July 2015

Santa Fe TTN is organized and led entirely by volunteers.

Coo rdinator's Corner

Jutta von Gontard 

Summertime... And what a lovely summer it is! Many of us are traveling in the coming months, have family and guests visiting from out of town, or are making plans to attend some of the wonderful activities Santa Fe has to offer. Those of us chapter members staying home are celebrating the summer with as many outdoor events as we can: a picnic on July 23rd at the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens, Music on the Hill on Wednesday evenings, and gatherings at some of our cool coffee houses (see column on the right for detail.) I look forward to seeing you there. Until then, stay cool!


Monthly Meeting

The July meeting will be, Thursday, July 23, 2015 from 5:45 to 7:30  
Santa Fe Botanical Garden

Please note that this picnic is being held in lieu of the regular 4th Monday meeting date..


July program:  
Sunset - In the Garden After Hours
Annual Santa Fe TTN Chapter Picnic 



Take a summer evening walk through the Garden. Pack a picnic supper and visit the Garden at the perfect time of day. BYOB -No glass containers and no pets, please.


The views are beautiful. The colors in the sky are gorgeous. Those treasured hours between the end of the day and the beginning of night are beautiful moments to visit the Garden. During this period of magical change, the most extraordinary happenings can occur in the landscape you thought you knew so well. There is no other place in Santa Fe where you can go to be so fully immersed in the beauty of plants. We promise you will not be disappointed.


We will gather in the Orchard at 5:45pm. 

$5 Members of the Santa Fe Botanical Society
$10 non Members


The monthly meeting is open to members and non-members.  

New Location for Monthly Meetings


Starting with our August meeting on Monday, August 24th, we will be meeting at the following location:


Montezuma Lodge No. 1

431 Paseo de Peralta
(adjacent to the Scottish Rite Temple)


A Very Special Treat!

On June 26th eleven members of the Santa Fe Chapter of TTN met at the School for Advanced Research, SAR, for a tour of the grounds and the school's Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. The grounds are the former home of sisters Martha and Elizabeth White who moved to Santa Fe in the early twenties and left their mark all across Santa Fe. The gardens are lovely and their former home contains some original furnishings and pieces from their extensive art collection. The guest houses on the property now house the school's Resident Scholars, working primarily in the field of anthropology, who receive housing and support for up to nine months. SAR also offers internships of shorter duration for Native artists among others.


The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture is actually a research collection with over 12,000 objects, 4,400 of them ceramics. In addition to ceramics the collection includes clothing, weaving, musical instruments, baskets, easel art and kachinas. The collection represents the Native art of Southwestern Pueblo people and other Native tribes and spans the time of contact with Europeans until today. Contemporary Native artists make use of the collection to recover techniques and patterns that might otherwise have been lost, and to find inspiration. More importantly, the artists are able to interpret the items in the collection for the scholars attempting to understand them.  


This was really a fascinating tour. If you missed it and would like to go, call SAR at 505.954.7205 to make arrangements for a tour of the grounds, or to make a reservation for the regular Friday, 2pm, tours of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.


Many thanks to Ann Church, Linda McEnroe and the other members of the Social Committee for arranging this worthwhile event.                                                     -By Kay Henriksen


The TTN Leadership Retreat
Check it Out!

From June 4th to 7th, the TTN board and chapter leaders from across the country gathered in Santa Fe to share experiences, weigh in on issues of importance to all of us, and to simply connect with a group of amazing women! There were many conversations about leadership, transitions, finances and other resources, communications technologies, etc. If you're interested in specifics, you can access all of the documents generated for and by the retreat by going to the TTN website: www.thetransitionnetwork.org. Log in with your member ID and password, type "Chapter Resource Center" in the search box and scroll all the way down. It's all there, including some great photos!

Host Your Own TTN Events! 

For close to three years, the Social Committee

(Ann Church and Linda McEnroe, co-cordinators, Maria Francis, Judy Donohue, Carolyn Moore, and Patty Smith) has arranged many events, including the weekly coffee club, to connect our members through conversations, learning opportunities, fun road trips, parties, and much more.    


We're also encouraging all of you whose needs and passions aren't currently being met to start your own event.
With MeetUp as a communications tool, this is really easy and far from "cyber magic. "

The only requirement is that you host and manage the event that you start!

So, if you're a walker get a group of like-minded members together and choose your own pace and hiking terrain. Interested in the Classics,  Quantum Physics, opera, baking, cooking? ... the list is endless!

 Santa Fe Chapter




The Food Depot 
Solutions to Create
a Hunger-free
New Mexico

The Food Depot addresses the most fundamental need
of all people: food.

For those who struggle with hunger, the effects are far-reaching and often difficult to see. Providing an individual who is hungry with food immediately impacts their capacity to be a contributing member of society.


Nate Patrus, volunteer coordinator for the Food Depot, will give us a tour of the Depot, tell us about the range of programs the Depot offers (i.e. Lunch Box Express, Mobile Food Pantry, Food for Kids) and volunteer opportunities that are available.


Thursday, July 8
3:00 - 4:00 pm


Warm up to TTN
at our Coffee Club 
Wednesday, July 1
Non-members are welcome to the Coffee Club.
Come and learn more about Santa Fe TTN and the value of becoming a member.




Music on the Hill

 Wednesday, July 15 6-8pm FREE


St. John's College

1160 Camino Cruz Blanca   


Meet at Rio Grande School Parking Lot, 715 Camino Cabra at 5:45pm with your cooler and chairs. A bus will take us down the street to the drop off at the field.


Lavay Smith is the vocalist and bandleader of the Red Hot Skillet Lickers one of the top swingin' Jazz and Blues bands in the world. Lavay grew up in Southern California and the Philippines and has become an internationally recognized Diva of Jazz and Blues, with a singing style influenced by Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Bessie Smith, Little Esther Phillips and other legendary greats. Whether singing her own compositions or drawing on a large repertoire of classics, Lavay and her all-star 7-piece band bake up an instant recipe for dancing and good times.



Santa Fe TTN Social Groups use MeetUp
to schedule and
share event ideas.

meet up logo

To sign up follow these instructions:  
If you are not already a MeetUp member, go to www.meetup.com 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,
contact Ann Church at 
The Santa Fe Transition Network   www.thetransitionnetwork.org