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The Philadelphia Chapter is brimming with activities that connect and engage members and guests. 

Check out our full Calendar of Events as we continually add new programs, events, pop-ups and volunteer opportunities.  

You'll find articles below highlighting:
Bucks County Happy Hour
Whether you prefer small gatherings like Peer Groups and SIGs, educational programs, events that explore the Greater Delaware Valley, Foodies, Manna volunteering and more,
there's something for everyone. 

There's also a special group of women who are looking for ways to help keep our all-volunteer TTN Chapter running on all cylinders.  Check out the We Need You section below.

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Over 50 TTN women came out to enjoy Wine Tasting with Greg Moore
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Chair, TTN Philadelphia    

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Women in Transition and Live Your Legacy Workshops
Come explore and discover "what's next" as TTN Philadelphia ramps up our educational Program offerings.  On November 14th, the Women in Transition Workshop takes place in Old City, part of TTN's Signature Program.  And on December 7th in Center City, we are pleased to present Barbara Shaiman's "Live Your Legacy" interactive workshop to help you define and create projects for personal growth and social change. 
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Women In Transition Workshop

If you are exploring new possibilities, anticipating retirement, rethinking your life and/or work, or want to expand your networks, this experiential workshop will engage you with meaningful questions and conversations to expand your horizons and provide support wherever you are in your transition journey. 

Join us in this  informative session with like-minded women who are considering what's next for them.  Tuesday, November 14, 4pm - 8pm.   Click HERE for more information and to register.  

Live Your Legacy Workshop
Who am I meant to be now?  At this point in your life, what do you care about? What brings you joy? What values do you want to model? How can you pass on these values and engage children, grandchildren, and friends?  

Join us for a stimulating and interactive presentation with Barbara Shaiman where you will be given assessment tools, strategies and reflection guides to help you take action and create projects for personal growth and social change, and add more meaning and purpose to your life.  Thursday, December 7, 2pm - 4pm, Center City.  Click HERE for more information and to register.   
Both workshops are open to TTN members and guests. Register now to secure your seat. 

If you are interested in being a part of the Programs Committee, contact
TTN Partners with the 55+ Thrive Conference
The 2017 55+ Thrive Lifestyle Conference is a day of education, resources and entertainment for those 55+ and ready to write their next chapter. 

Valerie Bertinelli, Actress and Food Network Star, is the keynote presenter, speaking about her career, how she has reinvented herself and how you can too.

The Transition Network Philadelphia Chapter joins other featured exhibitors in the marketplace of resources to help you design your next chapter.

Several lifestyle workshops are also offered throughout the conference.

The 55+ Thrive Lifestyle Conference, sponsored by Philadelphia Media Network, will be held Sunday, November 19, 11am - 4pm, at the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott, 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA.

Register here to let TTN know you're coming. In addition, be sure to purchase your Conference Ticket ($12 in advance; $15 at the door) separately.

Come join us! And be sure to stop by our table and say hello!
Giving Circle Visits Vo-Tech In the House
Mary Klein with Vo-Tech Interns
Last month Mary Klein and Susanne Kaplan of the Giving Circle Council attended a Rebuilding Together Philadelphia Block Build on East Somerset St. in Kensington.

The highlight of the trip was a visit with Patty Rodriguez whose home is being renovated by the Giving Circle's 2017 grantee Rebuilding Together Philadelphia, Vo-Tech in the House! program.  As Mary and Susanne spoke with Patty in her living room, a team of licensed electricians, construction workers and vo-tech students was transforming the house to make it safe for Patty and her family. They ripped out carpet, laid vinyl flooring and replaced kitchen cabinets and appliances. Patty's house, which had previously been evaluated by an occupational therapist from the Vo-Tech in the House! team, also received grab bars and a new sink in the bathroom, new treads and handrails on the stairs and a new roof.

Patty, who is 70, has lived in her house for 47 years and is the mother of two grown children and five grandchildren. She has received awards for distinguished employee and volunteer service from both the Kimmel Center and The Lighthouse.  Patty is thrilled with the renovations that were made possible by a portion of our $15,000 grant to Vo-Tech in the House! and so are we!

Please join the TTN Giving Circle to improve the lives of women and children in the Philadelphia area. In addition to the TTN women who actively serve on the GC committees, everyone is invited to contribute any amount to the Giving Circle by clicking HERE.  Please follow the instructions for making your online or mail-in contributions via The Philadelphia Foundation.  

To learn more about the Giving Circle, contact Susan Vineberg at

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We Want You!! Leadership Opportunities Within TTN
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Are you interested in getting more involved in TTN in a different way? If so, there are many formal and informal leadership roles just waiting for someone like you!

Why would we even suggest that you become more involved? Well, it's like this ---those of us who are involved feel more engaged and invigorated, get energized by giving to others, and feel like we're part of something bigger than ourselves.

Informal leadership options include participating on or leading special committees, projects or segments of work within various Steering Committee functions.

Formally, there are opportunities to assume a role on the TTN Steering Committee or one of its committees.

Taking on a leadership role within TTN enables you to participate in shaping TTN's future, as well as making new connections with a terrific group of women!

To learn more, please email Donna Root at: or Jane Siegel at:
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Member Highlight:  Sharon Kelly Hake - Great Dames
"Women are better off when surrounded by other women and the relationships we form in TTN enhance everything!"

I first met Sharon Kelly Hake in October 2016 at the TTN Member Mingle in Center City, and soon after Sharon joined our Philadelphia Chapter.  Sharon quickly took advantage of what TTN offers, joining a Peer Group, the Wine Lovers SIG and an informal group of women mostly from Queen's Village who just like to hang out together. 

Sharon impressed me and I wanted to learn more about how she launched her own company, Great Dames, and became President and CEO.  Great Dames is a remarkable company that is dedicated to connecting and mobilizing women to enhance their personal and professional leadership abilities while creating a legacy........."kindred spirits with purpose".  

Sharon had a very successful 30 year career as a top corporate executive at DuPont.  She was the global marketing and strategy leader, had hundreds of employees reporting to her, was responsible for new business development and branding, traveled extensively all over the world.  She raised two beautiful daughters, and was in a very happy marriage.  After celebrating her 50th birthday a number of years ago, the question "What have you done to justify your existence?" kept nagging and gnawing at her.  There was something missing, something elusive that she'd been looking for her entire life, an inner voice that led her to question and reflect on the impact she wanted to have in the world and the legacy she wanted to create.

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SIGs Jumping Into Fall
Our members are jumping into Fall with lots of activities in our SIGs.  Several SIGs have been so successful we're adding new groups to accommodate as many TTN members as possible.  Come join us!   Contact Joanne Bowes, SIG Chair, with questions:


Bridge Babes, an Intermediate Bridge group, meets for lessons, play and camaraderie 
Bridge Babes
Does meeting for bridge and lessons seem interesting but you have zero bridge experience? Not a problem. TTN Bridge Novices interested in learning how to play can contact Joanne Bowes to see when the next Beginners group will be starting. Lessons are provided by an instructor for a fee.

The Art Appreciation SIG outside at the Wharton Esherick Museum.  This group continues to find delightful art events across the Delaware Valley
Art Appreciation
The Art Appreciation group recently visited the Wharton Esherick Museum in Malvern. Wharton Esherick was a Philadelphia-born sculptor who worked primarily in wood. His home and studio near Valley Forge, PA were his largest canvas.

A third group is forming! Contact Joanne Bowes for details on the upcoming November organizational meeting. 

Tapas prepared and enjoyed by the Potluck SIG
Potluck Dinner
In October, the Potluck dinner group met at the home of Sally MacKenzie to enjoy tapas and conversation. Members enjoy tasting both old and new recipes related to a theme and sharing them with friends. This group has a few openings so if you're interested and available the second Thursday evening of the month, contact Sally at

The women of Classic Movies strike a pose with Classic Hats

Classic Movies
In the Classic Movies SIG, members meet at one another's homes to watch a classic movie and enjoy each other's company. In October, the group viewed The Philadelphia Story. To be put on the Wait List for this group or a similar group, please contact Joanne Bowes.

A Closer Look visits the Fabric Workshop after lunch at Pearl's in the Reading Terminal Market.

A Closer Look
In late September, A Closer Look, an Art Events SIG, visited the Fabric Museum and Workshop in Center City for an exhibit on the noted Philadelphia architect, Louise Kahn. 

While this group is At Capacity, members may be interested in the newly forming third Art Appreciation SIG. Contact Joanne Bowes.
TTN Hosts Happy Hour in Bucks County
Celebrating TTN Women in Bucks County
On Tuesday, October 21st, nearly 20 women came together in Bucks County at the Washington Crossing Inn for socializing, friendship and most of all FUN!!  

Some women drove quite a distance and a contingent from Center City all arrived to have drinks and delicious appetizers on the scenic patio of the Inn. It was a beautiful night to make new connections as well as renew old relationships. As a matter of fact, one attendee met someone she hadn't seen since her high school days in Philadelphia. 

An important fact we confirmed is that there are great women everywhere who now have time, and want to enrich their lives by exploring new relationships and activities. TTN can bring women together through special events and programs, interesting activities, SIG's and Peer Groups!