February 2018

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In This Issue
  1. President's Letter
  2. RSVP for the February Meeting
  3. January Meeting Highlights
  4. BCAP Philanthropy Project Results
  5. Meeting Feedback
  6. Member Firm Highlight
  7. Spotlight on Our Past
  8. EWI PPs Holiday Dinner
  9. Board Reports
  10. Announcements
  11. February Birthdays and Firm Anniversaries
  12. Etiquette Tip - Nametags
  13. Tech Tips
  14. Board Members/Contact Information

President's Letter

Hello EWI of Tulsa,

Happy New Year to each of you.  I trust your January has started off with making and keeping those resolutions! I am so sorry I was unable to attend the January chapter meeting but I understand the room at Tulsa Community College was a sea of beautiful shades of teal. Thank you to Margaret Harrison for hosting us as we heard from our guest speaker, Robert Caddy and focused on “Mind, Body, Spirit”/Health and Wellness.  A great way to start off the new year as we look forward to the wonderful things our programs committee has planned for this coming year.

My new year started off with an unexpected addition to our family and my first grandchild as Julia Ann made her entrance on January 13 at just 32 weeks. She’s truly our little miracle baby with no complications or medical issues other than being small (just 4.3 pounds). I’m certain our lives will be forever changed!

Thank you to each of you that invited guests to our chapter meeting.  Don’t forget membership’s special drawings for those that invite new eligible guests to our meetings.

As always, with the help of our board, advisors and membership, we will continue to 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.

Remember our thought for the day from our chapter meeting -- Mind Your Manners.  A lot of people have come to believe that not only are manners unnecessary, they’re undesirable because they’re fake, that being polite means you’re acting in a way that doesn’t reflect how you actually feel, but this would be incorrect. “Minding Your Manners” is all about focusing on how the other person feels, not on how you feel. It’s consciously acting in a way that puts other people at ease and makes them feel comfortable. So, mind your manners.

Building our legacy, together,

February Chapter Meeting Notification
Monthly Meeting | Careers/Professional Development
Northwest Mutual Firm Night

Our color for the February meeting is Royal Blue.

Thursday, February 8, 2018 
5:30 pm - Check-In/Registration & Icebreaker
6:00 pm - Meeting Begins

Location:  Northwest Mutual

201 South Denver, Suite 500

Tulsa, OK 74103

Business or Business Casual

$40 Members and Guests
$30 Sustaining Members

RSVP by noon on Friday, February 2, by clicking the button below. If you are unable attend, please let us know why.

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!
January 2018 | Monthly Meeting
Chapter Meeting Highlights
Members at the December meeting visit before dinner.
Top Left Photo: Susan Lemon, Rib Crib; Elaine Slaugter, Guest; Stacey Loeffler, Guest.

Right Photo: Rita Young, The William K. Warren Foundation; Roberta Montgomery, Helmerich & Payne, Inc.; Linda Safely, Executive Rep, Direct Energy
Left Photo: Shelia Sayne, Neuens Mithcell Bonds pllc and Reta Hallam, LDKerns Contractors
Right Photo: Robert Caddy, Guest Speaker

Left Photo: Lisa Stansill, United States Beef Corp. (Arby's), leading her first meeting as Vice President
Right Photo: Tamara Connor, ONEOK; Patty Fuhrman,
Tulsa Marriott Southern Hills; and Felicia Senter, Tulsa Tech

BCAP Philanthropy Project
Patient Deliveries

Left Photo: Reta Hallam, LDKerns Contractors, gets a selfie with a happy recipient.
Right Photo: BCAP patient and daughter pose with their baskets and smiles... deliveries were met with much appreciation!
  • Speaker did not use the microphone and it was difficult to hear him.
  • While it was a positive message, I had trouble following his message. It seems as though his main focus was promoting his company.
  • Our speaker seemed very nice, but his presentation for me missed the mark as to the program quality I think we strive to achieve.
  • Great way to start 2018!!
  • I like his health philosophy, but he didn’t seem very prepared. Maybe he was nervous.
  • He was ok. I do appreciate what he does. I just didn't think his presentation was engaging enough.
  • I like his body, mind, and spirit approach to fitness. Especially tying it into a purpose.
  • Speaker was not very motivating or inspiring.
  • Although the speaker was extremely nice, I would have liked to have heard specifics on a healthier lifestyle.
  • It was disappointing to have a speaker that focused on promoting his business rather than a presentation that would entice people to find out if he was taking clients.
  • Salad was delish...however I thought the chicken w/pretty plain...I should have cut it up and added to my salad :)
  • I saw a lot of people go for seconds! Suggestion: Two tongs in each container so the line goes faster.
  • There was a lot more food than we needed.
  • Great healthy option!
  • Loved the ease of parking!
  • Cold but a very good location. We can't predict the weather when we select meeting venues. It's a beautiful building, spacious.
  • I know this is completely out of everyone's control but it didn't feel very cozy in there. The weather was soooo cold & the space was so large and open that it just felt a bit on the uncomfortable side.
  • TCC Center is always a great place for a meeting.
  • The room temperature was very comfortable considering the cold outside.

Firm Highlight

Accent Moving & Storage, Inc. is an agency for Mayflower Transit, LLC. Family-owned and operated, Accent has spanned three generations with more than 70 years’ experience serving the Tulsa area.

Accent is a full service mover. Services include local, intrastate, interstate and international relocations for household items, special commodities, electronic, and tradeshow equipment. There is 50,000 square feet of storage space for household, commercial, and record storage. Nothing is too small or too large. Our packers, helpers, drivers, and warehouse personnel are professionally trained.

Our goal is to have our customers use us again and recommend us to their friends.
Representative: Jody Davis

Spotlight on Our Past


2000 Chapter President
Glenda Stoner
Hilti, Inc.
Member Since 1992

Corporate Theme:
“Celebrating the Past -
Embracing the Future”

The year 2000 started with the installation of the new Chapter Board being held at the beautiful Gilcrease Museum and Gil Morris, President and CEO of Hilti, performing the ceremony.  The festive evening, designed to represent The Academy Awards, created an air of enthusiasm for the future among the new board members and representatives.  Glenda presented each board member with a replica of an Oscar.

In January, the President Caucus was held in Salt Lake City.  Activities included an incredible performance by the Mormon Tabernacle and a side trip to Park City to see the preparations for the 2002 Olympics.  

The Regional Director in 2000 was Debbie Taylor, Dallas Chapter, who became a good friend to Glenda.  Debbie later served as the Corporate EWI President in 2006.

Glenda challenged her Program Director, Jan Keim representing TTC, to have our monthly meetings at EWI Member Firms and Jan came through with ten of the meetings held at member firm locations.  

The EWISP Banquet was held in May at the University of Tulsa, with Marcy Lawless, TU’s first lady, serving as the keynote speaker.  Five students were awarded  scholarships totaling $16,000.

In June, the ASIST Banquet was held at McCormack Studios where eight ASIST recipients were awarded scholarships of $1,000 each.  Bob McCormack was the perfect host and delightedly rang the dinner bell.  However, the highlight of the evening was having Craig Erickson, Director of Development at Hilti, share the “Gung Ho” philosophy with the group. 

In August, over $43,000 was raised towards scholarships at the Scholastic Classic Golf Tournament.  An added excitement came when Whit Kettleman, with T.D. Williamson, hit a hole in one and received a prize check of $10,000. 

In the fall, several member firms were in the spotlight at a firm night held at Thoreau Academy.  Firms featured included Tulsa Public Schools; Oklahoma Fixture Company; Oklahoma Neon, Inc.; Visteon Corp.; and Tulsa Glass.

Jerry Holder, Allegra Print and Imaging, was selected as the Executive of the Year.  More than 20 guests and family members were in attendance to help Jerry celebrate the prestigious honor. 

A delegation of 15 Tulsans attended the EWI Annual Meeting in Calgary, Canada.  Highlights of the trip included sightseeing at Banff and Lake Louise, meeting our Sister City (Honolulu Chapter), and seeing Glenda being escorted by a Canadian Mountie on President’s night.

Glenda’s personal comment: “The year 2000 was fantastic!  The memories, experiences and friendships are immeasurable.  Thank you for allowing me this experience.”

December installation of the 2000 Tulsa Chapter Board
  Poolside meeting at Bob McCormack's Studios                Craig Erickson sharing "Gung Ho" philosophy
Glenda with Debbie Taylor, 2000 Regional Director from Dallas and 2006 EWI International President
   Five EWISP students were awarded $16,000                    Firm night at Thoreau Elementary School
   Marcy Lawless, TU, EWISP Keynote Speaker                      Jerry Holder, Executive of the Year
Glenda being escorted by a Canadian Mountie on President's Night
      Tulsa Reps at Annual Meeting in Calgary                     Tulsa Reps with Sister City Chapter, Honolulu

EWI PPs Holiday Dinner

On January 15, EWI Past Presidents (PPs) gathered at Ti Amos for their annual holiday dinner.  Together, these awesome ladies represent a legacy of 33 years of leadership throughout our Chapter's history.
Front Row (l-r):  Jan Ehrle (1990), June Ellen Shelton (1984), Diane Jarvi (2008), Lori Hart (2004), and Judy Russell (2001)*
Middle Row (l-r):  Linda Safley (2004-06), Terri  Edmondson (1986), and Linda Polson (1997)
Back Row (l-r):  Janis Cohlmia (2011), Rita Young (1999), Dana Nichols (2015), Patti Lucas (1998), Jody Davis (2007), Roberta Montgomery (1996), Tonya Solomon (2017), Jessica Bolen (2010), and Myra Trahern (1987)*

*Both Myra and Judy also served as EWI International President

January Board Reports

Membership Report
We currently have 43 member firms and 1 Individual member.

B/C/D/P Report
EWISP - Received 67 RSVP’s for the overview session including 24 students, 9 EWI mentors, 6 school advisors, 24 parents/family members, 3 EWI board members, and John Hamill!
 25 - First Representatives
   7 - Additional Representatives
   1 - Individual Member
   2 - Sustaining Members
   5 - Guests
   0 - Honorary Members
   1 - Transitional
   3 - Executives / Executives 
        who are Representatives
 44 - Total


New Sergeant of Arms Email

We have set up a generic email for our RSVPs. Please use saaewitulsa@gmail.com for all correspondence regarding meeting attendance. Thank you!
Job Opening
 Schnake Turnbo Frank is conducting a search for an Executive Assistant and Administrative Assistant for CommunityCare of Oklahoma. If you are interested, you may apply on-line with this link.  http://www.schnake.com/careers/executivesearch/

Supporting our Members

Support Tinesa Siebert, Montereau, as she recovers from her surgery by signing up for a meal on Meal Train. Ideally meals are for two people so there is enough for the person staying with her.  She will have someone staying with her everyday for three weeks post surgery. https://mealtrain.com/r37kgw
Support Re Wright, Mazzio's LLC, in her battle with breast cancer and post-surgery recovery costs.  

At the February Meeting, Programs will be giving away a super cute pink purse and there will be an announcement about the March Membership prize.
February EWI Birthdays

February 2 - Karen Kellogg, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
February 5 - Erin Chona, Mazzio's LLC
February 13 - Diane Jarvi, Sustaining Member
February 16 - Glenda Stoner, Sustaining Member

February 7 - Lance Franczyk, Strategyic Employee Benefit Services
February 24 - Alex Eaton, World Travel Service

Firm Anniversaries
1973 - Zarrow Family Office, LLC
1986 - Mid-America Land, Grain & Cattle Co.
1997 - United States Beef Corp. (Arby's)
1997 - The William K. Warren Foundation
2008 - Miss Helen's Private School
2014 - Arvest Bank
2015 - MaidPro
2016 - Clempire Janitorial Services
2017 - Hyatt Regency Tulsa
Etiquette Tip

Have you ever felt socially inept and a bit awkward in social gatherings (i.e., EWI meetings)?  Most of us have from time to time, while others always feel that way.  One of the best ways to feel more poised and graceful in social settings is to learn some basic tips about etiquette and manners.  

To aid us in becoming more confident and gracious in social settings, we will be providing simple etiquette tips in the coming months.  If you have a question about how to handle a social situation or would like to suggest a tip that you would like to see highlighted, please let us know.


A lot of people are “visual learners”.  Help them remember your name by wearing your nametag on the right side of your blouse or jacket so it is in the direct line of sight when you meet and shake the person’s hand.  Make sure it is easily seen by placing it just above the jacket breast pocket (about four inches below your shoulder).  You want people to be able to make direct eye contact with you and see your name at the same time.

However, the main reason for wearing a nametag properly is to help others get to know you and for you to get to know them.  Knowing a person’s name is the first step in getting “connected”.  Be sure to meet, greet, and make a “connection” with someone you don’t know at every meeting.  Nothing makes a person feel more important than for you to remember their name!

Photo shows  Tonya Jimenez, Hyatt Regency Tulsa, greeting us with a great smile and her nametag clearly visible.

Tech Tips!
Ready to trade in your old iPhone for the new one? Before you do, take a look at this checklist to make sure you've deleted all important data from your iPhone. Don't leave anything behind!
  1. Back up your iPhone.
  2. An important tip! Do not manually delete contacts, photo streams, calendars, or reminders while logged in to your iCloud account. This will delete the content from the iCloud servers and your iCloud-connected devices (like your iPad or laptop) as well.
  3. Remove photos from Camera Roll. Connect the device to your computer and open Image Capture or iPhoto. Select all photos and then click Import All. Choose the option to delete after importing.
  4. Turn iMessage off. Open the Settings app > Messages > iMessage > switch to off.
  5. Turn FaceTime off. Open the Settings app > FaceTime > switch to off.
  6. Disable your iCloud account. Open the Settings app > iCloud > tap "Sign Out."
  7. Log out of Apple ID. Open the Settings app >App and iTunes Stores > tap Apple ID and sign out.
  8. Restore to factory settings. Make sure the phone is fully charged before doing this.  Open the Settings app > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.
  9. Unregister your device at supportprofile.apple.com.
  10. Call your carrier and ask them to disassociate the device from your account.
This is the last important tip! You can erase your device remotely. If you set up Find My iPhone, sign into icloud.com/#find, then click on All Devices and select the phone you want to erase. In the info window, click "Erase iPhone." You'll need to enter your Apple ID password.
2017-2018 Officers & Directors

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

Vice President/President-Elect
Lisa Stansill, United States Beef Corp. (Arby's)

Sheila Sayne, Neuens Mitchell Bonds pllc

Crystal Black, Strategic Employee Benefit Services

Shantel Austin, Burnett, Inc.

Tinesa Siebert, Montereau

Membership (Recruitment)
Reta Hallam, LDKerns Contractors

Membership (Retention)
Trish Richey, Helmerich & Payne, Inc.

Samantha Johnson, United States Beef Corp. (Arby's)

Pam Taylor, Dewberry

Tonya Solomon, Individual Member

Jody Davis, Accent Moving & Storage, Inc.
Agent for Mayflower Transit, LLC

Judy Russell, ONEOK, Inc.
Our Vision
To be a professional organization that creates value for its 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.