GPA 2015 AGM and Policy Convention
September 26-27, Red Deer
Save the Date and RSVP Now
The Green Party of Alberta’s Annual General Meeting will be Saturday, September 26.
The Policy Convention will be Sunday, September 27.
Both will be in Red Deer at the Red Deer Lodge.
The key information about voting is below the program, near the bottom of this page.
You’ll meet interesting people, hear about and discuss important issues, and contribute to the future of the party. You’ll be with Green Party of Alberta members and some others, not least Kevin van Tighem, Keynote Speaker on “Heart Waters (If we were in a water crisis, would we see, understand and treat our prairie river headwaters differently? Because we are, and we should.”)
Friday and Saturday Night Accommodations
Phone the Red Deer Lodge at 1-403-346-8841 and ask for a room in the Green Party block. Say whether you want one or two King sized beds. Group discount is $104 including breakfast between 7 and 9 am. (Confirm with RDL when you call.)
Food and Costs
No registration cost for members; $25 for non members, or buy a membership at registration: $25 for three years or $10 for one year. No formal charge for the buffet lunch each day, but the party requests a donation to cover costs, or pay what you can. Saturday dinner is at your own expense and so is Sunday breakfast if you don’t have a room in the Lodge. Coffee, tea, juice and snacks will be provided in the meeting room both days. Cash bar Saturday evening.
Fun (and Fundraising)
Silent Auction – Please bring contributions for our silent auction. Not too big, not too extravagant, anything from your best baking to art, books, and … something intriguingly environmentally interesting. Bring cash or a chequebook in case you score a winning bid – no credit cards. GPA tee shirts for sale at cost ($25 – organic cotton isn’t cheap).
Saturday night entertainment – There will be a getting-to-know-you icebreaker or two in case conversations starters are needed and a cash bar. If you’d like to provide a few minutes of music, comedy, magic or other entertainment, please let Susan know: firstname.lastname@example.org.
RSVP! By September 20th we must know how many are coming
in order to make arrangements for catering and fix costs with the hotel. Reply to email@example.com. If you need a ride from Calgary or Edmonton, ask about carpooling.
SATURDAY GUEST SPEAKER Kevin Van Tighem
Kevin Van Tighem is an award-winning Alberta author. His new book is Heart Waters: Sources of the Bow River.
Lunch begins at 1145 on Saturday. At 1 pm, Kevin will speak about that all-important resource, water.
“Heart Waters: If we were in a water crisis, would we see, understand and treat our prairie river headwaters differently? Because we are, and we should.”
Voting information for members
Executive Council elections will be held for President, Secretary, and three Members at Large.
Members should have already received the biographies of the candidates and a ballot. If you are a member and did not receive this material, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can vote by email, post, or in person. Votes for the Executive Council must be received by September 24.
There will be a vote on a constitutional amendment. Members have been sent the relevant information already and, as with the Executive Council election, you can vote by email, by post, or in person. If you did not receive the constitutional vote material, please email email@example.com. Votes for the constitutional amendment must be received by September 23.
A package of policy proposals was sent to members by email. This material is for your review and consideration. The actual voting takes place on the meeting floor following discussion. There is no mail-in ballot for the policy proposals. If you did not receive the policy proposals, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your participation in our AGM and Policy Convention will help build the party’s momentum and strengthen the Green voice Alberta needs.