8th Annual “Quinn’s Meals on Wheels”

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Come share the Luck ‘o the Irish with us for our 8th Annual “Quinn’s Meals on Wheels” event at the John L. Rucker Warehouse, March 12, 2015 at 6:30 pm!  Cairde na Gael will entertain you with lively music while continue to keep Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa “in the green!”

Thursday, March 12, 2015
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
John L. Rucker Warehouse
1227 S. Detroit Ave. (Downtown), Tulsa, OK

Sponsorships are still available!
kelly@mowtulsa.org or call (918) 921-3573

 

 

Search for CEO ends with Calvin A. Moore

After nearly three decades, Meals on Wheels (MOW) will welcome a new leader. Calvin A. Moore will take the helm on August 4. Moore has 14 years of not for profit experience and brings an accomplished resume of organizational advancement and fundraising achievements to MOW.

The search for a new President and CEO began after Dan Rabovsky announced his retirement after 27 years with the organization. Dan and the Board of Directors had just completed a rebranding initiative which resulted in an updated website, logo and other marketing innovations.

“Replacing 27 years of knowledge of an organization would be impossible, but we looked for a candidate who possessed key qualities we felt would continue to advance the organization,” said Kathryn Offermann, MOW board chair and member of the search committee. “We are very excited about Calvin Moore and the ideas, opportunities and expertise he will bring to the organization.”

Most recently Moore served as the Director of the Tulsa Community College Foundation where he helped plan and execute a $2.5 million capital campaign to build the Nate Waters Physical Therapy Clinic in downtown Tulsa. In 2013 he launched the Believe in TCC Campaign – a themed annual fund, which supports classroom innovation and student scholarships at TCC. Prior to joining the Foundation, Moore served as Associate Director of Development for ORU. He hails from Wiggins, MS, and originally moved to Tulsa in 1999 to pursue his graduate degree at ORU. Moore, a retired U.S. Army officer, served with several units including the 1st Battalion, 279th Infantry Regiment here in Tulsa, OK.


 

“I am excited to take the next step in my career and consider myself fortunate to join an organization as prestigious as Meals on Wheels,” said Moore. “I have watched the organization undergo a major transformation over the last year and feel we can build on its great legacy of service to the community to create some unique opportunities for the future.”


 

Moore holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Master of Divinity and an MBA from Oral Roberts University.
“We are so fortunate to have spent the last 27 years under the faithful guidance of Dan Rabovsky. Few organizations are fortunate enough to have a leader so committed to the organization and mission as Dan that he devoted the majority of his professional career to it. Dan will be missed, but we are confident he will remain a friend to Meals on Wheels and are excited to see what the future holds.”

– Kathryn Offermann, Meals on Wheels board chair

Policy Change Regarding Donations from Recipients

To: MOW Volunteers
From: Dan Rabovsky, Executive Director
Subject: Policy change regarding donations from recipients

 

I want to inform you of a policy change just approved by the Board of Directors regarding donations from recipients and how it affects volunteers.

In essence the new policy states that no cash donations will be collected from meal recipients by volunteers. We are eliminating the handling of these cash donations.

Further, checks from recipients should no longer be collected by volunteers to be turned in at the site. Instead, any check written from the meal recipient should now be mailed directly to the Meals on Wheels of Metro office. The office will provide self-addressed envelopes to the recipients for this purpose. Recipients may also donate over the phone using a credit card by simply calling the office.

This means that all donations will now be received, deposited, and tracked by and through the single source of the MOWMT office.

All component accounts will now be merged into our main account at the Bank of Oklahoma, but we will maintain an electronic file of each component’s funds.

We have made this policy change at the insistence of our auditors, and it will eliminate an on-going issue with internal controls in the audit. This problem has clouded our audit reports and affected our ability to receive funds from some foundations.

I will be making arrangements to meet with each of the component treasurers to begin making the component bank transfers the week of July 28.

A memo with be handed out to the recipients in the coming weeks to explain how to make their donations, and that our volunteers will no longer accept their donations. We will explain that we no longer will accept cash, and we will attach a self-addressed envelope in which they can mail their checks. Each time a donation is mailed to us the office will send an acknowledgement along with a new donation envelope.

All of this will ultimately allow us to implement a system of providing each recipient with a monthly statement, and better track their donations. Importantly, we think this will benefit everyone. It certainly helps by removing the burden of responsibility we have been placing on our volunteers.

Volunteer Mileage Reimbursement Program

Funds were raised at the fall “Keep ‘em Rolling” event to encourage and support our meal delivery volunteers in the midst of the current economic gas crunch. The Meals on Wheels Board of Directors recently approved the distribution of QuikTrip gas cards.

If you are a volunteer that would like to participate in this mileage reimbursement program please download and submit the following document: Volunteer Mileage Reimbursement Form.

Coordinators, packers, and drivers are all eligible to participate and may record mileage to/from the home to the volunteer site and any delivery mileage. After 100 miles have been logged, the form may be submitted to receive a $­­­30.00 QuikTrip gas card. Return completed forms to:

Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa

12620 E 31st Street

Tulsa, OK 74146

 

A New Leaf Clients Recognized

A New Leaf clients, Jessica and Cheyenne, and their job coaches, Krystal & Chealsey, received the Nadine Benton/Marlene Galusha Memorial Award at the Annual Spring Volunteer Event. This award is presented to individuals who perform exemplary volunteer service under personal challenging circumstances.

Yesterday, Tulsa World met with A New Leaf and Dee Dee Dodd, Director of Volunteer Services, to learn more about their volunteer service. To view the video and see why the partnership between A New Leaf and Meals on Wheels is so valuable click here. A slideshow of images from their Southside delivery route can also be seen here.

Thank you so much, A New Leaf!

Volunteer Feedback Survey

If you are an existing Meals on Wheels volunteer, Board Member, or Advisory Council Member please take the Volunteer Feedback Survey below. If you have already filled out a paper-copy at the Annual Spring Volunteer Event please do not fill out another survey online. Only one survey per person please!

 

Thanks for your participation! We are very interested in your feedback and comments.

Mayor Dewey Bartlett Delivers Meals

On Wednesday, Mayor Dewey Bartlett joined hundreds of Meals on Wheels’ volunteers to help fight senior hunger in Tulsa. He delivered meals to several homebound seniors in the Midtown area. Mayor Bartlett participated as a way to call attention to the problem of senior hunger and encourage citizens to step forward and volunteer. Driving the MOWmobile, he was accompanied by AmeriCorps member Amber Kirchman.

A special thank you to the news stations for coming out yesterday morning! Meals on Wheels greatly appreciates your coverage of Mayor Dewey Bartlett and his support of Meals on Wheels. Check out the articles at News on 6 and Fox23.

The need for volunteers is always growing! Become a volunteer driver today!

Spring Volunteer Event

The Annual Spring Volunteer Event was a great success! There were around 130 volunteers in attendance. Volunteers were treated to breakfast by Panera Bread and a wonderful presentation by guest speaker Lori Fullbright, crime reporter from News on 6, about living safely in Tulsa. 2014 recognition awards were also awarded to 19 extraordinary volunteers!

Nadine Benton/Marlene Galusha Memorial awardees: Peg Rinaldi, Jessica & Cheyenne Parker of A New Leaf, and Beth Delamtter

Silver Spoon awardees: Gabe Thambushwamy, Johnnie Ruth Johnson, Dennis Young, Debbie & Jerricka Smith, Regi Craven, Terry Steele, Thomas Hoppman, Jan Keene, and Mary McElwain

Ruth Meck awardees: Sandie Nettles, Mary Fryz, Geri Phelan, and Jean Kelly

Silver Charger awardee: Darryl DeBorde

To end the program, lunch was served and raffle prizes were handed out. Meals on Wheels is incredibly grateful for all of our volunteers. None of this would be possible without you! Thank you for celebrating 44 years of service with us, and we hope to see you again next year.

unveiling of the new logo and website

On Tuesday evening, donors, board members, volunteers, staff, and supporters of Meals on Wheels gathered at The Vault’s Tom-Tom Room to celebrate the unveiling of the new logo and website. The GTR Newspaper and Tulsa World covered the event. To read the Tulsa World article click here.

A special thank you to William Staedke, the 2013 Board of Directors, the creative geniuses at GuRuStu, the Community Relations Committee, Don Thornton, and the MOW staff for making all of this possible!