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With summer coming to a close and the cool nights ahead, the Philadelphia Chapter Steering Committee is reviewing the year and preparing plans for the upcoming year. 
What's more exciting than celebrating TTN 20-Year Anniversary?

I would like to thank all members who participated in the Philadelphia Chapter Member Survey, hearing from you is a gift we graciously appreciate and are excited to review your feedback to help shape our chapter's upcoming years. For all who provided their names for the drawing, we will have the announcement during our upcoming Mingle September 17th. For those who indicated interest in actively participating with the Steering Committee work, we will be setting up meeting sessions.

These the summary and highlights from the August Steering Committee meeting:

  • Drawing for survey participants who provided their names will be held during the September member Mingle scheduled for September 17th.
  • The Steering Committee annual planning retreat is scheduled for September 25th.
Key Initiatives:
  • The Special Interest Groups Committee will streamline the new SIG creation and announcement process as follows:  All start of new SIGs will be announced once a month in the newsletter. This will enable interested members to search and find a SIG more efficiently.
  • The Giving Circle's annual kick off meeting  is open to all TTN members and their guests October 28th. Plan to attend to learn more about the Giving Circle and the previous grant recipients. This is a great opportunity to see what impact a small gift can have on the lives of many recipients.

The TTN Philadelphia Chapter is a volunteer-run and volunteer-managed organization, we look for your support and help in making this a community of caring, fun loving and active women.

Look forward to see you at our events and programs.

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Chair, TTN Philadelphia  
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What I learned in Peer Group Today:
We are "Perennials"
Some days Peer Group experiences are worth writing about. This week our Peer Group had a special focus. One member was having a very significant birthday and the group wanted to celebrate her. Our check-in focus was a chance to share what we have learned from her. 

Sofi moved to Philadelphia from California. She teaches yoga and had to reinvent her career and her relationships, all while learning to navigate a new city. There was so much to say about her bravery, warmth, energy, ability to balance the fun and serious in life, etc, etc. But one member of our group shared something that excited us all.
Sofi writes a monthly blog to share some of her yogic wisdom. Something she wrote got us all talking as we had a new description of who we are at this time of life. Sofi's article is titled - It's Never Too Late; We Are all Perennials! Here is an excerpt:
The flowers of spring have finally arrived and I want to share a gardening / life analogy from a recent AARP article - we are perennials! We bloom each year and we keep showing up.

I love this and it applies to all ages as a great way to think about growth and getting older. "Aging" as a description can seem bleak, but re-emerging and "ripening" as a perennial each year really speaks to the process more positively.
Another gift from Sofi! We have a new identity. We are all perennials, knowing that every season we are ripening. It felt so much better than merely talking about aging. Happy Birthday Sofi! And thank you for being a part of our group. We love learning from one another.

For more information about Peer Groups, visit  the TTN Philadelphia Chapter Transition Peer Group page or contact Marcia Goldstein (
Special Interest Groups:  Announcing NEW SIGs
Welcome to September and the beginning of the Fall Season of Fun with TTN! Fall means new beginnings and to celebrate that we are introducing FIVE new SIGs. Three of them are extensions of our very popular SIG genres:  an Art group, a movie group in the city and a wine lovers group. These SIGs will be joined by 2 new game groups: Back-to-Bridge and Canasta on the Main Line.
Note a SIG-nificant change to how the SIGs are posted. Rather than posting new SIGs on the site throughout the month, new SIGs will be posted on the first of each month. This allows members to know exactly when (the first of the month) and where (the SIG page of the website) the newest SIGs will drop. Everyone will then an equal chance to sign up for the newest groups.
Here's more details on these new SIGs. They are also posted on the SIG page of the website.
While you're there, be sure to check out the other Newly Forming SIGs which are still looking for YOU to fill out their group.
Art Abounds The Delaware Valley has SO many great art and historical venues and the women of TTN love to check them out.   This new SIG will plan and visit these sites and perhaps lunch afterwards to discuss the outing. Members will share the planning. To avoid overlap with other Art SIGs, this group will NOT meet on Fridays.
Movies in the CityThe Ritz East, The Ritz Five, The many theaters in the Center City area that show the latest independent and art films and with award season right around the corner, now's the time to join a movie SIG to catch the latest films and discuss them with friends. This SIG will view a film of their choosing with a discussion afterwards.
Even More Wine Lovers  - Do you enjoy a nice glass of vino and learning more about the grape? This new wine SIG will meet monthly to share their favorite wines and their knowledge about them. You don't need to be a wine expert, just have an appreciation for a good glass with friends.

Back-to-Bridge in the City  - Did you once play bridge but it's been awhile? Maybe your skills are rusty but you'd like to get back to the game. This group will pay for lessons with a local bridge teacher at a time and place convenient for all. Not only will you get a refresher, you'll also meet others who can meet to play outside class if desired.
Canasta on the Main Line  - Do you live in or near Belmont Hills on the Main Line and play canasta or would like to learn? A new SIG is forming that will play canasta at a local community center. You do NOT need to know how to play. There are members who would be happy to teach as the group develops. At some point, the group may decide to bring in a teacher to teach advanced strategy. This is a great opportunity to pick up a new skill or enjoy playing a favorite game.
This Fall looks to be a fun and active one with opportunities for everyone to get involved in the their favorite activities.
SIGs are a benefit of TTN membership.
TTN Children's Book Drive
TTN Philadelphia is holding its Second Annual Children's Book Drive  from Monday October 7, 2019, through Friday October 18, 2019, to provide greatly needed books to Historic Fair Hill, a non-profit organization in North Philadelphia that promotes literacy in local schools.  This year books donated by TTN members will go to the John F. Hartranft School and the William Cramp Community School.

The book drive complements the other TTN initiatives which support  Read by 4th , the city-wide program described above.

Information about how to donate new and/or gently used books, and the types of books most needed, will be forthcoming by email to all TTN Philadelphia members.

See our Volunteer Opportunities page for more ways to help our community!
Transition Peer Groups Gearing up for Fall 
It's hot, it's humid, thunder storms keep rolling in and it's hard to think about the Fall. But for so many of us September still is the time we get back into our activities after being in vacation mode and surviving the summer doldrums.
If you are thinking that you might be interested in adding a Peer Group to your activities for this year it may be time to learn more about the Peer Group experience. More than half the women in our chapter have been a part of a Peer Group. They love the community connection it provides, the sharing of ideas, and the laughter and caring they find within the group.
If this sounds like something new to try, there are two orientations coming up. Groups are generally geographically based so the first orientation is being held in Bala-Cynwyd on September 3rd and is primarily for women who live outside Center City and want to join a suburban peer group. Register here or on the Events Calendar or contact Elise Freed ( if you have any questions.

The second meeting is primarily for women interested in a peer group that will meet in Center City. That meeting is being held in Center City on September 24th in the afternoon. Again, register here or on the Events Calendar or contact Barbara Kessler (  if you have any questions. Parking is available about both locations.
We look forward to sharing our enthusiasm for becoming a part of a Transition Peer group. It is a great way to connect with a small community within the larger TTN community.

Peer Groups are a benefit of TTN membership.
Program Committee Update for Fall 2019
The Programs Committee is funneling our efforts into a Transitions Series and a Wellness Series of activities throughout the rest of 2019 and into next year.   Dell Williams is building out the Wellness Series with programs that will include movement, interaction and fun! The Transitions Series will focus on interactive programs related to personal enrichment, aging well to create a more purposeful life, and skills and resources such as resiliency that make us stronger.

Here's our Fall Lineup for both Series. We're in the process of adding several new activities in the coming weeks, so be sure to check the Event Calendar often.

September 10 
 What's In Your Active Aging Toolkit with Guest Speaker Joy Loverde
Just a few spots left!!

September 25 
  Healthy Cooking Class
October 23 
Introduction to Tai Chi
October 30 
Care for the Caregiver
November 12 
Women In Transition Workshop
a TTN Signature Program!

Volunteers Wanted: The Programs Committee relies on the professional background and talents of our members who bring subject matter expertise, workshop leadership skills, access to resources in our Community. If you have ideas for a Workshop to present or a topic you feel is important to share with TTN members, please contact Marsha Yankelev (
TTN Signature Program: Women In Transition
On November 12, our Chapter is pleased to offer TTN's Signature Program,
Women in Transition , for women exploring new possibilities, anticipating or newly exploring retirement, rethinking your life and/or work, contemplating changes in your lifestyle and expanding your support networks.

After 50, 60 and even 70, you may begin to experience shifts in your motivation, identity, values and energy. You might feel lost, and wonder how others navigate these changes. In this highly interactive half-day workshop, explore in depth what it really means to be in transition as you experience the often choppy waters of change and set a course for your desired future.  

Workshop Objectives:
  • Understand the transition experience
  • Explore the challenges and opportunities inherent in transition
  • Gain a deeper appreciation of what drives your choices and actions
  • Take away your personal next steps to guide your journey
Feedback from past participants:  
  • The workshop is a credit to TTN and its mission. 
  •  It provided a very valuable tool to help me move forward.
  • There are so many intelligent and educated women going through very similar experiences.
  • Wonderful leadership and workshop structure plus my own take away action plan.
  • Opportunity to reflect on where I am and where I desire to go.
Click here  to register for the Fall Women in Transition Workshop. 

Contact Marsha Yankelev at with questions.