Shelley was the consummate leader, embodying the essence of service-before-self. A connector. An instigator. An inspiration. She has left an indelible mark on our organization and on downtown Oklahoma City. One could only hope for a legacy as enduring as hers in life. She will be missed by all.
Join your neighbors as we visit one of OKC’s newest downtown breweries, Elk Valley Brewing in Midtown. Our speaker this month will be Rachel Freeman, Chief Operating Officer at City Care, to tell us about their programs and how we can engage as neighbors.
This month’s event was packed with information as we got a good idea of what the new Scissortail Park will be like from the Executive Director of the Myriad Gardens Foundation, Maureen Heffernan. We also got a very detailed tour of the Vanessa House brewery operation. For those who hung out past the end, we got to watch the event that followed ours, which was a meeting of the Oklahoma Renewable Energy Council, who had a great talk from California Energy Commission Chairman David Hochschild. If you missed the social you really missed out on some great info! Fortunately we have our core content on video. Unfortunately we don’t have video of the OREC meeting, but we wish we did!
Downtown Oklahoma City Partnership is giving the community an opportunity to get closely involved with real issues. They have formed two committees, one on Events and Activation, and the other on Mobility and Connectivity. There are several committee meetings over the next few months, and we highly encourage you to join in on this process.
We kept our business meeting VERY brief, but two new officers were elected, please come say hi at the next social. The overwhelming majority of the time we had was dedicated to our #IDEAS4MAPS Panel (detailed here). Below are a few photos and the full video of the event. We had to put the camera at the back to get everybody in, so expect a few audio challenges, but hopefully those who couldn’t attend can learn a thing or two about this process that will be ongoing during 2019 until we vote on a MAPS 4 ballot initiative, likely late in the year.
A tremendous thanks goes out to our panel, and of course to those in attendance.
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Please note, this year’s Annual General Meeting will NOT be on the second Thursday of the month, but rather the first Thursday, due to not wanting to conflict with Valentine’s Day. Our event, on February 7th, will be at Plenty Mercantile, who will also be our food sponsor.
This year’s format will be a bit different. We’ll, of course, take care of our organizational business up front. But instead of a single speaker, as we’ve traditionally done, we’ll have a full panel of guests, discussing the topic of #IDEAS4MAPS. Downtowners, this is your time to engage your civic leadership directly on this important topic!
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It was a GREAT time this month. The turnout was excellent and the venue was interesting. Thank you to all that joined us, and in particular to Downtown Oklahoma City Partnership for sponsoring our food (from Wheeze the Juice) and beverage, as well as giving us the tour.
Here is the video and pictures from our Underground adventure!
Join us to meet your downtown neighbors and visit the Underground! We’ll tour the unique art and hear the interesting backstory of one of our city’s hidden gems! We’ll meet/begin in the Leadership Square lobby before heading into the tunnels.
Very excellent talk this month by Oklahoma City historian and author Bradley Wynn this month. Make sure to watch the informative video (please consider subscribing to our channel). Thanks to all that came, especially those that bought up all of the books that Bradley brought with him. For those that attended but were not able to get a book, you can pick one up at Full Circle Books, among other places (such as Amazon). If you weren’t able to make it, you also missed out on some donated prizes, which were OKC Streetcar swag packs.