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November offers us the reminder of being thankful; thankful for our family, friends, and other loved ones; thankful for the many blessings life brings us; thankful we live in a country where we have the right to vote; the list goes on and on!

ENJOY is the word of the month. I know, you thought it would be THANKFUL, right? To fulfill our purpose in life, we need to take a step back and make sure we are enjoying it first. True enjoyment comes from experiences that are fulfilling — making a difference in the lives of others, while being true to what we want in our life. Are you doing things that bring you enjoyment and are you playing an active role in your life’s story, or are you sitting on the sidelines watching it go by?

Enjoy what life offers you with no parameters; no restrictions; no thought of “what’s in it for me”. Enjoy the chance to give back to those around you and connect with the wonderful members of Leadership Oklahoma!

Samonia Byford
2017-2018 Membership Chair | LOK Ambassadors Chair
Class XX and Lifetime Member


It’s not too late to pay your annual membership! As a reminder, your annual investment is $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, 2017). Option 3: eight quarterly payments of $312.50 (beginning July 1, 2017).

By renewing your membership, you are investing in the mission of LOK; investing in Oklahoma; investing in the youth of our state; investing in educating our leadership; investing in networking/social opportunities to provide that human connection.

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

Click here to renew today! If you need assistance, call the LOK office and staff can help.


Building off last year’s challenge, the LOK Ambassadors will be sending letters to classmates regarding LOK’s $30 in 30 days’ end-of-year campaign. You will receive the letter mid-November. Once again, there are a couple of ways to become the BEST CLASS EVER: (1) Number of classmates participating in the challenge, and/or (2) Dollar amount raised by each class.

So, don’t delay when you receive it in the mail. If interested, fill it out and return the pledge card to LOK. It’s that simple!

Challenge. Accepted.

2017-2018 Membership Events

The 2017-2018 member events are planned right now and ready for registrations! Be intentional and come to at least one LOK event this year! Reconnect with classmates and make new connections along the way.

Mark your calendars NOW!

Click here to download the 2017-2018 LOK Event Sponsor Opportunities and Benefits Form.

Sign up to sponsor one or all of the upcoming events at one time!


Bipartisanship Starts with You
November 29, 2017
University of Central Oklahoma, Nigh University Center
100 N. University Dr., Edmond, OK 73034
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Dress: Business/Business casual
Cost: LOK Member - $25, Non-LOK Member - $35

Click here to register! Open to LOK members and guests. Deadline is November 17, 2017.

What has lead us to where we are today? Politically, we are more polarized than any time in history. As citizens, voter apathy tops the list as well. The overall discussions with each other, regardless of topic, is one of “I’m right, you’re wrong” and actively listening to other viewpoints to reach a common perspective has drastically diminished. At the end of the day, we can agree to disagree, but civility is needed now, more than ever. How we receive information is a big game changer – from social media to bloggers to 24/7 news media for the far right/ far left. And let’s not forget the fake news floating around causing even more discourse between us.

Panelists include Leslie Osborn, Class XXVII, State Representative, District 47; Susan Paddack, Class XVI, former State Senator, District 13 and currently Executive Director, The Okla’ Institute; Sue Ann Arnall,  Class XXIV and Lifetime Member, President, Arnall Family Foundation; Mike Jackson, Class XXIII and Lifetime Member, Executive Vice President, Government & Political Affairs, State Chamber of Oklahoma; and Ted Streuli, Class XXIV, Editor & Associate Publisher, The Journal Record.

Register to attend this event and hear conversations and perspectives from different vantage points on what it means to be an informed citizen in a democracy and how each of us has a role to play in changing the dialogue. As LOK members, we strive to look at all sides of an issue. During our class sessions, we build trust and have those discussions with each other. How we teach others to have that mind set and, in turn, creating a culture of change starts with us.

LOK Holiday Party - Tulsa
December 1, 2017
Home of Brooke Hamilton, Class XXIX and Lifetime Member
2806 E. 31st St., Tulsa, OK 74105
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm (come and go)
Dress: Holiday Festive

Click here to register!

A special rate at two local hotels is being offered to our members. Please let both hotels know you are with the Leadership Oklahoma group.

Aloft Downtown Tulsa is offering a rate of $99 per night until November 1, 2017. To make reservations at Aloft, click here.

The Mayo Hotel is offering a rate of $149 (king), $169 (doubles) and $189 (Mayo Suite) based on availability, so reserve your room now if you want to stay there! They have a 24-hour cancelation policy, so should you need to cancel before that time, you wouldn’t be charged. To make reservations at The Mayo, call 918.582.6292 or click here.

LOK Day at the Capitol | Legislative Reception |
Spring Issues Summit
February 20-21, 2018
Aloft Oklahoma City Downtown-Bricktown
209 N. Walnut Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Dress: Business/Business Casual

Open to LOK and Non-LOK members!!

Aloft is offering a rate of $109 per night until January 20, 2018. To make reservations, click here or call 405.605.2100. Please let them know you are with the Leadership Oklahoma group.

Click here for sponsor opportunities or purchase tickets! Please email Allyson if you would like to be on the planning committee.

February 20, 2018
LOK Day at the Capitol
Blue Room
Dress: Business

Listen to the legislative leadership speak on the upcoming legislative session, learn about the budget process and attend committee meetings of your choice.

February 20, 2018
LOK Legislative Reception
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm (cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres)
Dress: Business

The evening reception will offer the membership an opportunity to meet with legislators in a casual setting. This will be a networking opportunity only. No speakers.

February 21, 2018
LOK Spring Issues Summit
8:30 am – 1:30 pm
Dress: Business Casual

The morning discussion would focus on a hot topic/issue. The luncheon will recognize the Helping Oklahoma honoree.

More details to come!

Excellence in Leadership Gala
April 21, 2018
The Skirvin Hilton Hotel
1 Park Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Dress: Black Tie Optional

Open to LOK and Non-LOK members!!

Click here for sponsor opportunities or purchase tickets!

Co-chairs for the Gala this year are Jody and Louis Wilham, Class XXVI, from Edmond, and Kristen and Alan Case, Class XXVIII and Lifetime member, from Woodward.

Take a few minutes to nominate organizations and individuals making Oklahoma a better place! Deadline for nominations is November 10, 2018. Click here to download the nomination form.

The Skirvin is offering a group rate of $129. Click here to make a reservation.

LOK Links to Leadership Golf Tournament
June 11, 2018
Location TBA

Open to LOK and Non-LOK members!!

Click here for sponsor opportunities or purchase tickets! Please email Allyson if you would like to be on the planning committee.

Brooke Hamilton, Class XXIX, and Kermit Frank, Class 30, will be co-chairing the event! Start thinking of who you’d like to have on your team now. It will be a 4-person scramble, so don’t worry if you don’t play much (or ever). It will be a fun atmosphere to connect with other LOK members from across the state. This is a great way to recruit people to apply to LOK and meet other members.


Class XXIII – April 26-28, 2018 – The 8th Annual reunion marked in the calendar, however, the location is TBA. Jeff Moen was selected at the 2017 reunion as the Social Chair (not to be mistaken for the Class Ambassador). More information will be forwarded as updates are available.

If your class is having a reunion, please notify Allyson to be included in E-News!


"Helping Oklahoma" is a program developed to further Leadership Oklahoma’s mission to create, inspire and support leaders whose commitment to service energizes Oklahomans to shape our state’s future. It is designed to recognize Oklahoma volunteers who go above and beyond to make a difference in their communities and/or Oklahoma.

This is your opportunity to nominate a volunteer in your community who makes the kind of positive difference that deserves to be recognized. If selected as the winner, your nominee will receive a $2,500 prize to be donated to the charity of his/her choice.

The contest continues to evolve with the ultimate goal of honoring the everyday citizen for having a servant’s heart. The honoree will be recognized at the February 21, 2018 Spring Summit in Oklahoma City.

It’s never too soon to start thinking of nominations! Go to to nominate great volunteers.

Deadline to submit nominations is February 8, 2018.


November 17, 2017  Deadline to register for the Lunch and Learn
November 20, 2017 Deadline to register for the LOK Holiday Party 
November 29, 2017 Lunch and Learn - Bipartisanship Starts with You
Nigh University Center, Edmond
December 1, 2017                           LOK Holiday Party, Tulsa - Home of Brooke Hamilton, Class XXIX
February 8, 2018                             Deadline for Helping Oklahoma Nominations 
February 20-21, 2018                     LOK Day at the Capitol | Legislative Reception | Spring Issues Summit
Aloft, OKC
April 21, 2018                                2018 Excellence in Leadership Gala, The Skirvin Hilton Hotel, OKC 
June 11, 2018                                 LOK Links to Leadership Golf Tournament - Details TBA 

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