Calendar of Events for 2018–2019 (and other important dates)

These are our primary events for the year. Interest group get-togethers, special events put on by First Book Portland® and impromptu events will be announced in our monthly eNewsletters and on this page.

Electronic invitations are sent prior to our events since nearly all of our paid members have Internet access. Many of our events are open to non-members and non-Pi Phi guests.

Lake Oswego-Dunthorpe Alumnae Club's Theme:


POST-EVENT RECAP: We carpooled to Salem to visit the grave of one of Pi Beta Phi's founders (Nancy Black Wallace who died 9-23-1918) and learn more about her.  Our new Active Angels Coordinator Jennifer Roberts Johnson planned the walk and a place to grab a bite at FairWay. Carolyn Much Reil, a member who lives in Salem, led us on the walk from the cemetery to the restaurant. Click here for the informational flyer.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2018 ➳ 3–5 P.M.

POST-EVENT RECAP: We met at Andi Anderson Mariani's beautiful home in West Linn to officially start our year. Missy Gerber of Organizers Northwest gave an information presentation about how to get rid of old books and other items. Susan installed Megan Duerk as our new VP of Finance and performed the Golden Arrow Ceremony for new member Vicki Lewis Suyat. Vicki's former club in Honolulu gave Vicki the badge as a gift. Carolyn Much Reil gave a report on fall recruitment and told us about the Foundation's SHINE THROUGH campaign. Panhellenic Delegate Cynthia Knox Guenther shared a bit about Portland Alumnae Panhellenic's plans for this year. After the meeting, we enjoyed the delicious appetizers that Andi prepared.

We collected 23 children's book which will be taken to The Children's Book Bank next Saturday.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2018 ➳ NOON –1:30 P.M.

POST-EVENT RECAP: September is Pi Phi's Read > Lead > Achieve® month.  Eleven volunteers went to The Children's Book Bank (1915 NE 7th Avenue in Portland) to clean, sort and bundle books. Our club also made a donation to the book bank.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2018 ➳ 6:30–8:30 P.M.

POST-EVENT RECAP: Peggy Lawson is hosted us in her home and member Kathy Gadler talked about resources for health issues (serious illnesses, aging parents, etc.). Susan gave an update on Pi Beta Phi Foundation's Shine THROUGH campaign. Two soups, cornbread and several desserts were served.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2018 ➳ 11 A.M. – 1 P.M.

POST-EVENT RECAP: Portland Alumnae Club (our sister club) planned this year's holiday luncheon at Portland Golf Club. The Silent Auction is our primary fundraiser of the year, and we had our second best auction ever. Thank you to all who donated items and/or bid. We also had a great turnout!

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Cynthia Guenther is planning an event to get our creative juices flowing. In the past we've done paint parties that many members enjoyed.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2019 ➳ 7:45–9:15 A.M.

POST-EVENT RECAP: River Grove Elementary School in Lake Grove was the recipient of 500 books provided by Pi Beta Phi. Our club's Cat in the Hat (Cynthia Knox Guenther) and a few other members went to the Title I school with 500 pencils and 575 bookmarks in hand to give to the school's students. The group visited with students in six classrooms.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2019 ➳ 11 A.M. – 1 P.M.

POST-EVENT RECAP: This year's Founders' Day luncheon was held at The Stockpot Broiler. We had a short program covering Pi Phi values and past Fraternity Day of Service events for those who have not been able to attend. There were nine Golden Arrows in attendance including Patty Melrose's daughter Carolyn Donne who became a GA this year. Photos are posted in the LINKS+ section. Unfortunately we missed getting photos of six attendees who came really early or later.

Click here to register.

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2018-2019 WRAP UP

We will have our last event of the year in May. Susan will prepare a slide show recapping all of the fun times we had this year and she will review the legislation for the June convention.  There are a lot of changes in the works.  We'd love to have all of our members attend so that they can help us plan for next year.

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JUNE 28 to JULY 2, 2019

Pi Phis from around the country will be in our nation's capital city to celebrate Pi Phi, share best practices and hear inspiring speakers.   Our club is sending Keiley Baldwin as our club's official delegate and Natalie Pepper as the alternate delegate.  All Pi Phis are welcome to attend.  Registration closes April 1, 2019.

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To kick off 2017–2018, we gathered at Maja's home for a high tea party. Barb Buttler (top left) and Lisa Critchlow (standing by Barb) received unanimous votes as proposed alumna initiate members. Collegiate Region Seven Membership Specialist Carolyn Much Reil (holding the "C" sign) captured the entire event in photos and video for Pi Beta Phi's Instagram account in a "social media takeover." Club founder Patty Batchelder Melrose is holding the "H" sign ... Club President Susan Jonnatti Maxwell and Vice President of Finance Peggy Bennett Lawson are holding the two "E" signs ... new member and Title I teacher Whitney Kirby Berger is holding the "R" sign ... and sustaining club member Jeanne Krouse Bliss is holding the "S" sign. Susan, Peggy, Marilyn DeBonny (above Jeanne) and Maja Tanaka Berge (right) prepared the goodies for the tea.


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The group at our October 25, 2016, event at Peggy Lawson's home had a great time!