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Lead. Inspire. Change the World...Again.
Finding Solutions for Community Needs
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. . .
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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
Deanna Holman Indian HealthCare Resource Center
Patti Denton The Nordam Group
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
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
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
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
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
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.”
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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
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
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
opportunities while having a
positive impact in the continued
growth of the Tulsa community.
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Somewhere in Time Glittering Success
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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
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
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
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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.”
in Time Gala
had a blast
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.
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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
who will offer
port, and en-
their daily lives.
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
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
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Tulsa, OK 74135
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