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I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to MARY KLEIN, a co-founder of our TTN Philadelphia Chapter and a true heroine to so many of us in the Philadelphia region. 

On November 20, 2008, Mary Klein along with Ellen Singer Coleman and 11 other Philadelphia women got together and decided to start a TTN Chapter in Philadelphia. By February 2009, the first Steering Committee was forming and Mary assumed responsibility for chairing the Philadelphia Chapter. 

Mary's excitement and enthusiasm permeated every role she took on over the next 8 years. In addition to being our first Steering Committee Chair, Mary served the Philadelphia Chapter as Chair/Co-Chair of the Community Impact committee and Chair of the Giving Circle

She has also been a National Board Member, National Board Vice-Chair and Co-Chair of the Governance Committee. She contributed to the development of the TTN Mission Statement, TTN By-Laws and helped design the process to nominate new members to the Board.   One of Mary's proudest achievements is the creation of Philadelphia's Giving Circle to encourage philanthropy and make a positive impact on our community. This has been an incredible success story (see article below)!

Mary has decided to "retire" and transition her seat as Chair of the Giving Circle to Susan Vineberg. We are thrilled that Mary will continue on as Vice-Chair of the Giving Circle while mentoring and supporting current and future leaders. 

Mary's wisdom, kindness and many contributions will continue to guide our Chapter's success, making this a place where all TTN members can make a difference. Please join me and the PHL Steering Committee in wishing Mary the best and thanking her for having the vision that brought us to this moment.   
Fatima Class
Chair, TTN Philadelphia

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Volunteer Opportunities News 
TTN Group Volunteering at MANNA
The Volunteer Opportunities Committee is initiating two new group volunteer opportunities this Spring.

1.  The initial session at Cradles to Crayons is on March 8th in West Conshohocken. After a brief orientation, we will work in teams sorting new and gently used donations for children, birth to 12 years old, living in homeless or low income situations. These are essential items they need to thrive and will be redistributed to families in need.  All are welcome. Click HERE for more information and to register.

2. Our next new group volunteer initiative is assisting with hosting of Habitat for Humanity Dedication Days. Dedication Days occur once per month when a family moves into their own home for the first time. It is a joyous occasion!  A reception is held at the new or rehabbed home and includes the family, volunteers, Habitat for Humanity staff and friends. Hosting includes set up/ break down, decorating, serving refreshments, guest sign in etc. Please check the Event Calendar to register for this experience in the coming months. 

In addition, Career Wardrobe continues to offer a variety of
volunteer opportunities at their Spring Garden location. Monthly volunteer orientations are coming up on Feb. 2nd and March 12th and you can register to attend through the Career Wardrobe website.  Contact our TTN Career Wardrobe coordinator, Nancy Kauffman, if your have questions about volunteering or clothing donations. 

A big Thank You to the newly assembled Volunteer Opportunities Committee that includes Anne Tindall, Sharon Segal , Debbie Earle, Eleanor Bloch and Moya Kinnealey.

The Giving Circle Keeps Giving and Growing
Giving Circle meeting to pick 2016 grantee.  

The Giving Circle is growing!

We have grown to nineteen active members on our Grant Review Committee, our largest number ever. This Committee is entrusted with the task of finding the best possible grantee each year and they take this job very seriously. 

Donations have also grown this year. Since April 2016, TTN Philadelphia women have donated over $24,000. With two months to go in our cycle, we have already doubled the amount received last year.  We appreciate the generosity and commitment of our members who have decided to give together to make a difference.    

Did you know that The Giving Circle receives approximately fifty grant applications each year? These applications go through several rounds of vetting by our Grants committee. The four who reach the final round are presented to the entire Giving Circle who then vote to choose the grantee. The process is both challenging and rewarding. Our goal is to find the most worthy recipient for your donations. Throughout the process, we learn much about our community and are always on the lookout for interesting volunteer opportunities. This Spring, TTN will host a volunteer day at Cradles to Crayons, one of last year's finalists.

For more information, explore the Giving Circle page on our website. Please remember that donations of any size are welcome!

Contact Susan Vineberg, Giving Circle Chair, with questions.
SIGgestions:  Where We Are Going.....

Even though it's cold outside, our members are out and about. We hope you are inspired to join a Special Interest Group - SIG by seeing "some of the places we go!" 

Lion, at
The Ritz Bourse
(Let's Go To The Movies SIG)

Last Of The Red Hot Lovers
Walnut Street Theater
(Philadelphia Theater Series SIG)

World WarI and American Art
PAFA   PA Academy of the Fine Arts
(Art Appreciation SIG)

Annual  Oscar Party
Who Will Win and Who Will Win
(A Closer Look SIG)

Doug Varone and Dancers
Prince Theater
(Modern Dance Series SIG) 

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Art Appreciation SIG at PHL Museum of Art

Despite the cold temperatures, our SIGs are heating up. 

Our newest group, Wine Lovers, had a very successful first meeting at Fran Jonas' home where three wines were tasted with crackers and cheese as accompaniment. A February meeting is planned at Mynra Sherman's home where Roses will be highlighted.

The rebooted Art Appreciation SIG also had an excellent start. In early January, eighteen women met at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on to see the exhibition on Mexican Modernism.  Half of the group were given a guided tour in the morning while the other half went on the tour in the afternoon. The entire group met in the middle for lunch at the Museum. A February outing to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts is planned with lunch at Maggianos.

Our SIGs fill up fast but we are always ready to start new ones! If you are interested in joining a SIG, please contact the SIG Lead listed on the webpage.  If you are interested in starting a new SIG, contact Alice Milrod or Joanne Bowes.
Caring Collaborative Speaker Series Update 
On a brisk winter afternoon, 17 TTN women gathered in the home of Caring Collaborative Committee Member Donna Root to hear the answer to the question "How Essential are Essential Oils?" 

Krishnamayi, our second Speaker Series expert, shared information about what essential oils are, how they are harvested and manufactured, and how they can help us maintain health and wellness. As she spoke about the different oils, Krishnamayi passed around the oil she was explaining. We were directed to sniff, dab, taste and smell the specific oil. Sighs of contentment were heard as we followed her instructions.

When our "education" was complete, we learned how to use specific oils to help with everyday issues, like sleep, aches and pains, stomach distress, to name a few. The experts generously offered to let us each have a free consultation with them at our convenience to discuss further how essential oils can benefit us in our daily lives and gave each one of us a sample to get us on our way.

We all left feeling as though we learned something new as we enjoyed the afternoon together. We are looking forward to the next Caring Collaborative speaker in the Spring - stay tuned for details.

For more information about The Caring Collaborative, email