December 2021


Together we can do great things.
- Mother Theresa

In This Issue
  1. President's Letter
  2. December 9 Monthly Meeting
  3. November Meeting Highlights
  4. Meeting Feedback
  5. Announcements
  6. Calendar of Events
  7. December Birthdays and Firm Anniversaries
  8. In and Around Tulsa!
  9. Board Members/Contact Information




Hello EWI of Tulsa.

The holiday season is upon us, and as I reflect on 2021 there are many reasons to be thankful. I am thankful for each of you and EWI of Tulsa. The support, professionalism, and sense of purpose of this Chapter is incredible. This is going to be a very productive year for us as the upcoming monthly programming, and the professional and personal development offerings will provide great value to you, our member firms, and our community.

We held a committee sign-up night at the November Chapter Meeting and it was a great success. The energy of our Committee Directors was fantastic, and I am thankful they share their time and talents with our Chapter. Committees are a lifeline for our Chapter, so please let me or any of our Committee Directors know if you are interested in serving. We welcome you to serve EWI with us.

Our next Chapter Meeting will be held on December 9th in the Bishops Building of Saint Francis South. This meeting will be a philanthropic program and the guest speaker is Regan Leake, Development Manager of The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. Ms. Leake will speak about the services Community Food Bank provides and how it greatly impacts the lives of so many people within our community. If you wish to donate, please bring canned goods and non-perishable food items to this meeting. We will send our donations with Regan that evening ensuring they are received for holiday distributions.  

Lastly, I want to provide a couple of reminders and updates:
  • Please remember to RSVP for every chapter meeting using the link provided in the monthly meeting notice and Connect newsletter. If you are unable to attend a meeting please let our Sergeant-At-Arms Joni Whitehead know within 24 hours of the meeting so she can remove you from the headcount. No RSVP and no-shows will need to be invoiced to cover the meeting dinner expense.    
  • Leading Ladies is back! Now that we are fully back to meeting in person, beginning with our December 9, 2021 Chapter Meeting we will begin tracking attendance for Leading Ladies.  
My holiday wish is for you to have a healthy and safe Christmas and New Year. Together we can do great things!
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December Monthly Meeting

WHEN:  Thursday, December 9, 2021
               5:30 pm Social, 6:00 pm Meeting 

 WHERE:  Bishop's Building
                  10507 East 91st Street (91st & Garnett)
                  Tulsa, Ok
                  Parking:  East Side of Building
SPEAKER:  Regan Leake from Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma

DRESS:  Business 
COST: $40.00. Please bring checks payable to EWI of Tulsa to the meeting or mail to Heather Stephen, Helmerich & Payne, Inc., 1437 S. Boulder Ave., Suite 1400, Tulsa, OK  74119

In order to provide the appropriate seating arrangements and dinner servings, it is important that we have all RSVPs by Friday, December 3rd

RSVP:  Don't forget you now RSVP through the link inside the Monthly Chapter Meeting Notice that you receive separately via email.

*Safety measures are in place for this meeting: 
  • Masks will be provided.
  • We are limiting the seating at each table.
  • Tables and seating will be placed a safe distance apart.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available.
•• Effective Dec 1, 2021••
Firm or Executive Representatives and Individual Members not providing a response by the designated response date will be considered as an affirmative response. If they do not attend the monthly meeting, they will be considered a no show and subsequently billed the monthly meeting fee.
RSVP deadline will now be the Friday before our monthly meeting.

November Meeting Highlights

Committee Sign-Ups

Joni and her team putting on a great show to recruit members for their committee! 


November Program Comments:
  • Catering by Orr always does a fantastic job with food. Enjoyed the change.
  • I loved the committee presentations. The directors all had such passion and great energy.
  • We have some creative ladies.
  • Great job committees!! You all were very engaging and fun!
  • Great venue!
November Suggestions/Feedback:
  • I suggest a microphone for next meeting to make sure those in the back can hear.
  • Very nice but directions were somewhat confusing.
  • What a beautiful new building Tulsa Tech has!! Really enjoyed being there.


EWI Member Firm/ Executive
Support our Community!
Don't forget to bring canned goods and non-perishable food items
to the December meeting!

Please contact Lori Heerlyn at if you would like to donate door prizes for our upcoming meetings!
Door Prize Disclaimer: MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN! 
Please send any announcements you would like to share in the Connect to Liza Wenzel by emailing her at

  • December 4 - Santa's List Day - We hope you are on the "Nice List"
  • December 7 - Pearl Harbor Day
  • December 7 - SAA Committee Meeting (Tuesday prior to Monthly Meeting)
  • December 9 - EWI of Tulsa Monthly Chapter Meeting
  • December 9 - Christmas Card Day
  • December 15 - EWI Monthly Board Meeting @ 4-5 pm (Virtual)
  • December 15 - Programs Committee Meeting - 3rd Wednesday
  • December 20 - Go Caroling Day
  • December 23 - Membership Committee (Virtual) - 4th Thursday
  • December 24 - National Egg Nog Day
  • December 25 - Christmas Day
  • December 31 - New Year's Eve
December EWI Birthdays

December 6 - Rosemary Gaffey, Sustaining
December 17 - Gene Callahan, Honorary Member
December 25 - Judy Russell, ONEOK, Inc.
December 25 - Myra Trahern, Sustaining
December 27 - Vernice Bersche, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
December 29 - Jan Ehrle, Mid-America Land, Grain & Cattle Co.
December 30 - Roberta Montgomery, Sustaining

December 7 - John W. Lindsey, Helmerich & Payne
December 9 - Mike Neal, Tulsa Regional Chamber
December 16 - Chris Swart, Coldwell Banker Select
December 16 - Eva Blair, T.C. Blair & Associates

December Firm Anniversaries

Firm Anniversaries
Flintco, LLC......................2020
T.C. Blair & Associates.....2016

In and Around Tulsa!

The Nutcracker w/Tulsa Ballet
December 19, 2021 @ 2:00 pm
Chapman Music Hall - TPAC
110 East 2nd Street, Tulsa, OK
The Nutcracker with the Tulsa Ballet
December 19, 2021 @ 2:00 pm
Chapman Music Hall - TPAC
110 East 2nd Street, Tulsa, OK

2021-2022 Officers & Directors

Lori Heerlyn, T.D. Williamson

Vice President/President-Elect
Tamara Conner,ONEOK, Inc.

Crystal Black, OneDigital

Heather Stephen, Helmerich & Payne, Inc.

Joni Whitehead, System One Oklahoma

B/C/DP Director
Kelli Gernandt, Arvest Bank

Membership (Recruitment)
Tonya Solomon, ARC Document Solutions

Membership (Retention)
Gloria McQuade, Burnett Home Improvement

Susan Miller, Warren Professional Building Corp

Liza Wenzel, Wenzel Creative

Reta Jay, LDKerns Contractors

Trish Richey, Helmerich & Payne, Inc.

Kim Bowman, T.D. Wiliamson

Jody Davis, Accent Moving, Storage & Logistics/Mayflower

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

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