Philadelphia Chapter Newsletter  
One more day to sign up for Nov. 9 General Membership Meeting!   Register Here!

Lisa Amorello
Andi Drucker
Sharon Hake
Terri Hartman
Sofi Milani
Teena Rutberg
Leslye Silver
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It takes a Village! 
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Contact Susan Collins, TTN Executive Director, about possible financial assistance.
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November 2016

On November 12, TTN will launch a new version of The Transition Network website. While it will look a lot like our current site, it will have an updated back end and some new and exciting features for members and chapter administrators.

Some of these new features include the use of your email address to sign in; a shopping cart so you can renew your membership, register for multiple events and check out once; better navigation of TTN programs versus events offered by our partner organizations. Chapter leaders will have more options to accurately present programs and events and will benefit from a streamlined payment management system.

Most importantly, the new site will have the most up-to-date security to protect our members' information and deliver an enhanced member experience.

Look for these changes to come on November 12. We will do our best to deliver a smooth transition to the new platform and we thank you in advance for your support and patience throughout the process.

I encourage you to take a look at the Programs and Events we have planned for the upcoming months.  Remember to VOTE on November 8 and have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Warm regards,
TTN PHL Chapter Chair                                
One More Day to Register for Membership Meeting!!!
Our Chapter's first-ever General Membership Meeting is just around the corner on Nov. 9th.  If you haven't signed up yet, please REGISTER as soon as you read this article! The deadline for RSVP's is this Wednesday, November 2nd , as we need to provide the final count to our caterer.

At this get-together, you will find out:

* Who we are.........when the results of the member survey are revealed.  You might be surprised! 
* What we do........explore our existing programs and learn about our exciting plans for next year
* What we stand'll have to be there for this one!

Professionally catered hors d'oeuvres, wine and desserts will follow the program.   

Click here  for more information and to register.  
Please note:  This event is for Members Only. Join Now!
Welcome Ambassadors Reach Out To New Members 
Chrissa Merron, Lorraine Gordon, Fatima Class
Did you know that over 100 new members joined TTN Philadelphia in 2015 and we expect that number to be even bigger for 2016?  Every new member receives a warm welcome invite from one of our Ambassadors to meet for coffee and learn about our amazing Philadelphia Chapter.

TTN's Welcome Ambassadors gathered on October 25th for our Annual Meeting and a sumptuous thank you brunch, catered by our own Lorraine Gordon and with baked goods by Fatima Class and Chrissa Merron.  

This year we sent the Ambassadors a survey to gather ideas on what is working well and what needs improvement. Chrissa Merron and Jane Siegel did a fabulous job facilitating an interactive discussion with the Ambassadors, resulting in many recommendations that we will address with the Membership Committee.  


Article submitted by Eileen Goldstein, PHL Welcome Ambassador Coordinator.   Contact Eileen if you want to learn more.   Additional Ambassadors are needed for Main Line and Bucks County.
Caring Collaborative:  Orientations by Appointment

We are listening! We have heard from quite a number of you that you want to join the Caring Collaborative, but have not been able to attend any of our regularly scheduled, required Orientations. 

In order to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to become part of the Caring Collaborative, we are initiating Orientations by Appointment!

Send your request to our designated mailbox, and one of our Committee members will contact you to arrange a time that is convenient for you. 

Besides our Member Information Exchange (MIX) and our Service Corps, we now offer Resource Groups for those who share an ongoing medical condition. Our services are continually expanding to support the over 80 TTN PHL members who have already joined.

More information about the Caring Collaborative can be found at this LINK.  
Giving Circle New Leash on Life Program and Dinner

On Wednesday September 28th, The Giving Circle hosted a program and dinner to introduce our members to our 2016 grantee, New Leash on Life .

Speakers were New Leash founder and CEO, Marilyn Marchese , Vice President, Rob Rosa and the Honorable Ellen Ceisler. 

A large, enthusiastic audience listened as each of them spoke from a different point of view about the positive impact the program has made on the lives of inmates, former inmates and, of course, the shelter dogs. 

If you would like to deepen your understanding of The Giving Circle's grant process and get more involved, please attend our informational meeting on Monday November 14th at 5pm in Center City! 

We are grateful that we had this opportunity to introduce TTN members to the important work The Giving Circle is doing.
Gratitude!  As We Age, Our Ability To Feel Grateful Increases

An article in the Toronto Globe by Wency Lueng talks about the science behind gratitude and how our feelings of gratitude increase as we age. 

Given that we are about to celebrate
Thanksgiving, try having your guests take turns saying what they are thankful for.  You may notice that your guests' level of gratitude seems to increase with age. 

Guess what? Science backs it up. Researchers are beginning to unravel the biological and developmental underpinnings of gratitude, and they're finding reason to believe it may be easier to feel grateful as we grow older. Neuro- scientists have suggested older people have a sunnier outlook because the area of the brain involved in emotional attention and memory becomes less active in response to negative information. At the same time, older individuals maintain or even increase their reactivity to positive information.

"Therefore, the trend is toward greater emotional positivity with increasing age," says leading gratitude expert Robert Emmons of the University of California, Davis, and author of Gratitude Works! A 21-Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity.

Based on the research it appears that as we get older we become wiser. Peer pressure loses its sting. Better decision-making, more control of emotions, doing things that are not just for yourself, knowing oneself better, being more studious and yet more decisive all play a factor in how we view life. So keep smiling ladies and enjoy the happiness that knowledge and wisdom bring to your life!

A positive outlook, of course, doesn't automatically make people grateful, but it certainly helps set the stage.

Here are a few suggestions the article gives to become more grateful:
  • Journaling - writing down what you are grateful for
  • Choose "positive" words - blessed, thankful, fortunate
  • Model it - through pictures, actions (pay it forward), and attitude 
Happy Thanksgiving! I know we are grateful we have found TTN, so pass it on to others you come in contact with each and every day.

Member Business Cards:  Update Your Profile
Many of the women of The Transition Network are actively engaged in business. A benefit of membership in TTN is the opportunity to promote your products and services to other members and to the general public.

Members, post your business card by completing the "Business Card Information" section in your Account Profile. Upload your picture or your logo and provide a short description of what you want to promote.

Please browse through this community of incredible, accomplished women who may have exactly what you are looking for!