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Dear Philadelphia Chapter Members and Friends,

Best wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year!

As we look back to 2017, we find a vibrant Chapter with many extraordinary women. We bonded at multiple Member Mingles in Center City and the suburbs, welcomed many new members, enjoyed delicious meals with our Foodie friends, engaged more then 600 times in attending events and new programs, volunteered across our community and made deep connections through our Transition Peer Groups and Special Interest Groups.  We also had a record year exceeding our goal for the Philadelphia TTN Giving Circle grant. Hurray for our Philadelphia Chapter!

I am also very happy to announce our newest Philadelphia Chapter Steering Committee members, Ronnie Green - Mingles Chair and Meredith Betz - Steering Committee Secretary. Please join me in welcoming them, stay tuned for more information.  

This will be our Chapter's 10 year anniversary!  Watch for publicity about our celebration in the coming months.

Wishing you and your families a Happy and Healthy 2018 - we are looking forward to great happenings. 

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SIG Corner:  So Much in Store for 2018!
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The calendar has turned to 2018, the time when we make resolutions, set goals and look forward to a slate-clean year. We review our calendars and see what activities are working and what aren't.  Now is the time to think about joining a new SIG, making new friends and challenging yourself to a new way of thinking.

We have several highly successful SIGs we're looking to replicate in 2018. Some have a handful of interested people on the Wait List and are looking for a few more to get up and running. If you've considered any of these in the past - a movie group, a book group, an art appreciation group - now is the time to jump in. 

Here's what's showing for 2018 in Movie Groups: 
Center City Movie Group
This group will meet to see a movie in Center City and then repair to a nearby restaurant or home to discuss it. The Ritz 5, the Ritz at the Bourse and the Ritz East offer an amazing array of great films that foster in-depth discussions.

Matinee at the County Theater in Doylestown
This group will see a movie at the County Theater in Doylestown and then discuss it at a local café or restaurant. The County is a beloved independent art theater in the heart of Bucks County that shows first-run indie and studio films. It's walkable from the Doylestown Regional Rail line from Center City and other suburban lines. This SIG is a must-do for our Bucks County members and others nearby.

Matinee at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute
The BMFI offers an array of current independent and studio films at its theater on the main street in Bryn Mawr. The group will see a matinee at the theater and then gather to discuss it at either a nearby restaurant or the café in the lobby. Bryn Mawr is easily reachable by train from Center City or the suburbs.

If you are interested in any of these movie groups, contact SIG Chair, Joanne Bowes, at

The newly-forming Art Appreciation Too Group
had its first organizational meeting and will meet on January 19th to set ground rules and a tentative calendar. Members choose a current art exhibit to visit and also set aside time for refreshment and a chance to talk.  Contact Sally Mazzarella,
SIG lead for this new group. 

The winter months often find us curling up with a good book. 
Here's some new Book Groups that may 
strike your fancy:

Books That Challenge Us will tackle books from various genres that we know we should be reading, want to read but need a push to put it on our shelves. If that NY Times review of a book has piqued your interest but you don't want to be reading in a vacuum, this is the group for you.

The Art of the Book delves into literature that features art in some way. The selections could include fiction, plays, non-fiction, biographies, etc. as long as they touch upon art.

For those interested in Fiction Only, a newly-forming group is hoping to launch. Members will choose fiction - both old and new - to read and discuss. The day, time and location will depend upon those interested.

Please contact Joanne Bowes if you are interested in any of these three newly forming Book Groups. 

There are also openings in these existing book groups:
Anything Goes selects books from all genres and meets on the third Wednesday of the month from 3:00-4:30pm. Contact Martha Morgan at

Murder Ink chooses murder mysteries and meets on the third Wednesday of the month from 10:30-12:00pm. Contact Ann Lipshutz at

People Readers selects biographies, autobiographies and memoirs and meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 3:00-4:30pm. Contact Cindy Benamy at

If winter has you in the kitchen fixing up belly-warming 
meals and trying out new recipes, the ladies of  Potluck Supper may be your new best friends. This group meets on the second Thursday evening  of the month and members bring a dish related to the monthly theme. Contact Ellen Kagan at .

Lastly, a newly-forming Photography Walk group gets members out-and-about to snap photos throughout the city and region. The group will choose an area to focus on and take an art walk shooting points of interest.  Grab your camera, bundle up and join like-minded photographers, no experience necessary. Contact Joanne Bowes at

SIGs are off to a fast start in 2018.  Join us!
Giving Circle Update
Team in Action:  Making the Giving Circle Grant Decision
The TTN Giving Circle
is one part of our chapter that makes a difference in the lives of women and children in the Greater Philadelphia area. We combine our charitable donations and make a joint decision each year that identifies our grant recipient. Our vetting process starts with our Grants Committee. 

In 2017 we doubled the number of women who volunteered to be on the Grants Committee, and will have a large team again this year. This committee will be starting the grants process in early January, but there are other ways to become involved. We welcome TTN members and others who would like to:
  • Help recruit new Giving Circle members
  • Plan and/or work on a Giving Circle event
  • Help increase the amount of our grant

To learn more about the Philadelphia Chapter Giving Circle, contact Susan Vineberg,

You will be greatly rewarded by participating in the Giving Circle, and even more so if you jump in and get involved!

To make a donation to the Giving Circle, click HERE and follow the instructions for making your online or mail-in contributions via the Philadelphia Foundation.  

Giving Together Makes A Difference!
Events 2017 Montage - Come Join Us in 2018!