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FALL 2013 A Publication of RSVP Tulsa, Inc. Volunteer CONNECTIONS s v R P Lead. Inspire. Change the World...Again. Finding Solutions for Community Needs through Volunteerism In this issue: Meet RSVP Tulsa’s New Executive Director Champions Of Health Award Somewhere in Time Gala Leading through Education
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    Lead. Inspire. Change the World...Again.

    Finding Solutions for Community Needs

    through Volunteerism

    In this issue:

    Meet RSVP Tulsa’s New Executive Director

    Champions Of Health Award

    Somewhere in Time Gala

    Leading through Education

  • As I see it. . .

    Page 2 Lead. Inspire . Change the World . Aga in . Fal l 2013

    Board of Directors President

    Alexis Higgins Tulsa Airport Authority

    1st Vice President Shanann Passley Eller & Detrich

    2nd Vice President

    Shondel Bennett Senior Star Retirement Centers

    Secretary

    Deanna Holman Indian HealthCare Resource Center

    Treasurer

    Patti Denton The Nordam Group

    Members

    JeanE Bailie RSVP Volunteer Bruce Burns Investment Professional Pam Chronister RSVP Volunteer Connie Doverspike RSVP Volunteer Mark Fulton Cherokee Nation Entertainment Leisa Gebetsberger Oklahoma Tax Commission Eddie Kirkland Retired Law Enforcement Kieran Major American Airlines Lisa McLarty Bank of Oklahoma Clark Miller INCOG Area Agency on Aging Christine Rainey RSVP Volunteer Sarfraz Shaikh MESA Mark Whitmire Tulsa Community Foundation Suanne Wymer, Past President Tulsa City County Library

    Staff

    Tonnie Dosser, Executive Director

    Diana Askins, Office Manager

    Jerry Casey, Records Clerk

    Sherry Clark, RSVP Programs

    Diana Cooper, Wagoner County

    Cindy Davison, Communications

    Karen Dills, Volunteers

    Ann Dougherty, Washington County

    Penny Woolery, Creek County

    Welcome to RSVP’s new quarterly newsletter. We are

    very excited to bring you news, resources, and volunteer

    opportunities in this new format. 2013 has been a year of

    new beginnings here at RSVP.

    Along with our new newsletter format, we are in the process of

    completely redesigning our website. Be sure to visit www.rsvptulsa.org

    in November!

    We received a grant from the Downtown Rotary Club and worked with

    501TechNet to purchase new computers, monitors, software and all

    things “techy” for all staff members.

    We debuted our new fundraising event, Somewhere In Time Gala,

    with this year’s theme “A White Night in Moscow.” We are already

    working on next year’s event theme, “Springtime in Paris.” Be sure

    to mark your calendars for Saturday, June 28, 2014, at the Hard Rock

    Hotel and Casino Tulsa. This promises to be a fantastic and

    memorable event!

    We just hosted our annual fundraiser for the Tulsa Area United Way

    Campaign. Renamed RSVP’s Fall Festival, our parking lot bazaar

    featured craft booths by our own RSVP volunteers as well as vintage

    finds, items for upcycling or just needing a new home, a yummy bake

    sale, and some of Tulsa’s best food trucks!

    We are very honored to have been awarded the 2013 Champions of Health

    Award in the senior division. This prestigious award recognizes those who

    make a difference in the health care needs of seniors in Oklahoma. At

    RSVP we know the positive impact volunteering adds to our health and

    well-being. We are thrilled to have been chosen as the 2013 recipient!

    This award will help us to increase awareness of RSVP’s mission and

    goals in our communities.

    I want to thank everyone for helping to make our many transitions during

    this year smooth and welcoming. You are a wonderful group and I count

    myself truly blessed to work along-side you – impacting lives of those we

    serve.

    Best regards,

    Tonnie Dosser,

    Executive Director

    http://www.rsvptulsa.org

  • RSVP of Tulsa was recently named a recipient of the

    2013 Oklahoma Champions of Health Awards. The

    special award honors a program for their success in

    meeting the health care needs of Oklahoma seniors.

    As an award recipient this year, RSVP will receive a

    $5,000 grant for its organization to help continue

    meeting seniors’ needs.

    From 1990 to 2002, Oklahoma was recognized

    as the only state in the U.S. which had experienced

    a significant drop in the overall health of

    Oklahomans. Enter The Oklahoma Caring

    Foundation and the launch of the Champions of

    Health Awards in 2003 . . . because Oklahoma could

    do better and Oklahomans could live more healthy

    lives if encouraged to do so and how to do it. The

    awards program has sought to recognize those

    individuals and/or organizations over the past ten

    years who have made a difference in improving the

    overall health of Oklahoma.

    Since 1971, RSVP Tulsa has served the health needs

    of those Oklahomans age 55 and over by matching

    their time, talents and interests with volunteer

    opportunities in the community, not only benefiting

    the individual non-profit agency with increased

    support to carry out its mission, but also benefiting

    the individual volunteer with improved physical

    stamina and positive mental health outlook.

    Numerous studies on aging populations have

    shown that there is a significant connection

    between volunteering and good health. The

    results of one study indicated that volunteers have

    a greater life expectancy, higher overall functional

    ability, with lower rates of depression and less

    incidence of heart disease.

    “Our goal is to provide opportunities which truly

    re-energize and keep our volunteers engaged,”

    said Tonnie Dosser, Executive Director of RSVP

    Tulsa, “so that they are able to reap all of the

    social and physical health benefits available

    through volunteering.”

    Dosser added that it is such a great honor to be

    recognized for this achievement by the Tulsa

    healthcare community. “It validates the importance

    of RSVP’s role in the community and the impact that

    volunteering does provide for Tulsans to remain

    active and healthy throughout their lives.”

    Page 3 Lead. Inspire . Change the World . Aga in . Fal l 2013

    RSVP: Champion of Senior Health

  • The setting was a hot summer evening in Oklahoma,

    however, sponsors and guests of RSVP Tulsa were

    transformed to a glittering, snowy scene right out

    of Dr. Zhivago for RSVP’s fifth annual fundraising

    event.

    The theme “White Night in Moscow” had been

    selected to kick off RSVP’s new signature event

    Somewhere in Time Gala. Guests were invited to

    become a part of this year’s theme by dressing in

    white cocktail or business attire. The gala was

    presented by the George Kaiser Family Foundation

    and hosted by Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa on

    July 27, 2013. In order to create the elegant,

    shimmering setting, Dwayne Craul of Parties Plus

    Productions decorated the entire ballroom in white,

    then sprinkled tall centerpieces of white trees draped

    in crystals throughout the room.

    The evening began with attendees

    sipping on “Anastasia” cocktails

    while trying to outbid each other

    on over 100 silent auction items

    that had been generously donated

    by local businesses such as

    Incredible Pizza, Tapestry of

    Faith, Star Jewelers, Wild Birds

    Unlimited and the Campbell

    Hotel. A focal point of the silent

    auction was the large snowflake

    ice sculpture created by

    Millennium Ice Company.

    Event chair Stephanie Cobble, MD, welcomed

    guests as they dined on Russian cuisine created by

    Hard Rock Hotel’s master chef before being

    entertained with a modern ballet performance by the

    Portico Dans Theatre. The highlight of the evening

    was listening to the personal stories from Jai East

    Dunn and Norman Simon, MD, two RSVP

    volunteers whose lives have benefited from

    the

    agency’s

    services.

    Guest

    Emcees,

    KC Lupp

    and

    Brittany

    Jeffers of

    KOKI’s

    Fox 23

    News, made sure that the evening glided smoothly

    along to its conclusion with a spirited live auction led

    by Jay Litchfield of BidLoud.com.

    RSVP appreciates the generosity of this year’s

    sponsors and event donors, and would like to thank

    everyone who helped make our new fundraising

    event such a huge success this year including The

    Gelvin Foundation, Bank of Oklahoma, Accent Realtors,

    Eller & Detrich, f.a.c.e.s.-Families & Communities

    Empowered for Safety, Indian Health Care Resource Center,

    Mr. George Krumme, MESA, ONEOK, Senior Star

    Living Communities: Burgundy Place & Woodland Terrace,

    VisitTulsa, Harvard Family Physicians, Helmerich &

    Payne, St. John Health System, TulsaPeople Magazine,

    CommunityCare HMO, Jeff & Tonnie Dosser, Grace

    Hospice, Barend & Claudia Meiling, Nordam, Parker

    Plastics, and St. Francis Health System. RSVP surpassed

    last year’s goal by 5%! The funds

    raised will allow the agency to

    continue serving seniors with

    meaningful volunteer

    opportunities while having a

    positive impact in the continued

    growth of the Tulsa community.

    Page 4 Lead. Inspire . Change the World . Aga in . Fal l 2013

    Somewhere in Time Glittering Success

  • Upcoming Events

    Page 5 Lead. Inspire . Change the World . Aga in . Fal l 2013

    RSVP Board member Lisa McLarty, who is with Bank of

    Oklahoma, with her husband Greg McLarty got into the spirit

    of this year’s theme for the Somewhere in Time Gala by

    dressing in white.

    Terry Doverspike (center) with his wife Connie Doverspike (right), who is an

    RSVP volunteer and Board member, with the guests of the Gelvin Foundation,

    which was a sponsor of this year’s Somewhere in Time Gala.

    OCTOBER 21 - sign up begins for

    Wagoner County Thanksgiving

    baskets and Senior Angel Tree

    through November 1

    OCTOBER 22 - RSVP “Happy Hands”

    stitching group begins Head Start

    project to benefit Creek County

    children

    NOVEMBER 15 - Creek County RSVP

    volunteers begin gathering items for

    annual Christmas bags project

    NOVEMBER 18-30 – RSVP “Nifty Needlers” begin distribution of stocking caps to all kindergarteners in Wagoner county

    DECEMBER 10 - Creek County RSVP volunteers begin assembling Christmas bags for distribution to homebound seniors during the week of December 17- 20

    JANUARY 20, 2014 - Martin Luther King,

    Jr. Day of Service

    APRIL 6-13, 2014 - National Volunteer

    Week

    JUNE 28, 2014 - RSVP’s Somewhere in

    Time Gala: “Springtime in Paris” at

    the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

    RSVP volunteer & Board member, Jeane Bailie

    (left) with fellow RSVP volunteer Bonnie Clark.

    White crystal-laden trees gave an

    “icy” feel to the “White Night in

    Moscow” theme.

  • Page 6 Lead. Inspire . Change the World . Aga in . Fal l 2013

    RSVP At a Glance

    The wonderful staff at Rad

    ford gave the RSVP office

    a much needed facelift with

    fresh paint during this year’

    s TAUW Day of Caring.

    RSVP “Knittin’ Kittens” have been knitting purple infant caps to be distributed at local hospitals to educate new mothers about Shaken Baby Syndrome.

    Creek County RSVP volunteer bus drivers enjoy serving area residents who need assistance to doctor’s appointments and other services in the community.

    Retired Wagoner school teacher and RSVP volunteer Pat Hall loves being a

    penpal with the children at Teague Elementary School. The

    children also look for her on Fridays at the “Candy Cart.”

    Bank of

    Oklahoma

    volunteers for

    the Somewhere

    in Time Gala

    had a blast

    serving along

    side RSVP

    volunteers

    that evening!

    KC Lupp (left) of Fox 23 News along with Kevin & Tani Kelley,

    David Hogan & June Patton, and Tonnie & Jeff Dosser anxiously awaiting

    for the live auction to start at the gala.

  • Page 7 Lead. Inspire . Change the World . Aga in . Fal l 2013

    RSVP Volunteers Lead Though Education

    Future . . . Past. Innocence . . . Experience.

    These phrases are the key to mentoring in our

    community schools. RSVP of Tulsa volunteers are

    reaching out to elementary children in Tulsa,

    Wagoner, Creek, and Washington counties as

    mentors working with children in small groups or

    one-on-one, providing class assistance to area

    elementary teachers and after-school mentoring in

    our local library

    systems.

    RSVP’s mentor

    program is

    designed to

    bring students

    together with

    caring adults

    who will offer

    guidance, sup-

    port, and en-

    couragement in

    their daily lives.

    Mentoring

    creates greater

    self-esteem in children by providing one-on-one

    attention, helps break the cycle of poverty by giving

    the necessary language and skills needed to further

    their education, and creates a desire for learning.

    The one-on-one or small group approach creates a

    safe environment in which children can feel

    comfortable in expressing ideas, questions, and

    thoughts without the concern of being judged by

    their peers.

    The National Center for Education Statistics

    (NCES) states that learning to read in the first grade

    is paramount to a successful school career. More

    and more children are entering the first grade who

    don’t even have letter naming fluency or letter sound

    recognition skills. By the end of first grade, children

    should be able to read 80-100 wpm with 90%

    accuracy. Fluent reading is the building block in

    which the future grade levels build upon. If a child is

    90% fluent in reading at the end of the first grade

    year, their chances of future success are very high.

    In addition, children who are mentored have better school attendance, better attitudes toward school, a greater likelihood of completing school and less substance abuse than non-mentored students.

    RSVP believes that teachers are already stretched as mentors and role models in the schools and need more assistance. Seniors can bring a fresh perspective to our area children plus they have the time and expertise to lend to our schools.

    RSVP Tulsa is looking for enthusiastic

    individuals whose compassion, integrity and

    diverse perspectives will bring enrichment and

    inspiration to the lives of our area children. As a

    mentor you will be given the tools and curriculum by

    the elementary school so you can easily follow the

    strategy initiated by the classroom teacher.

    Mentoring young students is a wonderful way to

    make an impact in a child’s life, help in areas where

    assistance is needed, and ensure that the skills and

    wisdom you have to offer get passed along to the

    next generation.

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    Tulsa, OK

    Permit #1830 Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Tulsa, Inc.

    5756 East 31st Street

    Tulsa, OK 74135

    918-280-8656

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    Volunteerism . . . Parting Words

    Provides

    a sense of

    purpose,

    self-worth

    and trust

    Strengthens

    social ties

    and protects

    against

    isolation

    Incorporates

    positive health

    benefits while

    making a

    difference

    in our

    communities

    and country

    Connecting Volunteers 55+ with Meaningful

    Community Service Since 1971

    www.RSVPTulsa .org