Santa Fe TTN is organized and led entirely by volunteers.

News From The Steering Committee
  • Let's Go, Let's Grow!  All chapters of TTN are making a special effort to bring new members into the chapter.  All members can make ours the chapter that gets the highest increase!  Everyone who brings in a new member receives a prize.
  • Plan the September monthly program, Transitions, Connections and Conversations which will give members an opportunity to get to know each other better by being able to visit on various topics.   
  • Determine a volunteer activity that could involve the chapter members for a one-shot time or on-going.
  • Send a Survey Monkey to the members to get members' input on programming and activities. 
  • Post announcements to more places in publications where it is free. 
  • Continue soliciting interested members for Steering Committee positions.
My Transition Story 

Sue Burgess
I made my first Santa Fe transition almost ten years ago when I moved here from Oakland, California. I had made several trips and was leaning toward moving here when I met my sweetie at Harry's Roadhouse. He was shy and cute and had a southern accent. We made plans to go dancing two nights later. I was cat sitting at the time and planning to leave a few days later. Before that happened, I was offered a temp job for which I had previously applied and a casita for short term rental. I appreciated driving to work in light traffic after so many years of hard commuting. Steve and I saw each other often and I was happy to live in a town where I didn't hear gunfire at night. I had been looking for a man with a job and a house and a full head of hair for many years.

I went back to California to rent out my house and over the Thanksgiving holiday, I got a job selling art at Shidoni. Steve helped me moved into my apartment near the Plaza on January 1, 2008 and I started work the next day. I loved selling crafts and sculpture, but it didn't pay well, so I got a job with the the State. Six years later, I was laid off when the grant I was managing was not renewed. By this time, housing prices in the Bay area had gone back up so I decided to sell my Oakland house in the summer of 2015. I had it staged and it sold quickly. I had just given notice on my apartment with plans to move in with Steve when my elderly father started needing more care and I made multiple trips to the Phoenix area. I was busy and retirement seemed to just happen.

I didn't feel the full impact of living with Steve until my father died at 98 in the summer of 2016. Living with someone again after so many years alone is quite a challenge and the environment is completely different, beautiful and very quiet. In contrast to my downtown apartment where I would see neighbors daily, it's possible to go days without seeing a neighbor.

Meanwhile, it took a while for me to figure out how I wanted to spend my retirement. During my working year, I had written many poems, essays, stories and the first draft of a novel and it took months to organize it all. I'm working on editing the stories and submitting them for publication.

It has been so satisfying to enjoy Santa Fe's cool summer mornings and not have to race off to Oakland or Phoenix.
-Sue Burgess

If you'd like to share your transition experience(s), please email a draft of your transition narrative - limited to 300 words if possible - to Membership Co-Chair Lynne Frimond  lfrimond@gmail.com 
 
 
September Monthly Meeting

Monday, September 26
5:45 - 7:30 pm

TRANSITIONS, CONNECTIONS & CONVERSATION:  
a program designed to give us more time to get to know each other than the usual meeting format provides. In small rotating groups, we will discuss our own transitions, the role that TTN plays, and the kinds of activities we want to share with other members.

$5 donation at the door.
 

Bring a guest!  Non-members welcome!   

Montezuma Lodge    
431 Paseo de Peralta  
located just to the left and behind the Scottish Rite Temple with plenty of parking.

August: Out & About!

TTN members traveled to El Rancho de las Golondrinas on August 5th for their New Mexican Food Fest. During "tent talks" we learned about the wide varieties of New Mexican chiles and their preparation as well as the creation of a cacao drink based on an ancient recipe. Samples of these delicacies were savored along with biscochitos fresh from the oven and a most unusual porridge-like dish. Still "back in time" we engaged in the craft of making little corn husk dolls
   
   


 




A couple of weeks later on August 13th, following a scenic potluck tailgate party, TTN members and guests enjoyed a series of arias from various operas presented by the Santa Fe Opera's Apprentice Showcase featuring singing and technical apprentices.




Scroll down to learn about all the interesting activities that we have scheduled for September and October! Don't forget to sign up! 
 

SEPTEMBER CALENDAR OF EVENTS


Let's try out   The New (Santa Fe) Baking Co. and Café - on the site of that "old" favorite local establishment. Totally remodeled inside, the menu offers breakfast, lunch and dinner options all day, so we can make it lunch or brunch! Most of the staff has returned-including the baker - so if you loved it before.......

Look for the restaurant with the red umbrellas at the opposite end of the Trader Joes' strip mall nearest Don Diego Ave. There is no sign as yet. Their phone is (505) 557-6435

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 10       1:30 pm
 Santa Fe Playhouse
142 E De Vargas St, Santa Fe, NM  
 
A tradition in Santa Fe since 1919, the Fiesta Melodrama lampoons local news and politics. This will be the final performance, so please purchase your ticket(s) SOON for open seating at the playhouse.  Box Office
Open to TTN members and their guests!

WEDNESDAY  SEPTEMBER 20   7:00 - 9:00 PM
TTN MUSICAL PARTY
790 Paseo de la Cuma (Jean Palmer's Home)

Come have some fun with an evening of music! Please bring your instruments and/or your voices, to listen or participate in music of any genre. There will be an opportunity for solos (2-3 per person/group) and a sing-along of familiar and well-loved tunes!

Light refreshments will be served and if you'd like to bring something, please do.

Open to TTN members and non members. Bring a guest!


RSVP 
   
SAVE THESE OCTOBER DATES!!!

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 11 - 4:45 AM  ALBUQUERQUE INT'L BALLOON FIESTA
We will arrive early to view the Laser Light Show, Dawn Patrol, Morning Glow, and Mass Ascension. We will carpool to Albuquerque with lunch enroute back to Santa Fe.

SUNDAY OCTOBER 22 - 1:00 PM - SANDIA PEAK AERIAL TRAM 
The Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway will transport us above deep canyons and breathtaking terrain a distance of 2.7 miles. We will spend time at the peak and finish at the bottom with dinner at Sandiago's Grill at the Tram.
 
MONDAY OCTOBER 24 - MONTHLY MEETING AT MONTEZUMA LODGE  - 5:45 - 7:30 PM  
REINVENTING YOUR WORK panel discussion by three TTN members .  

TTN EVENTS PARTICIPATION POLICY  

Non-members are invited to attend up to three open events before joining.

These open events include our monthly meetings, coffees, luncheons and happy hours as well as members-only events that you attend as a guest of a particular TTN member.

Thereafter, we ask that you join The Transition Network (TTN) to continue attending.

We hope non-members will understand and respect this policy.

Please contact our National Office to join/renew TheTransitionNetwork.org/join. If there is a financial need, you may apply for a confidential scholarship by writing to Susan Collins, Executive Director, at susan.collins@thetransitionnetwork.org
 


HOW TO RSVP


We invite non-members to attend up to three of our events to learn
more about Santa Fe TTN and the value of becoming a member.


When you click on this newsletter's RSVP to a TTN event,
you will be connected to either the TTN website or the organizer's email.

TO ATTEND A MEMBERS-ONLY EVENT:
You must be a current member or
the guest of a member of The Transition Network (TTN).

You may join or renew online:
TheTransitionNetwork.org/join


We also use Meetup.com to announce upcoming events.  


meet up logo

Please sign up with the Chapter's Meetup site to receive meeting and event reminders.

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:
"SANTA FE CHAPTER THE TRANSITION NETWORK".
 
If you are already a Meetup member, sign into Meetup as usual and look for our group title listed above.


 
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU RSVP TO ANY EVENT YOU PLAN TO ATTEND.
IT'S A GREAT HELP TO EVENT ORGANIZERS SINCE RESERVATIONS MUST SOMETIMES BE MADE IN ADVANCE.


Thank you!



SANTA FE CHAPTER

STEERING COMMITTEE

Please feel free to contact these coordinators with questions, concerns, suggestions and/or to offer your assistance.

Chapter Coordinator: Rachel Greenstein rachel4TTN@gmail.com                    
Communications: Virginia Asman art@vgasman.com
Membership: Sue Benedict  suefbenedict396@gmail.com
                        Lynne Frimond  lfrimond@gmail.com
Programs: Sue Burgess sueburgessttn@earthlink.net
Treasurer: Kay Henriksen kay.henriksen5@gmail.com
TTN National Liaison: Jean Palmer jean@jeanpalmer.com