June - 2018   


Brain Fitness Forum                                             June 10                                  San Francisco
Financial Transitions                                            June 11                                  San Francisco
Mix N Mingle:                                             
      SFMOMA Magritte Exhibit and Lunch           July 24th                                San Francisco
See details below     

Sue Busby
Financial Consultant

Do you feel that your life has become a rapidly-changing series of life transitions?  Many of these become financial transitions as well.  Some are planned and some are totally unexpected.  We'll take a look at some of the events that may be experienced at this stage of our lives - retirement, loss of a loved one, marriage / divorce, changes in health, inheritance.  We'll discuss some of these in depth and how to make the most of what can be trying situations.  You'll learn about resources available to you and receive many helpful tips.

Sue Busby is a personal financial consultant who specializes in helping individuals organize and manage their financial lives.  Her extensive experience as a Professional Organizer includes making sense out of reams of documents, managing home offices, putting together income tax records, and coordinating clients' information with their other financial specialists.  As a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, she can take clients from overwhelm to having a clear understanding of their finances, and present property division scenarios with tax efficiency and long-term cash flow and net worth projections in mind.  Throughout the process, she adds positive energy, encouragement, and a bit of humor along the way. 

When:  Monday June 11 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Where:  50 California Street;  10th floor

Celebrate Brain Awareness Month by participating in the second annual Brain Fitness Forum. 
  • Gain useful information from experts on ways to maintain cognitive sharpness. 
  • Experience hands-on activities to stimulate your mind.
  • Learn new strategies for brain health.
When:      Sunday, June 10  9:30 am -4:15 pm
Where:     Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
                 3200 California Street | San Francisco, CA 94118

The event is free and open to the community at large and will be held at the JCCSF at 3200 California Street.
For more information or to register to attend  call the JCCSF Front Desk at 415-292-1200 or click HERE.

SFMOMA Magritte Exhibit and Lunch
Please join us for a tour of the SFMOMA exhibit Rene Magritte:  The Fifth Season.  TTN member Josephine Withers will be our Docent and brief us on the exhibit as we take a look at Magritte's late career, with works from the 1940s through the 1960s.
When:  Tuesday, July 24th, 10:30am
Where:  SF MOMA - 151 Third Street 
 Meet on the 2nd Floor, at the Member ticket line
Following the exhibit, we hope that you will join us for a Mix N Mingle lunch at a local restaurant.
Please purchase your ticket online or at the ticket office prior to our 10:30am meeting time.
RSVP:  Email Barbara Aspelin at bjkaspelin@outlook.com

Senior Community Service Employment Program is a federally funded job-readiness program that helps older adults transition from on-the-job training back into the work force.

Eligibility Rquirements are:
  • 55 years or older
  • Resident of San Francisco
  • Unemployed
  • Low Income   
For more information, or to apply to this program, click HERE

SCSEP is also seeking to hire an Employment Faciitator Trainee for a 25 hour/week position.  If you are interested in this position and would like to know the requirements and duties, click HERE

SF Peer Group #1 enjoys a day at Filoli Gardens

Clean Air:
The Environmental Crisis Brought Home
This announcement was sent in by TTNer Sheila Malkind

Elena Engel & David Shearn from 350 Bay Area will lead our discussion  about the clean air and our local efforts in SF to electrify and become carbon neutral.

We will also look at food & agriculture, especially animal farming,  as well as plastics and the hazards they create.  You will leave the meeting with a suggestion page of simple steps  YOU can take to impact our environment.

  Saturday, May 26, 2018, 10 AM to noon
  Northern Police Station Community Room
              1125 Fillmore St. at Turk St.
(No parking in police parking lot) 
MUNI # 5, 22, 31 & 38 (4 block walk)
Wheelchair Accessible
For more information:
 www.owlsf.org                  Phone 415-712-1695


Seeking Art Supplies to Make a Difference

TTNer, Lynn Richards, is seeking art supplies for  weekly art sessions she provides to women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction in Oakland.  In addition to the weekly art materials we supply for our groups, we give each woman a gift tote bag full of gently used art supplies upon their graduation from the six-month program.  Our hope is that if they can continue to access their creativity on their own, their chances of staying sober will increase.   For a complete list of art supplies needed, click HERE.  For more information, contact 
Lynn Richards


 From TTN Member, Bunnie Quint:


A special benefit of being a TTN member is getting involved in members-only peer groups. 
Participate in peer and special interest groups that range from discussions about transition issues and business networking to activities such as cultural events, gourmet dining, and book clubs. There is no limit to the groups that can be created because they all originate with the members!

Here are our Current Openings:

San Francisco 
All queries about San Francisco peer groups should go to Barbara Aspelin

East Bay   
All queries about East Bay peer groups should go to Toby Stewart.


All TTN members in the East Bay may join the Caring Collaborative, a group of women who volunteer to support each other in times of illness, injury, or other personal needs. Our goal is to create a supportive safety net to preserve and promote healthy independence. 
Sample services include rides to and attendance at medical appointments, providing meals, and assistance with household chores such as grocery shopping. For more information or to join, contact  Janet Mandelstam, Collaborative lead at  jmand99@earthlink.net

Barbara Aspelin  
Chair -The SF Bay Area Chapter 
Aleen Colitz

Hilda Hernandez-Gravelle
Special Projects

Dianne McCutcheon  
Publicity  Coordinator

Bunnie Quint
Event Planning

Gail Benton Shoemaker
  Event Activities

Joan Varrone
Event Planning

Janice Wallace
Special Interest Groups Coordinator 


Monthly Chapter meetings will be held on the second Monday of the month, from 6 to 7:30 pm, at 50 California Street, San Francisco.
Please mark your calendars for the following upcoming  meetings:

Financial Transitions                    Monday June 11
          With Guest speaker Sue Busby

Register for these events by  emailing SanFranciscoChapter@thetransitionnetwork.org.

Members:  Free      Guests:  $5.00

The gardens of TNN members Heather Solway and Arete Nichols were featured in the Noe Valley Garden Tour this year. They each had a fun day showing visitors their gardens and answering questions.


This Breaking Free Group is exclusively for our National Members - women who live outside our chapter areas.  The group is limited to 6 members  and will be conducted using videoconference technology.  You will need a computer that has a video camera, speakers and a microphone.

The $35 fee includes a copy of TTN's book Smart Women Don't Retire, They Break Free.  The program consists of 6 meetings. During the first meeting, we will introduce ourselves and share our story of transition.  We will also confirm the dates of the meetings which are currently scheduled on Tuesday evenings (one exception on June 13): 
  • May 15
  • May 29
  • June 13 (Wed)
  • June 26
  • July 10
  • July 24
Each meeting will focus on various chapters in the book.  We will talk about this crazy thing called "retirement" and how to make sure this is the most exciting, connected and passionate time of your life.

The meetings will be facilitated by TTN National member, Marcia Smalley, M.Ed. Marcia is a certified life coach, writer and teacher. Using her coaching and counseling skills and a splash of humor, she helps others flourish in midlife and step confidently into their next act. Marcia is also a Featured Contributor for Sixty and Me, an online magazine and global community of over 500,000 women over 60.

To register, click HERE.


      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. 

Attention East Bay Non-Fiction Fans

Planning to read and learn more in the New Year? Start working on your resolution by joining a book group. The East Bay Non-Fiction book group is seeking new members and meets every other month in the evening.  To learn more contact Marj Wolf at    marjswolf@aol.com  .


Let's Go To The Movies

TTN Movie Group started up on October 1 by seeing the new movie, Victoria & Abdul.  We had a great time learning about and discussing this previously unknown friendship between Queen Victoria and a young Indian clerk.  Plus we got to view the great actress Judi Dench portraying the Queen!  If you are interested in joining us at our monthly viewings in San Francisco, please email Mae at mkgo@earthlink.net.


East Bay TED Talk Discussion Group

TNN East Bay TED Talks Discussion Group had it's first meeting.  It was a great time for everyone with a lively discussion. If you are interested in joining the group, please email me at terry@polarisone.com  and I'll keep you posted when future meetings will take place.

When you join TTN, you don't just belong to it, it belongs to you.  What is remarkable and unique about TTN is that it is really a club, not just an organization whose membership benefits amount to little more than your name on a mailing list and a monthly newsletter.   You have opportunities to reap the rewards of your membership by meeting fascinating women and actively participating in monthly programs, peer groups and one or more of our many special interest groups.  

Our chapter is almost 13 years old and as in many organizations, a few dedicated women have taken on roles to make sure the group thrives.  However, the time has come to ask others in the organization to step up to leadership positions.  Now more than ever we need your help to keep our chapter and its programs and activities vibrant and robust.  We are looking for women who care deeply about TTN and the important role it plays in our lives, to join the leadership team.  This, of course, involves a commitment of time and energy and you may have questions.  We'll be happy to talk with you to discuss what these roles involve.   Feel free to contact anyone on the Steering Committee for more information.


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

Alzheimers:  Your Paperwork May Not Be In Order

Jane Brody writes an important article for the NY Times where she claims, "Even those who have done due diligence - completed the appropriate forms, selected a health care agent and expressed their wishes to whoever may have to make medical decisions for them - may not realize that the documents typically do not cover a likely scenario for one of the leading causes of death in this country: dementia."  To read the full article click HERE.  

The Connection Between Retiring Early and Living Longer

Research shows a link, but it isn't retirement itself that leads to a longer life, but what you do in retirement.  To read this full NY Times, sent in by Barbara Aspelin article, click HERE.


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

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