August 2013, Volume 2, Issue 5
Central Ohio Newsltr Head  
Coordinator's Corner

Jean Palmer April 2012Many people are working behind the scenes to provide varied and exciting programs and activities for the Santa Fe chapter. While I often mention the Steering Committee, there are other committees that are putting in energy and time to make this a vibrant chapter.  One committee I would like to highlight in this newsletter is the Transition Peer Group Advisory Council.  See more information below on what's happening with this group. 


Monthly Programs: The August program will be on Lifelong Learning for Successful Aging. To find out more, see below. Mark your calendars also for the September 23-24 monthly programs, where we will offer the opportunity for participants to learn more about all of the programs and activities we do,ask questions, give ideas and connect with each other. We encourage you to come and bring someone who hasn't attended before to learn about TTN.


National: The Executive Director Search committee is in full swing. There were 77 candidates who applied for the position and they have narrowed the field down and are interviewing candidates now. A new Executive Director should be named in the next month. There are five new National Board members who have just begun their service and the strategic planning committee is actively working to have a plan in place to implement in 2014.


Peer Groups: The Transition Peer Group, a unique benefit of TTN membership, consists of a small group of women (usually 8-12) who join together in each other's homes discussing topics of mutual interest and relevance to their current lives. The Transition Peer Group Advisory Council has been working diligently to formulate plans and guidelines based on the feedback given from those who have been in Transition Peer Groups.  There are two upcoming opportunities to learn more about, and participate in, Transition Peer Groups (TPG). In the September monthly program, you will hear about Transition Peer Groups and you will have a chance to sign-up to participate. On October 15 from 6-8 PM, there will be a TPG Orientation for all who want to be in a Transition Peer Group and groups will be formed that evening. Any questions, please contact Beth Johnson, TPG Coordinator at or by phone at 505-466-3679.


The Social Peer Groups are active with a variety of offerings. One of the most recent activities was a very successful French Cooking Class where 12 members bonded and helped prepare the meal. Be sure to sign up for the Meet-up TTN so you will be notified each week of all the activities and the location of the weekly coffee chat. This is a member benefit. See elsewhere in the newsletter for more details. Any questions, please contact Maria Francis, Peer Group Coordinator at or call her cell 713-304-6262.  


Membership: If you are not currently a member, go to and follow the instructions for joining. For those who are currently members, it's an easy process to renew: log in to using your username and password.  If your membership has already lapsed, you'll be automatically prompted to renew. If you have any questions or need a reminder of your username or password, contact Sara Lyons at the National office at or 212-803-6120.  If you are in need of a scholarship for membership, contact Sara for this as well.



Thanks also to the time, effort and vision contributed by members of the Transition Peer Group Advisory Council (Coordinator Beth Johnson, Glynn Anderson, Maria Francis, Sue Legacy, Elaine Meizlish).  Thanks also to those who stepped in and helped with the Coffee Chats during the month of July:  Ann Church, Anita Pisa, Annie Holley and Monica Oeschsner.  It takes many to make the organization a success 


Jean Palmer, Coordinator
TTN-Santa Fe


August Monthly Program Meetings

Joanna Birdwhistle    

Monday, August 26, 2013

Time: 6:15 - 8pm

Location: Unitarian Church,

107 West Barcelona


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Time: 1:45 - 3:30pm

Location: Christ Church, 1213 Don Gaspar X Cordova 


Topic: Lifelong Learning for Successful Aging

Joanne Birdwhistell will stress the importance of continuing to learn as we get older with a focus on the educational opportunities offered at Renesan, a Santa Fe adult education program with a wide range of classes. Members will also have an opportunity to exchange ideas with each other about subjects that they'd like to explore as students or teachers as they get older.


Joanne Birdwhistell is a (mostly) retired college professor of Asian philosophies and civilizations who teaches and takes courses in the Renesan program ( 

Pre-registration not required. Just show up -- and bring a friend! This is a members and non-members event. 

French Cooking Class


By Glynn Anderson 


On June 29th twelve TTN members gathered around a dinner table at Maria Francis's lovely home in Las Campanas for a five star meal cooked by....ourselves!  The head chef who made this possible, Judy Donohue,  spent four years in Paris where she studied at the Cordon Bleu.  Judy designed the menu, marinated the butterflied lamb overnight,  which we grilled, and oversaw the preparation of the other dishes, including Rice Pilaf, Ratatouille, Apricot Chutney, Salad Verte, Assorted Cheeses, and for dessert, Panna Cotta, prepared by Ann Church. 


The day began with most of us meeting at the Farmer's Market to taste and choose the cheeses, bread, and the fresh greens for the salad.  Then we met at Maria's where we divided into small groups to prepare the various dishes.  Wonderfully organized by both Judy and Maria, we laughed, chatted, drank wine, and learned some new tricks about cooking.  Gathered around the table, we had a lively discussion while tasting the delicious cuisine of provencal France that we had all helped to prepare.  We're looking forward to an encore.   


Santo Domingo Feast Day  
Special August Activities Members Will Only Be Able to Register for Through Santa Fe Chapter of TTN MeetUp


Sunday August 4th at 10:00 am

Santo Domingo Pueblo Feast Day


Wednesday August 14th at 5:00 pm

Book Exchange


To learn more go to Santa Fe TTN MeetUp.  See information at top of right column.

Santa Fe Pin photo 
meet up logo 
We are now using the
online MeetUp web tool
to communicate with
each other about planned
 social events and
connect with each
other for spontaneous events.  Only Santa Fe
TTN members will have access to this site. 
To sign up follow these instructions: 
If you are not already a MeetUp member, go to and
select sign up, using your
e-mail address.  You must
go into your e-mail and
 verify your registration to finish the registration with MeetUp. Then find and
sign up with our group,
which is called
If you are already a MeetUp member, sign into MeetUp
as usual and look for our group title listed above. 
You must be a current member to be approved
to participate in this communication tool.
If you need help, Maria Francis will bring her laptop to the Coffee Club (see below) and show members how to sign in and use MeetUp.  You can also
call her  at 713-304-6262
or e-mail her.
Coffee Club
Coffee Club 
We meet every
Wednesday at 3pm
and are open to both members and first time
non-member visitors. 
The Coffee Club has
gone back to rotation locations.  Find each
week's coffee shop on
our MeetUp site, the
Santa Fe TTN Events page or contact Maria Francis via the
information above.
No RSVP needed. 
Just show up.

 Book Club

Book Club 
The  Santa Fe TTN Book Club has now reached
 its capacity.  If you wish
to be put on a waiting
list, contact Glynn
at 505-795-3952
or e-mail her.

If you wish to start
another book group,
contact Maria Francis 
at 713-304-6262
or e-mail her.
Light Hiking
Women Walking 
Santa Fe Light Hiking Group is a collaboration
between an existing
 MeetUp group and
Santa Fe TTN.  If you wish
to become a member
of Meet Up you may register at  
Then join Santa Fe
Light Hiking. 
In our May educational meetings, presenter
Sue Legacy had
participants create
acrostic poems out of
the word TRANSITION. 
Over the next few newsletters, we will share some of them here. This
one is by member
Jean Palmer

Truthfully, I don't know
Really what to write
Although my mind has ideas
Not the greatest, but okay
Should I share with you?
I don't know what I'm doing
Totally oblivious to what
I can do. It's not perfect
Oh no, but
Nothing is, so celebrate!


The Santa Fe Transition Network