June 2017


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Ride the Waves
of EWI
Energy Wisdom Integrity


In This Issue

  1. President's Letter
  2. RSVP for the June Meeting
  3. April Meeting Highlights
  4. Did You Know???
  5. Firm Highlight
  6. Spotlight on Our Past
  7. Board Reports
  8. Announcements
  9. Birthdays and Firm Anniversaries
  10. Tech Tips
  11. Board Members/Contact Information


President's Letter


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Our Annual Scholarship Banquet turned out to be a wonderful evening. The storms may have tried to put a damper on our meeting, but it did not succeed. Thank you to everyone involved, and a special thank you to Heather Rettedal and Nicki Boone for their tremendous effort in making this event possible. Thanks also goes to Jody Davis and the Programs committee for the planning of the evening; TCC and Margaret Harrison for use of the lovely facility, videos of the winners, and photography during the event; and to Jeanette Sefers and the Hospitality committee for getting everyone checked in and situated; as well as the many ladies behind the scenes that work so hard to make the Tulsa Chapter great.

It always amazes me, the talent we see in our scholarship programs. The students are remarkable. Our first-place winners will now be submitted to the corporate level. We wish Katie Sallis (ASSIST) and Alissa Meek (EWISP) our best, as well as all of the students.
Our speaker Wendy Buxton of LynnCo Supply Chain Solutions gave an inspiring talk centering on
characteristics for success including: initiative, dependability, accountability, respect, standing up for your values, and being trustworthy. She also gave us 4 keys to live by.

  • Surround yourself with people you trust.
  • Define success for you.
  • Be in the moment.
  • Challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone.

Encouraging the audience to read, Who Moved My Cheese, by Spencer Johnson and giving a copy of the book to the winners.
As I mentioned during the closing announcements, the straw ballots for nominating EWI of Tulsa board members was emailed the first week of May. Please consider stepping out of your comfort zone and get involved on the board. We will be presenting the slate of officers at our July meeting.
Our June Meeting is a Firm Night for MaidPro at Ti Amos at 61st and Sheridan on June 8th. Make plans to join us!
Don’t forget, Early Bird registration for LCAM September 21-23, 2017 in Dalls ends June 15th – you can find the online registration at ewiconnect.com.




June Chapter Meeting

MaidPro Firm Night

Thursday, June 8, 2017 
5:30 pm - Check-In/Registration & Icebreaker
6:00 pm - Meeting Begins

Location:  Ti Amos South
6024 S Sheridan Rd.
Tulsa, OK 74145

Business or Business Casual

$40 Members and Guests
$30 Sustaining Members

RSVP by noon on Friday, June 2, by clicking the button below.

Please bring checks payable to EWI of Tulsa to the meeting or mail to:

     Dana Nichols
     Cimarex Energy Co.
     202 South Cheyenne Avenue
     Tulsa, OK 74103




EWISP / ASIST Scholarship Banquet
May 2017
Chapter Meeting Highlights


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Left Photo: View from Above - EWI Members and guests enjoy our wonderful dinner.

Right Photo: Crystal Black, Strategic Employee Benefit Services; Tonya Jiménez, Hyatt Regency Tulsa; and Dana Nichols, Cimarex Energy Co.



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Left Photo: Margaret Harrison, Tulsa Community College and Susan Lemon, Rib Crib BBQ

Right Photo: Wendy Buxton, Executive, LynnCo Supply Chain Solutions, Inc., shares with us her secrets to success and getting things done.


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Top Left Photo - EWISP Winners and Parents with Wendy Buxton, LynnCo Supply Chain Solutions, Inc. 

Top Right Photo:  Nicki Boone, Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center with ASIST Winners and families.

Bottom Left Photo:  Program for the evening.

Bottom Right Photo:  The Mac & Cheese bar got the most comments in our survey this month - it was fun and delicious - this is a Fully-loaded Mac & Cheese Martini!



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Speaker / Program:

  • Wendy stepped in for our chapter and knocked it out of the park. She did a fantastic job!
  • Had some excellent ideas.
  • Informative, not too long, and pertinent for the evening.
  • Wendy did very well on short notice
  • Great information.
  • I am so glad TCC gives us the opportunity to have videos of the students and adults in transition.

Venue / Catering:

  • Hope everyone tried the mac & cheese. Wonderful idea and very good.
  • The food was great, the staff and support excellent. I was in the back and they worked the room like bosses. Very professional. The mac and cheese bar was a fun add.
  • Nice choice. Loved the mac and cheese bar.
  • The food was good, but they forgot my meal and I did not get mine till my table was almost done with their meal.
  • The salad and mac & cheese bar were fab!!!!


Did You Know???


We have added an icebreaker before each meeting starts to facilitate networking as requested by YOU, our members! Make sure to get to the meeting by 5:30 to participate.



Firm Highlight


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ONE Gas, Inc. (NYSE: OGS) is a natural gas distribution company and the successor to the company founded in 1906 as Oklahoma Natural Gas Company, and became ONEOK, Inc. (NYSE: OKE) in 1980.  ONEOK separated its natural gas distribution business in January 2014 to create ONE Gas, Inc., one of the largest publicly traded, 100-percent regulated natural gas utilities in the United States.
ONE Gas provides natural gas distribution services to more than 2 million customers in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas.  Headquartered in Tulsa, OK, its companies include the largest natural gas distributor in Oklahoma and Kansas, and the third largest in Texas, in terms of customers.  ONE Gas serves residential, commercial, industrial, transportation and wholesale customers in all three states.

Representative: Susan Evans




Spotlight on Our Past


Here’s another edition of the continuing story of EWI of Tulsa.  This month we feature Myra Trahern, a woman who has been a member of EWI for 43 years and who also served as our EWI International President in 1997-1998.


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1987 Chapter President

Myra Trahern

The First National Bank & Trust Co. of Tulsa

(currently JPMorgan Chase & Co.)

Member Since 1974

Corporate Theme:
Tomorrow Depends on Today”


The 1987 Corporate theme of “Tomorrow Depends on Today” was an excellent segway into Tulsa Chapter’s yearlong focus on membership, orientation and retention, programs, and public relations.  Ruth Keller of the Flintco Companies installed the 1987 Board at the Top of the First.

Semi-annual orientation programs, small group luncheons hosted by our past presidents, and executive involvement resulted in a net increase of six member firms and an average attendance of 76 percent at chapter monthly meetings. 

Two Firm Nights were hosted by charter member firm, The Rooney Company, at Snug Harbor/Southern Hills and Telex at their new Cherokee Facility.  Nearly 150 guests toured the Telex high-tech computer operation, watching unmanned trolleys deliver mail and parts as well as robots sorting and storing parts.

Chapter representatives were involved in eight civic projects and several representatives attended the area conference in Atlanta.

Seventeen representatives and three guests attended the annual meeting in Houston where Tulsa was again awarded the coveted Chapter Recognition Award for outstanding membership, programs, and public relations.

Joe Williams, The Williams Companies, presented the Executive of the Year plaque to Clayton Broach of the G. C. Broach Company. 

Myra noted, “The year 1987 was a very rewarding year of personal and professional development for me.”


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