City Club of Central Oregon – November 2018

November forum: POLITICS, SEX & RELIGION

How to have difficult conversations without being difficult

Do you have to set the Thanksgiving table with plastic silverware because you worry about political conversations turning violent? Do you stay awake at night thinking about a meme that your second cousin shared on Facebook? And how should you handle it if you and your coworkers have different ideas of what is ‘Not Safe for Work’?

Hard conversations are all around us, at home, work and on social media. How do we connect honestly and authentically with our family, friends and coworkers without alienating each other because we disagree? In November, City Club will lead a lively and engaging panel of community members who deal with these topics every day to learn just how we can have difficult conversations without turning into difficult people.


  • Dr. Steven Koski, Lead Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Bend
  • Erika McCalpine, Instructor in Business Administration at OSU Cascades and HR Executive
  • Tim Williams, Managing Partner at Dwyer William Cherkoss


  • Ruth Williamson, Principal, Ruth Williamson Consulting

City Club of Central Oregon – August 2018

August forum:

Are Our Kids Ready For the Future?

What high school graduation rates tell us (and don’t) about education in Central Oregon

Graduation rates in Central Oregon are climbing. More students are finishing high school thanks to collaborative initiatives and community partnerships. But what’s the real story behind this trend? Are we doing enough to ensure that students are prepared for real-world success? Are we connecting them with opportunities beyond high school? What role does higher education play in these partnerships?

Join Central Oregon’s education leaders at August’s City Club of Central Oregon for an honest conversation about student achievement. We’ll talk about the numbers, the stories behind the numbers, and the successes and challenges of getting kids ready for the future.

The forum will include a panel and discussion including:

Dr. Shirley Metcalf, President of Central Oregon Community College, will introduce the topic and moderate a lively and interactive discussion.

City Club of Central Oregon – July 2018

July Forum:

It’s Branding Time in Bend

Will the community be on the giving—or the receiving—end of the tourism branding iron?

Pretend you are the tourism marketing Czar for Central Oregon:

  • What will be your priorities?
  • What cultural values will you cultivate?
  • What role will the arts and entertainment play?
  • Will you reserve a portion of your annual budget for stimulus during the next recession?
  • What tourists will you target?
  • Which activities, seasons, and locations will you feature?
  • Will you take steps to ascertain the impact of your efforts on jobs, infrastructure, crime, safety, and traffic?
  • Who will benefit from your efforts?
  • Who will pay the costs?
  • Will you harness tourism for the community, or will the community be harnessed for tourism?

City Club will gather your input on these issues and more at its July 19th forum, which will feature:

  • Diverse perspectives on tourism from special guests, including:
    • Katy Bryce (freelance writer and author of blog “Bend is Being Loved to Death – And It’s My Fault”)
    • Nathan Hovekamp (Bend Park & Recreation District Board Member and Central Oregon LandWatch Wildlife Program Director)
    • John Hummel (Deschutes County District Attorney)
    • Carolyn Eagan (Bend’s Economic Development Director)
    • Tim Neville (freelance writer and correspondent for Outside and Ski magazines)