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Celebrating 43 Years
of exceptional civic discourse

Join Us!
Friday, May 6, 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., May 4, 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

Contact Info for SCC

May 6th Lunch Menu
Stir Fry with Noodles
Cascade Baking Breads


Discuss upcoming topics on our SCC Blog:
Click Here to View our Blog


Welcome New Members!

Wendy Brokaw

Richard Lowenthal, M.D.

Mike McKelvey

Salem Professional Fire Fighters


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.”

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.

Take a Look - New Website Launched!

  Have you visited lately?
See below for new login info

A Few of the New Website Features:

  • Register Online for Friday Luncheon Programs - you can even pay online, but you can also mark that you would like to attend and pay at the door or that you would like to attend and not eat lunch - so many options!
  • Renew your SCC Membership or Join Online - Renew, join and even pay for your membership online.  Pay by mailing a check options are also available with this feature.
  • Many Other Amazing Features - The look is new and simpler.  You just have to see for yourself!
  • Website FAQ

    How do I log in?
    Members may log in using their email address and assigned password.  Shortly after you receive this eBulletin, you will receive a personalized email with your username and password.  If you cannot find or do not remember your password, click "forgot password" in the login box.

    Why do I need to log in?
    Members should log in to register for programs and participate in online forum discussions.  This makes registering simply and easy to do!

    What if I am not a member?
    Non-members may register for programs at the non-member rate without logging in.  You may also join online by clicking the "Join SCC" button.

    Thank You
    Salem City Club


    Egon and Diana Bodtker
    Edd LeSage and Deb Dancik
    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 25, 2011 -  Volume 43, Issue 20
    Fast Trains for Oregon:
    Sustainable Transportation, Part 2

      May 6, 2011@ Noon - Willamette Heritage Center

    Amtrak at Union Station

    (Photo by Andrew Hall)
    How do we improve the regularity and speed of Oregon passenger rail, on our way to a TGV-like future?

    to Strasbourg TGV 
    In 2007, Strasbourg connected to Paris with a special train called the TGV (train de grande vitesse - high-speed train). Instead of covering the nearly 200 miles in the usual 4 hours, passengers can now arrive there in half the time, with trains testing to halve that time again.
    On February 18, 2011, Salem City Club launched a two-part sustainable transportation series, focusing on the most efficient use of transportation energy both in the personal and public realms. 

    In that first program, we heard about the policy changes and infrastructure improvements that are now making possible the increased use of electric cars here in the Willamette Valley and beyond.

    On May 6, in Part 2 of this series, Salem City Club will provide answers as to how can we achieve improved rail and related mass transit, in the public realm, both near term and long term.

    Strong ridership on public transit systems is directly related to service that is:
    • regular;
    • safe;
    • convenient; and
    • affordable.
    Strong ridership reduces demand on our roads and highways and reduces energy costs per passenger mile
    Come prepared to learn and ask questions of our three expert speakers.  They will describe how we can best move to a well functioning and accessible rail system that attracts riders and thus earns the label of “sustainable” in both the environmental and financial realms.

    Lynn Peterson currently serves as Governor John Kitzhaber’s Sustainable Communities and Transportation Policy Advisor.  Lynn is the former Chair of the Clackamas County Commission and a nationally recognized transportation and land use integration expert.   In her role with the Governor’s administration, Lynn leads the Governor’s policy efforts on transportation initiatives including, high speed rail, freight and highway planning and improvement, the Solar Highway, and linking transportation to housing and sustainability. Prior to serving on the Clackamas County Commission, Lynn worked as a transportation consultant and as a Strategic Planning Manager for TriMet. She also was a Transportation Advocate for 1000 friends of Oregon and a Transportation Planner for Metro.

    Lynnholds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of Wisconsin – Madison and two Masters degrees from Portland State University, in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Urban and Regional Planning.  Lynn has dedicated her career to building safe and healthy communities.

    Kitty Piercy has served two terms as Eugene's chief political officer.  A former teacher and legislator, Mayor Piercy is married and is the mother of three grown children and two grandchildren.
    As part of her city duties, Mayor Piercy serves on the Metropolitan Policy Committee, the Oregon Metropolitan Policy Committees Consortium and the Oregon Department of Transportation Flexible Funding Committee. She is co-chair of the state Committee on Rail Alignment. She is vice-chair of the Lane County Area Commission on Transportation. Additionally she serves on the city's Human Services Commission and the Police Commission.

    Mayor Piercy is a member of the Oregon Commission for Child Care, the Lane County Commission on Children and families, the University of Oregon Wayne Morse Center Advisory Board, the Wayne Morse Family Farm Board of Directors, and the Lane County Domestic Violence Council Steering Committee. She also is a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the Oregon Mayors Association and the Mayors Innovation Project.

    Mayor Piercy was recognized by The Nation Magazine in 2011 as The Most Valuable Local Elected Official in the United States.
    Britta Franz, Long time community volunteer and activist, Britta Franz founded "Rail Now!" the frugal, timely, Right-Now alternative to the coming high-speed rail future.  

    Transportation interests found Britta studying train systems in Japan, Africa, China, Europe-wide, and most recently Spain.  She is convinced that improving Eugene-Portland rail connections will immediately contribute to Oregon's economic recovery.

    Britta served on Salem's Downtown Development Board, two streetcar studies, various commissions, and boards during her successful business career, the working President of La Pointe's Fashion Stores Oregon, later Executive Director, Western Oregon University's Fine Arts Series.  She initiated Oregon Women Lead, the Salem Boys Choir, Messiah Sing Together and participated in a variety of arts and civic organizations. Today Britta is a Mentor and Executive Coach region wide.   503-399-9099
    You are invited come and participate!
    Please join us on May 6, 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 register online at, e-mail lunch reservations to: rsvp@salemcityclub.comor call 503-370-2808 by Wednesday noon, May 4, 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

    Proposed Slate of Officers

    President: Russ Beaton
    Vice President of Programs: Bob Martin
    Vice  President of Membership: Lloyd Chapman
    Treasurer: Anita Saalfeld
    Immediate Past President – Jan Margosian
    New member Board of Governors:
    John Adams, Petra Berger
    Continuing Board of Governors (no vote needed):
    Allan Pollock, Rick Davis, Tom Golden, and Linda Teal
     Salem City Club's constitution specifies that officers for '10-11 are elected at the annual June meeting by the members present.

    Additional candidates may be nominated by letter during April only, via e-mail to or to PO Box 2283, Salem, 97308. For multiple candidates the balloting will be secret in writing.
    Save the Date for Spring Programs!
    May 6-
    Fast Trains for Oregon
    May 20-Ted Wheeler
    June 5-Annual Meeting with Special Guest Wally Carson
    Register online today!

    It's time to renew your Membership for the 2011-2012 Membership Season

    Thank you for your support of the organization.  We are looking forward to an exciting season ahead for SCC as we continue a strategic planning process for the club, explore the possiblities of the new website, build our membership and improve upon our engaging luncheon programs.

    Renew Today - Membership renewal dues are due no later than May 31st, 2011 for the June 1st, 2011 - May 31st, 2012 SCC season.

    Two Options for Renewal:

    Do you know an individual or organization that has made a remarkable contribution to the civic life and/or livability of Salem?

    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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