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2015 Monthly Program Events--

January 15th

Dr. Tom Potiowsky will discuss the current state of the Oregon economy and prospects for the future. Professor Potiowsky is Chair of the PSU Economics Department and Director of the Northwest Economics Research Center. He served as State Economist from 1999 through 2006, and was reappointed and served from 2008 through 2011. He received his B.A. from The Ohio State University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Colorado. Professor Potiowsky has served as a PSU faculty member since 1982. Bringing both his academic and government service experience to the presentation, Dr. Potiowsky will reflect on the trends and potential of the Oregon economy. The meeting will be in Room 236, Smith Memorial Student Union. A light lunch will be available at noon. Tom Potiowsky will speak at 1:00pm.


February 19th

Linda Benson of Oakland University will speak about China's Muslim Challenge. She has described her talk: "since 1949, China's government has sought to instill a sense of national unity among its minority populations. After 65 years, however, the Muslim Uighurs of the Xinjiang region remain wary, and recent years have seen an escalation in violent incidents pitting Han Chinese against the increasingly discontented Uighurs. This presentation provides a brief account  of the Uighur people, an overview of Chinese minority policy, and the on-going challenge to Beijing from its oil-rich but restive Xinjiang region."  Room 333 SMC social hour and light snacks at Noon with the program starting at 1:00pm.


March 19th


Christine Meadows will give a Vocal Performance program. She is a graduate of Portland State and Indiana University, and a renowned opera singer. We expect that it will include some vocal performances from students. Room 338 SMC (Vanport Room) social hour at Noon with the program starting at 1:00pm. The March meeting is our annual Spring potluck.

Please come and bring your favorite salad or dessert.


 April 16th

This is our annual President's luncheon. President Wiewel will give a presentation and the annual RAPS awards will be given. It will be held at University Place at 2PM. Formal invitations will be sent out to all retirees living in the greater Portland area.


Sunday, May 3rd

On Sunday, May 3, from 2 to 5pm, RAPS will hold a Wine Tasting to benefit the RAPS Scholarship fund, at Storyteller Wines in the Johns Landing area. More information will be available closer to the date.


      May 2 1st

"Dr. Veronica Dujon, the Associate Dean for Humanities and Social Sciences of PSU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will speak about her work on social sustainability at the May meeting.

What does sovereign debt have to do with the Ebola epidemic? This conversation will provide a brief historical context of the origins and impact of the Debt Crisis in the developing world, the emergence of the social justice organization The Jubilee Network in response to these conditions, and its most recent success in shifting the dial on how global financial leaders think, and act, on issues of devastating social consequences.

The presentation will be followed by our spring ice cream social."



No general meeting. The old and new Board will meet jointly, and annual reports will be submitted by the old Board officers and committee chairs.



No general meeting.



Annual picnic. Thursday, August 20, 2015 at Overlook Park.

View the two page brochure link below for driving directions and what to bring.

View the brochure HERE




Monthly Groups

RAPS has a number of groups that meet monthly for socializing and activity. This includes:

  • Book Club
  • Bridge Club
  • Hiking Club
  • Writing Group

For more information on these clubs please contact the office manager, Carissa, 503-725-3447 or