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Celebrating 43 Years
of exceptional civic discourse

Join Us!
Friday, March 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., March 16, 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

NOTICE: Due to the cost of credit card processing, there will be an additional $1.50 charge per transaction for the convenience of using Visa/Mastercard at the meeting. 

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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.”

Spring 2011 With SCC Friday Programs
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.


March 8, 2011 -  Volume 43, Issue 17
Pain at All Levels
second in a series of three programs centered
on fallout from the ‘great recession’
Experienced in getting to
Retirement and

Oregonians are known for their passionate discussions about the weather and politics but Salem area residents have a third subject at the top of their list…the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS).

With thousands of members working and retiring in the Capitol City and surrounding areas, knowing the latest about their pension plan and how the current economic downturn affects it, is always a point of discussion.

Salem City Club’s March 18 program features three different views of OPERS including OPERS Executive Director Paul R. Cleary discussing its history, challenges over the last decade and future challenges for its members and retirees as it, too, suffers from the “Great Recession.” OPERS Executive Director since 2004, Cleary is responsible for administration of a statewide retirement system serving some 330,000 members, retirees, and beneficiaries, supporting approximately 900 public employers, with pension fund assets of nearly $57 billion.

Before coming to OPERS, Cleary was the Director of the Oregon Water Resources Department. He also served as Director of the Oregon State Land Department; as Deputy Director of the Wyoming State Land and Farm Loan Office; and as a natural resource advisor in the Wyoming Governor’s Office. He earned an M.S. from the University of Wyoming, and a B.S. from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.

Current Legislative Director for the Oregon State Fire Fighters Council Bob Livingston also will discuss PERS and the recession but with an emphasis on problems starting after the 2003 reforms that occurred in the Oregon Legislature. Livingston will provide a then and now snapshot of our retirement, what is now the dominant retirement plan (OPSRP or tier 3) that came out of the 2003 session and point out that not just public employees but all Oregonians and Americans for the most part are not saving enough towards their retirement.
Livingston, a 20-year-plus veteran of the Oregon Fire Service with the past 18 as a fire fighter with the Salem Fire Department, is speaking on behalf of the Oregon State Fire Fighters Council. The statewide labor organization represents career fire fighters of Oregon and is a statewide affiliate of the International Association of Fire Fighters representing nearly 300,000 firefighters and paramedics across North America. Many Salem residents know Livingston as baseball coach for the past 15 years at North Salem High School and this year an assistant coach at South Salem High School.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University and a Master's degree of Public Administration from Portland State University’s Mark Hatfield School of Government.  He also is former chair of the Fire Policy Committee and board representative for the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

John Lattimer, chief administrative officer and budget office for Marion County, looks at the county and the recession in a somewhat positive light. Lattimer sees the county as being in fairly good shape because they began the painful process of reducing staff and programs beginning in late 2008.   He will discuss how the county has managed so far but is anxiously awaiting actions by the 2011 Legislature.  Lattimer previously served as Oregon’s Legislative Fiscal Officer for 10 years, five years as State Auditor and two as Chief Information Officer for the State of Oregon.  He spent 19 years working for three other state legislatures—Illinois, Ohio and Kansas—in public policy, budget, finance and program evaluation.  He has a Master’s Degree from the University of Kansas where he took language options in Computer Science and Statistics for his Ph.D.

He has served on a variety of appointed public boards and commissions including the Budget Advisory Team for the Salem-Keizer School District, the Public Commission on the Legislature, the Salem Task Force on Neighborhood Associations and the Salem Town Square Task Force.  He currently chairs the Croisan-Illahe Neighborhood Association.

Join us Friday, March 18, 2011, in the Dye House at Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill for this opportunity to hear what these three experts have to say about PERS. For those not on our “continuous attendee” list, you may e-mail lunch reservations to: rsvp@salemcityclub.comor call 503-370-2808 by Wednesday noon, March 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
Thank you -

for being our Media Sponsor of the Pain at All Levels program series

President's Column

          On Saturday, February 12 your Board and members of the Program Committee kicked off a strategic planning initiative that will provide Salem City Club with clear direction over the next three years. The initiative will produce a strategic plan that according to schedule should be ratified by the Board at its May 17th meeting.
         City Club members are invited to participate in this exercise by reviewing and providing comments on the first and second draft plans. Special online discussion forums will be organized for this purpose; the first of these will be established later this month. Details on how to contribute to these sessions will be provided on the Club's website and through this Bulletin. In true City Club spirit, members are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the draft plans that will be published on Club’s website and to either contribute directly to the online discourse or follow the online discussion.
         Participants at the six-hour February 12 session laid the groundwork for the labor intensive steps to follow. The day's work concluded with a first cut at a Club vision statement and a preliminary list of critical strategic issues and strategic initiatives to which the Board should dedicate itself on behalf of the membership. Club strengths, weakness, threats and opportunities were also examined. In short order a summary report of the initial meeting results will be posted on the Club website.
         Beginning mid-March four work groups will closely examine and refine strategic objectives and initiatives. Club finances and fund raising, program development, membership recruitment and diversity, and strategic partnerships with other organizations will receive special attention. All the work groups will proceed with attention to member input. Work group meeting times will be announced to permit members interested in attending and participating in the meetings to do so.
         With lots of effort and participation, and a little luck, City Club is certain to emerge more clearly focused and defined in purpose and mission. The final plan will provide the Club with an ability to concentrate energies in pursuit of what our preliminary considerations suggest will be a big, perhaps even an audacious, vision.
         City Club is a special organization that plays a praiseworthy role in promoting reasoned examination of important civil society and public policy issues in our community. The core question raised by the strategic planning initiative now underway is whether the Club can become widely recognized as the premier venue in Salem, the mid-Valley, and in some instances the state for substantive discourse on the issues. Be prepared to join the discussion.

Nominations are Now Open

          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.

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