Being the founder and first Coordinator of the Santa Fe chapter of The Transition Network has been a very fulfilling and rewarding time for me. I moved to Santa Fe in August 2010 and decided in the spring of 2011 to explore the possibility of having a chapter here. I met with a few women who were interested in starting the chapter and our first meeting was held in June 2011 with over 50 women attending.
We became part of the National organization in April 2012 and we are continuing to grow and thrive today. Based on regular attendance of 50-60 women at our monthly programs, many women participating in our transition peer groups and social peer group activities, and informal networking outside of the group, there is a real need that is being fulfilled. So many great connections have been made, opportunity for sharing common needs as women 50+ and vital friendships are just some of the rewards of being part of this network.
I have decided to step down as the Coordinator at the end of this month which may be a surprise for some of you. I'm ready to try being less busy and see what life is like without being in charge. I have put much time and effort in getting the organization started and helping build a strong foundation and have decided to give others the opportunity to help shape it in the future. I certainly do plan to still be involved and serve as a consultant or mentor or in whatever way I can serve the chapter, just not as the coordinator. I love being in control and organizing and working with all who have contributed to it's growth. My greatest challenge in deciding to not continue as Coordinator I believe will be to let go. William Bridges' three stages or transitions are endings, neutral zone and new beginnings. I will be exploring the neutral zone figuring out what next.
National: There are many exciting things happening on a the National level with a comprehensive strategic plan being developed by the Board with members from all of the chapters serving on the different committees. With this new Strategic Plan, a new Executive Director and many exciting plans for the future, the National appeal for donations will be coming our way soon. Please consider giving to this very worthy cause that will continue to help our chapter and to reach even more women in transition. The Transition Network wants to be known as the premier organization for women 50+ and I think that is a wonderful vision.
Member Holiday Potluck: Our big event on December 11 is our annual Holiday Potluck at one of our member's homes. It's a member benefit and if you join by December 10, you are invited!
Membership: To become a member, go to www.thetrasitonnetwork.org/join, enter your zip code, and you can sign up for membership in our chapter. The cost of membership is $80 for 12 months or $150 for 24 months.
Membership Scholarships are available for anyone who needs
financial assistance. Scholarship recipients are confidential. For information, contact Sara Lyons in Member Support Services, 212-803-6120 or email@example.com.
Programs: We do not have monthly programs in December but they will start up again the 4th Monday evening and 4th Tuesday afternoon in January. If you are interested in being considered to present a program or know of someone else you feel would be good, please contact our current program chair, Pat Shapiro at ShapiroPat@gmail.com.
Social Peer Groups: To receive notices of all upcoming Social Peer Group activities, sign up on Meet-up and see the previews below. It is a member benefit.
Gratitude: How can I possibly thank everyone who has helped make The Transition Network what it is today? Thanks to all who have joined - we have over 100 members today. Thanks to those who bring friends to our monthly meetings to introduce them to the organization, to those who have served on committees, given ideas of new things to do, have supported individual members who have had a special need, and to those who have let us know that this organization has meant so much to them. My final thanks to the Steering Committee who have done a fantastic job, worked as a team and been so supportive in so many ways. It's been a great ride.
Santa Fe Chapter Coordinator 2011-2013