Santa Fe Chapter | Newsletter | September 2020
Santa Fe TTN is organized and led entirely by volunteers.
COORDINATOR'S CORNER
I wouldn’t have imagined six months ago that in September we would still be living under the conditions that have now become our “new normal.” I wouldn’t have expected to still be staying home most of the time, not meeting friends at favorite places for lunch or coffee, or wearing a mask on the rare occasions I do venture out in public. While I am happy to take these precautions for my own safety and the safety of others, getting used to this new reality can take its toll.

Now, what might have seemed temporary at the beginning feels more like a marathon, like we’re in this for the long haul. And we may be feeling the effects physically, mentally and emotionally. It’s a good time to reassess our routines and to establish healthier ones, to find ways to act on our priorities whatever those may be, to embrace our virtual connectedness until we can gather again in person, to change things up in the midst of the constraints of pandemic living.

There are many things in our current reality that may cause us to feel uncertain and unsettled, and there is no doubt that those feelings are warranted. And the truth is that we never truly know what the future will bring. However, in the midst of all the uncertainty these days I am finding hope in the small acts of kindness people share every day, in the voices of those who continue to speak out in support of compassion and decency, in camaraderie and caring in the midst of our new, more socially distant connections.

In our continued connection lies strength and hope during these changing times, and I invite you to join us this month on Zoom for our many events and our monthly program. We are all together in this and can help each other through staying connected!

I look forward to seeing you on Zoom!

 “Hope is a renewable option: If you run out of it at the end of the day, you get to start over in the morning.” - Barbara Kingsolver

—Ellen Wetzel, Past Chapter Coordinator
MONTHLY MEETING
MONDAY • SEPTEMBER 21 • 6:00-7:30 PM
PROGRAM: HOW TO BUILD
RESILIENCE IN UNCERTAIN TIMES
Online via Zoom (see link below)
What is resilience? Why is it so important? Why do some people bounce back from adversity and others fall apart? How can we be more resilient during the coronavirus pandemic? What are some strategies for becoming more resilient?

Developing resilience is both complex and personal. Learning to be resilient doesn’t mean figuring out how to “grin and bear it” or to simply “get over it”. It involves a combination of inner strengths and outer resources. Join facilitator Jean Palmer to discover ways to survive and thrive during these challenging times!
Jean Palmer moved to Santa Fe 10 years ago. She founded the Santa Fe TTN Chapter and served on the National TTN Board helping design the Women in Transition workshop and the Transition Peer Group Manual. She is passionate about TTN and feels it offers women a wonderful opportunity for connection and learning. Jean had her own business for 35 years,
Jean C. Palmer Training for Success and Excellence, consulting and training with corporations, non-profits and government agencies.

Open to TTN members and non-members
LET'S GET CONNECTED—VIA ZOOM!
FRIDAY • SEPTEMBER 11 • 5:30-7:00 PM
VIRTUAL HAPPY HOUR ON ZOOM
Online via Zoom (see link below)
Grab a drink or your favorite beverage and join us for TTN’s fifth Virtual Happy Hour where we can catch up and relax after a long day. Join host Elena de Molina from the comfort of your home on Friday, September 11 at 5:30 PM. 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 • SEPTEMBER 16 • 4:00-5:15 PM
LIVING ALONE DURING THE PANDEMIC
Online via Zoom (see link below)
Fall is coming and the pandemic is still here. There is less daylight and the days are getting cooler. How can we plan to keep our spirits up and deal effectively with the challenges of day to day life? What will we do about the upcoming holidays? It’s often very hard to work up the courage to ask for what we might need. How can we help and support each other? 

Open to TTN members and non-members

Host: Shari Carroll
If questions, contact Shari Carroll at shari.carroll@yahoo.com
MONDAY • SEPTEMBER 21 • 1-2:30 PM
PINWHEELS FOR PEACE
Online via Zoom (see link below)
Imagine Whirled Peace....
In today’s world peace needs to be more than just a word. September 21st is International Day of Peace. Join us in creating a pinwheel that expresses your feelings, wishes, perhaps even prayers for yourself, family, community, and the world. 

We will provide easy instructions on how to assemble a pinwheel. Any medium can be used, no design or artistic ability is necessary. Just an open heart, a pencil, and a push pin or sewing pin and you will have a pinwheel to plant that will spin your wishes out into the wind. (See below for template and materials needed.)

Materials needed for creating the pinwheel:
Template:

Supplies needed:
Printable template on copy paper or bond paper (they spin faster with copy paper, last longer on bond paper)
A pencil with eraser (the eraser is what we put the pin into)
A tack or straight pin (straight pins spin faster in the wind)
Any medium to decorate (my preference is markers)
Optional: Sharpie pens (allows the image to pop and won’t wash away in the rain


 “Awareness of Peace Day creates action, and action saves lives.” - Jude Law, Peace One Day Ambassador

Open to TTN members and non-members

Host: Terese Kitts
If questions, contact Terese Kitts at tkitts62@gmail.com
THURSDAY • SEPTEMBER 24 • 6:30 – 7:45 PM
LET’S TALK: CHALLENGES & GIFTS OF LIFE IN THE “NEW NORMAL”
Online via Zoom (see link below)
Our lives have been changed in many ways over the past few months and it can feel as if we’ve fallen down a rabbit hole where nothing is as it was. Join host Ellen Wetzel for an informal time of sharing our experiences and suggestions for surviving and even thriving during these unusual times.

Open to TTN members and non-members

Host: Ellen Wetzel
If questions, contact Ellen Wetzel at erw400@aol.com
WEDNESDAY • SEPTEMBER 30 • 6:30-7:30 PM
TED TALK DISCUSSION: Your Elusive Creative Genius with Elizabeth Gilbert
Online via Zoom (see link below)
Life itself is creative and inspiring when we let it be so. Elizabeth Gilbert takes off from the unexpected success of her book Eat, Pray, Love to explore creativity and our beliefs and values around it. Let’s delve into what inspires us in our creative pursuits.

Join host Stefany Burrowes to explore these issues together and inspire each other to more creativity and joy in our lives!

Please click on the links below to watch these two short TED talks during the week before we meet:

Open to TTN members and non-members

Host: Stefany G, Burrowes, PCC
If questions, contact Stefany at stefany@sensationalwisdom.com
MORE VIRTUAL EVENTS!
For information about interesting offerings from other chapters that you can attend, on the TTN website, go to Chapters/Santa Fe/Events and you will find a listing of events available to you.

Our Santa Fe Virtual events are listed also there for a second place to find them.

We encourage you to explore all these virtual offerings and to take advantage of these opportunities to learn and share.

CHAPTER NEWS
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!

  • Engage and connect with other women in transition
  • Learn what it means to be in transition
  • Expand your possibilities and options
  • Know what is important and energizing for you
  • Create a “next steps” action plan

Are you wanting to rethink your life and/or work, explore new possibilities for yourself, contemplate changes in your lifestyle and connect with other women who are also interested in learning and growing? This two-part workshop takes you through the three stages of any transition explaining how each stage can be understood and embraced. You will also have the opportunity to make connections that can continue to enrich your life and support your journey beyond the workshop.

Pre-registration is required. Sign-up for the two-part Women in Transition Workshop which will help you reinvent yourself and change things that aren’t working for you. 

Here’s what stood out from previous participants:
  • “It was the most fun, useful event I’ve been to at TTN”
  • “The power of collective sharing and finding out I’m not alone”
  • “Program had emotional and intellectual depth.”
  • “Loved the action steps, applicable exercises, much value in short workshop.”
  • “It’s a great workshop to learn about yourself, to meet interesting women and to connect.”

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.
WE ARE STARTING NEW PEER GROUPS!
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
Transition Peer Groups provide a unique setting for women navigating their individual life journey.

Transition Peer Groups differ from social interest groups in the level of commitment and the structure of the group. Meetings of the small group (usually 8-12 members) 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.

New peer groups forming at the Kick-off will meet virtually until they can be held in person. At that time, the group can decide whether they want to meet in person in a home setting or continue to meet as a virtual group.

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.

Have your calendar available for scheduling your group’s meetings.

For questions or to sign up,
contact Betty Bartos: bebartos@gmail.com
HELP WANTED!
Santa Fe TTN is organized and led entirely by volunteers. We need your skills, talents and energy!

TTN encourages you to get involved in a small or large way that interests you. It’s a wonderful opportunity to get to know other members, contribute to TTN, and feel more a part of the TTN community. Even during the pandemic, we need your help!

Key positions:
Want to help set the direction for the Santa Fe Chapter of TTN?
Find out what Steering Committee positions are open and see if it might be a good fit for you.

Other current needs:
Like using social media? Submit our virtual events on Meetup each month – training provided.
Are you skilled using Zoom? Need a tech person to help.
Like making calls? Call current members to connect – script provided.
Like to write? Submit an article or poem for the newsletter.
Done something special? Share member recognition for the newsletter.
Has TTN been of value to you? Write a testimonial for the newsletter.

If you’ve been thinking…
  • I want to do something new
  • I’d like to be of service
  • I want to connect more with others
  • I need a challenge in my life
…then let us know of your interest by emailing Jean@JeanPalmer.com
SUGGESTIONS FOR
FUTURE VIRTUAL EVENTS?
We would love your help and ideas:

  • What kind of virtual events would you like us to offer? 
  • Do you have a subject you’d like to offer? 
  • Would you like to host one of the online events?

MEMBERSHIP UPDATE
MEMBER TESTIMONIAL
“TTN gives me opportunities to meet people with different occupations than mine, or are retired, or have different interests. And the variety of programs and events helps me to make new friends with fascinating people.” – L.M.

(We are happy to share your thoughts about how you have benefitted from being a member of TTN Santa Fe Chapter. If you have something you would like to share, please contact Ellen Wetzel at erw400@aol.com)
FROM OUR MEMBERS
NOTE: This month we are happy to introduce a new section including an article from one of our members. If you have an article, poem, or other piece to bring inspiration or helpful information to our members, please contact Ellen Wetzel at erw400@aol.com)
The metaphor that's been most meaningful to me during the pandemic is that of the metamorphosis of caterpillar into butterfly. The process mirrors exactly what I believe humanity is currently going through.

Caterpillars are voracious eaters. They devour every leaf on the plant they live on. Indeed, they destroy their entire world. As humans, this is what we've been doing for hundreds upon hundreds of years: literally devouring the planet we live on. We have brought ourselves to the brink of extinction… And then that destructive momentum finally stopped, cold turkey, with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The caterpillar spins its chrysalis. And within, completely dissolves into goop. This is where we humans are, right now. The world as we once knew it is dissolving entirely. This doesn't have to be a bad thing! Complying with lockdown orders, we are each in our own home-bound chrysalis. Inside, we are finding new ways of being with family, of working, of maintaining a sense of community. Many are taking this time to turn more inward, to start to question the old modus operandi, to re-order priorities. Some of us are starting to feel processes within ourselves that feel like a profound metamorphosis.

What eventually emerges from the chrysalis is a beautiful butterfly. An entirely new and different creature that, in flight, bridges heaven and earth and "carries the seeds of love from one flower to another." Let’s keep the metaphor going! How exciting! What possibilities there are for us humans!! How might we emerge from our current situation? With a much lighter touch on this earth, bridging the physical and spiritual worlds in a way that elevates us to our highest potentials?

I invite you to join me in dreaming the biggest improvement(s) to our world that we possibly can. Take a quiet moment and see what comes up for you.

Willamarie Moore calls herself a Possibilitarian. She is a potentials-focused educator, health coach, and Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT). You may contact her at wayinwithwillamarie@gmail.com
SAVE THE DATE
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY • OCTOBER 6 & 7
6:30-8:30 PM
WOMEN IN TRANSITION: A VIRTUAL WORKSHOP IN TWO PARTS
FOR WOMEN EXPLORING WHAT’S NEXT
Due to COVID-19 the WIT workshop
will be held virtually via Zoom
A workshop for women who wish to navigate change successfully and create a meaningful life!
(See article in this newsletter)

Questions? Contact Jean@JeanPalmer.com

The virtual workshop is open to TTN members ($20)
and non-members ($25).

Pre-registration is required. Sign up by October 5th! 
THURSDAY • OCTOBER 22 • 6:30-8:30 PM
TRANSITION PEER GROUP KICK-OFF!
Due to COVID-19 the TPG Kick-off
will be held virtually via Zoom
This is a great opportunity to form new connections and deepen friendships. Come join us for this unique experience where we will be forming
new Transition Peer Groups!
(See article in this newsletter)

The Kick-off is open to TTN members and non-members. You must be a TTN member to join and participate in a peer group.

If you are interested in attending or would like more information contact Betty Bartos at bebartos@gmail.com 
MONDAY • OCTOBER 26 • 6-7:30 PM
MONTHLY PROGRAM: LISTENING AND LEARNING ABOUT RACIAL INJUSTICE
AND WHITE PRIVILEGE 
Online via Zoom
(link to be provided in October newsletter)
Want to be a more effective participant in national and local conversations about race?

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.

Open to TTN members and non-members

Facilitators: Ray Walker and Katherine Youngmeister
If questions, contact Katherine Youngmeister at katherineyoungmeister@gmail.com
or Ray Walker at image@q.com
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
Transition Peer Groups: Betty Bartos bebartos@gmail.com
Past Chapter Coordinator: Ellen Wetzel erw400@aol.com
Founder: Jean Palmer jean@jeanpalmer.com