Our club in Portland, Oregon began as an idea when in April 2001 Gérard Philippon, President of the Alliance Française of Portland suggested that someone in the AFdP organize a group to play pétanque. Joe Martin stepped forward offering to organize a club and thus began the search for suitable terrain.
In May five players met at the gravel track at Reed College to start the unending play of boules in the Rose City. Attending were Gérard and Joe along with John Hunt from Seattle, Jim Van Dyke and a German gentleman named Max who was familiar with the game.
Play soon moved to Chapman School in NW Portland. A membership drive picnic was held in late summer using AFdP members to generate interest, and with its success the idea of a club began to take shape.
In the spring of 2002 one of the PPC members, who also happened to be a lawn bowler, said that the lawn bowlers agreed that if the PPC would take care of removing the astro turf, and if a shared use agreement could be reached, then the PPC would have a permanent home.
Beginning in June 2002 Joe Martin, and some faithful volunteers, began the process of rolling up the turf so it could be repurposed for other uses such as putting greens, concrete covering around swimming pools, and most notably, a fashion runway at the Burn Man Festival.
The PPC officially became affiliated with the FPUSA in August 2002 and has hosted numerous Regional and National tournaments.