Portlandia Newsletter for July 2012
Portlandia Club Newsletter for July, 2012   
In This Issue
Get Active in Portlandia!
The Board Beat
25th Anniversary Gala Gets Rolling
August Networking Luncheon
Mentorship Moment
Our President's Corner
About the Newsletter

Mark Your Calendar Now!


Monthly Luncheon

Thursday, August 2

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

Program: Networking (see story at right)


Portland City Grill

Jefferson Room

111 SW 5th Ave

30th Floor

Portland, Oregon 97204


$25 Members

$35 Guests

$10 Beverage Service


Please Note:

After July 30, only beverage service is available, on a first-come, first-served basis.


Register for the August 2 luncheon here!



Portlandia Club 25th Anniversary Gala Celebration


Friday, September 21

6 to 10 p.m.


The Governor Hotel

614 SW 11th Ave

Portland, Oregon 97205


$75 Members & Guests 


Register for the 25th Anniversary Gala here!


Please Note: Registration will be open until Sept. 7. No tickets will be sold at the door.


 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

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

Click a name for the email address where you can 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


Marilyn Mays

Membership Team

Big Sister Program


Kim Megorden

Events Team


Samantha Phenix 

Portlandia Website


The Board Beat 


Nifty Networking

The ever-popular Networking Derby is back at the August 2 luncheon, with mentees from Dress for Success as our special guests. April's derby brought record attendance.


Speaker Policy

The board will consider a policy in July that would allow members an opportunity to address our monthly luncheons. For the past several years the club has had an "unwritten" policy that excluded club members from speaking.


Going Up

After getting a kick-start at the July luncheon, the elevator speech contest is on the ascent again. Get creative and tickle those keyboards. You are words away from winning a ticket to the 25th Anniversary Gala ($75) or a free luncheon event ($25). Send submissions to Grace Ishida.


After Hours on Hold

After Hours events are taking a break for a while, pending board approval of an After Hours policy that will specify funding and logistics.


Beat it to the Beach

Only one spot remains for the October 19-21 Beach Retreat. Contact Kim Megorden to join the fun!

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     

We're Ready to Roll Out the Red Carpet!
Anniversary Gala Logo 

Registration for the Portlandia Club 25th Anniversary Gala is now open. Please visit the special event page to sign up for an evening of revelry, reverie and inspiration on September 21 at The Governor Hotel!


Many thanks to the members and friends of Portlandia who have already contributed to the gala's sponsorship and raffle opportunities. Through your support of the Portlandia Scholarship Fund, you are ensuring our help for women and children into the next quarter century.


Help light the fireworks on the bridge! Contact:


A High-Energy Spiral of Sharing

Traditionally, an opportunity for derby-style networking is on the menu at the August luncheon of Portlandia Club. This time around we'll also have plenty of new energy present in the form of Dress for Success mentees as well as their Portlandia member mentors.


Come share business cards, good vibes and great news at the luncheon on Thursday, August 2. Discover a fresh galaxy of talent in our midst!  

Gold Networking Spiral
Mentorship Moment 
Tribute to a Dress for Success Mentee 


Curious about mentorship for a member of the Professional Women's Group of Dress for Success Oregon? It can be intensely rewarding, as Portlandia mentorship coordinator Kathie England has found with her own mentee, Sonja McKenzie.


This past spring, Sonja coordinated fundraising and work parties to decorate and furnish rooms for women and children in transition at shelters in Vancouver and Portland. Several other Portlandia members and their mentees pitched in with hands-on-help at the work parties, and Dress for Success Worldwide CEO Joi Gordon later sent the following letter of commendation for Sonja's Community Action Project, Circle of Friends.


Dear Sonja,


During my tenure at Dress for Success Worldwide, I have had the honor of sharing in the successes of many of our women across the globe. Today, I am proud to count you among those success stories, as I extend my heartfelt congratulatory wishes for the extraordinary work you have done with your Community Action Project.


The belief that every woman possesses the potential to become a great leader is the foundation upon which Dress for Success is built. The impact you have made through your project serves as proof of that belief. I applaud you for recognizing the need to give aid and support to such a valuable resource, our health and well being.


Sonja McKenzie
Sonja McKenzie


In these challenging times, your Circle of Friends project provides a vital contribution toward ending homelessness in your community. Everyone deserves and should have the opportunity to be in their own home in their own communities. Circle of Friends has the potential to help homeless families achieve this one step at a time. 


It brings me great pride to see you champion this cause and advocate for the rights and well-being of others. In the words of Margaret Mead, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." These very words apply to you and your team of Professional Women's Group members. 


I thank you for your tremendous commitment to the Northwest community. I am a better person knowing that Dress for Success women just like you are championing noteworthy causes across the world. I am proud to call you a member of Dress for Success and I am honored that your journey with us has empowered you to empower others.


With warmest regards,


Joi Gordon

Chief Executive Officer

Dress for Success Worldwide



Several members of the Professional Women's Group are currently seeking mentors. Are you ready to help someone succeed? Contact Kathie England, mentorship program coordinator. Already a mentor? You and your mentee are cordially invited to an Evening Social at Dress for Success on Thursday, August 16, at 6 p.m. Check with Kathie for details! 


Our President's Corner
Turning Back the Clock
by Janis Collins



The news from my clock radio brought back a painful but significant memory.

Journalist and screenwriter Nora Ephron had died, leaving us a legacy of biting essays, memorable lines, and unforgettable scripts for movie such as "When Harry Met Sally," "Sleepless in Seattle," and "Julie and Julia."


Rewind the clock. I was a first-year graduate student eager to make my mark and rather cocky about having snagged a coveted fellowship at the University of Oregon School of Journalism. On that spring day I had been selected to collect celebrity journalist Nora Ephron, who would be delivering a public lecture that night. I was quite full of myself as I drove to the airport. That mood would not last.


Ephron stepped off the plane wearing a stylish suede jacket and an abrasive Eastern attitude. I had no sooner snapped my seatbelt than she began pummeling me with questions. Why was I wasting my potential in a backwater state? What did I possibly envision for my future? I only recall sputtering something back.


That evening at the podium she began, "Today I met a student," she continued, looking right over my head, "who said she came to this school because she 'kind of wanted to be a journalist.' She will never make it. You can't succeed if you 'kind of' want to do anything."


I'm sure I turned purple at that moment. Nora Ephron was wrong, but she was also right. I was passionate about my goal. But yes, Nora. You cannot succeed if you kind of want to.


For many people, "I'll have what she's having," is Nora Ephron's most memorable quote. For me, it's the one she uttered that evening in Eugene.


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. August 9). Publication is on the third Tuesday (e.g. August 14). Please provide full event addresses (including zip codes) to aid wayfinding attendees, and double-check all names, website links and email addresses. Thanks!


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.

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