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Celebrating 43 Years
of exceptional civic discourse

Join Us!
Friday, February 18, 2011

Willamette Heritage Center
at The Mill:
Mission Mill Museum and
Marion County Historical Society
1313 Mill Street, SE
Salem, OR 97301-6351
 Call 503.370.2808 or email your reservation by noon,
Wed., February 2, 2011

Lunch Cost
SCC Members: $12.00
Non-members: $15.00
Vegetarian or vegan entrees are available and must be requested at time of RSVP
There is a $5 charge to attend the
program at noon to help defray
room rental costs.
  Free parking
Doors open at 11:30 AM


Contact Info for SCC


Discuss upcoming topics on our SCC Blog:
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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 at6 PM, Thursdays at 4:30 PM,Fridays at 7 PM, and again Saturdays at 1 PM.

 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.”

Begin 2011 With SCC
Friday Programs

Wednesday, February 9
Salem Mayor’s State of the City Address
Guest speaker: Mayor Anna Peterson, noon-1:30 at the Salem Conference Center.
30th year of this event hosted in conjunction with Salem Downtown Rotary and the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce.  Cost: $14 per person, no need to RSVP
Friday, February 18
"Sustainable Transportation, Part I - Is an electric car in your future?"  
Friday, March 4
Topic:  Domestic Violence (Part I of “Pain at All Levels”)
Friday, March 18 
Topic:  PERS (Part II of “Pain at All Levels”)
Friday, April 8
Topic:  Health and Social Services (Part III of “Pain at All Levels”)
Friday, April 22
Sustainable Cities Year: Salem
 Sustainable Transportation (a two-part series)
• Part 1: Is There An Electric Car in Your Future? (February 18)
• Part 2: Trains and Transit (May)
Pain at All Levels: Fallout from the Great Recession
• Part 1: (March 4)
• Part 2: PERS (March 18)
• Part 3: Health and Social Services (April 8)
Friday programs are hosted at Willamette Heritage Center at Mission Mill. Doors open at 11:30 AM with program commencement at noon. Lunch reservations required  – before noon Wednesday.

Thank You
Salem City Club


Egon and Diana Bodtker
Don Fries
Bob and Leslie Zeigen
Kathleen Beaufait
Linda Teal
Don Homuth
Beverly Bow

Ruth Young
Anita Saalfeld

Barbara Hanneman
Bill Mainwaring
Adele Egan
Grant Erwin
Elaine Young

And thank you to those members who donated and wish to remain anonymous

Thank You
Salem City Club
Business Partners 2010-2011

Crowell Ing LLP

James J. MacAfee, P.C.

State Farm Insurance

Pioneer Trust BAnk

Big Picture Productions

Virgil T. Golden Funeral Services

Law Offices of Michael E. Swaim, P.C.


February 7, 2011 -  Volume 43, Issue 15

Nissan Leaf                                      Tesla Model S
Beginning Friday, February 18, Salem City Club will launch a two-part sustainable transportation series that will focus on the most efficient use of transportation energy. The February 18, noon program will explore technology, infrastructure and policy supports for electric cars. In May, a second program will explore improved rail and other forms of mass transit. 

In his recent State of the Union message President Obama challenged Americans to be the first nation to have a million electric vehicles on the road by 2015. His challenge reflects the considered view of many scientists that America is on a collision path with reality regarding how we produce and use energy, including energy for transportation. It also reflects the promise and possibilities of electric vehicle technology.

Something BIG is happening with electric cars: electric cars now coming to market achieve the mileage equivalent of up to 120 miles per gallon – and they have no tailpipe! These vehicles will use energy up to four times more efficiently than the average vehicle on the road today, and can reduce your carbon footprint significantly – even if your electricity originates from burning natural gas or coal. With advances in battery technology and expansion of recharging and other infrastructure the range and general practicality of these vehicles is certain to grow. They are also likely to be generally affordable.

But, truly, is there an electric car in your future? And, if so, When?

Come prepared to learn and ask questions of our expert speakers, who will present the latest knowledge on the topic of sustainable transportation and the infrastructure that Oregon is now establishing in support of this effort.

Russ Beaton
Professor of Economics for 33 years at Willamette University and professor emeritus since 2003. While at Willamette, Dr. Beaton specialized in areas such as environmental economics, urban land economics, and energy economics, and has completed several studies focusing on urban growth boundary policies. He participated in the structuring and passing of Oregon's land use laws, and has consulted with several state agencies, including ODOT, the Department of Land Conservation and Development, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Economic Development. He has co-authored two books in the area of sustainable development, and is working on a third.

Art James 
Art holds a Bachelors degree from Stanford University and a Master of Business Administration in finance from the University of Oregon. 
He joined Oregon DOT’s Office of Innovative Partnerships in 2004 as project director. He has been instrumental in launching Oregon’s public/private initiative and key in helping establish Oregon as a leading launch site for electric vehicles (EVs). He works with private sector firms to create a robust network of EV charging infrastructure in Oregon and encourage rapid adoption of electric transportation. He also chairs the Oregon Advisory Team working with utilities and local governments to install hundreds of EV charging stations around the state. 

Rick Wallace
Rick is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Oregon Department of Energy in the Energy Policy Division and serves as the agency expert on alternative fuels, infrastructure and vehicles in the transportation sector. Rick also serves as Coordinator of the Columbia Willamette Clean Cities Coalition. The coalition promotes the use of domestically produced transportation fuels and fuel efficiency. Rick has accumulated eleven years experience developing, marketing and administrating conservation and renewable fuel programs. Previous to his work in energy Rick worked 14 years in the aerospace/defense industry as an engineer. 

Final Notes:
We would have loved to park a new all-electric Nissan Leaf automobile outside the door for this program. But, we will probably have to wait until later because Oregon dealers have yet to receive demonstration vehicles. 

In our second program on sustainable transportation later this Spring, we will talk about ways to improve rail and other forms of mass transit which, in addition to being environmentally friendly and convenient, will have the further effect of reducing the demand on our roads and highways.
You are invited come and participate!

Please join us on February 18, 2011, in the Dye House at Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill for this opportunity to learn and become informed. For those not on our “continuous attendee” list, you may e-mail lunch reservations to: or call 503-370-2808 by Wednesday noon, February 16, 2011. SCC members lunch cost is $12, all others $15. Doors will open at 11:30 AM. The community is welcomed and encouraged to join us! There is a $5 charge for visitors who would like a coffee and cookie. For more information on upcoming programs, and directions to this event please go to

Spring Program Series You Won’t Want to Miss
Sustainable Transportation (a two-part series)
• Part 1: Is There An Electric Car in Your Future? (February 18)
• Part 2: Trains and Transit (May)
Pain at All Levels: Fallout from the Great Recession
• Part 1: Domestic Violence (March 4)
• Part 2: PERS (March 18)
• Part 3: Health and Social Services (April 8)

Salem Mayor’s State of the City Address
Once again, Salem City Club is proud to participate in the 30th annual State of the City Address to be held on Wednesday, February 9, 2011, from noon-1:30.  Salem City Club along with Salem Downtown Rotary and the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce will present this annual program.  Show your support for our civic organizations and join us when Mayor Peterson will present the 2011 State of the City Address.   This will be her first address as Mayor. When: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at noon, in the Salem Conference Center. Cost: $13; no need to RSVP.

Do you Know Somebody Who
Deserves some Recognition???

Think about Nominating them for the Carole Eggers Citizenship Award

          We are seeking nominations for the Carole Eggers Citizenship Award which will be awarded at our annual meeting in June.  This award is given periodically to an individual or organization that has made a remarkable contribution to the civic life and/or livability of the Salem area. Award recipients may be honored for a single noteworthy act or accomplishment, or for long and distinguished service that has contributed to the improvement of the community.  Our honored recipient in 2009 was Jan Margosian.
          If you would like a nomination form visit the membership section of our web site at for all the information or contact Raquel Moore-Green at or call 503.362.5021. Nominations are due early May.

Friday, February 18, 2011
Is There An Electric Car In Your Future?
Sustainable Transportation, Part 1

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