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TTN/LI Chapter Newsletter
April 2019
Long Island Chapter Committees
Contemporary Social Issues (CSI)
The Contemporary Social Issue Committee (CSI) was formed over five years ago with the goal of bringing our members programs that will not only entertain them, but give them a greater understanding of our environment and issues we face as residents of our beautiful Long Island community. The Committee’s Chair is Annette Kosar, who is assisted by Vice-Chair Kerrie Orzechowski and members Mary Wood, Shelia Sussman, Marilyn Stern and Angela Cowan.  

To achieve its goal and provide culturally enriching and informative events, CSI has partnered with several Long Island organizations, including the Nassau County Art Museum, The Society for Preservation of LI Antiquities, The Whaling Museum, Senior Net for computer programs and the AARP, which presented a talk on social security benefits. The group has traveled to the Long Island Aquarium for a tour and lecture on saving marine life, and to Brookhaven National Labs to learn about climate change. One of its most successful and thought-provoking programs was "Women in Religion" which featured a panel discussion led by several female Long Island religious leaders. The Committee offered a follow-up program in November at the Mosque in Westbury.  Other recent programs include a talk on Staying Safe in Public Places by the Suffolk County Police Department and the First Ladies of Long Island, celebrating Woman’s History Month in March.

UPCOMING: On June 24, we will discuss “Women at the Helm” at the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum, about Long Island women and their role in the whaling industry. After the presentation, we will be carving our own scrimshaw.
On October 4, we are offering a follow-up program by the Long Island Preservation for Antiquities at the Jayne House in Setauket.  
Ready for Halloween? On October 28, renowned author and lecturer, Monica Randall, will be telling us all about "Long Island's Most Haunted Mansions."  

Mark your calendars and watch for CSI eblasts with details and registration information!

CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL ISSUES (CSI) Presented: First Ladies of Long Island

Resilient, Empowered, Survivors, Leaders: These are some of the adjectives TTN/LI members used to describe the five First Ladies with ties to Long Island after we listened to Elizabeth Kahn Kaplan’s presentation on Friday, March 29 at the Heritage Club in Bethpage. The five who are associated with Long Island are: Julia Gardiner Tyler, Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy and Barbara Pierce Bush.  

Elizabeth Kahn revealed many intriguing details about these women, some shared by all (they all lost a child during their lifetimes), and others singular and unique. Julia Gardener, wife of President John Tyler, was 30 years younger than her spouse and asked to be addressed as “Madame Presidentress.” Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt was the first to hire a social secretary, an office staff and to elevate the role of First Lady as the nation’s official hostess. The best known and most admired among these five women was Eleanor Roosevelt, longest serving First Lady, who traveled the world, first as her husband’s representative, and then ultimately leaving her own indelible legacy as a civil rights activist, first UN delegate from the US and chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights. Closer to our own era was Jackie Kennedy, the spouse of JFK, who beautified the White House, and who remains indelibly etched in our memories as the tragic figure in the blood-splattered pink Chanel suit on November 22, 1963. Lastly, we have Barbara Pierce Bush, staunch advocate for literacy, and one of only two First Ladies to be both wife and mother of a President (the other being Abigail Adams). Most of us associate the gracious and tenacious Mrs. Bush with her Texas life, but she was born in Flushing and raised in Rye, New York. 

Did the Long Island roots of these five women influence their later lives in the White House? We may never know the answer, but it’s nice to think that their Long Island experiences did indeed exert a positive influence over their roles as First Lady of the nation.
The Program Committee Presented: The Women of Washington Square 

What did Edith Wharton, Louisa May Alcott, Emma Lazarus, Emily Post and Eleanor Roosevelt have in common? Yes, they are all historic female figures we have heard of. We also can add to the list some less recognizable names: Mabel Dodge, Anne Lynch, and Jane Heap. It turns out all of these women are part of a group comprising “The Immigrant, Radical, Notorious Women of Washington Square.” More than 100 members of the TTN/LI chapter came to Molloy College on March 14 to celebrate Women’s History Month and to hear Joyce Gold describe these women, their accomplishments, and the 2.5 mile area in which they lived during at least a portion of their adult lives—the Washington Square area of Greenwich Village.  
For a period of more than 100 years, starting in the 1850’s, Washington Square was home to a diverse, active, and innovative group of women, many of them “overlooked and underappreciated” as described by our lecturer. They were attracted to the area’s creativity, affordability, and intellectualism (it was the home of NYU). They came from all walks of life, from poor to wealthy, and represented different cultures and backgrounds. They were society figures, factory workers, immigrants, artists, poets, feminists, political activists, academics, and writers, who left their mark in many different ways. Among them were Pulitzer Prize winners (Edna St Vincent Millay and Edith Wharton), poets (Emma Lazarus whose famous words appear on the Statue of Liberty), the first woman cabinet member (Frances Perkins) and a co-founder of the ACLU (Chrystal Eastman). More recently, current Supreme Court justice, Sonia Sotomayor spent a portion of her formative years here. Joyce Gold concluded her talk with a line from the play, “A Wonderful Town,” by saying “Who knows what future greats live in these twisting alleys?” Indeed, who knows?

UPCOMING: April 16-Luncheon and Discussion by the author of “This Chair Rocks-A Manifesto Against Ageism”
May 31: “Your Life, Your Journey, Your Choice”-A speaker from Footsteps, an organization supporting the transition of ultra-orthodox Jews to a mainstream lifestyle
June 11: Our annual luncheon at The Mansion in Woodbury
For more details and to register, go to the TTN/LI website.

Many of you are familiar with the Women in Transition (WIT) Workshop. The Long Island Chapter has presented it numerous times with much success. The next one is scheduled for Sunday, April 28. For more information and registration, go to the TTN/LI chapter website.  
The Transition Network has created another workshop, this one about Resilience. Have you noticed that the challenges you face seem to grow – change in career and/or purpose, friendships, health, and even losses of those we love? Just the time we need to call upon our resilience, it, too may be challenged. 
On Resilience Workshop© can help you meet the growing demands of staying strong and even growing as a person through the inevitable tough times now and ahead. This half-day workshop is designed to introduce the concept of resilience and provide participants with a personal resilience assessment.
Purpose of Workshop:
• To learn what it means to be resilient and why it is important 
• To become aware of your resilience strengths that got you where you are today
• To understand the benefits of increasing your personal resilience
• To assess your current personal resilience 
• Identify areas to enhance your resilience

Participants from another TTN Chapter have said:
I'm very glad I had this experience and had the opportunity to meet the other women in the group. I would recommend this program to those going through a tough time. Learning resilience strategies in discussion with others is a great way to become "unstuck". 

The greatest and most lasting value was growing confidence in my resilience for those circumstances when I am having trouble getting past a hurt. I found it helpful to see the "analysis" of my strengths, some of which I had not thought much about.

The Long Island Chapter will be presenting On Resilience Workshop© in November of 2019. Look for more information in the fall.
Membership Corner
Within the past five years the Long Island Chapter of The Transition Network has grown from over 600 to more than 800 members. We live all over Long Island: throughout Eastern Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Counties. How do you know if there’s a Long Island Chapter member living in your neighborhood? Well, the answer to that question is simple:
First, you must log onto the TTN website with your Username and Password. Go to the top of the screen and click on “Members Only.” Then click on “Member Directory” located on the left side of the screen. Fill in the section “Find a member by city, state:” then click “Search” and you will see a list of all TTN Long Island Chapter members with their contact e-mail information who reside in your neighborhood. With this information you may reach out to organize carpooling to Chapter events or arrange informal, “getting-to-know-you” meetings to discover mutual interests that may just lead to the formation of a Transition Peer or Special Interest Group. If nothing appears after clicking “Search” that means you, for the time being, are the ONLY TTN member living in your immediate location. But don’t despair. We have new members joining every month!
UPCOMING: Our next Connect Now Open House is scheduled for Monday, April 22 at 1:00 p.m. at the Merrick Golf Club. Feel free to invite any guests who may be interested in joining TTN. Members, especially new members, are welcome to attend as well. While this is a free event, we ask that you to go to the Events Page of the TTN/LI website to register if you plan to attend.

The Transition Network
Health & Wellness Council
On Wednesday, March 13 the Health and Wellness Council hosted a workshop on “Women’s Heart Health,” led by Dr. Stacey Ellyn Rosen, Vice-President of Women’s Heart Health at Katz Institute-Northwell. The talk featured a detailed visual presentation, followed by a question and answer session. It was an informative and thought-provoking afternoon for the more than 70 TTN/LI members in attendance.
UPCOMING: The Council has planned a variety of workshops for the year ahead. The next workshop will be on Thursday, May16, discussing “Advance Directives.” Please go to the Events Calendar on TTN/LI Chapter Website to register.
We welcome suggestions for future topics. Please contact Leslie Fischler at Lesbob462@aol.com.

Check our Website for These Upcoming Events & Much More
  • "Connect Now" Open House - Merrick Golf Community Room - Monday April 22nd
  • "Women at the Helm" at the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum - Wednesday June 24th
  • "Women in Transition" - Merrick Golf Community Room - Sunday April 28th
  • "What are Advance Directives and do I need them?” - Merrick Golf Community Room - Thursday May 16th
  • "Your Life. Your Journey. Your Choice." - Jericho Public Library - Friday May 31st
  • Annual Luncheon: The Mansion at Oyster Bay in Woodbury - Wednesday June 12th
SIG/TPG Activities:
Tuesday Adventurers
We made our own mozzarella and enjoyed a lovely lunch at Cinque Terra in Huntington
Delightful Day Trippers
We enjoyed a tour of the Morris Jumel House in Washington Heights and enjoyed lunch at Hilltop Park Grill
Let's Eat
We baked delightful cupcakes and made yummy pirogi
Curtains Up Theater Group
We enjoyed lunch at Lillie's Victorian Establishment and a fabulous production of
"Kiss Me Kate"
Museums A-Go-Go
We saw the Andy Warhol exhibit at the Whitney Museum in Manhattan
Wednesday Wanderers
At the Woolworth Building in Manhattan
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