Santa Fe Chapter | Newsletter | September 2019
Santa Fe TTN is organized and led entirely by volunteers.
COORDINATOR'S CORNER
With its cooler temperatures and shortening days, September heralds the turning of the seasons. Students head back to school for the start of a new school year, and although I am not one of them, I still feel the energy and excitement of the possibility of something new. It is a time that holds the potential for new beginnings. And as we mark the Autumn Equinox, where night and day are in perfect balance, it is also a time to find balance in our inner world.

As I savor the changes taking place all around me in the natural world, I open to the mystery of it all and ask myself, “What is it that is wanting to express through me at this time? What new beginning is calling me to take the first step? What lesson can I learn about balance in my life at the time of the equinox?”

It is easy to get off track during the summer months, and these and other questions can help us to refocus our energy and attention on finally starting something that has been tugging at us in the background, trying to get us to notice. They can help us see what small (or not so small) step we can take to redirect ourselves onto a path with heart.

To begin to take those first steps in a new direction, we may need to change where we are spending our energy and time. We may need to rebalance our life to make room for the changes we want to make. I, for one, am looking forward to finding the answers to my questions, to creating more balance and purpose in my life, and to seeing where September leads me!

Please join me and the amazing women of the Santa Fe Chapter of TTN for our inspiring programs, workshops, and lively events. This month our program is Empowering Women for Abundance on September 23rd, and we will be offering the Women in Transition Workshop on September 28th. We hope you will join us!

“Every moment is a fresh beginning.” - T.S. Eliot

Ellen Wetzel
CHAPTER NEWS
WOMEN IN TRANSITION WORKSHOP IS HERE!
SATURDAY • SEPTEMBER 28 • 12:30-5:00 PM
Montezuma Lodge, 431 Paseo de Peralta
Transitions can be big or small —
and they are happening all the time.     

Women who have attended the Women in Transition workshop, when asked what stood out for them, said:

Participants were open and willing to share, great ideas, putting words to what I’ve been going through, as much as we are different, we are the same. Comradery, potential friendships, honesty, goodwill.

The warmth and knowledge of the leaders, well-organized, very informative, wonderful handouts, small group discussions and partner discussions.

If this sounds inviting, we hope you will join us to have your own experience. You will find out you are not alone and will learn the three phases of transition and how to deal effectively with them. 

  
Questions? Contact Jean@JeanPalmer.com

The workshop is open to TTN members ($25)
And non-members ($35)

MEMBER NEWS
VOLUNTEERING AT A MIGRANTS' SHELTER
In this article, TTN member Jean Palmer shares memories from her trip to El Paso to volunteer in a shelter for migrants.
Overwhelming, rewarding, difficult, satisfying and exhausting are some words that come to mind from our visit to volunteer at an El Paso shelter for migrants seeking asylum. These were the migrants immediately after they had been released from government detention. We arrived knowing only what we had heard on the news and left with a much greater understanding of what migrants have experienced. 

We worked in a shelter that was run completely by volunteers and it was welcoming, caring and clean. Many young families with children would get off the bus tired, scared and with only the clothes on their back. There was a very organized process when they arrived – intake, a shower, clean clothes, three meals a day, hygiene products and sleep. They stayed in this shelter for 24-48 hours once their sponsor had been called and arrangements made to get to their next destination. 

We could choose to volunteer in any way we wanted. I first distributed the many donations we had brought with us, and thanks to all who contributed! I sorted clothes, held babies from exhausted mothers and carried many bags of garbage to a dumpster. Often when I was pulling the bags out, several migrants would offer to help carry them. They were eager to help and it was most appreciated. My husband built large bins for dirty blankets, clothes and towels and fixed the cots they were sleeping on. It was a very humbling and rewarding experience. We are going to go again on October 21-28 with a group to help. If you are interested in going, let Jean know at Jeanpalmer790@gmail.com

Below is a link to an article about the shelter we were in. There are some pictures here and also a video that gives a little background if you want to read more about it.

Brother Todd is heading up the Encuentro Project and here is a link about that.
MEMBERSHIP UPDATE
The Santa Fe chapter has 62 members as of August 10 th !

HELP WANTED: Our TTN chapter is a volunteer run organization and we welcome and encourage your help.  The Help Wanted sheets have been revised to better reflect the volunteer needs of our chapter.

Jean Palmer has handed off the responsibility for handling the Help Wanted sheets, as well as organizing the volunteers, to Jolene and Mary, Membership Co-Coordinators. The new forms were introduced at our chapter’s August networking program. Even if you have filled one out in the past, we ask that you do so again due to the changes. 

If you did not have the opportunity to fill one out and would like to volunteer to assist our chapter in some way, please contact Jolene and Mary at SantaFeChapter@TheTransitionNetwork.org   

Mary McGuire and Jolene Petrowski
Membership Co-Coordinators
OUT AND ABOUT!
Davy Randall House Tour at Audubon Center
Glooms all packed in Zozobra—to be burned forever!
Ahead of the burn, "zozo"ritas and snacks at Bar Alto!
MONTHLY MEETING
MONDAY • SEPTEMBER 23 • 5:45 -7:30 PM
EMPOWERING WOMEN FOR ABUNDANCE
Montezuma Lodge, 431 Paseo de Peralta
  • Do you worry about running out of money in retirement?
  • Do you wish someone else would take care of your finances? 
  • Do you think the financial conversation is only for the wealthy? 
  • Do you fear that financial independence will make you intimidating and unattractive to others or your partner?
 
Join TTN members Dotti Graviet, Tania Vasallo and Karin Lubin
for a conversation that will help you gain clarity about your beliefs around money. You’ll gain tools to empower you to navigate the financial world and leave with action steps to create a profitable business and/or lifestyle that you love!
Dotti Graviet, Financial Advisor, Senior Portfolio Manager, Financial Planning Specialist with the Forte/Gaynor Wealth Management Group at Morgan Stanley, has extensive experience in the financial services industry. She is passionate about helping to guide women from uncertainty to a position of strength and confidence on financial matters.  
Tania Vasallo : After working for advertising agencies developing multimillion dollar campaigns for some of the world's most renowned companies, Tania founded “The Courage To Be Happy.” She teaches women who aren’t making as much money as they’d like, to own their value and charge what they are worth so they can have a bigger impact in their communities. 
Karin Lubin coaches clients to reset and replace limiting beliefs about anything from money and relationships, to health and connection to spirit. Called a Passion Catalyst, she has been a successful entrepreneur for the last twelve years earning money while living her passions.
Open to TTN members and non-members. Bring a guest!

Suggested donation: $5.00
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
TUESDAY • SEPTEMBER 10 • 11:30 AM
SCENIC NAMBE FALLS
15A Np 102 W, Santa Fe
Enjoy one of the most spectacular natural waterfalls in the Southwest in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

Bring a picnic lunch and water bottle.
Carpool from Del Norte parking lot at DeVargas Center at 11:30 am. 

Open to members and non-members.
SATURDAY • SEPTEMBER 14 • 12 NOON-5 PM
THIRD ANNUAL THEATRE WALK
Rufina Arts District
Stroll between performances presented every half hour by over 20 theatre companies at multiple venues in the Rufina Arts District. 

We will meet at Kakawa Chocolate House - Rufina, 1300 Rufina Circle, Ste A4 (around the corner from Meow Wolf), at 11:30 AM to get $5.00 wrist band which covers all performances. 

Open to members and non-members.
MONDAY • SEPTEMBER 16 • 7-9 PM
TTN MUSICAL PARTY
790 Paseo de la Cuma (Jean Palmer’s Home)
“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall” (F. Scott Fitzgerald). And the Musical Party starts up again after a couple of month’s break.  

We are ready to get back together to sing, play instruments, listen and enjoy each other’s company. There will be an opportunity for solos
(2-3 per person/group) and a sing-a-long of familiar and well-loved tunes.  Come have some fun with an evening of music!

Light refreshments will be served and if you’d like to bring something, please do.

Open to TTN members and non-members. Bring a guest!
THURSDAY • SEPTEMBER 19 • 4 PM
DECADENT DESSERT AT KAKAWA CHOCOLATE HOUSE
1050 Paseo De Peralta
Satisfy your chocolate craving while enjoying the company of like-minded women!
  
Open to TTN members and non-members.
THURSDAY • SEPTEMBER 26 • 5–7:15 PM
THELMA AND LOUISE
Dyna Theater, 1801 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque, NM
Rediscover the movie “Thelma and Louise” at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History, hosted by Albuquerque Film and Music Experience.

Ticket $10. Five tickets available from Sue Benedict. 

Carpool at 3:30. Call Sue for tickets and carpool location.
818-522-7115
 
Open to TTN members and non-members.
SAVE THE DATES
THURSDAY • OCTOBER 10 • 6:30-8:30 PM
TRANSITION PEER GROUP KICK-OFF
34 Via Summa, Santa Fe
(at the home of Betty Bartos)
This is a great opportunity to form new connections and deepening friendships. Come join us for this unique experience!

 
If you are interested in attending or would like more information, contact Betty Bartos at bebartos@gmail.com
MONDAY • OCTOBER 28 • 5:45 -7:30 PM
OCTOBER MONTHLY PROGRAM:
IT’S TIME FOR A ROAD TRIP!
Montezuma Lodge, 431 Paseo de Peralta
It takes creativity and courage to navigate any phase of life. But the skills and lessons learned along the way can be repurposed for a spectacular third act!  Join us as TTN member Pat Wetzel shares a story about her own road trip that is leading to a film series aimed at helping people with cancer.
Open to TTN members and non-members. Bring a guest!
Suggested donation: $5.00
TTN EVENTS PARTICIPATION POLICY 

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

These events include our monthly meetings, 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

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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: Joanne Brown Joanne@joannebrown.com
Terese Kitts tkitts62@gmail.com
Transition Peer Groups: Betty Bartos bebartos@gmail.com 
Founder: Jean Palmer jean@jeanpalmer.com