Philadelphia Chapter Newsletter  
M. Priscilla Begier
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Pumpkins and ghosts are visible signs of the fall season. We enjoyed seeing many of you at the Fall Mingle with our happy hour cocktails and appetizers. Watch the events calendar for upcoming activities and programs.

The SC Committee members met at our annual retreat to review and build the strategic plans for the 2020. We decided to focus on 3 main areas:
  • Ways to improve and enhance the member experience.
  • How to foster and develop an environment to encourage more member participation with the chapter activities.
  • Building a robust succession plans for leadership positions.
Below are the summary and highlights from the September Steering Committee Retreat:

  1. The SC members voted to raise the membership dues effective November 1, 2019. This increase will help provide the needed administrative support to manage the growing needs of our membership. Please check your email for a detail message on this topic.
  2. The Chapter Leadership members will host multiple Happy Hour Discussion sessions to provide in-depth details of the opportunities and open roles within the chapter. First session is scheduled for Oct. 15, 2019. Please check the events calendar for additional sessions. I look forward to meet you.
If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact me.

The TTN Philadelphia chapter is a volunteer run and managed organization, we look for your support and help in making this a community of caring, fun loving and active women.

Looking forward to seeing you at our events and programs.
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Chair, TTN Philadelphia  
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TTN Fall Clothing Drive to Benefit Career Wardrobe
A great way to assure that your nice clothing is used for a great purpose is to make a tax-deductible clothing donation to Career Wardrobe for women and men who are entering the work force. Bring your clothing donations to one of Career Wardrobe's designated drop-off centers in October.
Career Wardrobe is an independent nonprofit 501(3)C, member of the National Women's Alliance with similar organizations in many cities in the U.S. The goal of Career Wardrobe is to help women who are transitioning into the workforce dress appropriately and with confidence. Work clothes are distributed to women who are preparing to interview for work. When they are offered a job, they are eligible for three additional work outfits - all free-of-charge.
Please donate new, 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 also are welcome. All sizes are needed; sizes 16 and up are particularly cherished.
Career Wardrobe also accepts men's clothing for men entering the workforce. Men's suits, shirts, trousers, sweaters, ties, shoes and belts are appreciated.
Also welcome are formal wear and dresses not appropriate for the work setting. These items will be sold at the Wardrobe Boutique to benefit Career Wardrobe.
Drop-off Locations, Dates and Times:
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Main Line Location: St. George's Church, 1 West Ardmore Avenue, Ardmore, PA 19003
Any Monday through Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Center City Location: The Wardrobe Boutique, 1822 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130
For more information including other drop-off locations in Bucks and Delaware Counties, donation guidelines and donation receipts, see
TTN Children's Book Drive
TTN Philadelphia is holding its Second Annual Children's Book Drive  from Monday October 7, 2019, through Friday October 18, 2019, to provide greatly needed books to Historic Fair Hill, a non-profit organization in North Philadelphia that promotes literacy in local schools.  This year books donated by TTN members will go mostly to the William Cramp Community School, but also to the other two Historic Fair Hill Schools,  John F. Hartranft School  and  Julia de Burgos Elementary School

The book drive complements other TTN initiatives which support  Read by 4th , the city-wide program working toward the goal of all children reading on grade level by the time they reach 4th grade.

Click here for information about how to donate and the types of books most needed.

Please join us in supporting the goals of  Read by 4th as well as TTN's mission to make meaningful contributions to our community.

See our Volunteer Opportunities page for more ways to help our community!
Special Interest Groups
Welcome to Fall! This is the time of year when our calendars begin to explode. New ventures, new classes and the beginnings of holiday plans. 

If you've been thinking about adding a new SIG to your calendar, now is the time as several of our Newly Forming SIGS are ready to hold organizational meetings and get going.   Arts Abound, Movies in the City and Movies in Montco are all still open and waiting for you. Contact SIG Chairperson, Joanne Bowes, at
Meanwhile, our travel SIGs are taking flight.

Travel Afar, a group of intrepid travelers who plans trips both domestically and internationally, now meets on the third Friday of the month from 10am-noon. For more info, contact SIG Lead, Barrie DuBois, at

Travel Close to Home will hold an organizational meeting on November 22 to determine the details of this SIG. Contact Susan Levin at for more information on this.
SIGs are a benefit of TTN membership.
The Giving Circle Salutes Stephen Vineberg
Stephen Vineberg, the beloved husband of the immediate past chair of The Giving Circle, Susan Vineberg, passed away on April 23, 2019. 

A true renaissance man, Stephen taught all who knew him not only how to live but also how to die. At his passing he requested that all donations be made in his memory to the Giving Circle. Because he and Susan were so loved and admired, funds flowed in. As a result we will be able to make a special grant to an organization that Susan determines best reflects Stephen's values.
Although we would all like to live forever, when planning your estate, please consider bequeathing money to the Giving Circle or requesting donations be made to the Giving Circle in your, or your family member's name.  
Do Some Good and Melt Some Hearts!
The Giving Circle is happy to announce its sale of Thinking of You cards. 

Great for honoring those with Birthdays, Anniversaries, Graduations, expressing Sympathy and more. 

Sold in packages of 5 for $25.  Email Lori Krain at  to reserve your cards today.
TTN Programs for 2019
Our TTN Philadelphia Chapter includes over 450 members, each bringing her unique personal and professional background, life experiences, interests, challenges, and dreams for the coming decades. 

This may be a good time to look at what the Programs Committee has to offer about active aging, wellness, managing gracefully through the many transitions we face, creating meaning and connection in our lives through personal growth and discovery.  

One comment after the recent Joy Loverde session on "What's in Your Active Aging Toolkit" sums up the kind of programming we aim to deliver: "Innovative and exciting start for future conversations about aging. Relevant and stimulating."

Here's what you can dive into for the rest of 2019:
  • Women In Transition Workshop, November 12.   Gaining a deeper understanding of the process of transition and figuring out where you are, is a powerful way to identify actions that help you move forward. Structured conversations for personal reflections and interactive learning.  
  • Care for the CaregiverOctober 30. If you're a caregiver of any kind, to a spouse, parent, child, sibling, friend or loved one, self-care just can't fall off your priority list!   Need a lifeline so you can regain balance in your life?

  • Restoring Your Life After LossNovember 19. This interactive workshop helps you identify personal losses and struggles, as well as strategies to move from feeling stuck in sadness or grief to a positive shift in functioning.
  • Continue the Conversation, A Special Post-Joy Loverde Session, November 18.   Email to RSVP.
  • Introduction to Tai Chi, October 23. Looking for a new way to reduce stress or improve your balance and muscle strength?  Join this intro to the flowing movements of Tai Chi - often described as "meditation in motion".
  • Taking Care of Your Skin, Separating Facts from Fiction, October 24. With so many skin care products and procedures being sold, it's hard to know what to believe and what you should do as a conscientious person. Board Certified Dermatologist, Dr. Jules Lipoff, will give you the facts.
  • Self-Defense Techniques, November 6. Stay safe and feel more confident living in the City. Heighten your awareness of your surroundings, learn tips and techniques to avoid confrontation and defend yourself.
Many sessions are led by TTN members such as Jan Zacharjasz and Carolyn Walter, well-recognized experts in their fields. 

We're looking for more TTN women such as retirement/life coaches, women who've launched successful encore careers, moderators/facilitators/authors, legal/financial experts, housing consultants and others to get involved! Contact with suggestions.