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City Club of Eugene: Turtle Awards and Annual Meeting

Program Date: May 21, 2021

Air Date: May 24, 2021

From The City Club of Eugene:

Every year since 1991 the City Club of Eugene has honored one or two local folks who have stuck their necks out for the good of the community, often without much public recognition. These residents receive City Club of Eugene’s Turtle Award. These are people who, in the words of the award’s criteria, foster creative problem solving in local public affairs, stimulate constructive action, forge cooperative relationships, and honor diverse perspectives. There have been 56 Turtles since 1991. New Turtles are chosen by the existing Turtles. This year’s Turtles are Betty Snowden and Mo Young.

City Club of Eugene By-laws call for an annual meeting and election of officers and board members in May. As is customary, the president-elect, former Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy, will be installed as President. The Nominating Committee recommended election of Kaarin Knudson as the new President-Elect and incumbent Treasurer Richmond “Skip” Coburn for another term on the board. Andrew Kalloch, Juan Carlos Molleda, and Sandra Smalley were also nominated for terms as new directors.

Betty Snowden is a motivational speaker, real estate consultant, business owner, talk show host, fundraiser, and winner of the Martin Luther King and 2014 Woman Business Leader of the Year Awards. Betty worked hard to become a top-ranked real estate sales executive, appearing weekly as the host and producer of her own half-hour program focused on real estate. The successful leap to television earned her recognition in the real estate market and provided a vehicle to showcase her knowledge and expertise in the industry.

Betty’s charm and enthusiasm made her a magnet in her community. Her ability to develop a strong following can be attributed to her contagious energy and spirit on and off air. One of Betty’s admirable priorities is caring for and helping the less fortunate. Her involvement and civic-oriented passion keep her very active with many charitable organizations. Her sincere concern for those in need is reflected in the warm hospitality of her show. Rebecca Larson and Sue Pritchard will present the award.

Mo Young is the Equity and Access Coordinator for Lane County. Prior to that position, she worked as a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist. While titles give clues to the kind of work that Mo does, her professional and personal experiences create a clearer picture. She has been a fierce and dedicated advocate for equity and justice for her entire career. She is an educator, a co-conspirator and a thought partner to manym and she has lent her helping hands to movements for social justice in Lane County for more than 20 years. Marion Malcolm and Greg Rikhoff will present the award.

Nominees for the City Club Board

President (1-year term)
Kitty Piercy
has been a civic activist for many years. She served as Eugene’s mayor for 12 years. She has also served as an Oregon legislator, a member of regional and national committees, and a vice president of Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon. Many know her from her years as a teacher at Educational Environments Inc. and as leader of an early childhood program at Patterson Elementary. Currently, she serves on the boards of Square One Villages and City Club of Eugene. (Kitty was president-elect last year and will serve for the 2021-2022 program year.) 

President-Elect (1 year)
Kaarin Knudson
, AIA, is an architect, urban designer, and nonprofit leader with more than 20 years of experience working to advance sustainability, equity, and community housing solutions in the private and nonprofit sectors. She teaches in two UO departments, Architecture and Planning, and she is the founding director of Better Housing Together. Currently, she serves CCE as a member of the program committee and will continue in that role if she becomes president-elect.

Past President (1 year)
Scott Coltrane
is the retired senior vice president and provost of the University of Oregon. He has also served as interim president of the university, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and a sociology professor. He is nationally known for his research on fathers, families, and gender equity. (Scott served as President this past year and will serve as Past President for the 2021-2022 program year.)

Treasurer (1 year) 

Skip Coburn is a retired banker (32 years!) who moved to Eugene and immediately joined CCE. Then he stepped up to board membership. He was appointed as CCE’s treasurer last year and, if re-elected to the board, he will serve again as the club’s treasurer. He has also worked on the club’s program committee and development committee.

Board Members (2 years)
Andrew Kalloch
, an attorney, is the senior manager of public policy for AirBnB. He has also worked for the City of New York and the New York Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. While living in Portland, he was active in its City Club. He serves on CCE’s program committee, a role that will continue if he is elected to the board, and he is co-chair of the Willamette Valley Chapter of the Technology Association of Oregon. His childhood, which included New England town hall meetings and his union-rep father’s rants during Sunday TV news programs, shaped his interest in civic life.

Board Members (2 years)
Juan-Carlos Molleda
is Edwin L. Artz Dean and Professor the UO School of Journalism and Communication. The Venezuela native has an academic and professional background in global and multicultural public relations and communication management.  He serves on professional boards, the board of HIV Alliance, and the leadership council of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. The list of his published textbook chapters and articles goes on for many pages.

Board Members (2 years)
Sandy Smalley
is a veterinarian who owned Edgewood Animal Clinic. She is a past president of the Lane County Veterinary Medical Association, directed the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association for 12 years, and currently serves on the board of directors of Greenhill Humane Society.  When she retired, she joined City Club of Eugene. She says, “I love the passion of City Club members, the quality of the speakers, and the breadth of subject matter presented every week.” In her spare time, she is enjoying her new puppy (which may mean she doesn’t have any spare time).