Santa Fe Chapter | Newsletter | October 2020
Santa Fe TTN is organized and led entirely by volunteers.
TTN CELEBRATES 20 YEARS!
Join TTN members on October 14th and 15th as we
reflect on all that we’ve accomplished, and explore what
lies ahead for our dynamic and growing organization.

We have several you-won’t-want-to-miss speakers and
you’ll have the opportunity to meet and connect with TTN members and their guests from across the country.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14 (times listed are Mountain Time)  
8:30 - 9:45 AM MT -A Conversation
Christine Millen, co-founder of TTN and Carol Oswald, TTN Board President discuss TTN, its origins and the mission; how well has it held up after 20 years and what’s ahead for the next 20.

10:15-11:45 AM MT Lunch Mixer
We’ll mix up our members in breakout rooms so they can meet other members from around the country.

12:30-1:45 PM MT What Will Be Yours?
Catherine Collinson, CEO of TransAmerica Foundation with some data on women in retirement designed to inspire us that we have lots of life to live.

3:00-4:15 PM MT Cocktail Mixer
Another opportunity to meet women from other chapters, talk about the day and have some fun.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15 (times listed are Mountain Time)
8:30-9:45 AM MT — TTN Women of Impact
A panel discussion featuring impact leaders from Chicago, Long Island, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. This discussion will explore the many different ways our members are making a difference in their communities.

10:15-11:45 AM MT Lunch Mixer
How do you see the future of TTN? We’ll mix up our members in breakout rooms again so they can meet other members from around the country.

12:30-1:35 PM MT JOAN LUNDEN, Author, Health and Wellness and Senior Advocate. Joan gained her wisdom even as she lived her life in front of millions of people.

Additional details can be found at www.thetransitionnetwork.org

All the events of our Anniversary celebration will be online, via Zoom. You will receive one link that will provide you entry to any and all of the speaker sessions.

TTN Members: FREE
Guests: $25
MONTHLY PROGRAM
MONDAY • OCTOBER 26 • 6-7:30 PM
PROGRAM: LISTENING AND LEARNING ABOUT RACIAL INJUSTICE AND WHITE PRIVILEGE
Online via Zoom (see link below)
Want to be a more effective participant in national and local conversations about race?
We invite you to join us as we watch a 20-minute movie entitled “Deconstructing White Privilege” by Robin DiAngelo, a best-selling author and expert on racial issues. The movie will be followed by small group sharing to further explore the important and timely issues Dr. DiAngelo raises.

PRESENTERS
Ray Walker has been participating in the Santa Fe TTN Study Group on Race since last October. She has a business as a Virtual Assistant and organizational consultant to entrepreneurs. She is an active Santa Fe community member since 1986. Currently, as a former homeschooling mother, she has been assisting families in their adjustment to schooling at home. Ray is a volunteer, mother, sister, and Helen and Johnny Walker’s daughter.

Katherine Youngmeister moved to Santa Fe from California in 2015. It was a great move for her and TTN was an important part of her settling in here. Katherine has had a lifelong concern for social justice and was thrilled when a year ago a group of TTN women supported her interest in creating spaces for discussion of racial issues. Katherine and Karin Lubin have been co-facilitating the TTN Study Group on Race for the last year.

Open to TTN members and non-members!
OUTSTANDING OPPORTUNITIES IN OCTOBER!
WOMEN IN TRANSITION: A VIRTUAL WORKSHOP IN TWO PARTS
FOR WOMEN EXPLORING WHAT’S NEXT
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY • OCTOBER 6 & 7 
6:30-8:30 PM
Due to COVID-19 the WIT 
workshop will be held virtually via Zoom
A workshop for women 50+ who wish to navigate change successfully and create a meaningful life!

  • Learn and implement the three stages of transition
  • Expand your possibilities and options
  • Create a “next steps” action plan
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The virtual workshop is open to TTN members ($20)
and non-members ($25).
Questions? Contact Jean@JeanPalmer.com

Pre-registration is required. Sign up by October 5th! 
Zoom link will be sent to registrants.
WANT TO FEEL MORE CONNECTED?
COME JOIN US FOR THE
TRANSITION PEER GROUP KICK-OFF
THURSDAY • OCTOBER 22 • 6:30-8:30 PM
Due to COVID-19 the Kick-Off will
be held virtually via Zoom
Peer groups provide opportunities for connection, new friendships and mutual support in a safe, respectful environment as women navigate their individual life transitions.

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.

For questions or to sign up,
contact Betty Bartos: bebartos@gmail.com
Once you have signed up with Betty Bartos, she will send you the link.
OCTOBER EVENTS
FRIDAY • OCTOBER 9 • 6:00-9:00 PM
FOOD, DRINK AND ENTERTAINMENT
AT LE CHAT NOIR CABARET
Los Magueyes Mexican Restaurant
31 Burro Alley 
In-person outdoor event where we will
follow COVID-19 safety guidelines
The legendary Chat Noir cabaret which opened in 1881 in Montmartre was filled with the “cleverest people in the cleverest city of 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!
Let Sue know by October 8 if you are coming.

Open to TTN members and non-members!

Host: Sue Benedict
If questions or to RSVP contact Sue at 818/522-7115 or suefbenedict396@gmail.com
MONDAY • OCTOBER 12 • 4:00-5:00 PM
MEDICARE 101
Online via Zoom (see link below)
Are you confused about Medicare? If so this event is for you. Elena de Molina is a Medicare Insurance Advisor and will be hosting a Medicare 101 educational event for our chapter.

Whether you are about to sign up or have been a Medicare beneficiary and are still confused, this event is for you. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Open to TTN members and non-members!

Host: Elena de Molina
If questions, contact Elena de Molina at elena.demolina@gmail.com
FRIDAY • OCTOBER 16 • 5:30-7:00 PM
VIRTUAL HAPPY HOUR
Online via Zoom (see link below)
TTN is hosting a Virtual Happy Hour where we can catch up and relax after a long day. Please join us with Elena de Molina as our host. Grab a glass of wine or your favorite beverage and join us from the comfort of your home.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Open to TTN members and non-members!

Host: Elena de Molina
If questions, contact Elena de Molina at elena.demolina@gmail.com
WEDNESDAY • OCTOBER 21 • 4:00-5:15 PM
LIVING ALONE DURING THE PANDEMIC
Online via Zoom (see link below)
What is getting easier or harder for your day-to-day life now that we’re more than half a year in the pandemic? Why do think that is, and is there something we can do to help each other?

What can we do to get ready for late autumn and early winter? Clearing out closets and drawers and donating unwanted items? Planting flower bulbs for next spring? Any car maintenance to get done now before winter sets in? 

How can we celebrate this season without in-person gatherings? Having a festive Halloween Zoom get-together or a TTN Zoom session on Thanksgiving Day?

Join us for a lively discussion of these and other topics concerning life during the pandemic!

Open to TTN members and non-members!

Host: Shari Carroll
If questions, contact Shari Carroll at shari.carroll@yahoo.com
SATURDAY • OCTOBER 24 • 2:00 PM 
DISPLACED: EXHIBIT AT SITE SANTA FE
1606 Paseo de Peralta
In-person event where we will follow
COVID-19 safety guidelines
Let’s take advantage of the FREE timely exhibit at SITE Santa Fe, DISPLACED: Contemporary Artists Confront the Global Refugee Crisis. Afterwards, we can catch a snack at one of the Railyard’s watering holes.

NOTE: Sue Benedict will have a limited number of reserved tickets so you need to let her know you are coming.

Open to TTN members and non-members!

Host: Sue Benedict
If questions or to RSVP, contact Sue at 818/522-7115 or suefbenedict396@gmail.com
TUESDAY • OCTOBER 27 • 2:30-3:30 PM
TAKE A BREAK! COFFEE, TEA AND CONVERSATION
Online via Zoom (see link below) 
Let’s take a break from the daily drama of news, COVID-19 and politics and just have fun talking with each other! Join host Lisa McGee for an hour of inspiring conversation. 

Hope you can make it!

Open to TTN members and non-members!

Host: Lisa McGee
If questions, contact Lisa McGee at lisalmcgee@yahoo.com.
CHAPTER NEWS
STEERING COMMITTEE TRANSITIONS
Welcome to Shari Carroll as the new Membership Co-Coordinator for the chapter!
She is filling the vacancy left by Lisa McGee, who stepped down from that position at the end of August. We appreciate Lisa’s energy and helpful input during her time on the Steering Committee and are glad she will continue to be an active volunteer in the chapter.  

Shari was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She recently moved from Milwaukee to Santa Fe in August. After attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she spent the majority of her career in Chicago and Washington, D.C. where she worked as a management consultant.

She has returned to her original passion in semi-retirement, and now works as a freelance editor and writer. Shari lives with her beloved mutt Brody, a Corgi/Beagle/Chihuahua mix whom she enjoys walking. She also enjoys reading, writing, staying active and volunteering in the animal rescue community wherever she lives. She’s eager to explore Santa Fe (when it’s safe!) and to make new friends as a New Mexican resident.

Shari has been a regular attendee of many of TTN’s virtual events and has been a host for Living Alone During the Pandemic. We look forward to Shari and Elena de Molina as Membership Co-Coordinators working together to do wonderful things for our chapter!
A NEW INITIATIVE: REACHING OUT
TO HELP OUR COMMUNITY
We are excited to announce that the TTN Santa Fe Chapter has initiated a Community Outreach program. The intention is to allow our members an opportunity to give back to our community as an organization in order to have a more substantial impact. November is the month of gratitude and giving and what better month to get this project underway!

The choice for our FIRST project is Esperanza Shelter. Their mission is to shelter those threatened by domestic violence and to support healthy relationships. One of the key areas in TTN’s mission is having an impact in your community. We hope this will be the first of a long line of benefactors.

Due to COVID, we can’t volunteer our time, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have an impact. They are currently in need of:
  • New pajamas (both women’s and children’s sizes)
  • Diapers and wipes
  • Gift cards for essentials (Target, Walmart, grocery stores, etc.)
  • Gift cards for transportation (gas cards and Uber/Lyft gift cards)

More details to follow regarding deadlines and the process for collecting your donations in November’s newsletter.

—Dotti Graviet, Community Outreach Coordinator
MEMBERSHIP UPDATE
TTN members received a phone call and an email in September. The phone call was to find out how you were doing, letting you know of some upcoming virtual events and asking what else we could do for you. 

We hope you enjoyed visiting with another TTN member and learning about what our chapter is doing and how we’re continuing to connect during this time! Thank you to the volunteers who made the calls to all of the members: Betty Bartos, Sue Benedict, Shari Carroll, Bright Daystar, Elena de Molina, Ginny Dwyer, Dotti Graviet and Annie Holley.

The email asked for information on whether you had attended any of the virtual events, what you would like to have us offer for programs, if you would like to volunteer and how we can best serve you.

Here are responses from the questions in the email:
  • The range of programs and events TTN is offering is just great
  • Love zoom meetings – fun and energizing; casual and structured
  • Thrilled that peer groups will be on Zoom
  • Like things that give new information, stimulate thinking.
  • Topics on social justice-racism, criminal injustice, health disparities and actions to address inequality, educational disparities and actions to address inequalities 
  • Do It Yourself Will Updating, Top 10 Vacations for Single Women, Tips for Newcomers to Santa Fe, a book club
  • Loved the opportunity to attend events other chapters offered
  • The National reminders for events are too frequent and the fundraising appeals are annoying
  • Like the ones with information conveyed followed by breakout groups
  • My peer group is fantastic and has been a lifesaver during this time
  • Would be good to get the word out in the community to get new members. I found out about TTN by chance.
  • More topic-based events: art, architecture, yoga, meditation, spirituality, nature, travel, cooking, music, philosophy
  • A look at the various groups that exist side by side here, history of Santa Fe,Would like to see more racial and cultural diversity in the group.
  • Once Covid is behind us, shared meals and happy hours. Maybe a weekend retreat somewhere? A movie night. A picnic at the farmers' market. A day trip to Las Vegas, NM or somewhere else...

The Steering Committee thanks the members who responded with your comments and the rich and varied ideas you have suggested!
SAVE THE DATE
MONDAY • NOVEMBER 16 • 6:00-7:30 PM
MONTHLY PROGRAM ON GRATITUDE
Online via Zoom
(link to be provided in November newsletter)
Note that this is the third Monday of the month
due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
November is a time when we pause and turn our thoughts to all that we feel grateful for in our lives. Santa Fe Chapter member Willamarie Moore will help us find ways to acknowledge and express our gratitude, even during these challenging times.
More details to come in the November newsletter.

Open to TTN members and non-members!
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.

Interim Coordinator: Jean Palmer jean@jeanpalmer.com
Communications: Virginia Asman art@vgasman.com
Community Outreach Coordinator: Dotti Graviet nanisplace@hotmail.com
Events: Sue Benedict suefbenedict396@gmail.com
Membership: Elena de Molina and Shari Carroll
Transition Peer Groups: Betty Bartos bebartos@gmail.com
Past Chapter Coordinator: Ellen Wetzel erw400@aol.com
Founder: Jean Palmer jean@jeanpalmer.com