September 2013
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Jean Palmer April 2012Coordinator's Corner


September often feels like the beginning of something new. We are continuing to evaluate what we are doing and provide you with new opportunities and activities. We welcome your feedback and ideas and would love to have you get involved.  


Monthly Program: Our monthly program in September will be a Come Get To Know Us program where you have a chance to find out about a variety of programs and services that the Santa Fe chapter offers, ask questions, give ideas and connect with each other and we learn a little more about you. This would be an especially good time to come if you haven't been for awhile, if you have thought about coming but haven't or if you are a regular attendee. Feel free to bring someone along with you who may not know about TTN.  For more information about the program, see below.


Serving on a committee as a member or leader: Anyone in the chapter may express interest in serving on a committee or in a leadership role. It is a wonderful way to get to know others, to use your talent and skills and to give back to TTN.


There will be openings for the following Steering Committee positions beginning in January 2014: Co-Coordinator, Membership, Program. If you want to know more about these specific positions, please contact the current person serving in that job:

Co-coordinator - Jean Palmer,, 954-1566

Membership - Sheila Doran-Benyon,, 984-0076

Program - Pat Shapiro,, 466-6656


Peer Groups: There are two kinds of Peer Groups in the Santa Fe Chapter: Social Peer Groups and Transition Peer Groups 


The Social Peer Groups are fun, social activities that any member can attend. They are listed on a special new service, a Meet-up group just for TTN members, called Santa Fe Chapter The Transition Network. It's a great way to connect and get to know other TTN members. By signing up on Meet-up, you get notices of all the great activities that have been planned. Some upcoming ones are going together to pick raspberries and a private jazz concert in a member's home. There is also the coffee chat each week and a new addition of a Happy Hour. You can post something on the site too that interests you and you'd like others to attend. 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. 


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. The Transition Peer Group Advisory Council has been working hard to formulate new plans and guidelines based on the feedback given from those who have been in previous Santa Fe TTN Transition Peer Groups.  


There are two upcoming opportunities to learn more about and participate in Transition Peer Groups (TPG). In the September monthly program, you will hear about Transition Peer Groups and you will have a chance to sign-up to participate. On October 22 (new date) from 6-8 PM, there will be a TPG Orientation for all who want to be in a Transition Peer Group and groups will be formed. Any questions, please contact Beth Johnson, TPG Coordinator at or by phone at 505-466-3679.


Membership: 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, contact Sara Lyons at the National office at or 212-803-6120.  You may also contact Sara for membership scholarships. 


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 have stepped up to serve on committees and particularly to Portia Blackman who will be the new Logistics chair and serve on the Steering Committee. We so appreciate the time, effort and help that Jeanne Roos, our Logistics chair has given to us these last two years. She does many of the behind the scenes work that you don't know about but that makes us run smoothly. I know she'll be around to help as needed during this transition and hopefully into the future too.


Jean Palmer, Coordinator
TTN-Santa Fe

September Monthly Program Meetings

Santa Fe Pin photo


Monday, September 23, 2013

Time: 6:15 - 8pm


Unitarian Church, 107 West Barcelona



Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Time: 1:45 - 3:30pm


Christ Church,
1213 Don Gaspar X Cordova 


Topic: Come Get to Know Us!  Bring a friend and discover the ins and outs of TTN. Learn of all the opportunities to get involved. Meet interesting 50+ women. This meeting will offer lots of time for informal networking.

Refreshments will be served.  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

book exchange      

On August 14, we had our first Book Exchange event that went very well.  Participant Portia Blackman had this response: "I'm so glad I signed up for the Book Exchange! It was delightful to see all of you, fill up on your delicious food offerings, and grab a few new (to me) books that I can sink into in the next few weeks. A great idea, carried out beautifully. Thank you, Ann, for getting us together at your lovely home."


Some of our Future Events:

Raspberry Picking at Salmon Ranch, near Mora       Saturday, Sept. 7th

High Road Artisans Tour, in Taos                              Saturday, Sept. 28th

Wednesday, Sept.18th

Balloon Fiesta, in Albuquerque                                        Saturday, Oct.5th


More information on these and other upcoming events are on Santa Fe TTN's Meetup website.


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.

MEMBER BOOKThe Privilege of Aging
On August 7, Santa Fe TTN Steering Committee Program Chair Pat Shapiro gave a reading at Collected Works bookstore in downtown Santa Fe to launch her latest book about women ages 76-102,The Privilege of Aging: Portraits of Twelve Jewish Women, which was attended by many friends, fans and TTN members. Congratulations, Pat!



Pat's previous book, Coming Home to Yourself: Eighteen Wise Women Reflect on their Journeys,was selected by the TTN National office as the January 2012 TTN Author of the Month.  


Both books are available for purchase through
If you access through the TTN website's Go Shopping page, will automatically donate a portion of the proceeds to TTN.

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 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. 
Photos of some of our talented members from our April 2013 Member Showcase

Jean Palmer piano

Musical Jean

Iswari and Joanne 

Ishwari explains her therapy bears to Joanne


Betsy and Sheila  

Betsy gives Sheila a 

Reiki demonstration 


Elaine and Ann 

Elaine tells Ann

about her books





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 guest Lois Swagerty. 


Transition is one of those words that

Rarely lives up to the

Adventure, apprehension and reality that

Now I am here, empty of my former life

Sitting in silence and waiting to build again.

I don't want to refill my life as it was; instead I want to

Think outside the box

Invite in the scary, the joyful, the unknown,

Open my eyes and heart to the bursting wineskin that is my

New life.

The Santa Fe Transition Network