July 2013, Volume 2, Issue 4
Thanks to the new members who have joined TTN and to those members who have renewed. It's great to see new faces of women who have just discovered TTN and to continue building relationships with those who have been part of the organization, some since the very beginning.
National: Betsy Werley, Executive Director for TTN for the last eight years is leaving the position this month. Much growth and change has happened during her tenure and she was particularly helpful to us here in Santa Fe as we were getting started as a chapter providing answers to many questions we had. She has continued to be a tremendous support to us, and to all the chapters, and her knowledge and timely responses will certainly be missed. We wish her well in the next chapter of her life and hope that she will continue to be connected to TTN in the future. There is a search for a new Executive Director and that person will be selected in the next few months.
Ellen Bartoldus, TTN Board President, has initiated many new actions since the TTN Leadership Retreat that was held in New York in April 2013 for all chapter leaders. Maria Francis and I attended, learned lots and experienced the power, strength and value of being part of a National organization. Much work has been done since then by many members across the country on the ED recruiting process, Board expansion, strategic planning and a transition plan.
Monthly Program: The July program will be on Who Will Carry Your Voice? Empowering The Next Generation of Women through Natural Mentoring To find out more, see below.
Membership: We have many exciting, new activities and opportunities for members. If you are not currently a member, go to www.thetransitionnetwork.org/join and follow the instructions for joining. Scholarship money is available for joining or renewal if you have a financial need. Participation in the scholarship program is confidential. For more information, contact TTN Executive Director, Betsy Werley at 212-803-6121 or email@example.com.
For those who are currently members, it's an easy process to renew: log in to www.thetransitionnetwork.org using your username and password. If your membership has already lapsed, you'll be automatically prompted to renew. If it has not, simply click "Go To Your Account" underneath your name in the log-in box, and then "Renew My Membership" on the left hand side of the page. You'll see the renewal options for your local chapter and will have the option to pay online by credit card, or by mailing a check. If you have any questions or need a reminder of your username or password, contact Sara Lyons at the National office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-803-6120.
Peer Groups: There are two kinds of Peer Groups in Santa Fe: Social Peer Groups and Transition Peer Groups. The overall Peer Group Coordinator is Maria Francis and she heads up the Social Peer Group activities. Be sure to sign up for the Meet-up-TTN group so you will be notified each week of all the activities and the location of the weekly coffee chat.
The Transition Peer Group (TPG) Coordinator is Beth Johnson. 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.
We will be offering new TPGs in September commencing with a general orientation meeting for all those interested. Further details and dates will be made available through the monthly newsletter. Any questions, please contact Beth Johnson, TPG Coordinator at email@example.com or by phone at 505-466-3679.
Gratitude: Thanks to Judy Donohue and Carolyn Moore for their willingness to explore the Caring Collaborative initiative and to any others who may want to be on the initial exploratory planning group. To Karen Hodges and Maria Francis for being present at the Railyard to tell others about The Transition Network and to all the women who signed up that day to find out more about the Santa Fe chapter. We look forward to seeing you at a future event. To all the TTN members who regularly attend our monthly programs, coffee chat, Meet-up activities and to those who help get all of those events organized. We are an all volunteer organization and it takes many people to help make it run smoothly.
Jean Palmer, Coordinator
July Monthly Program Meetings
Monday, July 22, 2013
Time: 6:15 - 8pm
Location: Unitarian Church, 107 West Barcelona
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Time: 1:45 - 3:30pm
Location: Christ Church, 1213 Don Gaspar X Cordova
Topic: Who Will Carry Your Voice? Empowering The Next Generation of Women through Natural Mentoring
Presenters: Karen Hodges & Christine Wagner
As adult women we now have an urgent opportunity to positively impact the lives of girls and young women. We have spent a lifetime cultivating our voice. The time has come to transfer our voice to empowering the next generation of women leaders with theirs. Natural mentoring is relatively unknown in the mainstream - mentoring a girl or young woman already in your life. Our nieces... Our daughters' friends... Our students... Our granddaughters. Research reports there is no clear roadmap to adulthood for an adolescent girl today.
Christine Wagner & Karen Hodges have combined their lifelong love of trees and passionate interest in women and girls by creating The Women's Tree. Karen and Christine are New Mexico transplants with Christine being raised in the Midwest and Karen hailing from the North East. To learn more go to www.thewomenstree.org.
Pre-registration not required. Just show up -- and bring a friend! This is a members and non-members event.
Exploring O'Keeffe Country
By Susan Kay Wilson
The wind gusted but the sky was blue with a few puffy clouds as our spirited TTN group (plus 2 gents) arrived in Abiquiu on a May Thursday. We were on a lively outing to see Georgia O'Keeffe's home and then on to Ghost Ranch. This was a bucket list moment for me and perhaps others.
Georgia's home is open by tour only. The gardens with large trees and plants were shady and a descendent of her gardener was still in employ there. The old adobe, updated and remodeled for Georgia was serene with her artist's touch all around and good Feng Shui. And there was that patio door with the tiles seen so often in paintings and the reason she said she bought the house. Many works of her art, sculpture and lots of collected rocks adorned the light open spaces. Views and with the right windows take it all in. And just as in the painting, the highway wound below and away.
Then to Bode's General Store to pick up lunch and onward to Ghost Ranch. Our group spread out to have lunch on the grounds and watch the sheep. The wind had other ideas so we quickly moved to the shelter of the patio and buildings. Looking out at the Pedernal and the surrounding cliffs I could imagine being in a GO'K painting but it was very real.
Some of the group puttered around the ranch while many chose to climb the steep, uphill, winding path for a better view of Chimney Rock, Lake Abiquiu and the vast landscape surrounding the ranch. WOW! Luckily the wind didn't blow any of us off the trail but it tried.
But the best part of the trip was sharing. Getting to know other TTN members, exploring, talking and enjoying the day with like-minded people made it even more special. Many thanks to all involved in planning, organizing and driving. I think I can safely say that everyone felt this was a wonderful day and worth an encore.
SOCIAL PEER GROUPS
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:
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
"SANTA FE CHAPTER THE TRANSITION NETWORK".
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
We meet every
Wednesday at 3pm
and are open to both members and first time
The Coffee Club has gone back to rotation locations. Find each week's coffee shop on our MeetUp site or contact Maria Francis via the information above.
No RSVP needed.
Just show up.
The Santa Fe TTN Book Club has now reached
its capacity. If you wish
to be put on a waiting
list, contact Glynn
If you wish to start
another book group, contact Maria Francis
Santa Fe Light Hiking Group is a collaboration
between an existing
MeetUp group and
Santa Fe TTN. If you wish
to become a member
Then join Santa Fe
In our May educational meetings, presenter
Sue Legacy had
acrostic poems out of
the word TRANSITION.
Over the next few newsletters, we will share some of them here. This
one is by member
System, Sequence, Spontaneous