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of exceptional civic discourse

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Friday, January 21, 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., January 19, 2011

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.”

Upcoming Programs

Friday, January 21
A House Split:
The 76th Session of the Oregon Legislative Assembly
Friday, February 4
Dr. Sandy Husk, Superintendent of Salem Keizer Public Schools, guest speaker
Wed, February 9
Salem Mayor’s State of the City Address
Guest speaker:
Mayor Anna Peterson, noon-1:30 at the Salem Conference Center.
30th year of this event hosted in conjunction with Salem Downtown Rotary and the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce.  Cost: $14 per person, no need to RSVP
Friday, February 18
Sustainable Transportation, Part 1 - Is an Electric Car in Your Future? 

Friday, March 11


Friday, March 25

Friday, April 8
Friday, April 22
Sustainable Cities Year: Salem
Friday programs are hosted at Willamette Heritage Center at Mission Mill beginning at noon.


January 10, 2011 -  Volume 43, Issue 13
A House Split:
 The 76th Session of the
Oregon Legislative Assembly
     The 76th Oregon Legislative Assembly will make history when it gets to work in February: for the first time the Oregon House of Representatives is evenly split between Democrats and Republicans. The split should make for fascinating politics and provide a legislative assembly in which business is decidedly not “as usual”. Tied chambers require “scratch made” power-sharing arrangements between the parties, which can alter the structure, process and focus of legislative business. There is no set formula for these arrangements and, in the case of the Oregon House of Representatives, no experience in concocting one.

On Friday, January 21, three knowledgeable speakers will share perspectives on the power-sharing arrangement and offer insights into the pending legislative agenda and how it likely will be accommodated under the new regime. Much is at stake with a new governor promising a sweeping reform program and some very large issues facing legislators. Students of government speak of politics as the art of the possible; with the coming session, just what is possible is the central question. 

Representative Vicki Berger (R–Dist. 20)  Vicki Berger is a life-long Salem area resident and former small business owner. She was elected to the Salem-Keizer school board, and chosen president of the board of directors of the Salem Family YMCA. Elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in 2002, she has served on several key committees with turns as chair of the General Government Committee and vice-chair of the Revenue Committee. Her legislative accomplishments include leading passage of the Oregon Bottle Bill extension, helping to create Oregon’s first Rainy Day fund and to expand access to the Oregon Prescription Drug Program. Representative Berger is a graduate of the University of Wyoming.
Representative Jefferson Smith (D–Dist. 47)  Jefferson Smith is a lawyer and non-profit executive who founded the Oregon Bus Project, a resource for hands-on democracy. Oregon Bus Project was recently recognized as one of Oregon's Top 100 Nonprofits. Elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in 2008, he was chosen as Assistant Majority Leader and will serve an Assistant Democratic Leader in the new legislature. His legislative accomplishments include passing the Water Resources Investment Act, creating the Transparency Oregon Advisory Commission and He now focuses on building a high-road economy and a more effective democracy.Representative Smith is a graduate of the University of Oregon and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard Law.
Professor Joe Bowersox (Willamette University)  Joe Bowersox is the Dempsey Endowed Chair in Environmental Policy, and Director of the Center for Sustainable Communities at Willamette University.  Professor Bowersox received his Ph.D from the University of Wisconsin-Madison,  where he was a Jacob Javits Fellow, and joined the faculty at Willamette in 1993.  Professor Bowersox’s research and publications focus on environmental policy, public values, and sustainability, with a primary focus on forest policy and water.  He has served as a Congressional Fellow in the US Senate, working in Senator Ron Wyden’s office, and was recently recognized as environmental educator of the year by SOLV. A native Oregonian,  Joe is happy to call Salem home.
 Please join us on January 21st, 2011, in the Dye House at Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill for intriguing and historic issue.  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, January 19, 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

Salem Mayor’s State of the City Address
Once again, Salem City Club is proud to participate in the 30th annual State of the City Address to be held on Wednesday, February 9, 2011, from noon-1:30.  Salem City Club along with Salem Downtown Rotary and the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce will present this annual program.  Show your support for our civic organizations and join us when Mayor Peterson will present the 2011 State of the City Address.   This will be her first address as Mayor. When: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at noon, in the Salem Conference Center. Cost: $14; no need to RSVP. 

Carole Eggers Citizenship Award

          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. 

Special thanks to -
Ryan W. Collier, P.C., Attorney
for sponsorship of
with guest speaker the Honorable Paul DeMuniz, Chief Justice
held Friday, January 7, 2011 at the Willamette Heritage Center at  Mission Mill.   If you missed this annual address it can be seen on Comcast Channel 21 CCTV.  Check for times.

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