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TAUW's Quarterly E-Newsletter                              Vol. 2, Issue 1 | March 2010

Leaders Life

Leaders Life Insurance Company wins the newly created Small Business Award for the best overall campaign.

Amessage Video Message from the President and CEO
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She'speach a real "Peach!"
Peaches Lives UnitedAt 93 years young, Alberta "Peaches" Johnson is a steadfast volunteer at Broken Arrow Seniors. She's given 24 years of her time and heart to the TAUW partner agency on a daily basis.
The staff at Broken Arrow Seniors describes Peaches as a volunteer who is loyal, helpful and always there to support others. She never misses a Monday Night Dance or the Senior Week activities. And you can count on her to be there for bingo, bunco and line dancing.
A two-time breast cancer survivor, Peaches is a "pint of power" and strength. TAUW was honored to award her with the 2nd annual Live United Spirit Award at the Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon. The award honors an individual from one of our 63 partner agencies who has made an indelible mark on the lives of others. Peaches is a true example of a Tulsa-area resident who Lives United!
For more information about Broken Arrow Seniors, click here or call 918.259.8377.

Dandan Ellinor Takes on TAUW
Dan Ellinor Lives UnitedDan Ellinor was first introduced to the United Way in 1981 because his first boss was a passionate United Way supporter. Fast forward to 2010 and Dan is still a dedicated United Way enthusiast, which puts him in a perfect place to lead the 2010 campaign. Dan says, "I will work hard to ensure TAUW has a successful campaign as the needs of the community continue to increase." We're thrilled to have someone as positive and engaging as Dan to be TAUW's 2010 Campaign Chairman.
When he's not hard at work on the upcoming campaign, Dan's "other" job is the Senior Executive Vice President for BOK Financial. He joined BOKF in 2003 and is responsible for Commercial Banking for Bank of Oklahoma, Bank of Arkansas, Bank of Arizona and Bank of Albuquerque, BOKF Real Estate, Energy and Private Banking business lines, and the TransFund network. Prior to joining BOKF in 2003, Dan served as regional president for Compass Bank in Dallas and previously spent nearly 20 years with Bank of America.  
Dan and his wife, Andrea, have three children: a son and two daughters.

Like father, like son
Dan's son works for Head Start in Iowa and interned at Community Action Project of Tulsa County, a TAUW partner agency.
In the June e-newsletter, we will profile Jim Bender of Williams, the 2011 Campaign Chairman. Be on the lookout!

Yourpal Principal is your "Pal"
Mark prepares for announcementsMark Graham recently traded his job as TAUW President and CEO to be Principal for a Day at Eisenhower International Elementary School. Shadowing Eisenhower's actual principal, Stacy Strow, his morning began with a multilingual reading of the morning announcements. Mark read in English, one student in French and another in Spanish.
Fun Fact: Eisenhower is a TPS immersion school where students can participate in the French or Spanish programs, starting in kindergarten and graduating in fifth grade. Students learn the second language proficiently with a near-native accent. 
After the announcements, Mark helped with the school's spelling bee where the third graders took on the fourth and fifth graders. After passing out certificates to the participants, Mark went on a school tour and attended a parent/principal conference.
"As a kid growing up in Tulsa, I remember you never wanted to be summoned to the Principal's office. That usually meant big trouble," Mark recalls. "But given my recent experience as 'Principal for the Day' at Eisenhower, you can call me to that office anytime! What a remarkable group of students, faculty, administrators and engaged parents. All focused on one thing - ensuring a quality learning environment and experience for our future community citizens and leaders."  
For more information about Eisenhower, click here.

Community Investment Panels Underwayci
More than 140 volunteers are serving on the 2010 Community Investment panels. These volunteers each analyze four to five TAUW partner agencies, spending five months reviewing agency applications, conducting site visits and finalizing funding recommendations. These recommendations are then approved at a division level by the Community Investment Cabinet, presented to the Campaign Cabinet and finally ratified by Tulsa Area United Way's Board of Directors. 
What will be the results of the panels' recommendations? Stay tuned for the 2010 goal announcement on June 22.

Campaigncab Cabinet Clout
Dan Ellinor, the 2010 Campaign Chair and Senior Executive Vice President for BOK Financial, has been busy recruiting the 2010 Campaign Cabinet. All of the executive Team Leaders are chosen and we're looking forwarding to announcing the entire team on April 13.

The 2010 Team Leaders are:
  • Industry and General Business: John Gibson, ONEOK
  • Public Service and Government: Tom Baker, Community Volunteer
  • Professional Business: Don Parker, Bank of Oklahoma, N.A.
  • Green Country and Commerce: Dick Williamson, T.D. Williamson, Inc.
  • New Business and Development: Becky J. Frank, Schnake Turnbo Frank | PR
  • Leadership Team and 2011 Chair Elect: Jim Bender, Williams
  • Tocqueville Society: Steve and Marla Bradshaw
  • Foundations: Andie Doyle, H.A. & Mary K. Chapman Charitable Trust
  • Trailblazers (will be announced in August)
  • Loaned Executives: Jim Bender, Williams
  • Labor: John Gaines, Northeastern Oklahoma Central Labor Council
  • Marketing: David Littlefield, Littlefield
  • Day of Caring: Larry Wagner, Bank of Oklahoma, N.A.

TAUW nateVolunteer and Past Award Winner Honored as "40 Under 40" 
Nate accepting Live United Spirit Award in 2009Nate Waters is a name we should all remember. This inspirational man is making an impact. He was the first winner of the inaugural Live United Spirit award at the 2009 Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon.
Now Nate is being honored again. He will be featured in Oklahoma Magazine's "40 Under 40," an honor that is well deserved! For more about Nate and his remarkable story, visit www.natewaters.com.

Awardsam Celebrate Campaign Success!
Don Walker adjourns 2010 Annual MeetingNearly 600 of our supporters joined us at the 85th Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon at the new Tulsa Convention Center Ballroom this past February. Our 63 partner agencies, countless volunteers and giving partners were recognized and we elected new Directors, officers and the 2010 Board Chairman, Don Walker, President of ARVEST Bank.
The 2009 Campaign award winners were also announced and you can see a complete listing of the nominees and award description on page 11 of the annual report.
  • Union Public Schools won the Sun Leadership Award
  • The City of Owasso won the Green Country Award
  • Leaders Life Insurance Company won the Small Business Award - a new award in 2010!
  • Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. won the Key Club Award
  • McAfee & Taft won the Trailblazer Award
  • Youth Services of Creek County won the Green Country Illuminate! Award
  • The Parent Child Center of Tulsa won the Tulsa Illuminate! Award
  • Zeeco won the Ignite! Award and
  • Alberta "Peaches" Johnson won the 2nd annual Live United Spirit Award
Congratulations to our 2009 award winners!

Savestd these Event Dates!
April 18-24: National Volunteer Week
May 8: NALC Food Drive
June 25: Stuff the Bus with the Tulsa Shock
Aug. 13: Trailblazer 5K Run & Block Party
Sept. 10: Day of Caring and Campaign Kickoff
Nov. 11: Unite!

For more information, visit

Meetboard our 2010 Board of Directors
Twenty-seven community leaders from the Tulsa area  were elected to our volunteer Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon on Feb. 23. The Board currently has 49 members, including six officers. 
Click here to see the complete list.

Did dykyou know?
Becky Frank steps up to the challenge!
It's been 17 years since TAUW had its first female campaign leader when Clydella Hentschel co-chaired with her husband, Dave. 

Becky J. Frank, Chairman
and CEO of Schnake Turnbo Frank | PR, has accepted the challenge to be the first individual chairwoman to single-handedly run a campaign. A strong TAUW supporter and former staff member (when she was first beginning her professional career), she'll lead our 2013 campaign.
"I look forward to spending the next few years further educating myself about the services provided by each of the TAUW 63 partner agencies by touring them and meeting with their staff," Becky says. "And I welcome anyone who would like to join me to come along."

Becky Frank 2013 Campaign Chair 

Tulsa Shock to Stuff the Bus!shock

Shock logo

TAUW is excited to be partnering with the city's newest team, the Tulsa Shock, for Stuff the Bus! Mark your calendars for June 25 and drop off an item (or two) at the BOK Center and stay to watch Tulsa take on the New York Liberty.
We'll share all the need-to-know details about Stuff the Bus with you in the June e-newsletter. Before then, check out www.tauw.org for the latest updates. We can't "stuff the bus" without your help!

Congrats are in order...congrats
In each e-newsletter, we want to celebrate our amazing agencies and highlight their special recognitions. Be on the watch in June for more great news!

  • Bradley Forbes, the Junior Wheelchair Sports Program Coordinator for The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges, received 2009 Coach of the Year from the Southwest Division of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association.

  • Street School was named the first recipient of the Oklahoma Award for Outstanding Achievement in Alternative Education in 2009 presented by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.

Volunteersvolunteers are VITAL to the TAUW Campaign
Melinda Kirk
Melinda L. Kirk, of Conner & Winters, LLP, had her guest editorial published in the Jan. 22, 2010, Tulsa World, detailing the Community Investment panel process. If you missed it, click here to read the article.

Getbracket your Brackets Ready!
Oklahoma State University students are holding an event to raise money for TAUW, and they want to invite you to join in! With a $10 cash donation, you can choose your NCAA "Sweet 16" tournament bracket picks. Best picks win:
  • 1st place: $250 Reasor's Gift Card
  • 2nd place: $25 Gift Card to Leon's
  • 3rd place:  $20 AMC Gift Card
The students will host a NCAA Men's Basketball Championship party on Monday, April 5 at 6 p.m. at Leon's on 3301 S. Peoria. Final brackets must be submitted to Leon's by March 26.

Playball Ball!
Tulsa Drillers
Get ready for TAUW's "opening pitch" as we kick off the 2010 Day of Caring and community-wide campaign. Mark your calendars for Sept. 10, 2010, at the newly-opened ONEOK Field. Let's hit a grand slam by filling the Drillers ballpark.

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