Santa Fe Chapter | Newsletter | February 2020
Santa Fe TTN is organized and led entirely by volunteers.
COORDINATOR'S CORNER
Like so many of you, I want to find a way to help make our world a better place for us all. The issues confronting us these days can seem so big and so overwhelming that it’s easy (and understandable) to feel that there is little we can do to turn the tide. There are moments when I feel that way, and I know I’m not alone.

There is, however, something we can all do. We can begin to practice small acts of kindness. We can bring caring, empathy and compassion into our everyday lives and into our ordinary interactions. Sometimes we feel that we have to do something big in order to save the world, but that is a task that will take all of our efforts and cooperation. In the meantime we don’t have to wait to have an impact, we can start with being aware of how we interact with others – how we treat the people who cross our paths, how we speak, how we listen. Are we habitually being snarky, sarcastic, unthinkingly mean-spirited? Or are we making an effort to be kind?

We can choose kindness and civility every day. It may take some effort to swim against the stream, but if each of us made that choice, together we just might make a big difference in our world. Begin with small acts of kindness, and who knows where it will lead? Let’s make it a point to be kind this month and see what happens!

Please join me and the amazing women of the Santa Fe Chapter of TTN for our inspiring programs and lively events this month. I look forward to seeing you!

“Watch, now, how I start the day – in happiness, in kindness.”
— Mary Oliver 
—Ellen Wetzel
MONTHLY PROGRAM
FEBRUARY NETWORKING PARTY!
MONDAY • FEBRUARY 24 • 5:45-7:30 PM
Montezuma Lodge, 431 Paseo de Peralta
It’s February! Time to relax and network with great company while indulging in some sweets! Reconnect with old friends, make new acquaintances, share your vocation, avocation or special interest and learn about what’s happening at TTN. Bring your favorite chocolate or other sweet to share. 

Suggested donation: $5.00
Open to TTN members and non-members. Bring a guest! 
CHAPTER NEWS
COUNTDOWN – IT’S ALMOST HERE! 
WOMEN IN TRANSITION WORKSHOP
SATURDAY • FEBRUARY 8 • 12:30-5:00 PM
Montezuma Lodge, 431 Paseo de Peralta
Do you recall the moment when you first heard about The Transition Network? Somewhere in that moment, you recognized – if you hadn’t already – that you were in a transition of some sort and there were other women out there who were just like you. And you wanted to know how they were handling things.

Here’s your opportunity! Come join us to learn about the three stages of transition, how you can effectively deal with them and to explore what’s next for you.


Questions? Contact Jean@JeanPalmer.com

The workshop is open to TTN members ($30)
and non-members ($40).

Sign up now!  Pre-registration is required.
WANT TO FEEL MORE CONNECTED?
WE ARE STARTING NEW PEER GROUPS!
COME JOIN US FOR
THE TRANSITION PEER GROUP KICK-OFF
February 20 • 6:30-8:30 PM
34 Via Summa, Santa Fe (off 599)
Transition Peer Groups provide a unique setting for women navigating their individual life journey. They differ from social interest groups in the level of commitment and the structure of the group. The small group (usually 8-12) meetings are designed to provide a safe space for each member to share their own experiences and perspectives and allow for deepening friendships. Listening becomes as important as speaking. Confidentiality and respect are key components.

Come join us at the Transition Peer Group Kick-off and see what it’s all about! 
 
Here's what one Peer Group participant said: "I have found participating in our Transition Peer Groups one of the special opportunities offered by our TTN Chapter. We share our individual experiences of chosen topics such as aging, friendships, isolation, or passion in a confidential environment. The unique format encourages developing the art of listening, the art of shared facilitating and providing the kind of support which enables each member to find their own unique solutions." 

The Kick-Off is open to TTN members and non-members. Participation in a Transition Peer Group is a TTN member benefit and you must become a member to join a Peer Group.


Please bring your calendars for scheduling your group’s meetings.
For questions or to sign up, contact Betty Bartos: bebartos@gmail.com
COMMUNITY IMPACT
This month we are starting to feature chapter members who are actively working to have a positive impact in the community. If you or someone you know in the chapter is helping to better our community, please contact Ellen Wetzel at erw400@aol.com  for more information about sharing the story in the newsletter. Our members give back in so many ways, and we want to start recognizing these efforts.    
TRANSITION PEER GROUP GIVES BACK!
In addition to recently celebrating our first year together as a Transition Peer Group with a great potluck dinner, we looked for an opportunity to give back to our community this past holiday season. After agreeing on a donation to The Food Depot, we contacted them to learn what they needed the most. We were quickly off and running with a 97-pound donation!
We were very happy to help make this cold winter a little warmer for some of our fellow Santa Feans.  Our Peer Group includes: Carol Hilt, Terese Kitts, Mary McGuire, Willamarie Moore, Pat Oliver-Wright, Jolene Petrowski, Noemi Smith, Myrna Stacey, Sue Thibault and Katherine Youngmeister.
MEMBERSHIP UPDATE
Short-Term Chapter History Project: A few people are needed to help with a special project that involves pulling together our chapter’s history. This spring will be TTN’s 20th anniversary and our chapter’s 8th anniversary. Jean Palmer has most of the chapter’s history but needs help organizing and compiling the materials. New display boards and scrapbooks need to be made. This project will be short term. The deadline for having everything organized and completed is April 10th so that it will be ready in time for our celebration. Contact Jean Palmer, Jean@JeanPalmer.com if you are interested.

Membership Volunteer Meetin g: We will be holding a membership volunteer meeting in early February.  We have sent out an email to all current membership volunteers with more details. If you have not filled out a Help Wanted sheet and would like to volunteer, contact Mary & Jolene so we can make sure you are included.

We Want Your Suggestions: An Idea/Suggestion Box will be available on the membership table at the monthly meetings.  If you have ideas/suggestions for Events, future Monthly Program topics, etc., jot it down and drop it in the box.

Membership Stats: 75 members as of January 23, 2020

Jolene Petrowski & Mary McGuire
Membership Coordinators
OUT AND ABOUT
Lunch at El Sabor in the new The Alley Lanes
Twilight Fantasy Reception at Joe's Dining
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
FRIDAY • FEBRUARY 7 • 6-9 PM
FOOD, DRINK AND ENTERTAINMENT
LE CHAT NOIR CABARET
Los Magueyes Mexican Restaurant
31 Burro Alley 
The legendary Chat Noir cabaret which opened in 1881 in Montmartre was filled with the “cleverest people in the cleverest city in the world.”  Now Charles Tichenor, featured emcee, pianist, social commentator and humorist is still seeking the “cleverest” in Santa Fe—the poets, the actors, the comedians, the writers, and the performers who think out of the box. Join us for a fun evening!

Open to TTN members and non-members!
SATURDAY • FEBRUARY 8 • 12:30-5:00 PM
WOMEN IN TRANSITION (WIT) WORKSHOP
Montezuma Lodge, 431 Paseo de Peralta
This workshop provides a guiding framework to understand the process of transition with structured conversations, personal reflection and interactive learning. 

READ MORE UNDER CHAPTER NEWS !

Pre-registration is required
Members - $30  Non-members - $40

Questions? Contact Jean@JeanPalmer.com
WEDNESDAY • FEBRUARY 12 • 7 PM
NOT FOR OURSELVES ALONE
CCA, 1050 Old Pecos Trail
Santa Fe NOW presents “Not for Ourselves Alone” —a documentary by Ken Burns and Paul Barnes, about Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony—honoring the upcoming Intl. Women’s Day and the long battle for women getting the vote. Paul Barnes will be present for the screening.

Call theater for ticket!
505-982-1338

Open to TTN members and non-members!
FRIDAY • FEBRUARY 14 • 4:00 PM
VALENTINE’S HIGH TEA
Chocolate Maven, 821 W San Mateo Rd
Celebrate the holiday with old and new friends at this relaxed eatery, famous for its high tea, also featuring specialty coffee drinks alongside pastries, hearty entrées.

Open to TTN members and non-members!
TUESDAY • FEBRUARY 18 • 7-9 PM
TTN MUSICAL PARTY
790 Paseo de la Cuma (Jean Palmer’s Home)
Hope you can join us at this month’s musical party!

Please bring your instruments, your voices and come to listen or to participate in an evening of music. We sing songs that you recognize from the past. Come enjoy the camaraderie and connection with other women in an informal atmosphere.  

It’s appreciated if you’d be willing to bring a food item to share with the others, and to know it is also not required.

Open to TTN members and non-members. Bring a guest!
THURSDAY • FEBRUARY 20 • 6:30-8:30 PM
TRANSITION PEER GROUP KICK-OFF
34 Via Summa (home of Betty Bartos)
Transition Peer Groups consist of a small group of women who meet in each other’s homes twice monthly, discussing topics of mutual interest. Peer Groups provide a great opportunity for connection, friendships and mutual support in a safe environment.

READ MORE UNDER CHAPTER NEWS !

For questions, further information and to sign up contact Betty Bartos at bebartos@gmail.com.
FRIDAY • FEBRUARY 28 • 3-5 PM
GUIDED TOUR OF OUR STATE CAPITOL
AND ITS ART TREASURES
New Mexico State Capitol, 490 Old Santa Fe Trail
Join us for a guided tour of The Roundhouse, New Mexico’s State Capitol. Learn more about its fascinating history, unique architecture, and explore the Capitol Art Collection and Governor’s Gallery. The artwork includes paintings, photography, sculpture, textiles, ceramic and glass—nearly 600 pieces!

Open to TTN members and non-members! Bring a guest!
SAVE THE DATE
MONDAY • MARCH 23 • 5:45-7:30 PM
MONTHLY PROGRAM:
THE THINKING WOMAN’S GUIDE TO SAFETY
Montezuma Lodge, 431 Paseo de Peralta
You already have everything you need to be safe in any situation. 

Kathy Carey, retired police officer, detective and sheriff, shares simple tools and helpful tips on how to be smarter, safer and empowered!

Suggested donation: $5.00
Open to TTN members and non-members. Bring a guest!
TTN EVENTS PARTICIPATION POLICY 

Non-members are invited to attend
up to THREE events before joining.

These events include our monthly programs, coffees,
luncheons and happy hours as well as events that you attend
as a guest of a particular TTN member.

Thereafter, we ask that you join
The Transition Network (TTN) to continue attending.

We hope non-members will understand and respect this policy.

Please contact our National Office to join/renew: TheTransitionNetwork.org/join

If there is a financial need, you may apply for a confidential scholarship by writing to Susan Collins, Executive Director, at

HOW TO RSVP

IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU RSVP TO ANY EVENT
YOU PLAN TO ATTEND. IT'S A GREAT HELP TO
EVENT ORGANIZERS SINCE RESERVATIONS MUST
SOMETIMES BE MADE IN ADVANCE.

Please click on the RSVP BUTTON
for the event you would like to attend.

TO ATTEND A TTN MEMBERS-ONLY EVENT:
You must be a current member of The Transition Network (TTN).

TO ATTEND A TTN MEMBERS AND THEIR GUESTS EVENT:
You must be a current member or
the guest of a current member of The Transition Network (TTN).

You may join or renew online:
PLEASE VISIT OUR TTN WEBSITE
FOR VALUABLE RESOURCES FROM THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION

FIND A HOST OF INFORMATION ABOUT OUR LOCAL CHAPTER AT

SANTA FE CHAPTER
STEERING COMMITTEE
Please contact these committee coordinators
with questions, concerns, suggestions
and/or to offer your assistance.

Coordinator: Ellen Wetzel erw400@aol.com 
Communications: Virginia Asman art@vgasman.com
Events: Sue Benedict suefbenedict396@gmail.com
Membership: Mary McGuire & Jolene Petrowski
Programs: Terese Kitts tkitts62@gmail.com
Transition Peer Groups: Betty Bartos bebartos@gmail.com 
Founder: Jean Palmer jean@jeanpalmer.com