February 2016

A Letter From Our President

Happy February

When I think of the month of February, I just smile.  I love everything about this month.

February has President’s day, Valentine’s Day, Black History Month, Marc’s birthday, and one more day because this is a leap year and RED…the color red.    

I started writing my President’s letter 2 ½ weeks ago, and in the first couple of lines, I mentioned the weather and the frigid January temperatures.  I had to revamp my letter because as we come to the end of January, it is unseasonably warm and simply beautiful outside.  I am so thankful the snow went around us this time, and we did not get 20" of snow.  I hope you are able to enjoy the warmer temperatures and the sunshine before it changes. 

60 years - EWI of Tulsa has been in existence since 1956.  We will kick off this yearlong celebration in March.  The committee is working hard gathering history and putting together a program that you and your executive will not want to miss.  Invitations will be mailed in the next couple of weeks.

Check this out in 1956

Average Cost of a New House......$11,700
Average Monthly Rent..................
Average Yearly Wages..................$4,450
Gas Cost........................................ .22 cents a gallon
Average Cost of a New Car......... $2,050
Ground Coffee............................. .85 cents per lb.

Anniversary Trivia – How many EWI of Tulsa Past Presidents can you name?  There may be a prize for the winner.

Support Go Red for Women by participating in National Wear Red Day® on Friday, February 5, 2016.

How familiar are you with the symptoms of a heart attack in women?  Learn the warning signs.

Some of the major symptoms prior to a heart attack include:

  •  Unusual Fatigue
  •  Sleep Disturbance
  •  Shortness of Breath
  •  Indigestion
  •  Anxiety
Major symptoms during a heart attack include:
  •  Shortness of Breath
  •  Weakness
  •  Unusual Fatigue
  •  Dizziness

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, consult your physician.  The keys to a healthy heart include proper diet and exercise.
Love is in the air.  Feel it, see it and spread it. 


Happy Heart Month,



February Monthly Meeting

It's All About Communication
- Love Languages

Thursday, February 11, 2016
5:30 pm - Check In
6:00 pm - Meeting begins

Location:  2300 Building

2300 Riverside Drive
(1st Floor Banquet Room)
Tulsa, OK

Business or Business Casual

$40 Members and Guests
$30 Sustaining Members

RSVP by noon on Friday, February 5, by clicking the button below.

Please make checks payable to EWI of Tulsa and mail to:
     Dana Nichols
     Cimarex Energy Co.
     202 S. Cheyenne Avenue
     Tulsa, OK 74103

RSVP to our next Chapter Meeting!


* You can magnify the iPhone’s screen, for ease in reading tiny type, by double-tapping with three fingers.  Then pan around by dragging with three fingers.

Of course, you first have to turn this feature on. Do that by tapping Settings, then General, then Accessibility.  (On the same screen, you’ll find an option to make the text bigger in the built-in iPhone programs, which is handy in its own way.)

* Has your iPhone screen image suddenly become mysteriously enlarged?  There’s nothing quite as alarming as seeing jumbo text and graphics, and nothing restores the phone to the way it’s supposed to be.

I can’t tell you how many people trek off to the Apple Store to get their “broken” iPhones fixed. Of course, the real problem is that you’ve accidentally turned on screen zooming (described in the previous tip). Double-tap with three fingers to restore the screen magnification.

Other Cellphones
* When your phone starts ringing, you can silence it quickly by pressing any key on the sides.  (It’s still ringing — you can either answer it or let it go to voicemail — but at least you’ve cut the sound.)  That’s good to remember when you’re someplace where phone silence is golden: for example, at a concert, in surgery, or in church.

Board Member Spotlight 

B/C/DP Director

Heather Rettedal
Arvest Bank

Would you prefer to read a book or see a movie?  Love both, depends on my mood.
Do you collect anything?  I love anything to do with the state of Oklahoma.  Décor, jewelry, etc.
If you were to tell one person “Thank you for helping me become the person I am today,” who would it be and what did they do?  My Mom.  She has always been by my side and gives me honest advice and encourages me to always try my best.
What is your favorite food/meal?  Chicken Fried Steak
What is a TV show or movie you can watch again and again?  Friends-I have the entire series on DVD
If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would you choose and why?  Jane Austen.  She is the author of my favorite book, Pride and Prejudice.  She wrote the classics that we love today at such a young age.
If you could retire to anywhere in the world, where would you go?  Anywhere there is a beach, sand, and plenty of sunshine!
Describe yourself in three words:  Energetic, Genuine and Outgoing
What was the last concert you went to?  I believe it was Jason Aldean.  I love country music.
What do you think the secret to a good life is?  I think just being really grateful and thankful for what you have.  If I’m having a bad day, I try to start thinking of all the good things I have and it gives me a new perspective!  That and Jesus.
What do you like to do for fun?  I love country music concerts, dancing, spending time at the lake, and doing anything fun with my friends or kids.
What makes you stand out in a crowd?  I would say my personality.  I’m always looking to laugh and have a good time.
Do you have a guilty pleasure?  I would honestly say a good chicken fried steak and a beer.

Board Member Spotlight 

Treasurer & Advisor

Dana Nichols
Cimarex Energy Co.

What is your favorite 70’s, 80’s or 90’s jam?  I was in college in the late 70's when discos were the place to go.  Good or bad, I can sing just about anything by the Bee Gees.
Would you prefer to read a book or see a movie?  Definitely a reader.
What is your favorite food/meal?  Bacon is my go-to food, followed by eggs.
If you could retire to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Living on cruise ships for a while might be fun!
Describe yourself in three words:  Just Say Yes.
What was the last concert you went to?  Queen and Adam Lambert in Las Vegas
What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?  I'd love to learn to play the piano.
What do you think the secret to a good life is?  Keep counting your blessings.
What do you like to do for fun?  Help my granddaughter get into mischief.
What makes you stand out in a crowd?  No doubt--my untreated silver/grey hair.
Do you have a guilty pleasure?  Slot machines
Describe your relaxing evening?  I'm binge-watching British TV at the moment.

A Note from Betty Oswald...

Dear EWI Friends,

Thank you sincerely for all the acts of kindness during my recovery.  Your prayers, cards, and calls were a big help and much appreciated.  



Betty Oswald

January Chapter Meeting

Top Left Photo:  Marnie Knight & Frank Troutman,
                             Admiral Express Office Supply

Top Right Photo:  Gloria McQuade, Burnett, Inc.

Bottom Left Photo:  Allison Dickens, Ludger’s Bavarian Bakery

Bottom Right Photo:  Lisa Riley, Pinot’s Palette

BEST:  "Learning about all of the companies that had displays - and sampling the delicious food that each provided."

"Not enough seating for dinner." 


EWISP Scholarship Overview Session
81 students, parents, advisors, mentors and board members attended the EWI scholarship overview session.
President Felicia Senter kicked off the meeting and introduced Heather Rettedal, B/C/DP Director.   Heather gave a high level explanation of why this meeting is necessary and what knowledge about the scholarship program each student will walk away with.

Honorary member John Hamill gave an in depth presentation to the students, parents, advisors, and mentors on how to complete the application process.

Top Left Photo:  B/C/DP Director Heather Rettedal, Arvest Bank

Top Right Photo:  John Hamill, Honorary Member

Bottom Left Photo:   Students, Parents, and Counselors

Bottom Right Photo:  Linda Polson, Sustaining, and representatives from Claremore High School

Top Photo:  Pizza Dinner for Students, Parents, Counsels, and EWI Mentors

Bottom Left Photo:  Roberta Montgomery, Helmerich & Payne

Bottom Right Photo:  John Hamill - "Summary from a Judge's Point of View"

February EWI Birthdays
Feb 2 - Karen Kellogg, JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Feb 4 - Maureen Quinn - Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance
Feb 13 - Diane Jarvi, Sustaining
Feb 16 - Glenda Stoner, Hilti, Inc.

Feb 25 - Alex Eaton, World Travel Service, LLC

Firm Anniversaries
Feb 1972 - Tulsa Regional Chamber
Feb 1986 - Mid-America Land, Grain & Cattle Co.
Feb 1992 - Hilti, Inc.
Feb 1997 - The William K. Warren Foundation
Feb 1997 - United States Beef Corp. (Arby's)
Feb 2007 - Verizon Wireless
Feb 2008 - Miss Helen's
Feb 2014 - Arvest Bank
Feb 2015 - SEM Group

2015-2016 Officers & Directors
Felicia Senter, Tulsa Tech

Vice President/President-Elect
Tonya Solomon, Allegra Print & Imaging

Reta Hallam, Manhattan Construction Company

Dana Nichols, Cimarex Energy Co.

Trish Richey, Key Personnel, Inc.

Heather Rettedal, Arvest Bank


Eva Blair, Nichols Brothers

Gayle Dicus, Mazzios LLC

Jennifer Carroll, T. D. Williamson, Inc.

Cynthia Sublett, World Travel Service, LLC


Dana Nichols, Cimarex Energy Co.

Jody Davis
Accent Moving & Storage

Linda Safley, Direct Energy Inc.

Judy Russell, ONEOK, Inc.