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Portland Bead Society Board Members

Karen Bettin, President

My interest in beading started in Michigan binomo in the early '90s where I belonged to the Great Lakes Bead Society for many years driving binomo apakah penipuan a couple of hours to get to the meetings. In 2003, I moved from Michigan t apakah binomo legal di indonesia o Portland and joined the Portland Bead Society soon after I arrived.

I continue to be impressed by the variety and quality of PBS programs and apakah binomo terpercaya activities. Thanks to all members isn't it great to share the joy of beading and beads with others? Special thanks to everyone who contributes their time and talent to PBS you really make it work. I am honored to be the President and I plan to keep the Portland Bead Society thriving and moving forward.

Lisa McAuliffe, Past President & MCC Representative

My mother used to tell me you get out of something what you put into it. If apakah trading binomo aman I simply attended PBS meetings, I'd consider it time well spent: national artists with great presentations and delightful displays of their art. And there's the thrill of admitting I am powerless over my bead addiction as our A&E show and the Bazaar approach. But I have gotten so much more out of PBS by volunteering, and by spending time with those of you who also volunteer, you whose talents and artistry far surpass my own. Because of this, I count many of you as more than fellow beaders; you are my friends.

I encourage you all to do the same: Volunteer! and you may learn the secret of 'wrong-angle' weave, see how to tie a bookbinders knot, or get the perfect suggestion for an accent color to make that necklace "pop."

Kris Dinkel, Secretary & President Elect

I was born and raised in Alaska and have spent my adult life on the West Coast (San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, and now Astoria). I discovered the entrancing world of seed beads around 1990, and my first class was with Sylvia Pomeroy. Like many folks, my introduction to PBS was at the Bead Bazaar, and it was love at first sight. Really? An entire organization of people who love beads, talk about beads, teach about beads, sell beads, and create beautiful objects with beads? Please, may I join? I'm so glad I did, and I encourage all of you to join us. If you are already a member, help support us by volunteering.

Karen Carr, Treasurer

When I came to Portland in 1997, after living in Eugene for over 50 years, I knew 3 people; my daughter, my sister-in-law and a friend from grade school. Then I joined PBS!!!! I can honestly say that everyone I know in Portland now is somehow connected to beads. I found the members of PBS to be a wonderful group who were willing to share knowledge about something that was a passion for me. I have made wonderful friends who are willing to support you no matter what turn life takes. PBS is a special place for me.

While taking a master class with NanC Meinhardt a number of years ago, I was told to "just let the beads talk to you, they will tell you what to do". It is true -- my beadwork constantly evolves beause of this. It is a constant learning process and I can't imagine life without it.

Karen was one of the winners of our "It's Not Your Grandmother's Beadwork Anymore" Contest, Click here to learn more.

Dusti (Debbie) Dickman, Past-President, A & E Chair

Whenever I get together with other beaders and the talk turns to a technical question such as how to use this or that stitch, or whether this or that bead is best to achieve a special look, I realize that this is the reason that PBS exists. We share ideas and insights, and give each other the benefit of our individual experiences. We do this in our quest to translate the project in our heads into the project in our hands. Put another way, PBS's mission is to stimulate and facilitate the creative process. I can't imagine any other bead society doing as much as PBS does to promote beaders' success.

Many of you have talked to me over the last 10 years, and, coupled with my own 28+ years of beading experience, I've developed a sense of what PBS members want and need in order to realize their goals. I know that I draw on that knowledge when selecting products for our shops, Beads At Dusti Creek and Dragonfly Silver Findings.

PBS brings Members together with other Members, as well as with shop owners. It provides a venue where knowledge is shared. Knowledge brings growth, and growth brings new insights and opportunities. We all benefit.

If you love beading, PBS is where you belong.

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Delta Waldt, Advertising Coordinator

Being on the board for over 11 years and watching our society grow has been exciting. I find beading is relaxing for me. My cares fall away! Delta was one of the winners of our "It's Not Your Grandmother's Beadwork Anymore" Contest, Click here to learn more.

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Merle Sherman, Audit Co-Chair & Historian

To bead or not to bead what a silly question. I've been playing with beads for years. A few years ago, I joined the Bead Society to find a beading friend, I'm lucky, I found many bead friends. I've taken several classes from great teachers. I love to read bead instructions and explore new ways to work bead techniques. PBS has opened up a world of bead ideas, information exchange, education, inspiration, slide shows, lectures and more. I give many thanks to other bead enthusiast around me and to my mentor, Mary Cave. I want to encourage others to join PBS and reap the benefits and inspiration that come with participation.

Vicki Vranna, Audit Co-Chair

I've always been a crafter. I started beading a bit in Camp Fire. Then found I could do some minor jewelry repairs. I joined PBS to volunteer for the Bead Bazaar. After being a member for several years, I discovered that I didn't need to be an off-loom weaver to be a more active member. I started going to the meetings and discovered that there are many ways to volunteer. I also discovered that one doesn't even need to be a beader to belong - just have a passion for beads! Portland Bead Society is full of caring, creative people who are very willing to share their knowledge. I am so glad to be a member!

Sylvia Loftus, Bead Bazaar Chair

As a youngster she would press against the cases containing mummy beads at the University of Pennsylvania Museum. As a younger woman, she strung hippie beads in Santa Cruz and Tokyo Japan. Today she designs and creates jewelry from unique stones, glass and metals for her own pleasure and for selling to others. She also enjoys beading with her grandchildren.

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Diane Werner, Educational Grants & Membership Coordinator

I became interested in beads in 1996, and I joined the Bead Society in the same year. Since then, I have attended many classes to improve my skills and have met many wonderful beaders and friends. I served for two years as the Volunteer Coordinator for such events as our annual Bead Bazaar and the Bead and Button Show (when it was in Portland). My position now as Educational Grants Chairman gives me a lot of satisfaction as the Bead Society is able to award members with educational grants to take more classes.

Carol Perrenoud, Program & Grant Coordinator

I joined the Bead Society mostly for the lectures and slide shows to learn more about beads. I became the librarian a few years later since I had an interest in books (and I was the librarian for our small high school for four years). Now I am Program & Grants Coordinator which includes arranging for all those slide shows and speakers. I believe you get out of a society proportional to what effort you put into it.

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Carrie Sakai, Librarian

I think my first bead recollection was in the 3rd grade taking apart the belt I got from Disneyland with "California" written on the back in seed beads. My bead fascination lay dormant for decades till I wandered into a PBS Bead Bazaar and heard about the Portland Bead Society. Tory Hughes as guest speaker was my first PBS meeting - wow! I've been hooked ever since, working on the Bazaar committee, co-chair for Art & Elegance. and the PBS library. By getting involved with PBS, I'm so very fortunate to have met some wonderful bead compadres.

Jennifer Gallagher, Bead Retreat Co-Chair & MGP Chair

I have had a needle of one sort or another in my hands since 5 years of age. I came to beading from the fiber arts arena where canvas embroidery, using silk and metals, and Japanese embroidery were the areas of most concentration. However, I was always striving for more dimensionality to my work. When introduced to beadwork by Virginia Blakelock and Carol Perrenoud, I realized the potential for dimension that beadwork held. I was a recipient of the Museum Gift Program with The Sweet Glass Basket.

Karmen Schmidt, Newsletter Publisher, Retreat Co-Chair & Acting Editor

I began beading nearly 10 years ago by taking classes from bead artists including Robin Atkins, Maya Jones, Wynter Raine and Lynn Merchant. My biggest challenge is that I am driven to work with every beading techique possible and all the inherent materials entailed by such an approach. This passion is compelling and stimulating, but makes for a "ton" of beads and associated stuff that fills the nooks and crannies of my home and threatens to cast my husband, our dogs and me to the garage!

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Cover Story: Karmen's 10-strand twist necklace is featured in the April 2004 Bead & Button
Tara Fergerson, Volunteer Coordinator/Hospitality

In the early 60's, my great aunt Merle came home from Africa and brought everyone trade beads. Yes, my necklace broke, but I saved my three little beads from Africa.
Fast forward, I'll just say many years. I was in a bead store, trying to figure it all out (actually, I was staring like a deer in the headlights at a wall covered floor-to-ceiling with hanks of beads), when I heard other customers talking about a bead bazaar. I still didn't know much about beads and beadwork, but I did know that I was hooked and I was not going to miss this bead bazaar I had heard about. One year later, on the first weekend in November, I found myself at the PBS Bead bazaar. It was packed with both beads and people, and I was way overwhelmed. I quickly decided three things: I wanted most of the beads I saw, the people were all crazy, and I had to find out how to join them.
Join I did and, as my aunt Eva (a joiner herself) always did, I volunteered. A little at first, more later, and now I am honored to be Portland Bead Society's Volunteer Coordinator.


Jeannine O’Hagan, Website Coordinator & IT

As a young girl I would buy my beads at the local hobby store. When I look in the bead stores today, I shake my head and am amazed at how things have changed. It is a wonderful artistic world that is available to us as bead artists today, and organizations such as the Portland Bead Society have played a big roll in that progression. When I was approached to be the volunteer coordinator I took it as an opportunity to give back to the PBS and its members. Then I was asked to step into the Membership chair and now I find myself mastering the website, and having fun all along the way.

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Bobbye Brown, Community Representative
The Bead Lady

Recently, the Portland Trailblazers celebrated Black History Month by recognizing six people for their contribution to the community, and Bobbye Brown was one of the six honorees. Bobbye's $500 award was donated to a scholarship fund, and the 25 Blazer tickets she received were donated to a youth group. Bobbye began her path by working as a 'flunky' (her words)in one of Carol Perrenoud's classes in 1993. Since then, she has worked with shelters, high schools, children's groups and more to demonstrate the origins and uses of beads, as well as to instruct these groups in creating their own beadwork.

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