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Celebrating 43 Years
of exceptional civic discourse

Join Us!
Friday, April 8, 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., April 6, 2011

Register online at

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

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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, 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.


April 1, 2011 -  Volume 43, Issue 18
Pain at All Levels
third in a series of three programs centered
on fallout from the ‘great recession’
Health and Safety: How Can Oregon Preserve Service Integrity?
Since March 2008, Oregon has experienced a recession characterized by high unemployment and overall economic slowing. The unemployment rate climbed to 11.6 percent in May of 2009, the highest level since 1983, and has remained above 10% for over two years.  Today, Oregon’s unemployment rate stands at 10.2 percent.  As a result, citizens increasingly must utilize the services offered by the Oregon Health Authority, the Department of Human Services, and County and local agencies.

During the current 2009-11 biennium, the economic recession curtailed revenue from the Oregon General Fund and other sources.  The revenue outlook for the 2011-13 biennium is also bleak. This reduction in available revenue has caused State, County and other agencies to begin to limit the number of clients they serve or lower the amount, duration and scope of services available.
Thus, just as the need for services is increasing, the funding needed to provide those services are decreasing.  Many Oregonians are struggling to meet their basic needs (e.g. food, housing, health care).  As we heard in Part I of this “Pain” series, the challenge of meeting basic needs often results in stressful family situations (e.g. homelessness, domestic violence, abuse/neglect of elders and children and more).  Yet, funding, staff and capacity shortages at OHA/DHS and its community partners make it difficult to meet the increasing demand.  

The Oregon Health Plan is the health insurance provider for about 15% of all Oregonians (38% of all Oregon children), covering about 500,000 lives.  

In the long-term care arena, the Seniors and People with Disabilities Division is responsible for case management and other services provided to about 18,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities and approximately 30,000 individuals who are aged or physically disabled.  Local contracted Area Agencies On Aging provide services to the majority of individuals in Oregon who are aged and physically disabled and qualify for public assistance.

At the local level, organizations such as county health departments, community action agencies and others provide vital additional support for the needs expressed. 

Our speakers today will address the current challenges of maintaining a strong safety net for those most in need among us.
Rodney Schroeder is currently the Interim Deputy Director for NorthWest Senior and Disability Services (NWSDS).  NWSDS is an Area Aging on Aging that provides Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP – Food Stamps), Oregon Project Independence and Older Americans Act services to seniors and people with disabilities throughout a five-county service delivery area – Clatsop, Marion, Polk, Tillamook and Yamhill counties.

Rodney has worked for NWSDS for more than six years and has been responsible for various operational activities within the Agency including program oversight, budgeting, contracts and business services.  In addition to his experience with NWSDS, Rodney has also worked as a Manager in state offices within the Seniors and People with Disabilities division, and has served on many committees, groups and advisory councils that shape and impact Oregon’s Long Term care system.
Rodney’s educational background includes a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Oregon State University and a Masters in Business from Webster University.

Cyndi Astley has worked within the non-profit community of Salem since 1996.  She began at the Humane Society running a 500+ member volunteer program, spent eight years with Community Action Agency as Program Director of the Drug Prevention Network, followed by two years with the United Way as the Campaign Director, and is now back to Community Action as Deputy Director. 

As Deputy Director, she is responsible for community partner advancements, special projects, IT department, and communications and marketing efforts which support the Agency and its seven programs; Child Care Resource & Referral, Community Action Drug Prevention Program,  Community Resource Program, Energy Assistance, Head Start, HOME Youth & Resources Center, and Nutrition First. 

Cyndi is committed to bettering our community and also serves on numerous community committees and boards that promote healthy children and families and volunteers with numerous organizations including Rotary, North Salem Business Association, Sprague Little League, Wright Elementary, UO Alumni Board of Directors, Salem Duck Club, and Salem and Keizer Chambers of Commerce. 

            Join us Friday, April 8, 2011, in the Dye House at Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill for this opportunity to hear how these difficult economic times have impacted this segment of our community. 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, April 6, 2011. New for April - register online!  Visit and register online.  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

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A Few of the New Website Features:

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    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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