Elf on the Shelf hits RCI Insurance

I hope everyone was safe in the winter weather that has covered most of the U.S. this past week! Everyone here weathered the storm just fine, until they came back to work on Monday.

I’m not sure Santa just thought that there was not production coming out of the office, or maybe not enough holiday cheer going on, but he sent in the “Elf on the Shelf.”  This was the scene we walked into Monday morning.

Elf Day 1

According to the note we found his name is Auto (how fitting) and he will be keeping an eye on things through the Holiday season.  On Tuesday the Elf was no longer dangling from the garland, but from the tape dispenser on Julie’s desk.  The jury is still out on what exactly he was trying to tape.

Elf Day 2

Not everyone in the office had heard about the Elf until Wednesday when Chet came into work to this.

photo 3                             elf day 3

And Chet was clearly confused over our Elfs behavior. Chet Elf

I guess Auto was worried he may have taken it a little to far with Chet, so the next few days he took it easy on us. I am pretty sure Karen helped him clean up this mess. This morning I do believe he was just trying to help us get some work done!

skittles                          elf day 5

It is debatable if he actually sold any insurance, but we will give him an A for effort!




The New Girl

If you were thinking Zoey Dechanel then I’m sorry to say you are wrong…but take one glance at this beauty and you know it will be entertaining to say the least!

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My name is Channing. I am new to the RCI Team, and I am taking over this blog. Lucky for all of you blogging is something I have been interested in for a while now. Although my inspiration for wanting to blog does not stem from a business perspective, but mostly for entertainment purposes. Obviously I do not take myself too serious.

My goal for this blog is to keep readers informed and up to speed on insurance! What else would my goal be? After a daunting marketing meeting yesterday afternoon I think that we have some great ideas that will not only keep you informed, but hopefully entertained as well. I plan on getting a little “personal” with my RCI Coworkers as well. Don’t tell them, but yes I am planning on tossing them under the microscope from time to time. What is more interesting than the people you work with…

Since I am the “New Girl” let me tell you a bit about me. I was born and raised around “these parts,” and I could not be more excited to be working in Claremore again. In 2012 I married my high school sweetheart and we have two dogs. I promise to divulge more personal information as we move along, but one thing you should know is I will do almost anything to get a laugh. Even if that means wearing a sweater from the 90’s and a pair of pants from the bargain rack to a restaurant with the entire family.

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I am a Rogers State Alum with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science with an emphasis in Psychology. With this degree I can read your mind (insert eye roll). After graduating college I have been in the insurance business. I have worked for two other companies before finding my way back home to RCI.

I am excited to start this new journey, and I hope that you all will be patient with me as I learn the ins and outs of blogging. Of course I want to hear from you, so please leave your thoughts and comments.

Rocking Around the Christmas Tree

Rocking around the Christmas Tree

Whether you are dreaming of a white Christmas, rockin’ around the Christmas tree, enjoying the eggnog, or just absorbing the glow of the holiday season, we want to make sure that you and your families are as safe as possible during the most wonderful time of the year.

Each year fires occurring during the holiday season injure 2,600 individuals and cause over $930 million in damage, according to the United States Fire Administration.

Here are some suggestions to help prevent injury to yourself and prevent fire at your house (don’t want to have a claim on your homeowners’ policy right before the holidays!):

  1. Many artificial trees are fire-resistive. Check the label before buying.
  2. If you buy a real tree, make sure it is fresh. Older, drier trees are more likely to catch fire.
  3. Make sure the tree is not near any heat source – fireplace, heaters or heat vents, candles, or lights.
  4. Turn the lights off at night.
  5. Make sure your smoke detectors are working and have fresh batteries.

Most importantly, have a very Merry Christmas!

Oklahoma’s RCI Insurance Group has had the pleasure of being involved with one of our local community programs, Safenet Services. This program helps families find protection against domestic violence, abuse, and sexual assault in the Rogers and Mayes Counties. Last year I was asked to join a committee that is organizing one of Safenet’s main fundraisers, the Festival of Trees.
For the past few years, Safenet has been trying to raise money for a new building. They’ve been doing many fundraisers, and RCI has not hesitated to get involved. This last year, I was able to contribute my time helping the committee and not just send a check. A donation is a great step, but many times it’s not enough. Volunteers are a great asset to this non-profit organization.
This year, I’ll be working with the committee for the Festival of Trees fundraiser. Between auctioning off fully decorated Christmas trees, organizing the many silent auction items, and enjoying wonderful food with plenty of wine, we have a great night. And not to mention, the Festival of Trees also includes a children’s night the evening before. The kids get to dress up in their cute new Christmas outfits, visit with Santa, drink cocoa and eat cookies, have their picture taken, and many other fun activities. It’s something I’ve come to look forward to each year.

Safenet Services has been able to help so many families. And they could not have done it without the loyal support of their volunteers and many donations. If you would like to get involved, visit their website at http://www.safenetservices.org . I know they would appreciate any help you would be willing to give.

Christmas Tree Safety

With the holiday season fast approaching, many Rogers County homeowners and business owners are beginning the decorating process.  We’ve hung the stockings with care, hopefully we’ve started our shopping list, and finally we’ve set up the Christmas tree. Each of us has our own way of decorating our tree. Some use decorations made by their kids and others prefer a more traditional look, either way we’ve put time and effort into making our home or office look festive.

People either buy a real Christmas tree or purchase an artificial tree. Whichever category you fall into, we have a few tips that might help protect your Claremore business office or home.  If you buy a real tree, you’ve gone through the effort of picking out that perfect tree, taking it home, and decorating it. But then what? The best advice to offer is keep your tree adequately watered.  When a real tree gets too dry, the chances of it catching fire increase dramatically. A “wet tree” tends to resist ignition, thus keeping your office or home a little bit safer.  You never want to buy a live tree that is dry or dropping needles excessively. This means the tree is already dying and probably won’t make it to the holidays.

If you purchase an artificial tree, make sure it is labeled fire-retardant. Some of the older artificial trees are not and are at a higher risk of catching fire. How does a tree catch fire? Check your light strands. You never want to use strings of lights that are either worn out, frayed, or broken. But you especially don’t want to use strings of lights that have been manually spliced. This is just too dangerous. And try to avoid stringing more than three strands of lights together. Try using an extension cord. This is the safest way to use all those strands of lights. And finally, be sure to check the light strands. You don’t want them getting too hot. The strands should not even be warm to the touch.

When we decorate our Christmas tree, do we take all the right precautions? Each year we hear of someone in Claremore and Tulsa area whose tree caught fire and destroyed all their presents or burned their house down. It’s tragic. RCI Insurance does not want that to be you! We want to help you prevent that tragedy from happening to you or your loved ones.  We hope that some of these tips might help protect what you value most, whether it’s your home or business, your family & friends, or pets.

If RCI Insurance, located in Claremore Oklahoma, can help with any of your insurance needs. Please call us at 918-341-6081 or visit our website at www.rci-ins.com