Claremore Mourns the Loss of Mayor

Mickey with family putting up signs for the upcoming election.

Mickey with family putting up signs for the upcoming election.

This morning I received sad news that the Mayor of Claremore, and dear friend, Mickey Perry has passed away.  At the age of 66, Mickey passed away from a heartattack last night.  Honestly I am shocked, as most people who knew him would be. It was only a week ago my husband had to pull him out of our driveway, because it was too slick for him to get back up the slope (getting stuck was a result of him not listening to his daughter who told him not to go down there).  Nevertheless, I feel the need to reminisce about this great man.

Mickey and family after recieving his Citizen of the Year award.

Mickey and family after recieving his Citizen of the Year award.

Mickey has been serving the Rogers County area for decades now. He began as a patrol officer, then he worked for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, and eventually was promoted as the Chief of Police. Mickey retired as Chief of police at the beginning of 2011, but that would not be the last we seen of him. By April, Mickey had been elected as Mayor to the City of Claremore. Throughout his career he was also involved in other community events like the Special Olympics and “Share the Spirit”  which delivers food and gifts to those in need around the holidays. In 2012 Mickey was named as “The Citizen of the Year” by the Claremore Progress, and just this past Saturday he was inducted into the Law Enforcement Hall of Fame.

Mickey with daughter Jennifer after being inducted into the Law Enforcement Hall of Fame

Mickey with daughter Jennifer after being inducted into the Law Enforcement Hall of Fame

Anyone who knew Mickey knows that no job or title he has held was as important to him as the role of husband, father, and grandfather. Mickey’s daughter became my aunt about a decade ago, and with that he became a part of my family. Mickey was so wonderful to me! Such a sweetheart. It was Mickey who pulled a few strings (or a lot of strings) to help me cross my number one item off my bucket list. Because of Mickey I got to meet Garth Brooks while on a trip to Vegas! I cannot explain to you how happy I was! Turns out Mickey was just as excited for me he could hardly stand it. He called my Aunt first thing the following morning to see if I had called to tell her all about it. Mickey, his wife, and I met for lunch when I got home so I could fill him in on all the details.

Mickey Perry was one of the most giving, thoughtful, and respected people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Not only will your family and friends miss you Mickey, but you will be missed by an entire community.

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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.

John 3:16 Mission Donation

RCI Insurance recently donated 232 Thanksgiving dinners to the John 3:16 Mission of Tulsa.

The John 3:16 Mission works to improve the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of Tulsa’s hungry and homeless. Located in downtown Tulsa, Okla., the Mission provides food, shelter, clothing and restorative programs to those in need. Since its founding in 1952, the Mission has served in excess of 4 million meals and provided over 1 million individual shelters to the homeless.

 

John 316 Mission
http://john316mission.org/whoWeAre.php

Things Your Burglar Won’t Tell You…

I have read this quite a few times on different websites, but it is wonderful information and very simple tips for keeping your home safe from burglars.The Burglar

This list came from the City of Calabasas Law Enforcement relayed by actual burglars.

1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.
2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.
3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste … and taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.
4. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.
5. Form a Neighborhood Watch Group. They can help you work with your neighbors to improve security and reduce risk of burglary.
6. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don’t let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it’s set. That makes it too easy.
7. A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom-and your jewelry. It’s not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.
8. It’s raining, you’re fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door-understandable. But understand this: I don’t take a day off because of bad weather.
9. I always knock first. If you answer, I’ll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don’t take me up on it.)
10. Do you really think I won’t look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.
11. Helpful hint : I almost never go into kids’ rooms.
12. You’re right: I won’t have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it’s not bolted down, I’ll take it with me.
13. A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system. If you’re reluctant to leave your TV on while you’re out of town, you can buy a $35 device that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real television. (Find it at http://faketv.com/ they also have a great video so you can see the “Fake TV” in action.)
14. Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake. I do my best to never, ever look like a crook.
15. The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.
16. I’ll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he’ll stop what he’s doing and wait to hear it again. If he doesn’t hear it again, he’ll just go back to what he was doing. It’s human nature.
17. I’m not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?
18. I love looking in your windows. I’m looking for signs that you’re home, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I’d like. I’ll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.
19. Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It’s easier than you think to look up your address.
20. To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a way to let in a little fresh air. To me, it’s an invitation.

21. If you don’t answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.
22. If I am ambitious enough to invade your home while you are there – you may want to consider “answering” my door knock through the door – “Hello – who are you – no, I don’t want any – go away or I’ll call the police” And I will go away. So DO NOT OPEN IT! But if I hear your voice speaking with me – I will move on to another home that may let me in!
23. Maybe I will work with someone claiming to sell magazine subscriptions – I always know when someone is home or not – by knocking on the door!
24. I look to see if your trash cans are put out on trash day – or I’ll look to see if anyone has taken in the trash cans by nightfall – a dead giveaway that no one is home!
25. Those car keys you left in the ignition or on the hook in the garage – allows me to drive away from your house in luxury with your property – and your car.
26. I love computer laptops – easy to carry and easy to sell! But I fear that you had enough gumption to install a locater program to locate your laptop like – LoJack for Laptops, or if you have an Apple computer, iPad, iPhone – Mobile Me!
27. I love homes that are not well lit! Homes with overgrown bush and shrubbery so I can hide if someone walks or drives by. It allows me to hide!
Have adequate exterior lighting. A motion-sensitive light is recommended for backyards.
28. And when I get rid of what I have stolen – I know that hardly anyone keeps serial numbers or has engraved their ID on anything anymore. Keep a detailed inventory of your valuable possessions, including a description of the items, date of purchase and original value, and serial numbers, and keep a copy in a safe place away from home — this is a good precaution in case of fires or other disasters. Make a photographic or video record of valuable objects, heirlooms and antiques. Your insurance company can provide assistance in making and keeping your inventory.
29. And I love neighborhoods where the neighbors do not talk to one another – they have no idea what’s going on!

Cutest Costume Contest

Cason the FiremanRCI Insurance is having a photo contest for the “Cutest” Halloween Costume to enter please:

  1. Email your photo to hanna@rci-insurance.com
  2. Like our Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/RCIinsurance
  3. Go to the Halloween Costume Contest Album

The winner will be the photo with the most “Likes” by the 8th of November.

Photos will be uploaded November 1st but will continue  being posted until the last day of the contest (November 8th). The earlier the better, because there is more time to get “Likes”.

WINNER RECEIVES

Family 4 Pack of Tickets to the Tulsa Zoo

Includes:

  • 2 Adult Admission Tickets
  • 2 Child Admission Tickets
  • 4 Train Tickets
  • Zoo Themed Stuffed Animal

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My Teacher Rocks! September Winners!

Congratulations to our September winners:

Mrs. Woods from Verdigris Lower Elementary and her student Ciara Daniel. Mrs. Woods won a $50 Visa Gift Card and Ciara won a $10 Cherry Berry Gift Card and is entered to win the Grand Prize Drawing in December for a Kindle Fire.

Ciarra and Mrs. Woods

Ciara’s Essay
Ciara Daniel Mrs. Woods

Mrs. Armstrong from Sequoyah Lower Elementary and her student Kaylee Sabharwall. Mrs. Armstrong won a $50 Visa Gift Card and Kaylee won a $10 Cherry Berry Gift Card and is entered to win the Grand Prize Drawing in December for a Kindle Fire.

Kaylee and Mrs. Armstrong

Kaylee’s Essay
Kaylee Sabharwall Mrs Armstrong

We want to thank all of the students that submitted essays this month (89 Essays)! Remember we pick two winners each month, so be sure to get your essays submitted by the 25th for another chance to win!

For Rules, Regulations and Entry Forms please visit: http://www.rci-ins.com/why-i-like-my-teacher-contest/

My Teacher Rocks