November 2015

Santa Fe TTN is organized and led entirely by volunteers.

C oordinator's Corner 

Jutta von Gontard 
Last Monday's meeting was the last of a series of programs dealing with Community Involvement. Based on the desire of our membership to learn more about opportunities for meaningful involvement in community organizations, over the course of this year the programs committee presented four Santa Fe organizations that provide such opportunities:  Esperanza Shelter, the Food Depot, Communities in Schools, and - last Monday - the Clown Chorus. This group of seven women, including members Jean Palmer (also the pianist) and Linda McEnroe, dress up as clowns and entertain folks in retirement communities, nursing homes, and other venues, singing oldies and encouraging the audience to sing along. What fun it was to watch these women clowning around while singing and dancing! It didn't take long for all of us to join in and singing (or humming) some "oldies", swaying, laughing, and having a great time! Heartfelt thanks to Linda and Jean for a wonderful evening and, of course, to Judy Donohue, our program coordinator, for all the great programs she put together over the last six months!

Save the Date! 
It's hard to believe, but the Holidays are fast approaching! In case you were wondering: yes, we will have our annual Holiday Potluck Party. It will be on Thursday, December 10th, from 5:30 - 7:30 at Jean Palmer's home. (Thank you, Jean!) This is a members-only event; please RSVP directly to Jean if you're planning to attend ( Bring a dish that serves six and your holiday spirit!
I want to take this opportunity to thank Sheila Doran Benyon and her husband, Alex Prihoda, for hosting our previous three Holiday parties. Sheila will be visiting family in Tasmania and won't be joining us for this year's celebration. Bon voyage, Sheila and Alex!
Monthly Meeting

The November meeting will be
Monday, November 16th  from 5:45-7:30pm
Note this is the 3rd Monday this month!
November program: 
Pat Shapiro 
What are the keys to successful aging?
In this stimulating talk, local author Pat Shapiro will draw on the lives of the twelve women from the ages of 76 to 102 featured in her latest book The Privilege of Aging
and share what she learned from interviewing them. Her talk will cover the secrets to the
women's longevity and their vitality as well as a new vision of aging that can change how we all view the years ahead.  
Pat Shapiro is an award-winning author who has written or co-authored nine nonfiction books. She specializes in writing and speaking on the issues of women at mid-life and older. She has a master's in social work and draws on that training to understand the human condition, particularly women's development. Pat is also a writing coach and yoga instructor.
A Positive Experience!

Jean Palmer, Linda Mickle and Sue Burgess
presented the Women in Transition workshop for ten women (seven members and three non-members) at Montezuma Lodge on October 17. The workshop provided an overview of the stages of transition and allowed ample time for participants to share their experiences. The workshop concluded with an action planning exercise.

The evaluations were positive and one woman said "Thank you!  Wonderful experience; highly recommend it! Well worth my time."

Jean was one of the developers of the workshop and she trained Sue and Linda as facilitators. They plan to offer the class again in the spring and fall of 2016. Plans are also underway for participants who would like to continue meeting for support on their action plans. Please contact Sue, if you're interested.

The Women in Transition workshop is open to both members and non-members and one woman joined TTN after the workshop. We can offer the class to groups as large as thirty, so if you enjoyed the workshop, please tell your friends!
Host Your Own TTN Events! 

For three years, the Social Committee has arranged many events, including coffees, happy hours, and special trips to connect our members beyond the monthly meetings.

Something you would like to host? Hiking, art, theater? It's easy with MeetUp as a communications tool. The only requirement is that you host and manage the event that you start. Contact the coordinators: Ann Church - or Linda McEnroe - singinglinda(at) to get started.  
 Santa Fe Chapter




The Food Depot

Saturday, Nov 14  

Builders Source Appliance Gallery  
1608 Pacheco
Santa Fe 

Come taste pie and other delicious holiday desserts, made by top local chefs! Bid on your favorites...and help feed the hungry this season. We will be there.
It's a small place, so come early.

Tickets $7 in advance
$10 at the Door.
Tickets go on sale Nov. 1st at

at our Coffee Club 
Wednesday, Nov 18

Non-members are welcome to attend the Coffee Club
and Happy Hours.

Come and learn more about
Santa Fe TTN and the value
of becoming a member.


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 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