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In This Issue TTN NEWS

The Transition Network ”Life Choices for Women Over 50”


 Job Opportunities 

Volunteer Opportunities


TTN Chapters: Chicago /DC-Capital Area/ Long Island/ New York City /San Francisco-Bay Area/ Westchester-Rockland County/ Long Island

Happy New Year! Chapters In Formation:

January 2008 Monthly Newsletter

Boston / Denver/ Houston

TTN NEWS TTN RECEIVES GRANT FOR ITS CARING COMMUNITY INITIATIVE Once again, TTN is on the cutting edge of social change --- this time for demonstrating that informal communities can be a powerful force in helping people handle health issues and emergencies. The prestigious New York State Health Foundation, committed to strengthening public and community health by educating New Yorkers about health care issues and empowering communities to address them, has recognized the importance of our initiatives. They are funding us to model and test ways that friends, neighbors and colleagues can be mobilized to intervene when one faces an emerging issue of health or disability. The two year grant, totaling $144,000, will enable us to hire a part time coordinator and consultants to run the program and develop “how to” manuals to be used by other informal communities.

THE TRANSITION NETWORK IN AGING TODAY The current issue of "Aging Today," a publication of the American Society on Aging, features a front-page article on The Transition Network. It was written by Janet Mandelstam, co-chair of the San Francisco/Bay Area Chapter, and includes interviews with founders Christine Millen and Charlotte Frank and TTN members Roberta Cohen and Betty Goessel. The article is available online at /AT/AT-286-Mandelstam.pdf.

T TN SELECTS: SPA EVENT: A GIFT FOR YOURSELF OR\A FRIEND When the mid-winter blues are at your door, chase them away with a TTN 3-night spa vacation! Page 1

Under the program, we are:  Creating a TTN Service Corps where members volunteer to help each other get through a health problem or any other crisis. The help will come from peer group members, newly formed TTN friends and support groups organized geographically. A time bank philosophy will inform the program where hours of service given are banked for hours of help needed in return --- covering taking a member to a doctor or home from the hospital, a home visit, a shared meal, a telephone call, anything that makes recovery easier  Building a Health Information Exchange Program where members who have had a health problem will share their experience with another member who is newly diagnosed and needs info. Also we will share recommendations on doctors, other health practitioners and health accessories and devices which work well. A coordinator will ensure privacy and confidentiality in connecting people and in addition, we will establish an open database of useful resources, with a description and links to their websites  Developing guidelines to create a Caring Community where you live. Proximity is key to convenient sharing of help and TTN will demonstrate in several buildings that boards, management, staff and residents can join together to make a high rise building a small village where residents look out for each other.  Developing a manual on how to help friends and family who are being discharged from a hospital or who end up in an emergency room.

TTN MEMBERS IN THE NEWS MEMBER GAYLE PALMER FEATURED IN NEWSDAY ARTICLE ON POSTPONING RETIREMENT TTN members are role models for many aspects of life after 50 - including workrelated issues. In an article titled "Retirement on Hold - Many Older Women Need to Work," Long Island member Gayle Palmer talked about the impact of her divorce and a market downturn on her income. Needing to keep earning and saving, at age 68 she is still working 12 hour shifts as a nurse, though she has been able to cut back from three days a week to two days a week. Fortunately she enjoys her job, and given the critical shortage of nurses, her employer offers her the flexibility she wants. Thanks, Gayle, for putting a face on a challenge that many of our members will face in the coming years. To read the whole story, go to /retirement/nyact2spd5472926nov24,0,5697251.story.

UTILIZING THE INTERNET TO MAXIMIZE YOUR BUSINESS OR ORGANIZATION’S POTENTIAL From a friend of TTN: Submitted courtesy of Lin Schreiber, As I learned at the We Built It and They Came session at the 2007 Positive Aging Conference, there are many of us out there working in the trenches and loving it. However, there are many people who are not using the internet for their business or organization. If you’re one of these people, reconsider. It is the most powerful and cost effective tool for marketing today. I was a complete techno-phobe when I started 6 years ago. Now, while I don't necessarily understand how it works, I do understand its power. It has brought me amazing media requests, speaking engagements and clients.

We will gather on March 10 – 13 in the new year at New Age Health Spa in Neversink, New York (approximately 2 hours from New York City, in the Catskills). Fitness classes, yoga, pilates, meditation, spa cuisine, a compatible group of friends and special TTN evening programs will make this a unique getaway. The trip is limited to 20 members, so reserve now to save your place! Cost: $842.00 for 3 nights (taxes included, double occupancy room; reserve with a friend if you want a specific roommate.) One night deposit ($280) due with your reservation, with final payment ($562) due by February 1, 2008. To reserve your place, email Send deposit check – and final payment - to The Transition Network, P O Box 231240, Ansonia Station, New York, New York, 10023. Transportation is arranged on your own - for travel information, visit the New Age Health Spa website at Questions? Email

********** WHAT IS TTN SELECTS? TTN Selects is a new committee dedicated to planning new and unique events for members and friends. This committee is planning several exciting programs (mostly in the New York area) for the winter, spring and on into 2008. Plans include a winter spa visit, a wine and cheese tasting and a summer outdoor event. Details to follow as soon as they're available. Suggestions? Contact us with your ideas at and join our next meeting on Jan. 16, 1 to 3 PM. Page 2

We are fortunate to be joined by a wonderful set of partners including Visiting Nurse Service of New York, Roosevelt Hospital, NYC Department for the Aging and ReServe and we will be looking at ways to connect informal and formal systems of health care. Evaluation will assess the value of community support on hastening recovery, relieving anxiety, and preventing hospitalization. “How to” manuals will be written as they relate to utilizing and empowering informal communities to help improve health care. Progress to date, even prior to funding, is extraordinary. Over 100 people have already signed up to participate in the program. There is a steering committee which meets monthly, directing the development of the program, and subgroups are actively looking at the service corps, time bank, member information exchange and the creation of supportive programs in New York apartment buildings. Peer groups are exploring ways they will help members who need it and many are collecting emergency contacts as a first step. If you are interested in participating in any phase of the program, please send an email to We are also seeking applicants for the 25 hours/week project coordinator job (click HERE to view full job description) and anyone with knowledge of databases and information systems. Please send your responses to Cathy at the above email.

LONG ISLAND PEER GROUP SHARES IN THE SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON TTN Long Island Chapter’s The Originals Peer Group (the first and for 2 years, the only, Long Island Peer Group) decided at their December meeting to make a monetary donation to St. Martin of Tours, Amityville Parish Outreach. One of the group’s members volunteers there on a weekly basis, and they wanted to help out the needy families during this holiday season. The group plans to make this a yearly tradition – and suggests that other peer groups consider doing something similar for a local charity or toy donation organization.

Don't allow yourself to be overwhelmed by the amount of technology or marketing strategies that you might implement. Check out the possibilities, then create a plan for yourself that has you building one new thing at a time…over time. Make it doable, and most importantly, enjoyable. Following are various resources to aid in this process. To your success!! WEBSITES : where I bought my website template for $50. It came with a very cool animation on the home page that we have since replaced with some video from the Boomers TV segment. It made the website look incredibly professional right from the start. : there are plenty of shopping carts out there, but my genius VA Donna swears by this one. It's not perfect, but it has more features that we want and need than any of the others. BTW, if you can avoid using PayPal, I highly recommend that you do. : this service lets me know 24/7 everything I want to know about the traffic going to my website…location, return visitor, click-throughs, what page they entered, what page they departed, how long they were there, keywords they used to find me, etc. INTERNET MARKETING $37/month will blast as many as 8 of your articles a month all over the internet. I'm still getting Google alerts of pick ups of articles I submitted 2 years ago! This is a great way to drive traffic to your website and increase your rankings. : like the article blaster above, PRWeb blasts your press releases on the web. There are varying levels of service starting at $80 per blast. I spent a fortune last year on PR locally; in 2008 I plan to spend a fraction of that fortune at PRWeb.

FEGS NEW START PROGRAM The FEGS New Start Program offers women business grants and training scholarships of up to $5,000 to help build new skills or start and/or grow a business. Awards are given four times a year. To receive an application, call or email the New Start Fund directly at (212) 524-1758 or To download a printable flyer on this program, click here: ws2007/1101/

TALBOTS TO AWARD $100,000 TO WOMEN ATTENDING COLLEGE LATER IN LIFE Talbots announced the launch of its 11th annual Talbots Women's Scholarship Fund, a program that annually awards $100,000 in college scholarships to women wanting to attend college later in life. Sponsored by the Talbots Charitable Foundation, this unique Scholarship Fund has awarded five $10,000 scholarships and fifty $1,000 scholarships each year since its inception in 1997. The Fund was created to fill a void in scholarship programs which are typically awarded to traditional college students. To date, the Fund has awarded one million dollars in college scholarships to over 500 women primarily in their 40's and 50's. The Talbots Charitable Foundation serves the community through its support of the arts, education, health and civic services. Founded in 1947, Talbots is a leading specialty retailer, cataloger and etailer. Page 3

Thank you to all the TTN members in The Originals - for your kindness and sharing this holiday season. : this is a relatively new resource started on the West Coast with about 18 locations around the country where they'll blast your event announcement. It's $19.95 per event, per location. We got ours in late for our November Boot Camp this year, but it went everywhere from Boston to NYC, including the Berkshires where the event was located.

Missing your mid month newsletter? No, there’s nothing wrong with your mail delivery. We recently made the decision to eliminate the mid-month national newsletter in favor of chapter-generated individual, smaller updates on activities, meetings and events. In the coming year, there will be additional improvements in the way we communicate with our members. We’re interested in what you think: do you have suggestions on how to improve the newsletter in the coming year? Please contact us at and tell us what you think. We welcome your feedback.

Applications for the 2008 Talbots Women's Scholarship can be downloaded online at r/scholar.asp. Eligible applicants must be women currently residing in the United States who earned a high school diploma or GED at least 10 years ago; are currently seeking a degree from an accredited 2- or 4year college, university or vocational-technical school; and have at least two full-time semesters or 24 credits remaining to complete their undergraduate degree. The postmark deadline for entries is January 2, 2008, or until 1,000 eligible applications have been received, whichever is earlier. Scholarship recipients will be notified by the end of July 2008.

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MEMBER PROFILE Introducing DC/Capital Area Chapter Member Judith McGuire Welcome, tell us about yourself. I'm 57, married, with two daughters, 21 and 24 years old. My original career was in international nutrition including work for UN organizations, USAID, and World Bank. Since retiring in 2001, I have continued this work as a freelance consultant. I concentrated on developing, supervising, and evaluating programs to prevent malnutrition in children and women. I have a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism from MIT, which was essentially a card to carry since I rarely needed the biochemistry for my work. I have worked in Latin America, Africa and South Asia. I lived for two years in Guatemala and 6 months in Kenya along the way. After retiring, I went back to school and got a MS in Social and Organizational Learning and a certificate in Non-Profit Management. I thought of starting an NGO but never really put the wheels in motion. I love gardening and am in the process of converting my front lawn into a garden. I particularly like scent so I'm hoping to be able to cultivate primarily plants with fragrant flowers or leaves. My passion these days is global warming. I chair my town's climate protection committee and I am active in promotion, education, legislation, and regulations to reduce unnecessary energy and water use. Tell us about another passion - for the outdoors and hiking. I have always loved being outdoors. When I was in college, I joined a mountain club and those friends became my entire social support system for college and graduate school. Even today, they are some of my dearest friends. At the mountain club, I did lots of backpacking, hiking, rock climbing, canoeing, etc. I met my husband there. In the intervening 30 odd years, I continued to go hiking. We took our kids out a few times backpacking but they weren't too excited about it. Arthur and I have taken many hiking vacations and done wonderful long distance trails: the Tour du Mont Blanc, the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt, the Coast to Coast Walk in Britain, and the Queen Charlotte Track in New Zealand, to name a few. Plus I've climbed various peaks in Africa, Latin America, and Asia in my work travels. But this year I achieved one of my hiking dreams: I hiked the Appalachian Trail, all 2174 miles of it! I started March 25 in Springer Mountain, Georgia and finished on Mt. Katahdin, Maine on September 6. It was the experience of a lifetime. We have heard that each AT (Appalachian Trail) hiker has a nickname – what (and why) was yours? My trail name is “Judo”. It’s the name my old hiking club buddies called me so I thought I’d use it again. Also, it isn’t gendered and sounds like I know self-defense. I, like most through hikers, signed in at all the shelters I visited and I didn’t want strangers to know I was a defenseless female walking alone. Tell us what you like, enjoy about the DC Area. I have to say that I live in DC only because it was the only place where my husband and I could find jobs after we got married. We moved here from Seattle and I wish we could move back. I'm not wild about DC, mostly because there are no real mountains nearby. I'm not a city person and don't take advantage of the great things DC has to offer. I enjoy the world's greatest bookstore here (Politics and Prose), great friends, an excellent newspaper, and having everything I want within walking distance (including by Metro). What was your most significant transition in the past few years? Leaving the hustle and bustle of a stressful job (deadlines, frequent international travel, bureaucratic red tape, reorganizations, etc. etc.). Another, smaller, transition has been coming back from my AT hike and trying to live a normal life. I'm still not operating like a normal person. Any transitions ahead? I'm hoping to start a new career in science writing. I've had some freelance work, which I enjoy tremendously, and I'm writing many articles, both on my Appalachian Trail adventure and on global warming. I really need a job or some deadline-driven work to jolt me out of my current malaise. Page 5

When and why did you join TTN? I joined last year when membership became possible. I went to a wonderful talk by Suzanne Braun Levine and Ruth Neubauer about their lifelong friendship and their convergence later in life and shared interest in helping older women move on to "what's next". (I found out about the talk from a Politics and Prose newsletter.) I loved their dialogue and met some interesting women there. So I was interested in attending more TTN events. Then they said a new Rewiring group was opening up so I joined that. That is where I discovered I really wanted to be a science writer. What do you seek in your TTN membership and involvement? I've already made several new friends, which was a surprise and delight at my age. I'm looking for fun, friendship, and intellectual stimulation from other old crones like me. What groups etc. (peer groups, committees, other) are you involved in? I was involved in a Rewiring group before my trek but I haven't returned. I'm a member of the Outdoor Explorers Group and looking forward to hiking with other older women. I'm organizing a drum circle for January, which I hope will lead into an ongoing drumming experience for me. A TTN friend and I attended my first drum circle a couple of months ago and I'm hooked. What do you envision for your chapter, and TTN, in, say, five years? I'm not sure. It has changed even in the year I've been involved. I'd like to think that TTN will increasingly attract dynamic older women who still want to make a difference in the world. I would hope there's a broader diversity in the membership in the future (racially, demographically, economically, and in interests) and I’d anticipate a more eclectic set of offerings to members. Plus I’d like to see TTN as a growing voice about issues that affect us. Any suggestions or ideas for TTN regarding programming, activities, groups, anything? I've already organized something pretty unusual: a drum circle (to be held January 17). I think it's a whole different way for us to get to know each other. As the number of members grows, there should be critical mass to keep a lot of activities well stocked. The newsletter and member notification system seem a little cumbersome now so spontaneity is difficult. I’m more of a spontaneous person than a planner. There's always a tension between spontaneity and organization. It's hard to get the right balance. Judith shares one future goal: “ I want to walk the John Muir Trail when I'm 60. My dream is to still be of sound mind and body when my grandchildren are growing up so I can be the kind of grandmother my mother was to my kids.” To read previous member profiles, visit archived articles on our message board: Member Profiles

TECH TIPS ON THE SUBJECT OF EMAIL SUBJECT LINES Have you ever trashed an email because it didn't have a subject line only to find out later that it was an important message? According to the authors of Send, the subject line is the most neglected part of emails. It should inform the recipient of the content of the message. Some useless subject lines are FYI, Great News, Meeting, ?????, and Plans. Useful ones tell you what to expect , i.e., Tech Committee Agenda for Dec. 10, 2007, Movie on Thursday? Vacation plans for Jan. General guidelines for Subject lines: always use them, make sure they are informative and don't sound like spam, they should reflect not only the first item in the message but its entire content, and use specific names that are identifiable to the recipient.

From: Send, The Essential Guide to Email for Office and Home, by David Shipley and Will Schwalbe.

TIP OF THE MONTH SharpBrains -- An On-Line Resource for Brain Fitness Tish Campbell, TTN steering committee member of the San Francisco Chapter, recently took a class on aging and the brain given by Alvero Fernandez at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of California in Berkeley. Fernandez is the co-founder and CEO of SharpBrains on-line. SharpBrains raises public awareness of the emerging research in cognitive health and is a one-stop source of information and guidance on cognitive and emotional training, i.e, Brain Fitness. BRAIN TEASERS When you get on the web site, click on “Teasers” on the left side of the page for a selection of 50 brain teasers. Check out the web site: Page 6



Volunteer Opportunities Community Service Society RSVP Program It’s About Time….. Time to… put your professional and leadership skills to good use Time for …working in teams, making an impact, and having fun Do you want to be part of a groundbreaking pilot project of the Community Service Society RSVP Program which turns the traditional concept of volunteering on its head? Contact us at to find out more. My Own Book MY OWN BOOK needs volunteers willing to work at schools in The Bronx, Brooklyn or Queens. This is our most popular volunteer Activity. You visit 3rd grades in a school, meet the children at the closest Barnes & Noble and help them select $50 worth of books per Child! One follow up visit to the classes a few weeks later is all that Is involved. If interested, please contact Audrey Bernfield at for further information.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES [Job Listings are Members Only Opportunities except where indicated]

It appears to be a fairly quiet time of year for events outside of the TTN world- so please check back in February for new listings – we are sure 2008 will be chock full of many events to share!


TTN IS HIRING A PART TIME PROGRAM MANAGER FOR TTN CARES! A PROGRAM TO HELP MEMBERS HANDLE ILLNESSES AND TEMPORARY DISABILITIES. NEW ************This position is open to all**************** The Transition Network (“TTN) is seeking a paid manager who will work about 25 hours per week, primarily from home, for a minimum of $25,000 annually to help establish and run its TTN Cares! (aka Aging in Place and The Caring Community) initiative. Expression of interest and resumes should be sent to The Job: The goal of the initiative is to develop a base of TTN members who can rely on each other for health-related assistance and to demonstrate that informal communities can play a major role in helping people recover from illnesses and temporary disabilities. The position is multifaceted covering 1) a service corps and time bank where hours served are banked for a time when help is needed, 2) a health information exchange program where members share information on illnesses, doctors and health services, 3) a open access resource information center, 4) the development of guidelines which New York residential building staff, management and residents can use to help residents handle emergencies and bouts of illness and incapacitation, and 5) the development of guidelines for handling hospital and emergency room discharge. The Duties: The manager will participate as staff member to the AIP steering committee and its subcommittees and will be a member of TTN’s paid staff team.

The Life Loving Ladies (LLL's) of Long Island enjoy dinner together at Angelina's Restaurant in Lynbrook. Left to Right: Diane Spear, Shelly Friedman, Marilyn Thabet, Linda Alterson, Terry Albanese, Barbara Wolfson, Lorette Konezny, Debbie Schatt, Maureen Rogers, Barbara Macy, Veronica Caiazza, Trudy Sarns. Credit: Marilyn Thabet.

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The manager will work with the committees to assemble data bases of those willing to offer services (companionship to the homebound, accompany members to medical appointments, shop, cook or generally provide help with the tasks that become daunting at a time of illness) and share information on health matters with which they are familiar. The TTN manager will link these volunteers with members who are in need of assistance. Data will also be collected on outstanding health professionals and other service providers and on recommended equipment and supplies which aid in functioning during periods of incapacity. In conjunction with the service corps, we anticipate the use of a “Time Bank” in which volunteers will be credited for time spent helping others. The credits can be used at a later time for services the volunteers themselves may need. Or, they may be used to offset a debit for past services already received. A further aspect of the project will train members to organize their apartment buildings for the purpose of providing similar self-help among residents. One subcommittee is developing a manual detailing the steps to organizing a building, starting with a proposal to co-op boards, enlisting the cooperation of the superintendent and doormen, and, ultimately, building a bond among neighbors for the exchange of needed assistance. Another subcommittee is compiling a list of web-based resources which will allow members to do research and communicate with organizations and agencies which can help meet their needs. Support responsibilities include recording minutes of committee meetings and completing follow-up tasks. TTN has established relationships with the Visiting Nurse Service, the NYC Department for the Aging, Roosevelt-St.Luke’s Hospital and Re-Serve as partners in this program. All major components of the program will be tested and evaluated and will be captured in “how to” manuals for use by other informal communities and non profit organizations.

Photos of the peer group, The Think Tank hard at work thinking. Credit: Mona Kreaden

Qualifications: The position is a sensitive one, with access to private health information. It will demand intelligence, discretion, flexibility, and ability to work with people. The successful candidate must be well organized (project management experience very helpful). We are also looking for excellent written and oral communications; ability to work with consultants, volunteers, other TTN staff members, and collaborators; proficiency in MS Office tools; experience with data base development desirable. The program manager will need to be located in the New York area. At present, there is no office per se -- there will be meetings (mostly in Manhattan) --- but much of the work will be done at home. A fully equipped computer and printer are important. Eventually, office space will be secured. TTN is a non-profit business focused on women over 50. Through The Transition Network, women join forces to successfully navigate the transition from their careers to whatever is next, discovering new opportunities, new perspectives and new ways to make an impact.

PROGRAM ASSISTANT (PART-TIME) NEW Washington DC Purpose of Position: support the Assembly’s Senior Management Team in engaging members in the organization’s services. Primary Duties and Responsibilities include support to peer networks, coordinating peer group conference calls and meetings, accommodations, meeting and meal arrangements, materials and logistics; web support functions, updating website and some web design, and provide effective member services, facilitating e-communications with our members. Reports to: Vice President for Programs

Photos of the T-Tones rehearsing at the Christmas celebration. Credit: Mona Kreaden Page 8


FACULTY NETWORKS MANAGER NEW New York City (Requires some domestic and international travel) Seeking an effective, thoughtful, project manager with 5+ years of experience to run networks of faculty and business leaders in the US and abroad. The successful candidate will be passionate about changing the world and able to speak the language of both academia and business. The Faculty Networks Manager is responsible for the day-to-day management and oversight of all current and future Faculty Networks, including establishing and maintaining personal relationships with dozens of academics and other participants, managing logistics and program design for in-person and virtual meetings, with some staff support, conduct marketing and outreach activities and support related fundraising efforts.

EVENT AND OFFICE COORDINATOR NEW Hampstead, New York The Event & Office Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing all fundraising events to generate funds to support New Ground operations, as well as ensuring the smooth running of the office on a day to day basis. Assist Executive Director as needed on other development related issues and work with the Executive Director, Grants Specialist and Board Members to coordinate all development activities.

FIELD MANAGER: VOLUNTEER COORDINATION NEW Oakland, CA Responsible for oversight of the day-to-day operations in Oakland. The Field Manager supervises two neighborhood-based Volunteer Coordinators, builds relationships with school staff and community partners, recruits volunteers, and assists the Director with marketing and program evaluations. This full-time position reports directly to the Bay Area Director. Frequent travel between North and East Oakland schools is required.

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Looking for an activity partner? Have a business you’d like to let members know about? Seeking an apartment or have one for rent? Want to exchange timeshares? Your TTN Members Board is the place for all that, and more. Any member may go to the site and post their listing. All posts will remain available for 60 days. Click on the Bulletin Board link below to post your item.

Bulletin Board Please visit the Members Area on the Web daily for more information and updated member opportunities:


Note: Job opportunities are posted as received, often weekly. Please visit the Members Area on the Web daily for more information and updated member opportunities. Click on the Message Board link below to see all job listings.



CHAPTER NEWS, EVENTS & GROUPS Boston / Chicago / DC-Capital Area / Denver/ Houston / Long Island / New York (incl New Jersey) San Francisco-Bay Area / Westchester-Rockland County

BOSTON NEWS AND EVENTS Boston Chapter Forming Now The Boston chapter is looking for leaders to help form a peer group and continue activities in Boston. If you're interested, please contact Mona Kreaden at For more information about the Boston Chapter of TTN, contact TTN at

CHICAGO NEWS AND EVENTS For more information about the Chicago Area Chapter of TTN, contact Chair Terry Kozlowski at 800-401-0607. TTN programs in a variety of locations in metropolitan Chicago are resuming, giving you more opportunities for fun, to meet interesting women and to explore new interests and possibilities in meaningful lives. Save the first Monday of every month for exciting TTN programs in metropolitan Chicago in 2007 and 2008. NEWS ***VOLUNTEERS NEEDED NOW FOR PROJECT SECOND ACT*** If you have successfully made a personal or professional transition in your own life, this is the perfect opportunity to pay it forward and support another woman over 50 as she participates in the 6 weeks of the Project Second Act program with the sponsorship of The Transition Network. We will match your availability, skills and interests. We have opportunities for:  Distribution of program information and recruiting for participants and volunteers  Administrative support and website entry and updates behind the scenes (training provided)  Instructors and Facilitators who want to lead and share during the program sessions  Mentors who will provide a supportive ear to program participants  People who only have a little bit of time, but want to do something to help To learn more or suggest how you could best support this special program for women:  Request your Volunteer Application and more information by visiting the website at





New! Living with Style (forming) Join TTN member, Barbara Hoffman for a lively 4 week series, LIVING IN STYLE, at Barbara's home from 6:00 – 8:00pm. Participants can bring their concerns and questions about how to improve the look and feel of their homes. Along with the group camaraderie, Barbara will offer her comments on how to use what you already have and avoid spending a fortune to achieve your goals. Barbara was the Art Curator at Playboy for over 30 years and we are thrilled she is hosting this peer group. No charge to attend. If you are interested in participating, call Barbara at 312-5877997. Four evening meeting dates to be set with participants.


New! Opportunities in Nonprofits. Contact Terry at 800-401-

Special Intensive Workshop Series: Project Second Act ™ Project Second Act is a pilot project developed in collaboration with U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau, The Transition Network and National Louis University in order to advance the economic success of women over 50 by:   

Expanding and increasing career and job opportunities Advancing professional development Increasing financial security st

The first session of Project Second Act wrapped on December 1 , 2007 and was a success. The next session will be starting soon; dates vary by location. For full details on the program, click here: TTN Chicago or visit the Project Second Act website at for an application.

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The Importance of RSVPS The TTN steering committee books rooms and purchases refreshments based on the number of women who say they plan to attend our monthly meetings. We hope you will join us at all of our meetings, but if you have signed up and then are unable to attend, we ask that you let us know -- preferably a day in advance.



 Rewiring©*/Transition (forming)


Book Group (in Chicago) (forming) Do you like to read and discuss books? What is your passion; fiction, memoirs, biography, short stories? Get in at the beginning as we decide what we will read and how we will conduct our discussions. For further information contact: Rachel Stempel at or 847-433-8094.


Film Group (Western Suburbs) (forming) Here is an opportunity to join TTN Chicago women in the Western Suburbs who enjoy film, a chance to see great movies and to discuss them. Join the Film Group in the Western Suburbs as they decide how they will choose the films they see and discuss. For further information contact: Kathleen Sherrell at k- or call 708-848-4790.

Theater and Dance in Chicago (forming) Theater and Dance are thriving in Chicago with a variety of local and visiting professional companies appearing regularly in the city. TTN's Theater and Dance lovers will sign up and purchase tickets knowing they will share the experience with TTN friends. For further information contact: Barbara Susin or call 312-321-0838.

Rewiring requires new tools. Sharing insights and experiences provides support and empowerment as we face change. New friendships help us successfully navigate transitions. The Rewiring© group is well underway and everyone is excited to make new friends and have the opportunity to share open and honest conversation. For further information contact: Pat Greenwood at or 773-975-0018

* Rewire, Rewiring, Rewirement and Don't Retire, Rewire are the trademarks of Jeri Sedlar, co-author of "Don't Retire, Rewire!" Not yet a member? Join today on the website or call to attend.

DC-CAPITAL AREA NEWS AND EVENTS For more information about the DC/Capital Area Chapter of TTN, contact Steering Committee member Deirdre Channing at TTN-Capital Area is seeking new venues for our general dinner meeting. Our ideal choices would accommodate at least 50 women, be easily accessible by car or Metro, and be reasonably priced so that we can keep your fee as low as possible. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please contact us at:


Capital Area Chapter General Dinner Meeting Thursday, January 31, 2008 6:30 to 9 PM CIVIC ENGAGEMENT – USING YOUR TALENTS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Woman's National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036 Do you have a passion for community service? Would you like to use your experience and talents to advance the greater good? What better time than the start of the new year to reconnect with friends, make new ones and learn about a host of unique volunteer opportunities throughout the Greater DC Area that need your professional skills and knowledge. Our guest speaker is Della Stolsworth, the director of Montgomery County’s Pro-Bono Consultant Program, which provides volunteers the opportunity to choose short-term projects working with specific nonprofit agencies matched to their interests and skills.

PEER GROUP ACTIVITIES (January/February) (We invite nonmembers to sample our groups, provided space is available. Continued participation is a benefit of membership. All activities require a reservation. New dates added continually, so please keep checking.) (Schedule of upcoming Special Interest Groups for January and February) (We invite nonmembers to sample our groups, provided space is available. Continued participation is a benefit of membership. All activities require a reservation. New dates are added continually, so please keep checking.) *********************** Gung Hay Fat Choy! Put on your red duds and come celebrate the Year of the Rat at the first Gourmet Networking event of 2008 on Tuesday, February 5, at a dinner planned especially for TTN by owner Christiana Chiang at Charlie Chiang's Eye Street restaurant, 1912 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006. Page 11

The event cost $30 for members, $38 for nonmembers and includes dinner, coffee and tea service, plus a cash bar. Advance registration and payment is required; an additional $5 will be charged to those who pay at the door. To register, please e-mail and put your name in the subject line with the number 131. Please also include the number of women planning to attend, their names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers and who, if anyone, requires a vegetarian dinner. You will receive a confirmation with payment instructions and information regarding cancellations and refunds. The Woman's National Democratic Club is accessible by Metro (Red Line exit at Dupont Circle). Street and garage parking may be found nearby. *************************** Do you have ideas for TTN general meetings, workshops and/or seminars? The Program Committee would love to hear from you. Please contact committee co chair Bobbi Shulman with your thoughts. You can reach Bobbi at

The Beat of Your Own Drum TTN member Judith McGuire, who recently shared the story of her amazing and successful 5 1/2-month solo hike along the entire Appalachian Trail from its start in Georgia to its end in Maine (see article above in this month’s Member Profile), is inviting us to join with in her in a different exhilarating experience closer to home: a Drum Circle. This fun form of communication and creative expression has been gaining popularity throughout the country, in part of its stressrelieving and healthful benefits. No experience is necessary, just an interest in having a good time and making yourself heard. Judy has arranged with The Levine School of Music for a special class to be faciliated by Tom Teasley, its percussionist extraordinaire and artist-in-residence, on Thursday, January 17 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The charge is $10, payable at the door, and includes a drum for the evening. The school is located at 2801 Upton Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008, which accessible by Metro (Red Line to Van Ness-UDC) and has free off-street parking at the NW-DC campus. To learn more about Drum Circles, visit: To reserve your spot in the class and for more information, please contact Judy at: Haven't become a TTN member yet? If you have not yet sent in your membership dues and information, you are missing some very special benefits, including the ability to participate in our Member Exchange and participate in our peer/special interest groups. What is the Exchange? It is an opportunity for members to publicize their business, service, practice or any other special activity -- perhaps a merchandise sale, retreat or special class -- in the TTN-Capital Area newsletter. The brief blurb you submit may include a web and/or e-mail address, street address and phone number, plus a description. There is no charge, but there are some restrictions: it must be the member's business, service or program, not her employer's; the section will carry a disclaimer explaining that TTN neither endorses nor vouches for this enterprise; and if any complaints are received, the ad will be dropped. As a networking organization we want to provide opportunities for our members to let each other know what they have to offer, but to do it in a manner that protects members' and participants' privacy and avoids any uncomfortable interactions. But remember the Exchange is privilege of membership. Please send your blurbs, or any questions, to

The Chinese New Year, the most important holiday on the lunar calendar, is 4706 and begins on February 7. Any one born in 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996 was born under the sign of the rat, one of the hardest-working signs in the Chinese zodiac. If one of these is your birth year, please let us know when you make your reservation. The cost is $40 per person, payable in cash, which includes tax and gratuity. Beverages are extra. To make a reservation, please contact Gail Forman no later than Friday, Feb. 1, at: To view the menu, contact us. ************************* Are you about to make a change in your professional or personal life, or have you already made one? We all know that change can be challenging, which is why New Perspectives, a group led by Bobbi Shulman, explores creative solutions for navigating and managing transitions. The group will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, January 8, at 7 p.m. in Potomac. To make a reservation, or to get more information, please contact Bobbi at: ************************* Love to read fiction? Want to find smart, interesting women who share your passion and enjoy discussing what they have read? Then our Book groups are for you. Our Maryland Fiction Book group has scheduled its next three months: Wednesday, January 16, Bethesda, Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez Wednesday, February 20, Potomac, When We Were Orphans: A Novel by Kazuo Ishiguro Wednesday, March 19, Bethesda, The Awakening by Kate Chopin All of the books are available in paperback and from the Public Library. Space is limited. For reservations, contact group leader Cali Tamarkin at: Our Northern Virginia Fiction Book group is just getting started. To join or for more information, please contact Lynn Gorton at: Our DC Fiction Book group does not yet have sufficient members to begin. If you might be interested, please contact *************************

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DENVER NEWS AND EVENTS For more information about the Denver Chapter of TTN, contact Chair Kathy Holmes at If you are a member and interested in starting a peer group, the Denver Chapter would love to hear from you. Please contact Kathy Holmes at with your ideas.

HOUSTON NEWS AND EVENTS For more information about the Houston Chapter of TTN, contact Chairs Susan Lieberman at or Eva Archer Smith The Houston chapter continues with conversations to build a TTN community. If you are from Houston or have friends in that area, a new TTN chapter is forming here. Please contact Susan Lieberman or Eva Archer Smith for details.




The Houston group meets the first Monday of each month (except August and December) from 6-8:30 pm. Currently, we meet at Etui, El Matha Wilder's wonderful dress shop at 3433 West Alabama. There is a charge for a light supper. The next meeting is on January 7, 2008.

If you are a member and interested in starting a peer group, the Houston Chapter would love to hear from you. Please contact either Susan Lieberman at or Eva Archer Smith with your ideas.

Women are asked to RSVP to if they wish to attend.

LONG ISLAND NEWS AND EVENTS For more information about the Long Island Chapter of TTN, contact Chair Dania Smith at 516-662-4837.

Taking Risks Panel that took place at the Samuel Field Y in Little Neck, LI on December 11th. From Left to Right: TTN Members, Janice Taylor, Mona Kreaden, Addi Quinn, Karen Schwab, Executive Director of SFY, Ilene Yair, Director of the Transitions Center at the SFY, and Barbara Zinn, Long Island TTN member Review: Taking Risks Panel Discussion December 11, 2008 "Inspiring, funny, and empowering" were but a few of the comments one could overhear at the conclusion of the Taking Risks Panel discussion, held recently at the Samuel Field Y in Little Neck. The panel was moderated by TTNNYC member Mona Kreaden. Each of our guest speakers addressed how they overcame obstacles and their own fears to achieve their goals and dreams. Many thanks to Janice Taylor (, Barbara Zinn and Addi Quinn for taking the time to share their experiences with us. Page 13


PEER GROUP ACTIVITIES Peer/Special Interest Groups


CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR WITH TTN LONG ISLAND! Come join us for an evening of wine, cheese, crudites, and hors d’oeuvres at the newly redecorated Hofstra University Club on Wednesday, January 16, 2008! Partly subsidized by TTNLI, this fun evening will give you the opportunity to socialize with members of the Long Island Chapter. Please reserve your spot by December 20, as space is limited. Checks must be received by Friday, January 4, 2008. Date: January 16, 2008. Time: 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Location: Hofstra University Club, 225 Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York. Cost: $25.00. Pre-payment includes, wine, beer, soft drinks, cheese platters, crudites, and hot and cold hors d’oeuvres. Mail Checks to: P.O.Box 234110, Great Neck, NY 11023 RSVP: or Dania Smith 516-622-4837. FEBRUARY

TTNLI announces our first Volunteer Effort! HAVE A HEART... WOMEN HELPING WOMEN Nearly one-third of American women (31%) reported being physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives. Commonwealth Survey, 1998 Join us on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 when a representative from the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence will address issues of abuse in our Long Island communities. Domestic Violence can and does affect women of all ages, races and economic situations. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of abuse and how the Coalition can help women dealing with this difficult issue. Learn about the many short and long term volunteer opportunities available to you within this organization. You can make a difference! There will be no entrance fee for this meeting, but we ask that you bring one or more items from the Coalition's wish list. This list will be forwarded to you when you RSVP.

To participate in Long Island peer group activities, you must be a TTN member. New Peer Groups Forming

The Wednesday Matinee Club A new special interest group for members who enjoy attending Broadway shows on a regular basis. For more information contact Barbara Kroner at 516-922-9036 or by email at The Artists Way This group is for members who are interested in exploring their creative interests by exchanging ideas, setting goals and celebrating achievements. Our discussions will be on journaling, keeping focused, organizing our time and of course, enjoying and encouraging our creative interests. For more information contact Phyllis Coniglio at 516-756-1880 or by email at Poker If you are a beginner, who knows the basic rules of poker, or an intermediate player and are interested in having fun while improving your game, then please contact Esther Rosenblum at for more information. Once a game is established, we can either rotate playing in one another’s home or play at my home which is North of exit 33 on the LIE (Community Drive). Existing Peer Groups Looking for Additional Members JustUS A General Transition Group, formerly known as the Mid-North Nassau Peer Group, meets the first Monday of the month from 7 to 9 pm in members’ homes in Great Neck, Mineola, Syosset, Westbury, Williston Park, Woodbury and Queens. We would like to add several new members. Our next rd meeting is Monday, December 3 at 7 pm. Contact Mary del Prado at 516-334-1976 or The Butterflies A general transition group, meets the last Friday of the month in South Nassau. We are interested in meeting several women who would like to join our group. Contact Betty Engel at 516-221-2287 or

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Please join TTNLI in our first volunteer effort as we support the Coalition and tell women everywhere that “You are not alone. You are not to be blamed. You do not deserve to be abused”. Date: February 26, 2008. Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Location: Merrick Road Park Clubhouse Address: 2550 Clubhouse Rd, Merrick (off of Merrick Ave.,1/4 mile east of the Meadowbrook Pkwy.) RSVP to or Dania Smith at 516-622-4837.

Singles in Suburbia GROUPS to support the quest of single women in the suburbs have formed. The focus of the groups is to discuss topics of interest, such as living alone, self defense, on-line dating and traveling alone and to connect around common needs. We will build a support network of relationships that include socializing, learning and expanding opportunities available in the 21st century. 

********************** FOR YOUR INFO: Thursday, February 7, 2008 A Woman's Heart - One Singular Sensation Presented by the Institute for Family Care-Women's Health Services of Winthrop University Hospital Presenters: Wintrop's Institute for Heart Care Team Location: Winthrop Community Outreach Center, 101 Mineola Boulevard (corner of Second Street). Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM, Registration at 6:45 PM. Parking and entrance are at rear of the building. Admission is free, but seating is limited. RSVP: PLEASE CALL (516) 663-9370 NO MORE THAN 4 WEEKS IN ADVANCE TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE.



Western Suffolk – For single women residing in Huntington, Northport, East Northport, Melville, Centerport and surrounding areas this group has several openings. Meetings are held the third Friday of each month. For more information contact Betty Cella at 631-271-0833 or email Mid-Island – For single women residing in Plainview, Wantagh, Hicksville, Levittown, Seaford, Massapequa, Bethpage and surrounding areas. Meetings are held the first Friday of each month from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm. For further information contact Linda Leeds at 516221-9244 or email Southwest Nassau – For single women residing in Long Beach, Island Park, Freeport, Oceanside, Lynbrook, Rockville Centre, Baldwin, Valley Stream and Five Towns area please contact Judy Pullman at 516-431-4605 or email for further information.

Long Island Lunch Bunch Interested in meeting other Long Island TTN members for lunch? A group gets together from time to time at different restaurants. We are open to suggestions for where and when. Please contact Mary del Prado at for further information. If you are interested in joining a peer group or forming a special interest peer group, the Long Island Chapter would love to hear from you. Please contact either Dania Smith at 516-622-4837 or Judy Russ at 631-864-7078 or email

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NEW YORK CITY NEWS AND EVENTS (See New Jersey Groups Below) NOW OPEN TO NON-MEMBERS … TTN SELECTS: SPA EVENT: The TTN Selects March Spa event is now open to both members and non-members, please see below.




Note: Membership is required for continuing participation in all peer groups.

January Monthly Meeting: Thursday, January 17 6:00 to 8:00 PM

WOMEN AND POLITICS: IF NOT NOW, WHEN? Women have always been good at creating ideas about what should be done in the public arena to support issues of particular interest to us. But we are often faulted for not being as instrumental as we could be in making them happen. At our January meeting, Ilana Goldman, president of the Women’s Campaign Forum, a nationwide organization dedicated to growing the political participation of women from all walks of life, will discuss how women can address these criticisms. She will talk about why women do and don’t get involved in politics and why it’s so important for us to be more active. As part of the program, we will also hear from three women who will talk about their respective experiences as elected representative, appointed advisor and major campaign volunteer. Location: Please note new location for January’s meeting: The th Junior League, 130 East 80 Street between Park Avenue and Lexington Avenue. Members RSVP Click Here To RSVP. If you need to cancel a reservation, please contact:

FEBRUARY February Monthly Meeting: Thursday, February 21 6:00 to 8:00 PM

TRAVEL FOR FUN, SERVICE, EDUCATION “See the Pyramids along the Nile; Watch the Sunrise on a Tropic Isle” Join Us for a Very Special Travel Program Do you enjoy traveling just for fun and want to plan your own vacation, want to work for a service organization in some exotic spot or perhaps combine your travel with an educational experience? Hear about these travel options from our three member panel of experts - Kate Morrison, who has planned itineraries to such exotic places as Bulgaria, Romania and China; Merle Rubine, formerly a producer at CBS and NBCNews and now a recruiter of Peace Corps volunteers over 50; and Eleanor Berman, author of numerous travel books who will discuss traveling for education. Check back for more details on this meeting. Location: To Be Announced.

The following is a list of TTN groups currently forming and seeking participants. If you are interested in learning more about a group, please contact the liaison listed. Be sure to visit the Peer Group and Chapter sections at for updated announcements of new orientations, special interest peer groups forming and continuing groups that have room for additional participants. General Transition Groups: If you are sure you want to join a peer group and there are none open that are of interest to you at this time, visit the Peer Group and Chapter sections at to submit a request to be contacted when new groups open, including information advising which one(s) you want to join.

****MEMBERS ONLY**** Special Interest Peer Groups In Formation

Short Story Group For those who love fiction and, perhaps, don't have the time to read novels, join us in this newly forming shortstory group. We will discuss, analyze and share feelings about our favorite short stories and their authors. Afternoon meetings planned. Meeting dates, time and place to be determined. Please contact Regina Welt at 212-982-5174. Cooking Group If you enjoy preparing healthy recipes, live below 14th Street and would like to prepare one dish for dinner once every six weeks, this is the group for you. The group would include no more than eight women and would meet from 6 pm to 8 pm in a different member's home. The recipes and their varying level of complication would be decided upon by our members. If you are interested, please contact Karen Chasen at .

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MARCH SPECIAL EVENTS TTN Selects Spa Event When the mid-winter blues are at your door, chase them away with a TTN 3-night spa vacation! See article under TTN News for full details on this fabulous trip. *************** RSVP Responsibilities, Assistance and Website Information Events with a cost: When you RSVP, we make a commitment for you and incur a cost on your behalf, so it’s important that you cancel at least 24 hours in advance if your plans change. As a result of the charges incurred by TTN when we reserve a space for you, we must enforce our “no show” policy and ask that you pay for any meeting for which you made a reservation and then neither cancelled within the allotted time nor attended. OFF-LINE (VIA POSTAL MAIL) MEMBERS ONLY: If You Receive Your Newsletter Via Mail And Want Additional Information On Any of the Above Events: Call 347-834-5768.

************* Existing Peer Groups Now Open to Members Next Step Our members are interested in traveling new paths with new friends and we look at the journey as a great adventure. In our new friendships, we share experiences and insights and provide support as we explore new avenues of endeavor. Our interests are varied, such as exploring new career paths, seeking satisfying volunteer work or some sort of creative experience. Along the way we discuss all issues facing women in transition. Contact: Celeste Benger at The Uniques An established rewiring peer group that meets the fourth Monday of each month in the afternoon to discuss various topics of importance to the members, has an opening. Contact: Flying Solo, Living Well is looking for another member. We Meet 1x a month from 3-5 pm on mutually agreed though variable dates. This group is loosely structured and agenda varies from session to session. We discuss issues related to living alone and well. Contact:

NEW JERSEY INTERESTED IN STARTING A NEW GROUP IN NEW JERSEY? Send your request to Please include the name of the group, focus, location and contact information.

General Peer Groups Forming Central NJ I am interested in forming a Central Jersey group centered in the Point Pleasant or Monmouth areas . We could draw from the following Jersey counties - Atlantic, Burlington, Ocean, Monmouth, Middlesex and Mercer. The focus would be on "catching the wave." Reinventing yourself into a new flow of life. Learning to relax. Piecing together productive days without the constraint of a full time job. Different work options. Life without paid work. Creative ways to apply years of experience and expertise. And exploring together how to transition to a new phase in life we will discover the local options both for new life opportunities and new friendships with other likeminded women. Contact Carol Wolf at or 732-714-0410.

Tuesday Philosophers Group A group that will explore questions of ethics as applied to our daily lives. Based upon The Sunday Philosophers Club, by Alexander McCall Smith, each member will have a chance to choose a subject and lead the discussion. For example: do we have moral obligations to every one, or to our neighbors or family only? If only to our moral neighbors, then who are they? Is there a moral bond between strangers who have only met in passing? Or: How far are we obligated to tell the truth? Is a half-truth the same as a lie? Are there times when it is necessary or better to lie? We may discuss readings and films, as members wish. Contact: Barbara Martinson, 914-963-5160 x 12 or The Social Cycling Group This group is for TTN cyclists who prefer riding to racing and who like the idea of sightseeing from the seat of an oldfashioned two-wheeler. If you're tired of riding around Central Park, this is for you. The group will meet once a month on a Sunday and head out of Manhattan, using one of the ferries now serving the city. Our first trip will be to Liberty Park in New Jersey. In the summer, we will head out to Sandy Hook National Seashore, which includes 17 miles of bike trails and pristine (but guarded) beaches. And after Labor Day, when we're allowed to ride on the boardwalk--we'll head for Coney Island and Sheepshead Bay. Spouses and partners are welcome. If interested, contact Ravelle Brickman at Poker Group: Beginners, (who know the basics of poker,) and intermediate players are welcome. The group goal is to make each of us a better poker player by analyzing hands after they are played, and to have fun while doing it. We play a variety of games (dealer's choice.) We have learned that playing for some money makes each person more invested in doing the correct thing in each hand so we have agreed to play for small stakes (nickels, dimes and quarters). If you are interested in joining this group please contact Elaine Norman at T-Tones Chorus: If you like to sing, we'd love to have you come and sing with us. We meet twice a month, on Monday evenings from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Ripley Grier Studios, in Studio 16T, located at 520 Eighth Avenue (between 36th and 37th Streets), 16th floor. We're led by TTN member and vocal coach Susan Young. We get together for the joy of singing - and also to relax, to develop our vocal talents, and to explore how the power of singing can celebrate women, aging, and wisdom. We're building a repertory of songs-music all of us enjoy singing -- from Summertime to Pachelbel's Canon -- that we'll eventually sing in settings (like nursing homes) where music can help to spread healing and joy. Join us! You'll be welcomed. For information on the next meeting, contact Susan Young at

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SAN FRANCISCO NEWS AND EVENTS For more information about the San Francisco/Bay Area Chapter of TTN, contact co-chairs Arlene Reiff or Janet Mandelstam at

We Need Your Input Do you have suggestions for TTN general program meetings, workshops or opportunities? The Steering Committee would love to hear from you . Please contact Arlene Reiff and Janet Mandelstam with your thoughts. You can reach us at

BECOME A MEMBER OF THE TRANSITION NETWORK If you have enjoyed our programs and want to support The Transition Network and our local chapter, we encourage you to become a member. Membership dues are $60. Half of your national dues are returned to the chapter, allowing us to put on programs of interest to you. And this fall we will be starting new peer groups, which are open only to members. To join, go to and click on "Join Us." If you are not quite ready to become a member but want to know more about the Network, become a subscriber, and you will receive the monthly national newsletter. To subscribe, go to and click on "Join Us." The information on how to subscribe is at the bottom of the web page. Please check back under San Francisco/Bay Area Chapter’s Event Listings and News San Francisco for updated information and details on fall programs.




Note: Membership is required for continuing participation in all peer groups.

January Monthly Meeting: Thursday, January 24 6:00 to 8:00 PM

"Aging in Place: It Takes A Village" Thursday, January 24, 6 to 8 PM The Women's Building 18th Street between Valencia and Guerrero, San Francisco All evidence points to the fact that people want to remain in their own homes as they age. For some that means help during occasional times of need; for others it means access to services that allow them to live comfortably at home. This desire has led to a national "Aging in Place" movement. Learn about local efforts to establish Aging in Place communities, and learn about TTN's efforts to create "caring communities" in which members are available to each other in times of need. Our speakers are the Rev. Mary Moore Gaines, rector of St. James Episcopal Church, who is leading the development of an Aging in Place community in San Francisco, and TTN member Susan Poor, a consultant in the field of health who also is part of the San Francisco project. FEBRUARY

"Appreciative Inquiry" February 28, 6 to 8 PM Join TTN member Sara Orem, Ph.D., for a program on appreciative inquiry, a philosophy that focuses on what works and is enlivening in our lives. Sara is the lead author of Appreciative Coaching: A Positive Process for Change. She will take us through a process by which we might learn to apply an appreciative perspective to our own work, relationships, and engagement with the world. Sara is also principal of

Regional General Transitions Peer Groups in Formation Would you like to be part of a small group of women who meet regularly in your area to discuss the transitions and issues in your life with other supportive women? If so, let Eve Poling, our peer group coordinator, know of your interest and where you live. When there is enough "critical mass," new peer groups will form after the new year on the Peninsula, in the South Bay, and in the North Bay. You can reach Eve at A third East Bay general transitions peer group met for the first time in December. Eight women have signed up for this group. There may be room for one or two additional members. If you live in the East Bay and are interested, contact Eve Poling at the above address. TTN Peer Groups -- limited to 8-10 participants -- offer small interactive settings for members to provide support to one another on transition issues, to build networks, and/or to pursue special interests. They offer provide opportunities for small group discussions and conversations about issues that women over 50 often encounter. Page 18

Lotus Coaching & Consulting and speaks widely about the ways in which we can all use our talents, instincts, skills and experience to create more joyful and more productive lives. The Importance of RSVPS The TTN steering committee books rooms and purchases refreshments based on the number of women who say they plan to attend our monthly meetings. We hope you will join us at all of our meetings, but if you have signed up and then are unable to attend, we ask that you let us know a day in advance.

Idea for a New Peer Group? If you have an idea for a new peer group or a special interest group, please contact Eve Poling at

WESTCHESTER NEWS AND EVENTS For more information about the Westchester/Rockland Chapter of TTN, contact co-chairs Linda Flaxer and Jeanne Grubert



Creative Colleagues A Westchester peer group has formed to discuss and work through Julia Cameron’s book, The Artist’s Way, a successful blue print for anyone who wishes to tap into, explore and further develop their creative resources. There are still a few spots left. Anyone interested in joining us please contact Jeanne Grubert at or call her at 914 337 9669.


Transitioning Together, has been renamed the Cultural Peer Group. Please contact Linda Flaxer at or call her at 914 874 5354 for details on joining this group.

TTN Westchester/Rockland County will be meeting on the second Thursday of each month. The next meeting will be on Thursday, January 10, 2008 at 6:30 PM. Returning and new members will have an opportunity to enjoy light refreshments and network at the start of each session. At 7 PM, Elizabeth Gillman, R.N. and Certified Image Consultant, will discuss makeup techniques and facial rejuvenation procedures that will help us maintain our skin and continue to look our best. Ms. Gillman is a registered nurse and has worked as an image consultant in a variety of venues including corporate, personal and hospital settings for over 25 years. Elizabeth Gillman has asked for 2 volunteers to come without makeup, but to bring your own makeup, so that she can demonstrate. She will be bringing tons of creams, makeup, etc. Location: JCC of Mid- Westchester, 999 Wilmot Road in Scarsdale. For directions, call the JCC at 914 472-3300. Cost: $10 for refreshments and room rental. Time: 6:30 to 8:30 PM. RSVP to: Linda or Jeanne Grubert at, or call (914) 874-5354.

All those who are interested are welcome to join a peer group, but must become members of TTN by the 3rd meeting, if they wish to continue with this wonderful program which is a benefit of membership. Contact Linda Flaxer at or Jeanne Grubert at to have your name added to the Westchester/Rockland email group, so you can receive up to the minute information.

Contact Linda Flaxer at or Jeanne Grubert at to have your name added to the Westchester/Rockland email group, so you can receive up to the minute information.

HAVE QUESTIONS? NEED HELP? Contact Carole Holland or Cathy Carrington or leave a message at 347-834-5768. These messages are monitored regularly and we make every effort to respond to them within 48 hours.

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