2015-16 Chapter President Tracy Lucas

2015-16 Chapter President Tracy Lucas

Hello and Welcome to EWI of Wichita!

EWI (Executive Women International) is the premier organization for leadership development and networking for today’s business professionals and their firms. EWI was established in 1938 and consists of over 2,500 firms in North America. EWI of Wichita was chartered in 1970, and currently represents nearly 45 of Wichita’s most prominent employers.

Our mission is to bring together key individuals from diverse businesses for the purpose of promoting our member firms, enhancing personal development and encouraging community involvement.

EWI of Wichita is comprised of extraordinary business professionals who share vision and use their unique talents and diverse business background toward a common goal. Whether it is hosting fellow business professionals in seminar settings, awarding our scholarships to worthy Wichita area students or instigating local literacy initiatives, together we make a difference for our community.



EWI of Wichita is planning and hosting a local Reading Rally event on Thursday, October 27th , 2016 at USD #259’s Colvin Elementary school, with 160 – 3rd grade students participating. We will start with a 30 minute presentation by a local illustrator of our featured book. The children will then write and illustrate their own book with the help of EWI volunteers. We will round out the afternoon with a snack of pizza, cookies and juice. Each child will receive a signed copy of the featured book, a T-shirt, and a bag of school supplies to take home. Additionally, as a gift to Colvin Elementary, we will present each 3rd grade teacher with a gift card to purchase supplies as needed throughout the school year.

We decided we would offer “Mr. President Goes to School” as the book of choice. This year we are focusing on the illustrator rather than the author. Brad Sneed, the illustrator for this book will personally join us. An EWI representative will read the book to the children. Brad will give a 30 minute presentation about illustrating and writing picture books. He will interact with the children to shed light on how a book is created. The presentation will focus on: Reading the Manuscript, Using the most important tool he has—his imagination! Creating a Storyboard, Reference and Research, Doodles to Dummy Book, Revising and Final Artwork.

We still need corporate support if your company is interested in sponsoring the cost (or a portion of the cost) of the T-shirts, or the gift cards for the 3rd grade teachers. We anticipate another $200 is needed to cover those items. To offset the expense of the speaker and books, we have applied for and received a Wal Mart Grant. Jan Baggett with Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce was instrumental in helping us achieve that!

Several Firms have already committed and we are very grateful for their support!
JP Weigand (Dawn Truman) has graciously agreed to provide the Pizza!
Hyatt Regency (Tami Barker) has graciously agreed to donate the cookies again this year!
Commerce Bank has graciously agreed to cover the cost of the school supplies that we will hand out to each child-donated by Marilyn Pauly on behalf of Commerce Bank. Those supplies have already been purchased by Jeanetta Bolin and Teresa Arthur!
The Specialist Group (Joan Rapp) has graciously agreed to cover the cost of the barrel drinks from Sam’s Club!
The Wichita Marriott (Jessica Emrick) has graciously agreed to cover the cost of the plates, napkins and ice!
Delta Dental (Nancy Umholtz) have graciously agreed to provide a Smile Kit (toothbrush, floss and paste) for each child! That’s new this year!
Murfin Drilling Company, Inc. has donated 4 Wal Mart Gift Cards for the teachers.
Tracy Lucas with High Touch Technologies made a personal donation!
Richard Campbell of Stoutheart Financial has made a cash donation.
Associated Integrated Marketing, Inc. has donated the design of the 2016 Reading Rally logo

Please don’t hesitate to call with any questions. Several ladies have already committed to volunteering on the day of the event and it’s going to be too much fun! If you or members of your firm would like to volunteer on the day of the event or donate an item and/or money for the Reading Rally, Jessica Emrick can be reached directly at 316-462-3164. We are very excited to partner with the school again this year to promote literacy to the children of Colvin Elementary!


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October Meeting – Board Installation

The meeting will be held on October 19, 2016 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM at Larkspur
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October Board Meeting – Wednesday, October 12, 2016 – 11:30 AM – 1 PM – TBD

October Chapter Meeting – Wednesday, October 19, 2016 – 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM – Larkspur

Reading Rally – Thursday, October 20, 2016 – Colvin Elementary




Without the support of our sponsors, the chapter would not be able to continue growing. We would like to thank everyone who has supported the chapter through cash and in-kind donations. Please take a moment to visit their websites!


Executive Women International is an organization which brings together key individuals from diverse businesses for the purpose of:

  • Promoting member firms
  • Enhancing personal and professional development
  • Encouraging community involvement


There are currently more than 2,500 member firms and 2,800 representatives in 65 chapters located in major cities in the United States and Canada. EWI is the premier organization for networking and leadership development for today’s business professionals and their firms.Membership is by invitation and is comprised of the leading firms in the city. The Wichita Chapter was chartered on January 5, 1970, and has 46 member firms

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