After several years as a snowbird, but now a full time Florida resident, Margrit Portaria recently joined the Board of the Naples Woman’s Club to serve as Treasurer.
She was born in Berlin, Germany…….there was a war going on at the time….Her parents and Margrit, as a teenager, emigrated to Canada. Married her husband and his job took them to Milan, Italy. Nine great years in Italy was followed with five years in Brussels, Belgium, before they were called back to New York office.
Even after retirement, they were sent to various assignments, in Eastern Europe, Portugal and then China to start up his firm’s first Shanghai subsidiary. Margrit joined him for a good portion of these assignments and was exposed to so many different cultures and experiences.
On retirement, they moved from Wyckoff, NJ to Stow, Oh. A member of the Stow Woman’s Club, she served on the Board as Treasurer for twelve years…then then some!!. Needless to say, the by-laws had to be changed to facilitate” her “extensions” as it was difficult to find a replacement. It was a great group of ladies and they contributed well to the community.
Margrit was also the founder (2005) of the ”Stow Blanketeers“ group. Currently a group of twenty four ladies, meeting twice monthly, to knit and crochet blankets. They have so far donated over five thousand baby and adult blankets to local charities, to veteran’s homes, nursing homes, Summit children services, cancer hospitals etc. They have received multiple awards over the years.
She looks forward to serving on the Board of the Naples Woman’s Club. A great institution…and I am here to help.