President’s Message: Virtual Programs, Podcast, Plans

By President Scott Coltrane

Transitioning to Virtual Programs

We owe thanks to everyone who helped us transition to some new ways of connecting with our members and with the larger community. In addition to the KLCC broadcasts of our programs on Mondays at 7 pm, we now offer Zoom videos on our YouTube channel and our Facebook age. By holding sessions virtually, we were able to include some very high-profile national guests who would have been unlikely to join us in person here in Eugene. And starting in January, City Club members and others could join our Zoomed taping sessions and submit questions on our website. We look forward to meeting in person once again when it is safe, but the lessons we learned about virtual programming will carry forward into some hybrid models for us to use in the coming year.

Offering New Podcasts

City Club made some of its most compelling presentations available to the general public through podcast episodes this past year, and we hope to produce more in the future. Most are about 30 minutes long. They provide a great way for people to learn more about current community issues as they engage in other activities, like going for a walk, run, or bike ride; cooking; driving around town; or just lounging around the house. You can access these audio files on our podcast!

Future Plans

Our President-Elect, Kitty Piercy, is ready to assume the presidency following our Annual Membership Meeting in May. Under her leadership, we will be investigating new possibilities for presentations with lunches, and we hope to be able to begin in-person meetings in late 2021. We trust you will enjoy weekly programs throughout this spring and summer. Please join us virtually to ask questions of our panelists.