Transition in Oklahoma Gathering Steam

Here's an update from our Christine Patton of Transition Town OKC / Transition Oklahoma:

Ever since our training in Albuquerque, things seem to be gathering steam. Two weeks ago, several of our members met with a local former minister, Kyle Maxwell, now executive director of the statewide group Oklahoma Disciples Foundation, Inc., to brainstorm on the best ways to engage the faith-based community with Transition Town and "going local".

Then, one of our team members invited us to speak to a meeting of the statewide Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign, another contact has invited us to make a presentation on Transition Town OKC to the Oklahoma Sustainability Network board, and we were invited to speak in the fall to a class at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, about TTOKC.

But wait, there's more! This past Sunday, we screened the DVD of Energy Crossroads: A Burning Need for Change  so our group can decide if it is suitable for public consumption :). Tuesday, July 14, we are hosting a table at a Local Food Fair, sponsored by the ever-active Sierra Club and Buy Fresh Buy Local Central Oklahoma Chapter, at the historic Harn Homestead in Oklahoma City. And Saturday, July 18, 28 folk from across Oklahoma will meet for a day-long strategic planning retreat here in Oklahoma City.

The retreat is key because our group needs to determine the best ways to allocate our energy, money and time over the next six months – one year. Since are an all-volunteer organization and most of us have jobs, families, gardens and other volunteer obligations. We want to get more people involved, and empower the people we already have to pursue their passion and ideas. And finally, we want to start reaching critical mass in Oklahoma City in the next 6 months!


Transition OKC Local Food Fair

Photo: Transtition Town OKC hosted a table at a Local Food Fair put on by Buy Fresh Buy Local Central Oklahoma. From left to right: Marisa Wells, Shauna Struby and Christine Patton, Transition Town OKC volunteers, at the Local Food Fair in Oklahoma City. Photos courtesy of Shauna Struby.

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