Speaker (Name & Title)Topic/DescriptionContact Info (Email, Phone & Website)Subject / Topic / Presentation TitleTopic Area (Choose one of the following...)
Jason Scorse, PhDThe connection between diet and environmentprofscorse@gmail.comSustainable Diets and Food SystemsEnvironment
Richard StedmanAir Pollution and Climate Changerstedman@mbard.orgClimate Change is in the AirEnvironment
Erden Eruc, 14 Guinness World RecordsOcean Health erden_eruc@around-n-over.orgBearing Witness: Social Responsibilities of an AdventurerEnvironment
Karen Kendrick-Hands ESRAG Co-FounderESRAGkdkhands@esrag.orgProtecting the Environment: The New Area of Focus - Opportunities and LimitationsEnvironment
John Mathers, Rotary Climate Action TeamClimate jgmathersevo@gmail.comRotary Climate ActionEnvironment
The Last December, a Historical Fiction Novel by Velada Allard McElroy. This novel was published by a Eugene Author and tells the story of the Silver Lake Fire and Modoc War of and around 1894. Velada touches on the story arc and her decade long journey to write and publish this bookVelada McElroy veladam@eugenemission.org https://veladamcelroy.com/Local Author, Historical Fiction, Publishing on AudibleAcademics/Education
Dr. Eliot Grasso, Provost Gutenberg College & Associate Professor of Music University of Oregon A Discussion of the state of Higher Education and Critical ThinkingEliot is an excellent and entertaining speaker. He with a PHD in Musicology and a masters degree from Limerick,Ireland, Eliot is a world leader in teaching writing and performing on the uilleann pipes. He has 2 programs: 1) the consideration of a classical education and Great Books and the approach Gutenberg College takes for a BS in liberal arts. It is a highly unique college experience. 2) The Uilleann pipes with a discussion of the unique instruments he teaches and plays and a performance while on ZOOM. Both programs are compelling and entertaining. www.gutenberg.edu egrasso@gutenberg.edu www.eliotgrasso.comClassical Education, Great Books, State of Higher Education, Uilleann pipes and the artsAcademics/Education
Pat Walsh, Public Affairs, Bushnell University and President of Lane County Poverty and Homelessness BoardPat has TWO topics he can address: 1) The re-branding of Northwest Christian University to Bushnell University. Why the re-brand and how the former NCU operates next door to the University of Oregon; (2) The Poverty and Homelessness Board. Updates on the Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC) to address chronic homelessness in Lane County and how the various agencies work together or work apart (disjointed) to address the homelessness crisis in our region. pat@voxprpa.comRe-Branding Northwest Christian University to Bushnell UniversityAcademics/Education
Jon Bullock, Executive Director for the Redmond Academy, Redmond City Councilor, TEDxBend SpeakerJon speaks about the widening education gap that the pandemic has brought and shares insights on how to bridge this gap for studentswww.jonbullockspeaks.com/contactCOVID-19 and education; achievement gapsAcademics/Education
Luann Abrams: Elevating Women into CEO Roles: CEOX (recommended by DG Cindi)Research shows that the best performing companies have women in leadership roles, yet women make up only 6% of Fortune 500 companies. Gaining experience remains a daunting barrier—numerous studies reveal that companies hire men based on their potential, while they hire women because of their past experience. What ensues is a Catch-22 for women leaders, who need and deserve increasingly significant roles, yet are rarely championed into them.https://projectceox.com/Women in business leadershipAcademics/Education
Ginevra Ralph, Co-Founder of the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts, Eugene OR: Ginevra was the Eugene Chamber First Citizen in 2018 and offers 3excellent programs: 1) Hearing Loop Technology and Portable units; 2) Barriers to Lifelong music participation (did you play an instrument as a child/student and do you still play? Why not? 3) The History of the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts in Eugene, OR Hard-of-hearing individuals are too often marginalized, unable to fully participate in community activities. A simple but profound technology can improve lives and is called a "hearing loop." The loop enables people with hearing aids to hear with clarity--as if wearing headphones using t-coils that exist in modern hearing aids. European countries have hearing loops and portable hearing loops installed in performance halls, subways and taxi cabs. Portable hearing loops are available for as little as $250 and are the size of an iPAD. Ginevra addresses this life changing option and the work of the Shedd to loop all of its performance halls and meeting rooms. Ginevra also is a national advocate for hearing loops. Do you have a loved one that is hearing impaired? How does mask wearing effect that? Many people do not realize how much they lip read.gralph@theshedd.net; 541-687-6526 https://www.registerguard.com/opinion/20181123/keep-people-with-hearing-loss-in-loopT-Coil Technology for hearing loss; Performing Arts Venues in COVIDHealth/Science
Cort Vaughan, Greater Bend Rotary Club and former PolioPlus Zone 26/27 Coordinatorpolio survivor and former PolioPlus Zone 26/27 Coordinator was interviewed on KATV News. Worth putting this in the eNews I think! Cort is also well known for his fabulous fundraiser called “Pints for Polio” in Bend which has netted the PolioPlus fund about $10,000 annually for the last several years. He visited India recently on an immunization day.Cort Vaughan, jcortvaughan@gmail.com 541-408-7651 https://katu.com/news/coronavirus/polio-survivor-shares-similarities-to-coronavirusPolio Plus, Rotary and PolioHealth/Science
Dr. Christopher Walton All of the fuss about Vitamin D and bone healthOrthopedic surgeon Dr. Chris Walton has a program on bone health and the calcium and Vitamin D recommendations. What kind of Vitamin D? Bioavailabilty and why it is never too late to take care of bone health to avoid pathological fractures while agingcwortho@comcast.netWhat is the big deal about Vitamin D?Health/Science
Lawnae Hunter, Stroke Awareness OregonStroke Awareness Oregon — a nonprofit created by physicians, stroke patients and community members — exists to make a real difference. Stroke treatment and care is seeing advances but challenges still exist. A person hit by a stroke often transpires too late to fully benefit from new medical advances. People surviving a stroke and completing rehabilitation are returned to the community without clear direction, follow-up or support.lhunter@plusmanagement.net https://strokeawarenessoregon.org/about-stroke-awareness-oregon/Stroke AwarenessHealth/Science
Todd Edman, entrepeneur and founder of BitcorkBitCork seeks to improve the wine experience at restaurants by connecting them to artisan wineries. Our model is restaurant friendly. We have no order minimums and deliver any day of the week, often on the same day. We have a farm-to-table eco-friendly approach with last mile delivery done by bike courier in urban areas. Our mission is to improve restaurant wine choices and the restaurant wine experience for their patrons! Todd addresses how Bitcork works as an APP with extreme innovationhttps://bitcork.io/about?gclid=CjwKCAjwgdX4BRB_EiwAg8O8Haau63WOJGW4Rt2jr0XjbhpxSBmHqtn4TMUfyOJ2ynQHfNb_zF9vjRoCm-8QAvD_BwEEntrepenuriasm, Wine DistributionLocal Arts and Culture
Obie Properties: the Development of 5th Street Market in Downtown Eugene. Casey Barrett, VP & COO Obie PropertiesAs the 5th Street Public Market expands, we envision people coming together to live, eat, shop, and connect to Eugene’s culture and spirit. The Market expansion project is a mixed-use development that builds on the success of the 5th Street Public Market, adding to the vitality and vibrancy of downtown Eugenejenny@obie.com 541-954-6819 https://www.obiecompanies.com/market-expansionCommerical Development 5th Street MarketLocal Arts and Culture
Kerri Murray, Shelterbox USA, VP of Operations or Bill Tobin, Shelterbox Rotary Relations ManagerNatural disasters and conflicts never take days off, and neither do we. By providing emergency shelter and tools for displaced families, Shelterbox works to transform despair into hope. How Shelterbox is operating today during a global pandemic and current active deployments.kmurray@shelterboxusa.org; btobin@shelterboxusa.orgDisaster Relief and Rotary PartnershipsOther
The relevance of the "newspaper" in a digital age with multiple platforms: Managing Editor Michelle Maxwell The Register-Guard, Eugene, ORGannett Publishing and GateHouse Media are the largest newspaper chain in America with 260 local papers in 46 states. Michelle discusses the challenge of efficiencies and local news quality with corporate newspapers.mmaxwell@registerguard.com 541-338-2272 https://www.klcc.org/post/register-guard-newsroom-changes-corporate-owner-cuts-top-editor-positionConventional Media and NewspapersOther
Homeless and Runaway Youth. Profiles in Youth Homelessness with Brad Bills, E.D. Hosea Youth ServicesHosea Youth Services is an organization working to serve homeless and runaway youth ages 16-24. Brad discusses his daily interactions with his group of "regulars" who visit the Resource Center which operates M-Thurs. 1-7 p.m. Brad addresses youth with heroin addiction, trauma, mental health and chronic homelessnessbradbills93@gmail.com 541-301-8553 https://www.hoseayouth.org/Youth HomelessnessOther
Adopt a Village in Guatemala and the Maya Jaguar High School on the NW Border of GuatemalaFrances Dixon is a Rotarian who has worked in the remote rain forest of Guatemala to bring education, farming and opportunity to the Mayan settlements along the Guatemala Chiapas Border. Frances has worked to build schools and opportunity for 35 years in this very remote region and lives there part time including during the pandemic. This is a fascinating program that can be tailored to your club's interest in the history and current events of this organization and movement.https://www.adoptavillage.com/Education and Humanitarian work in GuatemalaOther
The New Eugene Mission: The Eugene Mission is the largest homeless shelter in Oregon with upwards of 400 people every night. How did they manage with the governors stay at home orders to shelter in place....in a shelter!When COVID-19 and the Governor's stay at home orders came into effect on March 23, the Eugene Mission had to pivot to shelter in place 400 residential guests with heightened sanitation, pandemic precautions and a complete campus reconfiguration to accomodate social distancing. This is a great story on the machinations then and today of sheltering with the unhoused who present with many challenging behaviors. How it is going!https://www.eugenemission.org/ Sheryl Balthrop, Executive Director; Beth Sheehan--schedule with bethsheehan@comcast.netAddressing chronic homelessnessOther
Eugene YMCABrian Steffan, CEO and the Eugene YMCA has broken ground after a huge capital campaign for the new location at 24th and Hilyard in Eugene, OR. Brian will cover how the YMCA pivoted during COVID-19 to provide essential child care for essential workers and what is on the horizon for the YMCA as the pandemic presses onschedule with bethsheehan@comcast.net https://www.eugeneymca.org/Youth Programs, the YMCA during COVIDOther
CAHOOTS31 years ago the City of Eugene, Oregon developed an innovative community-based public safety system to provide mental health first response for crises involving mental illness, homelessness, and addiction. White Bird Clinic launched CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets) as a community policing initiative in 1989.info@whitebirdclinic.org https://whitebirdclinic.org/contactMental Health and policingOther
John Ballentine, Produce BrokerJohn is with Aloha Produce/Bend, OR and Founder of Kids in the Game. He speaks about COVID-19 effects on local restaurants and how he has shifted his focus to feeding those in need in Central Oregonjohn@kidsinthegame.orgCOVID-19 food distribution effectsOther
Jessica Murrey IT Developer Young people today deal with conflict daily--bullying, polarization--without the proper tools to handle it. We're developing an interactive story game that will empower young people with skills to address the problem with gameplay which allow youth to 1) practice handling conflict and touch situations; 2) experience (safely) the consequences of their decisions, and 3) transfer those skills to the real world to create positive change. This program comes recommended by Rogue Gateway iPP Janie DuewelJess is a local girl, born and raised in Southern Oregon. At 24, she won a Northwest Regional Emmy and an Oregon Association of Broadcasters Award for awareness campaigns she ran at KOBI NBC5. For the last seven years, Jess has worked as an international peacebuilder for the world's largest dedicated conflict resolution non-profit. She's trained young peacebuilders and activists in some of the most hostile places on earth in social change communication, messaging and storytelling that shift attitudes and behavior. jess@wickedsaints.studioIT Developer, APPS, educational opportunities via APPsOther
Rachel McDonald, KLCC News Director join News Director Rachael McDonald as they explain how they go about creating the news and programs you hear every day. Jim Rondeau, General Manager, will share future plans. You will be able to ask questions and take a quick video tour of the KLCC studios via a virtual Zoom meeting.rcurry@klcc.org KLCC is Oregon Public Broadcasting FM 89.7 and is a service of Lane Community CollegePublic Radio, Local News Reporting, BroadcastingOther
Deanna Rivera, Cybersecurity for all of us!Learn how to protect yourself and your privacy from the dangers lurking in cyberspace. Deanna Rivera will help us understand the fears and confusion of today’s online world and empower us with best practices for managing passwords, protecting mobile devices, and increasing the safety of social media use.Deanna is the PR Director & Web Developer for Eugene Southtowne Rotary and owns UplinkSpyder, a Eugene-based web development and digital marketing agency. deanna@uplinkspyder.comCybersecurityOther
A Day in the LIfe of a Live Radio Host: Liz & Reilly 94.5 Mix FMSandi Black, member of Eugene Delta Rotary, can be heard on air, every morning from 5:30 a.m.- 9 a.m. Sandi and her radio partner Mary Reilly talk about live radio hosting in a digital age and a few stories from the trenches.sandiolive@gmail.com 541-255-5975 https://www.facebook.com/liz.n.reilly.1/posts/our-team-name-is-mix-chix-the-promo-code-to-get-15-off-your-registration-when-yo/930342460358201/Live Radio BroadcastingPerformances
Chris Skinner, New Eugene Police ChiefCity Manager Jon Ruiz selected Chris Skinner to serve as Eugene's Police Chief. Skinner joined the City on April 30, 2018. Chief Skinner can tailor his presentation. Current topics include addressing perceived lawlessness in the homeless population; Black Lives Matter and police reformpolicechief@ci.eugene.or.us 541-682-5102Civil Unrest, Public PolicingPolitics
Damon Runberg, Regional Economist at the Oregon Employment DepartmentDamon discusses the long term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on our economy and our Oregon population. "The economy is a reflection of all of us"Damon.m.runberg@oregon.govCOVID-19 and the economyPolitics
DACA recipient Hugo NicolasThis program comes recommended by Southtowne Rotary. Hugo is a DACA recipient and is a DACA recipient who has been featured in multiple Oregon media platforms . Hugo grew up in the Gulf Coast Mexico state of Veracruz an immigrated with his family at age 11. He gently shares the difficult and tenuous security of being a "Dreamer" in 2020.Read about Hugo here: https://eugeneweekly.com/2018/02/08/dream-chaser/DACA DreamersPolitics