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Greater Portland/Vancouver
Monthly Marketing Update
- August 2021

YAY in-person meetings! As excited as I was to see everyone at network meetings, I really need to better control myself and not hug those that did not ask for it. I invaded a lot of personal space recently. For the network meetings we run, we have adjusted and will now provide a label for attendees with 3 options to share their personal space preference:
1) Vaccinated & Hug ready
2) Fist/ Elbow Bumps welcome
3) Your smile is great.
The labels will be color-coded (green, yellow red) for easy identification. And for everyone I gave a hug without permission, I am sorry. My staff has purchased a leash for me!

I am coming through the other side of 2020 with new purpose and energy, and really wanting to build real connections with our community partners. I want to know more than what your business does. I want to know your “why” and how we can support your mission further. I want to work more with those that share our common purpose. Please tell me your ideas to connect our companies.

I want to give a big thank you to Lisa Doyle who shared great information on “Compassion Fatigue” at our SSN Clark meeting. It was eye-opening and cathartic for me personally. I realized that for the past few years, Cancer and COVID have been the calendar markers I used- my friend's death, my husband’s diagnosis, treatment stating, remission, recurrence, covid, treatment, then repeat. Now I have changed the lens I see-through, and the view is much better. Thank you!


Network Meetings - Portland


Please continue to check our website for meeting and event updates! We are updating our website multiple times a day trying to help notify our contacts of cancellations and rescheduled meetings.

8 AM
Metropolitan Senior Network
Online Meeting
Topic: “Coping with Stress in a Stressful World”
Speaker: Joan Lubar
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AUG 10
3 PM
East County Marketing Exchange
Topic: Come DECOMPRESS the ECME Way! Amazing peeps – Festive & Yummy location -“Celtic Axe Throwing…What...!??”
Location: Corner 14 Food Carts
Address: 508 14th St, Oregon City, 97045
*Parking in back of building and on the street.



AUG 17
3 PM
Westside Referral Network
Location: The Ackerly at Timberland
Address: 11795 NW Cedar Falls Dr, Portland, 97229



AUG 24
3 PM
SPIN – Portland
Online Meeting
Topic: Best Practices on How to Communicate with People Living with Dementia
Join Zoom Meeting:


Network Meetings - Vancouver


AUG 20
9 AM
Senior Service Network (SSN-Clark)
Topic: Speed Networking – Bring business cards!
Speaker: Amy Schmidt
Location: Keller Williams
Address: 2211 E Mill Plain Blvd. Vancouver, 98661


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11 AM
Transitions of Care Monthly Meeting
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Case Management Week: October 11-15th

I know it seems crazy to talk about case management week 4 months in advance, but we want to give you time to participate. Last year, our team delivered “Thank you bags” to over 1500 case management staff at 45 hospitals from Everett, WA to Medford, OR. More than 150 providers in several cities donated items to recognize the hard work of local case managers and we look forward to doing it again!

For providers that wish to participate, in August we will email a form with all participating hospitals and the # of case management staff at each hospital. Providers then select which hospitals to support and will provide the “same small gift” for every case manager at the hospital. So if a hospital has 40 case management staff, a provider would donate 40 items for that hospital. Some examples: the items can be as simple as a hand written thank you, may include a small $5 gift card, or just a cold can drink, or kind bar.

When thinking of your items: try to keep value less than $10, NO alcohol, NO perishable food items (fruit, etc), NO personally baked items (cookies, etc), NO glass (breakable coffee mugs). These restrictions ensure your donation arrives fresh and unbroken after being moved, assembled, moved again, stored, and delivered.


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Nuggets of Knowledge

“Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud. " - Maya Angelou

When I see someone upset, I want to fix it for them or give advice. I find people don’t want my solutions, they prefer my empathy. Sometimes the best support is simply our time and a listening ear. Try to “feel it rather than fix it”

Amy Schmidt
Retirement Connection


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