Welcome Heidi!

Trinity Woods is excited to welcome Heidi Garrett to the team! Heidi is the new Executive
Administrative Assistant to Steve Dickie, CEO, and Bonnie Polak, VP of Philanthropy and Community
Engagement. She was born in California but was raised all over the US because her father was in
the military. She is a graduate of Kellyville High School and is currently attending Penn Foster
College for her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Prior to taking on this new role
Heidi was an Event Coordinator at the Tulsa City-County Library. “I am excited to learn more about
Trinity Woods, take on new opportunities and challenges, and truly get to know the amazing
individuals that make the community a great place,” said Heidi. She has been married to her
husband Matt for 22 years and they have one son named Ian.

» Favorite Book: The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie
» Favorite Fast Food: In & Out Burger
» Hobbies: Quilting, word puzzles and reading mystery novels

Moments in Black History by Chaplain Weldon Tisdale

Mary Ellen Pleasant

Mary Ellen Pleasant was born on Aug. 19, 1814 in Virginia and spent her early years in Nantucket, Massachusetts.  She worked as a bond servant to the Hussey family, an abolitionist family.  She later married James Smith, a wealthy former plantation owner and an abolitionist.  Mary Ellen and James worked on the Underground Railroad.  After Smith’s death four years later, Mary Ellen continued her work as a conductor on the Underground Railroad.

Mary Ellen married John James Pleasant around 1848.  To avoid trouble with slavers for their abolitionist work, the couple moved to San Francisco, California in April 1852.  Mrs. Pleasant established several restaurants for California miners, the first named the Case and Heiser.  With the help of clerk Thomas Bell, Mrs. Pleasant amassed a fortune by 1875 through her investments and various businesses by 1875.  She also helped to establish the Bank of California. Making her one of the wealthiest and most influential Black Americans in history.

Pleasant earned her title as the “Mother” of California’s early civil rights movement, establishing the local Underground Railroad.  She financially supported abolitionist John Brown from 1857 to 1859.   In the 1860s and 1870s, Mrs. Pleasant brought several civil rights lawsuits in California, especially against the trolley companies, most of which she won.

During the 1880s, a smear campaign by the widow of Thomas Bell damaged Mrs. Pleasant’s reputation.  Local newspapers began to taunt her with the pejorative title “mammy,” which she reportedly hated.  She never recovered her prestige from this campaign. Mary Ellen Pleasant died on Jan. 4, 1904.

Legacy Gifts and Becoming a Member of the Tin Man Society

By Bonnie Polak, VP of Philanthrophy and Community Engagement

What does it mean to leave a legacy? Simply put it means leaving your mark on the future and making a contribution to future generations. What a powerful thing to do something that will bring joy, peace or security to people you may never know.

At Trinity Woods individuals who leave a legacy gift are part of our Tin Man Society. Each member of the Society will be part of this community long after they are no longer living here. Imagine helping a future neighbor at Trinity Woods that you don’t even know and who has not even selected Trinity Woods for their home yet.

Will or Revocable Living Trust: Designate a specific or percentage amount to go to Trinity Woods a contingency bequest names Trinity Woods to receive the remainder and residue of your estate if other beneficiaries are deceased or cannot inherit.
Current gifts that establish a permanent endowment.
Charitable Gift Annuity: You donate your cash or appreciated property in exchange for a fixed income (with rates based on your age) for the rest of your life.
• A Charitable Remainder Trust pays you income for life. With a Unitrust there is the potential that your income could increase over time with growth in the trust. An annuity trust pays out a fixed amount each year based on the value of the property donated at the time it is gifted.
• Insurance Policy: You can give your life insurance policy to Trinity Woods and receive a charitable income tax deduction. Then make deductible contributions each year that we may use to pay the
premiums. You can also designate Trinity Woods as the beneficiary of your life insurance policy.
Beneficiary designation on IRAs, CDs, commercial annuities, savings accounts, and savings bonds. Also, if you are 70½ or older, you can make a gift of up to $100,000 to Trinity Woods from your IRA to meet your annual distribution requirement. By making an IRA charitable rollover gift, you are able to avoid taxes on the IRA distribution while supporting our charitable mission.

By doing any of the above, one becomes a member of the Tin Man Society. I encourage you to think deeply about the areas of your life where you can leave a lasting legacy. Trinity Woods is a community of
kind, compassionate people and through your generosity, others will be able to experience it for years to come.

Celebration of Black History Month

By Weldon Tisdale, Trinity Woods Chaplain

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

February marks Black History Month, a tribute to African American men and women who have made significant contributions to America and the rest of the world in the fields of science, politics, law, sports, the arts, entertainment, and many other fields.

No one has played a greater role in helping all Americans know the Black past than Carter G. Woodson, the individual who created Negro History Week in Washington, D.C., in February 1926. Woodson was the second Black American to receive a PhD from Harvard—following W.E.B. DuBois by a few years.

To Woodson, the Black experience was too important simply to be left to a small group of academics. Woodson believed that his role was to use Black history and culture as a weapon in the struggle for racial uplift. By 1916, Woodson had moved to DC and established the “Association for the Study of Negro Life and Culture,” an organization whose goal was to make Black history accessible to a wider audience.

Woodson was a driven man whose only passion was history, and he expected everyone to share his passion. This passion led Woodson to create Negro History Week in 1926, to ensure that school children be exposed to Black history. Woodson chose the second week of February in order to celebrate the birthday of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

Woodson had two goals: One was to use history to prove to white America that Blacks had played important roles in the creation of America and thereby deserve to be treated equally as citizens. In
essence, Woodson—by celebrating heroic Black figures—be they inventors, entertainers, or soldiers—”hoped to prove our worth, and by proving our worth”—he believed that equality would soon
follow. Ultimately Woodson believed Negro History Week—which became Black History Month in 1976—would be a vehicle for racial transformation forever which was his second goal.

Black history is American history.

Moments In Black History by Chaplain Weldon Tisdale

Annie Turnbo Malone

Annie Malone was born in 1869, in Metropolis, Illinois, to formerly enslaved parents and orphaned at a young age. From an early age, Malone understood that for African American women, appearance and grooming represented more than their personal style. It could also indicate a woman’s class and social standing. She realized that improving hair health could also have a positive effect on the lives of African American’s. This motivation, along with her early passion for styling her sisters’ hair, inspired Malone to develop products to help women adapt to a society that judged them based on how they met the American standard of beauty (which excluded the natural appearance of most African Americans). 

Malone not only faced the challenges of being a black woman in a segregated society but a businesswoman in a sexist society. Undeterred, she began experimenting with chemistry and established a successful business after developing a line of products that were advertised to help improve scalp health and promote hair growth. Some of these products included scalp preparations and her famous “Hair Grower.” After early success in Illinois, she moved to Missouri in 1902 and founded Poro College Company which became a very successful training ground for many women and men.

Black History is American History

Valentine’s Celebration – Friendship, Community, and Love

After enjoying mingling and mocktails in the Ruth Westervelt Lobby, take a seat for an extra special (glutenfree) menu of Avocado Crab Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette, 4 oz Filet with Red Wine Demi-glace, Porcini Risotto, Baby Carrots, and Raspberry Lemon Mousse Duo. Then relax and enjoy the music of Denise Hoey and her trio. They will perform favorites from the Great American Songbook and more. A native Tulsan, Denise’s music credits include headlining at the Alabama Theater, Myrtle Beach, SC., the
national tour of the Cole Porter Review “I Get A Kick Out Of Cole” and starring on cruise ships across the globe in her solo show “As Long As I’m Singing”. For 20 years Denise made her home in “Music City” (Nashville, TN,) singing at The Grand Ole Opry and sharing the stage with legends like Martina McBride, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, and Vince Gill. This will be an extra special evening for all to enjoy!

4:30 P.M.- Mocktails in the Lobby
5:00 P.M. – Westervelt Hall opens for
dinner followed by entertainment

February STARS Employee of the Month

Melissa Dimanochie, CMA, Marshall Gaddy House

» Start Date: July 2016
» Born: Mississippi
» Raised: Killeen, TX
» Wanted to be as a Kid: Nurse
» Hobbies: Reading Urban Fiction
» Described by Friends: The funny one!
» Favorite Book: To Kill A Mockingbird
» Favorite Family Recipe: Chili
» Favorite Things about Trinity Woods: “The elders I care for and my coworkers. It’s a blessing every day that I am able to care for my elders.”
» What her supervisor says: “If they gave out gold medals for dedication and hard work, Melissa would have a collection. She is an exceptional member of our team. Not only does Melissa light up and enrich our elders lives with her positivity and enthusiasm she also inspires her coworkers. She is an integral
part of our team and I value her loyalty and commitment to the Trinity Woods mission.” – Sadie Krywicki, Memory Care Manager

Measure It So You Can Manage It – The Challenge Results Are In!

by Jennifer Rawlings, Your Friendly Neighborhood Measuring and Managing Guru

This year’s Maintain Don’t Gain Challenge was a huge success! We are excited to report the Trinity Woods community is definitely up for this annual fitness challenge. Each year as a Wellness Team we like to brainstorm what we can do to help our community members and employees set and reach their health goals.

We view this challenge as an important opportunity for setting goals in the holiday season and conscious of your body composition and diet. The goal is to help members and employees recognize and understand that weight is composed of multiple factors. We often get too caught up in the number on the scale rather than considering aspects of muscle mass and body fat. The challenge was not merely based on weight. The challenge was for participants to maintain or lose body fat over the holiday season. To
meet the challenge, you could not gain 5 lbs or more of body fat.

While the results are still coming in for the Trinity Woods employees, we can inform you that the Trinity Woods community members met the goal this year as 96% of those participating successfully completed the challenge. A total of 56.7 lbs of muscle was gained and 105.5 lbs of fat was lost over the holiday season! That makes this wellness challenge our most successful one yet. Way to go TW Community!

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