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Celebrating 45 Years
of exceptional civic discourse

Join Us!

Friday, November 30

Willamette Heritage Center
at The Mill
1313 Mill Street, SE
Salem, OR 97301-6351
 For luncheon reservations, call 503.370.2808 or email
by noon, the Wednesday before each program

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Member Lunch, $12
Member No Lunch, No Cost
Nonmember Lunch, $15
Nonmember No Lunch: $5

Vegetarian or vegan entrees are available and must be requested at time of RSVP
Free parking
Doors open at 11:30 a.m.

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Join us in fulfilling our goal of 50 new members!  If each member recruits one new member, we will far exceed this goal. 

Need tools to help you recruit?  Grab a few business cards from your table at the next luncheon meeting and pass out to friends.  Also, like us on Facebook and pass along program details to your friends.  Together, we can succeed! 

Be sure to have your recruit indicate that you referred them - there are "I Got Mine" buttons in store for those who recruit new members.

Please welcome our newest Salem City Club member:

Michael Hansen


Credit/debit cards will only be accepted online.  Only Cash/Check will be accepted for at the door payment.

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CCTV Broadcast Schedule
 SCC programs can be seen on CCTV, Comcast Cable Channel 21, for two weeks starting the Wednesday after the meeting on
Wednesdays at 4pm, Thursdays at 4:30pm, Fridays at 7pm, and Saturdays at 1pm.

 Salem City Club’s mission is:
“to provide a common meeting ground for persons of divergent  beliefs, politics and occupations, for the interchange of ideas and stimulation of intelligent thinking and action on civic affairs; and to inform and activate its members and the community in public matters, and to arouse in them an appreciation of the responsibilities of citizenship.”

Friday programs are hosted at Willamette Heritage Center at
the Mill.  Doors open at
11:30 AM with program commencement at noon. Lunch reservations required  – before noon Wednesday.

November, 19 2012 -  Volume 45, Issue 6

Looking Ahead:
Grassroots Ideas for Downtown Vitality, Transit and the Future of Salem
November 30-Visualizing a Downtown Streetscape

January 25-Public Transportation in the Salem Area:  Facts and Myths
February 8-A Third River Crossing for Salem?
Beginning November 30, Salem City Club launches a new series that puts the spotlight on grassroots citizen ideas for a vibrant downtown and Salem area.  Sometimes daring, often begging further critical examination and greater refinement, grassroots ideas are passionately proposed and can produce historic policy and actions that improve civic life and vitality.
The first of the series (Friday, noon, November 30 at the Willamette Heritage Center) will explore Salem Downtown Partnership’s vision of a new downtown streetscape.
The Partnership, comprising downtown business owners, proposes a remade downtown streetscape that combines a variety of tested and experimental innovations.  Their plan is offered with the conviction that a vibrant downtown is the beating heart of the city and region. 

Many will find the proposals intriguing and perhaps controversial. A proposed “road diet” would result in street lanes being removed in favor of wider sidewalks, outdoor seating, carefully planned gardens, and bike lanes.  Low maintenance gardens are envisioned with design elements drawn from Salem’s noted Twentieth Century landscape architects Elizabeth Lord and Edith Schryver. These ideas, and others that presenters will share, are intended to promote the commercial health and general attractiveness of Salem’s downtown core to citizens and visitors.
Subsequent series sessions will explore findings and implications of a soon to be published League of Women Voters of Marion and Polk Counties report on public transit in the region, and ideas and alternatives to a third Willamette River crossing. 

November 30-Visualizing a Downtown Streetscape Speakers:

Eric Kittleson
President, Salem Downtown Partnership

ERIC KITTLESON, current board president of the Salem Downtown Partnership, will introduce the project and explain the Streetscape design to the Salem City Club audience. Kittleson holds degrees in Economics and Electrical Engineering from Oregon Universities

In 1981, he joined his wife Carole Smith in purchasing and renovating four blighted downtown buildings including the Farrar Building on State Street, now owned by Arbuckle-Costic Architects; the Paulus Building on Court Street, now houses Lullu”s Kitchen store and Meringue and the Kittleson/Smith upstairs, family residence. The couple also renovated the Oddfellows Building on Court and High Streets that houses Grand Vines, the Grand Theatre and the Grand Ballroom and the Grand Hotel Building, home to Travel Salem.

Blake Bural
Architect, Arbuckle Costic Architects
BLAKE BURAL, an architect with Arbuckle Costic Architects in downtown Salem, will focus his presentation on how he envisions the project creating community pride and a sense of place and history. He also will explain the making of Court and State streets two-way, which will feature bike lanes.
Bural, who has a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Studies and a master’s degree in Architecture from Washington State University, serves on the leadership team for the Salem Area Young Professionals through the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects.
Susan Kay Huston
Garden Designer specializing in Lord and Schryver Garden restoration
SUSAN KAY HUSTON, who will discuss the sidewalk garden and the historic relevance of the design, is a noted, Salem garden designer for commercial buildings and is known for her restoration work in private Lord and Schryver gardens.
Huston, who holds a degree in art and art education from Willamette University, has also studied at the University of Oregon, the Institute for European Studies in Vienna, Austria and Western Oregon University.
Huston lived in Portland as a free-lance photostylist, designing and constructing large scale product shots for Northwest companies such as Freightliner Trucks, Georgia Pacific, Simpson Timber and Precision Castparts. She owned her own design/development business working with local companies such as Providence Hospital enhancing the physical exteriors of its buildings.
Please join us Friday, November 30, 2012, as we welcome this panel of speakers at Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill in the Dye House.   For lunch reservations email before noon Wednesday, November 28, 2012Parking is free.  Doors open at 11:30 AM.  For more information on this program please go to





Friday, December 14:  Sound Off!  Winners and Losers, Beefs and Bouquets:  A Look Back at 2012.  A panel of notable Oregon journalists looks back at 2012.  It's their chance to praise and blame, declare winners and losers, and to sound off about local, state, or national inconveniences, outrages, scandals, contradictions and seemingly unsolvable problems.  Don't miss this-end-of-the year romp.

Friday, January 11:  Hon. Thomas A. Balmer, Chief Justice, Oregon Supreme Court:  2013 State of the Courts Address 
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2012-2013 SCC Board:
Russ Beaton, President
Carla Mikkelson, Program Committee Chair
Lloyd Chapman, Membership Chair
Anita Saalfeld, Treasurer
Jan Margosian, Past President
John Adams
Petra Berger
Tom Golden
Allan Pollock
Cynthia Condon
Bob Martin

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Platinum Contributors

Kathleen Beaufait
Egon & Diana Bodtker
Beverly Bow
Deborah Dancik & Edd LeSage
Britta Lion Franz
Roger P. Gillette
Mary Kamppi
Steve Kenney
Jan & Les Margosian
Anita Saalfeld
Linda Teal
Bob & Leslie Zeigen
Gold Contributors
Keith York & Mary Hart
Ruth Young

Silver Contributors
Adele Egan
Nancy Kuehn
Bill Mainwaring
Raquel Moore-Green
Kathy & Steve Sansone

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