Philadelphia Chapter Newsletter  
In This Issue
TTN Member Mingle Comes to the Main Line!
 Here's an event where Main Line members won't have to drive into town!  And our City folk can take the train and explore Suburban Square!

Tuesday, May 3rd
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Parlor Pizza Bar
Suburban Square

Welcome New Members to our TTN Family!
 Wendy Blume
Deborah Earle
Mary Erfle
Kathleen Feliz
Tasha Jones
Marie Knox
Marlene McPherson
Martha Morgan
Beverly Rubin
Sandi William
See a friend's name on the list?  Contact them via  TTN Member Directory .
Check out our TTN National website for a list of relevant RESOURCES on topics like:

Multi-Generation Housing
Job Searching After 50
Staying Fit for Everyday Life
Weight Loss After 50
And so much more!

Click here to access. (Scroll Down on Left Side)
Leadership Development Volunteer Opportunity
TTN National is looking for member volunteers with experience creating leadership development training.

Click here for more information

Contact Dale Davis at

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)
Access our newly renovated SIG Page!  
Find complete list of SIGs and let us know ideas for new groups.

In and Around Town
Stay Connected!
Quick Links

*The Transition Network - National


*TTN Resource Center 


*Contact Us

April 2016

The longer, lighter, warmer days are lifting our spirits and sparking joy! Will you channel the extra energy you're feeling into positive outcomes? 

Take advantage of what TTN has to offer and sign up for one of our Events, SIGs, Transition Peer Groups,  Community Impact/Volunteer or Caring Collaborative activities. 

Looking forward to greeting you at an upcoming TTN event.

Warm regards,
Fatima Class
TTN PHL Chapter Chair                                     
Next Women in Transition Workshop on May 25th
Article submitted by Chrissa Meron 

"It's good to know that TTN is there for women at this stage of life."

Our TTN Philadelphia Chapter  is offering the Women in Transition Workshop (WIT), a TTN Signature Program, on May 25th, from 4PM until 8:30PM. in Bala Cynwyd.  The workshop hours may allow more working women to enroll in this program.

The WIT workshop is geared to women whose changing life situations lead them to seek new connections, resources and opportunities.  The May workshop is facilitated by two TTN PHL members, Tess Waldman and Beth Weinstock, both of whom are seasoned in guiding groups through experiential learning.

See below for specific details and how to register:
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Time: 4:00PM - 8:30PM
Location: Trianon Apartments
20 Conshohocken State Road
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
Info/Registration: Click HERE

We are also seeking TTN members with background in group dynamics and experiential learning who would like to join the team of WIT facilitators.  Please register for the upcoming program and contact   Chrissa Merron if you are interested in this opportunity.

Here are a few quotes from participants in the last WIT workshop:
"I was impressed that so many thoughtful women shared my same experience of transition."

"It's good to know that I'm not alone in the emotions I pass through."

"I liked learning that transition is all about phases, and the emotions are non-linear."

"I was pleasantly surprised at the level with which I could relate to everyone."

"Good to know that we don't have to go this alone."

"I am stimulated and motivated to take another step on my journey."

Questions?  Contact Chrissa Merron.
TTN PHL Launches The Caring Collaborative

It's official!  Our TTN Philadelphia Chapter now has a Caring Collaborative!  On March 31st, over fifty enthusiastic members gathered for the first Orientation Session of the Philadelphia Caring Collaborative.  Three other TTN Chapters across the country offer this "help insurance", and when the meeting ended, Philadelphia became the fourth.

After a brief history of The Caring Collaborative and how it became a part of TTN, members of the Planning Committee introduced the two components with which we are starting: Member Information Exchange and the Service Corps. This was followed by an explanation of how requests would be handled. The need for strict confidentiality was continually stressed.  Questions were welcomed before the registration forms were distributed.  The meeting ended with congratulations from Susan Collins, TTN National Director.

In order to be part of The Caring Collaborative, you must be a member of TTN and attend an Orientation Session.  The next three Orientations are listed in the table below - click the blue hotlinks for more information on our TTN website. 

Wednesday, May 4 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Yardley, PA
Tuesday, May 10 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Center City
Thursday, May 19 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Main Line

If you have questions, email us at

The members of The Caring Collaborative Committee look forward to welcoming you at the next Orientation!

    Karen Kanter, Chair      Susan Levin
    Maureen Marcus           Lynda Meshkov
    Donna Root                 Beth Simonowitz 
SIG Corner:  SIGs Experiment and Grow for Members
Special Interest Groups (SIGs)  are a valued part of TTN membership. This month, the Philadelphia SIG leads were honored at a brunch to recognize their contribution to TTN. We currently have 30 SIGs to accommodate our growing chapter! None of this would be possible without our hard-working SIG leads.  THANK YOU, SIG Leaders!

To make SIGs more accessible to all members, two major changes were made in the last 12 months:
  • Eliminate waiting lists:
    Instead of waiting for your favorite SIG to have room, we have opened new ones where there is demand. We now have 8 book clubs, 4 potlucks, 2 knitting groups, etc. So if you were "closed out" before, make sure you look again.
  • Experiment with SIGs to suit special sectors:
    We just started a potluck in Montgomery County. We are forming a night time Book Club for those who have daytime commitments, and a walking group in the Conshohocken area. If you like these ideas, support them by joining.
SIGs are member-driven.   If you have an idea that interests you and you would like to pursue it on a regular basis with other TTN'ers, send an email to Alice Milrod , PHL  Chapter SIG Chair. It will be posted on the website and, as soon as we have enough interest, we will start it up.   If you see a SIG that interests you - contact the lead! There is room for everyone.


Calling all theater-goers: We are doing a repeat-performance in subscribing to  Independence 3 at the Walnut Street Theater. This theater is small and sells out quickly, so we will be buying tickets shortly. If you are interested, please contact the new SIG lead Ebbie Bonin ( for details.

New Book Clubs looking for members:
If you are a reader, check out the following four book clubs, all looking for new members: Fictionary, People Readers, Murder by the Book and Whodunnit. Times and SIG leads are posted on the website.


Other SIGs in formation: These SIGS are also looking for members:

  • Fashionistas: this group will explore make-up and fashion trends for our age group. Possibilities include: personal shoppers to discuss seasonal fashion trends; make-up demos; local art exhibits focusing on fashion through the years; local fashion shows, etc. 
  • Vegan Social Club: If you are a vegan or curious about the lifestyle, this group will explore vegan restaurants, exchange recipes and tips and share information about information sources. 

For more information, please check the SIG section of the TTN web page.

Staying Connected with TTN:  Your Member Profile
The  TTN Member Directory is a valuable "Members Only" tool for you to reach out to fellow members and help others easily connect with you, whether across town or across the country.

Periodically review your Member Profile  and update email address, phone number, photo, address, profile description (bio).  There is also a section for business/organization/professional directory information. 

Note that the email address in your Member Profile is what is used for sending TTN Chapter and National communications such as newsletters and notices.  

If you fill out the Business Directory Information section in your profile, it will appear on TTN's Member Business Cards webpage.  You can search this section by business category, and control if you want your Business Card visible only to Members or on the TTN public website. 

To update your Member Profile, simply:
  1. Go to the TTN Philadelphia website
  2. In Upper Right corner, log into your TTN Account with your username and password and press SUBMIT
    • If you do not recall your log-on information, click the button to request this information.
  3. Next, press Go To Your Account to update your member profile.
  4. Once completed, scroll either to the Top or Bottom of the profile and press SAVE.

Thank You!