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About the Chapter


Chapter History


In 1947, a charter was issued to begin the Oregon Chapter of ASTD. Before 1980, our Chapter had about 100 members and held its meetings in Portland. Many members came from Tektronix and the high-tech industry.

In 1979, Dave Morrison as President recruited leaders from outside the high-tech field. He increased diversity and raised the Chapter's sights. We expanded our services and multiplied in size. In 1980, the first "Designing and Implementing Effective Training Programs" series was held and has continued to be a success.

The 1980's

In 1981, the Board, under Pat Hudson's leadership, developed a shared vision, focused on customers, involved the stakeholders, and measured our outcomes. The results were immediate. By 1982, meeting attendance and membership had doubled. Due to such innovations as community consulting, the membership directory, a job referral service, and professional development workshops, our Chapter began receiving several awards from National ASTD each year.

Starting in 1984, the first of three past presidents was elected as a regional officer to consult with National ASTD and develop leaders from other Western chapters.

In 1986, that regional leadership brought 400+ people to the Region VIII Conference. Several leaders who made that event a success include: past Presidents (Dave Morrison, Glen Fahs, Lis Cooper, Rob Russell), President (Steve Hanamura) and future Presidents (Jack Kondrasuk and Tom Fahey).

During that time, Eugene held monthly meetings and planned to become a separate chapter. So, it seemed more appropriate to change our name to the Portland Metropolitan Chapter.

The 1990's

In 1990, President Marsha Willard hired OSU to provide office services. Before this, volunteers had assumed all administrative and financial functions. In 1991, the Oregon Training & Development Association merged with our Chapter. This increased membership to almost 600, started Salem meetings, and expanded services into the mid-Willamette Valley.

Presidents Ed Warnock, Marsha Willard, Paul Oler, Diana Larsen, and Ben Altman kept our Chapter strong, adding a staffed office and resource library. The job hotline, membership directory, newsletter, and program meetings were improved. With its services, the Chapter influenced non-profit, government, and private sectors.

In 1994, with Margaret Jennings’ leadership, we developed a mission statement. In 1995, with the leadership of David Drake, our Chapter was one of the first ASTD chapters to create a web page. David chaired a committee, which later created the successful Visions in Learning Conference.

The 1996 Board, President Katherine Stevens and VP of Finance, Judy Otto, streamlined Chapter finances. We reduced expenses, raised dues, and emphasized fiscal accountability.

In 1997, the Board expanded its horizons to serve all Oregon and southwest Washington, thus becoming the Cascadia Chapter. The Board, with the leadership of Linda Crafts, managed the crisis of two changes in office services vendors in one year.

In early 1998, email and the web site became the key components in how our Chapter communicated with members. Members could now access up-to-date information online anytime. Leading this visionary change was Bonnie McCombs, 1998 Chapter President.

In 1999, Mary Brunette strengthened our financial operations. By slashing expenses, scrutinizing our budget and focusing on generating revenues, Mary positioned our chapter for the new millennium. Mary's emphasis on excellence in chapter management led to our wining all three national awards for local chapters.

The 2000's

During 2000, Leslie Davis led the chapter in the three key areas of increasing volunteerism, offering excellent programs and maintaining fiscal responsibility. Two new board positions were established: The VP of Volunteers (to recruit and manage volunteers) and the VP of Professional Development (to oversee Adventures in Training, Special Interest Groups and other programs designed to develop professional skills).

Accomplishments during the year 2001 included great programs featuring national speakers (Bob Pike, Stephen Lundin, development of a new SIG (New Trainers), a cutting edge program on eLearning and continued oversight of streamlined operations. President Linda Bergquist finished the year with the Chapter being in great shape financially and poised to continue to meet the needs of its members.

The year 2002 saw the Chapter increase the number of programs, Special Interest Groups and affiliated organizations. New initiatives included programs for senior-level training professionals, marketing and technology. Additional benefits such as Office Depot discounts and web site hosting were provided. All these services were provided within budget and the Chapter continued to operated efficiently and with no drain on financial resources.

2003 was a very busy year with a larger Board than ever and several new initiatives. The most successful was the Senior Initiative, developed in response to the perception that the Chapter catered exclusively to new trainers. Another new project was setting up the CascadiaForum, an online discussion group designed to reach the far corners of our service area. The Chapter also remained solvent and ensured that best practices were used in maintaining accountability. Additionally, the national organization recognized the Chapter by awarding all three national awards for chapter operations, special programs and quality in leadership.

The year 2004 continued the successful work of past boards. Focus areas included several programs geared specifically to the senior level training professional, building more networking time into our programs, renewing contacts with members outside the metro area, promote great cross-utilization with our affiliated groups, and, perhaps, most significant of all, develop and host a regional conference with participants from all over the nation and even Canada!

As 2005 came and went, the chapter grew to its largest active membership ever, becoming the sixth-largest ASTD chapter internationally -- our annual budget even crossed $100,000! Key initiatives like the annual regional conference and the Central Oregon geographic interest group grew, along with consolidation and improvement in operations and administration. Volunteerism hit an all-time high, and new programs and professional development series were highlights.

2006 and 2007 saw continued growth with over 600 members and increased number of events and programs, including a regional conference and national speakers. In 2007, the chapter celebrated its 60th years of providing services to those in the profession.

In 2008, the chapter developed four focus areas for future goal development. These areas include Business Development, Professional Development, Networking and Giving Back.

In 2009, the economy hit everyone hard and the Chapter devised ways to streamline but still provide quality programs and services.

In 2010, we continued to streamline the board while still offering quality programs, including a Regional Conference, the Transitions SIG, GIGs in Eugene and Vancouver, and monthly programs. We continued to offer free networking events during touch economic times and focused outreach and marketing to underserved communities.

Past Presidents

2010 Melinda Laubscher, Standard Insurance
2009 Kelly Orehovec, Aisle 7
2008 Liza Greene, Providence
2007 Theme Grenz, State of Oregon
2006 Sheryl Alstrin, NW Core Collection
2005 Aaron Munter, OETC
2004 Larry Ferguson, Compass Consulting
2003    Dan Vetter, Vetter Solutions
2002    Jim Maddock, PLS
2001    Linda Bergquist, Nationwide Insurance
2000    Leslie Davis
1999    Mary Brunette
1998    Bonnie McCombs, Cumulus Consulting
1997    Linda Crafts, SAIF Corporation
1996    Katherine Stevens, Creative Media
1995    David Drake, Catalyst Communications
1994    Margaret Jennings, The Jennings Company
1993    Ben Altman, City of Wilsonville
1992    Diana Larsen, FutureWorks Consulting
1991    Paul Oler, Sage Development
1990    Marsha Willard, Training Consultant
1989    Ed Warnock, The Cumulus Group / Time Systems
1988    Tom C. Fahey, OKI Semiconductor
1987    Jack Kondrasuk, University of Portland
1986    Steve Hanamura, Hanamura Consulting
1985    Rob Russell, Results with Resources
1984    Lis Cooper, Bonneville Power Administration
1983    Glen Fahs, Portland State University
1982    Sarah Aiken-Kintz, St Vincent Hospital
1981    Pat Hudson, Pacific Power & Light
1980    Peggy Boerger, Pacific Northwest Bell
1979    Dave Morrison, Tektronix
1978    Alvenice Brown, Pacific Northwest Bell
1977    Unknown
1976    Gary Mahone, Deluxe Check Printers
1975    Cliff Philips, Northwest Natural Gas
1974    Elmer Keith, Freightliner Corporation
1973    Les Jenkins, Omark Industries
1972    Bill Schenk
1971    Unknown
1959    Dale Johnson, Northwest Natural Gas 

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