February - 2019


Hiking Club Walk                                                    February 16                                  East Bay
Solo Aging                                                             February 18                                  San Francisco  
Webinar Inagural Discover Session                      February 25                                   12:30 Pac. Time
Well Being & Purpose in Later Life                       March 18                                       San Francisco
Women in Transition Workshop                            March 30                                      San Francisco  
See details below
February Monthly Meeting
Sara Zeff Geber, Ph.D. The Retirement Transition and Life Planning Expert for Boomers
Sara Zeff Geber will speak about Solo Aging at the February 18th TTN meeting.  Sara is passionate about raising awareness of the vast numbers of Solo Agers among the baby boom generation. She is a professional speaker and certified retirement coach and loves to take her message to communities who are interested in the well-being of ALL individuals in later life. She has recently become the Forbes.com specialist in Solo Aging and will be blogging on that platform several times a month. Her book, Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers, is a retirement and aging roadmap for single and childless adults.   
When:  Monday, February 18;  6:00
Where: 50 California 10th Floor San Francisco (one block from the Embarcadero BART, reduced parking rates in Embarcadero Buildings)
Cost:  Free
Registration:  To attend this TTN event, register now HERE. 
Sara Zeff Geber's book, Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers, is a retirement and aging roadmap for single and childless adults.  Sara is passionate about raising awareness of the vast numbers of Solo Agers among the baby boom generation. She has recently become the Forbes.com specialist in Solo Aging and will be blogging on that platform several times a month.  
For more informantion about Sara Zeff Geber click HERE. 
A half-day workshop for women 50+ exploring what's next for them
We are pleased to introduce The Transition Network's Signature Program, Women in Transition, being offered for the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter on Saturday, March 30, 2019, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, at Fort Mason in San Francisco.

The purpose of this highly experiential TTN workshop is for participants to:
  • Enhance skills for successfully navigating change
  • Expand possibilities and options 
  • Know how to create a meaningful life 
  • Create a "next steps" action plan.
  • Engage and connect with other women 50+ in transition
If you are exploring new possibilities, rethinking your life and/or work, contemplating changes in your lifestyle or want to expand your networks, this informative workshop will you a guiding framework to understand the process of transition, with structured conversations for personal reflection and interactive learning.

What sets this Workshop apart is the opportunity to become part of a vibrant community of women, and to make connections that can continue to enrich your life and support your journey over the next several years.  

This workshop will be co-facilitated by Chrissa Merron, from the Philadelphia Chapter of TTN and one of the original designers of the program, Luanne Mullin and Linda Brown, active members of the SF Bay Area Chapter.

When:  Saturday, March 30
Time:    10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Where:  Ft. Mason in San Francisco
Cost:      Members - $40.00;  Non-Members- $55.00
Registration:   Space is limited so click HERE to register now.

For more information and background about the workshop, see the article below.
Women in Transition
"Change is what happens on the outside while transition is an inner process."

Do you recall the "aha moment" when you first heard about The Transition Network? Somewhere in that moment, you recognized - if you hadn't already -- that you were in a transition of some sort yourself and that there were other women out there who were just like you. And you wanted to know how they were handling things.

To help meet that need, The Transition Network National developed a signature program, Women in Transition - a half-day program for the woman in the process of exploring what's next for her.... To make the workshop as effective as possible, the attendance will be limited to 30 participants.

The general premise of the workshop is the work of the late consultant William E. Bridges. In his 1980 book, Transitions: Making Sense of Life's Changes, Bridges introduced a new way of thinking about change and transition. Bridges' view is that change is what happens on the outside while transition is an inner process.

The Women in Transition workshop isn't a lecture about financial matters or advice on what you "ought" to do. It's an experiential program for exploring your own new possibilities, rethinking your life and/or work, contemplating changes in your life-style or expanding your networks. "Changes after 50 may mean significant shifts in how we think about our identity, what's most important to us and what motivates us", says former TTN National Board Chair Barbara Beizer, who has facilitated the workshop for several chapters. "The Women in Transition Workshop is designed to give information and a safe place to connect and determine some next steps." TTN offers a community of peers and at the end of the workshop, companions for the journey!"

Women in Transition has been presented in TTN chapters from coast to coast. Here are some comments from prior workshop attendees:

"It was the most fun, useful event I've been to at TTN".
"Program had emotional and intellectual depth"
"Loved the action steps, applicable exercises, much value in short workshop".
"It's a great workshop to learn about yourself, to meet interesting women and to connect".

Non-members are welcome. This is a great way to meet other women in transition and learn what TTN has to offer you!  See registration information in the announcement above.


Groups With Openings
  • East Bay Non-Fiction Books - if interested in joining this group please contact Marjorie Wolf at marjswolf@aol.com
  • Artists Group - if interested in joining this group please contact Dianne McCutcheon at dianne07@aol.com
  • SF Movie Goers - if interested in joining this group please contact Mae Kin Go at  mkgo@earthlink.net
  • Travel Partners - if interested in joining this group please contact Janice Wallace at janicewallace2016@gmail.com 
  • Exploring Life Over 70 - if interested in joining this group please contact Shelley Friedman at shelleydit@gmail.com 
Groups in Formation 
  • Hiking Group:  We will be taking weekend hikes/walks in the East Bay regional parks.  Each month, we'll go to one of ten parks, all with maintained trails, only moderate inclines, rest stops,  and places to have a picnic lunch we've brought.                               
           We have scheduled hikes for the next 3            months as follows:  

                           Feb -- Saturday Feb 16
                           March -- Sunday, March 17
                           April -- Saturday, April 20

Full directions will be sent out before each hike.   I'm ready to go -- are you?  Contact Toby Stewart (
tobyetc@yahoo.com ) or 510-717-8137 if interested! 


  • Game Night (or weekend afternoon): Anyone interested in starting a game group? Please contact Hope Levy at hopelevy0@gmail.com
  • Craft Ladies: Are you interested in starting a monthly craft group to do a different craft activity once per month? If so please contact Hope Levy at hopelevy0@gmail.com 

Groups That are Currently Filled 

 If you are interested in starting a new group with the same interest, contact Janice Wallace at
  • East Bay Dining Out
  • SF Non-Fiction Books
  • SF TED Talks   
What's your passion?   

Any member can start a special interest group. If you have an interest that is not represented by a new or existing group, contact  Janice Wallace at
janicewallace2016@gmail.com  to create a group description and recruit other members to join you.

For more information about other new groups as well as information about existing groups, see the Special Interest Page on our website
Linda Brown
Event Planning

Aleen Colitz
  Event Planning

Dianne McCutcheon  
National Liaison Coordinator

Bunnie Quint
Event Planning

Gail Benton Shoemaker
 Program Planning Coordinator

Joan Varrone
Event Planning

Janice Wallace
Special Interest Groups 
and Membership Coordinator


Arlene Reiff
Exploring Housing Options 
Mona Kreaden
Exploring Housing Options

  Janet Mandelstam
 East Bay Caring Collaborative     

Nancy Ware
Newsletter Editor   
Janet Mandelstam
Arlene Reiff  
Co-Founders of SF Bay Area Chapter


Mark your calendars for these wonderful and engaging Monthly Meetings in the coming months.

            February 18        Sara Zeff Geber   
                                         Solo Aging
        ** March 18            Anne Colby and 
                                      Jim  Emerman
                       Well Being & Purpose in Later Life

            April 15               Financial Planner  - TBA                                          Financial Planning for Women                                                                          
            May 20               Sara Hart  
                                       Sign of Enough
           June 17              Anna Gatmon                                                       Spiritual Life in a Material World
All meetings are held at 6:00 
at 50 California Street- 10th floor.  
Easy access from BART and SF MUNI. 
Reduced rates in Embarcadero parking garage.

**  Note:  The presentation of the TTN Entrepreneurs has been postponed in order to reschedule Well Being & Purpose in Later Life.

March Monthly Meeting
We were very fortunate to be able to re-schedule this meeting.  We greatly appreciate the flexibility of Anne Colby and Jim Emerman, and we look forward to this special presentation.

Anne Colby, Consulting Professor at Stanford University, and Jim Emerman, Vice President at Encore.org, will talk about their research on well-being and life purpose among women and men over the age of 50. This study is a collaboration between Colby's research team at Stanford and the San Francisco non-profit, Encore.org, whose mission involves fostering "second acts for the greater good." 
Colby and Emerman will discuss the meaning of purpose beyond the self and their findings on the relationship of purpose to health, well-being, and the wider array of meaningful life goals that are important to older adults. The study's findings indicate that purpose beyond the self is associated with many positive outcomes and is available to people across all demographic groups. These purposeful engagements focus on a wide variety of issues and usually emerge from individuals' own experience, interests, and concerns. 
Anne Colby is Consulting Professor at Stanford University. Previously, she was director of the Murray Research Center at Harvard University and Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  She is the author of nine books, including, most recently The Power of Ideals with William Damon. Her contributions to the field of moral psychology were recognized by the Association for Moral Education's Kuhmerker Award.
Jim Emerman
is a vice president at Encore.org, a nonprofit dedicated to transform the aging of society into a force for social good. At Encore, he holds responsibility for the organization's research, oversees the development of the Encore Fellowships program, and supervises the Gen2Gen Encore Prize, a social innovation competition for ideas to bring generations together. Prior to coming to Encore.org in 2005, Emerman was the chief operating officer of the American Society on Aging.  Both Colby and Emerman have been recognized by Next Avenue as Influencers in Aging.
Dont' miss this rare opportunity that will inspire you to find new purpose for the years ahead.
When:  Monday, March 18;  6:00
Where: 50 California 10th Floor San Francisco (one block from the Embarcadero BART, reduced parking rates in Embarcadero Buildings)
Cost:  Free
To register, click HERE.


This new series of live, one-hour, online sessions will feature experts on topics important to you as you Discover ways  to build a strong and meaningful life.

Join our inaugural Discover session featuring Joy Loverde, Author and keynote speaker.  Joy is a recognized expert in helping us take control of our lives and plan for a vibrant and engaged future.

In this session, you'll Discover what you need in your "aging toolkit" so you're ready for the changes ahead.

Prior to the date of the session, you will receive an email with a link to join the webinar. Please plan to log in at least 15 minutes ahead to ensure that your connection is working.

When:              Monday, February 25, 2019
Time:               12:30 PM Pacific
Registration:  Registration Deadline is Friday, February 22, 2019.  Space is limited so sign up now!  For more information and to register click HERE.


Oakland Museum's Women's Board Gears Up for the  Fantastic White Elephant Sale

TTN member, Josephine Withers wants everyone to know that the annual WHITE ELEPHANT SALE returns to the San Francisco Bay Area for the 60th time on March 2nd and 3rd, 2019.  

All proceeds benefit the Oakland Museum; and of  course,  in addition to shopping, they accept a wide variety of  donations,  and have a truck that can pick up large items. If folks bring in donations during the month of February, they'll get two free passes to SHOP at that time. There's a calendar giving days and hours on the website.
Check out their website  HERE.
Journey to the Third Age 
Research shows people who have plans are much happier in retirement.  Come explore retirement ideas and make new connections with people as you navigate this new world of retirement.
Join Facilitators Rolene Walker and Jerry Hall to learn to expand your vision of what you can accomplish during the next 30 years of your life. Clarify personal goals, learn community-building, explore diverse possibilities, learn important networking skills, and focus on activities and advocacy you are passionate about.  It is primarily for persons thinking about retiring or who recently retired. The class is very interactive and allows you to decide the areas to explore and develop plans.

When:    Thursdays:  Februrary 21 - March 28
Time:      6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where:   San Francisco Quaker Meeting House 
                65 Ninth St. San Francisco, CA
Cost:      $120 but no one turned away for lack of 
For more information about the course and to register click HERE.


TTners  Edith Kaplan and  Sheila Malkind have discovered a unique Bay Area organization 
" that celebrates the legacies of the elderly through the documentation of their life stories. Conversations between the author and volunteer are recorded, transcribed, edited, and printed in bound books that our authors can share with friends and family." Take a look at their website HERE.


"Where Do I Go From Here?"
Understanding and Embracing Transitions
If you are in the process of exploring new possibilities and rethinking your life and work, or just taking an inventory of where you are, let's have a conversation.  Using a structured focus, practical strategies and step-by-step proven methods, we will develop your action plan.  To learn more about Transitions and Opportunities in Life's Second Half go to Luanne's website:  www.LuanneMullin.com
30 Minute Free Phone Consultation.   Appointments for new clients are now available in Corte Madera, CA. Contact Luanne for more information and to book your first session.
From TTN Member, Bunnie Quint: 


Many of you have shared interesting articles and videos that have been appreciated by our readership.  We'd like to encourage this sharing; to this end, we have created a monthly column called Readers' Corner.  Submit  your articles to  Nancy Ware at nanwebware@sbcglobal.net

The Joy of Being a Woman in Her 70's

Five women sent in this NY Times article written by Mary Pipher and it's well worth the read.  Pipher affirms the resiliance and power to change and adapt that we bring to each day.  She says, " By our 70s, we've had decades to develop resilience. Many of us have learned that happiness is a skill and a choice. We don't need to look at our horoscopes to know how our day will go. We know how to create a good day."  To read the full article click HERE.

I Am (an Older) Woman, Hear Me Roar

Here's a wonderful NY Times article by Jessica Bennett submitted by Carolyn Burwell.  It will make you sit up straighter and put a smile on that (older) face of yours.  To read the full article, click  HERE.


The Glamorous Grandmas of Instagram

"We are not going to be little old ladies sitting in a nursing home with blue-rinsed hair," said Jenny Kee,  a 71-year-old Australian artist and knitwear designer. "Or if we are going to be in a nursing
home, we╩╝ll be there with our marijuana, our health foods and our great sense of style."  

This NY Times article, submitted by TTNer Joan Varonne, features brash, sassy and stylin' women who take their sense of style to a whole other level. 

A wonderful article that might just make you take a second look at the contents of your closet.  For the full article, click HERE. 

Click  HERE to join or renew

When you break down the membership dues it comes to $8.00/month or $2.00/week...  less than the cost of a latte!!!  What a bargain! 


For further information on our Chapter please email SanFranciscoChapter@TheTransitionNetwork.org

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The Photograph used in the heading is "Two Bridges and the Low Fog" provided by  Brocken InaGlory