CONVERSATION CREATES COMMUNITY
City Club of Central Oregon exists to be the top-of-mind hub for citizens and community leaders. We intentionally shape our community and influence public policy while preserving our uniquely warm and connected culture. We champion “passionately non-partisan” discussion
between diverse perspectives.
A Message to Our Community
The events of the last few weeks and months have been difficult to bear. Grief, loss, profound sadness, confusion, outrage…we have felt an enormous range of emotions.
What we do not feel is complacent.
Racism is pernicious. We all participate, even if we cannot imagine ourselves ‘racist’. Dismantling systems of oppression will require sustained, concentrated effort within every business, on every team, in every corner of our country.
Clearly, it is a time for deep introspection and robust dialogue. This moment will test us as a community. It will strengthen us as a community, too.
City Club of Central Oregon is committed to hosting community-building conversations. And while balanced perspectives are one of our highest values, the needle has shifted and there is a new calculus we must courageously embrace if we intend to walk our talk.
We are reconsidering our forums to reach a broader, more inclusive audience. We are exploring ways to minimize barriers due to cost and timing. We continuously seek the leading edge of respectful debate on issues of urgency.
We are pushing ourselves to dig deeper.
We do this work best, together. Share your thoughts, your attentions, your questions—even if there are no easy answers. Challenge us, inspire us and please continue to support us through your membership, sponsorship, partnership, and active participation. This is OUR City Club.
We pledge to fearlessly embrace this moment of transformation for our nation, and for Central Oregon. Conversation creates community. Let’s begin.
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“City Club provides a platform that allows our great community to come together and draw strength from diversity. The monthly forums provide education on relevant topics focused on maintaining growth and sustainability in Central Oregon. In coming together, we have unlimited potential to maintain a bright future!”
Dave DeRose, Commercial and Business Banking Manager, US Bank
“I value the work of the City Club of Central Oregon because it fosters thoughtful, educated conversations about the pressing issues which will shape our community for generations to come. Through these conversations, we can work together toward the continued success of this place I love!”
Peter Grube, partner, Dream Home Building and Design
“Let me tell you a little something about us [City Club]. We don’t agree on everything. We disagree on everything and that is our strength. The one thing we do agree on is civility and we agree on having the conversation and keeping the conversation going.”
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