July 2019

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In This Issue
  1. President's Letter
  2. July Chapter Meeting
  3. June Meeting Highlights
  4. Meeting Feedback
  5. Member Firm Highlight
  6. Announcements
  7. July Birthdays and Firm Anniversaries
  8. Etiquette Tip
  9. Tech Tip
  10. Board Members/Contact Information

President's Letter

Greetings EWI Ladies!

Once again, I hope this letter finds everyone well.  The heat of the summer is finally here!  Everyone try to stay cool!

My journey this month has been a difficult one.  I want to thank all of you for your thoughts and prayers for me and the beautiful family of Jeff Davis.  He loved the EWI ladies and was a true supporter of what we are accomplishing.  His legacy will live on in all of us.

I want to thank Joe and Lynn Moore and the Moore Funeral Home for sponsoring our Firm Night in June.  Everything was so nice and I learned so much about the funeral business and the things we need to plan for so our families don’t have that burden.
Once again, don’t forget to ask your executive about attending LCAM this year.  It is such a special year for the Tulsa Chapter with our own sister, Felicia Senter, being installed as Corporate President.  This year’s LCAM is being held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 19 – 21.  It is too late for the early registration, but not too late to attend!   If you need more information for your executives, please let me know.  Also, please let me know if you have already registered.  I want to have a list of all of us that are going!

I look forward to seeing you all in July.  This is our Mandatory Business Meeting and will be held at Lexus of Tulsa.  We are also honoring our beautiful Sustaining Members!  It will be a meeting filled with good things!

Blessings! And enjoy your Journey!  See you in July!

Lisa Stansill

July Chapter Business Meeting

Monthly Meeting (Mandatory Business Meeting)

Thursday, July 11, 2019
5:30 pm - Check-In/Registration
6:00 pm - Meeting Begins


Lexus of Tulsa
4210 S Memorial Drive
Tulsa, OK 74145

Business or Business Casual

$40 Members and Guests
$30 Sustaining Members

July's meeting is a business meeting and is mandatory.  If you cannot attend and send a regret RSVP, you will still be charged for this meeting.

NEW: All Firm Representatives, Executive Representatives, and Individual Members will be charged as an attendee for each monthly meeting unless a regret notification is provided by the response date of Friday, July 5.  If a regret notification has not been provided, the Firm Representatives, Executive Representatives, and Individual Members will be considered a no show and billed for the meeting fee.  All Firm Representatives, Executive Representatives, Individual Members, Transitional, and Sustaining Members are expected to respond with a Yes or No to the monthly meeting notice regarding their attendance. You can RSVP 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
    One Digital
    201 South Denver, Suite 400
    Tulsa, OK 74103
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June Monthly Meeting Highlights (Firm Night)
Lynne Moore, Moore Funeral Home, Inc., introduces Mr. Moore to speak.
Mr. Moore speaking at Moore Funeral Home's Firm Night
  • The speaker was informative and brought awareness to a topic not often discussed, but predestined for all of us.
  • This was a very informative and interesting presentation and my only complaint: it ended too soon!
  • This was an excellent and truly relevant program. Hearing about their services in this setting was just right. Enjoyed hearing the stories and different experiences, the Frank discussions, you can tell they are very good at what they do.
  • Everything was just great. Wonderful idea for the to-go boxes! That dessert was perfect.
  • Missed the bruschetta, but it was still delicious
  • Ti Amo's never disappoints!
  • Beautiful place! Perfect size room for our chapter meeting.
  • Location was convenient, easy to find with plenty of parking space.
  • Very nice and comfortable. I was able hear and see the speaker very well from the back of the room.
Established in 1945, Stone Trucking Company is a premier legal flatbed, oversize, and heavy haul carrier for some of the largest energy corporations in 48 states, Canada and Mexico. We are an exceptional company with 70 years experience and specialize in the heavy haul transportation industry. Along with transporting goods, we provide logistics services, creating a single source solution to our customers worldwide.
We are headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with 15 terminal locations throughout Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Our goal is to make moving your freight seamless from origin to destination, on time and claim free.

Representative: Lauren Howell


Jeffery W. Davis passed away on Friday, June 21, 2019. His impact on family, friends, colleagues and communities will be generationally felt.

Executive of the Year in 2004, he was an active executive for 22 years with EWI.

He was the Chairman of US Beef, headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and he had built it into the largest franchisee in the world of the Arby's Restaurant Group. US Beef was also the very first franchisee of Taco Bueno Restaurants, LP until the sale of all restaurants in December 2018.

If you were fortunate enough to know Jeff Davis, you're fully aware of his character, his kindness, his compassion and his generosity. So in lieu of flowers, the family has asked that you honor Jeff by being like him and giving a donation to your favorite charity. Fitzgerald Southwood Colonial Chapel, 918-291-3500.

A Memorial Service will be held at the TU Reynolds Center (3208 E 8th St, Tulsa, OK 74104) at 2:00pm Friday, June 28th.

Read the full obituary here: Jeff Davis Obituary
Burnett, Inc. is celebrating 40 years!
You can read the full article here.
EWI member firms who made the Tulsa People's A-List:

Mrs. Dehaven's
Rib Crib
Tulsa Community College
Tulsa Tech
Mrs. Dehaven's is offering bonus to EWI members on personal flower purchases!
To receive the discount just mention that you are an EWI member when the order is placed and they will add 10% more flowers at no extra charge.

Not to be used on large orders such as weddings or parties.
Note from Debbie Burton:  It's that time to begin gathering willing participants to walk with me in the Walk to End Alzheimer's annual walk on Saturday, September 21, 2019.  The name of our team is "EWI Memory Makers", and the Walk will be held at Veteran's Park, 1811 S. Boulder Park Dr., Tulsa, OK  74119.  The party starts at 7:30 a.m. and the ceremony/Walk starts at 9 a.m.

More info can be found on our team Walk page and you can register for our "EWI Memory Makers" Walk team at http://act.alz.org/goto/dburton.  I am 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 dburton@alz.org or give me a call at 918-392-5024.  I look forward to walking with you!
EWI Tulsa Connect

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July EWI Birthdays

July 3 - Rita Young - The William K. Warren Foundation
July 6 - Pam Taylor - Dewberry
July 17 - Hannah Altom - Corporate Realty Advisors, LLC
July 17 - Alandra Baggett - Sustaining Member
July 20 - Crystal Black - One Digital
July 21 - Trish Richey - Helmerich & Payne, Inc.

July 2 - Tory Baker - T.D. Williamson
July 18 - John Hamill - Honorary Member
July 20 - Bob McGrew - T.D. Williamson
July 30 - Sabrina Nunnelle - Mid-America Land, Grain & Cattle

July Firm Anniversaries

Firm Anniversaries
Admiral Express Office Supply - 2003
Individual Member Tonya Solomon - 2017

Etiquette Tips
for International Travel

If you are planning on traveling abroad this year, be sure to read about the customs and manners of each country you will be visiting.  Learning about the special customs of a region is both educational and fun.

Here are some of the “10 Unique Etiquette Tips to Use Around the World” by Debbie Mayne that you might find helpful.

  • Great Britain:  British people often use the word “Cheers” to replace saying “thank you” and goodbye”.  Whether or not you want to say “Cheers” while there, just be sure to use polite language when responding to others.
  • Italy:  Remember to dress modestly when visiting a church or cathedral.  Ladies, that means that you should not wear tank tops, shorts, or clothing that bares your midriff.
  • Japan:  If you are invited into a Japanese home, always remove your shoes.  Also, remember to bring an elaborately wrapped gift for your hostess and graciously accept any gift that is given.
  • China:  It is considered rude to point with your fingers; instead use your whole hand to gesture.  And, many Chinese businesses consider tipping to be an insult.  Ask about whethere or not a tip is expected before you receive any service.
  • France:  Greet people with, “Bonjour”, especially before asking for assistance.  Also, remember that the French like to take their time with meals; so, if you are a dinner guest, plan on the meal taking much longer than a traditional American meal with multiple courses.
  • Middle East:  Women should dress very modestly, keeping both their shoulders and knees covered.  And, if invited to a home for a meal, always accept any food that is offered so you don’t insult your host.  Remember to leave a small amount of food on your plate to indicate that you have had enough to eat.

These are just a few of the great tips Debbie Mayne shares.  The bottom line is that it is important to know about the country you are visiting and to understand what is considered polite as well as what is considered rude.  The saying is true, “know before you go”.

To read more of Debbie Mayne’s article, go to:  https://www.thespruce.com/etiquette-around-the-world-4158364

Tech Tips!
How to get Important Emails Read 

1. Pay attention to the time of day. Typically, leaders tend to check email early in the morning or late at night since they are busy in meetings during the most of the day, so that’s a good place to start. If you don’t get a response from someone after a week, try emailing again, but at a completely different time of day.

2. Be short. Don’t start the email with a long diatribe about who you are, where you found someone’s email address, or your life story. Just get straight to it. In journalism, there is the concept of putting all the essential elements of the story in the lede, not burying them deep down in the fifth paragraph. Do the same here.
And literally, keep your email to as few words as possible. A really long email is going to be scanned so quickly that there is virtually no chance that your actual reason for emailing is going to be seen. On that note:

3. Be clear about what you are asking for. I get emails all the time that I finish reading and I say to myself, “I have no idea what this person wants.” Having a goal or desired action from your reader is essential, because if someone doesn’t know what you want, he or she likely won’t respond. So what’s the goal? Do you want a person to meet with you? Do you want him to connect you with someone? Or do you just want her to click a link to learn more about something? Make sure you specifically mention what you’d like the action to be. And make sure to be as polite as possible. 

4. Make it about them. A busy person doesn’t have time to read about what your company does, what your job search is like, or what you really need right now for your business. Instead of dedicating a lot of words to yourself, make it about the other person. What can you do to help him? Why will responding be beneficial or easy for her? I rarely respond to an email where a person talks for two paragraphs about what his company does in agonizing detail. But if a person can quickly tell me how she’ll make my life easier, then I’m inclined to learn more.

5. Subject lines matter. We put so much time into our emails that we often forget about the subject line. But subject lines for personal emails are just as important as they are for marketing emails (in which we painstakingly obsess over ever word and feverishly test different options to see what works best).

It’s easy to skim right over or ignore generic subject lines, so here are some I’d totally avoid:

  • Introduction
  • Greetings from Elliott
  • Following up
  • Great meeting you

Why? Because they’re generic and could come from anyone. You won’t stand out. Instead try something like this:

  • We shook hands at the Smith Charity event last night
  • Introduction for Person 1 and Person 2 to Connect
  • You probably won’t read another email like this today

They may be a little off-the-wall, but they’re probably different from anything else in the person’s inbox.

2018-2019 Officers & Directors

Lisa Stansill, RB American

Vice President/President-Elect
Trish Richey, Helmerich & Payne, Inc.

Tamara Conner, ONEOK, Inc.

Crystal Black, One Digital

Tonya Solomon, Individual Member

Tinesa Siebert, Montereau

Membership (Recruitment)
Reta Hallam, LDKerns Contractors

Membership (Retention)
Heather Stephen, Arvest Bank

Marnie Knight, Admiral Express Office Supply

Samantha Johnson

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

Tonya Solomon, Individual Member

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

Janis Cohlmia, Tropical Plant Design
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.
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