January 2020

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Can Do
Will Do

In This Issue
  1. President's Letter
  2. January Chapter Meeting
  3. December Meeting Highlights
  4. Meeting Feedback
  5. Top News (2019 Recap)
  6. Announcements
  7. Tech Tip
  8. January Birthdays and Firm Anniversaries
  9. Board Members/Contact Information

President's Letter

Greetings and Happy New Year!

I hope everyone enjoyed celebrating Christmas with family and friends.  I did and was thankful to have had good travel weather.  

While our December monthly meeting seems so long ago, I have not forgotten how proud I was of the Tulsa Chapter for showering DVIS with gifts for two families and supplying the shelter with much needed supplies.  I admire and respect Carissa and Jenee for their work in the community.

Several of us enjoyed viewing the Christmas decorations at Roosevelt’s during our planned After Hours.  Notice I said viewing.  The wait at Roosevelt’s was two and a half hours!  We elected to walk through the restaurant, admire the decorations and dine at Mi Concina’s!  If you missed this After Hours, don’t despair.  There will be others.  The After Hours are a great way to get to know fellow members better.
Our January meeting is right around the corner.  In fact, it is next week! If you have not replied to the meeting notice, please do so as soon as possible.  The Programs Committee has planned to get the New Year off to a healthy start.  I am looking forward to visiting Saint Francis Health Zone.  This will be the perfect opportunity to reset after the holidays.
In 2020, I encourage us all to think of opportunities where we can go from “can do” to “will do”. I am wishing you all blessed New Year.

Respectfully and with my highest regards,


January Chapter Meeting

Thursday, January 9, 2020
5:30 pm - Check-In/Registration
6:00 pm - Meeting Begins


Saint Francis Health Zone
5353 East 58th
Tulsa, OK  74133

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 Thursday, January 2.  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:

Tamara Conner
P.O. Box 871
Tulsa, OK 74102
RSVP to our Next Chapter Meeting!
December Monthly Meeting Highlights
Top: Patty Fuhrman; Marriott Tulsa Southern Hills and Tonya Jimenez; Hyatt Regency Tulsa

Bottom: Lisa Stansill; RB American and Samantha Schultz; JPMorgan Chase
Top: Frank Troutman; Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center, Susan Miller; Warren Professional Building Corporation, and Crystal Black; OneDigital

Bottom: President Trish Richey; Helmerich & Payne Inc. and Reta Hallam; LDKerns Contractors, stand with our guest speakers of the evening, Carissa and Jenee from DVIS.  They spoke on the programs DVIS offers and the changes they are making in the community and the lives in it!
  • Loved the presentation and was very interesting and educational.
  • The presentation from DVIS was good and informative. Wish they had spoken more in to the microphone.
  • I learned a lot from the two ladies from DVIS. It broke my heart to hear the stories. I was thrilled to see how EWI of Tulsa came together to bless those families for Christmas!
  • The meal was excellent. I liked that it offered something for everyone!
  • The dinner was OUTSTANDING!!!! 5 STARS
  • Everything tasted good but lots of carbs. Would love some coffee.
  • No easy way to get there from my office - 30+ minutes parking is good and the building is easy to navigate.
  • Great facility. Just quite a drive for some.
  • I always enjoy attending meetings at the Bishops Building. The information about how it was built is always intriguing.

Top News

Oklahoma’s Top Stories of 2019
2019 has been a busy year. Let us reflect back upon all that has happened as we seek to move forward into the new year. 
The 2019 Keystone Dam Flood 
Heavy rain to the north of the Keystone Dam caused the Army Corps of Engineers to release the most amount of water that it has released in 26 years. This caused extensive flooding in areas along the Arkansas River including Sand Springs, Bixby, Sperry, Skiatook, Turley and Bird Creek. Muskogee county, including Fort Gibson and Webbers Falls were hit the hardest. 
1921 Race Riot Mass Grave Search
Mayor G.T. Bynum announced in late 2018 that he wishes to resume the search for the mass grave created and used during the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot. The currently recorded number of deaths is 35, however, authorities believe that the actual number of deaths was higher. The search began in earnest in 2019 with searches of Oaklawn Cemetery, 1133 E 11th St, and Newblock Park, 1414 W Charles Page Blvd.
Tulsa Public Schools dealing with $20 million budget deficit
Tulsa public schools announced a $20 million budget deficit for 2020-21 school year. TPS has slashed $22 million since 2015, and dipped into the fund balance last year for the first time in a decade to avoid a negative balance. Declining enrollment and a persisting financial shortfall were cited as the causes. 
American Airlines to add 400 Jobs to NE Oklahoma
American Airlines is adding 400 jobs to the airline’s maintenance facility . This caused Tech Ops Tulsa, which already employs 5,200, to add the new positions. Hiring, for primarily FAA-licensed mechanics, will continue over the next four months. 
Gov Kevin Stitt and Tribes to renegotiate gaming compacts
Stitt and tribal leaders are still at an impasse on gaming compact renewals after Stitt proposed to renegotiate with the tribes who operate gaming. Stitt believes the compacts expire Jan 1st and would make Class III gaming illegal in Oklahoma on Jan 1st, 2020. The tribes believe the compacts automatically renew, and they plan to continue normal operations Jan 1st. 


Please send any announcements you would like to share in the Connect to Samantha Schultz by emailing her at seschultz19@gmail.com
January EWI Birthdays

January 4 - Jennifer Dickson, ONX, Inc.
January 12 - Teresa Bond-Mason, Individual Member
January 24 - Haley Bragg, Mazzio's LLC
January 27 - Janis Cohlmia, Tropical Plant Design

January 6 - Walter Hulse, ONEOK, Inc.
January 22 - Greg Ford, MaidPro
January 24 - Mark Cohlmia, Tropical Plant Design

January Firm Anniversaries

Firm Anniversaries
1984 - Helmerich & Payne, Inc.
2015 - Rib Crib BBQ
2019 - RB American 

Tech Tip!

Find Stuff Quickly on your PC Using Natural Language

Trying to find files tucked far away in folders across your PC can be time-consuming. So, try using Windows Search/Cortana on Windows 10 or Spotlight/Siri on the Mac. Just type in your query. Before long, your PC or Mac will find what you need and you’ll be good to go.

Cortana in Windows 10, and Spotlight (or Siri, if you want to talk) are both smart enough to understand natural language searches. So, for example, you can say “Show me photos from last week” or “PDFs from December”
2019-2020 Officers & Directors

Trish Richey, Helmerich & Payne, Inc.

Vice President/President-Elect
Reta Hallam, LDKerns Contractors

Lori Heerlyn, T.D. Williamson

Tamara Conner, ONEOK, Inc.

Dana Nichols, Cimarex Energy

Heather Stephen, Arvest Bank

Membership (Recruitment)
Frank Troutman, Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center

Membership (Retention)
Crystal Black, One Digital

Susan Miller, Warren Professional Building Corp

Samantha Schultz, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Lisa Stansill, RB American

Roberta Montgomery, Helmerich & Payne, Inc.

Janis Cohlmia, Tropical Plant Design

Judy Russell, ONEOK, Inc.
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