Portlandia Newsletter for June 2012
                                                        Portlandia Club Newsletter for June 2012   
Also in this issue
Board Beat
Connect, Collaborate, Contribute
New Member: Angela Wheeler
Get A Lift: Elevator Speech
The Scoop on Fundraising
After Hours: Hands-On Styling
Gala News: HerStory Project
Mentorship: Erica Risberg
Our President's Corner

Mark Your Calendar!


Register for these upcoming
events now at



Monthly Luncheon

Guest Speaker: 

Deanna Maio 


Thursday, July 12

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Portland City Grill

Jefferson Room

111 SW 5th Ave 30th Floor

Portland, Oregon 97204


$25 Members / $15 Guests

$10 Beverage Service

(Note: After July 9, only beverage service is available, on a first-come, first-served basis.)


Note: This usually "first Thursday" event has been rescheduled to account for the Fourth of July holiday week. Article at right  has program information. 


Portlandia After Hours


Tuesday, June 26th

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

Hair Color Salon Dirk

1517 SW Sunset Blvd.

Portland, OR 97239



$12 Members / $15 Guests


See article at right for details about this event.



And save the date:

Portlandia Club 25th Anniversary Gala Celebration

Friday, September 21

6 to 10 p.m. 

Governor Hotel, Portland


$75 Members / Guests


Note: Special event link for registration coming to the Portlandia website in July. See article at right for news about Gala HerStory Project.


 Portlandia Board of Directors


 Board Officers
President Janis Collins

Vice-President Kim Megorden
Secretary Mary Golden
Treasurer Julia Fitzgerald
Past President Marilyn Mays
Historian Edrie Bizak
Board Members
Grace Ishida
Rhonda Martini
Pam Mason
Hannah Mast
Samantha Phenix
Jean Silver
Board Meetings
4th Thursday of each month
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Beaverton Library
12375 SW 5th Ave
Beaverton Oregon 97005
On the Board Beat 


As we gear up for our biggest fundraiser of the year, your Portlandia Board is hard at work to ensure that we have a successful event. We are examining how to handle event expenses so that more dollars go directly to our scholarship fund. (See article at right for more.)



We love to get together with our Portlandia sisters! Sometimes getting the word out about an event is challenging. With the help of our fabulous new P/R and Marketing maven, Grace Ishida, we will be addressing this issue to make sure that EVERYone is notified about upcoming events.



We are "Super" excited to be working with Super Runaway to update our website. We have chosen new colors and design elements to really make the site pop!



Half a minute is all it takes to capture the essence of Portlandia. Write the winning speech and receive a free registration for our 25th Anniversary Gala. Let's tell the world how we Connect, Collaborate and Contribute! (See article at right.)


Here's where you can connect, collaborate & contribute!  

Click a name to learn more about Portlandia Club activities and operations:
Luncheon Team
Scoops for Scholarships

Janis Collins

Board of Directors


Jane Drew

25th Anniversary Gala Team


Kathie England

Mentorship Program


Grace Ishida

Marketing Team


Rhonda Martini 

Portlandia After Hours


Marilyn Mays

Membership Team

Big Sister Program


Kim Megorden

Events Team


Samantha Phenix 

Portlandia Website


Greet Our Newest Member

Please welcome Angela Wheeler, co-founder of Productive Flourishing, to membership in Portlandia Club. Angela keeps projects on track for teams and clients at her firm in SE Portland, and also heads up community outreach. Visit Angela's profile on the Portlandia website to learn about her interests, which ranging from yoga to photography, watch for her name among those who've made HerStory for our gala in September. Glad to have you among us, and a belated happy birthday, Angela!


Ready to join or renew as a Portlandia Member?

Want to freshen your membership profile? 

Please visit the Portlandia

  membership page


Need to update the  membership database?

If your name, business, mailing address, email address or  preferred phone number has changed, please contact 

Marilyn Mays     

Have a comment, correction, suggestion or contribution for the Portlandia Newsletter? 


Editor: Karen Mathieson

Content deadline is the second Thursday of each month (e.g. July 12). Publication is the third Tuesday (e.g. July 17). Please provide full event addresses (including zip codes) to aid way-finding attendees, and double-check all names, website links and email addresses. Thanks!


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JuneProgram Psst! Get Virtual Team Secrets

Learn how outsourcing can help you grow your business, get more accomplished, and work fewer hours while you're at it!

Are you tired of wearing all the hats in your business? Join Deanna Maio at the Portlandia Club luncheon on July 12 to discover how to reduce your load of busywork, paperwork, and even marketing. You can show up to do what you love, make more money, and help more people, all with little or no budget for labor!


In this presentation you'll learn:

  • Why most new businesses fail--and what you can do to be sure your business thrives.
  • How a virtual team can help you get more clients and referrals.
  • Three questions to reveal whether or not you should outsource.
  • A proven secret for how to decide what tasks to outsource first.
  • How to avoid the biggest outsourcing mistakes most businesses make.
  • And how you can create your powerful virtual team in five easy steps.

Deanna Maio is a successful entrepreneur, author, speaker, and coach. Through coaching, consulting and training, Deanna helps small businesses attract more clients. As a marketing and business expert, Deanna sees herself as a catalyst to help her clients identify and implement business growth tools and programs that will help them achieve higher levels of visibility, sales, productivity, and success. 

 Deanna Maio July 2012 Speaker

Deanna speaks and writes frequently on how entrepreneurs can implement low-cost, high-impact marketing and productivity techniques. Free business resources at www.DeannaMaio.com, or
send an email about your interests to


ElevatorSpeechContestLeave 'Em Floored
Enter Portlandia's Elevator Speech Contest


You meet a dynamic woman and think she'd be a great addition to our club, Now, how do you describe Portlandia to her? Is your invitation persuasive and intriguing? Does it make her want to see what our group is all about?


Each of us should be prepared with an exciting Portlandia introduction that describes our group to a tee. That's what our Elevator Speech Contest is all about.


Get your solo creative juices flowing, or collaborate with other members to craft an elevator speech. Make it less than 30 seconds, or 8 to 10 short sentences. And be sure to include our core mission: Connect, Collaborate and Contribute.


Oh, and did you hear about the prizes? Our first prize winner will receive registration for the Portlandia 25th Anniversary Gala Celebration, a $75 value! Second and third place finishers will also win awards.


Submit your entries (yes, you can enter more than once) to Grace Ishida no later than Friday, June 22nd. The top three entrants will present their speeches at our July luncheon, after which we will announce the winner.

We all scream for great ice cream and a fine Portlandia Club cause June 22-24


Portlandia's annual Scoops for Scholarships fundraiser is Friday through Sunday, June 22 through 24. As usual, we will have our ice cream booth at the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, held at George Rogers Park. You can still sign up to scoop ice cream for this good cause! Please contact Mary Golden to volunteer. Your friends and family (over 18) are also welcome to help.

The colorful festival features a wealth of artistic folk and their creations, as well as plays by Missoula Children's Theatre on Saturday and great live music both Friday and Saturday nights. There are many other excellent food vendors, as well as a beer and wine garden.

If you're unable to help by scooping ice cream this year, we're also seeking donations to help cover costs. That will enable Portlandia Club to donate more of the proceeds to our charitable giving fund. So, if you can't scoop and weren't able to make a donation at the June luncheon, please send your donation to: Portlandia Club, 6663 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, #135, Portland, OR 97225.  Please note on your check that the donation is for Scoops, and indicate if you need a tax receipt.
Thank you for your support of our big fundraising event!
JuneAfterHoursAfter Hours Hands-On Styling Advice 
Tool up your hair to look great every which way, including loose!


Ladies, are you bored with your look? When you break out your styling implements, do they seem like some strange gear from a guy's tool chest? Or like sci-fi objects from the '60s and '70s?


Hair Color Salon Dirk and Portlandia After Hours to the rescue on June 26! If you have old styling irons or blow dryers lying around, bring them in to exchange up for credit toward newer models.


It gets tiresome showing up for dinner parties, holiday parties, weddings, and even graduations with the same old look. JoAnna Dirk and her team will show us how to match our hair style to different events coming up in our lives. Great info if you want to update photos for marketing materials!


This After Hours event at Hair Color Salon Dirk will also offer some interesting charity options and freebies, with scrumptious farm-to-table Mexican food on the menu.

This will be a time to let our hair down and play with girlfriends, so bring your BFF and make a night of it with us. Then when we show up at events like our Anniversary Gala in September, we can really show everyone, "We've come a long way, baby!"


HerStoryProjectMake Your Memories Part of the Gala
Contribute to The HerStory Project


For a moment, close your eyes and reflect on why Portlandia Club is special. Ready? "Hmmmm . . ."  


Did you touch on a memory of friendship that tugs at your heart? Did you recall a moment of insight sparked by a program, something that helped you grow in your business or in your personal life?


The Portlandia 25th Anniversary Gala Celebration at the Governor Hotel on September 21 will be full of delightful moments all by itself. You can make it even more special, by responding to a brief survey about your Portlandia relationships and member experiences.


First, contact Gala Team member Karen Mathieson and ask to participate. Respond to some or all of the questions by July 15, and then keep an eye out at the gala. You will encounter evocative quotes everywhere from displays to table decorations, to the glossy program itself. Take part in The HerStory Project and some of those memorable words will be yours.


Telling our stories to each other is a way to honor and cherish the past. It's a way to remind ourselves of the value of our present connections. And it's a surefire way to find our vision for the future.


We've already made history. Now, let's tell HerStory.


But wait, there's more! Contact Jean Silver to contribute to the Gala Gift Basket Raffle, and Erica Risberg to learn about great opportunities for event sponsorship.


Mentorship Moment
by Erica Risberg
Erica Risberg
I have had the honor of being a mentor for four months, and I can't believe how much both of us have grown in such a short time. My mentee, Valerie, is sweet, kind, and very smart. She fell on some hard times over the past few years and is looking to attain some life goals that have so far been unattainable. Among her dreams are seeing her family in England and getting a full time job in a career she will enjoy.


When I first met Valerie, she was shy, insecure, and worried that I wouldn't like her. I, in turn, thought she was a wonderful person and wanted to learn about her as much as I could so I could figure out what I could to do help her. She told me what she was looking to do with herself, and then gave me information about her personal life. I realized that the most important thing I could do was to listen and be a friend.


Since that first meeting, we've worked to get back some of her self esteem. She's reached out to family members and renewed relationships, and introduced some basic meditation into her life when she gets upset. She's gone out of her comfort zone and attended job fairs, and worked hard to reach higher for herself.


What she has given me is the chance to connect with an amazing woman who has a wealth of potential that I can help realize through encouragement.


She's also given me a friendship that I was not expecting, and that is a gift I can't thank her enough for.


I'm really grateful that I have had the opportunity to get to know Valerie. I'm looking forward to our mutual growth as we continue our relationship.


Connect with Erica Risberg, or contact Kathie England to learn more about the Portlandia Club's mentorship program and its support for the Professional Women's Group of Dress for Success Oregon.


Our President's Corner
Reflections from the Bridge

by Janis Collins



Those of us working on Portlandia's Gala Celebration find ourselves pondering the past 25 years and reflecting upon our future.


Portlandia has certainly evolved with the times. At one point the club's "Building Fund" was earmarked to buy our own clubhouse. Today we have replaced the dream of bricks and mortar with a virtual presence. To that end we are now building a state-of- the-art website that's inviting and easy to use.


We've grown in other ways over the past few years. Membership is on the rise. Our luncheon meetings are high-energy events with inspirational speakers. We've added opportunities for members to grow their businesses, including the newly revamped After Hours where we can showcase our venues and services.


We're adding new opportunities to socialize that include gourmet meals and outdoor events. The board has taken steps to run the business end of things in a professional manner with more accountability and written policies.


"Are we there yet?"


I think the answer may lie in this reflection from Michael Pope, assistant coach of the New York Giants: "It's the constant reminder to strive, never getting into a comfort zone of thinking we've finally arrived. You should never get into that state. We never finish painting the Golden Gate Bridge. It always needs work. When we think we've finished painting that bridge it needs painting on the other side. It never stops. Striving. Always." 


Mission Statement Portlandia Club provides services and opportunities to 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 for women and children who need a hand.