct. 20 New Member Reception - Members Only Event
Nov. 3
Annual Members Monthly Luncheon 
Nov. 17 After Hours, Benson Hotel


Member Birthdays      



9/15 Christine Green

9/25 Susan Ferguson

9/29 Virginia Rubin 



10/3 Cheryl Brendle  

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After Hours  

Next Week!

Co-Ed Networking Event  

Portlandia's 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 mixer 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 Christine Wooley to Portlandia. Christine is a realtor for Coldwell Banker Seal Properties. Welcome, Christine!   


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 Mystery Writer Gleans from Fertile Ground

When Chelsea Cain was a little girl she dreamed that someday she would grow up to be - you guessed it - a firedog.  That's right. A Dalmatian racing off to burning houses on the back of a firetruck.


 If you think that is a strange beginning for a New York Times best-selling author, think again.  It reveals something about how her imagination was nurtured.


Her parents were commune hippies who wouldn't think of quashing a young girl's dreams by telling her she could not grow up to be a dog.  And we won't even go into her tenure as the neighborhood pet undertaker.


But fast-forward a couple of decades or so and the woman once known in the hippie commune as Snowbird, authored a debut novel that was voted by National Public Radio listeners as one of the top 100 thriller novels of all time.


Chelsea Cain is now the author of nine books and gets reviewers to say things like this:  "Popular entertainment - the kind that mixes crime, horror, and even a little comedy - just doesn't get much better than this."


She is our luncheon speaker on October 6. 



October Luncheon  

Thurs., October 1

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



Rogue River Gorgonzola Iceberg Salad
Cod Fish & Chips
Vegetarian Alternate: Vegetarian Seasonal Risotto
Register here  before October 3 to secure your seat! (Lunch, $25 Members, $35 Guests; Beverage Service Only, $10 Members, $15 Guests) After October 3, only Beverage Service is available, first come first serve.    
marilyn maysPresident's Letter
September 2011  


I have a small group of business owners and entrepreneurs I meet with each week on Thursday mornings. We began as a book club several years ago. We planned  to read books we thought would help our strengthen our business skills. The group has called ourselves WhyB for quite some time (stands for What's Holding You Back).  WhyB has changed over the years both in membership and in focus. Each of us has an opportunity to bring issues or concerns to the table and ask for ideas or assistance from the other members, we utilize what we have learned over time through our reading to check in each week, and we provide accountability for each other as well as being a sounding board.

One action we have carried through from the beginning is a shared reading experience; we have read many very good professional and inspirational books over the years.  Currently we are reading Drive by Daniel Pink. What an excellent book it has been to share with each other! I have so appreciated the documentation and research he provides for each individual's need for Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose in our work and lives. You can follow this link and find an excellent TED talk by Daniel Pink: Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivation.

I would encourage each of you to consider finding a circle of like-minded entrepreneurs or business people with whom to share your thoughts, challenges, and ideas.  I have found reading this thought provoking book with my WhyB colleagues has sparked a lot of creativity in both my business and my personal life.

I hope each of you has the support and accountability you need for a successful and creative fall season in your life and in your work. 


Marilyn Mays
President 2011


Does Make

a Difference!

I recently received the following plea for help from a newly employed client of Dress for Success:

"I have a question. Is there any place that could help me?

I need to take my final exam for the State of Oregon, Insurance Dept. before I can actually start employment. The company has already hired me;  I just need to take the test for my insurance license.  


I have already passed the pre-requisite tests. The cost for that test is $45.00. And then I will also need to be fingerprinted.  I don't have a penny to my name. Do you know or any organization that might be able to help?"


I was happy to be able to say, "Yes, I know someone who can help."  Portlandia paid for Debbie's insurance exam -- she passed her test on September 8 -- and for her fingerprinting.  She is now all ready to start her job. She will attend her first Professional Women's Group meeting at Dress for Success Oregon on September 24.


Thank you to everyone who supports our monthly raffle, either by providing gifts or buying raffle tickets.  Your participation helps disadvantaged women move toward self-sufficiency.


Pamela Mason 


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 mentee the most for her:  

perspective on life

willingness to do whatever it takes to keep picking herself up 

willingness to learn  

her ability to laugh and smile no matter what


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

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!  


If you would rather order online with a debit or credit card and have them shipped, you can do so at

A Mildly
Jealous Farewell!   


The Portlandia Annual Beach Retreat kicks off today at the Castle Beach House in Lincoln City. Hasta la vista to you ladies lucky enough to indulge in this fabulous weekend getaway. Special thanks to Joan Riley for organizing it. We'll all be there in spirit.  

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!