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February 21st ONE lunch

January 11, 2018

We’re happy to announce announce Tom Kohl as our February 21 guest speaker for our PBL ONE lunch.

Judge Kohl was appointed to the bench in Washington County, Oregon by Gov. John Kitzhaber in April of 1997. Prior to his appointed, Judge Kohl was the city attorney for a small, rural community for 14 years.

As a lawyer, Judge Kohl specialized in employment law the last 14 years of his private practice. Since his appointment, Judge Kohl has been elected three times and currently is on assignment, part time, as a senior judge for the State of Oregon.

He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky (BA) and the University of Toledo (JD). He headed the birth of the Washington County Adult Drug Court in 2005 and was the only judge for the drug count until his retirement on January 1, 2016. The Washington County Drug Court received state-wide and national recognition.

As of December of 2015, the drug court had 169 graduates, saving the state over 9 million dollars in incarceration costs. Judge Kohl was also the Presiding Judge in Washington County from 2006 through 2010. He was President of the Oregon State Circuit Court Judges’ Association from 2010-11.

In 2006, Judge Kohl’s daughter, Megan, was brutally murdered. The killer was tried and convicted of aggravated murder several years later. Judge Kohl wrote and published a book, “Losing Megan; Finding Hope, Comfort and Forgiveness in the Midst of Murder” in 2012.

Recently the book has opened the doors of prisons for Judge Kohl to share his powerful story with inmates. He has spoken in prisons around the country including Oregon, Washington, Georgia and Louisiana (Angola Prison) and has recently returned from speaking in prisons in Rwanda and Indonesia. Judge Kohl lives in Hillsboro with his wife, Julie.

Please pre-register at this link.

 

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We’re making some changes…stay tuned!

January 10, 2018

Happy New Year! Starting February 21, the women and men of PBL will host a combined luncheon each third Wednesday of the month in a new location. We can’t wait to begin again with a renewed energy and commitment to bring people together for encouragement to authentically live out our faith through the sharing of business and life stories.

We’re excited about the New Year and what it means for PBL. We just finished up the year with our annual Christmas Luncheon, and look forward to seeing you again at our monthly luncheons.

If you couldn’t attend our annual luncheon with keynote Larry Anderson, be sure to watch the video here.

Our mission is to love God love and others, and by combining our two monthly lunches into one single event- the ONE Lunch, we’ll have greater opportunity to make the most of our time together.

You can register for the ONE Lunch here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Video from the 2017 PBL Christmas Lunch with Larry Anderson

December 18, 2017

Thank you to Doug Crane for providing PBL with video from our 2017 Christmas Luncheon at the Convention Center.

 

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Register now for the 31st Annual PBL Christmas Lunch, Wednesday Dec. 13, 2017

November 16, 2017

Join us for the 31st Annual Christmas

Portland Business Lunch

Speaker: Larry Anderson

Date & Time: Wednesday, December 13, 11:45-1:15 pm

Location: Portland Ballroom, Oregon Convention Center

Purchase tables & tickets now to reserve your seat!

Keynote: Larry Anderson

Larry Anderson is a retired Portland police officer who grew up in Northeast Portland and primarily worked in his North/Northeast community as a patrolman for twenty-eight years. He has been married to Renee for thirty years and they have two children –  daughter Kenya and son Kaleb.

He is a founding member of a racial reconciliation movement in Portland known as the Friday Morning Men’s Group, and recently took on the role of President and CEO of Friday Group Enterprises, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting business relationships in communities of color.

Adopted at birth, Larry’s parents brought him up as a member of Allen Temple CME Church where he served as an altar boy and sang in the youth choir. He was a superb athlete in grade school (his Sabin Bomber sports teams were city champions every year from fifth to eighth grade) and excelled on the basketball court in high school – first at Jefferson and then Grant. He earned a scholarship to a small college in Spokane where his team was named to the school’s Hall of Fame.

In addition to his years of community service as an officer on the street, Larry worked on the Gang Enforcement Team, ultimately rising to the level of a national and regional speaker focusing on the prevention of youth violence.

 

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Eastside PBL Lunch with Bob Mumford 11/15/17

November 9, 2017

BobMumfordHeadshotJoin us Wednesday, November 15 from 11:45 am to 1:15 pm to hear from guest speaker Bob Mumford.

Bob worked in the for-profit world for 28 years before losing his job in May, 2016. He served a member of the Oregon Legislature during the 2017 legislative session and helped coordinate the Oregon Prayer Breakfast. He has also been a Young Life leader for high school and middle school kids for 29 years.

Currently Bob is Vice President for the National Christian Foundation in Portland, has been married to Beth for 26 years, has 22 & 20-year old sons and a 17-year-old daughter.

 

Please register today for the luncheon at this link.

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Combined October 25th Luncheon with Speaker Jesse Jackson

October 17, 2017
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(Jesse Jackson at the 2016 annual Christmas luncheon)
As we begin to enjoy the change in seasons, we’re also looking forward to a change to this month’s lunch.
We’re combining our eastside group with our downtown group not only to enjoy each other’s company, but to focus our time together in preparation for our annual Christmas lunch.
Our speaker Jesse Jackson was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, received his Bachelor’s degree in Construction Engineering Management from Oregon State University and for the last 8 years worked for Raimore Construction as General Manager.
More recently, Jesse has been co-hosting the monthly eastside lunches for the past 6 years and has taken an active role in our annual Christmas lunch program.
He and his wife Rachael have three children: Jesse, Jacob and, Joy.
We will be meeting in the lower lounge at The University Club.
1225 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97204
Invite a friend and register today. We look forward to seeing you.
Seating is limited so we highly encourage your $25.00 pre-registration
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Save the Date for the 31st Annual PBL Christmas Lunch, Wednesday Dec. 13, 2017

October 9, 2017

Join us for the 31st Annual Christmas

Portland Business Lunch

Speaker: Larry Anderson

Date & Time: Wednesday, December 13, 11:45-1:15 pm

Location: Portland Ballroom, Oregon Convention Center

Purchase tables & tickets now to reserve your spot

Keynote: Larry Anderson

Larry Anderson is a retired Portland police officer who grew up in Northeast Portland and primarily worked in his North/Northeast community as a patrolman for twenty-eight years. He has been married to Renee for thirty years and they have two children –  daughter Kenya and son Kaleb.

He is a founding member of a racial reconciliation movement in Portland known as the Friday Morning Men’s Group, and recently took on the role of President and CEO of Friday Group Enterprises, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting business relationships in communities of color.

Adopted at birth, Larry’s parents brought him up as a member of Allen Temple CME Church where he served as an altar boy and sang in the youth choir. He was a superb athlete in grade school (his Sabin Bomber sports teams were city champions every year from fifth to eighth grade) and excelled on the basketball court in high school – first at Jefferson and then Grant. He earned a scholarship to a small college in Spokane where his team was named to the school’s Hall of Fame.

In addition to his years of community service as an officer on the street, Larry worked on the Gang Enforcement Team, ultimately rising to the level of a national and regional speaker focusing on the prevention of youth violence.