November 2013
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Jean Palmer April 2012Coordinator's Corner


TTN is an organization that has changed women's lives and that is true for us here in Santa Fe. TTN is more than the sum of its parts. It's an opportunity to connect with other women who are experiencing the same transitions we are.  It's a place to discover what choices we have about how to spend our time, learn something new, follow a new passion or resurrect an old one.  At TTN we learn how we want to impact our own lives, the lives of those around us, or our community.


Local TTN: Being involved on the steering committee, in other committees or being a chapter coordinator is one way to have impact - to bring TTN to other women who need to connect and discover. It's not so much about what we get out of it, but what we give, that really impacts others and our lives too.  Thanks to those who have stepped up to serve and if you haven't, let us know of your interest.


National TTN: Susan Collins, the new TTN Executive Director, has sent members invitations to participate in two different activities recently, one to serve on a Strategic Planning committee and the other about the Pace Encore program. I am on two of the Strategic Planning committees - Governance and Communication and Values. It's a great way to learn more about the National organization, to have an impact and to work with fantastic women across the country.


The pilot, two-week Pace Encore program will be in New York, and is designed to encourage and assist successful executives and professionals over the age of 50 to transition from careers in the private sector to encore careers - second acts for the greater good - in the nonprofit and public service sectors. I encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities. 


Transition Peer Groups: Exciting news! The Transition Peer Group Orientation was held on October 22 and it was a lively and informative session. 17 women attended and 12 committed to forming a group and meeting for 4 times before the end of the year and then continuing for a minimum of six months.  The Transition Peer Group Council put much thought and time into this event and worked beautifully as a team. There were several brand new members in attendance and a new evening group was formed! If you missed out on the Orientation this time, there will be another one offered in the spring. Any questions, please contact Beth Johnson, TPG Coordinator at or by phone at 505-466-3679.
Social Peer Groups: Did you attend the Aspen Hiking Adventure, the Balloon Fiesta or have you been to one of the Wednesday coffees or Happy Hours? All of these activities and more are part of the Social Peer Groups which are fun, social activities. They are listed on a Meet-up group just for TTN members, called Santa Fe Chapter The Transition Network. You get notices of all the great activities that have been planned. 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: We have many benefits of membership but one of the highlights is to attend the Holiday Potluck on Wednesday, December 11 at one of our member's homes. This annual event is an opportunity for the members to meet each other informally and have enjoy some delicious food. 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, or have a financial need for a scholarship, contact Sara Lyons at the National office at or 212-803-6120.  



Website: We want you to get in the habit of going to the website to get the latest news and updates and to learn more about the chapter. Go to click chapters, Santa Fe, and then read all about us and also check the events calendar, member directory and any other categories of interest to you.


Gratitude:  Thanks to all who attended the Transition Peer Group (TPG) Orientation for their questions and commitment to moving ahead with enthusiasm. Thanks, also, for all of the hard work that the TPG Council members put into it: Beth Johnson, Glynn Anderson, Sue Legacy and Elaine Meizlish. Thanks to Nancylou Adams who types up our member's name-tags and who impressed one of our newest members who received one even though she had just joined the night before! Thanks to the Social Peer Group leaders, Maria Francis and Ann Church and to their team of people who come up with ideas for things to do and then carry them out. It's another valuable and fun way to connect.


Jean Palmer, Coordinator
TTN-Santa Fe




November Monthly Program Meetings


Monday, November 25, 2013

Time: 6:15 - 8pm


Unitarian Church, 107 West Barcelona



Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Time: 1:45 - 3:30pm


Christ Church,
1213 Don Gaspar X Cordova 
Topic: Three Common Money Hazards You Can Avoid

Even smart women make some very common money mistakes. Do you let someone else handle all aspects of your financial life? Do you believe that financial issues are boring, or perhaps that you don't know enough to manage your finances? Do you think you don't have enough money to even bother with financial planning? Presented by Kate Stalter, an investment advisor at Portfolio LLC.

Pre-registration not required. Just show up -- and bring a friend!
This is a members and non-members event. 
PLEASE NOTE: The monthly programs are fragrance free. We are meeting in public places and we must also be respectful of their policies that only allow service dogs. As of May 1, 2013, this policy will be in effect at TTN meetings in public places and in homes as well. 
Social Events Report


Rising in the wee hours of the morning on Saturday, October 5th, TTN members Sheila Doran-Benyon, Ann Church, Patty Armstrong, Elaine Coleman, Susan Kay Wilson, Beth Johnson and guests Alex Benyon and Keri Durfee drove down to Albuquerque for the 42nd Annual Balloon Fiesta in time for the Dawn Patrol and Mass Ascension, roaming in between rising balloons and right in the incredible thick of things.Click here to see more event photos by the group.


Some of our Upcoming Events:


     Wednesday, Nov 6, 20 and 27 (3pm)

     Coffee Club


     Saturday, November 9 (11am, Limited seating.)

     Breaking Bread with Autumn Vegetable Soup


     Wednesday, November 13 (6:30pm)

     Fall Dance at the Lensic


     Thursday, December 11 (6-8pm)

     Members' Holiday Potluck 

     Members will receive a separate e-mail invitation with

     directions and instructions.  Make sure your membership

     is current to receive an invitation to this popular event.


More information on these and other upcoming events are on Santa Fe TTN's Meetup website.  You must be a member to access the MeetUp site, but occasionally we can bring guests on our outings.


If you haven't signed up to learn about TTN Santa Fe social events - or even suggest one of your own, follow the instructions at the top of the column on the right to join our private MeetUp group and get in the mix!  More and more fun events are being created.



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.
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. 
Book Club

What are the physicists telling us about the nature of reality? Why does time only seem to move in one direction?  Did the big bang really happen? Will the stars and planets ever stop speeding away from each other?  Are there other universes besides our own?  Does free will exist?  How many dimensions are there and why can't we experience all of them?  These and other questions may be explored in a new discussion group focusing on recent scientific breakthroughs, primarily in quantum physics. 


The group may choose its own form of exploration:  choosing one or more books to read and discuss, bringing information to the group about new advances, outside presenters and any other ways to keep us up to date on contemporary science.  No previous experience in science is required but, on the other hand, is deeply appreciated.   


To join the group or find out more, contact Elaine Johnson at 505-989-3570 or email her at

Book Club

The notice above is for 

our second book club.

Our Literature Book

Club is looking

to add more members

If you wish to find out more or join, please contact

Glynn Anderson at

or Maria Francis at

713-304-6262 or .



Our primary event in December will be the annual potluck dinner

for members.  Look

 for your e-mailed

invitation with

directions and

details soon. 



The Santa Fe Transition Network