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Message from the President & CEO

Class XXIX Orientation

Isaiah Stone Foundation Scholarship Winner

 Save the Date! Fall Forum

Save the Date! Holiday Party

Save the Date! 2016 Gala

Annual Membership Campaign

New Directory and Annual Report

Class XXI Reunion

Deadlines & Upcoming Events

Did You Know?

Leaders on the Move

»Message From the President & CEO

We are all familiar with The Story of the Three Bears, written in 1837 by English poet and author Robert Southey. We are perhaps less familiar with his quote “No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendships of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other’s worth.” Part of Leadership Oklahoma’s mission is to create a dynamic network among diverse leaders – an opportunity to learn from one another why a matter can be, in the words of Goldilocks, “too hot” or “too cold” or “too big” or “too small,” while for others it is “just right.”

Our point of view on a topic is limited to our familiarity with that topic. Leadership Oklahoma provides us with the opportunity to broaden our understanding of an issue through shared experiences, in an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust, with people who often have perspectives that are different from our own. This broadened understanding only happens because we are thoroughly persuaded of each other’s worth through our class experience. I was reminded of this anomaly of adulthood, uniquely and intentionally provided by Leadership Oklahoma, at my recent LOK Class Reunion, hosted by Joe Moran III and attended by almost 30% of Class XXI. While I had neither seen nor spoken to several of my classmates since our graduation, we were able to pick up where we had left off some years ago. No reunion (family, high school, or LOK) is easy to plan and usually they are difficult to attend, but you could plan a lunch before the Fall Forum or the November Membership Event in Stillwater. Whatever you decide to do, I can almost guarantee that you’ll be glad that you took the time to reconnect with your LOK Classmates. (And, if you’ll send us a picture, we will include it in the e-News!)

As part of my First 100 Days plan, I hope to facilitate some interclass reunions at the regional level. If you are interested in helping me to do so, please send me an email ( or give me a call (405-848-0001). While other people may buy clothes for a new job, I’ve bought new tires and am ready to hit the road and meet “Oklahoma leaders making Oklahoma the leader.”

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»Class XXIX Orientation on August 23, 2015

The LOK Board of Directors
cordially invites you and a guest to the
Reception and Orientation
honoring Class XXIX!

When:   August 23, 2015

Where:  Gaylord-Pickens Museum,
              Home of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame 
              1400 Classen Drive, 4th Floor
              (corner of NW 13th St. and Shartel Ave.
              Oklahoma City

Time:    2:30 pm - Reception
              3:00 pm - Orientation

Dress is business casual (no shorts or jeans please). 

Please sign in at the registration table when arriving.

The 2015-2016 LOK Directory & Annual Report 
will be available to pick up for those current with 
their membership renewal.

We will have LOK merchandise for purchase at the event.
Plan to stop by and see what's available!

For more information or assistance registering, call 

Click HERE to RSVP!

We look forward to seeing you August 23rd as we welcome
Class XXIX to LOK!

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»Isaiah Stone Foundation Scholarship Winner Announced

Maggie Collins, YLOK Class XIV, was chosen for the Isaiah Stone Foundation Scholarship.  The $1,500 scholarship was made possible by generous donations from friends and family in support of Youth Leadership Oklahoma, and the family of Renzi Stone, Class XVIII, and Lee Anne Stone, Class XXVII.



Here are a few photos from the annual YLOK Summit and Reunion held Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum, Home of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.


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»Save the Date for the Fall Forum!

2015 Fall Forum Mind Shift: Silencing the Stigma, Changing Perceptions
October 20, 2015 Embassy Suites Oklahoma City Downtown Medical Center
1:00 – 5:30 pm Forum & Annual LOK Meeting
5:30 – 6:30 pm Reception
6:30 – 9:00 pm Dinner Program
Dress: Business Casual
Individual Tickets: $75

How we talk about mental illness matters. It contributes to the stigma, funding issues, continuum of care, the criminal justice system. The goal of the forum is to attempt to change people’s perceptions of mental illness and ways to begin to make change in our state through federal, state, local, personal perspectives and solutions. The planning committee has been hard at work finalizing all the details. Ted Streuli (Class XXIV) is the chair.

From 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm forum highlights will include an overview of what mental illness is, experience simulations of what it’s like to suffer from various mental illnesses, learning the challenges and difficulties navigating through life with a mental illness, and hear from Terri White regarding the Smart on Crime Initiative. Throughout the day personal stories will be shared. From 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, the participants will have an opportunity to network with each other during the reception. Immediately following the reception, Liza Long, author of The Price of Silence: A Mom’s Perspective on Mental Illness, will join us as our dinner speaker. Mark your calendar now and plan to attend this event!

AUCTION ITEMS NEEDED: There will be a live and silent auction again this year along with the Golden Ticket raffle! Do you have a vacation home, airline miles, sporting event tickets, concert tickets, electronics, or some other fun experience to donate to the LOK auction? If you or someone you know has items to donate, please email Allyson Carson.

Click here for sponsorship opportunities. There are a couple of sponsor levels providing name/corporate name/logo placement on the Fall Forum invitation if submitted by September 1, 2015. Invitations will be mailed the week of September 7, 2015.

For those wishing to spend the night, a special room rate has been arranged with the Embassy Suites. LOK members can contact them at 405.239.3900 for a special group rate of $139. Just mention the LOK Group when reserving your overnight stay for the Fall Forum. The deadline to receive the discounted rate is Sept. 30th.

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»Upcoming Member Event for November


Unmanned Arial Vehicle Industry: Understanding Its Uses and Impact to Oklahoma
November 23, 2015
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
OSU - College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, Stillwater
Cost: Member is free; non-member is $20
Dress: Business Casual
RSVP by November 13, 2015

A panel of experts from the industry will discuss UAV’s in Oklahoma giving perspectives on the marketable industries and applications, the State’s perspective, overview of the commercial technology development happening and the academic involvement to move the industry forward and available in OK. The Congressional delegation has been asked to come to give a policy/legislative perspective as well as a representative from the FAA. The event will end with the group splitting up to tour UAV labs and indoor UAV demonstrations. Static displays will be available to view from various companies/organizations.

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm (Optional Social Event) – LOK networking social event at MoJo’s Rocki’n’Bowl Grill: Stan has a new addition to the Stan Clark Companies! Whether you come to the UAV event or can only come by after work, we’d love to see you! This is a great opportunity to catch up with other LOK alums and possibly bowl a game or two. The cost is on you; the fun is on us!

A big thank you to the planning committee: Lindy Ritz, Carolyn Stager, Rex Smitherman, Phil Kliewer, Ben Kimbro and Toney Stricklin.


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»Save the Date for the 2015 Holiday Party!


LOK Holiday Party - Tulsa
December 11, 2015
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The Ross Group, Warren Ross (Class XXIII)
510 E. 2nd St., Tulsa
Cost: Free to LOK Member and guest
Dress: Festive Holiday Attire

LOK has secured a group rate of $94 (King) or $104 (Double Queen) at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Tulsa Downtown for those wanting to spend the night. To receive the discounted rate, you may either call the reservations line at (918) 879-1800 and mention the Leadership Oklahoma Holiday Party or use the link below to easily book online within the block:

Click here to book your group rate for the Leadership Oklahoma Holiday Party

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»Upcoming Member Event for January


Current Issues Affecting the Middle East: A Conversation with Don Betz
January 28, 2016, Details TBD
CKH Central Boathouse
732 E. 6th St., Oklahoma City​

Mark your calendar now! More details to follow…

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»Save the Date for the 2016 Gala!


Excellence in Leadership Gala – OKC
February 27, 2016
The Skirvin Hilton
One Park Ave., OKC
6:00 – 9:30 pm
Dress: Black Tie Optional

LOK has secured a group rate of $129 for those wanting to spend the night at The Skirvin. To receive the discounted rate, you may either call the reservations line at 1-800-HILTONS and mention the Leadership Oklahoma Gala (or group code LOG) or use the link below to easily book online within the block:

Click here to book your group rate for the Leadership Oklahoma Excellence in Leadership Gala

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»Annual Membership Campaign

LOK began its annual membership campaign June 1st. You should have received your graduate update profile and invoice for 2015-2016 membership in the mail. Please contact the LOK office if you have not received the mailing. To update your profile online, click here to preview the contact information we have for you and make changes as needed. Don’t forget to sign up for a committee or two as well!

LOK is successful because of you – your time, energy, ideas and resources. We share a commonality of a sincere concern about the future of Oklahoma and how each of us individually can do our part to help shape that future. Your commitment to sustain the organization enables us to keep providing innovative and challenging programs for Oklahoma’s leaders offering that “once in-a-lifetime” experience and ensures students continue to attend the Youth Leadership Oklahoma program free of charge.

As a reminder, annual membership dues are $150 (in state), $25 (out-of-state), or $2,500 for a lifetime membership. LOK is continuing the three-payment options to become a lifetime member. Option 1: one-time payment of $2,500. Option 2: four quarterly payments of $625 (beginning July 1, 2015). Option 3: eight quarterly payments of $312.50 (beginning July 1, 2015).

Class I has proved that it’s never too late to be a lifetime member; four of them paid for lifetime memberships last few years!

We are happy to email you another invoice if you have misplaced yours. Contact the LOK office or go online to pay your renewal.

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»LOK Directory & Annual Report Is Here!!


Hot off the presses and ready to be picked up!  Come to the Class XXIX Reception and Orientation on August 23, 2015 to get your copy.  If you haven’t RSVP’d for the orientation, click here! We want to have lots of graduates there to greet the new class and show our support!

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»Class Reunions

 Class XXI Welcomes New LOK President & CEO!

Class XXI Reunion and Reception for new LOK CEO and classmate Marion Paden, hosted by Joe Moran III at Grand Lake pictured here with Roger Rinehart, Cheryl Evans, Norm Ranger, Karin Woodruff, Caron Lawhorn, Mickey Coats, Karen Wicker, Mary Eichinger, Kathy Oden-Hall, Ted Cundliff, Mac Rosser, Cheryl Hill, Liz Hunt, host Joe Moran III and Marion Paden.

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»Deadlines and Upcoming Events

September 1, 2015  Deadline for Sponsorship Logo in the Fall Forum Program
September 30, 2015
Deadline for discounted hotel rate for the Fall Forum
November 13, 2015
Deadline to register for member event:
Unmanned Arial Vehicle Industry: Understanding Its Uses and Impact to Oklahoma

Upcoming Events:
August 23, 2015 Class XXIX Orientation
October 20, 2015
Fall Forum - Embassy Suites, Oklahoma City Downtown/Medical Center
November 23, 2015
Unmanned Arial Vehicle Industry: Understanding Its Uses and Impact to Oklahoma
OSU - College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, Stillwater
December 11, 2015
LOK Holiday Party - The Ross Group - 510 E. 2nd Street, Tulsa
January 28, 2016 Current Issues Affecting the Middle East: A Conversation with Don Betz
CKH Central Boathouse
Details TBD

February 27, 2016
Excellence in Leadership Gala - The Skirvin Hilton - One Park Avenue - OKC

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»Did You Know?

Did you know.... You can find LOK Members with similar interests! Have you been working on a program, sitting on a board, or planning a meeting on a particular topic and wonder, “who in LOK would be interested in being a part of this?” Click here to learn more about "Areas of Interest"!

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»Leaders on the Move

Mita Bates, Class XIX, Jane Bowen, Class XXIV, Michelle Briggs, Class X, Susan Hardy Brooks, Class XXVI, Tanya Case, Class III, Somerlyn Cothran, Class XVII, Amy Ford, Class XXVIII, Karen Gilbert, Melissa McLawhorn Houston, Class XII, Class XXVIII, Rachel Hutchings, Class XXVII, Karen James, Class VII, Lou Kohlman, Class XV, Tiffini Lyda Kelley, Class XXIX, Jane Mudgett, Class XXVII, Susan Neal, Class XV, Leslie Osborn, Class XXVII, Lucinda Masterson Ray, Class XII, Susan Shields, Class XVII, Jeanie Webb, Class VIII, Monica Wilke, Class XXVIII, have been named to The Journal Record’s Fifty Making a Difference list for 2015 Woman of the Year.

Jari Askins, Class VI, has been selected as the newest member of the Duncan Regional Hospital (DRH) Board of Directors.

April Danahy, Class XVIII, was named Woman of the Year by the YWCA.

Jim Gebhart, Class XXVIII, was named Patient Advocate of the Year by the Oklahoma Academy of Family Physicians.

Terry James, Class XIII, was named Interim Superintendent for Miami Public Schools.

Donnie Jones, Class XXVIII, was appointed to the position of Vice President of Power Supply by the OGE Board of Directors.

Marcy Alexander Lamb, Class XXV, has retired after 34 years with the City of Stillwater. Congratulations Marcy!

Randy McDaniel, Class XXI, was selected as the nation’s Legislator of the Year for 2015.

Isaac Rocha, Class XXVIII, was asked to serve on a national Foodservice board for diversity.

Kyle Stafford, Class XXIII, was appointed Vice President of University Advancement by Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Paul Waugh, Class XXVIII, has accepted a new assignment at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico working in support of the Air Force’s nuclear arsenal.

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