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    Camaraderie over Competition

    Camaraderie over competition is more than just a tagline for our Interior Design Society Portland Chapter. Having served on your IDS Portland Board of Directors for the past five years, I’m proud to say it’s this spirit of community that we embrace for all of our members.

    Our goal has always been to provide education, resources, tips, tools, and trends to help our designers and partners develop their talents, grow their businesses, inspire each other, and positively impact our community. Over the past couple of years, your IDS local and national boards have worked hard behind the scenes to create a new era for IDS. This unveiling of our new website will act as the portal to all things IDS! Here’s a quick peek:

    ~Calendar of current events and more timely notices of meetings, CEU opportunities, and special events

    ~Easier management of your member profile and better search tools for the public to view your profile

    ~Opportunities for guest blogging, designer and vendor spotlights on our home page, and private social media groups to learn, share, and celebrate

    Your 2018 Board of Directors has already been creatively developing the programming for the year. The monthly meetings will continue to offer a mix of education, trends, and introductions to new vendors and resources. In January, we introduced Round Table discussions at our monthly meeting. It was such a hit that we will have another Round Table in May. One of our most popular guest speakers, Shannon Quimby, will delight and entertain you at our March meeting.

    Also look for more CEU offerings, our ever popular Vendor Faire in October, the DoTY (Designer of the Year) awards along with our annual IDS Conference April 30-May 2 in Savannah, Georgia.

    As always, there will be friendly faces to welcome you at each meeting and event. We are proud of our designers and vendors and the relationships that continue to develop at each IDS event and beyond.

    For me personally, I love hearing about your successful collaborations, supportive referrals to one another, and the excitement for the next gathering. The buzz of conversation during our networking/social time seems to reach higher volumes each meeting. The smiles and hugs as greetings warm my heart and makes me proud of what we have accomplished in generating not only a design community where we gain and give inspiration to one another, but truly a sense of belonging to a professional association that cares.

    To our members, I would like to sincerely thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to our group. And for those considering membership, please visit us for a meeting or two. We hope you’ll discover how our diverse group of individuals gather and share years of experience. We invite you to become part of our IDS community.

    Again, welcome to the new era of IDS!

    Angie Morse
    The Room Stylers
    IDS Immediate Past President

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