From the President’s Desk….
By Joel Korin
It’s been a terrific fall for City Club, and winter promises to be equally stimulating.
We have enjoyed excellent programs this fall, starting with the September 7 program on Downtown Safety, featuring Chris Skinner, our new Chief of Police. It was followed by ballot measure and candidate debates and Senator Ron Wyden’s discussion of election security. Attendance has grown, with many Friday meetings drawing more than 100 members and guests. Since Labor Day, 27 new members have joined and 28 individuals and five organizations have renewed memberships.
The University of Oregon became a Diamond Sponsor, and we look forward to an even more productive relationship with its faculty, staff, and students. Summit Bank upgraded to the Sapphire level, and new Gold Sponsors include Pacific Cascade Federal Credit Union, Emergency Veterinary Hospital, Homes for Good, and Arriving By Bike.
In August, City Club began to sponsor Community Spotlights, intimate conversations with local leaders. The gatherings take place at Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette Street, on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 5:30 pm. President-elect Eric Richardson conducts the interviews. Guests so far have included Police Auditor Mark Gissiner, City Club Executive Director Silver Mogart, Eugene Police Chief Chris Skinner, and UO Vice-President for Equity and Inclusion Yvette Alex-Assensoh.
These evening programs allow people who can’t make lunch meetings to participate in City Club activities. We plan to continue these programs next year. Be on the lookout for an announcement about our next Community Spotlight’s special guest.
Special Membership Meeting
Come early to the December 7 Friday meeting. After years of committee and Board work, a proposed set of new bylaws will be put to a vote of the membership at 11:45 am. In addition, we have an opening for a new Board member, and the Nominating Committee has proposed Jessica Ghiglieri to fill the position.
Jessica comes to us with experience in the Portland City Club and has shown leadership and initiative since she joined us last summer. Nominations may also be made from the floor. Members will be asked to vote on the new bylaws and open Board position. You should have received an e-mail copy of the proposed bylaw changes by now. If not, contact Silver at email@example.com.
More Great Programming
The November 30 program features Priscilla Southwell, a political scientist whose research has focused on elections and their implications. She’ll tell us what she’s learned from our own recent results. On December 7, after the Special Membership meeting, career journalist and UO faculty member Lisa Heyamoto will discuss “The Future of Local Newspapers.”
She is part of a group that has been traveling the country to hear from citizens about what shapes their trust — and distrust—in news organizations.We will end our 2018 Friday forums on December 14, with a City Club holiday tradition, “Gifts to the City.” Presenters, including Eugene’s Slug Queen, will describe what they would give to improve Eugene if they were able.
We begin the New Year on January 4 with a presentation by Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Martha Walters, a Eugene resident. On January 11, UO President Michael Schill will address City Club, and he will be followed by an MLK Day program on January 18. Former Governor John Kitzhaber will join us on January 25 to share his ideas on “Rebuilding Community – Moving Beyond ‘New Tribalism.’” Then on February 8, we will celebrate Presidents’ Day by honoring City Club presidents, starting with our first president, Gerry Gaydos (1990-1992).
Paul Thompson, our resourceful treasurer and Development Committee chair, has designed a donor program, which the Board has adopted. Some details can be found in Paul’s article below. Please consider making an
end-of-the-year donation to enable us to continue to provide quality programming on important local, state, and national issues in a civil and respectful forum.
You can also help by bringing a friend to a meeting or by suggesting a business or organization that might be interested in being a City Club sponsor. You can volunteer to work on a committee or help at a Friday forum. You can contribute to our programs by suggesting possible topics and speakers. Do find a way to actively support your City Club.
And a Word of Thanks
City Club programs, newsletters, e-mails, Facebook pages, live streaming, and all our other activities don’t just happen. Silver makes sure that Friday forums go smoothly, and we have seen the results of his efforts. Your officers, Board and committee members, and Friday volunteers work hard to fulfill our mission of “building community vision through open inquiry.” These fine folks have my gratitude and should have the thanks of every City Club member. Have a safe and joyous holiday season and join us for an exciting 2019 at City Club