Make A Wish Golf Tournament 2022

It’s with great pleasure to send this email summarizing the 2022 Portland Charity Classic Tournament benefiting Make-A-Wish (MAW).  As most of you know, it’s unfortunate that the godfather of this event, Kevin O’Leary, couldn’t attend due to health issues.  Word is that he’s on the mend so please send all the positive vibes & prayers as possible.

The PNWSCT would like to thank everyone that volunteered, sponsored, & attended the event.  This includes individual efforts by Doug Ritsema, Ema Hoxha, Brett Cowman, & Eric Jenkins as well as company generosity of EPS/SPI, Tarr, TCR, IMCD, OMYA, & System Three Resins.  If we missed someone please let us know so it doesn’t go unnoticed.

After all the pennies were counted, we were able to donate $3,558.97 thereby creating a running total of $129,067.49 for this event!

Until next year!

Puget Sound Section Christmas Luncheon and Toy Drive

This year Puget Sound Section held our Annual Christmas Luncheon and Toy drive December 3rd  at the River Rock Restaurant in Renton Washington. 

There were 27 in attendance and several that could not make it at the last minute.  

We branched out a bit and invited friends who had interest in donating and joining us in kicking off the Holiday Spirit!  

Ted & Robyn Garrett are integrally involved in The Forgotten Children’s Fund and we asked Ted to speak about the Charity and how our charitable donations benefit the group.  Everyone was in agreement that the organization is fantastic and our donations are going to a very worthy cause.  

Paul Sheehan introduced all the Retirees and tallied up all the active and retired members years in business.  He told stories about many past events and a few comical, yet embarrassing moments.   Everyone appreciated the long history in our group and enjoyed the camaraderie.  

All said and done and after all charges were satisfied, our group collected appx 50 unwrapped gifts and a total of $1.825.00 in cash donations.  

December 1, 2022 has been selected for next year’s Luncheon.  We will again branch out to include those not in our industry and plan to make some more inclusive moves for everyone.  I hope things change so more people can attend and share in our Charitable efforts and enjoy the company of very charitable friends.  Bev Spears Please summarize and send this out to our Membership.   

2021 Portland Charity Classic Tournament for Make-A-Wish

After a one year hiatus from holding a golf tournament, we came together and resumed the event this past September. Right from the start, I would like to thank Eric Jenkins, Doug Ritsema, Pete Cutrona and Ema Hoxha as individuals and the PNWSCT organization for helping put the show together. Without their push it wouldn’t have happened.

This year, the group was mostly local PNW people, with an exception of a couple of SoCal people and an Idaho participant. I thank all of the players it a small but lively group. I would like to personally thank my good friend, Jim Calkin formerly of ET Horn, for his generous heart and donation, what a good man. I would like to thank Ravago Chemicals, IMCD, TCR, Systems Three Resins, JF Shelton, Specialty Polymers, Tempo Chemicals, Lubrizol Chemicals and Miller Paint Company. These companies continue to support this event and have so for some time. All of the participants again, thank you. It’s not much of a tournament if no one shows. Also thanks to Glendoveer Golf Course for the use of the course and Van Ebert Brew Pub for catering the event.

This year we were able to collect $6296.28. Though down a little from the past 3 years. It is an awesome amount. Make-A-Wish is extremely grateful. This added to last year’s total of $119,212.24 comes to $125,508.52 in total donations to Make-A-Wish. What an awesome effort!  

There will be a tournament for 2022 so be ready for it!

 Sincerely and with great thanks,

Kevin O’Leary

35th Biennial Western Coatings Symposium and Show

The 35th Biennial Western Coatings Symposium and Show will be held October 18 – 20, 2021 at the Paris Hotel, Las Vegas, NV. Your full registration includes:

Full and unlimited access to three days of technical talks and panel discussions in all tracks.

Full access to the tradeshow.

Complimentary lunch on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Complimentary late afternoon snacks on Monday and Tuesday.

Complimentary morning coffee and pastries on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Complimentary beverages on Wednesday afternoon and an attendance bonus for those who stay for the final talks.

Access to our well-attended Sunday Night Welcome Reception which includes a full meal, open bar, and entertainment in a fun, sophisticated location.

Free internet access in our Internet Lounge.

Excellent networking opportunities.

Visit to register or for more information.

PNWSCT Scholarships Awarded!

This year, the PNWSCT awarded a grand total of $12,000 in scholarships! Congratulations to the following Scholarship recipients!

#1 Thomas Helmig

#2 Heather Campbell 

#3 Olivia Niederer        

#4 Elaina Niederer          

#5 Anne Longakit            

#6 Brian Lozinski             

#7 Shasha Wang              

PNWSCT CoatingsFest 2020 Postponed to 2022 (COVID-19)

It’s with a heavy heart we must notify all that the planned 2020 CoatingsFest in Sunriver has been postponed until 2022 due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. After a healthy response from our active members, it was clear by a democratic vote that punting until 2022 is preferred. We apologize for any issues in timing or frustrations with this news. We’re happy to report that we plan to keep the 2022 event in the desired Sunriver setting and are committed to making it even better. Feel free to reach out to your local or preferred board members to discuss further. More to come.

Continued PNWSCT Support of Young Science Minds in 2020 – Virtual Mindset

PNWSCT donated $200 for the four ‘best of show’ 5th grade projects:

1. Emerson Pitzer; The Dress: The effects of lighting on the perception of ‘The Dress’

2. Andy Platosh:  What a salty situation: Testing how different materials affect the diffusion of rock salt brine

3. Ahmad Khellah; Are We Making the Right Call?

4. Vihaan Paliwal; Keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel!

Specialty Polymers Inc. – Open Position

Specialty Polymers Inc. has an immediate opening for an Application Chemist in Woodburn Oregon facility.  SPI manufactures a broad product line of water based acrylic, vinyl acrylic, vinyl acetate and styrene acrylic dispersions, which are used in the manufacture of paint and coatings for architectural and industrial applications.

Send resume and salary requirements to

NWSE Intel Science Fair

  • PNWSCT donated $200 for the four ‘best of show’ 5th grade projects:
    • Graffiti at my school, not anymore!  Joseph Moylan c/o Bridlemile Elementary School
    • Studying Chicken Egg Laying Behavior in Winter; Francis Vowels c/o Bridlemile Elementary School
    • Origami Solar; Sahit Jayaweera c/o Bonney Slope
    • Shaking Up Some Energy!  Omar Abdeljawad c/o Islamic School of Portland

2018 CoatingsFest Details

The PNWSCT 2018 Northwest Coatings Fest

October 10 -12, 2018 at the Inn at Laurel Point, Victoria, BC Canada

Dear Members and Friends,

The Vancouver Chapter of the PNWSCT and Conference Chairman Ray Nordstrand are pleased to invite you to attend the 2018 Northwest Coatings Fest, to be held in beautiful Victoria, BC on October 10 – 12, 2018. The symposium and accommodations are located at The Inn at Laurel Point, a wonderful waterfront location in downtown Victoria.

Inn at Laurel Point, Victoria, BC

The fun begins at 9am on Wednesday October 10 with a golf tournament held at the Olympic View Golf Club. Don’t miss this highly anticipated sporting event! Fees include green fees, power cart, practice balls, breakfast, and BBQ lunch. For further information, please contact Ron Vanderdrift at (778) 388-3376, or email him.

The opening night social will be held Wednesday October 10 at the nearby Maritime Museum. This casual event includes dinner, beverages, and entertainment. Come join the fun while networking with old and new friends.

The heart of CoatingsFest is the technical program which runs from the morning of Thursday October 11 through to early afternoon on Friday October 12. A series of speakers have been hand-picked to present a variety of topics relevant to our industry today.  Direct your questions to Thelma Longakit at (604) 594-6211 (ext-348), or email her.

The traditional Suppliers Cocktail Party and Banquet completes our calendar of social events on Thurs Oct 11. Don’t miss the post-dinner entertainment by HiWay Productions.

Please support the PNWSCT by staying at our waterfront host hotel The Inn at Laurel Point.This hotel is located in the heart of Victoria on the harbour, close to many popular tourist attractions and sought-after restaurants. Rooms start at $179 CND$. Hotel reservations can be made by phoning (800) 663-7667, or emailing them at Please reference “PNWSCT 2018 Symposium” and our booking code “1018ANDICO” to obtain the group rate.  NOTE:  as of Aug. 16, 2018 the hotel block is now SOLD OUT.  An additional four suites for $239 per night are available on a first come first served basis.

A variety of Sponsorship packages are available. Your sponsorship dollars contribute to a successful and vibrant event, and also play a vital role in supporting the activities of the PNWSCT.  To become a sponsor, please click here.

Online symposium registration is here. The early bird registration deadline is August 15, 2018.

For additional information, contact Ray Nordstrand, (604) 931-4002, or email him. Please extend this invitation to your colleagues in the industry. We encourage your participation to keep our industry strong and vibrant. See you in Victoria,

Bonnie MacKenzie
Registration Chair,
(604) 602-9084
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