October - 2020 


        Friendship Circle/Meet and Greet                                           Saturdays, 11:00 AM                           ZOOM
        Lost Department Stores of San Francisco                              October 12                                          ZOOM
        TTN National 20th Anniversary Celebration                           October 14th & 15th                            ZOOM

                                                                             Let's stay connected.  
         Use ZOOM to hold your meetings, continue your book clubs, TED talks, conferences and other events.  

TTN's 20th Anniversary
One good thing has finally arrived in 2020 and that is TTN's 20th Anniversary! Join us on October 14th and 15th as we reflect on all that we've accomplished, and explore what lies ahead for our dynamic and growing organization. We have several you won't want to miss speakers and you'll have the opportunity to meet and connect with TTN members and their guests from across the country.

All presentations will be held on ZOOM.  To see the schedule, click HERE.

Hiking vacations, living in Paris, on-line shopping frustrations, discovering previously unknown connections, renewing TTN friendships are just some of what is happening on our Friendship Circle/Meet & Greet ZOOM calls.

We have scheduled ONE weekly on-line Meet & Greet meetings, Saturdays at 11 AM.  Meetings will be facilitated by members of the Steering Committee and other volunteer hosts.  Please send a message to janicewallace2016@gmail.com  if you would like to facilitate a meeting.

A reminder email with a link to the ZOOM meeting will be sent out every Monday.  We hope you'll join us.


Don't miss out on these great opportunities to connect with TTN members from other chapters.  TTNer Dianne McCutcheon attended three inter-chapter events this summer, including a book club event from NYC, which offered a chance to meet the author, as well as a happy hour sponsored by the Chicago chapter. Dianne commented, "The Chicago happy hour was so enjoyable!  I met women from Oregon and Boston as well as Chicago.  The host provided discussion questions for each small group and we had a very meaningful exchange of ideas and experiences. I feel like I made some new friends! I highly recommend trying out an event with another chapter."

  A sampling of offerings are:
  • New York Chapter Event: Yoga and Relief from Arthritis
  • Boston Chapter Event: It's 5:00 Somewhere Cocktail Hour:            A History of TV Comedy
  • Long Island Chapter Event: A Special Event - The Remote Revolution: World Politics & The Virus
To see the list of all events available to us, click HERE.

And Other Media

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

"It was the best of times; it was the worst of times."

As we are all hunkering down, and there is time to explore new things, we invite all our members to share in how you are coping.  
Stay healthy.

Pacifica Filmmaker Mines the Wisdom of Older Celebrities on 
YouTube Series

Tiffany Woolf, a filmmaker from Pacifica, was recently featured in the SF Chronicle for her new YouTube Series of interviews called Dispatches from Quarantine.  Woolf is dedicated to "unlocking the wisdom and disseminating the stories of our elders," and she has taken advantage of the quarantine to interview celebrities, most of them in their 80's and 90's, while they are sheltering in place.  Some of her interviews include Carl Reiner, (the last interview he gave before his death), Larry King, Ellen Burstyn, and Norman Lear.  To see these insightful interviews, click HERE.

Getting Wise to Fake News

This NY Times article tells about MediaWise for seniors, a project that offers free on-line courses to help older Americans detect media misinformation. An example of one course is a self-paced, in-depth course moderated by Christiane Amanpour and Joan Lunden that will help improve one's digital information literacy.  
To read this article click HERE.

Treating Older Patients 
With Respect and Dignity

Many medical schools across the country, including UCSF, have instituted training programs for students aimed at debunking the myths of aging and teaching the budding physicians to treat older patients empathetically and respectfully.  To read this article from San Francisco Senior Beat, click HERE.

Why Did I Come Into This  Room?
by Joan Lunden

Good Morning America Host, Joan Lunden, who will be speaking at the TTN National 20th Anniversary Celebration on October 15, has written a book that she calls "A Candid Conversation about Aging." Both hilarious and poignant, Lunden candidly shares her anxieties and breakthroughs and how she's coping with the realities of aging. 
               OLLI SF OFFERS 
             ONLINE COURSES
Registration is open for OLLI'S Fall Courses 
from October 12 - November 20.

Olli also offers Mini Courses Via Zoom that are open to anyone.  To see the Fall offerings click HERE.
Linda Brown
Event Planning

Mae King Go 
Event Planning

Rita Herndon
Social Media

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

San Francisco
Join us on ZOOM for our October Presentation
In the late nineteenth century, San Francisco's merchant princes built grand stores for a booming city, each with its own niche. For the eager clientele, a trip downtown meant dressing up- hats, gloves, and stockings required- and going to Blum's for Coffee Crunch Cake or Townsend's for creamed spinach. The I. Magnin empire catered to a selective upper-class clientele, while middle-class shoppers loved the Emporium department store, with its Bargain Basement and Santa for the kids. Gump's defined good taste, the City of Paris satisfied desires for anything French and edgy, youth-oriented Joseph Magnin ensnared the younger shoppers with the latest trends. 

Join Anne Evers Hitz as she takes us on a trip to the past,  looking back at the strong, colorful personalities who created six major stores that defined shopping in San Francisco before the days of the Internet. 

Proud to be a fifth-generation San Franciscan, author Anne Evers Hitz has had a long interest in San Francisco history, its lore, and legends. Anne is the author of Emporium Department Store (Arcadia, 2014) and San Francisco's Ferry Building (Arcadia, 2017). She is a volunteer guide at the Ferry Building for City Guides, a group of local volunteers who give free walking tours of San Francisco.  Anne is an experienced speaker who has entertained many historical societies and other organizations with her tales and visuals illustrating San Francisco's history.

When:  October 12
Time:  7:00 PM
Where:  To join in the ZOOM meeting click HERE.
November's Monthly Discussion Meeting

One of the biggest impact of COVID 19 has been on our habits around food.   

We will lead a discussion on how each of us has navigated the food landscape during this time.

  • From ordering groceries, to cooking more at home, to take out and even recent forays into dining out
  • Recommendations; recipes, takeout, outdoor dining, food show/blogs 
  • What will you do more of or less of when things open up and perhaps "go back to normal"?
  • Did you learn something unexpected (good or bad)?
  • Any silver lining?
When:  November 9
Time:    7:00 PM
Where:  On ZOOM.  A link will be given in next month's newsletter
September Monthly Meeting Recap

In 1776, Abigail Adams wrote to her husband John that "you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them" in the new code of laws.  This was one of many interesting facts revealed by fellow TTNer Nancy Ware in our September monthly TTN meeting.  

Nancy reminded us at the outset of her talk, that women were not given the right to vote but that they fought for the right to vote.  The history of this fight included:
  • The 1848 Seneca Falls convention with advocates Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton with Stanton declaring that they were "assembled to protest against a form of government existing without the consent of the governed..(with) disgraceful laws as give man the power to chastise and imprison his wife".
  • In 1878 Stanton and Susan B Anthony presented an amendment to Congress to give women the right to vote.  It took 42 years to be ratified as the 19th Amendment in 1920.
  • In 1890 Carrie Chapman Catt formed The National American Woman Suffrage Association which was the
    predecessor to the League of Women Voters.
  • In 1913 Alice Paul organized a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue for the women's right to vote.  She was part of the Silent Sentinel of women who for two years stood in front of the White House peacefully protesting their right to vote. These women were harassed daily and thrown in jail.
  • The Equal Rights Amendment was delivered to Congress in 1923 and nearly 100 years later has not been enacted. 
Nancy ended with a Suffrage Movement Poetry Slam that cleverly recounts these events.  To view the poem, click HERE.

       Two Virtual Learning                Opportunities 
       Presented by Hope Levy
  •  Cultivating Optimism and Resilience for Well Being
  • Age As An Asset in Your Job Search
For more information about these workshops go to Hope's website here: There's Always Hope


SF Non-Fiction Book Club Discussing the book, So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. 

The October selection is Caste by Isabel Wilkerson.   
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN OUR OCTOBER DISCUSSION Email Nancy Ware .  The discussion will meet on October 14th.

 All Special Interest Groups in-person meetings have been cancelled due to the "Shelter-in-Place" order.  We encourage you to stay connected through ZOOM to continue meeting face-to-face virtually!   For questions about how to set up a Zoom meeting, email Janice Wallace at janicewallace2016@gmail.com 

Groups With Openings
  • Artists Group - if interested in joining this East Bay group please contact Dianne McCutcheon at dianne07@aol.com 
  • SF Movie Goers - if interested in joining this group please contact Mae King Go at mkgo@earthlink.net 
  • East Bay Non Fiction Book Club  - if interested in joining this group please contact Sandi Blair at sandrablairsf@cs.com
  • Travel Partners - if interested in joining this group please
    JaniceWallace at  janicewallace2016@gmail.com
    Group meets in locations all over the Bay Area
  • Exploring Life Over 70 - if interested in joining this San Francisco group please contact Shelley Friedman at shelleydit@gmail.com 
NOTICE: Many SIGs have membership limits because they meet in private homes or have other logistical constraints. Since most SIGS are currently meeting on-line, the Steering Committee thought it would be appropriate to open up ALL SIGS to any member who would like to join.  Email the contact person of any of the groups to hear more about what they are doing during the quarantine. 

Groups That are Currently Filled 
  • SF Non Fiction Book Club - contact Nancy Ware at nanwebware@sbcglobal.net                                                   *** The non-fiction book being discussed on Wednesday, September 9th is So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo  If you would like to join us on ZOOM for this meeting, contact Nancy Ware at the email address above.
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

Janet Mandelstam
Arlene Reiff  
Co-Founders of SF Bay Area Chapter

Nancy Ware
Newsletter Editor   
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