August 2017



Ride the Waves
of EWI
Energy Wisdom Integrity


In This Issue

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


President's Letter



The temperatures have finally hit the triple digits and the program committee continues to hit it out of the park.
Thank you to all the ladies that put the Admiral Express Firm Night together. From the wine reception to the final door prize - it was a homerun. Marnie and her team were wonderful hostesses. I am a history nut, so I enjoyed hearing Al Yoak give us the story of Admiral Express and how they continue to evolve with the times while keeping customers first. Thank you to the whole Admiral Express team!

In August we will be at Miss Helen’s Private School. In lieu of door prizes, Lynda Wingo and her team will be donating books for our Reading Rally. If you would like to donate also, please bring books, money, or Box Tops to the meeting.

We have our Executive of the Year for 2017! The plans are being made and we will announce the winner in the next Ride the Waves. Remember, we want it to remain a secret until the night of the event which will be held in September at Montereau. Thank you to Tinesa Siebert for taking care of the arrangements.

We have a full slate of officers for 2017-2018!! The Vice President/President Elect will be presented at our August meeting.

LCAM!!!! There are several reasons to attend. It’s only a short plane ride or four-hour drive away. Several Leadership classes, and our own Felicia Senter, representing Tulsa Technology Center, is one of the nominations for the corporate board. You don’t want to miss it!




August Business Meeting

Miss Helen's Private School Firm Night

Thursday, August 10, 2017 
5:30 pm - Check-In/Registration & Icebreaker
6:00 pm - Meeting Begins

Location:  Miss Helen's Private School
4849 S. Mingo Road
Tulsa, OK 74146

Business or Business Casual

$40 Members and Guests
$30 Sustaining Members

RSVP by noon on Friday, August 4, by clicking the button below. Remember, this is a required meeting.

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



Philanthropy for August | Happy Hands
Please bring Diapers (any size over newborn) and Wipes

Happy Hands maximizes learning by providing children full access to language through visual and auditory methods in a uniquely enriched environment. Our program involves Infant, Toddler, Preschool, and Kindergarten programs, as well as before and after school care.

Our teachers are certified in deaf education, special needs, and early education.

Speech and language therapy with a certified speech pathologist.

We use a comprehensive teaching method called the ASL-English BiLingual BiModal Approach, which utilizes all modalities possible to achieve successful communication. Hopelessness is being replaced with joy, education, and confidence!


We are collecting donations of diapers and baby wipes for the children who attend Happy Hands at our August Firm Night at Miss Helen’s Private School.  Lynda Wingo and her staff have a heart for Happy Hands and the services they provide to the deaf, hard of hearing, and those with communication disorders.



July 2017 | Business Meeting &
Admiral Express Firm Night
Chapter Meeting Highlights




Top Photo: Shantel Austin, Burnett, Inc.; Felicia Senter, Tulsa Technology; and Linda Polson, Sustaining Member

Left Photo: Marine Knight, Admiral Express Office Supplies

Right Photo: Tamara Conner,
OneOK being pinned as a new member by Judy Russell, OneOK



Linda Polson, Sustaining Member; Kim Bowman, TD Williamson; Dana Nichols, Cimarex; Reta Hallam, Magoon LD Kerns; Janis Cohlmia, Tropical Plant Design, Inc. and Denise Elias, Guest.




Top Left Photo - Crystal Black, Employee Benefit Solutions and Margaret Harrison, Tulsa Community College  

Top Right Photo:  Lynda Wingo, Miss Helen's Private School and Jody Davis, Accent Moving & Storage/Mayflower

Bottom Left Photo:  Colleen Farris, Moody's Jewlery and Angie Walters, Schnake Turnbo Frank

Bottom Right Photo: Tinesa Siebert, Montereau and Rachel Cain, Allegra Print Marketing Signs




Speaker / Program:

  • Mr. Yoak is such a sweetheart.
  • Al and Marnie gave a wonderful testament to Admiral Express!!! Love it!
    Loved hearing about the history of Admiral Express.
    What a good guy, deserving of all his success.
    It was wonderful to hear about how committed he is to his company and how it all started. Stories like that, so many years later, are fascinating.
  • It was great having the reception/cocktail time in a separate area away from where we would be sitting for dinner. I think it facilitates more conversation between people because you are unable to sit down early.

Venue / Catering:

  • Good healthy option.
  • Everything was very delicious.
  • Excellent, excellent, excellent!
  • It all looked so healthy and tasted GREAT!!!
  • Cool hearing the story behind Admiral Express.
  • The location, setup, food, and most of all the presentation by Al Yoak was Excellent! The only set-back was the hot sun shinning in on the dinner meeting.


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



LDKerns is an Oklahoma-based general contracting firm providing value, quality, and timely projects for the commercial, retail, and industrial industries.  They offer conceptual estimating services to better anticipate construction costs.  Their broad base of expertise spans from small specialty stores to complete ground-up projects and total site renovations.  They have extensive in-house capabilities, allowing them to take on a wide range of projects to provide a more cost effective bid and maintain control of project scheduling.  Their projects range from $500,000 to $15,000,000.

Representative: Reta Hallam



Spotlight on Our Past


Continuing a review of the rich history of EWI of Tulsa, this month’s article features Rosemary Gaffey who served as Tulsa’s Chapter President in 1989.  Rosemary served on the Board for six consecutive years and in 1990 also served on the Corporate Nominating Committee.



1989 Chapter President
Rosemary Gaffey
Gaffey, Inc./Overhead Crane
Member Since 1981
Corporate Theme: “Enrich, Expand, Excel!”



The theme for 1989, “Enrich, Expand, Excel”, provided a rich backdrop for a year that did just that.  After learning about a golf tournament in San Diego that was held to raise funds for the EWISP scholarship program, Rosemary approached the Board with the idea of doing the same thing in Tulsa. 

After approval by the Board, Rosemary contacted the EWISP Chairperson who picked the date.  Vice President Jan Ehrle came up the name, “Scholastic Classic”.  The event served as the Chapter’s major fundraiser for the next ten years and raised thousands of dollars for our scholarship programs.

Other events during the year included:

  • participating in the community activity, the Designer Show Case, which benefitted the Tulsa Philharmonic;
  • holding a Firm Night at Mrs. DeHaven’s Flower Shop in Utica Square;
  • selecting Denis Dutton of Broken Arrow High School as the EWISP winner; and
  • honoring Charles Cohlmia of Cohlmia’s Inc. as Executive of the Year.

In September, a number of EWI Representatives from Tulsa attended the EWI annual meeting held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Personal note from Rosemary Gaffey:
I joined EWI in 1975. It was a very good year; it helped put Gaffey Cranes on the map so to speak; it enabled me to meet with and have lifelong friendships with my EWI sisters and that truly is a great treasure to me, beautiful memories.

Personal note from Linda Polson:
Many of you have never had the opportunity to meet our effervescent Rosemary as she and her husband, Andy, retired to West Palm Beach, Florida in 2000.  However, the miles and the years have never kept Rosemary far from the heart of our Chapter and her EWI friends here in Tulsa.  On two occasions, some of our Past Presidents have been hosted in her home in Florida.  She also joined us at LCAM in Orlando in 2006. 

For the last 17 years, Rosemary has maintained her membership as a Sustaining Member of the Tulsa Chapter.  I hope that some time in the future she will visit Tulsa so all of our EWI sisters will have an opportunity to meet this special person.



1989 Tulsa Board of Directors