Argay Terrace business woman competes in ‘Mrs. Oregon International Pageant’

Discover what Kyle Ziegler hopes to share with the world if she wins this pageant and goes to represent Oregon in the International competition …

Lauren Bishop, of “Your Vocal Advantage” talks with Kyle L. Ziegler, CastleGate Realty, and “Mrs. Portland International 2008”, at the Parkrose Business Association meeting.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
It seems like nearly all Parkrose area residents and business people who have been involved in their community know Kyle L. Ziegler because of her involvement in her community.

Now that Ziegler has been named “Mrs. Portland International 2008”, and will compete for the “Mrs. Oregon International 2008” crown, she hopes to share her zeal for community volunteerism nationwide.

If she wins the state title on March 15 in Portland, she’ll go on to present her message at the July “Mrs. International Pageant” in Chicago, Illinois.

Actively involved in neighborhood improvement

“It started in 1987,” Ziegler says, “I got involved in my neighborhood association’s board because of a traffic issue. I’m still on board today – the Argay Terrace Neighborhood Association.”

In 1989, Ziegler became a Crime Prevention Coordinator for the City of Portland, helping residents set up a Neighborhood Watch programs. “Then, in 1991, I became the executive director of the Parkrose Business Association for four years, while I started my real estate business.”

While her real estate brokerage, CastleGate Realty, Inc., keeps her occupied during the day, Ziegler still finds time to be involved in projects that increase the safety and beauty of her neighborhood – and helping to build the Parkrose Business Association by being a board member and chair of the Programs committee.

While talking with us in her office at CastleGate Realty, Kyle Ziegler says hopes to spread her message of community participation nationwide if she is selected to go on to the national finals.

Mission: Stimulating volunteerism
“I’ve found that many people want to be of service to their community, but don’t know how to get involved,” states Ziegler. “People get so tied up in their own lives, but they don’t see that there are opportunities for participation out there. One person can’t change the world, but they can make their neighborhood a better place.”

If one projects a “bubbly enthusiasm” for a project, she goes on, people can be enticed entice to tackle one small part of a project. “Then, they feel good about themselves because they participated. That’s the basis of my success. I’m able to bring people around to do one task by sharing my enthusiasm with them.”

Ziegler readies her platform
Saying she’s been working on her platform for the upcoming pageant, Ziegler tries it out on us: “Going beyond grassroots participation by stimulating others to participate in local issues.”

If she wins the crown in at the upcoming pageant, “It will give me the opportunity to share what I’ve learned about helping to stimulate community participation in other parts of the country. It’s what I’ve done for 25 years.”

Oregon pageant held in NE Portland
According to the pageant’s state director, Lesley Nardini, “Kyle will represent our city and county at the 2008 Mrs. Oregon International Pageant. She’ll be competing for $5,000 in cash and prizes, and the opportunity to proceed to next level.”

The Mrs. International Pageant system, Nardini explains, recognizes women for their professional accomplishments, community service, and commitment to marriage and family. “Throughout her year, the new Mrs. Portland International will not only compete for the state crown, but she will also be available to make appearances, attend special presentations, and assist with civic events and non-profit projects.”

Come on East Portland! Let’s support Kyle Ziegler by cheering her on at the Mrs. Oregon International Pageant on Saturday, March 15, at the Sheraton-Airport Hotel. Tickets are $20 per person, and include a post-pageant reception. And, you can vote for her online before the competition. For more information CLICK HERE:

© 2008 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News Service

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