City Club kicks off Centennial Year
This year City Club has remained the community’s leading civic affairs organization. Friday Forums showcased important issues. Other forums extended the Club’s reach both in topics considered and locations. Research reports provided in?depth analysis. Civic Scholars from disadvantaged high schools attended Club events. And informal gatherings provided networking with others who are civically engaged.
All this depended on the talent, energy, and generosity of City Club members, with the able support of Club staff. Expanding and energizing the membership has been a major push this year. The number of members hovers around the 2,000 mark, up about 30% from several years ago. All those members are important since their dues provide most of the resources necessary for City Club to operate. Those members who also join committees or volunteer in other ways
on City Club projects add even more to its impact.
City Club’s membership is becoming younger and more ethnically diverse along with the Portland region generally. This evolution assures that the Club remains vital and relevant to the aspirations and concerns of the community.
At the same time the arrival of 2016, City Club’s centennial year, offers an opportunity to celebrate its great traditions. In February the Club issued a report titled A Century of Influence after reviewing over 1,000 research studies done in its first 100 years and identifying those with the greatest impact. In April we launched the centennial observances at a lunch featuring editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman.
It has been a privilege to lead City Club into the centennial year and see its bright future going forward.