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How the Pandemic Made Schools Even Better

Beginning around March 2020, Covid-19 shuttered many public institutions, eventually including schools. For students in K-12, this meant shifting to online learning, from systems that relied on in-person, hands-on connections to inspire and maintain engagement. The online model was already known and used by a few students, but access to technology was still uneven. Most teachers had to learn to use entirely different approaches, and most parents had to find new ways to meet the challenges of daytime child supervision usually provided by schools. The interruption of familiar educational programs led to discoveries of gaps in the existing systems and…

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Downtown: An Update on Development

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News from City Club of Eugene

Randi Bowers-Payne Named Managing Director

January 10, 2022

For Immediate Release

City Club of Eugene Welcomes New Managing Director

On January 9, the City Club of Eugene welcomed Randi Bowers-Payne as its new Managing Director. 

Bowers-Payne brings more than 15 years of public-sector and nonprofit leadership experience to this new role, including leadership roles in Risk Management and Human Resources for the City of Eugene and Eugene School District/4J. Before moving to Oregon in 2014, she worked in public education and nonprofit leadership.  She holds a J.D. from Michigan State University and a degree in Communication Studies from Eastern Washington University.

“I believe people and communities are at their best when they have opportunities to listen, question, and learn from diverse perspectives and experiences,” said Bowers-Payne. “City Club does that through its mission, and I’m thrilled to support City Club in cultivating inclusive, diverse, and thriving community dialogue.”

“Randi’s leadership experience and relationship-building skills are a wonderful fit with City Club—our whole community will benefit from her work in this new role,” said Board President Kaarin Knudson. “We are thrilled to combine her talents and skills with the passion this community has for civic engagement.”

City Club of Eugene is one of the most active and influential civic organizations in the state, and produces 40 weekly programs each year. City Club meets Fridays at the 5th Street Market in Downtown Eugene from 12:00-1:00pm, in the Maple Room in the Inn at the 5th. City Club programs are also livestreamed on YouTube, rebroadcast on Mondays at 7:00 pm on KLCC 89.7 FM, and added to our podcast.

The City Club of Eugene:

The mission of the City Club of Eugene is to build community vision through open inquiry. Established in 1994, City Club explores a wide range of significant local, state, and national issues and helps to formulate new approaches and solutions to problems. Membership is open to all, and City Club members have a direct influence on public policy by discussing issues of concern with elected officials and other policy makers. The City Club’s mailing address is PO Box 12084, Eugene, OR 97440, and its website is cityclubofeugene.org.