Stephanie Decker

Oct 232017

Thx box picOrders for Thanksgiving food boxes will start Monday, October 30th. A box will be prepared for you to pick up at St. Peters Catholic Church on Monday, November 20th. If you would like to order a box, call 503-235-8431 and then press ‘1’.

*Orders for Christmas food boxes will begin November 6th.   Stay tuned for more details to follow.

 October 23, 2017  Posted by at 11:42 am Uncategorized Comments Off on THANKSGIVING FOOD BOXES
Oct 202017

The Portland Council held its 2017 Annual Awards Dinner at Christ the King Catholic Church this past Sunday to honor those volunteers who have gone ‘over and above’ in their service as Vincentians. We appreciate their hard work and spirit, and we thank them. Presenting the awards were Gayle Pizzuto – SVdP Board Chair, and Brian Ferschweiler, Portland Council Executive Director.

This year’s awards:

First Benefactor of the Year: Jim and Emmalyn Rapson from Christ the King

Second Benefactor of the Year: Barbara Farrell from Holy Redeemer

The Charles E. Royer Award: outgoing Council President Bob Gazewood

First Vincentian of the Year: Larry Schneider from Christ the King

Second Vincentian of the Year: Dee and Don Schantz from St. Henry’s

First Volunteer of the Year: Tom Gerhards from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Second Volunteer of the Year: Diane Glivinski from St. John the Apostle

The Blessed Frederic Awards were given to the following 15 Conference members:

Jack Fisher, Ascension; Jerry Gianotti, Holy Family; Bill Sterling, St. Cecilia; Bruce & Janis Collins, St. Cecilia; Jan St. John, St. Henry; Lisa Hawkins, The Madeleine; Jacki Colombo, St. Rose; Connie Mork, Our Lady of Victory-Seaside; Don Wolkerstorfer, Holy Family; David Riley, St. Anthony-Portland; Vicki Cunningham, St. Anthony-Portland; Keith Bailey, Ascension; Pat Gomm, Ascension; Linda Gilham, Holy Redeemer; Pam Grissom, Holy Redeemer

Congratulations to all the well-deserved award winners!

 October 20, 2017  Posted by at 1:11 pm Uncategorized Comments Off on Conference Annual Awards Dinner
Oct 122017

Dear Friends of St. Vincent de Paul,

This past summer we lost two wonderful men whose lives impacted the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and their community, Vince Meyer from Holy Rosary Parish and Ron Knox from St. Peters.  In remembering the lives of Vince and Ron, let us all be Vincentians and show a willingness to help the poor and vulnerable of our community.  On behalf of all those who will be helped during the next few months, I thank you for your kindness and generosity. 

****Read Brian Ferschweiler’s full tribute to these men and his appeal to all to follow their example of giving. Click on the link below:

2017 Hunger Appeal letter

 October 12, 2017  Posted by at 12:50 pm News, Newsletters, Uncategorized Comments Off on HUNGER APPEAL NEWSLETTER
Oct 122017

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Portland Council, and the Conference Presidents as well, we wish to thank Bob Gazewood for his many years of dedicated service to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. As a long time Board member, his judgment, support, and counsel have been invaluable. Bob brought his accounting acumen to assist the Council at a time of great need during a tough financial situation starting in 2011. In 2014 Bob accepted the three-year position of President of the Board of Directors. During his tenure as Board Chair, Bob was instrumental in turning the Portland Council around financially through the sale of funds-draining property, then finding and negotiating the purchase for our current building. His dedication—traveling from his home on the coast to Portland for all meetings and special purposes as needed, was an example of faithfulness and work ethic, and an inspiration to all. Having fulfilled his three-year commitment as Board President, Bob has now stepped down due to increased family responsibilities. We are so very grateful for his service to SVdP. Thank you, Bob.

We are delighted to announce that Gayle Pizzuto, past President of the Ascension St. Vincent de Paul Conference, has volunteered to take on the leadership role as the new President of the St. Vincent de Paul’s Portland Council, starting October 1st, 2017. Gayle has served on the Board for the last three years as Board Secretary, dutifully recording not only Board minutes but Conference Presidents meeting minutes as well. She has been an outstanding Vincentian for over 25 years, and was awarded “Vincentian of the Year” in 2015. Gayle’s willingness to tackle any and all projects that were asked of her while serving as Secretary, will serve her well as Board President. She is excited for the opportunity to work with the Board, as well as the Conference Presidents, in bringing about a greater awareness of the wonderful mission that the Portland Council plays in being of service to the less fortunate of our community. We look forward to your guidance and to serving with you, Gayle.

 October 12, 2017  Posted by at 12:19 pm Uncategorized Comments Off on COUNCIL LEADERSHIP CHANGE
Oct 092017

The SVdP’s Portland Council would like to introduce two new staff who recently joined our team: Mike Armentrout, Accounting Manager and Craig Loughridge, Emergency Services Manager.

Mike, a Certified Management Accountant with a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Montana, has many years’ experience as an accounting manager and comes to us most recently from the Archdiocese of Portland’s Stewardship and Development office.

Craig earned his master’s degree in business administration from Marylhurst University, where he also studied nonprofit leadership. He has led nonprofit organizations in south Clackamas County, where he has been a volunteer for more than 20 years.
Craig’s professional experience ranges from managing a real estate business for 15 years to working nine years in customer service, nearly six years in journalism, and four years active Navy service. His most recent positions have been with the Oregon State Grange and the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development.
“Every past position I’ve taken on, I did it because I wanted to help others solve problems that were important to them,” Craig said. “I look forward to helping the Portland Council’s clients face their hardships with dignity, respect and the love of God.”


 October 9, 2017  Posted by at 1:06 pm Uncategorized Comments Off on The Portland Council Welcomes New Staff