Charlie Meadows will speak to a a gathering of the Tea Party of Central Oklahoma this week.

Charlie Meadows, president of OCPAC, (Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee) will be guest speaker at the Thursday, May 16, meeting of the Tea Party of Central Oklahoma.

Meadows has been a small businessman for the past 39 years and was a candidate for a State Senate seat in 1990 which included parts of Pottawatomie County.

He has served on the Board of Directors of a rural fire department, the Logan County Hospital as well as numerous civic and political organizations. He has been a columnist for several newspapers, a radio talk show host and currently serves as the president of OCPAC. In that capacity, he writes a weekly e-news and commentary column which is received directly by about 5,000 people thoughout the state of Oklahoma.

On Thursday evening, he will talk about the part OCPAC has played in shifting Oklahoma from a blue state to a red state. Over the past seven election cycles the members of OCPAC have interviewed well over 200 Republicans, contributed $200,000 to 114 candidates, with 62 of those having been elected to the state Legislature.

Meadows will be accompanied by Susan Goodman, OCPAC treasurer. The OCPAC members have only missed meeting for lunch two times over the past 22 years.

The Tea Party of Central Oklahoma meeting is Thursday, May 16, at Van’s Pig Stand located at 717 East Highland. Dinner will be at 6 p.m. and the meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.