Flying axes and superheroes set the exciting tone for new members of the 2018-19 Junior League of Tulsa. Dressed in superhero costumes, Provisional Chair Loree O’Sullivan, Vice Chair Katie Spaulding, and provisional liaisons greeted sixty-two newcomers on Saturday, June 30, 2018, for the Provisional Retreat. Provisionals were invited to attend their first social the night before the retreat at Angry Axe where they met active members and competed in an axe-throwing contest.
The retreat included not only an overview of the many activities of JLT, but members also participated in a committee scramble and a fun get-to-know-one-another game.
O’Sullivan looks forward to working with the provisional liaisons this year to meet the goals she and the League has set for the new members.
“I am very excited to get our provisionals engaged in their liaison groups as well as to give them hands-on experiences through our upcoming provisional project!” O’Sullivan said.
Liaisons include Casey Clark, Erin Cole, Linda Ann Ehrle, Mariam Fluri, Erica Kumar, Danielle Mays, Laurie Nation, Ylenia Summerfield, and Ashley Whitby.
Provisional member Rachael Gentges, Program Sales Coordinator at Discovery Lab in Tulsa, shared that she decided to join JLT after she heard from a former member about the great networking opportunities afforded by JLT. Gentges has already made connections with many members by attending the axe throwing social and Supper Club get-togethers. She said, “I have enjoyed meeting everyone so far and am ecstatic to be a part of GEM Gala Committee and can’t wait for what the year brings!”
State Farm Operations Manager and provisional member Heidi Hernandez said she joined JLT because “I want to be more involved in the community and meet new people.” Hernandez is a mom to a three-year-old and is pursuing a degree in computer sciences. She has joined Supper Club and enjoys doing flow arts, which is “basically dancing with objects. My favorite is hula hooping,” she explained.
Provisional member Mattison Carter is new to Tulsa and looks forward to meeting new people through JLT. She works in human resources for ONE Gas and is pursuing her Human Resources Management graduate degree through OSU-Tulsa. She joined Supper Club and is on the Food Bank Committee. She said it warms her heart to see the impact the committee makes on children and their families. A self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie, she has bungee jumped in Padre, and her next big adventure is going sky diving in California for her birthday. Carter loves to try new food and new food places as well. “My favorite food is barbeque, and Burn Co. is the best around Tulsa!” she shared.
Being a member of Junior League means new challenges, opportunities, and responsibilities. The provisional liaisons remind new members, “We are your lifeline to Junior League. If you are overwhelmed, confused, or just want to chat, please reach out to us. We may not know the answer, but we will find out!”