March 2019

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In This Issue
  1. President's Letter
  2. March Chapter Meeting
  3. February Meeting Highlights
  4. Meeting Feedback
  5. Member Firm Highlight
  6. Spotlight on Our Past
  7. Announcements
  8. Kudo's!
  9. March Birthdays and Firm Anniversaries
  10. Etiquette Tip
  11. Tech Tip
  12. Board Members/Contact Information

President's Letter

Greetings EWI Ladies!
I hope your journey through February was a delightful one! 
Our meeting on the 21st was extremely informative.  A big thank you to Susan Miller and Warren Professional Building Corporation for letting us use their facilities at the Warren Tower and getting our speakers from LIBR.  It was amazing to hear about the studies of the adolescent brain.  I hope I am still around in 10 years to see the outcome.  I am also ready to go float and get rid of the winter tension!
I want everyone to know that I am aware of the time issues we have had in our last meetings.  It is always my intention to have an informative meeting but get us out at a decent time too.

The main objective for our meetings is to:  1) connect with our fellow members; 2) learn about things that can help our careers; and 3) find ways we can help in our community.  Sometimes it is easy to get it done quickly, but there will always be a few times a year that the meetings are longer.  By all means, if you need to leave at a certain time, we will not be offended if you get up and quietly leave.  I know I have had to do it before.  I promise I will work on making our next few meetings fun, informative, and shorter!
I look forward to seeing you all in March!  This will be our Member Appreciation Month AND a Mini Firm Night!  We will have several of our own firms share what they do.  If you are interested in having your firm be part of the mini firm night, please contact Marnie Knight at Admiral Express.
Blessings! And enjoy your Journey!  See you in March!
Lisa Stansill

Chapter Meeting Information

Monthly Meeting

Thursday, March 14, 2019
5:30 pm - Check-In/Registration & Icebreaker
6:00 pm - Meeting Begins

Location:  ONEOK, Inc.

100 W 5th St
Tulsa, OK 74103

Business or Business Casual

$40 Members and Guests
$30 Sustaining Members

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, March 8.  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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February Monthly Meeting Highlights
Above:  Guest speaker Justin Feinstein, Principal Investigator
of the Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR)
(L-R)  Tonya Jimenez, Hyatt Regency Tulsa; Patty Fuhrman, Tulsa Marriott Southern Hills; Diane Cariker, Tulsa City-County Library; Colleen Farris, Moody's Jewelry; and Heather Stephen, Arvest Bank
Above:  Susan Lemon, Rib Crib; Gayle Dicus, Naples Flat Bread Kitchen & Bar; and Chris Swart, Coldwell Banker Select
Above: Heather Stephen, Arvest Bank, pinning new member, Rhonda Siex, C3S Technology
Lisa Stansill, RB American; and Sam Johnson, JP Morgan Chase
  • The presentations were very informative and brought awareness regarding ABCD and the amazing float study for Anxiety, Depression and PTSD
  • Enjoyed the topic a lot. It was a tad longer than I was anticipating, but great information.
  • So interesting and very informative! Would love to know more about the other research going on there.
  • Loved the information! Booked floats for my whole family the next day!
  • Food was GREAT!
  • Food was good.
  • Enjoyed the variety of foods - something for everyone.
  • SERIOUSLY SO GOOD!! I will definitely be ordering from them!!
  • The venue was nice and easily accessible. The room was a bit snug, but that's really the only thing I could think of that was even close to a negative.
  • Nothing special, hard to find.
  • Perfect location, plenty of parking, easy to find.

Firm Highlight

The city's first bank, Tulsa Banking Company, opened its doors on July 29, 1895. The name changed to First National Bank in 1899 and received its trust powers in 1928. In 1905, First Tulsa moved into its third home at Second and Main. Described as "the finest in the Southwest," the building was the "skyscraper of the mid-continent." This five-story building featured Tulsa's first elevator, which baffled the Indians and customers who came from throughout the Territory to ride the "mysterious contraption." In 1920, the Bank moved to the corner of Fourth and Main, its home for 30 years.

The Bank celebrated its 55th anniversary in 1950 by moving into its new headquarters, the First National Building at Fifth and Boston. On February 28, 1992, First Tulsa's name was changed to Liberty Bank and Trust and the holding company changed its name to Liberty Bancorp. In a merger with Columbus, Ohio based Bank One Corporation, the name was changed to Bank One, effective December 6, 1997. In a final change, Bank One merged with JPMorgan Chase, effective July 1, 2004. JPMorgan Chase takes pride in having been a charter member of EWI.
Representative: Karen Kellogg, Second Representative: Sam Johnson

Spotlight on Our Past

2011 EWI Chapter President
Janis Cohlmia

Tropical Plant Design, Inc.

Member since 2008

Chapter Theme: 
Be Inspired...To Grow

Janis shared the following memories and highlights:  "Be Inspired…To Grow was the 2011 theme for our chapter.  A few highlights were hosting the 2011 Spring Conference - Leadership: A Growth Experience.  The tornado sirens and torrential rains did not keep the 75 representatives from 22 chapters with 13 guests from outside our membership from attending. 

It was also the first year the Corporate Board and Staff hosted an Executive Round table discussion with our Tulsa Executives.  We had five executives attend along with one non-renewing executive.  Much was learned about EWI and the needs our executives wanted to see going forward with their membership in our organization.

Our Business and Education Forum was held at the Tulsa Convention Center with speaker Murray Banks sharing the importance of taking time to recharge- reenergize - refocus with 183 chapter members and Tulsa area educators.  

Our Executive Night at The Mayo was also a success with twenty-four executives in attendance as we honored Cary Evert with Hilti.

It took everyone in the chapter to put forth their leadership skills for a growth experience.  However, the memory that stands out most came at the end of my year when I realized how much I had grown from being inspired by my fellow EWI sisters.  Serving is something I highly recommend!

2011 Installation of Chapter Officers            Janis receiving EWI plaque from Jessica Bolen
Spring Conference in Tulsa - Leadership:  A Growth Experience
2011 ASIST Scholarship Winners                           2011 EWISP Scholarship Winners
Janis Cohlmia with 2011 Business and Education Forum Speaker, Murray Banks,
Vermont Teacher of the Year and World Champion Ski Racer  


EWI Tulsa Connect

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Arvest Donates to Community
Coweta Public Schools received a $5,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation during a presentation recently.

The gift was announced last month at Northwest Elementary School. Kate Wilson of Arvest Bank was on hand to present the check. The donation was used to help increase security with a new video intercom system at Southside Elementary School and Northwest Elementary School.
A $5,000 contribution from the Arvest Foundation has been awarded to the Coweta Friends of the Library. The gift was announced last week at the Coweta Public Library.

Kate Wilson, branch sales manager for Arvest Bank Coweta, presented the donation to CFOL members along with Laura Holmes. The money will be used to assist with a library renovation project.

Arvest Bank also recently donated $10,000 for the new Tower Center at Unity Square project in Bartlesville, OK.
March EWI Birthdays

March 15 - Shantel Austin - Burnett, Inc.
March 19 - Lori Heerlyn, T.D. Williamson
March 20 - Re Wright - Mazzio's LLC
March 24 - Tamara Conner - ONEOK, Inc.
March 27 - Johnnye Potter - Sustaining
March 29 - Bridget Dixon - Allegra Print & Imaging
March 29 - Lauren Howell - Stone Trucking

March 16 - Dr. Joseph Moore - Moore Funeral Homes
March 26 - Dick Williamson - T.D. Williamson
March 29 - Liza Wenzel - Wenzel Creative
March 30 - Martin Hannah - Allegra Print & Imaging

March Firm Anniversaries

Firm Anniversaries
1956 - JPMorgan Chase & Co.
1956 - Mrs. DeHaven's Flower Shop
1958 - ONEOK, Inc.
1996 - Allegra Print & Imaging
2011 - Schnake Turnbo Frank
2013 - Direct Energy
2015 - Neuens Mitchell Bonds PLLC
2017 - LD Kerns Contractor
Article of Interest
How to Take a Great Company Headshot
Click the link to read an article done by Wenzel Creative about tips for achieving the best company headshot!  Advice on how to dress, face angles, hair, and more.

How to Take a Great Company Headshot Article
Cell Phone Etiquette 

It seems like everywhere I turn I see people on their cell phones.  If they aren’t talking or texting on it, they are keeping it within close range, so they don’t miss the latest message. 

While cell phones are a great modern convenience, they also can lead to behavior that can be rude to others when not used properly.

Here are some great reminders to be courteous to others when using a cell phone:

  • When you are engaged in a face-to-face conversation with someone, avoid taking any calls or text messages.  If you think it is important for you to answer the call or to reply to a message, ask for the person’s permission.  This will make the he/she feel respected.  
  • Please remember to avoid discussing any personal topics when others can hear your conversation.  If possible, try to be at least ten feet away from anyone while speaking on your phone and be sure to lower your voice.
  • When you’re in public, always put your cell phone’s ringer on silent mode as ring tones are very distracting.  This is especially important when you are at a conference, in church, or at a theater – any public venue where an audience is focused on a performance or an event.
  • Check your ring tone.  Is yours loud and disruptive?  Consider changing your ring tone to one that is more subtle, so it does not cause an interruption if it does ring while in a meeting.
  • Remember that it is illegal to text and drive in Oklahoma.  Also, avoid talking on the phone when you are driving, even if you have a hands-free system.  Studies show that distracted drivers cause accidents that result in injuries and deaths.  
Just remember that what you say and do in the company of others makes a lasting impression.  Always strive to be courteous so you make it a professional impression.
Tech Tips!

Maximize Efficiency in Microsoft Outlook


1. Organize your emails into folders.

If you want to streamline your email use, this is the obvious first step. But it can also be the most daunting, as well, especially if you have an overflowing inbox. Still, organizing your emails into a folder system that’s intuitive and easy to navigate makes the most sense — no more hours spent searching for that old email among thousands of others. In addition, an easy to navigate folder system will motivate you to deal with each email as it arrives instead of perpetually putting it off until later.

2. Take advantage of Outlook’s easy email templates.

If you find yourself composing the same kind of message over and over again, save one of the emails as a template so that you can quickly reference it in the future. Go to File > Save As… > Outlook template, then click on Items > Choose Form… > User Templates when you’re ready to put that pre-saved form to use.

3. Save important emails, calendar events, and notes as files on your desktop.

This not only helps to streamline your inbox but also allows you to access crucial messages and events even quicker. Simply drag an email, calendar entry, or other note on to your desktop or into a folder, or click File > Save As if you’d like to save it in a specific file format. Then, when you’re ready to access it, double click and it will automatically open in Outlook.

4. Schedule delivery of an email.

Want to compose a message now but send it later? Outlook makes it easy. Write your email, then go to Options > Delay Delivery > Do not deliver before, then specify the time and date you want it to go out. Perfect for crafting a few timely responses before you hop on a plane or go into an afternoon of meetings.

5. Display emails as conversations.

This feature helps to make those long email threads a little easier to digest by showing all connected messages in one conversation view. And it’s easy to activate — simply click View > Show as Conversations.

6. Embrace Outlook’s web-based future.

Outlook 2013, Office 365, and other modern versions of the program shift much of the email/calendar/contact infrastructure to a web-based view, where it’s accessible from any device. Microsoft’s Send email app for smartphones even makes sending quick notes between co-workers simple, all while inputting all of the communications into your Microsoft Outlook history for easy archiving and access.

7. Rely on natural phrases to create a calendar event.

Instead of scrolling through the calendar to pick a specific date for an appointment or meeting, type phrases like “next Saturday” or “two weeks from now” into the date field and let Outlook do the rest.

8. Block emails from specific senders.

While true anti-spam protection is best deployed by a trusted IT adviser, you can perform specific actions to block junk mail. Click Home > Junk email options, then in the new window that opens you can identify which senders (and even which countries) you want to block as spam.

9. Rely on sticky notes for quick reminders.

Press Ctrl + Shift + N from anywhere in the Outlook interface to create a new note that can be dragged and positioned anywhere on your screen. This is great for quick tasks that don’t need to be manually entered into your calendar.

10. Adjust desktop notifications so you’re only notified of the most critical messages.

If a notification pops up every time a message lands in your inbox, chances are you’ll end up distracted. But you also don’t want to miss important emails, so turn off desktop alerts in File > Options > Mail Options, then create a custom rule to only display alerts for messages sent to you by specific contacts.

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

Gayle Dicus, Naples Flat Bread Kitchen & Bar or

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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