Philadelphia Chapter Newsletter  

Francine Cohen
Ann Jenkins
Ferne Kuhn
Cynthia MacMillan
Marcia Melincoff
Jane Rose 

WELCOME Orientation 
for New Members - Online

See a friend's name on the list?  Contact them via  TTN Member Directory .

Peer Groups are small groups where TTN women connect - face to face - to explore what's next together.

Peer Group Orientation  August 2   4:30pm

Questions?  Contact Marcia Goldstein at

Look at our up-to-date
Events Calendar to see what's coming up.

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Register quickly to reserve your spot.  

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It's Still SUMMER!
It's still officially Summer for about 50 more days.....enjoy the warm weather, late sunsets and smugly ignore the back-to-school advertisements!

Hope you'll find TTN events that intrigue you and brighten your spirits. Both Transition Peer Groups and SIGs say this is a perfect time to sign up for these small group experiences to kickstart the Fall season. 

Set aside Tuesday September 12th for our next Center City Member Mingle where over 70 members and guests will come together for an informal evening of socializing. Introduce prospective members to our organization, catch up with friends on the latest TTN news and activities and support our four-footed friends from the Hemlock Edge Rescue.

Send an email to our PHL Chapter mailbox with stories, experiences, photos, articles and suggestions that draw you into our Chapter's activities.   As an all-volunteer organization, we're always looking for ways to engage meaningfully with our members.......and for you to give back! 

Chair, TTN Philadelphia      
Events:  Marion Blow Takes Over as New Chair 
Marion Blow and Jean Brubaker

Having been planning events for TTN Philadelphia since 2009, it is time to welcome a fresh face and new ideas in the position of Events Chair. 

In the true spirit of transition - Marion Blow has taken on the role of Chair, while I have scaled back and am working as her Vice-Chair, and "right hand woman." Over the past half year as Vice Chair, Marion has become familiar with all the facets of the position.  Her indefatigable curiosity about what is going on in Philadelphia plus her organized, thorough banking-background has proved to be a winning combination as she has already recruited new event leaders and posted a wealth of new events.  We  are all very grateful for her creativity and enthusiasm.

Please join me in welcoming and supporting our new Philadelphia Events Chair!

Jean Brubaker   

Editor's Note:  Check out the Events Calendar right now! Many new events have been added and our TTN members (and guests) are responding.  Got a suggestion?  Email the new Chair, Marion Blow!
Donations for Career Wardrobe Needed

Organizing your closets? Making space? A great way to assure that your nice clothing is used for a great purpose is to donate it to Career Wardrobe .  Get your family and friends involved and bring your donation to one of the TTN designated locations in September.

The goal of  Career Wardrobe  is to help women who are transitioning into the work force dress appropriately and with confidence. Work clothes are distributed to women who are preparing to interview for work. If they are offered a job, they are eligible for three additional work outfits - all free of charge. 
Please  donate clean and gently used suits, dresses and separates, including trousers, skirts, blouses and "Casual Friday" outfits (preferably on hangers). Accessories of shoes, handbags, scarves and jewelry are also welcome. Men's clothing- suits, shirts, ties and belts are appreciated. Also formal ware and dresses not appropriate for the work setting will be sold at the Wardrobe Boutique to benefit Career Wardrobe.

Drop off Locations, Dates & Times:
  • Mainline: Tuesday, Sept. 12. 5:00 - 6:30 PM at St. George's Episcopal Church, 1 West Ardmore Avenue, Ardmore, PA.  
  • Center City: Wednesday, Sept. 20, 5:00 - 6:30 PM. The Wardrobe Boutique, 1822 Spring Garden St. Phila.
  • Mt Airy: Tuesday, Sept. 26, 4:00 - 8:00 PM at 648 W Phil Ellena St. Phila. PA, 19119 (North of intersection of Lincoln Drive and Greene St.)
Volunteers are needed at the collection locations.  Please contact us if you are interested. 

Additional Information:
* Tax receipts available: Click  HERE.   
* Pricing guidelines:  Click HERE.  
* Please complete the receipt prior to dropping off your donation.
* Collect donations from family and friends.
* All sizes needed; sizes 16 and up particularly cherished.

Questions: please contact or
Giving Circle: 2017 Grantee Vo-Tech in the House
Rebuilding Philadelphia:      Vo-Tech Project
This year the TTN Philadelphia Giving Circle awarded a $15,000 grant to Vo-tech in the House, a program of Rebuilding Together Philadelphia

The project will serve 20-25 low income homeowners, mainly women age 62 or older in the Fairhill section of Philadelphia, by providing free health and safety repairs to their homes.   Repairs will be made by vocational students in construction from the Randolph Career and Technical High School under the supervision of Program Manager Harold De Loach.

Three types of repairs will be done for each homeowner:
  • First, students will prevent falls, the leading cause of death among people over 65, through various repairs including: adding railings to stairwells; installing grab bars, handheld shower heads and rubber mats to bathrooms; and adding extension chains to overhead lights and ceiling fans. 
  • Second, students will ensure that every homeowner receives basic fire safety repairs by installing smoke detectors on each floor, carbon monoxide detectors outside sleeping areas and providing a high-quality fire extinguisher in the kitchen. 
  • Finally, each homeowner will have her roof inspected and repaired by a professional roofer.

The Giving Circle's mission is to improve the lives of women and children in the Greater Philadelphia area. We are excited about this opportunity to help seniors age in place while providing vocational students a chance to acquire real world career building skills. 

If you would like to learn more about Vo-tech in the House and the TTN Giving Circle please join us at our kick-off programs on September 25th in Center City or October 12th in Bala Cynwyd.

If you love TTN and want to share it with the world (okay, with the Delaware Valley), join us in spreading the word.

Susan Vineberg, Chair, Philadelphia Giving Circle 
Sizzling Summer SIGs 
PHL Biking SIG

Summer continues to sizzle and so do our SIGs.  We're eating summer foods, delving into beach reads and simply enjoying the warm weather. While August brings us the dog days, it also is a great time to look forward to the Fall and new things to do. 

If you have a great idea for a new SIG, contact Joanne Bowes ( ), Chapter SIG Chair, and we'll float the idea to our members!

Take another look at our growing list of SIGs and connect with others who share your interests.  
Transition Peer Groups Gearing Up for Fall 
Peer Group Advisory Committee
We are all experiencing the dog days of Summer.  But it is really the time to begin to think about those cooler days to come this Fall and what experiences we want to add to our lives.

Several women have reached out this summer to indicate they want to join a Peer Group. And several Peer Groups have reached out to say they would like to bring some new members into their group. With 18 groups currently active within our chapter it is evident that TTN women are drawn to the stimulating conversations and sense of community that come with peer group involvement.

The Peer Group Advisory Committee has found that a face-to-face meeting with a member interested in joining a group helps in several ways. First they can learn about what makes a peer group unique and what it takes to make it a meaningful experience. They can also have their questions answered about what is involved in joining a peer group. And they can share the timing and location that will best work for them and how that fits in with where spaces in groups exist.

You are invited to attend a Peer Group Orientation on Wednesday August 2nd at 4:30 at the home of Marcia Goldstein. If you are interested in coming and available at that time send an email to and details regarding the location will be sent. 

If the timing doesn't work but you are interested in learning more about joining a peer group please send an email and we can arrange another time to meet.

Even if you are stuck in the summer doldrums - think ahead! Learn now what a peer group can add to your life. Let us hear from you.

Marcia Goldstein
Chair, Philadelphia Transition Peer Groups