A New Chapter

Things have been very quiet on The Eleanor Club front for several reasons but I am excited to share my intention of starting up another chapter due to a new chapter in my personal life.


I relocated back to the East coast the summer of 2018 and now live in Rhode Island!  It has been a delightful experience and after being here for a few months, I am now taking steps to create and expand a circle of friends who are interested in some of the things I am passionate about.  One of those things is bringing together women to change the world.

More to come!

— Dennise (12/6/2018)

Maya Angelou, art, and collaboration


I am pleased as punch to introduce you to the incredibly talented Robyn Williams! I have known her for almost a decade and even own one of her fabulous encaustic pieces of art.

Robyn has worked in the public assembly facility management field for more than thirty years in Texas, North Carolina and Oregon-where she is currently Executive Director for Portland’5 Centers for the Arts. Portland’5 consists of the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Keller Auditorium, the Newmark, Winningstad and Brunish Theatres.

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Yoga, listening, and her mom

This is the second installment spotlighting another one of the incredible women in our community.  I’m pleased to share with you our second feature on an amazing woman who is a leading arts & culture advocate in the Portland area:  Tonisha Toler!


Tonisha is the Regional Arts and Culture Council’s (RACC) Community Liaison focused on building relationships, especially with diverse and underserved populations and growing RACC’s equity practices in all of their operations. Her work involves informing the community of RACC’s services and resources; learning how RACC may evolve to be more relevant to community’s needs; overseeing RACC’s annual Professional Development Artist Workshop series and RACC’s quarterly creative community networking event, Art Spark.  Tonisha started with RACC in 2007 as the Grants and Outreach Coordinator assisting in the administration of all the RACC’s grant programs and coordinating various RACC outreach efforts. Prior to joining RACC she worked for the Washington State Arts Commission (WSAC), Olympia, WA.  Her career started with internships, nationally and internationally in exhibition prep for art galleries and museums.  Additional passions include community work, systems and system change and just about anything renegade!

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Women & Whiskey Social Hour – Fall 2016

The Women & Whiskey Social Hour is presented by The Eleanor Club.

We started the group as a place for women to connect and speak frankly about influence and inclusion, and its importance. Our intention is to create a network that motivates women – both individually and collectively – to challenge the status quo.

Our next gathering is taking place in Martha’s (Revolution Hall – located on the ground floor). Thanks to Revolution Hall for serving as our host for this fun event. This is a no host, 21+ event.

DATE:  Friday, October 21 2016
TIME:  6 pm to 8 pm

We hope to see you there and please share out this event to all the women in your community!

All the best,
Dennise + Marie


Pianos, smart people, and Governor Brown

Recently in one of my many conversations with co-founder Marie about The Eleanor Club, I suggested we feature some of the incredible women we know and have met along our individual paths over the years.  I’m pleased to share with you our very first feature on an amazing women I met through a mutual friend several years ago:  Shelli Romero!

Shelli Romero was raised by educator activist parents on the picket line advocating for farmworkers rights as a girl in rural, suburban and urban Oregon communities. She holds a BA in Speech: Rhetoric and Communication from the University of Oregon and achieved a Masters in Public Administration degree from Portland State University. Recently, she received her Oregon Project Management Certification from Willamette University’s Atkinson School of Graduate Studies. Continue reading