June 2016



A Letter From Our President



Rain Rain Go Away Come Again another day or month.  I am sure most of us have the same sentiment about all the rain and torrential weather lately, but we will wish for these cool rainy days when the temperatures are over 100 degrees.  I enjoy rainy weather, it gives me permission to slow down, move at a lower speed, or just stop momentarily.
Stop and think about EWI board service?   Straw ballots were handed out at the May 12 chapter meeting.  Did you receive your straw ballot and position descriptions? Have you filled it out and nominated yourself or another representative you believe would fit a certain position?

When asked to serve, it may not seem like the best time for you.  But is there ever a perfect time?  Why not now?  The support from the membership is amazing!  You will not regret your decision to say yes and Create a New Path in EWI.
When Dana asked me at this time two years ago to be her vice president, I paused and did not answer immediately.  I needed time to think about it.  I needed time to come up with an excuse of why I would not be able to serve in this capacity.  That position is a huge responsibility.  How could I possibly fit that in?  My mom, my husband, my kids and my job needed me. I am way too busy to be vice president and eventually president.  After I pondered for a bit, I thought if not now, when?  If not you, who?  My response was YES and I have not regretted my decision. 
Serving as the vice president/president-elect, and now as the president, has been very rewarding and exciting.  I have grown personally and professional, while learning a lot about myself and EWI.  The rewards of serving far outweigh the challenges and perceived obstacles.  I am so thankful I just said yes.
10 Signs of a Leader
The early identification of individuals who have some of the attributes listed below allows current leadership to groom those people for the future — an important step in making an organization effective and successful.

  1. Listening and communicating effectively:
    It's exciting to work with somebody who takes the time to understand a problem while also asking the key questions to ensure that all expectations are met.
  2. Being energetic:
    Employees with energy tend to lift up the people around them.  Leaders sometimes need to be able to boost a team when they are working on tough projects, and having this trait can make a big difference in the long run.
  3. Remaining calm under pressure:
    When big problems happen, teams look to their leaders for direction.  When a leader isn't available, who else do they turn to for guidance and decisions?  Usually it's the person who has kept his or her cool and has been trying to find a solution to the problem.  Nobody wants to work with the guy who is yelling, "The sky is falling!"  But they will be happy to work with somebody who can see the light at the end of the tunnel when nobody else can.
  4. Taking responsibility for their actions:
    We all make mistakes.  Leaders are always willing to admit to making a mistake when something doesn't work out as they planned.  Usually, they are also trying to learn from the problem to ensure it doesn't happen again in the future.
  5. Acknowledging the contribution of others:
    How often do your team members celebrate each other’s successes?  Leaders learn early on that many of their achievements come on the heels of their team's successes and the contributions of each individual.  Understanding this and feeling comfortable with it early in their career is a powerful trait.
  6. Being comfortable outside their area of expertise:
    As leaders mature, they realize that they are asked to be involved with projects and teams of all shapes and sizes.  The ability to feel comfortable in a situation while not being the expert gets easier when they realize that they can always fall back on their leadership skills no matter what the topic.  After all, they were asked to get involved because someone thought they would add value.
  7. Being willing to take risks:
    Taking calculated and educated risks are daily events in the world of management and leadership.
  8. Being able to convince others:
    Do you have somebody on your team whom people look up to?  Or is there somebody the business likes to work with because that person makes them feel comfortable when discussing issues?  Make sure you keep an eye out for those people.  The ability to influence others and direct a project without actual authority is a great indicator that you have a solid leadership candidate on your team.
  9. Being comfortable reflecting on their strengths and weaknesses:
    Leaders always need to look forward and many times backward to try to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past.  Most people like to get praise, but how do they deal with constructive criticism?  Look for those who are comfortable taking time to reflect on their style and actions and how that influences those around them.
  10. Being able to adapt:
    Leaders need to the ability to adapt to their surroundings, as well as to the needs of the company.

Keep Creating Your Own Path




June Chapter Meeting

World Travel Firm Night

Thursday, June 9, 2016
5:30 pm - Reception
6:00 pm - Meeting begins

Location:  La Crepe Nanou
7890 East 106th Place South
Tulsa, OK

Business or Business Casual

$40 Members and Guests
$30 Sustaining Members

RSVP by noon on Friday, June 3, by clicking the button below.

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







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.


May Chapter Meeting



Top Left Photo:   1st Place EWISP Winner Sydney Sauter, Jenks High School

Top Right Photo:  2nd Place EWISP Winner Kyla Caffey, Claremore High School

Bottom Left Photo:  3rd Place EWISP Winner Courtney Langley, Charles Page High School

Bottom Right Photo:   ASIST Winner Crystal Johnson




Top Photo:   ASIST Chair Nicki Boone, Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center; Felicia Senter, Tulsa Tech; EWISP Chair Heather Rettedal, ARVEST Bank

Bottom Left Photo:  Honorary Member John Hamill and EWISP Judge Susan E. Harris

Bottom Right Photo (left and around the table):   New Member Margaret Ames;  Kelly Caffey, parent of EWISP Finalist Kyla Caffey Claremore High School; Kyla Caffey, EWISP Finalist from Claremore; Claremore Counselor Lindsey Flatt; and Linda Polson, Sustaining and EWISP Mentor for Claremore



EWI of Tulsa Scholarship Banquet



"Always good to see our mission of community involvement fulfilled through the awarding of our EWISP and ASIST scholarships."

"I really appreciated our speaker Brooke. I think her presentation has been one of the best this year."

The music playing on the Power Point presentation was distracting to the nominee's message."

Catering Service could have been better.....would have been nice to have tea and/or coffee, crackers and/or rolls with the salad, and service was pretty slow."



Note from Debbie Ash:   It's that time to begin gathering willing participants to walk with me in the Walk to End Alzheimer's annual walk on Saturday, October 22, 2016.  The name of our team is "EWI Memory Makers" and the Walk will be held at Guthrie Green in downtown Tulsa.  More info can be found on my Walk page @ http://act.alz.org/goto/dash  ("dash" refers to Debbie Ash).  I'm looking for teammates to donate and walk with me, either virtually or in person.  We hope to raise awareness and funds in the fight against the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.


If you have any questions, please e-mail me at dash@alz.org or give me a call at 918-392-5024.




School Recipient:  Hawthorne Elementary
1105 East 33rd Street North

Principal:  Dr. Estella Bitson
School Info:   Pre-K-6th grade
     Approximately 350 Students   |    20 Teachers

The Reading Rally event will be held on a Friday morning in September, probably at their morning Assembly time of 7:45 amTime not yet confirmed with school - the Committee is working on this information.

Current needs:

  1. Dry Erase Markers and Erasers (classes use individual dry erase boards for students)
  2. Specific Headphones for Nooks
  3. Copy Paper
  4. Storybook Stuffed Animals
  5. Chairs for Readers
  6. Decoration for Extra Event Holidays

The above are suggested items - waiting to receive teacher’s wish list.  


June EWI Birthdays
June 2 - Diane Cariker - Tulsa City-Country Library
June 3 - Mary Morrow - Sustaining
June 10 - Debra Coughlan, Sustaining 
June 14 - Leslie Lynn - Cimarex Energy Co.
June 15 - Lisa Stansill - U.S. Beef Corp. (Arby's)
June 15 - Frank Troutman - Admiral Express

June 3 - Scott Burnett, Burnett Inc.
June 12 - Allison Dickens, Ludger's Bariven Cakery
June 20 - Jody Davis - Accent Moving & Storage
June 30 - Jeff Davis - U.S. Beef Corp. (Arby's)
June 30 - Mark Fried - Alzheimer's Association

Firm Anniversaries
June 1992 - World Travel Services


2015-2016 Officers & Directors

Felicia Senter, Tulsa Tech

Vice President/President-Elect
Tonya Solomon, Clempire Janitorial Services

Reta Hallam, Manhattan Construction Company

Dana Nichols, Cimarex Energy Co.

Trish Richey, Key Personnel, Inc.

Heather Rettedal, Arvest Bank


Angie Walters, Schnake Turnbo Frank
918-582-9151, x242

Gayle Dicus, Mazzios LLC


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.

Our Vision

To be a professional organization that creates value for it’s member firms and their representatives through career development, business connectivity, and involvement in local communities.  


Our Mission

EWI brings together key individuals from diverse businesses for the purpose of:

  • Promoting member firms;
  • Enhancing personal and profession development, and,
  • Encouraging community involvement.