Philadelphia Chapter Newsletter  
Cece Citron
Rona Cohen
Holly Hess
Rebecca Schulman
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Join the FOODIE GROUP as they kick off the Fall season!

POD Restaurant
Wednesday Sept. 14
3636 Sansom Street

 Looking for your next opportunity to network and mingle with your TTN friends?

Please join in the fun! Wednesday, October 5
5:00pm to 7:00pm
The Ritz-Carlton
10 Ave of the Arts

Added bonus:  
Meet Irene Baker, author of "100 Things To Do In Philadelphia Before You Die," and discover more ways you can enjoy our city.

 What are the key factors predicting "successful" or "productive" aging? 

Resilience? Managing life challenges? Social support? Emotional well-being? Optimism? Coping? Spirituality?

Come here UPenn's Dr. Zvi Gellis provide his unique insights in a learning and interactive session for TTN.

Friday October 21
3:30PM - 5:30PM
Univ. of PA


Felice Wiener

Merle Zabusky 

Chapter Events
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Donations may now include men's work clothing such as suits, shirts, ties and belts.

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September 2016

As the end of Summer approaches, we are busy planning and preparing an exciting schedule of Fall activities.  Check out our Events Calendar and pick an event or two that piques your interest.  

We are also embarking on a few changes in leadership.  On behalf of the entire Steering Committee, I would like to thank Margie Cole, departing Chair of Membership, for her many contributions and hard work as a Steering Committee member over the past several years.  Margie was excellent at engaging and connecting with TTN members and we look forward to building on her solid achievements. Please join me in extending our gratitude to Margie for making a difference in our Philadelphia Chapter. 

I am pleased to announce that Donna Root is assuming the role of Chapter Membership Chair.  Donna has been a member of the Steering Committee for the past six months as Vice Chair and will do an excellent job in Membership. Join me in welcoming Donna to her new role.

I hope you enjoy the articles and updates in this month's newsletter!

Warm regards,
TTN PHL Chapter Chair                                
PHL TTN First General Membership Meeting Nov. 9th
Come celebrate at our first General Membership Meeting on Wednesday November 9, starting at 6pm at The Philadelphian. 

Show off what TTN means to you. Are you in a SIG? In a Peer Group? Love those Foodie dinners? Volunteer? Attend events? Part of the Caring Collaborative?   On a Committee?  See why you and our PHL Chapter's wonderful and diverse women make us so successful.

Find out who we are...what we do...and what we stand for. How many of us are still working? What do we do with our leisure time? Where have we traveled this year?

Hear the answers to these and other questions as we describe the profile of our Philadelphia chapter members. We'll be sending out a short  Member Survey after Labor Day to get your input.   Watch for the survey in your Email to make sure you will be counted.  

It takes a village to build the Philadelphia Chapter of TTN. Come party with your Village!

This event is for Members only.   Professionally catered hors d'ouevres, drinks and dessert will be served. It's a TTN celebration!  

Click here for more information and to register.  
The Caring Collaborative Launches  Speaker Series 

Acupuncture......What's in for you?    
September 15th at 7pm in Center City!

The Caring Collaborative is excited to launch a new Speaker Series focused on health and wellness for women over 50. Our first presenter, Dr. Lynnae Schwartz, will tell the amazing story of the many life transitions which led her to the practice of acupuncture. 

Dr. Schwartz will discuss the role of acupuncture in maintain-ing good health and for the treatment of disease.  We are thrilled to offer this unique perspective from a seasoned practitioner.   Q&A to follow Dr. Schwartz's presentation.

This event is free and offered to all chapter members.  You do not have to be a part of The Caring Collaborative to attend.  

Click here for more information and to register for this event.

Please note: The next Caring Collaborative Orientation for new members will be on Oct. 27th at 7pm in Center City.   

Giving Circle:  Meet Founder of New Leash on Life
Second Chance Companion Program 
On Christmas Day 2007 when Marian Marchese decided to volunteer at an animal shelter for just one day, the successful advertising executive had no plans to transform her life.  But what the founder and president of the Marchese Group, a multimillion dollar advertising agency encountered that day at ACCT, a North Philadelphia shelter changed all that.  

Overwhelmed by the noise, the odor and the sight of euthanized dogs being loaded onto a truck to be taken to the dump, she had an epiphany - she had to do something to help these innocent animals.

Within a few years Marian Marchese had not only transformed her own life. The program she started had saved the lives of scores of shelter dogs and improved the prospects of even more Philadelphia prison inmates. Impressed by her unique nonprofit, TTN's Giving Circle donated its 2016 fund to the Second Chance Dog Companion Program, founded by Marion.

You are invited to meet Marian Marchese and the New Leash on Life team at these upcoming events:

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 PM (Program) 7:00 - 8:00 PM dinner
Location: Law offices of Ballard Spahr, 1735 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA
Members: $6.00, Non-Members: $10.00
Register on the TTN website
Contact Mary Klein ( if you would like to stay for dinner

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 PM (Program) 7:00 - 8:00 PM dinner
Location: Social room, 191 Presidential Blvd, Bala Cynwyd, PA
Members: $6.00, Non-Members: $10.00
Register on the TTN Website
Contact Sharon Segal ( if you would like to stay for dinner

There will also be a Dog Socialization Event on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 10 am at Pennypack Park, Northeast Philadelphia, where you can interact with the New Leash graduate dogs and even adopt one. There will be refreshments. Bring a Friend!   

Continue reading the full article about Marian Marchese's compelling story and this great organization.
We Need Your Help!  Join a Committee!
Being part of a TTN Committee may be just the ticket you're looking for to share your unique skills and talents and to keep TTN vibrant and strong.  

Many of us (esp. recent retirees) miss the experience of being part of a team planning, coordinating, developing, collaborating, solving problems, attending meetings, and working on shared goals. Committees offer you the opportunity to apply your skills, interests and resources in a supportive, relaxed and FUN way. And what can beat being around some of the most interesting, intelligent, active and caring women in town!

Please volunteer for the following openings:
  • EVENTS Committee:  Jean Brubaker
    • Are you bursting with ideas for possible TTN events and programs?  Would you like to see more events in your area?  You can be part of the newly-forming Events Committee and help bring your ideas to life while delighting and surprising your fellow TTN members.  
    • Please let Events Chair, Jean Brubaker, know you are here to lend a hand. 
  • MEMBERSHIP Committee:  Donna Root
    • Are you interested in helping out with Member Mingles, Ambassadors, TTN Talks or would you like to help out on the administrative side of things?
    • Email our new Membership Chair, Donna Root for more details
    •  The Caring Collaborative (CC) is looking for a 
      Support Group Coordinator to join the CC Committee. 
    • This is a new initiative for Caring Collaborative. Support Groups can form based on conditions (like Fibromyalgia or Arthritis), procedures (MRI, biopsy) or health & wellness.
    • CC Committee meets once/month.  One Support Group is already up and running. 
    • Contact Karen Kanter if interested in this role. 
SIG Corner: Callling all Wine Lovers, Oenophiles Unite
If you are an Oenophile (lover or connoisseur of wine), how about joining a new Special Interest Group,  SIG, that will explore the wonderful world of wine!  

Members will decide exactly how this SIG will work, so if you are interested in meeting with like-minded TTN'ers to learn about different wines and share tastings, sign up for this new SIG.  

Contact Alice Milrod to learn more. 
Peer Groups: Sparking Joy Goes Full Circle
Sometimes Peer Group topics touch us in unexpected ways. In one group, the topic was "Sparking Joy".   There were two interpretations of the topic. Several people talked about things that bring them joy in the present and others focused on the past. 

But one member was in the middle of downsizing and moving. She had recently read an article about the author Marie Kondo and her book  The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up . The book talks about creating order and letting things go by only keeping those things that truly spark joy. She had a very literal interpretation of the topic as she was laughingly getting through the downsizing by asking herself and anyone in her family who would listen, "Does this spark joy?".

Many in the group related to this shift in thinking about the topic as some had downsized, others were in the process, and some were anticipating it. The discussion was lively and fun as stories were shared of how and what to let go. Everyone agreed that pictures and old letters are the hardest to deal with and the group grappled with how to approach them.

About two days after the meeting, they all received an email from a member of the group. Inspired by the discussion, she had begun to sort through some old papers. In one box she found an old poem sent to her by her mother. She said to her group, "it could have been part of an aging workshop".  Or perhaps... maybe her mother could have been inspired by her friends oh so many years ago. This is what it said:

Over the years
Box up memories...
The good ones.
Pack close precious times
and tender feelings.
Squeeze in thoughts
Of many dear friends.
Tuck corners with
Beauty of places visited.
Stuff vacant spots with recollections
Of laughing grandchildren.
Tie tight each knot.
Let nothing be lost
Before marking fragile.

They were all touched by this voice from the past reminding her daughter, and her daughter reminding her friends, that it is not the "things" that spark joy, but the memories.
Upcoming Events Now Through November 9
If you haven't clicked on our PHL TTN Events Webpage in a while, you will be astounded at the number of events and programs added to the calendar.  

Here are a few highlights happening soon. 

Foodie Group Goes to POD Restaurant

Wednesday, September 14
Career Wardrobe
Thursday, Sept 15, Phila
Wednesday, Sept 21, Mt. Airy
Tuesday, November 8, Haverford

Caring Collaborative: Speaker Series   Acupuncture

Thursday, September 15, Phila
Manna Kitchen Wednesday, September 21, Phila
Saturday, October 1, Phila
Tuesday, October 4, Phila
Wednesday, October 19, PhilaƂ 

Giving Circle:  New Leash on Life Grantee Events

Wednesday, September 28, Phila
Tuesday, October 18, Main Line

Jazz at Lincoln Center Presents Ladies Sing the Blues

Saturday, October 1, Phila
Spouses and significant others welcome.
Member Mingle
Wednesday, October 5, Phila

POP UP:  The Cutting Edge of Veg 

Friday, October 7, Phila
POP UP:  Jennifer Weiner:  Hungry Heart

Friday, October 14, Phila 
Successful Aging!
Friday, October 21, UPenn

Caring Collaborative New Member Orientation

Thursday, October 27, Phila

First General Membership Meeting