January 2021

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In This Issue
  1. President's Letter
  2. January 14 Monthly Meeting
  3. December Meeting Highlights
  4. Announcements
  5. Calendar of Events
  6. A New Leaf Pizza Party and Thank you
  7. January Birthdays and Firm Anniversaries
  8. EWI Professional Development Webinar
  9. Members Corner 
  10. Finish the Sentence Survey
  11. Board Members/Contact Information

President's Letter

Greetings Tulsa Chapter!

I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas and now New Year holiday time with family and friends.  I most certainly did, and I am very thankful to have my youngest son, Trey home for the holidays not to mention having my oldest son Ryan, his wife Baylie and my sweet new grandbaby Tate, all over for Christmas Eve dinner!  It was probably the best day ever for me, in 2020!
I wanted to give a huge “Shout Out” to our Chapter for supporting A New Leaf with their pizza party and protective masks!  We reached our goal to be able to provide holiday cheer for more than 125 people, what a nice way to help celebrate this time by giving to others!

The December meeting had a fun surprise with the new Wheel of Names. Thank you, Tamara Conner for the suggestion and Elizabeth Bugay for the introduction, we look forward to using this again in January!  Congratulations to all the winners each month, remember to thank the donor for the gift! 

Our next Chapter meeting is coming up on January 14th and will touch on Personal and Professional Development.  The Programs Committee has invited author Jane Mudgett to be our speaker and we will offer her book to EWI Members at a discounted price ($14.95 retail / $5.00 EWI Tulsa Chapter price). We will also be inviting the Texoma Chapters and the Corporate Board to join us on the Zoom Meeting!  For February, we have an invite in, to the City of Tulsa for a guest speaker, we will keep you posted!

As always, I hope you all are staying connected!

Many Happy New Year Wishes,
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January Monthly Meeting

Thursday, January 14, 2021
5:55 pm - Join Meeting
6:00 pm - Meeting Begins

Business Casual

No charge

Please RSVP by Friday, January 8.  You can RSVP by clicking the button below or by emailing here.

If you are unable to attend, please let us know why. 



Connect remotely on Zoom via this link: Zoom Link
Personal Meeting ID 884 0275 8384 (required)

To call in: 1-346-248-7799
Via mobile +13462487799,,88402758384# US (Houston)
Connection information included below.

Jane Mudgett, Author of Five Alive

Topic:  Revitalize Your Life One Small Change at a Time.

This is the subject of Jane's book Five Alive. We have pre-purchased several copies of Jane's book and they are available at a discounted rate of $5.00 per book.


NEW MEETING ID NUMBER and Connection Information if you are new to Zoom

How to connect on a laptop:  Go to  https://zoom.us/join and type in the Personal Meeting ID 884 0275 8384.  Follow the prompts to either download the Zoom laptop application or join through your browser.  A prompt should pop up to connect you to audio.

How to connect on an iPhone:  Download the Zoom App, open the app, click join meeting and type in the Personal Meeting ID 884 0275 8384. A prompt should pop up to connect you to audio.

How to connect on an Android/Samsung Phone: Download the Zoom App, open the app, click join meeting and type in the Personal Meeting ID 884 0275 8384. A prompt should pop up to connect you to audio.

RSVP to our January Meeting!

December Meeting Highlights

December meeting with our guest speaker, Lewana Harris from ONEOK, Inc. who presented a timely and personal presentation regarding resilience and post traumatic growth.

Photos courtesy of Tamara Conner, ONEOK, Inc.


If you missed the last monthly meeting, we tried something new for drawings-the Wheel of Names. It added a little more fun to an already fun process of drawing names. We look forward to seeing your name on the Wheel at the next meeting! Thank you to the generosity of Eva Blair and the many other members who contribute prizes.


  • January 1 - New Years Day
  • January 5 - EWI Professional Development Webinar, Finding Your Financial Confidence
  • January 14 - EWI of Tulsa Monthly Chapter Meeting
  • January 15 - EWI of Tulsa Membership Committee Meeting
  • January 20 - EWI of Tulsa Programs Committee Meeting
  • January 27 - EWI of Tulsa Monthly Board Meeting
  • January 29 - EWI Corporate Chapter Leadership Call

Spreading cheer by hosting a pizza party and purchasing masks for our friends at A New Leaf. Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen.

EWI Members pictured: Lori Heerlyn, T.D. Williamson and Jaycee Kerns, VP, LD Kerns Contractors

Branded Masks courtesy of EWI of Tulsa members

Surprise Thank You from A New Leaf!

All of the clients and employees were extremely appreciative and thankful for our giving spirit, so much so, they handmade us a “Thank You Card”!  
Pictured: Reta Hallam, LD Kerns Contractors and representatives of A New Leaf

EWI of Tulsa Chapter Board Members Celebrating Christmas 2020

Pictured: Tinesa Siebert, Montereau, Reta Hallam, LD Kerns Contractors, Gloria McQuade, Burnett Home Improvement, Lori Heerlyn, T.D. Williamson, Tamara Conner, ONEOK, Inc., and Trish Richey, Helmerich & Payne
Please contact Reta at rhallam@ldkerns.com if you would like to donate door prizes for our upcoming meetings!
Please send any announcements you would like to share in the Connect to Elizabeth Bugay by emailing her at elizabethbugay@gmail.com.
January EWI Birthdays

January 27 - Janis Cohlmia, Tropical Plant Design

January 6 - Walter Hulse, ONEOK, Inc.
January 9 - Tim Lyons, TTCU Federal Credit Union
January 24 - Mark Cohlmia, Tropical Plant Design

January Firm Anniversaries

Firm Anniversaries
Helmerich & Payne, Inc.....1984
Rib Crib BBQ......................2015
EWI Professional Development Webinar
Finding Your Financial Confidence
Presenter: Pam Prine, Co-Owner and Financial Advisor,
Keystone Capital Management Group
January 5, 2021 at 2:00-3:00pm (CST)
To register: Financial Confidence Link

This webinar is for women who want to take charge of their financial world. Author Eleanor Blayney said, "Helping women take charge of their financial situation does more for their self esteem and sense of inner serenity than years of therapy focusing on peripheral issues."

Members will learn: 

  • Why financial confidence still seems to be elusive for many women
  • How women and small business owners can gain financial confidence
  • Key benefits and possible advantages of working with a financial advisor to lay the foundation to your financial success
2020 was a milestone year for many of our member firms. Please take a moment to recognize the contributions the following firms have made to Tulsa and to EWI of Tulsa.

If we missed recognizing your firm's milestone anniversary or if you have news to share, please contact elizabethbugay@gmail.com.

Helmerich & Payne, Inc. - 100th Anniversary
EWI of Tulsa Representatives: Jamie Harris, Roberta Montgomery, Trish Richey, and Heather Stephen.

As we take pride and celebrate Helmerich & Payne’s centennial year in 2020, we also reflect on all we have accomplished as a company and our colleagues, both past and present, who have contributed to this success.  In 1920, the story begins when Walt Helmerich II and Bill Payne started the company, Helmerich & Payne (H&P), on a handshake in the Texas oilfield. The men and women who carry H&P’s legacy forward work tirelessly every day to enable the production of affordable energy for the world. H&P is the leading U.S. unconventional driller, with drilling experience spanning the globe.  H&P currently owns and operates land rigs across North America, South America, the Middle East, and offshore platform rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. H&P has established itself as a true innovator and world-class leader continuing to expand its drilling operations to meet the increasing demands of a complex and globalized industry. The Company’s cutting-edge technologies are pushing the limits of the oil and gas industry and driving the development of advanced drilling automation solutions, helping customers achieve greater reliability and well performance.  It has been an honor to play a small part in their legacy and to celebrate this remarkable milestone for H&P.

T.D. Williamson - 100th Anniversary
EWI of Tulsa Representatives: Kim Bowman, Lori Heerlyn, and Jolynn Meyer

"I started my career with TDW in 1981 and never dreamed I would still be there almost 40 years later.  TDW has become my second family and I can’t imagine working anywhere else. My daughter Kasey studied abroad in Spain one semester. During her stay my co-worker and friend Martine Leleux (who works at TDW’s office in Nivelles, Belgium) hosted Kasey at her home and treated her like her own daughter. I was finally able to meet Martine in person in 2012 when I traveled to Belgium and England. TDW provided the opportunity for me to become a member of EWI in 1999 and supported me when I become President in 2013-2014 and continues to encourage personal and professional development. I am very lucky to work for such a great organization." Kim Bowman

A century ago, T.D. Williamson started a business – one that still carries his name today.  In the beginning, the company supplied the emerging petroleum industry with electric motors, generators, and other oil field equipment. Even then it was innovation that drove the company and collaboration that set the foundation for the future.  Working with leaders in the field, T.D. and his son, T.D. Williamson, Jr., were part of a team that created a steel pipeline scraper that revolutionized the pipeline industry and their company.

Now, TDW serves anyone transporting product through a pipeline – crude oil, natural gas, and other refined products.  All pipelines carrying these critical fluids need to be cleaned, inspected, maintained and repair – and T.D. Williamson has been there to meet these needs for 100 years.

   T.D. Williamson Employees

Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa, Inc. - 50th Anniversary

EWI of Tulsa Representative: Elizabeth Bugay

A single goal has guided Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa since the first known Tulsa delivery by a small group of parishioners at First Presbyterian Church in May 1970 - to support our senior neighbors and to extend their independence and health as they age. We have grown to serving thousands of seniors and others in virtually every community in the Tulsa Metropolitan Area. 
In addition to meal delivery and wellness calls,
  • We provide monthly supplemental pet food through our PAWS program to support pets, who are an integral part of comfort and support to homebound individuals, and to ensure meal recipients are not sharing food with their pets.
  • We help homebound individuals stay in their own homes as long as possible by offering assistance through a Home Safety program. We perform simple home repairs and a few larger repairs and projects.
  • We are also committed to improving the health and wellbeing of students through our Feed Our Future Program by providing snack bags to students to address hunger and food insecurity.

LD Kerns Contractors, Inc. - 20th Anniversary
EWI of Tulsa Representative, Reta Hallam, EWI Tulsa Chapter President

LD Kerns Contractors is a full service Construction Firm providing value, quality and timely construction services. We have built our reputation on our company’s mission of “Building Extraordinary Relationships, People and Structures.” There are many builders, but we set ourselves apart by providing superior custom service and commitment to finishing on time or even early.  Our clients place a high level of trust in us to manage their projects and we treat every project with that same level of priority. We are thankful to have provided commercial construction services in our community for 20 years and hope to continue for many more to come!

Just for fun! Instead of a New Year's resolution or intention, let's embrace our ordinary routines.

Consider taking this survey and we'll share some of the results in next month's Connect. Link to Survey - Here
2020-2021 Officers & Directors

Reta Hallam, LDKerns Contractors

Vice President/President-Elect
Lori Heerlyn, T.D. Williamson

Kelli Gernandt, Arvest Bank

Tamara Conner, ONEOK, Inc.

Joni Whitehead, The Rowland Group
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Samantha Schultz, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Membership (Recruitment)
Tinesa Siebert, Montereau 

Membership (Retention)
Gloria McQuade, Burnett Home Improvement

Susan Miller, Warren Professional Building Corp

Elizabeth Bugay, Meals on Wheels

Trish Richey, Helmerich & Payne, Inc.

Dana Nichols, Cimarex Energy

Judy Russell, ONEOK, Inc.

Felicia Senter, Tulsa Tech
Our Vision
To enhance professional growth and development within a diverse group of women while empowering them to make a difference as they inspire others.

Our Mission
EWI brings together key individuals from diverse businesses for the purpose of:
  • Promoting member firms;
  • Enhancing personal and professional development, and,
  • Encouraging community involvement
Our Values
Integrity | Excellence | Respect | Collaboration
2020-2021 Board Members + Advisors
Samantha Schultz, JP Morgan Chase & Co., B/C/DP, Trish Richey, Helmerich & Payne, Inc., Advisor, Felicia Senter, Tulsa Tech, Advisor, Dana Nichols, Cimarex Energy Co., Advisor, Joni Whitehead, The Rowland Group, Sergeant-at-Arms, Kelli Gernandt, Arvest Bank, Secretary

Reta Hallam, LDKerns Contractors, President, Tinesa Siebert, Montereau, Membership Recruitment, Lori Heerlyn, T.D. Williamson, Vice President/President-Elect, Susan Miller, Warren Professional Building Corp, Programs, Elizabeth Bugay, Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa, Communication, Gloria McQuade Burnett Home Improvement, Membership Retention, and Judy Russell, ONEOK, Inc., Advisor

Not Pictured:
Tamara Conner, ONEOK, Inc., Treasurer
2020-2021 Board Members
Front row:
Elizabeth Bugay, Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa, Communication, Gloria McQuade, Burnett Home Improvement, Membership Retention, Reta Hallam, LDKerns Contractors, President, Susan Miller, Warren Professional Building Corp., Programs, and Tinesa Siebert, Montereau, Membership Recruitment

Back Row:
Trish Richey, Helmerich & Payne, Inc., Advisor, Kelli Gernandt, Arvest Bank, Secretary, Joni Whitehead, The Rowland Group, Sergeant-at-Arms, Lori Heerlyn, T.D. Williamson, Vice President/President-Elect, and Tamara Conner, ONEOK, Inc., Treasurer

Not pictured:
Samantha Schultz, B/C/DP, JP Morgan Chase & Co.

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