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!




Another Year Coming to an End

Another Year Coming to an End

The Christmas season is here.  For many, it signals a time of family gatherings.   Gift exchanges, office parties, parades, and holiday decorations are just a few of the signs that Christmas is almost here.   For the children, the thought of Santa coming and bringing presents is highly anticipated.   For those of us of the Christian faith, it is also a time of celebration and reflection of the “Reason for the Season”.

If the true meaning of Christmas is giving, then give of yourself.  Expensive presents aren’t the most important thing.  Enjoy the extra time to spend with family and friends.  Volunteer at a homeless shelter; use your imagination to think of ways to give to others that doesn’t cost money.  Giving of your time and talents is less expensive and is usually much more appreciated and cherished!

As Christmas approaches, it also signals the coming of the end of another year.  Wow, what a year this has been.  In Oklahoma, we saw record cold temperatures last winter.  Along with those record cold temperatures came record amounts of snowfall.  Most couldn’t wait for warmer weather to arrive.  Spring brought the usual turbulent weather, not only in Oklahoma, but throughout the nation.  There were devastating and deadly tornadoes in Alabama and Missouri as well as many other parts of the U.S., causing over a billion dollars’ worth of damage plus the loss of lives.  Flooding still continues in parts of the upper Midwest.   Then summer came and with it came record heat.  Parts of the state recorded temperatures over 100 more than 60 days this year.

Speaking of weather, only in Oklahoma can you have in the same day earthquakes, tornados, hail storms, and flooding!  Yes, it’s been quite a year.  These weather patterns emphasize the need to make sure all of your insurance policies are current based on today’s costs.  At RCI Insurance Group, we’re always available to review your insurance protection with you.  Feel free to give us a call.

It’s been a challenging year for all of us in so many ways, but with the New Year, hope should spring eternal in all of us.  We live in the greatest nation on the planet and are blessed with so many freedoms and benefits much of the world can only dream about.

Let’s make plans for 2012 to be our best year ever.  THE ROAD IS UP, THE WAY IS CLEAR, AND THE SKY’S THE LIMIT.

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!

Don’t Forget To Safeguard Your Holiday Presents

Don’t Forget To Safeguard Your Holiday Presents 

Whether it’s the abundance of shopping or thieves channeling the Grinch, holiday season in the United States brings with it increased vehicle break-ins – especially at shopping malls around the country.  To make yours a positive holiday shopping experience, be sure to:

Keep all receipts in your wallet or purse.  Leaving the receipt in the bag makes it difficult for you to prove your purchase, and easy for thieves to return the items for cash.

Move your vehicle to another spot in the lot if you opt to drop off purchases to your vehicle at a midpoint in your shopping trip.  Onlookers will think that you have left the mall, and your vehicle will be less of a target.

Make sure your purchases are out of sight.  Keep them in your trunk or covered in the front or back seats.

Spread your shopping over several days.  You are away from your vehicle for a shorter period of time each day, and shopping becomes less stressful.

If you follow these simple suggestions, you could prevent having to turn in a claim on your auto insurance. At this time of year when money is tight and finances are not always readily available, no one wants to deal with a claim. Be safe and smart with your purchases and when you’re out shopping. Good luck shopping for those last minute gifts!

Christmas Came Early This Year

We recently heard of a need in Chelsea, Oklahoma. The public library was in desperate need of computers. Luckily, we had a few extra computers. Not too long ago, our office upgraded all of our computer systems. Not wanting to waste the extra computers we now had, making a donation to the Chelsea Public Library seemed liked a great idea.

Loading up six computers, monitors, keyboards, and mice, a couple of our employees went to the Chelsea Public Library and donated it all to them. The local librarians, Laura Adkins and Rae Brown, were absolutely ecstatic about the new computers. For such a small library, their clients have a great need for computers. There is usually a wait for the few computers that they do have.

Laura and Rae were so happy with the computers and couldn’t wait to get them set up. Laura kept exclaiming excitedly, “We got six?!?! We got six?!?! We got six?!?!”

While Rae justkept saying said “Christmas came early this year!!!”

RCI Insurance is proud to have helped a local library make giant leaps in the process of education.
Here is a letter from the ladies at the Chelsea Public Library:

To the RCI office family,
Today, Christmas came early to the Chelsea Public Library.
As a longtime customer of yours (over 10 years), I was very impressed with your out-reach work in the communities of Rogers County.
Your very generous donation of 6 computers, keyboards, and monitors, to the Chelsea Public Library (where I work) is a testimony to the kind of company you are, and the kind I am proud to do business with.
Again, THANK YOU VERY MUCH from the grateful staff at Chelsea Public Library!

Laura Adkins Library Director
Rae Brown (customer) Librarian

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