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SCC Luncheons:

 Program - 12 Noon
       Member: No Charge
       NON-Members: $7
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 Lunch - 11:30 AM  
       $13 per person 

For May 6 luncheon reservations,
register online 
call (503) 370-2808
by noon, Wed. May 4.

Vegetarian entrees are available and must be requested at time of RSVP

Willamette Heritage Center
1313 Mill St. SE
Salem, OR 97301

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 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.”



April 25, 2016, Volume 48, Issue 16

SCC Luncheon:

The Fine Art Of City Management

Steve Powers,
Salem City Manager

Friday, May 6, 2016
11:30AM, Lunch; 12 Noon, Program
Willamette Heritage Center

Register By Noon, May 4

City management is definitely more art than science! Managing the various constituencies: long term city staff, elected city officials and the public, while keeping the city running smoothly is like keeping plates twirling on top of tall sticks. Steve Powers hit the ground running when he assumed the position of Salem City Manager on November 30, 2015. Discussions of a new police facility were well underway, the bridge from Riverfront Park to Minto Brown Park had begun, and many infrastructure improvement projects were on deck with contracts and funding in place.
With 5 months on the job, Steve has had an opportunity to get acquainted with Salem. He has had time to consider Salem city management in the context of the challenges and opportunities facing our community. We’ve chosen property for a police facility, but design must be decided. Other challenges such as transportation, housing, and unfunded retirement responsibilities remain. A growing and diverse population creates opportunities as well as challenges. The May election will decide our new mayor and three city councilors. There is a lot going on in Salem! We thought it was time you hear from Steve…and he hear from you.
Steve Powers would like to do his part to “make Salem, Oregon the best city in the country.” It’s not a throw-away line he uses. He means it when he says it. He will define what “the best city in the country” means to him and share his vision of how we might get there. He promises to outline a strategic plan for managing the business of Salem in a manner consistent with the financial, legal, and political dynamics of our special community. He also wants to hear from you! There will be plenty of time for questions.
Steve Powers and his wife Jayne live in Salem. Steve holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and Political Science from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. He has extensive governmental experience including four years as the City Administrator with Ann Arbor, Michigan, fifteen years as County Administrator with Marquette, Michigan, two years as County Coordinator with Martin County, Minnesota and seven years as Assistant County Administrator/Assistant to County Administrator with Jackson County, Oregon.


For May 6 luncheon reservations, register online or call (503) 370-2808
by noon, Wed.  May 4

Mark Your Calendars!
Save The Dates!

Special Event:
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Candidates Forum For Salem City Council
Anderson Room
Salem City Library

585 Liberty Street SE 
Salem, OR 97301
  6 - 8 PM
Come listen to the City Council Candidates present their qualifications and their thoughts on key issues facing Salem.  The forum is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Marion and Polk Counties and the Salem City Club.  The event is free and open to the public.

Last SCC Luncheon for 2015-2016:
Friday, May 20, 2016
Who Is Watching Over Oregon's Forests?
Speaker:  Doug Decker, Oregon's State Forester

“If only 4 % of Oregon’s Forests are state owned, who owns the rest and who is watching out for Oregon’s multiple interests and making sure everyone is practicing sustainable forestry?”
Oregon’s State Forester Doug Decker has the job and will explain his responsibilities and challenges as the “forest watchdog” to members of the Salem City Club on May 20 at a noon luncheon at the Willamette Heritage Center.

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Sally and Ray Hollemon
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Kathleen and Hans West
Larry Young and Jo Ann Yockey
Ruth Young

Bob and Leslie Zeigen

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Keith York and Mary Hart
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