April ’11 President’s Letter

From the President’s desk….


I think it’s safe to say that most people are nervous at the prospect of speaking in front of a crowd.  I, however, get anxious when I have arranged to have a speaker at the IDS meeting!  There is no way to control the content once the speaker picks up the mic.  A large hooked cane is in poor taste, so if they go “south”, we just have to endure it.


At our March 29th meeting, there were three (3) speakers!  If you were there, you know that each of them were wonderfully prepared and delivered useful information in an enjoyable way.  If you missed it, the recap is below and you can check out their websites for more info. Special thanks to Angela (Annie Ross House), Gordon Nelson ( Integra Construction Group) and Donna, Philip & Marshall (Blackstone Edge Studio). We greatly appreciated the generous gift of your time and expertise.


On another note…

Your board of directors met on 3/22 and talked at length about Special Events (among other things) that we could bring to our members.  Our objective is to combine fun plus content. Think Frank LLoyd Wright, think Scavenger Hunt, think Designer Show & Tell.  Stay tuned!


In July, our regularly scheduled meeting will be replaced by a Summer Soire on the terrace at the West End Bldg.  The tentative date will be Fri, July 22, 5:30-8:30pm, for cocktails & appetizers.  We’ll update you as more details are confirmed but pencil this date in your calendars.  A spouse or significant other will  be welcome to join you!


We hope that you will continue to attend monthly meetings and that you find value in the program, especially the guest speakers in our Business Strategies 2011 series.  We also hope that our Design Partners/Venders will take advantage of a display table ($25) or be a featured speaker w/display table ($50 + coffee).  We want to know you because we do business with those we know, like & trust!  Brian Kemnitz, Design Partner Liaison, will be happy to reserve a spot for you!  Contact him at 503-579-3765.


Lastly, we are committed to doubling our current membership by the end of the year.  We may be the best kept secret in the Portland design world, so we ask all of you to be ambassadors-at-large for IDS.  When talking with other designers or venders, please take a moment to invite them to a meeting.


With appreciation,

Judi Jones


Judi Jones

Judith Jones Interiors

President 2011-12

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