Issue Forums

Issue Forums are the place at City Club where members can get involved in the issues they care about right away -- and anytime!

Members create after hours programs open to City Club members and the general public ranging from large speeches to intimate gatherings, from expert panel discussions to site tours, and from food and wine tastings to art and music outings. Cliick here to view our full calendar.

Each issue forum chooses the topics and speakers who present and co-sponsor, and seeks to offer a diversity of perspectives. Unless noted, the topics and opinions expressed at City Club of Portland events are those of the speakers and not necessarily those of the City Club of Portland.

If you would like to join one of the issue forums, contact the chair of the committee!

Government & Public Policy Forum
Chair: Rayleen McMillan, rayleen@pdxcityclub.org 
Date: 2nd Thursday of the month
Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Location: City Club
Health & Public Safety Forum
Chair: Wynne Wakkila, wynnewakkila@gmail.com
Date: 3rd Wednesday of the month
Time: 12:00-1:00pm
Location: City Club
Business Forum
Chair: David Robinson, david@davidjamesrobinson.com
Date: 2nd Thursday of the month
Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Location: Contact the chair!
Arts & Innovation Forum
Chair: Matt Landkamer, matthew@coraggiogroup.com    
Date: 4th Thursday of the month
Time: 5:30-7:00pm
Location: Contact the chair!
East Portland Forum
Chair: Jo Ann Hardesty, joannhardesty@gmail.com
Date: 2nd Monday of the Month 
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Location: Contact the chair!
 
Past Events Include...
 

A Walk Through the History and Future of Forest Park
Marcy Houle, Biologist and Author of One City's Wilderness: Portland's Forest Park; Renee Myers, Executive Director of the Forest Park Conservancy and Spencer Ehrman, City Club of Portland Forest Park Research and Report Committee.

Forest Park is the largest City Park in the United States. It is truly one of Portland's greatest treasures. Did you know that without the City Club of Portland's help and timely 1945 research report that proposed turning much of Portland's west hills into a "forest park", Forest Park may have never been? The City Club of Portland's Natural Resources and Sustainability Issue Forum is teaming up with the Forest Park Conservancy to produce this educational and entertaining panel discussion on the past, present, and future of Forest Park. During the panel discussion, we will hear about the history and natural resources contained within Forest Park, learn about the City Club's involvement with the creation of Forest Park.



Police Paparazzi: The Pros and Cons of Policng Using Body Cameras
Portland Police Chief Larry O'Dea and Jo An Hardesty

With police body cameras in the news many think this is a quick fix to police violence. Is this a real solution? or a distraction? Join us for a lively discussion with Portland Police Chief Larry O'Dea to begin the community dialog on the advantages and disadvantages to this latest technology.



Women in Oregon Politics
State Representative Jessica Vega Pederson, Oregon Student Association Executive Director Emma Kallaway, PSU Professor Dr. Melody Valdini, and moderator Hannah Hoffman of the Statesman Journal

Oregon is experiencing and unprecedented reign of women leaders. From Governor Kate Brown, Speaker of the House Tina Kotek, Senate Majority Leader Diane Rosenbaum, House Majority Leader Val Hoyle, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, and many more, it is pretty clear that women are running the state right now.

How did we get here? Does this historic change matter? What are the experiences of the trailblazing women who work in our government today? How else are women impacting policy in Oregon?




Made in Oregon: Widmer Brothers Brewery Tour
Just in time for the Oregon Brewer's festival, City Club of Portland's Member-Led Forum on Jobs, Prosperity, and Business success would like to invite you to our next "Made in Oregon" tour at the Widmer Brewery! The Widmer Brothers Brewery is one of Portland's pioneering craft breweries, and they have invited the City Club for an evening of networking, education, brewery tours and of course some beer sampling. During the event, a member of the Widmer team will discuss the business of brewing in Portland, and how it has developed over the years, and then then lead the group on a tour of the Widmer production brewery.