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Celebrating 46 Years
of exceptional civic discourse

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January 10 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, call 503.370.2808 or email
by noon, the Wednesday before each program

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Member Lunch, $12
Member No Lunch, No Cost
Nonmember Lunch, $15
Nonmember No Lunch: $5

Vegetarian or vegan entrees are available and must be requested at time of RSVP
Free parking
Doors open at 11:30 a.m.


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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.”


Thank You
Sustaining Contributors!

Platinum Contributors

Kathleen Beaufait
Egon & Diana Bodtker
Beverly Bow
Deborah Dancik & Edd LeSage
Britta Lion Franz
Roger P. Gillette
Mary Kamppi
Steve Kenney
Jan & Les Margosian
Anita Saalfeld
Linda Teal
Bob & Leslie Zeigen
Gold Contributors
Keith York & Mary Hart
Ruth Young

Silver Contributors
Adele Egan
Nancy Kuehn
Bill Mainwaring
Raquel Moore-Green
Kathy & Steve Sansone
Martha H. Curry

And thank you to those members who donated and wish to remain anonymous
December 30, 2013,  Volume 46, Issue 9

“The 2014 State of the Oregon Courts Address”

 the Honorable Thomas A. Balmer,
Chief Justice,
Oregon Supreme Court

Program Sponsor:

Salem City Club is honored to host the 2014 State of the Oregon Courts Address by Chief Justice Thomas A. Balmer.  Join us Friday, January 10 at noon for this annual event co-hosted by the Marion County Bar Association and generously sponsored by the Law Office of Ryan W. Collier.

 Thomas A. Balmer was elected by his colleagues as Oregon’s 43rd Chief Justice and began service on May 1, 2012.  He was first appointed to the Supreme Court by Governor John Kitzhaber in 2001; he was elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2008.  Chief Justice Balmer practiced with the Portland law firm of Ater Wynne LLP and its predecessor firm, Lindsay, Hart, Neil & Weigler from 1982-93 and 1997-2001, and also served as Managing Partner. He was Deputy Attorney General of Oregon (1993-97) under Attorney General Theodore R. Kulongoski.  Earlier in his career, he was an associate with Wald, Harkrader & Ross (Washington, D.C., 1980-82), a Trial Attorney with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (1979-80), and an associate with the Boston firm of Choate, Hall & Stewart (1977-79).

Chief Justice Balmer received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1977 and his A.B. from Oberlin College in 1974.  He has been as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College and an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Lewis & Clark College. He is the author of numerous articles, book reviews, book chapters and op-ed columns on antitrust, constitutional law and other topics.
Chief Justice Balmer’s law-related activities include serving as Chair (1992-93) and Board Member (1989-93) of Multnomah County Legal Aid Service, Inc.; Chair (2007-09) and Board Member (1999 to present) of Classroom Law Project; and Board Member (2004-11) of the Oregon Law Institute.  He  currently serves on the Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago Law School and on the Advisory Committee of the Campaign for Equal Justice.  Chief Justice Balmer has participated in various international legal programs, including lecturing on judicial ethics in Tashkent, Uzbekistan (under the auspices of the United Nations); working with judges and schools on law-related education in Zagreb, Croatia, and speaking to judges and court administrators through the Russian-American Rule of Law Consortium.  In the wider community, Chief Justice Balmer has been a volunteer at the Goose Hollow Family Shelter  since 1994 and has served as a founding Board Member (2000-01) of the Portland Parks Foundation and as a Board Member of Chamber Music Northwest (1997-2003).  He has coached youth soccer and lacrosse teams, served on several committees of the Portland City Club, and been a member of budget advisory committees for Metro and the City of Portland.

Chief Justice Balmer was raised in Portland and attended Portland Public Schools.  He is married to Mary Louise McClintock, Director of Early Childhood Programs for the Oregon Community Foundation. 
They have two adult children.

Please join us Friday, January 10, 2014, as we welcome Thomas A. Balmer, Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, at the Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill in the Spinning Room.   For lunch reservations email or register online before noon Wednesday, January 8, 2014Parking is free.  Doors open at 11:30 AM.  For more information on this program please go to


Mark Your Calendar,

     Save the Dates

January 24:  Salem Civic Center: 
Proposed Changes and Upgrades.

February 7:  Coordinated Care OrganizationsDr. William C. “Bud” Pierce, MD, Immediate Past  President of the Oregon Medical Society; Cheryl Nestor-Wolfe, Salem Health Director of Nursing; and Ruth Bauman, Chairperson of Willamette Valley Community Health, a coordinated care organization. The fourth program in the Health Care for Oregonians series.

February 21:  Dr. Jane Lubchenco, former Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; currently Valley Professor of Marine Biology and Distinguished Professor of Zoology, Oregon State University.

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