Weekly Luncheons

Nasreen’s Story of Overcoming – May 28th

Nasreen's Story of Overcoming

Date/Time:
Tuesday
May 24th, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

Location:
The Sentinel
614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
Portland, OR

From the moment of her birth in a southern Nepal border village, Nasreen was taught that her existence was unremarkable. Growing up she witnessed many atrocities against women. By age 9 or 10, her life seemed destined for the same oppressive path. She worked 15 hours per day in a Nepali sweatshop as a child laborer, receiving less than $2 per grueling shift and only if she completed the hundreds of garments demanded of her. She ate, slept and toiled in her prison-cell sized sweatshop workstation, too afraid to even look out of the window. By about age 21, Nasreen’s family had arranged her into a forced marriage. With the help of a kind stranger who taught her to read and seize her destiny, she escaped the sweatshop and forced marriage.

Determined to empower disadvantaged women, Nasreen founded “Local Women’s Handicrafts,” a fair trade sewing collective based in Kathmandu, Nepal. LWH is a social enterprise that empowers and educates disadvantaged women by providing a paid training program in design, sewing, weaving, embroidery, knitting, jewelry making and pattern work. To date, LWH has training hundreds of Nepali women – many of whom escaped forced and abusive marriages and all of whom are determined to escape poverty. Nasreen’s seamstresses and artisans sew beautiful handicrafts each day and, in the process, they sew the pieces of themselves back together too.

Nasreen has launched a powerful public health & education initiative. She and the LW women have made and given away hundreds of biodegradable antibacterial sanitary pads to rural women & girls who cannot afford basic hygienic supplies. She’s led body image and women’s health workshops in cramped rural schools and villages for those who often suffer in silence and stigma. Nasreen Sheikh shatters everything anyone believes about the limitations of women, child laborers, fair trade, or even your environmentally irresponsible plastic water bottle. Although only 10 years ago, Nasreen could barely read or write, she is now giving talks around the world, about her work and the plight of child laborers and survivors of forced marriage for large internationals conferences such as the Foreign Trade Association (Brussels), Google (America), women’s conferences, dozens of universities and recently gave a TEDx talk.

 


Oregon’s History of Racism – June 4th

Oregon's History of Racism

Date/Time:
Tuesday
June 4th, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

Location:
The Sentinel
614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
Portland, OR

R. Gregory Nokes retired in 2003 after 43 years in journalism, including 25 years with The Associated Press and 15 years with The Oregonian in Portland. While with The AP, he was stationed in New York, San Juan, Buenos Aires and Washington, D.C., where he served as both an economics and diplomatic correspondent. He traveled to more than 50 countries during his career.

Nokes graduated from Willamette University and attended Harvard University as a 1972 Nieman Fellow. Since retiring from journalism, he has embarked on a second career as a writer and lecturer on events in the history of the Pacific Northwest. Nokes and his wife, Candise, live in West Linn, Oregon.

Published works include:

  • The Troubled Life of Peter Burnett, Oregon State University Press, 2018
  • Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory, Oregon State Press, 2013.
  • Massacred for Gold: The Chinese in Hells Canyon, Oregon State University Press, 2009.
  • A Most Daring Outrage: Murders at Chinese Massacre Cove. Oregon Historical Quarterly, Fall 2006.
  • Holmes vs. Ford: Oregon’s 1852 Slavery Case, paper presented at 2012 Pacific Northwest History conference in Tacoma, Washington, 2012.
  • Contributing author to The Media and Foreign Policy, St. Martin’s Press, 1990.


Frog Ferry – The Future of Transportation in Portlland – June 11th

Frog Ferry - The Future of Transportation in Portland

Date/Time:
Tuesday
June 11th, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

Location:
The Sentinel
614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
Portland, OR

Imagine living in a place that values the environment as much as the individual. A place where locals flock to the beach, mountains, water- ways, and deserts to play as they work to preserve. A place where new ideas, new ways of thinking, new ways of connecting are honored. A place where rivers harbor the secrets of the native peoples who heralded the confluence of the two rivers as the perfect place to call home, raise families, establish trade centers, and enjoy a bountiful cornucopia of foods.

We live in that place, and are fortunate to call it home. More and more people now call it home and compete to make a living and commute with- in traditional means of single occupancy autos. Let’s use the waterway Mother Nature gave us as a natural highway to move about the region. Let’s use this mode wisely, safely and consciously so we can both protect the resource and help preserve air quality as we entice our neighbors to leave their cars at home and improve our road-way usage.

The Frog Ferry is a company based on a need and a commonsensical approach to problem solving. Our neighbors in Seattle, Vancouver B.C., San Francisco and multiple river cities around the world maximize the advantage of river transit, while Portland has barely scratched the opportunity. Now that demand for alternative means of commuting to downtown Portland is at an all-time high, let’s put operations in work that are a win-win for the local municipalities, commuters, and down- town employers.

This is an ambitious and complex initiative to address a complex and vexing issue. However, the Portland-Vancouver region is known for a spirit of cooperation and willingness to address transportation challenges in an entrepreneurial and enterprising manner. Together we are capable of bringing a new way of navigating the River City

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Susan Bladholm is a transportation enthusiast, who learned to work with multiple jurisdictions as a co-founder and first executive director of Cycle Oregon, a 30-year old bike ride that gained recognition as a top ride in the nation within the first three years of operations. She has staffed five governors, served the Oregon Economic Development Department (dba Business Oregon) for 10 years, spent 10 years with the Port of Portland (airports, seaports, industrial lands) as director of Corporate Marketing, and served as the Senior Director of Marketing and Strategy for a global aviation services company that conducts business across six continents.


Changing of the Guard – June 25th

Changing of the Guard

Date/Time:
Tuesday
January 9th, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

Location:
The Sentinel
614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
Portland, OR

Come hear about the work President Gretchen Walker has done for our club and community over the year. Then welcome in our new president, Kate Ertmann!