Santa Fe Chapter | Newsletter | March 2020
Santa Fe TTN is organized and led entirely by volunteers.
COORDINATOR'S CORNER
March comes in with a roar, the unsettling wind carrying with it a reminder of changes and new growth to come. As we move further into the year, our intentions and goals and plans that we have set begin to push us forward. And the visions we opened ourselves to in January begin to pull us more strongly toward them.The March winds remind us to loosen our grip on what has been and let go into the possibilities of what lies ahead.

This opening to the new and unfamiliar can be frightening, but if looked at from another perspective it can also be exhilarating.The two often go together. This is a time to pay attention to the messages coming to you from within and without. What is life trying to tell you? Notice the situations in which you feel happy, engaged, energized, inspired, peaceful, purposeful, whole. Also notice those situations in which you feel drained, stressed, hurt, upset, unhappy. These messages can serve as signposts pointing the way toward a healthier direction.

Although change is a given in life, we each change at our own pace. Now is a good time to begin listening to the messages your life is sending you. Open yourself to something new that is calling you and start moving in your own way toward what makes your heart sing. It may be a song we haven’t heard in a long time, but we all recognize its sometimes forgotten tune when we hear it!

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!

“Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” – Mary Oliver
MONTHLY PROGRAM
MONDAY • MARCH 23 • 5:45-7:30 PM
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!

Leading us through some easy to implement, yet impactful safety tips and techniques, Kathy will inspire us to feel more confident and secure while engaged in everyday activities such as dining out, travel, walking about and even confrontational situations.

Please join us to learn how to feel safer in any environment.
Safety of others is a generational concern for Kathy Carey. Having grown up with an FBI agent as her father and a brother who is a police officer and DEA agent, it was only natural that Kathy would follow in the law enforcement footsteps. Kathy, herself, has worked as a police officer with the Brea Police Department in Southern California and as a Special Deputy Sheriff for the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department.
Suggested donation: $5.00
Open to TTN members and non-members. Bring a guest!
CHAPTER NEWS
STEERING COMMITTEE TRANSITIONS
We are happy to welcome LOVETT BAYNE to our Santa Fe Chapter Steering Committee! Lovett joins us as the new Program Co-coordinator, filling the position vacated by JOANNE BROWN at the end of the year. We thank Joanne for her many months of service, starting in 2017, and we wish her the best of luck as she focuses on her writing and teaching .

Lovett brings to the Steering Committee extensive business experience as the co-founder with her husband of a Dallas-based restaurant company. Since retiring after twenty years in the business, she is enjoying time at their home in Glorieta and pursuing passions such as hiking, gardening, pottery and cooking. 

Lovett is a firm believer that there is much power when women gather, and TTN has provided an opportunity to connect with inspiring and supportive women who contribute to their community and to the greater good. We look forward to the inspiring programs Lovett and Terese Kitts, our Program Co-coordinators, have in store for us in the coming months!

NOTE: If you have program ideas you wish to submit, please send an email to Lovett ( lovett@fishcitygrill.com ) and Terese ( tkitts62@gmail.com ) including the following information:
  • Your name
  • Name of presenter or organization
  • Brief description of the proposed program
  • Contact information for presenter or organization (email, phone)
  • Website (if available)
  • Brief statement re. why you think this would be a good program.

Please note that we are currently scheduling programs for 2021.

If you have additional questions, contact Lovett or Terese via email or by phone (Lovett: 214/202-8005; Terese: 972/571-0479).
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP FOR WRITERS
Are you wanting to write but you just aren’t doing it? Join our new writing group! Open to any chapter member who is serious about writing and would benefit from the structure of a positive supportive group. 

We will meet once every two weeks for
1 ½ to 2 hours to share our written work and receive helpful feedback. We may also do some writing in the group.

If interested or for information contact Diane Johnston at dianejohnston16@comcast.net . We will be having an initial meeting in the near future to figure out logistics for the group.

(Note that Special Interest Groups are a benefit of
TTN membership and open only to current members.)
WOMEN IN TRANSITION WORKSHOP
—A BIG SUCCESS!
-Impressive group of women! Great tribe! 
-Despite many differences there were so many shared feelings and experiences in the room – very validating and energizing.
-The camaraderie of women with similar challenges.
-Not a wasted moment. 
-Women helping each other in this way is a very useful and powerful tool for change.
-It has helped me in making some important changes in my life.
-Thank you for the very safe, comfortable, encouraging environment you all created!

These are just a few of the comments that the 18 women attendees made during the recent Women in Transition workshop on February 8. Most learned about it from a TTN member or friend sharing how much the workshop had helped them understand and move forward in their lives. Half of the attendees were current members and half were non-members. It was an inspiring and engaging afternoon of insightful learnings, deep sharing and new connections. 

The next Women in Transition workshop will be in the fall of 2020 – date TBD. If you have questions or want to sign up, email Jean@JeanPalmer.com.
COMMUNITY IMPACT
Since arriving in Santa Fe in October, 2016,
my volunteering life has unfolded in
unexpected and rewarding ways.
I was introduced to TTN shortly after arriving in Santa Fe by a member who invited me to High Tea at the Chocolate Maven. I then attended a TTN monthly program and met a woman who also was new and feeling as I was, lost and longing for companionship. This led to our both joining a peer group and then meeting with Jean Palmer, the chapter’s founder. We both signed up at that luncheon to be co-chairs of the Membership Committee. I soon saw there was no Events chairperson and I felt an affinity with that position, so volunteered to be the Events Coordinator for the chapter. Great move! I love planning fun and interesting ways for women to get together and make connections, find new friends, learn about our wonderful city and just have fun!

Through TTN, I met someone who asked me to join the Wednesday crew at Pete's Place, a homeless shelter, to assist with cooking on Wednesday mornings. Another great move....cooking, which I love, comradeship, laughing, inventing dishes as we go along and serving a full meal at noon. Hard work, but so much fun, so rewarding...including the companionship!  

Eventually, again through TTN, at a musical evening I met the founder and president of the Santa Fe World Affairs Forum, which led to me being invited to join the Board as Secretary...what an honor!!! And so interesting....events, insights and the people involved.  

After hearing the Desert Chorale the first time, I was enchanted and knew I wanted to hear much more, so I volunteered to become an usher (ambassador), attending many amazing performances of musical masterpieces. And my enthusiasm surprisingly led to their asking me to become a member of their Community Engagement Committee. This past summer I also volunteered for the Chamber Music Festival....more incredible music! 

Volunteering has become a way of life for me, and I am having so much enjoyment while also being helpful!

—Sue Benedict
MEMBERSHIP UPDATE
Membership Stats : 76 members as of February 29th

HELP WANTED! 
Are you a bit of a "techy"?  The Communications Coordinator, Gynnee Asman, is looking for someone to assist with the website and newsletter. If you have some computer experience and this sounds like something you would be interested in helping with, contact Gynnee at art@vgasman.com for more information.

Do you like to make scrapbooks? If so, whether you are new to the chapter or have been a member for awhile, we are wanting to put together a scrapbook or two to highlight the eight years the Santa Fe Chapter has been a part of National. It’s a fun and easy way to learn more about TTN and it will be displayed at the TTN anniversary in April. The materials will be provided. We could use your help! Please email Jean@JeanPalmer if you are interested or want more information.

Jolene Petrowski & Mary McGuire
Membership Coordinators
OUT AND ABOUT
Enjoying the cabaret at Chat Noir!
TTN meets the buffalo at the Roundhouse!
Our Valentine's Day Tradition—High Tea!
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
FRIDAY • MARCH 6 • 11:30 AM
LUNCH AT CAFECITO
922 Shoofly St. (railhead near Baca St)
Cafecito is a new restaurant serving a full menu of Argentinian, Armenian and globally inspired dishes, including Italian desserts! Try their maté — a traditional South American caffeine-rich infused drink— and drinks made with fresh-squeezed juices!

Open to TTN members and non-members!
WEDNESDAY • MARCH 11 • 7 PM
MOVIE: JULIE AND JULIA
The Screen, 1600 St Michael’s Drive
Julia Child’s story of her art in the cooking profession intertwined with blogger, Julia Powell’s 2002 challenge to cook all recipes in Child’s first book! Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. A panel discussion to follow film with women chefs from Santa Fe.

Purchase ticket online at ccasantafe.org
or call theater (505) 428-0209.

Open to TTN members and non-members!
TUESDAY • MARCH 17 • 7-9 PM
TTN MUSICAL PARTY
790 Paseo de la Cuma (Jean Palmer’s Home)
“Music can change the world because it can change people.” - Bono

Singing and listening to music is a wonderful way to relax, to connect and to enjoy experiencing music with other women. In these difficult times, it can ease our sorrows and bring us some peace and joy. Share a Smile Day is a holiday in March. Let’s come together and do that with each other!

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 • MARCH 19th • 7:30 PM
PLAY: OUTSIDE MULLINGAR 
Oasis Theatre Co.
1114 Hickox Street Unit A
Delightful comedy by John Patrick Shanley. A love story rooted in a dispute over a little strip of land. Guaranteed to bring tears to your eyes and smiles as well.

Purchase your ticket online at theoasistheatre.com  $15

Open to TTN members and non-members! 
SATURDAY • MARCH 21 • 2:00 PM
DISPLACED: NEW EXHIBIT AT SITE SANTA FE
1606 Paseo de Peralta
Let’s take advantage of the FREE community day at SITE Santa Fe to see their new, timely exhibit, DISPLACED: Contemporary Artists Confront the Global Refugee Crisis. Afterwards, we can catch a snack at one of the Railyard’s watering holes.

Open to TTN members and non-members!
THURSDAY • MARCH 26 • 2:30-3:30 PM
TAKE A BREAK! Conversation & Connection
Starbucks, 780 St. Michaels Dr.
(corner of St. Michaels and Calle Lorca)
Take a break from the daily drama of news and politics, and join us for uplifting conversation, connection and overall good vibes!

Open to TTN members and non-members!
SAVE THE DATE
MONDAY • APRIL 27 • 5:45-7:30 PM
MONTHLY PROGRAM: TTN ANNIVERSARY WILL FEATURE STORIES FROM EL PASO
Montezuma Lodge, 431 Paseo de Peralta
Our April meeting will highlight experiences from local members and others who have chosen to take an active role in amnesty programs in El Paso and Ciudad Juarez. We celebrate these heart-felt stories as part of our national TTN and Santa Fe chapter anniversaries.

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:
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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