Dalen D. McVay of Ewbank, Hennigh & McVay, PLLC has recently been designated as Chairman of the Board for the Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce. After two years as the Education Chair for the executive committee of the Chamber, Dalen is excited to step up and serve in a greater capacity. “Our firm is committed to being active in the community and serving on boards and committees. With offices in Fairview and Laverne, Enid is the place we’ve all chosen to make our home. We’ll continue to do all we can to make Enid an even greater place to reside.”
Below is a copy of Dalen’s letter which was published in the Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce’s July newsletter.
Coming from a small town in the Panhandle, I thought Enid would be “too big.” My wife is from Edmond, and she feared Enid would be “too small.” Instead, we love it here and Enid is the place we’ll retire. It’s a good sized town with a small-town feel. We are truly blessed to be able to raise our three kids in such a wonderful community. I’m honored to serve as the Chairman for the Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce for the 2017-2018 year. After serving two years on the Chamber Executive Committee, I’ve seen many benefits the Chamber is able to provide to its members and the local community. I look forward to not only furthering my commitment to the board, but to Enid as well. Each year the Chamber publishes a three year “strategic plan.” Some of the main focuses this year are on: Supporting education and workforce development throughout the local community; Supporting Vance Air force Base; Promoting state and federal legislative initiatives that benefit Enid and Northwest Oklahoma; And support Enid’s retail market share through programs and expansion. With the help of the community and especially the Chamber members, the Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce will continue to enhance the quality of life in Enid and keep Enid thriving.
Ewbank, Hennigh & McVay Law Firm sponsored the 3rd annual Back-a-Youth Basketball game fundraiser along side Edward Jones and several other local businesses in town. Community and youth involvement is important to the firm. Each year the money raised from the event goes towards allowing children less fortunate memberships to the YMCA, located downtown Enid, OK.
This year they raised $4935.00, compared to last year of $4645.00. A special thanks to everyone who helped make this possible. Farmers Insurance – Todd Hamilton, Pheasant Run Golf Course, Bogies Bar and Grill, Holly Gannett Photography and Farm Credit of Enid.
I am an air show nerd. For the first few years of my life, my dad had airplanes. I was fortunate enough to get to fly with him to OSU football games, and, I am sure, other places. That early exposure to airplanes instilled in me a love for flying. While I was in college, I worked on Oceania Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach, VA. I saw F-18’s, F-15’s, F-14’s, E-6’s, and others. My Oklahoma co-workers got really tired of hearing the roar of the jets doing practice carrier landings, coming in right above our heads. I was in awe every time.
In high school, I was a very driven kid. I was a state and national officer in a student organization, all-district in football, valedictorian, 4.0, high ACT score, blah, blah, blah. That commitment and involvement created probably the greatest opportunity I have ever squandered. Our Senator used one of his 2 yearly Air Force Academy appointments on me. Ask my parents, and they will tell you my drive to go to the Air Force was not just some new interest. It WAS what I was going to do. Despite my fancy looking resume, I lacked an important virtue, self-discipline. Oh, I passed all the physical tests, had good enough grades, and whatever else I needed. Still, a small part of me kept saying, “Do you really want some Yay-hoo telling you what to do for the next four, and then six years of your life?” I subconsciously started looking for an easy (or fun) way out.
I grew up an OSU fan. We went to tons of football and basketball games, and I always imagined I would follow my parents’ lead and go to OSU. Now, OSU and the Air Force Academy pulled me in different directions. After a little research, I learned I could go to OSU on an Air Force ROTC scholarship (read: easy way out). Perfect. So, I applied and received a scholarship that would have paid my tuition, room and board, and books. (If you do that math, that’s pretty much all of college.) This was in addition to the scholarships which were already paying me to go to school. After beds, books, meals, classes, fees, and all sports tickets were paid, I had left over money. This was before my biggest scholarship even kicked in.
You might say to yourself, “I didn’t know Drew was in the Air Force?” I wasn’t. Remember what I said about self-discipline? I did not have any. Once I made it to Stillwater, I figured out no one would make me go to class. No one would make me work out. I could party, sleep, and eat. So, that is what I did. I dropped out of ROTC, thereby losing that scholarship and my dream to fly. I lost most of my other scholarship because my grades weren’t where they were supposed to be. I threw away a lot of other people’s scholarship money on myself and my lack of discipline.
I say all that leave two important points. First, find a way to discipline yourself to commit to achieving your goals. In high school and college I never had to study. I aced high school and passed college without attending class. I figured any guy that can get a perfect score on the reading part of the ACT can just do whatever he wants. I never knew I didn’t know how to study until law school. Before entering law school, I was never lower than the 98% percentile in any standardized testing. Then, I took the LSAT (required to get into law school). My score was just pretty average. My dad said it best when he said all the other tests were graded against people, some of whom cared, and many of whom took the tests just because they had to. The LSAT was taken by a bunch of people who cared enough to be willing to suffer through law school. The stakes were raised. My first semester of law school I was married with a child who was less than a year old. I was scared to death I wouldn’t make it. So I studied and studied and studied. It was only then did I ever figure out how I learned.
Law school was a long way from where I set out in high school. It took law school for me to figure out just the studying part of self-disciple. The only way to commit to achieve your goals is to push yourself, hard.
My second point is this: Thanks to the men and women in our military. My high school class had an disproportionately high number of men and women serve our country in every branch of the military. Those people are my heroes. Our military members volunteer to commit their lives for some period of time to service of our country. They didn’t look to see if it was a just war, or if we should be in Iraq or Afghanistan, they don’t get an overriding royalty interest in any oil from overseas. They get paid little, and work hard. For Vance Air Force Base to plan and execute its 75th anniversary open house, and have the freakin’ Thunderbirds! with the budget they had, was an amazing task completed by volunteers. I watch the precision air demonstration team put on a heck of a show that they dedicated to our military men and women. I hope my childish and giddy love of the air show was the physical demonstration of my appreciation for what they do.
That’s right – Dalen went to the slammer and raised money to help kids and adults break free from the harmful effects of muscle debilitating diseases.
Did you know that muscular dystrophy, ALS and related disease take away everyday freedoms like walking, running, hugging and even breathing? That’s why I’m dedicating my time behind bars to help MDA fund ground-breaking research across diseases, provide critical care from the first day of diagnosis and empower families with services and support in hometowns across America.
Thank you to everyone who helped by making a donation! With your support, we’ll move toward a future in which kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases live longer and grow stronger.
Recently, Northwest Oklahoma has been plagued by numerous fires. The weather is warm, rain was in short supply, and the wind was really whipping. We’ve been blessed to have some nice spring rains, but the previous dry, windy conditions create a potentially devastating opportunity for horrific fires. We know that most of these fires did not just flare up on their own. In most of these fires, the team at Ewbank, Hennigh & McVay can trace the cause of the fire to the actions of one or more person or company. We are currently representing landowners with thousands of acres of land destroyed by fire. Here are some things you should know about these fires:
Even if the fire started well away from your property, you may be able to recover from a negligent party.
Your various insurance policies may provide insurance coverage of which you are not aware.
The origin of a fire can be narrowed down with impressive ability to determine the actual cause, and who caused the fire.
Pictures are worth a thousand words. Make sure to document your losses. This includes burned land, fences, livestock, homes, equipment, and other similar items. Pictures show the destruction, which is important to document the true amount of damage.
Just because something did not catch fire does not mean it is not damaged. Intense smoke damage can just as destructive as the fire itself.
Numerous different state and federal agencies work together to provide assistance for fire victims.
If you have been evacuated or displaced because of the fire, your insurance may pay for increased living expenses.
We have clients with property damaged in the Harper County Fire, Anderson Creek Fire, Major County fires, Woods County fires, and Woodward County fires. If you or your family has any questions or concerns about these fires, contact us today. Call EHM at (580) 234-4334. Email us at email@example.com
On February 25th, Ewbank, Hennigh & McVay and Edward Jones teamed up with other area local businesses for their second annual charity basketball game.
The idea was to raise money ensuring that “at risk” and other youth within the Enid and surrounding communities have access to faith based programs at the Denny Price YMCA. This marked the Second Annual basketball game; however, this year “Knocker Ball” was incorporated into the mix just to add to the fun. With the assistance of local sponsors, including Todd Hamilton, Farmers Insurance, Pheasant Run Golf Club, Farm Credit of Enid, Holly Gannett Photography, Schieber Insurance, Edward Jones and Ewbank, Hennigh & McVay, raised nearly $5,000.00, to fund Back A Youth Scholarships. The teams presented an oversized check representing the funds to Ken Rapp, executive director of the Denny Price YMCA at the conclusion of the game. EHM remains committed to our communities; most importantly, to the future of our community’s youth.
Ewbank, Hennigh & McVay, PLLC is proud to recognize Dalen McVay as having been named an Honorary Commander at Vance Force Base.
Dalen is the second member of EHM to serve in this capacity, as Kaleb Hennigh has also had the distinction of serving in this role. We continuously strive to take an active part in community affairs, and it’s nice to be recognized from time to time for trying to better the community.
The Honorary Commanders Program is designed to provide key community partners a behind-the-scenes look at Vance. Dalen will be assigned to a squadron for a one year term and will have the opportunity to experience firsthand the various aspects of the mission at Vance Air Force Base through tours and events. Administration at Vance AFB believes that actively integrating community leaders into the Air Force family builds strong relationships vital to the successful partnership between base and community.
Yesterday Chisholm high school was host to a dynamic and inspirational speaker, former KC Royals player Les Norman. Mr. Norman is now a motivational speaker in the Kansas City area who also has a syndicated radio broadcast and television show. He spoke first at Chisholm Elementary, where he entertained the kids while presenting on the topics of encouraging respect and on the issue of bullying. Many of the school kids were treated to photographs and autographs after his presentation. Subsequently, Mr. Norman spoke to the middle and high school kids for Chisholm schools. While relaying primarily the same message, he talked specifically about being bullied in his younger years and the effect it has had on him throughout his life. His passion for encouraging self-respect and respecting others was evident as the kids sat quietly and listened.
Ewbank, Hennigh & McVay, PLLC was honored to be able to have Les come and speak on these very important topics facing schools today. We take great pride in continuously trying to support both the community and local school districts.