December 2017


Act with Excitement,
serve with
Willingness and
show up with

In This Issue
  1. President's Letter
  2. RSVP for the December Meeting
  3. November Meeting Highlights
  4. BCAP Philanthropy Project 
  5. Meeting Feedback
  6. Member Firm Highlight
  7. Spotlight on Our Past
  8. November Board Reports
  9. Announcements
  10. December Birthdays and Firm Anniversaries
  11. Tech Tips
  12. Board Members/Contact Information

President's Letter

Hello EWI of Tulsa,

I hope you all have enjoyed the kick-off of our 2017-2018 year with a fabulous program from our committees sharing ways for you to get involved in our EWI Chapter.  I trust you have all selected to share your talents in the area that best fits your needs.  If you haven’t signed up yet, it’s not too late – there are still plenty of open opportunities for you.  Let me know if you’d like to get involved but don’t have a spot and I’ll help you choose.

Thank you to those that participated in wearing purple for our meeting in honor of Alzheimer ’s disease awareness month.  And thank you to Sam Johnson, representing U.S. Beef Corp. (Arby’s), and her team for the beautiful program – we look forward to many more showing us Connections, Careers and Community!

I am excited to see what this year holds as your President.  Our membership committee is busy working on vetting new possible member firms as we look forward to growing our membership this year.  Remember, each of us, as members of EWI of Tulsa, are on the membership committee.  Let Reta Hallam, LDKerns Contractors, or Trish Richey, Helmerich & Payne, Inc., know if you have a potential firm that you’d like to see join us.

As I start my year as your President, I’d like to thank those ladies that have chosen to help build our legacy by joining the board to serve our chapter.  I’d also like to thank my advisors, Tonya Solomon, individual member; Judy Russell, ONEOK; and Jody Davis, Accent Moving & Storage, Inc., Agent for Mayflower Transit, LLC, for the lovely installation.  With the help of the board and advisors, we will build our legacy through strong lasting firm memberships and in helping our reps be the very best versions of themselves.  I encourage each of you to be present in everything you do, every day.
The theme for my year is Build a Legacy with EWI; Act with Excitement; Serve with Willingness; Show up with Intention!

December Chapter Meeting
Monthly Meeting | BCAP Philanthropy

Our colors for our December meeting are RED and Green.

Thursday, December 14, 2017 
5:30 pm - Check-In/Registration & Icebreaker
6:00 pm - Meeting Begins

Location:  Arby's US Beef Corporate Headquarters

US Beef Corporation
4940 E 49th Street

Tulsa, OK 74135

Business or Business Casual

$40 Members and Guests
$30 Sustaining Members

RSVP by noon on Friday, December 8, by clicking the button below. 

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

    Crystal Black, Strategic Employee Benefit Services
    201 South Denver, Suite 500
    Tulsa, OK 74103
RSVP to our Next Chapter Meeting!
November 2017 | Business Meeting &
Get to Know your Committees

Chapter Meeting Highlights
Members at the November meeting listen attentively.
Top Left Photo: Sustaining Member Linda Polson; Linda Safley, Direct Energy; Sustaining Member Alandra Baggett; and Rita Young, The William K. Warren Foundation

Right Photo: Susan Miller, Warren Professional Building Corp.; Sam Johnson & Lisa Stansill, US Beef Corp. (Arby's); and Jamie Harris, Helmerich & Payne
December's Philanthropy
BCAP Baskets for Patients
There is still time to sign up to donate to the BCAP Patient Baskets. Click here to select your donation and then bring your items to the December meeting.
Committee Presentations:
  • Loved seeing the personality of each individual as they presented their committee.
  • Thank you so much for recognizing Alzheimer's Association's NADAM awareness campaign by dressing the room, as well as attendees, in our signature purple! This gesture was very much appreciated.
  • Nice job ladies!
  • Good to see/hear from board members.
  • Very enthusiastic. Looking forward to a great year.
  • Each presenter sparkled and the evening sped by. Very fun.
  • Trish is always entertaining. It was nice to hear about each committee. I hope each committee will have great participation.
  • Probably the most exciting chapter meeting I've experienced so far--wow! Fire alarms and humor!
  • The board really presented well and gave a good pitch for involvement.
  • Can't go wrong with Rib Crib! Always exceptional food!
  • I would like it if there wasn't cheese on the salad.
  • Yum.
  • I loved the baked potatoes, but they were huge!
  • Great space to hold these type of meetings.
  • Easy access and good parking
  • Nicely decorated. Excellent job.
  • The timing of the fire alarm and Trish's pitch was priceless.

Firm Highlight

Hyatt Regency Tulsa is located in the heart of downtown Oklahoma’s vibrant business, entertainment, and cultural districts. Our hotel overlooks the scenic gardens of the Williams Center Complex and is only eight miles from Tulsa International Airport. Adjoined via skybridge to the Williams Towers, our luxury, high-rise Tulsa hotel is adjacent to the famous Tulsa Performing Arts Center and just a few walking blocks from the Cox Convention Center, BOK Center, and 51 restaurants and bars.

Representative: Tonya Jimenez

Spotlight on Our Past


1997-1998 International President
Myra Trahern
First National Bank and Trust Company of Tulsa
(now JP Morgan Chase)

Member Since 1974


After serving as Tulsa Chapter President in 1987, Myra continued in her leadership role by serving at the EWI Corporate level as a Regional Director, Division Advisor, and the organizing officer for the chartering of the NW Arkansas Chapter.  Then in 1994, she was elected to the Corporate Board as the Global Expansion Director.  Then she served as Publication Director, Vice President/President-Elect, and 1997-1998 International President.  She also served as a Corporate Advisor in 1999 and 2000.

However, the shining moment for the Tulsa Chapter came in September 1997 at EWI’s 50th Annual Meeting in Los Angeles when Myra was installed as the EWI International President.  Members of the Tulsa Chapter proudly hosted a reception in Myra’s honor, which featured Hollywood star look-alikes, and participated in the closing banquet festivities with a crowd of over 800. 

Attending the closing festivities was a Tulsa contingency of about 30 representatives and spouses.  The group included Myra’s Executive, Bill Thompson, and his wife, Byrdie.  During the evening, Julia Moore and Linda Polson had the great honor of presenting a check for $5,000 from the Tulsa Chapter to the EWI corporate scholarship fund in Myra’s honor – a gift the Chapter hoped would pay tribute to her commitment to the EWI by providing a legacy to students to further their education.


One of the delightful moments of the evening was witnessing Myra being carried onto the stage by an “Indiana Jones” look-alike.  Other highlights included viewing a remarkable video tribute to Myra (emceed by our dear John Hamill) and hearing Bill Thompson’s outstanding salute to Myra and her years of service to the bank. 


Myra’s year of service as International President culminated in September of 1998 at the 51st Annual Meeting in Atlanta.  Highlights of LCAM included special guest speakers Jane Fonda and Chick-fil-A Founder, Truett Cathy, as well as Tulsa’s EWISP winner, Laura Gordon, winning first place at the national level.


Tulsa Representatives who attended the 1997 LCAM in Los Angeles