Calendar of Events for 2020–2021 (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 THIS YEAR:
"NOT SISTERS BY BLOOD BUT SISTERS BY HEART"


Due to COVID-19, we are planning in-person events based on the Portland Metro recommended safety guidelines. Events will be announced "as we go."


EVENT #1 HIT A SNAG!
SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 2020 ➳ 9 A.M. – NOON

This year we planned to support SOLVE as our community service project since their projects are all outdoors, but their website said the event was cancelled. We hope to volunteer our time and/or donate later this club year. If you are interested in an active outdoor service project, please contact president@lakeoswegopiphis.org.


EVENT #2 - ART WALK IN THE FRESH AIR!
SUNDAY, AUGUST 30, 2020 ➳ 2–4 PM

Club member Julia Tucker (who was an art major in college) led us on a guided art walk in downtown Lake Oswego. Millennium Park Plaza, where we met, is lovely. It was the perfect summer day to finally see our sisters (wearing masks, of course!).


EVENT #3 - READ>LEAD>ACHIEVE

The two events we planned were cancelled due to wildfires. Oh, what a year this has turned out to be.


EVENT #4 - HELPING OTHERS AT THE HOLIDAYS

Due to COVID-19 we are unable to gather. We adopted a family of three and showered them with lots of beautifully wrapped gifts. We also donated to Hunger Fighters of Oregon and the West Linn Food Bank. Thank you to those who generously donated.


EVENT #X - FRATERNITY DAY OF SERVICE
MARCH 2021

We were not able to do something for Pi Phi's Fraternity Day of Service since the school we supported was still doing online learning. Pi Beta Phi is holding a Spring Literacy Event where members find educators to sign up for First Book.


FOUNDERS' DAY + PI PHI GIVING DAY
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, 2021

We will be celebrating virtually due to COVID-19. Pi Phi Giving Day will be held online. Please give what you can! We had a fun BINGO night event. Susan made up special BINGO cards with the names of the 12 founders in lieu of numbers. We each learned something new about our founders.


FAMILY FRIENDLY GET TOGETHER
JUNE - DATE AND TIME TBD

We always have fun with our art projects (jewelry making, painting, ceramics). Susan thought it would fun to try tie dying. Several of our members have done it. Stay tuned for the date and place.


PI BETA PHI CONVENTION
JUNE 25-26, 2021

SAVE THE DATE! This will be a virtual event and it's FREE for all dues-paying members! We hope many of our sisters will be able to attend. Susan Maxwell was elected as our club's delegate at our Founders' Day event.


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So that you can see what sort of events we did pre-COVID ... check out the list below.

Lake Oswego-Dunthorpe Alumnae Club's Theme LAST YEAR:
"I BELIEVE IN ANGELS (READ > FEED > BELIEVE)"


KICK-OFF EVENT
SUNDAY, AUGUST 11, 2019 ➳ 3 – 5 P.M.

We met at Andi Anderson O'Leary Mariani's lovely West Linn home for our first event of the year. Wine, delicious appetizers and desserts were served.

President Susan led an informative Leading with Values® session about recruitment. She recently wrote a RIF for a member's granddaughter. Romy Skaper, a member who lives primarily in Dallas, Texas, shared with us how many RIFs they write (it's a lot!).

Convention delegate Keiley Baldwin and member Natalie Pepper told us a bit about the convention they attended in D.C. and then Panhellenic Rep Cynthia Guenther shared Portland Alumnae Panhellenic's plans for this year.

Thank you to Andi, our hostess, and her husband Gary Mariani for all the prep work, to the officers for contributing food and wine, and to all of the members who brought new or gently used children's books for The Children's Book Bank.


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LITERACY SERVICE PROJECT - PART 1
SEPTEMBER 8, 2019 ➳ 3 – 5 P.M.

September is Pi Phi's Read > Lead > Achieve® month.  We sewed book bags to donate to The Children's Book Bank in October. We met at the clubhouse at The Forest Condominiums (4000 Carman Drive, LO 97035) where Susan had set up three sewing stations, two ironing stations plus food and beverages. READ > FEED > BELIEVE is part of our theme this year -- Susan believed we could create the bags when only a few of us knew how to sew, and we did it!!


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LITERACY SERVICE PROJECT - PART 2
OCTOBER 27, 2019 ➳ 9:30 – 11:30 A.M.

We met at The Children's Book Bank to clean books and visit. Thank you to Lisa Critchlow who planned the event and provided delicious breakfast fare. The book bag totes that members sewed plus books collected at our kick-off meeting were presented to them. Thank you to Elisabeth Adams and Heather Skogen for making additional bags at home and getting them to Susan.


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HOLIDAY LUNCHEON & SILENT AUCTION
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2019 ➳ 11 A.M. – 1 P.M.

Marilyn DeBonny led the planning for this year's event with the Portland Alumnae Club (our sister club), which was once again held at the beautifully decorated Portland Golf Club. The Silent Auction helped us raise funds for our philanthropies and Convention fund. Thank you to all who donated items and/or bid. Thank you to Kathy Graham Gadler for heading up the auction this year.


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OREGON ALPHA INITIATION
JANUARY 11, 2020 ➳ DETAILS TBA

Julia Tucker and Kathleen Baldwin are our club's two new alumna initiates. They became Pi Beta Phi members at the UO chapter with members Lisa Critchlow, Barb Buttler and Keiley Baldwin in attendance.


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ANGELS ARE ARTISTS
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2020 ➳ 2-4 P.M.

Barb Buttler and Cynthia Knox Guenther planned our fun artistic event at Color Me Mine at The Streets of Tanasbourne. Each of the 18 participants created a unique work of art. Thank you to Cynthia for providing refreshements and wine. See photos from the LINKS page and also see the members' posts of their project on our Facebook page.


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FRATERNITY DAY OF SERVICE
FEBRUARY 28 AND MARCH 2, 2020 ➳ 8:50 A.M.

We met at Hathaway Elementary in Washougal, Washington, for Fraternity Day of Service. The school was granted $750 worth of books for their school from Pi Beta Phi. Member Jessica Manning Hooper planned the two events and dressed in The Cat in the Hat outfit while reading to several classes. We provided each child with a Dr. Seuss pencil and a cute bookmark PLUS presented the principal with a check for $250 to purchase books for their birthday book program. Funding had been cut so they were very appreciative of this extra gift -- thank you to all of our members as part of your dues went toward this gift!


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FOUNDERS' DAY
SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2020

This year's luncheon has been cancelled due to COVID-19. Click here to watch the short video that Susan and Maja created to celebrate our virtual Founders' Day. Marianne McClenaghan was the lucky winner of the virtual Cookie Shine contest.



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2019-2020 WRAP UP
MAY 2020 ➳ TIME TBA

Cancelled due to COVID-19.



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To kick off 2019–2020, we gathered at Andi Mariani's home for an afternoon of food, wine, fun and friendship. We welcomed five first-time attendees, three of whom are recent graduates, one Golden Arrow and one who lives primarily in Texas.
      

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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!