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2016-17 Monthly Program Events

RAPS Board meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month at 12:15pm in the Benson House conference room. The meetings are open to the membership except for June as it is a joint retreat for the old and new boards hosted by the outgoing president. No board meetings are usually held in July and August.

Unless stated otherwise, the monthly meetings start at noon with a social hour and a light lunch.

The programs will start at 1:00PM.

September 15, 2016 (Noon to 2pm)

Hardhat Tour of Karl Miller Center, led by Senior Project Manager Mark Fujii. Welcome by Cliff Allen, new Dean of the School of Business Administration.


October 20, 2016 (Room 294 Smith Memorial Center)

“Portland’s Great Boom and the Shaping of our Historic Streetcar Neighborhoods,” presented by Robert Mercer (of PSU) and Jim Heuer, architectural enthusiasts specializing in early 20th century architecture of Portland. Illustrated talk.


November 17, 2016 (Room 333 Smith Memorial Center)

“Hope in Hell: Operating in a Civil War Zone”
Dr. James Peck, retired vascular surgeon and volunteer physician with Doctors without borders, will speak on his experiences in Liberia, Sri Lanka, and Nigeria. Illustrated talk.


December 11, 2016 (Multnomah Athletic Club)

Annual holiday party and buffet luncheon at the Multnomah Athletic Club. Reservations and advanced payment are required. Cost $23 per person.




2015 Holiday Party at the Multnomah Athletic Club




January 19, 2017 (Room 238 Smith Memorial Center)

“I Can See Clearly Now . . . Rains Are Gone over the Oregon Economy. What Clouds Might Be on the Horizon?”
Tom Potiowsky, Chair of the Economics Department and former Economist for the State of Oregon, speaking on Oregon’s economy.


February 16, 2017 (Room 294 Smith Memorial Center)

"The French Far West"

Claudine Fisher, Professor Emerita of French Language and Literatures, will talk about writing historical fiction, discussing her family history and how she came to be born in North Africa. She is finishing a third novel in a trilogy based in part on her family history. The three historical novels cover more than 100 years, from the Revolution of 1848 in Paris through the Algerian war of 1957-62.


March 16, 2017 (Room 238 Smith Memorial Center)

Annual potluck lunch at noon followed by program.

Christine Meadows, Director of PSU's Opera Program will give a preview of PSU's spring opera featuring some of the student singers.

Please come and bring your favorite salad or dessert.


 April 20, 2017 (Due to President Wiewel's schedule, the annual President's luncheon has been moved to May.)

Ice cream social in room 238 Smith Memorial Center.

Program: Chris Shortell from our Political Science Department will talk about the Supreme Court and its future.





May 18, 2017

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 in the Columbia Falls Ballroom at University Place. Formal invitations will be sent out to all retirees living in the greater Portland area.


2016 RAPS  awards recipients Nancy Koroloff and Clarence Hein with

sponsors Joan Shireman and Doug Sanders     






Wednesday, May 3, 2017:

SCOTT BURNS WILL LEAD THE GROUP AND LECTURE ON THE GEOLOGY AND TERROIR OR THE WINES. Cathedral Ridge, The Pines and Wy'East wineries in the Hood River area will be visited. Bring a sack lunch to eat after touring the first winery. Wine may be purchased for the lunch or to take home. This will be a bus trip through the Columbia Gorge with Scott lecturing on the Columbia Gorge geology on the way and lecturing on wines and soils at the wineries. Cost will be $70.00 each. A portion of the fee will be applied to the RAPS Scholarship fund. Details and registration opening date TBA.



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.


August 17, 2017

Annual picnic. 4:00PM at Willamette Park Picnic Shelter

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

View the brochure HERE (Link for 2017 not currently active)


September 21, 2017 Docent tour of the recently remodeled Japanese Gardens. (More information to follow.)


September  (More information on football opener RAPS tickets tba)

PSU Season Opener Football Game at Providence Park


October 19th: (Room TBA)

Mark Weislogel in Mechanical Engineering will give a presentation on NASA and the International Space Station. He will explain experiments that PSU students are conducting on the space station.


The December holiday party has been moved from the Multnomah Athletic Club to the Nordia House. (Details TBA)




More information on the 2016 - 2017 calendar will be posted as it becomes available.




Monthly Groups

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

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