July Newsletter
July 6, 2010
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Hispanic Chamber receives Grant from William G. Gilmore Fund
Calendar of Events
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Mayor Sam Adams

The Hispanic Chamber Commends Mayor Sam Adams for Supporting Local Businesses 
The Hispanic Chamber commends Portland Mayor Sam Adams for canceling the current parking garage Request for Proposal (RFP).  The City of Portland had announced its intent to award the contract to Central Parking, a firm in Nashville, Tennessee.
Before the Mayor's decision, local businesses had pointed out many discrepancies and concerns with the process.  The Hispanic Chamber commends Mayor Adams for listening to the concerns and taking appropriate action.
Dr. Pedro Rosselló
Pedro Rossello
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The Hispanic Chamber is proud to announce Dr. Pedro Rosselló, former Governor of Puerto Rico, as its Keynote Speaker for the Hispanic Heritage Celebration Dinner
Pedro Rosselló was born, raised and educated through high school in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  He subsequently earned a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) Degree (Magna Cum Laude) at Indiana's University of Notre Dame; a Doctor of Medicine Degree (Cum Laude) from Connecticut's Yale University; and a Master's Degree in Public Health (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan.  In addition, he specialized in General and Pediatric Surgery while completing post-doctoral training at the Harvard University Teaching Hospitals in Boston, Massachusetts.  His academic career at institutions of higher learning included teaching positions as Clinical Fellow and Instructor in Surgery, Harvard Medical School; Instructor, Assistant Professor at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.  He has received Doctor of Law Degrees (Honoris Clause) from both the University of Massachusetts and the University of Notre Dame.
Dr. Rosselló was elected Governor of Puerto Rico in 1992 and was re-elected in 1996 with the largest vote ever recorded for that office.  During his incumbency, he also served as Chair of the Democratic Governors' Association, Chairman of the Southern Governors' Association and President of the Council of State Governments.
As Governor he propelled a variety of significant reforms which included:
  • Restoring both English and Spanish as official languages
  • Establishing wide-ranging health reforms based on the principle that health care should be the inalienable right of an individual, and not a privilege.  The centerpiece of his reform was a universal health insurance plan for low-income individuals, allowing 1.8 million beneficiaries (45% of the population) to receive medical treatment they needed, but could not afford before.
  • Reducing violent crime by more than 50% throughout the island in 8 years.
  • Establishing the Community Schools, making each campus a part of the community they serve.
      September 9, 2010 (Thursday)
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Reception/Music
         7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Pedro Rosselló, M.D., M.P.H., Former Governor of Puerto Rico
Topic: "The Social, Economic & Political Influence of Latinos in the U.S."
       - Silent Auction to benefit the Scholarship Fund
       - Recognition of graduating and new Latino Leadership Classes
       - Community Awards  
Place: Oregon Convention Center 
      Cost: $120 Member/$125 Non-members  
      Table for 10: $1,200 (Includes listing in the evening program 
      Click here to RSVP. 
If you are interested in purchasing a table, please contact Gale Castillo at (503) 807-0101 or by email at
Jerry Petty & OCFHispanic Chamber receives grant from the William G. Gilmore Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation
The Hispanic Chamber is the recipient of a $40,000 grant from the William G. Gilmore Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation.  The grant will help to support a future development director, to build capacity and increase the number of businesses and students served.
The mission of the Oregon Community Foundation is to improve the life of Oregon and promote effective philanthropy. OCF works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds to support the community causes that they care about. Through these funds, OCF awards more than $60 million annually in grants and scholarships.
The Foundation makes grants through an application process that involves local citizens in the review and evaluation of requests for funds.  Application materials are available through the Foundation's Portland office.  Individuals or businesses interested in establishing a fund may contact the Portland office at 1221 SW Yamhill, Suite 100, Portland, Oregon 97205, 503-227-6846.  For more information, please click here.
 Office for Lease - $500 per Month
 Located within the Hispanic Chamber Office 
 The office is located in Downtown Portland
333 SW 5th Ave., Ste. 100
Portland, OR 97204
On the corner of 5th & Stark
The office includes:
  • Desk, 2 filing cabinets, book shelf, credenza & telephone (computer & printer are not included)
  • Reception services (answering phone, etc.)
  If you are interested, please call MaryAnn Potter at (503) 807-4289 or email at
Calendar of Events
July 12, 2010 Workshop:
(Monday) "Primeros Pasos Para Comenzar un Negocio" 
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 
Place: Midland Library
805 SE 122nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97233
(503) 988-5392   
Cost: Gratis!
July 21, 2010 Workshop:
(Wednesday) "Food Costing"
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Place: Hispanic Chamber Training Room    
333 SW 5th Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 222-0280 
Cost: Free to the Public