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Celebrating 47 Years
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Register now for the February 27 program.
Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.
Program, Noon

Willamette Heritage Center
at The Mill
1313 Mill Street, SE
Salem, OR 97301-6351

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call 503.370.2808
by noon, the Wednesday before each program

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Member Lunch & Program: $13
Member Program Only: Free
Nonmember Lunch & Program: $20
Nonmember Program Only: $7


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


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Valerie Keever
Rachel Thorsett
Jean Urbanski

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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:

“ 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.”



February 16,  Volume 47, Issue 14
Oregon Agriculture:
Opportunities and Challenges

Katy Coba, Director,
Oregon Department of Agriculture

Friday, February 27, 2015

Opening program in a series of three:

  “Agriculture in Marion and Polk Counties:
From Threshers to iPads”

State Director of Agriculture Katy Coba will open Salem City Club’s three-program series on agriculture by giving an overview of the agriculture industry in Oregon, highlighting Marion and Polk Counties' contributions to the industry and discussing agriculture’s promising future in our state.

Coba, a native Oregonian from the Pendleton area, will explain the opportunities in agriculture such as diversity of production, value added, market dynamics and consumer preferences. In addition, she will talk about agriculture’s challenges including water quality improvements, availability of water, continued access to production tools and consumer and producer positions related to technology enhancements including genetic engineering. The program also will touch on the February report on Oregon Agriculture presented to the Oregon Legislature by the State Board of Agriculture.

Appointed Agriculture Director in 2003, Coba works with the Governor, legislature, agricultural, environmental and consumer groups to carry out the state’s agriculture policy. ODA’s three-fold mission includes marketing Oregon agriculture, protecting its natural resources, and ensuring food safety and consumer protection. Coba works to market Oregon agricultural products locally, domestically and internationally including participating in trade missions to Europe and Asia.

Prior to this position, Coba’s career in state government included serving in Governor John Kitzhaber’s first administration in a number of capacities including Chief Policy Advisor, Economic Development and International Trade Policy Advisor as well as Director of Executive Appointments. She also served as Special Assistant to the Agriculture Director.

Coba, who graduated with an economics degree from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, has served as a member of the Oregon Tourism Commission, as President of the Western Association of State Departments of Agriculture and as a member of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture Board of Directors.
Her volunteer roles include being a sports commentator for a local television station.

Other programs in the series include Technology on April 24 and “The 21st Century Faces of Agriculture in Marion and Polk Counties” in Fall, 2015.

As is our tradition, we meet at the Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill, Salem. For lunch reservations, please visit our website at and register online. Reservations are due by noon Wednesday, February 25, 2015. Parking is free. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.


State of the City Address
The Hon. Anna M. Peterson, Mayor


Co-hosted by
Salem City Club
Salem Rotary
Salem Area Chamber of Commerce

City of Salem
On Wednesday, February 18, Salem Mayor Anna Peterson will deliver The State of City Address at the Salem Convention Center.  No RSVP is necessary. A $15 lunch buffet is optional and begins at 11:30 a.mThe West Salem High School Jazz Band will be performing.

The mayor said her speech would highlight accomplishments of the past year, but its emphasis would be on an action plan for 2015.
“I want to talk about the communities’ expectations of its government and how we, as a city, can meet those expectations,” Peterson said. Building community support for investing in a seismic upgrade of the Vern Miller Civic Center and developing a new public safety facility will be among the topics discussed in the mayor’s speech, she said.
 Peterson also will present a new award from the Mayor’s International Council that recognizes the leadership of two Salem residents.

WINTER, 2015

Friday, March 13: "Silicon Sky: Drones for Business and the Public Good."  Mitch Swecker, Director, Oregon Department of Aviation; Wendie Kellington, Lake Oswego-based attorney specializing in FAA permitting and entitlements for drone technology; and Brian Whiteside, Founder of VDOS Global, a Corvallis UAV inspection services company, and President of the Cascade Chapter of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.

Friday, March 27:  Retirement Security (or Not) in Oregon. Ted Wheeler, Oregon State Treasurer, will present comment and context for the recently released report issued by the Oregon Retirement Savings Task Force, which he chaired. The task force was created by the 2013 Oregon Legislature. To view a copy of the report prior to the program, please go to the following website:

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