Remembering Terri Greenfield

We are saddened to share the news that Mary Terese (Terri) Greenfield (nee Shiells) died October 23, 2017.  Terri had been living with Alzheimer’s disease for the past six years. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Portland on Monday October 30th at 7:00 pm. All are welcome.

Terri was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She was the only child of George Francis
Shiells and Joan Callaghan Shiells. She attended St. Thomas grade school and Xavier College Preparatory High School. Growing up in Phoenix, Terri developed her fondness for good Mexican food and her distaste for hot weather. She moved to Portland to attend college at the University of Portland, where she met fellow UP student Michael Greenfield (Mike) during her freshman year. Terri graduated in 1969 with a degree in sociology, and she and Mike were married several weeks later. Terri and Mike remained in Portland to start their family. They welcomed daughter Julia in 1971 and son Brian in 1974. Terri and Mike enjoyed a 48‐year marriage filled with love and laughter.

Terri had a long and successful career advocating for, mentoring, and inspiring others. Her
first jobs were at the Regional Office of Adult and Family Services as a food stamps and Aid to Families with Dependent Children caseworker, and then with the Brodart Corporation as a book buyer for JK Gill. In these roles, she honed her natural talent for networking, relationship building, and creating connections. In the early 1980’s, Terri was named the first Director of the newly established Women’s Resource Center of Portland Community College at the Cascade Campus. She led Project Independence, which prepares women students for college and successful careers. She was later recruited to be the founding Director of PCC’s Steps to Success Program, and from there was appointed Dean of Business and Government. While working full‐time and raising her two children, she earned a Master’s degree in Education with highest honors at Portland State
University. She concluded her career as PCC’s Dean of Adult Basic Skills. In this role she
worked to help establish PCC’s new Southeast Portland campus. After retirement from
PCC, Terri continued to serve as a consultant to community colleges around the country on the improvement of adult basic education programs.

Terri was a trailblazer in balancing personal and professional goals and satisfaction. She
was actively involved in her children’s lives and in the St. Therese parish faith community. Terri and Mike chaired St. Therese School’s Parent Association, where Terri’s greatest achievement was supplementing the popcorn and hot dogs sold at St. Therese athletic events with homemade Mexican flautas that she and Sr. Lynne Marie Gillanders fried to order by the hundreds. Terri taught her children by example to work hard for others during the week, and to reserve weekends for reading in bed until the wee hours of
the morning, sleeping late, and enjoying good food and wine with family and friends.
Though she was a natural introvert, Terri developed and nourished new lifelong
friendships at every stage of her life, from elementary school through her retirement. Mike
and Terri enjoyed traveling and spending time with friends and family around the country
and the world, particularly Italy, Spain, and the Mediterranean Islands. In her last fifteen
years, Terri’s greatest joy was the birth of her four grandchildren, Derek, Amelia, Natalie,
and Gabriel. Though Terri was otherwise known for her humility, she frequently called
Julia and Brian after ferrying a grandchild to some activity or other to remark on how
gifted, precocious, smart, talented, or just generally exceptional that particular grandchild
was. Each grandchild was her favorite.

Thousands of lives have been enriched by Terri’s generosity with her time, intelligence,
energy, passion, and humor. Her family, friends, and colleagues knew her as a
tremendously caring and authentic person who fiercely supported all those she loved and
those who needed love. Terri was deeply committed to the development of people through
education as a means to address social and economic inequality. She was tenacious in her
work to help women acquire the skills they needed to secure jobs, develop meaningful
careers, and support their families. She strived to ensure that educational programs and
facilities were well suited to meet the needs of women and families in diverse
communities.

In lieu of flowers, Terri’s family suggests honoring Terri’s legacy with memorial contributions to one of the following organizations: Adelante Mujeres, 2030 Main St. Suite A, Forest Grove, OR 97116 (www.adelantemujeres.org); or St. Andrew Nativity School, PO Box 11127, Portland OR 97211 (www.nativityportland.org).

Terri is survived by her husband Michael; daughter Julia (Adam Arms); son Brian (Katie);
grandchildren Derek Greenfield, Amelia Arms, Natalie Greenfield, and Gabriel Arms; niece Elizabeth Perry; aunt Patricia Marcum; and foster daughter Christina Mueller (husband Ed; children Jennifer, Edward, Andrew, and Aaron).

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Pinot & Prose Book Club selection for November 2017

Stoner by John Edward Williams

William Stoner is born at the end of the nineteenth century into a dirt-poor Missouri farming family. Sent to the state university to study agronomy, he instead falls in love with English literature and embraces a scholar’s life, so different from the hardscrabble existence he has known. And yet as the years pass, Stoner encounters a succession of disappointments: marriage into a “proper” family estranges him from his parents; his career is stymied; his wife and daughter turn coldly away from him; a transforming experience of new love ends under threat of scandal. Driven ever deeper within himself, Stoner rediscovers the stoic silence of his forebears and confronts an essential solitude.

John Williams’s luminous and deeply moving novel is a work of quiet perfection. William Stoner emerges from it not only as an archetypal American, but as an unlikely existential hero, standing, like a figure in a painting by Edward Hopper, in stark relief against an unforgiving world.

Enjoy the book then come join your fellow retirees for the discussion session on Wednesday, November 29th at 11:30 a.m. at Walter Mitty’s Restaurant.

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Join Us For Twist Your Dickens!

L-R: John San Nicolas as the Ghost of Jacob Marley and Craig Cackowski as Scrooge. Photo by Patrick Weishampel/blankeye.tv.

Come join your fellow retirees for Second City’s A Christmas Carol, Twist Your Dickens presented by Portland Center Stage.

“A complete send-up of the holiday classic, this adult comedy is adorned with the improvisational genius of the legendary comedy troupe The Second City. Twist includes zany holiday sketches and uproarious improv based on audience participation — it’s never the same show twice! It has become a Portland holiday favorite, and will return in 2017 after runs at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and Goodman Theatre in Chicago this past season.”

The PCC Retiree Network has reserved a block of tickets for this fun, interactive show which has charmed PCS audiences for several years.  Thanks to the audience participation and resulting actor improvisations, every show is slightly different.  Tickets are now on sale for retirees, their spouses, partners or friends for just $31.50 per seat.  For information on how to reserve your tickets, see the monthly group events emails, or if you aren’t on our mailing list use the comment box below this message to contact Jerry Donnelly for information.

Check out reviews from a prior year’s performance here: PCS Reviews

 

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Japanese Garden Delights as “Un-Service” Event

A scene from the first annual “Un-Service” as Retirees no longer have to attend the annual College “In-Service”, we celebrated by enjoying a tour of the renovated Portland Japanese Gardens followed by lunch at the Goose Hollow Inn.

What will we come up with for the second annual Un-Service?  Your suggestions are welcomed!

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Retiree Network Calendar of Events, October 2017

Here are the events coming up in October:

October Happy Lunch: Wednesday, October 11th, 1:00 p.m.  This month we’ll return to our regular schedule of Happy Lunch on the second Wednesday of the month. We’ve selected the La Petite Provence Restaurant at 1824 NE Alberta as our location.  Please come join us!  As usual, we’ll need RSVP’s to make reservations, please reply to either the emailed version of this message or use the ‘Comment’ box below this post.  Please RSVP no later than 5 p.m., Monday, October 9th.

October Art & Conversation, Portland Art Museum, Thursday, October 19th, Coffee 9:15 a.m., Lecture 10:00 a.m. in the Whitsell Auditorium. This month’s topic: “The Wyeth’s: Three Generations” presented by Prudence Roberts in conjunction with opening of the Wyeth exhibit on October 7th.

Pinot & Prose Book Club, Wednesday, October 25th, 11:30 a.m.: Our October selection is “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of A Family and Culture In Crisis” by J.D. Vance. We’ll hold the discussion at Walter Mitty’s Restaurant.

Retiree Network Business Meeting, Wednesday, October 25th, 1:00 p.m.: at Walter Mitty’s Restaurant.

Future Events include:

October: Fostering Success: An information session on this PCC program in support of students from foster families.  We’re still working on arranging this information session.

November: A Conversation with State Senator Michael Dembrow: Schedule TBA, Michael’s meeting with the PCC Retirees before the beginning of the 2017 legislative session was highly informative. This will be an opportunity to hear/discuss what the legislative session was able to accomplish (or not) and what lies ahead for Oregon.

December: A Holiday Theater Outing: We selected the Portland Center Stage production of “Twist Your Dickens”Mark your calendar for the 2:00 p.m. matinee on Sunday, December 10th for an afternoon of fun and holiday spirit!  Group ticket information will be distributed soon as we’ll need to conclude ticket sales by mid-November to ensure our group rates.

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Pinot & Prose Book Club selection for October, 2017

Hillbilly Elegy, A Memoir of A Family and Culture In Crisis by J.D. Vance

Publisher Comments:

From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class.

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck. The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J. D.’s grandparents were “dirt poor and in love,” and moved north from Kentucky’s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility.

But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that this is only the short, superficial version. Vance’s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother, struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. Vance piercingly shows how he himself still carries around the demons of their chaotic family history.

A deeply moving memoir with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.

Enjoy the book then come join us for the discussion on Wednesday, October 25th, 11:30 a.m. at Walter Mitty’s Restaurant.  

 

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Retiree Network – Calendar of Events, September 2017

In addition to our planned “Un-service” special event, (for details click here in case you deleted that message) here are the Retiree Network planned events for September and mark your calendar for future dates included at the end!

September Art & Conversation, Portland Art Museum, Thursday, September 21st, (no coffee time this month, the lecture will convene at 10:00 a.m. in the Whitsell Auditorium). The topic will be “The Etchings of Whistler and His Circle”, which will discuss the current exhibition of etchings by James McNeill Whistler and others.

Un-Service Day Celebration, Friday, September 22nd: Japanese Garden tour and Happy Lunch at Goose Hollow Inn (see link above).

Pinot & Prose Book Club, Wednesday, September 27, 11:30 a.m.: Our September selection is “Outliers: The Story of Success” by Malcolm Gladwell.  We’ll hold the discussion at Walter Mitty’s Restaurant.

Retiree Network Business Meeting, Wednesday, September 27, 1:00 p.m.: at Walter Mitty’s Restaurant. This will be a busy meeting as we work to compile a list of events for fall term as well as the tabled item.

Future Events, some dates and times to be confirmed, include:

October: Fostering Success: An information session on this PCC program in support of students from foster families.  Annual Scholarship Reception, October 27th, 4:00 p.m. Performing Arts Center, Sylvania Campus.

November: A Conversation with State Senator Michael Dembrow: Schedule TBA, Michael’s meeting with the PCC Retirees before the beginning of the 2017 legislative session was highly informative. This will be an opportunity to hear/discuss what the legislative session was able to accomplish (or not) and what lies ahead for Oregon.

December: A Holiday Theater Outing: We selected the Portland Center Stage production of “Twist Your Dickens”. We have group ticket reservations for the 2:00 p.m. matinee on Sunday, December 10th, mark your calendar!

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