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City Club of Eugene: Gifts To The City

Program Date: Dec. 18, 2020

Air Date: Dec. 21, 2020

From the City Club of Eugene:

Even those who believe Eugene is a practically perfect place to call home occasionally see a gap where an asset should be. What that gap seems to be depends on where they are standing. What constitutes the right asset to fill it depends on their understanding of community.  In this annual program, City Club invites people from different corners of our little world to imagine they have been given a magic wand with the sole purpose of conjuring up a gift that would perfectly meet our collective need. We ask them to give this virtual gift to the City. In a year when we have removed from our public collection some monuments that have passed their prime, we encouraged givers to imagine filling those spaces with new monuments, symbolizing the message of their gift.

 

Reprising his role as emcee is The ReverendDaniel Bryant, who is now retired from his long tenure as pastor of First Christian Church and enjoying work as the fulltime Executive Director of Square One Villages. He will introduce the 10 presenters.

  • Jeanette Kime, aka SluGoddess SlimeShine, is our “raining goddess,” the SLUG Queen who represents the Society for the Legitimization of the Ubiquitous Gastropod. Participating in this program is one of her royal duties.

  • Joel Iboa started a new job this month as the founding director of the Oregon Just Transition Alliance, a movement of communities facing environmental racism, climate change, and economic exploitation. He is also the chair of the Governor’s Environmental Justice Task Force, a member of the Eugene police commission, and for six years he managed outreach programs for Causa of Oregon and Beyond Toxics.

  • Jennifer Scurlock, an English teacher at Churchill HS, is also a director of the Oregon Education Association and a member of the Oregon State Board of Education.

  • Tim Black is the Winter Strategies Coordinator at St. Vincent DePaul.  He returned to the nonprofit sector after many years in higher education administration.

  • Camilla Mortensen is the editor-in-chief of the Eugene Weekly. She has a doctorate in comparative literature and an MA in folklore, and teaches writing and news writing at Lane Community College in her spare time.

  • Midas Well is the Direct Action Coordinator of Black Unity. Since starting in June 2020, the group has expressed its commitment to an equitable and healthy community in a broad array of activities, including demonstrations in support of racial justice, clothing and food drives, social gatherings that follow public health guidelines, and free Thanksgiving dinners.

  • Timothy Ingalsbee, PhD, is a faculty research associate at the University of Oregon, in addition to his work with FUSEE, Firefighters United for Safety, Ethics, and Ecology. Timothy began his career as a wildland firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service.

  • Mustafa Kasubhai serves now as a judge in the US Magistrate Court, after working as a State Circuit Court judge and as an attorney in private practice.

  • Sarah Medary is the Eugene City Manager. She has 24 years of experience with the City of Eugene, including nine years as Assistant City manager and six as the director of the Planning and Development Department.

  • Emily Halnon set an Oregon Pacific Crest Trail Record by running 455 miles in 7 long days, averaging 57 miles a day. She ran as a memorial for her mother, who died this year of a rare cancer. Her run raised more than $32,000 for rare cancer research.