Philadelphia Chapter Newsletter  

Mary Barnette
Jeanne Bell
Deena Benner
C Penny Bilofsky
Sharon Hindenach
Judy Lobis
Vivian McLaughlin
Susan Pauls
Phyllis Seligsohn
Elissa Sunshine
Shelley Owen - Williamson

WELCOME Orientation  

Thursday Feb 15th 2:30pm - 4:00pm

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Does your building, workplace, school, church/temple, library have a meeting or community room for modest or no cost? 

Please email your suggestions to Marsha Yankelev.  Include details such as address/location, capacity, cost, other requirements or restrictions, point of contact.

Thanks for helping to bring even more TTN activities to you!
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Gail Sheehy with Fatima and Jean Brubaker
Dear Philadelphia Chapter Members   and Friends,

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend a TTN event with world- renowned author,  Gail Sheehy, where she spoke about her book "Daring:  My Passages - a Memoir" .  When I looked around the room I saw the many faces of our Chapter members.  The room was filled with courageous, brave, resilient, intelligent women, full of passion and daring.  It reinforced my belief in our ability to manage the stages of the many transitions we face in our lives. Our Chapter provides the process and programs for our members to connect, interact, join various groups and activities as well as attend educational programs to have a positive experience. 

I hope to see many  of you at our next TTN Member Mingle  on Monday February 26 at The Ritz Carlton in Center City.  Meet and greet new and long-time members and guests, bring your business card to share what you do, enjoy an informal get-together over drinks. Join us!
Also, be on the lookout for publicity regarding  our Chapter's 10 Year Anniversary Celebration in the Spring.  Philadelphia has grown to over 375 active members and we're thrilled to be reaching this important milestone.  

Warm Regards,                      
Chair, TTN Philadelphia  

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Celebrating the New Year:  Peer Group Style
Creating New Traditions!
One of the topics that Peer Groups sometimes discuss is "Traditions".  TTN has women from so many different places, different backgrounds and whose life experiences have varied in a multitude of ways. Learning what has been important to each of us over time is a way to learn about each other and what matters to us. And maybe to get ideas for ways to add traditions that may feel new at this time of life. 
What is interesting is that many Peer Groups have created "traditions" of their own when it comes to celebrating the end of the year, holidays, solstice, new years, etc.  One group always holds their December meeting at the home of a member who has been collecting Santas, big and little, for many years.  Another group does a potluck dinner at the festively decorated home of a member.  And yet another group, whose usual meeting fell between Christmas and New Years, decided not to meet then but right after the start of the new year. They had a delicious happy hour/potluck at the new home of one of their members.  It just might become a tradition!
TTN provides connectivity and community.  Maybe now is the time for you to start a new tradition and join a Peer Group.  There will be an Orientation about the peer group experience on Monday February 12th at Noon in Center City.  If you are interested in learning more about Peer Groups, have questions or need to know whether a group can fit into your schedule, please join us.  To register, contact Marcia Goldstein at
SIG Corner:  So Much in Store for 2018!
Classic Movies SIG October 2017
Ah, February.... the longest shortest month of the year. We slog through slush, honor Presidents and watch for signs of Spring. For sports fans, it's time for the Super
Bowl and for movie lovers, it's time for their very own championships - Awards Season! Cinema buffs hurry to local theaters to check out the nominees and handicap their favorites. In the Delaware Valley we're lucky to have a plethora of art houses - The Ritz, The Bryn Mawr Film Institute, The County, The Ambler - that show independent and studio films all year round. 

Many TTN members are film lovers and some of our most popular SIGS are movie groups. Right now, there are 3 robust film SIGS and we are in the process of forming more. In these SIGS, members view a movie together and then either gather at a nearby restaurant or member's home to discuss it. Active groups exist in Center City and Bryn Mawr (Mainline) and we are hoping to expand this offering to Bucks County with a County Theater group (Doylestown), a second group in Bryn Mawr and a third group in Center City. If you enjoy good movies and like to talk about them, please contact
SIG Chairperson, Joanne Bowes at
for more information. Be sure to indicate which movie
group - Center City, Bryn Mawr or Bucks County - that
you'd like to be a part of.

Wine Lovers celebrate 1 year anniversary with Chianti

The Wine Lovers SIG 
celebrated its one year
anniversary this January. Each month this convivial group gets together to learn about different types of wines and pairings and to enjoy each other's company.  Wine Lovers
meets at a member's home, with occasional trips to other venues such as the Jet Bar in Society Hill. Here's to another year of wine tastings and friendship!    

Art Appreciation SIG:
Art Appreciation SIG enjoys a meal after a private tour of the Barnes
Nothing could be better than having the Barnes to yourself
on the day after a snow storm. That's what happened to our Art Appreciation Group when we enjoyed a private
docent tour and a delicious meal.

SIGs are off to a fast start in 2018.  Contact Joanne Bowes if you have SIG questions or suggestions for new groups.  Join us!
Giving Circle Growing In Every Way
Giving Circle Executive Council celebrates surpassing our goal!
The TTN Philadelphia Giving Circle is growing in every way. We have now surpassed our 2017 fundraising goal of $20,000!  Many thanks to the hard work and generosity of our many members, as well as to the TTN Philadelphia Chapter for its generous contribution of $200.
The attendance at our Grants Committee orientation on January 28th was overwhelming.  Twenty-one new and returning members came out to learn about how to participate in this year's grant making process. We expect a final count of 25 members on this important Committee.
Currently we are exploring new ways to raise money and you can help us.  We need volunteers to work on marketing, publicity, event planning, membership and so many other things.  Giving Circle membership is welcomed for these roles, but not required. Contact Giving Circle Chair Susan Vineberg to get involved.

Giving Together Makes A Difference!
New Volunteer Opportunity:  Bartram's Garden

Do you miss gardening? Do you love being out-of-doors in warm weather? Do you enjoy city living?

We have a volunteer opportunity that is perfect for you...... gardening at the historical and renown  Bartram's Garden located at 54th St and Linbergh Blvd.- a short trolly ride from Center City.

"Bartram's Garden is a 45-acre National Historic Landmark, operated by the John Bartram Association in cooperation with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation.  The John Bartram Association's mission is to protect and enhance the landmark Bartram's Garden and House; advance the Bartram legacy of discovery, gardening, and art; and inspire audiences of all ages to care for the natural world."

There are a wide rage of gardens and plant species to be attended to and to study including sun, shade, wetlands, riverside and farmland. And gardens that include some rare species such as the Franklinia tree. Knowledgeable and attentive staff will supervise the experience and provide information that enhance the gardening experience.

Additionally, you will have an opportunity to contribute to a community that will benefit from your presence. Students from Bartram High School intern at the Garden. Other members of the community have plots of land to garden. You'll learn from them and they from you. It will be fun and inspiring.

TTN member Amy Sabsowitz is enthusiastically spearheading this project. So gather together gardening gloves, hat and kneeling pad and watch for new gardening opportunities in the TTN Events Calendar in the Spring. It will be fun and inspiring! Contact Amy Sabsowitz at for more information.