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Come Celebrate TTN PHL's 7th Birthday!  
Let's all come together on Wednesday March 23rd at Estia Restaurant to celebrate TTN PHL's 7th Birthday.  

The Celebration includes a sit-down dinner and entertainment by George Sinkler, the "Man of 5000 Songs".

Whether you're new to TTN or have been a member for 7 years, this is The Event to attend to make new friends and recharge TTN connections.

Click here for more information and to register .  
Welcome New Members to our TTN Family!
Edna Ambrose
Eleanor Bloch
Kathy Caponigro
Linda Dezenski
Laura Favin
Julie Fekete
Melissa Glassmire
Susan Gross
Kathleen Hilbert
Bonnie Inver
Linda Johnson
Nikola Juhasz
Patricia Kaiser
Sharon Kaplan
Shelley Levin
Joanne Marquis
Barbara Mishkin
Pat Prunty
Beverly Cades Rosen
Kathy Techner
Anne Tindall

See a friend's name on the list?  Contact them via TTN Member Directory.
Chapter Events
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Events Calendar to see what's coming up.

Register quickly to reserve your spot.  
Calling for New Event Ideas and Leaders!
Our members are the eyes and ears in the community.  You're in touch with what's happening in the Delaware Valley and what is thought-provoking, interesting, unusual and just plain fun!  

Please take a minute to submit any and all suggestions you have for new TTN events,  esp. including more events outside Center City.

 Also looking for Volunteers to get the ball rolling and help to make it happen.

All ideas welcome.  Contact Jean Brubaker via email at .
Equipment Needed for Upcoming Event in May 2016
If you have a large portable screen that our Events team can borrow for projecting a slide show, please contact Jean Brubaker.
Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
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February 2016
It is an honor and great pleasure to begin my tenure as the Philadelphia Chapter Steering Committee Chair. I started with the Steering Committee as Secretary and moved on to help with other challenges as the Vice-Chair.  I am excited and looking forward to new challenges and to continue to build and support our Chapter. 

One of my first goals is to reach out and communicate with our members to keep you engaged and informed of our planning.  The Steering Committee members have developed strategic plans for 2016 that are focused on:
  • Enhancing our members' experience through our programs, events and community impact
  • Supporting the growth of our chapter leaders by providing opportunities and education
  • Celebration and recognition of our chapter achievements
I plan to communicate often about what our Steering Committee is working on and share our vision for the coming year.  I look forward to receiving your comments, suggestions and concerns, as well as your help and engagement, as we keep moving our Chapter forward.

Warm regards,
A Smooth Steering Committee Transition
Catherine Radbill with Chapter Steering Committee,  December 2016
We all have experienced transitions.  Some we've seen coming a mile away.  Others smack us to the sand like a rogue ocean wave. 

Over my two-year term as Chair of Philadelphia's Steering Committee, your leaders have worked hard to transition our chapter into a strategically-focused, high-level decision-making team that is laser focused on a single goal: to exceed our members' expectations. Purposeful, strategic change is necessary to keep an organization fresh and responsive to its members' needs. But we all know that change can be challenging, leaving some of us feeling frustrated and unsettled.

I want to acknowledge and applaud my Steering Committee colleagues for their grace and courage during my tenure as Chair. You have just witnessed one of their most remarkable achievements: planning for leadership transition. As my two-year term as chair ended on January 31st, Fatima Class became our new Steering Committee Chair, after serving as Secretary and Vice-Chair.  This seamless transition allows the Steering Committee to carry on its work of exceeding our members' expectations without a moment's interruption. That is a sign of a mature, well-functioning organization.

I look forward personally to transitioning into an active TTN member with a lot fewer committee meetings!

Warm regards,
Immediate Past Chair 
PHL Caring Collaborative Announces Introductory Events by Zip Code   
The Philadelphia Caring Collaborative program offers support through two primary services:
  • Service Corps:  Assistance with short-term or occasional needs, including help at home or with doctor visits
  • Medical Information Exchange (MIX):  A chance to speak directly and confidentially with members who have relevant medical experiences
Come to one of our ZIP Code Events and learn what we are all about.

Even if you aren't sure if you want to participate in the Caring Collaborative, come anyway and  find out which TTN members live in your neighborhood.

Below is a list of our events to date - we will be continually adding new dates and times.  It is most beneficial to attend an event in your zip code; however, if you are unable to make your date feel free to attend the most convenient event for you.
Date Zip Code Time Hostess
2/16/2016 19103 1:00PM Donna Root
2/18/2016 19103 7:00PM Susan Levin
2/23/2016 19106 3:00PM Alice Milrod
2/23/2016 Main Line 3:00PM Maureen Marcus
2/25/2016 19130 3:00PM Karen Kanter
3/01/2016 19106 5:30PM Sherry Shapiro
3/07/2016 19102 7:00PM Lorraine Gordon
3/09/2016 Bucks/Mercer Cos 2:30PM Lynda Meshkov

To sign up for one of these events or if you have any questions please email

If you are interested in hosting one of these events in your zip code, please let us know. One of the Caring Collaborative committee members will attend to facilitate the meeting.
Updated PHL SIG Web Page Goes Live
Check out the newly remodeled Special Interest Group (SIG) web page for our Philadelphia Chapter!   

The new page is laid out by SIG Category, making it much easier for members to find similar SIGs grouped together.  If you want to join a Book Club, for instance, you can now see all those choices without looking through the complete list of SIGs in alphabetical order.  
New SIGs Forming are listed at the top, so you can easily see what other TTN members have recently initiated.  Within Existing SIGs, press a Category button to take you directly to all SIGs within that group.  

Categories include: Active Life, The Arts, Book Clubs, Crafts & Games, Eating Out, Performances, Pot Lucks and Others.  Also included is additional "how-to" information such as how to join an existing SIG, how to start a new SIG, etc.  

We hope you find this helpful.  If you have comments or suggestions for further improvements, please contact Alice Milrod, PHL Chapter SIG Chair at

Click here to access the new SIG page. 
Two New SIGs Announced
Building on the great success of existing Philadelphia TTN SIGs, we're starting two new SIGs to accommodate more members and new locations:  Check out the two SIGs below and start signing up!

Montgomery County Pot Luck:  It's a TTN first!  You asked?  We hope to deliver.  And we're not talking take-out!  We currently have 3 potlucks, much loved, operating in Center City.  In response to members' requests, we have posted a new potluck for Montgomery County.  So wherever you live, if you like to cook, if you like to eat, and if it's easier for you to attend a potluck in Montgomery County, this SIG is for you.  

Contact Alice Milrod (  Once 6-8 TTN'ers have expressed an interest, we'll hold an organizational meeting - in Montgomery County - and those attending can decide lunch or dinner, where to hold, etc. 
A Stitch in Time, Too:  To accommodate more members who want to get crafty, TTN has started a 2nd needlework SIG.  From learners to experts, from knitting to dying, come and do your craft in the company of others.  The group will meet on the 3rd Monday of the month from 1-3 pm, with optional lunch before, starting at 12 (brown bag).  

To get your craft on, contact Camille Gervasio (  And thanks to Camille, a new TTN member, for stepping up to lead the group!
If you have questions or are interested in starting a new SIG, please contact Alice Milrod, Philadelphia Chapter SIG Chair at