The 4th Annual GPOK State Convention – June 24-26

Our 4th Annual state convention will be held in one of Oklahoma’s most beautiful places, the Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur, Oklahoma, on the weekend of June 24-26.

The business of the convention will take place on the afternoon of Saturday, June 25th (from 1-5 p.m.), so the rest of the weekend will be free for enjoying the deliciously cold spring waters of the park, hiking in the shady woods, and just enjoying some time together camping.

Here are the details:

REGISTRATION: You don’t have to register in advance.

COST: Convention registration is free but donations are certainly welcomed. We suggest $1-5 for those only coming for Saturday afternoon and $5-10 for those who are camping.

HOW TO GET THERE: From Oklahoma City go south on I-35.

At exit 55 go east on state highway 7 through the towns of Davis (3 miles) and Sulphur (10 miles) until you get to the intersection of State HW 177. Drive south on HW 177 into the park. Follow the signs for the Central Group Camping Area and proceed to campsite #73. (Please note that parking is limited at the campsite to 5 cars. If you are not camping, you are encouraged to park elsewhere in the park and walk to the campground. Be sure to check with your local chapter too as there may be some carpooling going on which will be good for parking and the environment.)

AGENDA: The agenda for the convention’s business meeting (1-5 p.m. on Saturday) will be decided by those in attendance but some items that we anticipate discusssing include…

* Discussion on of how we can build up our state and local GP chapters

* Discussion on how we can live out Green values in our everday lives, both together and as individuals

* Consideration of amendments to our bylaws & platform

* The election of our representatives to the GPUS national committee & national meeting in Tulsa.

* Discussion on requests for us to co sponsor measures with other Green State Parties.

* Discussion on what we’d like for our Friday July 22nd State Fundraiser (at the Nat’l Convention)and Celebration as well as evening itinerary and menu….Yes, we can use the OK Food Co Op for the dinner.

FOR THOSE NOT CAMPING: You are encouraged to bring a lawnchair, blanket or something else to sit on. You also may want to bring snacks or a lunch to eat at the meeting.

FOR THOSE CAMPING: We have reserved campsite #73 at the Central Group Camp Area. You can setup camp any time after 12:30 p.m. on Friday, June 24th and you have to be packed up by Sunday at 12 p.m. The campground can accomodate up to 40 campers. (If in the unlikely event that we have more than 40 camping, we can see if there are other campsites nearby that can be reserved). The campground will have picnic tables, a water faucet and a nearby toilet & showers but otherwise you’ll need to bring whatever else you need

— food, lawnchair, tent, etc. (we will have at least one camp stove that folks can use if they need it). The GPOK will not be serving a meal though, so bring your own food or make arrangements with other folks who are attending to share in preparing meals.

For those who don’t want to camp but would like to stay nearby there are cabins and B&B’s available just a few miles away in Sulphur (more info at http://www.sulphurokla.com/)

ABOUT THE PARK: The park is a gorgeous place and is full of history. American Indians were known to enjoy the area since prehistoric times. Later the Chickasaws deeded the park in 1902 to the federal government in a means to stop encroaching tourist development in the area from destroying the precious mineral springs. In 1906, the land became Platt National Park (the smallest national park in the country until 1976 when it became the CNRA). In the 1930’s the park was significantly enhanced through the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Today, the park has both mineral springs and cold springs for swimming, lots of shady hiking trails, and classic examples of CCC architecture and craftsmanship.

For more info on the park go to:

http://www.nps.gov/chic