McMINNVILLE â€“ Rick Olson, McMinnville mayor-elect, will present â€œYes We Can and Yes We Didâ€ on Monday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College.
His presentation is part of the annual celebration honoring Martin Luther King Jr. at Linfield. The program, held on the eve of the inauguration of President-Elect Barack Obama, will include a 1968 video of Robert Kennedy predicting that an African American would be elected president within 40 years.
â€œWhile we celebrate Martin Luther Kingâ€™s legacy and Barack Obamaâ€™s election, I feel honored to have McMinnvilleâ€™s newly elected mayor as our keynote speaker,â€ said Barry Tucker, director of multicultural programs at Linfield. â€œRick Olson has helped define where McMinnville is today.â€
Olson, a 50-year resident of McMinnville, has more than 30 years of service in the McMinnville community on various public safety, governmental, business and youth oriented boards and committees. He has been a member of and chaired the City Council, chaired the City of McMinnville Budget Committee and the City Planning Commission. Olson has served as a two-term president of the Greater McMinnville Chamber of Commerce and has served on the Chamber Political Affairs Committee. In addition, he was an executive board member for the Yamhill Communications Agency (E911 emergency dispatch) and founding Board Chair of McMinnville Community Media, the public and government access television station serving the McMinnville area.
The program, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by several Linfield departments. For more information, contact the Multicultural Programs Office, 503-883-2574.