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Celebrating 47 Years
of exceptional civic discourse

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Register now for the February 13 program.
Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.
Program, Noon

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

For luncheon reservations,
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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


Please Extend a Warm Welcome to Our Newest Salem City Club Member:

Kristen Sweeney

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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 2,  Volume 47, Issue 13
The Nature Conservancy
Finding Creative Solutions
 to Challenges Facing Nature
 and People  In Oregon
And Around the World

Jim Desmond
Executive State Director
Cathy Macdonald
Oregon Conservation Programs Director

State Director Jim Desmond will make his first public appearance as head of the Oregon Chapter of The Nature Conservancy at the Salem City Club’s February 13 meeting. Desmond will be joined by the organization’s Conservation Programs Director Cathy Macdonald. Together, the duo will explain how the world’s leading land conservation organization protects more than 500,000 acres in Oregon and 120 million acres worldwide.

Jim Desmond, who began his career as a real estate attorney and partner at the Winston & Strawn law firm in Chicago and then became the regional attorney for the Nature Conservancy in Chapel Hill NC, where he oversaw TNC’s land acquisitions and related conservation efforts in 11 states.
Moving to Portland in 1993, Desmond served as a project manager for the Trust for Public Land, working on land protection in the Columbia River Gorge and along the Oregon coast. Later, he was hired was hired by Metro Regional Government to establish and manage its land acquisition program. While at Metro, in addition to overseeing the natural area programs, trail development, and regional parks, Jim has also been responsible for Metro’s recycling programs that have helped the Portland region achieve one of the highest recycling rates in the US.  Now returning to The Nature Conservancy, Desmond will lead their efforts to protect Oregon’s most precious habitats, including coastal and marine areas, freshwater systems throughout the state, forestlands, High Desert, and grasslands in the Willamette Valley and beyond. Desmond holds a BA degree from the University of Notre Dame and a JD from the Vanderbilt University School of Law.

Cathy Macdonald, Director of Conservation Programs for The Nature Conservancy in Oregon, leads a forty-five person team of scientists and practitioners to advance the Chapter’s conservation initiatives and manage the 132,000 acres The Nature Conservancy owns and manages in Oregon. As a native Oregonian, Macdonald has a comprehensive understanding of Oregon’s conservation challenges and a strong track record of working strategically and effectively with partners and private landowners to achieve mutual conservation goals. Macdonald has served on numerous local, state and regional boards and committees and leads TNC ’s work to advance mitigation and ecosystem service policies. Prior to her role as Conservation Programs Director, Cathy served as the Conservancy’s Oregon Director of Stewardship. She is a Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum and holds a Bachelor’s of Science from Humboldt State University and a Master’s of Science from Oregon State University.
As is our tradition, SCC meets at the Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill in Salem. For lunch reservations, please visit our website at and register online. Reservations are due by noon Wednesday, February 11, 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

On Wednesday, February 18, Salem Mayor Anna Peterson will deliver The State of City Address at the Salem Convention Center.  Optional lunch is $15 at the door. Seating for those who wish to attend and listen will be available at no cost.

Mayor Anna M. Peterson took office on January 11, 2011, and is serving her third term. She has been a leader in business, civic and community organizations in Salem for over 25 years. 
She has served on the Board of Directors of SEDCOR, owned her own Marketing/PR firm, managed Capitol Press Printing, was the Marketing and Development Director at Garten Foundation and the first woman Director for the Commercial Bank (now Columbia Bank). 
She is a strong proponent of public safety, she co-founded and was three year Chair of NO METH-NOT In MY Neighborhood, served four years on the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission, chaired the Governor’s Meth Task Force, and was on Salem’s Community Policing Advisory Committee, the Oregon Medical Association Amphetamine Task Force, the Marion County Guido Caldarazzo Meth Task Force and is on the Marion County Public Safety Coordinating Council. She additionally serves on the Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments Executive Council.
She has led arts and civic organizations, including Salem Rotary Club, the Oregon Symphony Association in Salem, the Historic Elsinore Theatre, the Salem Public Library Foundation, and is a founding director of the Oregon Artists Series Foundation to bring art to public spaces in Salem. Anna has twice received Salem’s highest volunteer recognition, the Willard C. Marshall Award and was name Salem Area Chamber of Commerce First Citizen in 2003.


WINTER, 2015

Friday, February 27:  "Oregon Agriculture: Opportunities and Challenges," Katy Coba, Director, Oregon Department of Agriculture.  This is the first program of a 3-part series, "Agriculture in Marion and Polk Counties: From Threshers to iPads."

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.

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