How to Join

What is PortLUG?
PortLUG is a club for Adult Fans Of LEGO® (AFOLs).  PortLUG stands for Portland LEGO User Group.

How big is PortLUG?
PortLUG has over one hundred and fifty members on the mailing list, a little over half of whom live in the Greater Portland Area.

What do I have to do to become a member?
Join the mailing list and come to a meeting. That’s it. We are open to adults of all ages!

Can anyone join?
Anyone eighteen or over can join.  PortLUG is a club for adult fans of LEGO.  Minors are welcome to attend meetings, but they must come with a parent or guardian who is a participating member of PortLUG.  This is to avoid the club becoming responsible for someone else’s children, and also to prevent us from becoming a daycare service.

Parents may allow their kids access to the mailing list on an account they both use, or both have access to. PortLUG is intended as a club for adults, and folks should remember that when bringing their kids along to a meeting, and when allowing them access to the mailing list.

Parents looking for activities aimed specifically at kids can check out the LEGO Club online.  You can also check the events calendar at the Tigard LEGO Store.  LEGO stores have activities and events every month.

Who is in charge of PortLUG?
We all are! PortLUG is a causal group, and while there are officers with certain responsibilities to see that things get done, anyone can bring ideas to the table and we decide and vote as a group. Your level of participation is totally up to you.

What kind of LEGO should I build and bring?
Any Kind. We are open to all themes, from Town to Space, from Hero Factory to Friends, from Castle to Technic.

Do I have to come to the meetings?
No you don’t have to come to the meetings, but we encourage everyone to come when they can. One way we do this is by conducting our business during meetings, where we organize shows and events, pick draft sets, trade LEGO, and spend time together.

When and where do you meet?
We meet on the second Saturday of each month, except when the meeting conflicts with major holidays or events. Where the meetings take place is up to that month’s host. A host is responsible for securing a location for the meeting and making sure folks know how to get there. Since we’ve grown in size, meetings are usually at larger public places, such as libraries, game shops, and members places of work. The host and location of each meeting is usually decided at the previous meeting, and posted to the mailing list.

What are the Rules of PortLUG?

We have a few simple rules.

  1. As stated above, members must be adults.
  2. Also, we are not a business club and so while it’s perfectly fine to post that you have something LEGO related for sale, please instruct interested parties to contact you directly rather than hash out details on the mailing list. We don’t want to miss any deals, but we also don’t want to become just a marketplace for bricks. If you’re a business owner, by all means let us know when you’re having a LEGO sale.
  3. Posts advertising non LEGO related businesses are prohibited. Do not give out member’s emails or information to other businesses or charities without their express individual permission. This doesn’t mean that you can’t mention that you’re a contractor, or restaurant owner, just that the PortLUG mailing list should not be used as a source of advertising.
  4. Do not solicit the list for monetary donations to charities without either bringing it up at a meeting first, or asking the admins about it if time is critical, or you’re unable to attend a meeting. Discussion of LEGO related charities, such as Creation for Charity, are allowed. The group is usually very flexible about such things, but it’s always better bring it up in person first.
  5. It seems silly to say, but questionable and/or illegal activities are against club rules… What this mainly refers to is please don’t use PortLUG as a place to profit from employee discounts and that sort of thing.
  6. The most important rule is the easiest one: Be Respectful of others. It’s that simple. Be polite, and have fun!

What if I have a charity that could benefit from PortLUG?

PortLUG has occasionally put on LEGO displays to raise money for local schools. If you have a cause that you think could benefit from PortLUG’s involvement you are always encourage to share your ideas. As is the case with many PortLUG activities, the person who comes up with the idea, is usually the person appointed to organize such events.

What is a draft/draft set?

A draft is when everyone participating each brings 1 copy of the agreed upon set to be drafted. The sets are all sorted, with each type of piece going into a different bin – for example, red 2×4 bricks in 1 bin, yellow 1×2 plates in another bin. The participants draw numbers and then go in order, each selecting a bin until they are all gone. The result is that instead of getting 1 or 2 red 2×4 bricks that come in one set, you will get 10 or 20. This is a fun and useful way to get multiple copies of the pieces that you want, at an affordable price. We do a draft at almost every meeting. A Mega Draft, is when we draft a very large set, usually one that some members have found for a significant discount. In that case, participants buy in for an equal share of the draft while one or two people are in charge of procuring the Mega Draft set.

What is a MOC?

MOC stands for My Own Creation. It’s any custom built model or mini-fig.

Do I have to live in or near Portland?

Absolutely not. Though most of our members are local, some live an hour or more outside of town. A few live much much further. While I might wonder why someone from Australia would want to join a club that’s an ocean away, that doesn’t mean they can’t. Making it to meetings may be hard, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun trading ideas on the mailing list and making new friends.

What is your affiliation with GPLR? Bricks Cascade?

None officially.  GPLR, or Greater Portland LEGO Railroaders is a separate, more specialized club that focuses on LEGO trains.

Bricks Cascade is a group of PortLUG members who have put on private conventions here in Portland.  Bricks Cascade is a separate entity from PortLUG, and is a non profit organization, however the bulk of workers and volunteers for Bricks Cascade come from within PortLUG.

If you’re interested in attending Bricks Cascade, or volunteering for the convention, you can find out more on the PortLUG mailing list, and at our meetings, or check the Bricks Cascade webpage.

Can I belong to other LUGs and be a member of PortLUG?

Absolutely! We already have members who also belong to other clubs including BayLUG, GPLR, and our neighbors at SeaLUG, as well as others further out. We’re not here to compete, or exclude anyone. We are here to make as many LEGO friends as we can!

How is PortLUG related to The LEGO Group?

LEGO®is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site.

That said, PortLUG does have a very good relationship with LEGO.  We maintain contact with The LEGO Group, and work with them regularly to help enrich the fan community, and to ensure that all Trademarks and Copyrights belonging to LEGO are understood and observed.  In turn, the LEGO Group has been been very supportive of PortLUG since it’s inception, and continues to be an active part of the PortLUG family.