Third Thursday Past


Third Thursdays are public, noon meetings, October-April, featuring speakers addressing current topics. Below is a list of the impressive speakers that have made presentations to our local league.

November 17,2016

Aurora Jackson, General Manager, Lane Transit DistrictAurora Jackson, LTD

“Charting the Course for Better Transit in Eugene-Springfield”

Ms. Jackson is the 6th General Manager of LTD. She started her career in California as a bus operator working her way through college. She worked her way to senior management and various positions including as assistant transportation manager for two divisions of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority before accepting a General Manager position with Montebello. Her career pathway to general management is impressive. This will the first time she has addressed the League.

Transportation is changing the face of Eugene, it will be interesting to hear how she views the future course of LTD.

The program is free and open  to the public.
Lunch is $17, Beverage only is $5
Lunch begins 11:30 am
The program begins at 12:15
To reserve your seat and/or to request a ride, call the League office at 541-343-7917 by the Monday before, October 17th.

Paul Solomon

October 20th

Paul Solomon, Executive Director of Sponsors

Sponsors, a non-profit, has a remarkable record of reducing recidivism by providing services to men and women released from prison.
Sponsors’ philosophy is based on the belief that people can and do change and that a strategic intervention at the appropriate moment can serve as a catalyst in that change.

 Colt Gill, Oregon’s First Education Innovation OfficerColt Gill

“Every Student Graduates with a Plan for the Future”

His plan for tackling Oregon’s 4th lowest-in-the-nation high school graduation rate.
Thursday, September 15, 2016

April 21, 2016

Mary Wood, Philip H. Knight Professor of Law at University of Oregon School of Law

MMary-Woods. Wood is the Faculty Director and founder of the school’s nationally acclaimed Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program.  She teaches property law, natural resources law, public trust law, federal Indian law, and other courses.

Professor Wood has published extensively on climate crisis, natural resources, and native law issues.  She is a co-author of a leading textbook on natural resources law (West, 2006), a co-author of a textbook on public trust law (Carolina Press, 2013), and author of the pioneering book, Nature’s Trust: Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age.

She originated the approach called Atmospheric Trust Litigation to hold governments worldwide accountable for reducing carbon pollution within their jurisdictions, and her research is being used in cases and petitions brought on behalf of children and youth throughout the United States and in other countries. She is a frequent speaker on global warming issues and has received national and international attention for her sovereign trust approach to global climate policy.

December, 2015 – No luncheon

Tina Kotek, Speaker of the OR House of Representatives

Tina KotekNovember 19,2015


Jeanne P. Atkins, Oregon Secretary of State 

Secretary Jeanne P. Atkins

Secretary Jeanne P. Atkins

September 24, 2015


April 16th


Olivia Curl, SEHS Grad, co-founder of a movement promoting girls’ education, where they face barriers when they try to go to school. She reported on her work in places like Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, India and Pakistan and what a thrill it was to meet Malala Yousafzai.




March 19thScott Coltrane, Interim Pres, UO

Interim UO President Scott Coltrane
Parent, Provost, President:
on research and leadership

February 19, 2015

Health Care in Lane County today, as seen by a panel of health professionals


January 15, 2015Eugene Police Badge Jan 20153rd Th

Human Trafficking in Lane County


December, 2014

(no 3rd Thursday)


November 20th, 2014

Our new Lane County administrator, Steve Mokrohisky.

Stebve Mokrohivsky







October 16th, 2014 – John Tapogna, President of EcoNorthwest.

John Tapogna








September 18th, 2014 – Michael Jordon,

Oregon’s Chief Operating Officer spoke at our Fall Luncheon at Valley River Inn.









 April 17th, 2014 – Val Hoyle,

Oregon House Majority Leader, Representative Val Hoyle, speaking on mental health legislation.

Val Hoyle










March 20th, 2014 – Ron Kilcoyne,
General Manager, Lane Transit District,



February 20th, 2014
Honorable Paul J. De Muniz, Chief Justice,
Honorable Paul J. De Muniz, OR Chief Justice

Paul J. De Muniz,
OR Chief Justice









January 23, 2014 -Dean Foor, Project Engineer, Essential Consulting Oregon

EC Oregon

November 21, 2013, Ellen Rosenblum, Oregon Attorney GeneralEllen Rosenblum at lectern

October 17, 2013 – Dr. Hertica Martin, Springfield Public Schools “Back to School with Springfield Public Schools”

Al KingDr. Hertica Martin

Al King, Springfield School Board
September 19, 2013 – Ted Wheeler, Oregon State Treasurer
Ted Wheeler
May (our annual meeting was held)
April 18, 2013 – Henry Richmond
The Young Man Who Made SB100 Work. Henry Richmond
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Anderson received the Annabelle Kitzhaber Award.
(see April 2013 ARGUS)1000 friends of oregon
(see Bob Welch’s column, Eugene Register Guard)Sue Boyd and Dorothy Anderson

March 21, 2013 – Judge Mary Jane Mori
Eugene’s Mental Health Court
3rd Th March 21 2013 w Kappy

February 14, 2013 – Dr. Gottfredson
The State of Public Higher Education
It was a birthday celebration: LWVUS (93!), the State of Oregon (1859, do the math ;-)) New photos!
Marian Walter and Nancie FadeleyDr Gottfriedson 14 Feb 2013 LWVLC

Dr. Gottfredson speaks on Independent Governing Boards. Members Marion Walter and Nancie Fadeley celebrate!

Our speaker was Dr. Michael Gottfredson, the new University of Oregon President. He discussed challenges facing higher education and its future. The State Legislature convened and is considering a number of issues related to higher education, like funding and governance. Many of us are wondering if our children and grandchildren will be able to afford college.

January 24, 2012A national “Promise Neighborhoods” movement is developing a continuum of “cradle through college & career” solutions to improve lives and futures for children in distressed communities. Our speakers will discuss the efforts of our two Lane County Promise Neighborhoods to develop innovative programs to help children escape lives of poverty.

katherine pearsOSLCMarConte Holly

Holly Mar Conte
Associate Director for Education,
United Way of Lane CountyDr. Katherine Pears
Research Scientist at OSLC

Lane Co Fairgrounds, 11.30am lunch, 12.15 free program. Buffet $15, Beverage $3, tip not included.