I remember a week at City Club when I couldn’t find my name tag. Jean Tate was nearby and offered me hers. Knowing an opportunity when I see one, I accepted, and I was Jean Tate for an hour. Afterwards, I had to go home and take a nap. Jean is one of many exceptionally strong women who have stepped into leadership roles in Eugene, and for that we can be thankful first and proud too, I suppose. Almost two months ago, Jean issued a challenge to the business community to put their money where their mouth is and begin a private investment fund that can help something happen downtown. I wanted to amplify that challenge, and this seems the week to do it — mostly because she’s speaking to City Club this Friday and I know I’ll see her there.