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FAQs

City Club of Central Oregon exists to be the top-of-mind hub for citizens and community leaders. We shape our community with intention and influence public policy while preserving our uniquely warm and connected culture. We champion “passionately non-partisan” discussion between diverse perspectives.

Forums

Can I reserve a table for a particular forum?

Yes. For $275, you can purchase a reserved table for 10 complimentary registrations at an individual forum.

Can members bring guests to the forums?

Members may bring as many guests as they'd like to our forums. Each non-member guest would be at the non-member rate ($40).

What are my payment options for a forum?

We strongly encourage all members and non-members to pay in advance, as this allows for a less hectic check-in process. Choices for payment include:
  • Online credit card payment:  When you receive an event email, simply click on the REGISTER HERE button. Once you’ve entered your contact information, you have the option to pay online via credit card.
  • Check by mail: If you select the “pay by check” option during the online registration process, we will be alerted to check our mailbox. We need your checks by the Tuesday before the forum.
  • Credit card by phone:  You may also call us to finalize your registration and pay by credit card.  Your credit card information will be taken over the phone and you will receive an email confirmation of payment.

When and where are City Club’s forums?

Our forums are held on the THIRD or the FOURTH THURSDAY of each month. Riverhouse Hotel & Convention Center 2850 NW Rippling River Court • Bend, OR 97701
Lunch service begins at 11:30am The presentation begins at 11:45am and wraps up at 1:00pm.        

Why should I pre-register for my lunch?

Riverhouse Hotel & Convention Center catering services requires the number of lunch reservations by noon on the Monday before the forum. Although City Club makes every effort to accommodate late lunch reservations, we cannot guarantee that there will be meals available after the deadline or at the door.  

When should I arrive at the forum?

Doors open at 11:15 AM, with a few exceptions. You should arrive in time to check-in, seat yourself, eat lunch and network before the program begins at 11:45.

Where should I sit?

You can sit at any table you'd like. Each table has one seat reserved for the table host -- that seat will be marked with a tent card at the place setting. City Club is supported by membership fees and sponsorships. We have a number of sponsors and we put signage on each table that has a sponsor. That in no way indicates who can or should sit at the table. Please feel free to sit anywhere that doesn't have a reserved tent card. Part of our mission with each forum is for members to get better acquainted and network together. To that end, our seating arrangements are informal and flexible.

I have great idea for a forum. What should I do?

We invite you to submit a forum idea via our website’s Submit Your Forum Proposal page. This is the best way to ensure that your program idea is reviewed by the Programs Committee.  

How do you decide what’s going to be served for lunch?

We don’t know beforehand. The Riverhouse informs us of the menu when we arrive to set up the forum. This “chef’s choice” menu helps to keep our lunch ticket prices low.   We do have vegetarian and gluten free options available at the time you register.

Can I listen to or watch a past forum?

Yes! Each forum is broadcast on COTV at specified times and on demand. We also post recorded forums on our website.

Membership

Are my membership dues tax deductible?

Yes, as a 501(c)(3) organization designated by the Internal Revenue Code, your dues and contributions to the City Club of Central Oregon are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.  

How do I join City Club and what are the membership options?

We currently offer several levels of membership: Individual, Small business/Non-profit, Buddy Pack, Student and Corporate. You can find out more about membership and membership benefits on our Membership page.

How can I become a member?

There are four convenient ways to become a member:
  • Online – go to our membership page
  • In Person -  Membership hosts are available after each forum
  • Phone - 541.633.7163
  • Mail - Please fill out the Membership Form and send payment (checks only please).

How does City Club survey its members to find out their opinions?

We send out a forum-specific survey after each forum to find out what our members thought and how we can make improvements. We send out a membership survey once or twice a year to poll our members about the benefits of membership at City Club. We also solicit further  feedback through e-mail, newsletters and on our website, which allows you to contact us at any time. We love hearing from you.

Table Host Guidelines

Where do I sit?

For table hosts, your table number will be emailed to you before the forum.  You will have a “reserved for table host” marker at your seat. All others may sit at any seat that does not have a "reserved" tent card on the place setting. We encourage sitting with people you don't know. By the end of the forum, you will have made a new acquaintance!  

Who is permitted to sit at my table?

Anyone.  The forum is open seating, except for special guests who sit at the head table.  Most tables have a Sponsor’s sign on them, but the seats are not reserved for that sponsor unless otherwise noted.

What do I do once I have guests at my table?

Welcome your guests and facilitate introductions. Ask your table guests who are not members if they would be interested in becoming members or receive City Club email notifications.  Direct them to the registration desk for more information. Promote participation in the Q&A to stimulate open discussion with the presenters.  Make the facilitator aware that there is a question at your table.

What if I am unable to answer a guest’s question regarding City Club?

Please direct the guest to Joey, or any other City Club volunteer, usually stationed near the door.

What do I do after the forum ends?

Thank your table guests for attending the forum and invite them to next month’s meeting.  Gather the City Club materials, including the sponsor sign, from the table and leave them on the registration table.