Turn Tulsa Pink is taking over Tulsa Oct. 22 – 29

Social Media Tulsa sponsor of Turn Tulsa Pink Launch Meetup

Photo by Captured Charms

Remember the launch meetup? It seems like ages ago.

To see what Judi Grove and her team have put together is just amazing. The Turn Tulsa Pink movement is part of the Pink Heals Tour International – a countywide effort to honor and support all the women and children in local communities, businesses, and families who have battled or lost their battle to cancer.“As the only city in the nation to have four different pink emergency vehicles, we have been overwhelmed by the support of the community.We are looking forward to a week full of events and for Tulsa to show its true color, Pink,” says Judi Grove, Chairwomen for Turn Tulsa Pink.

As a focus act of love through pink, Turn Tulsa Pink is currently working with multiple businesses, organizations, churches and schools in Tulsa County to show their support of this great cause by “turning” features of their organizations pink. These businesses includes but not limited to the Ark Wrecking Company, Bank of Oklahoma, BOK Arena, the Tulsa Convention Center, McNellie’s Group, the Golden Driler, Philtower, the Renaissance Hotel, and many, many more.

Turn Tulsa Pink is also working with ten local non-profits who provide help and support for women and children with cancer. Through these efforts, Turn Tulsa Pink is raising awareness of and funds for these organizations.

The ten non-profits are American Cancer SocietyAnna’s Bells Ovarian Cancer Support Group, Breast Impressions, Cancer SucksNational Cervical Cancer CoalitionThe Oklahoma Family Network, Oklahoma Project Women, Random Acts of PurposeSoulful Survivors, and Young Survivors Coalition Tulsa.

Events are planned throughout the week of October 22nd through October 29th, 2011 to celebrate the lives of those who have survived and remember those who died.

Social Media Tulsa will celebrate during our October Social Media Summit Meetup at Tulsa Tech.

Everyone who attends will receive a crash course in Social Media and their very own Turn Tulsa Pink T-Shirt.  Judi will also be on hand to share with us the many events going on through out the city during Turn Tulsa Pink!

Turn Tulsa Pink T-shirt

For more information about Turn Tulsa Pink, please visit www.turntulsapink.org

Why We Meetup

Sunday, I met with Tiffannie  to get a few photos taken of  my dog.  This is why we meetup.





Yesterday, I met with Regina at a coffee shop on Peoria.  Angeline and Zachary stopped by the coffee shop while we were there.   This is why we meetup. 










Sometimes, the hardest thing for people to do is open themselves up to new experiences, new challenges, and  new people.  This is why we meetup.





We have all spent years in bunker mentality.  “Dig in”  “Survive” Protect yourself or your brand”  “Man/Woman up” “win”…. “werk”   This is why we meetup.   






We are surrounded by negative talk. “This neighborhood is bad,” “Those people are crazy,”  “There’s nothing to do.”  This is why we meetup. 







Behind the tweets, posts, blogs, and comments are really fascinating (and fun) people.  This is why we meetup. 





Regardless of the reason you joined the Social Media Tulsa meetup group, I hope you take advantage of the opportunity to get to know  us.   This is why we meetup.

I was completely inspired by the email I received from Meetup.com’s CEO and Founder Scott Heiferman .   I don’t know that I knew the story of Meetup.com before this, and I’m so happy to know the story now.  As you read his message below, I hope you understand:  This is why we meetup. 

On Sat, Sep 10, 2011 at 10:02 AM, Meetup <info@meetup.com> wrote:
Fellow Meetuppers,

I don't write to our whole community often, but this week is
special because it's the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and many
people don't know that Meetup is a 9/11 baby.

Let me tell you the Meetup story. I was living a couple miles
from the Twin Towers, and I was the kind of person who thought
local community doesn't matter much if we've got the internet
and tv. The only time I thought about my neighbors was when I
hoped they wouldn't bother me.

When the towers fell, I found myself talking to more neighbors
in the days after 9/11 than ever before. People said hello to
neighbors (next-door and across the city) who they'd normally
ignore. People were looking after each other, helping each
other, and meeting up with each other. You know, being

A lot of people were thinking that maybe 9/11 could bring
people together in a lasting way. So the idea for Meetup was
born: Could we use the internet to get off the internet -- and
grow local communities?

We didn't know if it would work. Most people thought it was a
crazy idea -- especially because terrorism is designed to make
people distrust one another.

A small team came together, and we launched Meetup 9 months
after 9/11.

Today, almost 10 years and 10 million Meetuppers later, it's
working. Every day, thousands of Meetups happen. Moms Meetups,
Small Business Meetups, Fitness Meetups... a wild variety of
100,000 Meetup Groups with not much in common -- except one

Every Meetup starts with people simply saying hello to
neighbors. And what often happens next is still amazing to me.
They grow businesses and bands together, they teach and
motivate each other, they babysit each other's kids and find
other ways to work together. They have fun and find solace
together. They make friends and form powerful community. It's
powerful stuff.

It's a wonderful revolution in local community, and it's thanks
to everyone who shows up.

Meetups aren't about 9/11, but they may not be happening if it
weren't for 9/11.

9/11 didn't make us too scared to go outside or talk to
strangers. 9/11 didn't rip us apart. No, we're building new
community together!!!!

The towers fell, but we rise up. And we're just getting started
with these Meetups.

Scott Heiferman (on behalf of 80 people at Meetup HQ)
Co-Founder & CEO, Meetup
New York City
September 2011

Photography Credit:  CapturedCharms.com 

Opa! @TulsaGreekFest 2011!

Hello fellow denizens! My name is Stephanie (@stephcarper) and I am one of the newest members to Social Media Tulsa! Being fairly new to Tulsa, I was looking to meet some new people, so I went to www.meetup.com, as I had used the site back in Atlanta before, and I discovered #SMTulsa. My first event was the Third Thursday “#Thumbsup4the Homeless”  at Ida Red on 08-18. I had the pleasure of meeting Cheryl herself and some great #SMTulsa members. After that event I was hooked!



When I found out that our group was going to be participating front and center in Tulsa Greek Fest 2011 this year and that one of our own denizens is host, @LoriCainRE, I was ecstatic! I am so, so excited! Opa!  The most exposure and experience I have had with the Greek culture is thorough the  “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” movie, so I am really looking forward to this event! Aside from the delicious and incredible Greek food, I am most looking forward to the dancing, and according to the  meetup details post on the #SMTulsa meetup page, we are going to have quite a line up….and a free dance!

@LoriCainRE  says on our meetup page when asked about the event, ” …….watch the festive dancers and imagine the sights, sounds, and smells of Mediterranean life at Tulsa’s Greek Holiday – no passport required!!”  Well, this sounds great, considering that I have never even had the chance to travel outside of the country, and Greece is definitely on my list of places I most want to visit.

This will be my first time attending an Greek Festival of any kind, so I was curious about the festival itself and especially it’s history with Tulsa. I found out that this celebration has been a Tulsa tradition for 50 years and is the oldest authentic Greek Festival in Tulsa. The festival was started back in 1960.  In the years since, the festival has continued to grow and grow and now is what we know it as today; fun-filled days of delicious authentic Greek food, a wonderful marketa, taverna, traditional and exciting Greek dancing and a fantastic celebration of Greek culture and of Tulsa’s Greek community.

Festival chairman Paul Mihos put it best when interviewed by the Tulsa World during last year’s event ,  “It’s the one weekend of the year where we all move back to old Greece.”   Well Paul, I’m ready!

Opa! Opa! Opa!

Bring your togos! Haha…..just kidding!


Follow on Twitter @TulsaGreekFest for more updates and for more information on the meetup, including dance schedules and details on prizes and giveaways, visit www.tulsagreekfestival.comor visit the #SMTulsa meetup page. http://www.meetup.com/Social-Media-Tulsa/