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TTN/LI Chapter Newsletter
September 2018
A Message from Our Chapter Chair
Dear Members:
The proverbial dog days of summer were especially wretched this year. Some of us thrive in the heat, seeking relief at the beach or poolside; I am not one of those folks. Although I've been known to visit an uncrowded beach on occasion, I prefer to experience the joy of summer in air-conditioned comfort. 
On the other hand, Fall is a wonderful time of year...and often feels like a time for renewal and fresh starts. And wow, have we got an exciting agenda for you! The Chapter's Fall lineup is nothing less than spectacular...with an array of events and programs to meet most everyone's needs. We have programs for learning, social events, an open house, educational opportunities and much, much more. 
Also, do you know that we have about 100 Special Interest Groups and Transition Peer Groups that cater to a variety of interests? 
Be sure to check your email often for eblasts that announce upcoming events and programs, and also check the home page on our website frequently
 ( the tr ansitionnetwork.org click on Long Island Chapter). Be aware and be engaged; TTN has so much to offer! 

I look forward to seeing you soon.
Warm regards, 
Marlene Gerber
TTN/LI Chapter Chair
Long Island Chapter Committees
Membership Services
This is the second in a series of articles highlighting specific TTN/LI Committees, introducing their chair people and explaining their roles in making the organization successful.

If there were a competition for the most challenging and rewarding committee chair job at TTN/LI, we have several potential candidates. But right up there on the “A List” of essential and hard-working committees is the one charged with promoting and maintaining the growth of TTN/LI:  Membership Services .

Carol I. Levatino, Chairwoman, and the nine members of the committee, play a critical role in assuring the continuing success of the TTN/LI Chapter. Their varied responsibilities include: fostering membership, retaining members, formation of new transition peer and special interest groups, and overseeing existing groups.

The Committee encourages membership growth and welcomes new members by organizing twice yearly Connect Now Open Houses for members and guests, through email and phone contact with new and existing members, including making “welcome” phone calls within the first month of a member’s joining TTN, and hosting bi-monthly New Member Teas, which are held at committee members’ homes in order to welcome and orient new members in an informal setting.

Once a woman joins TTN, the Committee works hard to ensure that she finds her membership fulfilling.  In addition to tracking member expirations and renewals, alerting members regarding upcoming expirations, and sending updates to the Communications team for the website’s SIG and TPG list, Carol is available on a personal level to answer questions and address any concerns of members.

TTN/LI is the only chapter with such a vast network of transition peer and special interest groups. With our more than 700 members, we currently have 103 active groups. Membership Services helps organize new groups, trains and provides mentors to get them underway, and tracks these groups through a master database.

In reviewing her role, Carol says, “Five years ago when I retired from my job with the Town of Huntington, I never thought I would find another outlet that would continue to challenge and reward me, as well as allow me to work and play alongside some very special and interesting women!”
Long Island Chapter Events
Contemporary Social Issues (CSI)
The CSI group is proud to offer programs representing a diversity of topics that provide insight and education to members on current social issues. 
Our most recent program, presented on June 26, uncovered Long Island’s vast untouched history, allowing us to take a walk back in time at the Preservation Long Island headquarters in Cold Spring Harbor. The goal of the Preservation is to preserve for future generations knowledge of America’s rural identity. Lauren Brincat, curator, introduced us to the Howard Sherwood collection of Long Island artifacts including furniture, floor coverings, paintings, and depicting everyday life on a LI "farm" through Howard's daily diary. Lauren made history and life on Long Island come alive and all who attended thoroughly enjoyed the program.

CSI's next program will be on Monday, September 24 at the Jericho Public Library. It is presented by SeniorNet, a non-profit organization providing classes for adults over 50 who want to increase their technology knowledge. This program entitled “Technology: Everything you Don’t Know and Would Like to Learn” is free to TTN members and guests. Topics covered will include enhancing your smart phone knowledge, taking advantage of the Icloud, internet security, Twitter and social media. For more details and to register, go to the TTN/LI website . Note: Even though this is a free program, you must register in order to attend.
Check our Website for These Upcoming Events & Much More
  • Goodby Summer, Hello Autumn Brunch - Friday September 14th
  • Technology Workshop - Monday September 24th
  • James Coll Lecture - "Impeaching the President" - Monday October 1st
The Transition Network
Health & Wellness Council
The TTN/LI Health and Wellness Council hosted a very successful and informative event in June on “A Reboot for Your Memory,” presented by Dr. Gisele Wolf-Klein, geriatric educator at Northwell Health. More than 65 women attended the program, which focused on ways to improve memory, sleep issues, and detecting signs of Alzheimers. The Council is currently working on new programs targeted to the interests of TTN/LI women, and we are happy to announce these upcoming programs:

Tuesday, October 16: “Breast Cancer Awareness” presented by Dr. Susan Lee of Northwell Health

Friday, December 7: “Eating a Healthy Diet” presented by Mary Ellen Grimes, Registered Dietician. 

Look for details and information on registering for these events in your eblasts and on the TTN/LI Chapter website .

We welcome suggestions for future topics. Please contact Leslie Fischler at lesbob462@aol.com with any suggestions or questions.

Community Impact / Volunteers
We are so proud of our many volunteers who are hard at work helping those in need on Long Island! The Community Outreach/Volunteer Committee has had a very busy summer helping our struggling neighbors on Long Island. We supplied new bathing suits, shorts, T-shirts, and towels to over 50 children at the Brentwood Shelter who had the opportunity to attend a week of summer camp. Our members prepared over 90 gift bags to be distributed at a retreat sponsored by The Safe Center of Long Island. These gift bags helped put a smile on the faces of young girls who have experienced sexual abuse. We prepared “swag” bags and helped distribute them at golf tournaments for both Island Harvest and The North Shore Land Alliance. We helped out at The Island Harvest Annual Run in Eisenhower Park and were glad to welcome some new faces. In conjunction with Island Harvest and NuHealth Clinics, we manned a Westbury clinic and distributed meals to children who would have been receiving free meals at school. We had several women volunteer at a “food rescue” for Island Harvest at the Nassau Coliseum. We worked the Scottish Games and the Mother Cabrini Fair for Island Harvest. For the first time, we headed out to Riverhead to participate in a Day of Camp sponsored by the Coalition for the Homeless. 

Our efforts and volunteer opportunities are boundless! Please consider joining us at one or more of our upcoming volunteer opportunities, which are announced to our entire TTN/LI membership by Eblast. We promise you will be rewarded by the feeling of satisfaction that comes from helping others.
SIG/TPG Activities:
Anything Goes!
Enjoying Manhattan
Visit Good Housekeeping
Delightful Daytrippers
Enjoyed Lunch at The Island Mermaid - Ocean Beach Fire Island
Toured Cold Spring Harbor Labs
Wild Weekend Women
Cruise around Manahttan on Skyline Princess
Wednesday Wishes
Paint Party at Michelle Marino' Home
The Go Getters tried their hand at marble painting
At the Turkish Cultural Center of Long Island
Newsletter Staff
EDITOR:  Joan Herman,  joan.herman3@gmail.com
DESIGNER: Lynn Fox, lfox11@gmail.com
Judi Brenner Wieder
Paula Cardias
Cheryl Cohen
Teri Dreyfuss-Gray
Alice Glasser

Wendy Morris
Lynn Moser
Marcia Mulé
Linda Nussbaum

Linda Nussbaum
Catherine Sammartino-Tarduno
Sheryll Schaffer
Arlene Syetta
Marilyn Barr
Laraine Besthoff
Marla Fuchs
Eileen Globus
Anna Guardino
Christine Howard
Dianne Russo Karpowicz
Cheryl Kornfeld
Nola Makofsky
Joann Marino
Linda Ruggiero
Barbara Simonds
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