Billings Chapter "Special Edition" Newsletter  
In This Issue
Welcome Billings Members to our 
TTN Family!
 We are 93 members strong!  Thank you for your support!

Check out who's a member by going to the
Linda Wham
to our Steering Committee!
 Linda will be our content administrator for Facebook and our national website.

We look forward to have Linda on the team!

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TTN Meet & Greet

Meet & Greet
June 7th @ Northern 5:30 pm

Books on Transition
Check out TTN's Transition Resource Center for a list of recommended books on Transition!   
Chapter Events
Look at our up-to-date
Events Calendar to see what's coming up.

Register quickly to reserve your spot.  
Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Find complete list of SIGs and let us know ideas for new groups.

Calling for Leaders!
Thank you for your patience as we get our ducks in a row!!!  This is the first of our quarterly newsletters.

Want to be a part of  the fun as we continue formation of our chapter?

We are looking for a lead for our Peer groups.  Love to write????   Newsletter opportunities abound. 

 Just let me know what you are interested in helping with and we will get you involved as we move forward!

All ideas welcome.  

Contact Evelyn Noennig 
via email at
 e noennig@billingsgazette.c om
Stay Connected!
Quick Links

*The Transition Network - National


*TTN Resource Center 


*Contact Us

June 2016

The Transition Network 
Billings Chapter 
Launched  April 23rd

Sixty plus women gathered at the Petroleum Club on Saturday, April 23rd to celebrate and share a champagne toast launching the 13th Chapter of the The Transition Network. 

Susan Collins, Executive Director and Jean Palmer, TTN Board member, traveled from New York and New Mexico to meet and congratulate members on their success.  Attendees enjoyed music by Teresa Darnielle - Morse and connecting with members and guests.  Susan and Jean spoke about their experiences as TTN members along with local members, Janet Hawk, Valorie Griffith and Kristin Neva.  

TTN Montana name badges were given to all attending members.  Marti Miller read the toast...refreshments were enjoyed.  Following the launch 40 members enjoyed a potluck at Affinity where good food, good conversations and new connections were relished.

Many thanks to the sponsors of the launch; without you this wonderful celebration would not be possible!                          
Billings Gazette Communications
The Ski Station
TTN Billings Chapter
Oneness Billings Community, Ossie Abrams, Trainer
Bar Accounting Services, Kim Bar
Lee Ann Forshee, MSF, DFP, Dudley H. Shy & Associates, Ameriprise Financial
Rodan and Fields Dermatology Consultant, Cindi Hoiness
Primetime Transition and Retirement Coaching, Evey Lamont
McCormick Café
Mary Hernandez, Invisage Consulting LLC
Alpine Plumbing, Heating and Cooling
Janet L Dietrich, MD
Dustin Young, Copy Right Printing

Warm regards,
Evelyn Noennig
TTN Billings Chapter Chair
Per your request...the "Toast" To all our TTN Women

A Toast To Women
She is an inspiration.
She is dignity.
She is courage.
She is strength.
She can teach by her wisdom and lead by her grace.
She is a warrior.
She is a goddess.
She is everything in between.
She is laughter.
She is vibrant.
She always radiates life.
She is real.
She is tenderness.
She is hope.
She is a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a daughter, 
an aunt, a sister, a best friend.
She is beautiful.
She is amazing.
She is you.

Women in Transition Workshop a success!

Evelyn Noennig, Marti Miller, Evey LaMont & Jean Palmer

The Transition Network "Women in Transition Workshop" comes to Billings!

April 22nd was the first Billings Women in Transition workshop. TTN board member Jean Palmer trained members Marti Miller, Evey LaMont and Evelyn Noennig to facilitate future classes.  Fifteen ladies took advantage of the first class and enjoyed the afternoon exploring new possibilities, rethinking life and/or work, contemplating changes in lifestyle, this informative workshop provided a guiding framework to understand the process of transition, with structured conversations for personal reflection and interactive learning.   
What sets this Workshop apart is the opportunity to explore your transition within a supportive community of women, and to make connections that can continue to enrich your life and sustain your journey over the next several years.  Our goal is to offer this work shop twice a year.
TTN Qurarterly Meetings...Mark your Calendar
TTN Meeting Dates

Our next general meeting will be:
Wednesday, July 27th @ the Billings Public Library.  

The subject:  How to Find the Ideal Place to Volunteer.  
We will have a local panel discussing the following areas:  What to consider when finding the best place and assignment to match your interest and skills.  Plus, information about opportunities to help with seniors, family & children or the arts.  Details to come!.

Upcoming meetings will be October, January and April.

Peer Groups are our next area to develop.  A handbook is being developed and we will have a special meeting of interested ladies just as soon as we receive the final information.  We will keep you posted.
Special Interest Groups Growing
TTN Members are the heart and soul of our Special Interest Groups. 

Evey LaMont is the current coordinator of the Billings TTN Special interest groups (SIGs):  groups of women who share a special interest. 

If you'd like to start a TTN Special Interest Group or become a member of one already started, begin the process by contacting  Evey LaMont at or call: 245 3539.  

Descriptions of the current groups are on our website! Special Interest Group

We currently have 2 Book Clubs, 1 Wine Group (plus one forming), 1 hiking group, 1 lunch group, 1 coffee or tea group, 1 movie group and a travel group.
Here is what a few of our groups are doing:

The Cravings Book Club kicked off in November 2015 when the TTN leadership plunked us together in a meeting for our common interest in forming a book group. Feeling rather like cut twigs thrust directly into the soil without time to grow roots; we wondered how we could discuss books without knowing each other. How could we express our thoughts and emotions without first developing trust and intimacy? 

In our first meeting we followed the path of least resistance, meeting in a public space, the Billings Public Library, and choosing books from the 100 plus book kits available. We learned that we were all indiscriminate lovers of a good story (thus the title Cravings Book Club), retired or still in transition, and about half of us were teachers. We jumped in with The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields.
Six books later, our roots have intertwined and we look forward to our meetings as an essential component of intellectual and emotional nourishment. We talked our way through three Western women writers, inhabited the imaginary life of an autistic young man living in our town for 600 Hours of Edward, and most recently marveled over the humanity and suffering of the beloved characters in Zusak's The Book Thief.  Every month we celebrate our good fortune in coming together and building on the foundation provided by TTN and the Library.  Kristin Neva, group lead

"AGBC" meets the 4th Thursday of the month at 5:30PM.  We formed our group at the October TTN meeting but postponed our first meeting until January due to the holiday "rush" of other personal commitments!  Our first two meetings were held at Bin 119.  The Northern Hotel and The Fieldhouse were our meeting spots for the next two meetings.  We will plan to be back at the Northern for May's meeting.  We have a very dynamic group of women in our club---Barbara Burke, Evelyn Noennig, Judy Olson, Pat Pitsch, Barbara Prestrud, Deborah Richardson, Lois Smith and Cara Schaer.  We have capped the membership to 8-8 fits nicely around a dinner table-- so we are currently closed.  Since it was agreed that we wanted to be open to all types of books, we decided the name, Anything Goes Book Club, was most appropriate.  Here's what we've read so far:  "The Innocent", David Baldacci; "This House is Haunted", John Boyle, "The Nightingale", Kristin Hannah; "The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet", Jamie Ford; and our current read, "The Founding Mothers", Cokie Roberts.  Each member will have the opportunity to make a recommendation for a book selection---it's worked out great and we each look forward to an evening of great conversation about the book paired with  a light dinner, appetizers,  , wine, coffee, whatever the appetite demands!  We are a group of "happy readers"!  Cara Schaer, group lead

Our TTN "Lunch Bunch" Special Interest Group formed in December, 2015, meeting for our first lunch on January 26, 2016.  We now meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 11:30 am at different Billings area restaurants to explore and sample different menus.  We are now 15 members strong, and have met at 4 restaurants since the beginning of the year, alternating restaurant locations from downtown to the west end of Billings.  We love our time to get together, visit, learn, and share with each other.  We have met at The Rex, Lemongrass Thai, Stacked Montana Grill, Tao New Asian, and our next lunch will be at the Burger Dive, home of the National Award Winning Black Sabbath Burger !! Valorie Griffith, group lead

 TTN Members Walk in Womens Run

Thank you Karen Lyncoln for organizing our first TTN Group Womens Run!  A lovely brunch was enjoyed at the home of Cara Schaer after.