October 2013
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Jean Palmer April 2012Coordinator's Corner


Our recent September Getting to Know Us monthly program was very successful. There were 62 women who came, learned about the latest programs we are offering, filled out a survey to let us know what was important to them and networked with others. We welcome the many new members who have joined us recently. We look forward to getting to know you and having you participate in our varied activities.


National TTN: Congratulations to Susan Collins, the new TTN Executive Director. She has many outstanding credentials and has been very active on the National level and in the Philadelphia chapter. We invite her to visit us here in Santa Fe anytime. 


The National Board has formed a Strategic Planning Committee based on issues identified at the April 2013 Leadership Retreat. There are five committees: Financial Model, Fundraising, Communication and Values, Governance, and Marketing and Branding. If you have skills or talents in these areas and would like to serve on a National committee, let me know right away (deadline is October 1) and I will get you more information and whom to contact.  


Local TTN: We want you to share your skills, energy and enthusiasm for TTN by stepping up for leadership positions here in Santa Fe. This is an all volunteer organization and there will be openings for the following Steering Committee positions beginning in January 2014: Coordinator, Membership, Program. We would like two people to share the responsibilities for each of these positions. If you have questions or would like to be considered for any of these, please contact the current person serving in that job:


Peer Groups: Exciting news! On October 22 from 5:45-7:45 PM at LaFarge Library Community Room, 1730 Llano Street, there will be a Transition Peer Group Orientation and groups will be formed that evening. 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. You must be in attendance that evening and be a member of TTN to participate. If not, you will have to wait until the next orientation which will be in April. Any questions, please contact Beth Johnson, TPG Coordinator at bethjohnson58@msn.com or by phone at 505-466-3679. 
The Social Peer Groups are fun, social activities that are another member benefit. 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 mfrancis@rrpins.com or call her cell 713-304-6262.  


Membership: If you are not currently a member, go to www.thetransitionnetwork.org/join and follow the instructions for joining.

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 you have any questions or need a reminder of your username or password, or wish to find out about our membership scholarship, contact Sara Lyons at the National office at sara@thetransitionnetwork.org or 212-803-6120.  


Monthly Program: The October program will be on Live Wild. Live Wise. Heal Like Crazy. PLEASE NOTE: This meeting is actually the 5th Tuesday of the month so it can meet back to back with the 4th Monday of the month. To find out more, see below.


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 www.TheTransitionNetwork.org 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.


Political Campaigning: Because we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit, it is against the law for TTN to both participate in or endorse political campaigns.  TTN welcomes politicians to participate in our activities as memebrs or visitors, but we cannot offer a platform for their campaign. This also means candidates and their supporters cannot use our membership brochure display table for campaign literature.


Gratitude:  Thanks to all who attended our September program and to those who bring guests to our meetings to introduce them to the organization. Special thanks to the presenters who did an outstanding job and to their committee members who supported them. Thanks to those who have shared how much this organization has meant to them and filled a real need in their lives. We are grateful to hear we've made a difference.  


Jean Palmer, Coordinator
TTN-Santa Fe

October Monthly Program Meetings


Monday, October 28, 2013

Time: 6:15 - 8pm


Unitarian Church, 107 West Barcelona



Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Time: 1:45 - 3:30pm


Christ Church,
1213 Don Gaspar X Cordova 
NOTE: This meeting is actually the 5th Tuesday of the month so it can meet back to back with the 4th Monday of the month


Topic:  Live Wild. Live Wise. Heal Like Crazy.


Remember a time when you had space in your life: within your body, within your thoughts, within your feelings?  Or perhaps you can't remember a time that you ever felt a sense of total freedom and at the same time you have a longing for it. Either way access is at hand.


Dr. Judy Scher's presentation will introduce you to a larger story of yourself, a story that allows you to be authentically with your full being.  It introduces you to your sacred wound that each of us carries inside.  Within that wound is a most precious gift for you: presence. Your true voice and true self emerges from here unadulterated, wild, yet harnessing the wisdom of the ages. From here all possibilities exist and you spiral into a more integrated person.


Along with a sensory experience that will help you tap into this unbiased wisdom within, you'll be introduced to 4 simple principles that support the awakening of sustainable joy and well being.
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


On Saturday, September 7th, TTN members Maria Francis (pictured right), Shela Doran-Benyon, Barbara Axton, Maria Pisa and Patty Armstrong went to the Salman Raspberry Ranch near Mora.   Each picked around 3-4 pounds of fresh raspberries in just an hour.  Afterward, they had lunch at the cafe, which included raspberry pie and raspberry ice cream.  With instructions for freezing and great recipes provided by the gift shop, they'll be eating raspberries for many weeks to come.  Envious other TTN members who missed this trip are thinking about planning another trip.

On Saturday, September 28,  TTN members Sheila Doran-Benyon (pictured left), Ann Church, Susan Latham, Monica Oechsner, Julia Kinney, Carolyn Moore, Carolyn Roock, Susan Wilson, and Prasant Ziskind went on an arts tour on the High Road to Taos.  They had a great time on the gorgeous, early autumn day and too many photos.  Click here to see more photos.



Some of our Upcoming Events:

     Saturday, October 5 (depart Santa Fe 4:45am)                     

     Balloon Fiesta Mass Ascension


     Wednesday, October 9 (afternoon)

     Movie Day - suggested titles are welcome


     Sunday, October 20 (depart at 9am)

     Hike at Aspen Vista to enjoy Fall colors


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

     Breaking Bread with Autumn Vegetable Soup


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 side, but occasionally we can bring quests 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.

Santa Fe Pin photo


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 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, 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 www.meetup.com.  
Then join Santa Fe
Light Hiking. 
In our May educational meetings, presenter Sue Legacy had participants create acrostic poems out of the word TRANSITION.
Over the next few newsletters, we will share some of them here.
This one is by
member Jean Tobias. 


Taking time to allow change to happen,


Remembering the depth of my soul


And allowing it to find expression.


Not to worry or feel anxious


So many joyful moments in this journey and


I am so happy to be alive.



Thankful and grateful for my independence and strength,


I am challenged and sometimes overwhelmed but


Onward I go into unknown places and new relationships,


Not looking back but feeling the growing wisdom gleaned by life's experiences as my guide.


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

first one is already full. 

If you have ideas about starting another book club, please contact

Glynn Anderson at glynn@scatter.com

or Maria Francis at

713-304-6262 or mfrancis@rrpins.com 

call her at

to find out more.


The Santa Fe Transition Network   www.thetransitionnetwork.org