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TTN/LI Chapter Newsletter
February 2019
A Message From the Chair

Dear Chapter Members: 

We're off to a wonderful start in 2019...a belated happy and healthy new year to all!  
I'm so pleased to let you know that we've added two members to our Steering Committee team. First, I'd like to introduce Sofi Kaufman. Sofi brings a wealth of community relationship building, along with advertising/marketing experience. She runs her own business and will be heading up the Sponsorship and Community Relations Committee. This Committee will heighten awareness of the organization and its many roles. Committee members will attend local chamber functions, contact libraries and in general, connect with the many established groups on Long Island. A major part of this outreach will include the business community which supports the economic backbone of our everyday lives. 

Next, I'd like to introduce Sandy Camillo. Sandy has a varied background which includes paralegal work, being a compliance officer for the American Association of University Women (AAUW), a school principal, as well as prior service on the Board of Directors for AAUW. Sandy will be heading up the Committee on Innovation which will identify, educate and work toward the resolution of issues that adversely impact TTN members and their communities. Initially, the Committee will develop a handbook containing guidelines for TTN/LI member services, as well as taking action to make a difference in the lives of women dealing with all forms of discrimination, such as ageism and economic parity. 

If you are interested in learning more about and/or joining one of these committees, please contact Judy Russ at 2jruss@gmail.com.

Finally, meet all of the Steering Committee members at our Annual Meeting on Tuesday, April 9. Meeting details and registration are available on the Events Calendar of our TTN/LI Chapter website. Hope to see you there!

Warm regards, 
Marlene Gerber

Diversity Statement: In Principle and Practice
from The Transition Network, Long Island Chapter
TTN Long Island invites all women, 50 and forward, to join together to explore avenues of growth and purpose as they transition to new beginnings in their lives. We value and seek a diverse membership. There are no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, disability, gender identity or class. To ensure TTN’s commitment to inclusiveness, all members and participants must foster and promote, in principle and practice, this objective and work to engender an environment that ensures open dialogue, respect and is free from all forms of harassment.
Volunteer Photographers Wanted
With more than 800 members and a long list of events on the TTN/LI calendar, we want to create a photographic record of all our activities. Since no one member can attend every event, we would like to generate a list of “volunteer photographers.” When we see that you are attending a particular activity, we may ask you to take a few pictures for our Facebook page, website, and newsletter. No special equipment is required; just a cell phone camera, a steady hand, and a willingness to walk around and capture the moment. If you are interested in being on this list, please contact Sue Sham at suestan@verizon.net.
Long Island Chapter Committees
Contemporary Social Issues (CSI)
How do we foster unity and understanding in “our little corner of the world”--Long Island? It’s not an easy goal to achieve, especially in today’s turbulent times, but on Thursday, November 29, TTN’s CSI committee took a step in that direction by presenting a program entitled “A Day at the Mosque.” The sold-out event took place at the Islamic Center of Long Island in Westbury, and was moderated by Dr. Isma Chaudhry, formerly the Center’s first female president, and currently its first female chairperson of the Board of Trustees. A traditional lunch was followed by a discussion, in which Dr. Chaudhry, along with the Center’s Mufti Mohammad Farhad, provided the rapt audience with a lesson in “Islam 1.1.” Among other topics, we learned about enhancing the rights of Muslim women, a cause for which, Dr. Chaudhry, in particular, is an advocate.  We came away with an appreciation of the many similarities among religions, and how they can be a force to uplift and bring people across the globe together in a positive and constructive way. 
On February 4, at the Commack Library, Moira Larmour, from the Suffolk County Police Department spoke to us on the vital subject of "How to Be Safe in Public." The presentation touched on a variety of important topics, from what to do in an active shooter situation (Run, Hide, and Fight in that order of preference) to how to avoid scammers. Officer Larmour emphasized using common sense techniques to enhance our safety, such as always know where the exits are, be aware of your surroundings (put your phone away), and rely on your “women’s intuition” (if it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t), and don’t be “nice,” but be smart and safe! We are not victims, but we always need to be aware and vigilant.

CSI Upcoming Program: March is Women's History Month and on Friday, March 29, CSI is proud to present Elizabeth Kahn Kaplan, renowned writer, educator, and historian who will tell us about the five Long Island women who were the wives of US Presidents and their roles as "First Lady." The brunch and presentation are at the Heritage Club at Bethpage State Park. Watch for Eblasts describing these and other upcoming programs, and remember to always check the TTN website (under the Long Island chapter’s Events Calendar) for details and to register.
Community Outreach - Volunteer Committee
The TTN Stitchers made 30 scarves for the February WomenHeart Program
On September 4th Lindsey Draves and Linda Sotomayor were pleased to present a check from TTN/Long Island for $1,000 to The Book Fairies' founder Amy Zaslansky.
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. For more information, email Joan Gold at fourgolds@aol.com.
Membership Corner
As some of you may know, the November 19 New Member Tea organized and hosted by the Membership Services Committee, had the honor of being documented in a Sunday Newsday Act 2 edition later that month. The positive publicity generated by the article pushed our ever-expanding membership to more than 840 women.  

In order to get the greatest benefit from your membership, we encourage you to be active in the chapter. One way to achieve that is be to become involved with the Membership Services Committee. Whether it’s volunteering to staff a table at our twice yearly Connect Now Open Houses, host one of the New Member Teas, or mentor a new special interest or transition peer group, your well-supported participation will be rewarding and very much appreciated. If TTN/LI is to continue to grow successfully, we need your help! If you have any questions and/or want to volunteer, please contact:
Carol Levatino, Membership Service Chair at cidermash@me.com.
Program Committee
TTN’s first Mah Jongg tournament was held on January 17 at Domenico’s restaurant with 70 women attending. We dined on pizza and salad and then got down to our favorite activity. We played nine games of Mah Jongg against three sets of opponents. Coffee and desserts followed. After the results were tabulated by Price Waterhouse (just kidding), the winners were announced. In first place, with a whopping 195 points, was Judi Rosenthal, closely followed by her friend Amy Rosenthal with 190 points. Marcia Sherman came in third with 175 points. This event was run by Judy Forman and Hilary Bernstein, with help from Joan Ayoub and Claudia Cohen, Program Chairs. A good time was had by all, and we look forward to other tournaments in the future.

Upcoming Programs: The Program Committee is hard at work planning a variety of events designed to appeal to the diverse interests of our members. These activities include a Scavenger Hunt at the Cradle of Aviation Museum on February 14, a speaker at Molloy College honoring Women’s History Month on March 14, and an Author and Lunch event with Ashton Applewhite speaking on Ageism on April 16. Go to the TTN website, and click on Chapters (Long Island), and scroll down to the Events Calendar for details and to register. We welcome members’ suggestions for programs and encourage you to contact Joan Ayoub at joanayoub2@gmail.com or Claudia Cohen at claudiattn18@gmail.com with your ideas!
Check our Website for These Upcoming Events & Much More
  • Scavenger Hunt at Cradle of Aviation - Thursday February 14th
  • The Women's Guide to Heart Health - Wednesday March 13th
  • The First Ladies of Long Island - Friday March 29th
  • Author and Lunch event with Ashton Applewhite on Ageism - Tuesday April 16th
  • Annual Luncheon: The Mansion at Oyster Bay in Woodbury - Wednesday June 12th
The Transition Network
Health & Wellness Council
February is American Heart Month. The Health and Wellness Council wants to raise awareness about heart disease and educate TTN members about the fact that heart disease is the leading cause of death - and that it is largely preventable. To that end, we are sponsoring a program on Wednesday, March 13, entitled “The Women’s Guide to Heart Health.” Our speaker will be Dr. Stacey Ellyn Rosen, currently Vice President, Women's Health at the Katz Institute for Health at Women's North Shore-LIJ Health System. The program is free, but you must register by March 6 in order to attend. Go to the Events Calendar on the TTN/LI chapter website in order to register.  

The following suggestions are small changes everyone can make for heart health:

  1. Eat a healthy breakfast. Fresh fruits, lean protein and complex whole grains are good choices.
  2. Cut down on sugar. 
  3. Eat fruits and vegetables. Fresh is best, but frozen foods are just as nutritious. 
  4. Wash your hands. This simple act will help protect your body from germs which can cause heart damaging infections. 
  5. Walk 30 minutes each day and increase gradually to more strenuous exercise. 
  6. Eat more seafood. Salmon and tuna are rich in healthy fats. 
  7. Take care of yourself. Breathe, relax and unwind. Learn to calm your nerves. This will help lower your blood pressure. 

Prevention of heart disease is possible by incorporating daily exercise and eating a healthy diet. Even small changes will have a big impact on your heart health.

Always consult with your health care provider before making changes to your diet and exercise routine.
SIG/TPG Activities:
Go Getters
Tour of Channel 12 News Studio in January
At their December holiday party, in lieu of exchanging gifts, the “GGs” made a contribution to a Long Island charity. This year they selected the Manhasset Woman's Coalition Against Breast Cancer, contributing $410 in honor of one of their members who is currently going through treatment. The GGs are proud to be women supporting other women!
Anything Goes
Nassau County Museum of Art - Wild Kingdom Exhibit
Tuesday Travelers
Gulliver's Gate, New York City
Delightful Day-Trippers
Celebrating 10 years together at the FIT Exhibit on “Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color,” with Lunch at Delmonico’s in NYC
Tuesday Adventurers

Celebrating 8 years together at Orlando's Restaurant in Commack
The Epicures
Enjoying a pre-holiday meal together and making a donation to Toys for Tots
Wednesday Wanderers
At Scrubz in Farmingdale
Creative Crafters
Making holiday crafts and signs
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Together Thursdays
Tour of Grand Central Station
Nassau County Museum of Art - Wild Kingdom Exhibit
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