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Women Over 50 – Exploring Options, Celebrating Change

2009 Annual Report


a Movement…


was founded in 2000 by two women – Charlotte Frank and Christine Millen – who set out to create a women’s organization that would celebrate life after 50. Realizing that this stage of life involves many transitions – in careers as well as family and health – they named their fledgling community The Transition Network. Brick by brick, they began building a movement that would allow women to chart their own destinies while having a lasting impact on the world around them. Charlotte, who was named president of TTN in 2009, founded the Caring Collaborative – TTN’s communitybased program for the exchange of non-medical healthcare services – and is currently its director. She is a member of TTN’s national Board of Directors. Christine, who was TTN’s first president – and the guiding spirit behind publication of its first book on transitions, Smart Women Don’t Retire – They Break Free by Gail Rentsch – stepped down in 2008. Today, she is active in the theater world as well as community affairs.

Charlotte Frank

Christine Millen


Community – Introducing TTN’s New President – Janice M. Johnson


HEN Janice Johnson left her job as a managing director of American Express six years ago, she thought the transition – from corporate career to entrepreneurial freedom – would be relatively smooth. As a tax specialist for 30 years, Janice had a track record in the financial services industry. Armed with law and accounting degrees, she had spent much of her career advising hedge fund managers on tax and investment strategies. Switching from corporate executive to consultant seemed a logical next step, building on her work in the industry while giving her the freedom to care for her elderly mother. However, learning to work outside the infrastructure of a large organization was a challenge. That’s when Janice discovered The Transition Network. “In TTN, I found a community of women who had experienced scenarios similar to mine,” she said. “In our small discussion groups, we talked about different kinds of change – things that were happening in our careers, our families and our social lives – and we learned that many of us were confronting the same transitions.”

Invited to join TTN’s Board of Directors and assume the position of treasurer, she helped to steer the rapidly expanding nonprofit through a period of global recession, laying the groundwork for its second decade. In 2009, Janice was elected president, making her the first top officer of the national organization to come from outside the founders’ ranks. “I’m proud to be following in the footsteps of these trailblazing women,” she said, pointing out that it was TTN’s co-founders, Christine Millen and Charlotte Frank, who provided the vision and commitment that propelled the organization through its early years. Looking ahead, TTN’s new president sees a world of challenges for women over 50. “As the Baby Boomers move toward traditional retirement age, the economic climate is shifting dramatically. That requires new perspectives in healthcare delivery and a new approach to balancing work and leisure in the so-called ‘golden’ years,” she explained. A graduate of Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, and George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC, Janice embraced TTN because of its network of professional women who were eager to move on. “Our members are in an ideal position to lead the way,” she added. “We are redefining the years that follow our primary careers, opting for second or third careers or volunteer work, study or travel. We are ready to jump into whatever is next – and to do so with the enthusiasm and intelligence with which we approached the previous chapters of our lives.”



‘What’s Next’


Executive Director Betsy Werley and Chicago Chapter Leaders at a planning dinner in 2009. Bottom row, left to right: Rachel Stempel, Yvonne Mitchell, Delanne McCormick. Top row: Barbara Susin, Terry Kozlowski, Betsy Werley, Emma Kalaidjian.


HEN TTN began, it consisted of a dozen women – mostly friends and colleagues of the founders – who gathered once a month in each other’s apartments in New York City. Powered by energy and hope, those early meetings evolved into one of TTN’s signature programs. Known as special interest or peer groups, these circles of women evolved over the years, allowing members to share interests and ideas and to gather regularly to explore whatever comes next. But where once there was a single group in New York, today there are nearly one hundred spread across the United States. Many groups focus on transitions, exploring the positive aspects of change. Others range from how to start a business to current affairs, cultural activities and anything else that might interest smart women over 50. (See page 8.) Just as the small groups have proliferated, so too have the chapters that support them. In 2009, TTN grew

from six chapters – San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, Long Island, Washington DC and New York City – to nine. Philadelphia, Central Ohio and Connecticut are now fully functioning chapters, while Boulder, Boston and Baltimore are moving in that direction. For Betsy Werley, TTN’s Executive Director, the growth is not surprising. Hers is a classic TTN story: a corporate lawyer who chose a career in banking, she supplemented that role by serving as an active volunteer in women’s professional groups. When the bank offered her a severance package, she took it. It was 2005 and she was turning 50. “Time for a change” she announced, and was soon hired as TTN’s first executive director. “Whenever I say that TTN members are ‘women over 50, exploring what’s next,’ people respond,” she said. “They want to know more. “I spell it out. I tell them ‘you’ll meet inspiring women from different backgrounds, women who will add new dimensions to your lives. I tell them that they will meet women who are asking important questions, such as ‘What kind of meaningful work do I want to do? How do I find others who are experiencing similar life changes?’ And ‘How can I help to change society’s perception of women over 50?’ Those are the very questions that TTN is designed to address,” she added. The TTN concept is powerful. And its appeal is contagious. Whether the object is meeting new people or learning new skills, helping others or correcting economic or social injustices, TTN members are spreading the word. This report tells some of those stories.

Expanding Chapters

Chicago book club. From left, clockwise: Yvonne Mitchell, Jan Klingberg, Vivian Morrison, Jan Beladi, Cathy Burke, Dona LeBlanc, Rachel Stempel, Joyce Davidson

Chicago “What’s next?” is the big question in Chicago, where many members, bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, are branching out into new fields. Others are going back to school to learn new skills. “One of our members has begun teaching ESL, another has become a financial consultant and a third is now a professional photographer,” said Del McCormick, describing some of the career changers. In addition to considering career options, members are exploring new frontiers in health and technology. A Wellness series introduced topics such as leading a balanced life, the impact of eating habits on health and the role of advocacy in the healthcare system. Another series, calledTech Savvy, provided expert advice on electronic and digital devices. The chapter crossed another frontier when it set its sights on Chicago’s suburbs, identifying a real need for TTN-style networking in those areas. A regional planning team was recruited, producing three programs and an increase in active suburban members. In both the city and the suburbs, Topical Dinners have become a popular way to help members to connect with each other. The dinners, at which every participant tells a story based on the evening’s theme, have focused on topics such as travel destinations and the influence of family on women’s lives.


Washington, DC

San Francisco-Bay Area

In 2004, a group of women over 50, all at the pinnacle of their careers, began meeting informally in the heart of the nation’s capital. Their get-togethers soon evolved into TTN’s first chapter outside the New York Metropolitan area. Today, the DC/Capital Area chapter has around 240 members, drawn from the District of Columbia, southern Maryland and northern Virginia. In order to bring members together across a large area, the chapter combines monthly programs with special interest groups in the suburbs. Well-known speakers, such as Marc Freedman of Civic Ventures, attract record crowds to TTN dinners in central DC. Elsewhere, members gather to share experiences and ideas in a variety of small groups, some focusing on transition itself. Other groups are based on activities. There are three book clubs, a film group and even a peer group called The Goddesses. Workshops allow members to tackle transitions in a more formal learning environment or learn the basics of digital photography or using the social media. Mara Mayor, a member of the steering committee from the beginning, sees TTN as a continuation of the women’s movement. “We’re many of the same women, now breaking the barriers of ageism so that we can continue to learn and contribute.”

Like Washington, the San Francisco chapter covers a lot of ground. The chapter, which began when a dozen women began meeting in 2005, now extends south to Palo Alto and north to Walnut Creek, spanning nine counties. Monthly programs – on topics ranging from Sex After 50 to Living Lightly on the Planet – are held at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at San Francisco State University. At the same time, special interest groups have sprung up throughout the area. In addition to groups dedicated to general transitions, the chapter now boasts a group for entrepreneurs. Members with start-up businesses include Arlene Reiff, co-founder and current leader of the chapter. Her venture, Story Street, is a firm that helps people create their own video memoirs. Other TTN members have begun offering services for seniors who are downsizing, women who are living with chronic illness or people interested in personal history. One member of the group has started a homebased art and antiques business. In the East Bay, a pilot project loosely modeled on New York’s healthcare program (see page 9) got underway, while a group of artists – whose members plan an exhibition – was formed.


Barbara Beizer, left, welcoming Carolyn Lukensmeyer, Purpose Prize fellow and guest speaker at one of Washington’s monthly dinners.

Luanne Mullin, left, and Eve Poling were co-facilitators of “What’s Next,” San Francisco’s highly successful career change workshop, held in 2009.

Long Island


A spin-off of the original New York City/ National group, the Long Island chapter started out in 2004 as a suburban peer group called the Originals. By 2006, the group had grown large enough to form their own chapter and develop programs to address their core concerns. Today, Long Island is one of the largest TTN chapters in the US, with more than 30 peer groups spread out over 100 miles. A group called the Delightful Day-trippers organizes monthly visits to museums and theaters, while a travel group focuses on weekend trips. There are three groups of Singles in the Suburbs and more than a dozen for career changers. Volunteerism plays a major role in the chapter’s activities. Because most Long Islanders have families, charities that help children are high on everyone’s list. For the youngest children, TTN members worked with kindergartners to prevent child abuse. For the older kids, members participated in a “prom boutique.” A thousand dresses were collected and displayed at the local high school gym, where 500 teenagers were able to “shop” for free outfits. One of the highlights of 2009 was an Authors’ Tea, where four women novelists – all Long Island residents – attended an event that celebrated the link between women and fiction.

If anything defines the Houston TTN chapter, it is the desire for candid conversation about issues that affect women over 50. The conversation might involve praising or panning certain medical procedures or sharing advice on caring for elderly parents. One of the best discussions of the year was a January program on “unresolutions,” in which members enthusiastically resolved to stop making resolutions. Other topics include perceptions about age and looks, attitudes toward careers and confrontations with mortality. “The most amazing thing about these monthly meetings is the quality of women who participate,” said Hope Fonte, a member of the Houston TTN Board. “These are welleducated women with ongoing careers, who bring extraordinary insights to the discussion.” Last year, the chapter, which began in 2006, branched out, adding three special interest groups and a fledgling chapter, TTN Houston West. One of the special groups, called “Death, dying and desert,” focuses on perceptions of end of life issues, often using humor to dilute discomfort. Another group, led by journalist Susan Briggs-Wright, is working on a collective memoir to be published in 2011. El Matha Wilder, whose shop originally housed Houston’s monthly meetings, leads a group that specializes in the preparation of fresh but simple meals.

The Originals, Long Island’s first Peer Group, is still going strong. Shown here, six members of the group visited the Georgia O’Keefe exhibit at the Whitney Museum in December 2009. Left to right, Ellen Schmidt, Nancy Reedy, Charlotte Galluccio, Dania Smith, Linda Nxiedzwicki, Yolanda Montefusco.

Author Susan BriggsWright is the leader of the Houston Memoir Project.

El Matha Wilder, owner of Etui, is head of the cooking group.


Central Ohio


When a book about TTN, “Smart Women Don’t Retire – They Break Free,” was first published in 2008, a lot of women took notice. One of them was Pat Snyder, a former newspaper reporter and lawyer. Finding the book at her local Barnes & Noble in Columbus, Ohio, Pat recalls being so excited that she and a group of others decided immediately to form a chapter. By 2009, the group was up and running. Monthly programs, featuring guest speakers followed by small discussion groups, have been well attended. One of the most successful of these was a program on “Girl Friendship,” based on the book by Judith Van Ginkel. Other topics have included aging issues and the changing roles of women. A summer wellness series proved especially popular. There were three separate programs on nutrition, mindfulness and exercise. For Pat, who writes a column called “Balancing Act” for 22 newspapers in Ohio, the benefits of TTN are tremendous. “I’m always writing about the need for balance between career and family and between personal and professional life,” she said. “TTN is all about finding that balance.”

Whether they’re biking along the Schuylkill River, exploring museums or learning how to create a living legacy, members of the Philadelphia chapter could be “poster girls” for TTN. The chapter, which celebrated its first anniversary in 2009, is one of the most active in the U.S., with a following of 400 participants. Activities include chapter-wide programs, workshops, special interest groups and traditional TTN-style peer groups, held throughout the city and suburbs. Peer groups have played a major role in igniting the chapter’s growth, according to Nancy Leon and Mary Klein, Chapter Co-Chairs. “TTN has caught on because it offers opportunities to meet new women from across the region and share experiences and plans as we move forward,” Nancy said. Moving forward often requires looking back, and reflecting on the past. One of the high points of the year was Barbara Shaiman’s presentation on creating legacies. More than 80 women crowded into a Center City College hall to learn how to share life experiences while helping others. A member of TTN and the founder of two nonprofits, Barbara’s interest in family history was infectious, leading to a palpable surge of energy in the room.


Cindii Holloway, Carol Oswald, Patsy Deerhake and Dianne King at a TTN event in Columbus.

Susan Collins (left), Nancy Leon and Valerie Flitter demonstrated the vitality of the Philadelphia chapter as they rode the Schuylkill River Trail to Valley Forge.

Fairfield County (CT)

New York

Although initially limited to the towns of Fairfield County – Greenwich, Darien, New Canaan, Stamford and Westport – members of the Connecticut chapter are eager to attract women from other parts of the state. The chapter, created in 2009, has countywide meetings followed by community-based discussion groups. Two of the highlights of 2009 were book events held at the Westport Library. Gail Rentsch, a member of TTN and author of Smart Women Don’t Retire – They Break Free, spoke about transitions. Suzanne Braun Levine, author of 50 is the New Fifty and a member of the TTN Advisory Board, blew the dust off dated information and more than a few old wives’ tales.

Although New York is where TTN began, New York City did not become an independent chapter until 2008. Prior to that, the group was part of TTN’s National Headquarters. Ellen Murphy, leader of the chapter since its independence, has observed many changes since then. “The center of gravity has moved,” she said. “We’re looking for more interaction with other chapters.” In 2009, the New York group held joint events with Philadelphia and Washington, DC. Still the largest chapter in the TTN network, New York City has close to a thousand followers and nearly 60 peer groups. The groups cater to many interests and needs, ranging from traditional support groups to social, cultural and entrepreneurial circles. The chapter also provides a broad spectrum of technical courses, including basic and advanced digital photography, computer research and social networking. Co-founders Christine Millen and Charlotte Frank were honored at two gala events, the Annual Dinner and the Holiday Breakfast. On a smaller scale, a new networking series, called a Members Mingle, allows TTN women and their guests to bond over wine and conversation.

In Connecticut, members were delighted to hear about sex and the over-50 woman. Shown here, Mary Ann Dunnell, left; Suzanne Braun Levine, author of 50 is the New Fifty; Amy Fisher, and Ellen Bartoldus, Long Island chapter leader.

The NYC chapter celebrated Women’s History Month with a look at the early days of feminism. One of the speakers, Letty Cottin Pogrebin (left), founding editor of MS magazine, is shown here with Ricki Fulman, TTN NYC program committee member. The two women connected at their Brandeis College 50th Reunion.


Special Interest Activities Improv in New York

Facing the Music

Morocco Bound in DC

Laughter lights up the room when 17 members of TTN-NYC gather once a month in a rehearsal studio to learn the techniques of stand-up comedy and improvisational theater. Kera Greene, a career counselor who started the group in 2009, was introduced to comedy by her 39-year-old son. Invited to join him in his nightclub routine several years ago, she now frequently performs alongside him. She has also studied comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade. “Any woman who is smart and funny can do stand-up,” she said. “All it takes is the ability to think on your feet, be creative, relax and have fun.” The group includes several former social workers, a retired banker and an economist. None of them had any prior show business experience, but that hasn’t held them back. Their goal is to improvise a three act play with music, which they hope someday to present to a TTN audience. In the meantime, they do warm-up exercises, learning to listen to each other, laugh out loud and master the quick response.

Learning to listen plays an important role in another New York group, one dedicated to classical music. Created in 2009 by two members who offered to organize concert visits, the group quickly grew to capacity, alternating between social meetings – often with a musician as guest – and individual concert attendance. Although members purchase their own tickets, they all attend the same performance and then share a collective meal at a nearby restaurant. For their first outing, the group chose the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra playing Stravinsky, Bach, Davies and Dvorak at Carnegie Hall.

When Bobbie Messalle joined the DC chapter in 2008, she wanted to meet other women who were eager to experience adventure abroad. Within a year, she had created a travel group within the chapter, with Morocco as its first destination. Bobbie, a retired policy analyst who worked on Capitol Hill, had been to Morocco before and had developed a “Just for Women” tour with travel guide Rachid Izemreten. Rachid agreed to create a prototype itinerary and make it available at an affordable rate. The tour, designed for TTN members and guests, included lunches and dinners in private homes, a cooking lesson with a famous Moroccan chef and demonstrations by various artisans. A highlight of the trip, scheduled for 2010, was a visit to the famed Fez World Sacred Music Festival, set in the courtyard of a 14th century palace.


Bobbie Messalle with Rachid Izemreten, co-owner of Morocco Custom Travel, in Marrakech.

A National Focus on Healthcare New York City’s Caring Collaborative – A Pilot Project Takes Off Whether it’s delivering meals to a patient or a patient to doctors, members of TTN’s Caring Collaborative are creating a culture of care. “We’re proving that organizations like ours can help their members cope with the vagaries of ill health,” said Charlotte Frank, who founded the Caring Collaborative. Thanks to a grant from the New York State Health Foundation in early 2008, TTN created a prototype for a system based on reciprocal services, including a time bank for matching recipients and volunteers, a database, neighborhood groups, educational programs and three “how-to” manuals. By the end of 2009, when the grant ended, the New York-based Caring Collaborative had attracted nearly 250 members and recorded more than 1,400 hours of service. While most of the services were in the meals and escorting categories, one crisis stood out. Martha Horowitz, a charter member of the group, was hit by a car and landed in a hospital emergency room. While Martha slowly regained the use of her legs, members of the Caring Collaborative paid visits and took her on wheelchair excursions near the hospital and the rehab center. Charlotte, who now leads a national effort to engage other organizations in the program, compares the coming deluge of age-related

illnesses to a silver tsunami. “We need to increase our capacity for community care,” she said, pointing out that the TTN model is inexpensive and easy to replicate. Other TTN chapters have already begun the process. San Francisco’s program is up and running, while Long Island and Philadelphia are planning their own cultures of care.

San Francisco’s Caring Community Members of the San Francisco-Bay Area Chapter began their healthcare program – called a Caring Community – in the East Bay in 2009. While not an exact replica of the New York City model, the goals are similar. In order to participate, members must agree to help each other during times of short-term illness and to exchange health-related information. Quarterly training sessions are designed to increase the comfort level, so that members overcome any anxieties they might have. Topics range from maintaining confidentiality to setting and respecting boundaries. “We urge our members to offer support, but to avoid anything resembling medical advice,” said Lynn Richards, head of the East Bay group. Tish Campbell, an attorney who was with the California Environmental Trust for 20 years, was one of those who benefited from the program last year when she underwent treatment for breast cancer. Members

organized a meal delivery service, set up a visiting schedule and took her to doctor’s appointments.

Back on Her Feet Ellen Sandles, a New York City member, joined the Caring Collaborative because of its educational program. Suffering from knee pain that made every step a nightmare, Ellen, an athletic 50-year old who was a successful court reporter, sought help from one orthopedist after another, only to be told that there was nothing to be done. The reason, she discovered after months of pain, was that orthopedists are surgeons, and that hers was a “non-surgical condition.” The solution, it turned out, was to see a different kind of specialist. Within months of starting the correct treatment, she was able to return to work. “I joined the Caring Collaborative so that I could learn more about medical conditions like mine,” she said, adding that the information exchange was one of the most valuable aspects of the program.


A New Approach to Volunteerism Instead of stuffing envelopes, TTN members in New York help new immigrants to improve their English – and cope with the intricacies of everyday life. When the Mayor’s Office of the City of New York issued a call for volunteers to teach English, TTN members were among the first to respond. The project – teaching newcomers to speak English well enough to navigate hospital visits and parent-teacher conferences at their children’s schools – was created in 2009 by the Mayor’s Office of Adult Education. Called We Are New York, the nine week program aims to help immigrants from any country, no matter what their educational level or immigrant status is, to feel comfortable communicating in English. In addition to ordinary situations, such as dealing with housing and educational authorities, the curriculum includes lessons on preventing diabetes and the importance of keeping young people in school. The TTN contingent has 25 volunteers, working in more than 10 locations. According to Audrey Bernfield and Meryl Rubine, coleaders of the group, the project is especially


In Philadelphia and Long Island, Speed Dating Volunteer Fairs help members and nonprofits to connect

Glenda Rosenthal, left, a retired college professor, loves teaching English conversation to men and women from different countries as part of “We Are New York.” The program was created by the Mayor’s Office in 2009.

appealing because TTN members want to have an impact on the lives of those around them. “I loved it because I felt I was making a real contribution, helping people who were having ordinary problems adjusting to life in this country, yet who were unable, for one reason or another, to enroll in a more formal kind of language training,” said Glenda Rosenthal, one of the TTN volunteers. A Research Scholar at the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies at NYU, Glenda retired from Columbia University in 2008 after 35 years of teaching International Relations.

“Speed Dating,” a recent fixture of the Internet, has been adopted by several chapters of TTN as a way to match up volunteers and nonprofits. In 2009, the Long Island chapter held a “Speed Dating” fair to show off volunteer opportunities at 15 organizations. More than 100 members attended, all eager – like their New York counterparts – to have an impact on society and put their professional skills to good use. In Philadelphia, a “Speed Dating” fair held in Center City attracted similar numbers. Mary Klein, who organized the event, found it “informative and fun – a great way to spend an evening, and a terrific service for all.”



Growth Income


2009, TTN had a healthy revenue

mix, with significant income from dues, donations and programs. Three new chapters contributed to membership growth and donations held steady in a challenging year. Expenses were tightly controlled, producing a conservative budget.








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All the world’s a stage. TTN members strut their stuff as they practice stand-up comedy.

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Rory Shanley-Brown

Dale Kurow

Betsy Sherer

Sherry Langbein

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Ettie Taichman

“Have We Come a Long Way, Baby?” That was the question raised at a Women’s History Month event in New York City. A panel of feminist women who broke down age-old gender barriers – and who had the scars and stories to prove it – responded with an ambivalent “Yes, but… we have a long way to go.” Marlene Sanders (left), TTN member and first woman in history to serve as a television war correspondent and network anchor; Letty Cottin Pogrebin, founding editor of MS magazine and author of Three Daughters, Stories for Free Children and Deborah, Golda and Me, and Barbara Berg, author of Sexism in America, Alive and Well and Ruining our Future.


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Mary Del Prado

Lisa Wegweiser-Vogel

Linda Blachman

Nancy Chernet

Eleanor Dienstag

Herta Weinstein

Nora Bleich

Mary Christensen

Maj-Britt Dohlie

Betsy Werley

Amy Bonoff

Rebecca Clement

Cathy Dolan

Peggy Pepper Wilkinson

Lois Brenner

Roberta Cohen

Clare Donaher

Elissa Williams

Ravelle Brickman

Marilyn Cohen

Mary Ellen Donatelli

Shelly Wimpfheimer

Regina Broten

Sally Coler

Sally Dougan

Ruth Wooden

Marg Brown

Susan Collins

Andrea Dowling

Robyn Yale

Jean Brubaker

Reva Cooper

Mary Ann Dunnell

Meredith Young

Cathy Burke

Peggy D'Amato Freeman

Sherry Dworsky

Thelma Zirkelbach

Veronica Caiazza

Patricia Daly

Barbara Eiden-Molinaro

Tish Campbell

Dale Davis

Betty Engel


Judy Capel

Joan Dawson

Kathy Epstein

Deborah Adamczyk

Angela Carrubba

Dinah Day

Lyndall Erb

Jeanne Allen

Donna Carter

Rose Dean

Carolyn Esposito

Eva Archer-Smith

Sheila Chacker

Christina del Balso

Melissa Etlin

Beverly Arsht

Deborah Ewen

Joan Bacchus

Linda Exman

Betsy Ballenger

Carol Fagnani

Stephanie Banyon

Millicent Fairhurst

Judy Barkoski

Bucky Farquhar

MaryAnn Barletta

Susan Feller

Ellen Bartoldus

Paula Filler

Eileen Bauman

Anita Fiorillo

Daryl Baurer

Dolores Fiorito

Bette Behrens

Amy Fisher

Barbara Beizer

Melanie Fleischer

Celeste Benger

Valerie Flitter

Eleanor Berman

Eleanor Foa Dienstag

Audrey Bernfield


Houston members enjoy laughter and conversation at monthly meetings at Etui. The combination dress shop and salon is owned by member El Matha Wilder.

Hope Fonte

Sally Dougan, NYC Steering Committee, moderating a lively panel.

Gail Forman Marcia Fox Charlotte Frank Barbara Frankel Kathy Franzel Elise Freed-Fagan Deedee Friedman Ricki Fulman Charlotte Galluccio Naomi Gat Sharon Gensler Jean George Marlene Gerber Ellie Giles Deborah Gnann Joan Gold DelRene Goldsmith Geri Goldstein Lorraine Gordon

Sari Goren

Deborah Kant

Rebecca Klein

Jill Lehv

Linda Niedzwieki

Ellen Gorman

Karen Kanter

Janice Knuth

Ellen Lennard

Lynn Olson

Lynn Gorton

Elle Kapito

Donna Kolman

Nancy Leon

Kathleen Olson

Kera Greene

Natalie Kaplan

Terry Kozlowski

Binney Levine

Kay Oppenheimer

Ginny Gremillion

Liliane Kates

Carol Krainski

Diane Levine

Trudy Owett

Nancy Gunning

Erellah Katz

Miriam Kravis

Meryl Lewis

Jean Palmer

Irene Halstrom

Isabelle Katz Pinzler

Mona Kreaden

Barbara Lidsky

Florence Peterson

Lisa Hanson

Ronnie Kelleher

Sandra Kucinich-Horn

Susan Lieberman

Rhonda Phillips

Kathy Hardy

Carol Lioz

Isabelle Pinzler

Deb Harkin

Karin Lipson

Eve Poling

Constance Harris

Wanda Lopuch

Patti Polyn

Lin Harrison

Phyllis Magaziner

Leslie Prager

Susan Hearty

Linsey Magrath

Joan Press

Carolee Heileman

Janet Mandelstam

Addi Quinn

Barbara Hirshorn

Florence Marcus

Lillian Rangel

Barbara Hoenig

Barbara Marwell

Anna Rappaport

Sally Hoit

Gail Massot

Marilyn Ratner

Charlotte Hollander

Mara Mayor

Marcia Reed

Debbi Honorof

Jane McCarthy

Nancy Reedy

Del McCormick

Arlene Reiff

Roberta Messalle

Gloria Reisman

Amy Messing

Gail Rentsch

Ann Michell

Patricia Rich

Sheryl Miglio

Lynn Richards

Susan Ingram Barbara Isenstadt Lynne Iser Ellin Jaffe

TTN members celebrated friendship and the balmy weather with a wine and cheese party at Philadelphia's famed Spring Gardens, located in the Art Museum District of the City. Ranked the best community garden in Philadelphia, the party gave members a chance to learn about the art of creating parks and transforming parcels of urban blight into community oases.

Anita Jaffe Mary Jeglum

Mario Kent Karton

Karen Kuehl

Madelyn Miller

Hila Richardson

Judith Johnson

Judy Kepics

Karen Kullgren

Lynn Minton

Sharon Riley

Janice Johnson

Diana Killip

Joanne Kundrat

Yvonne Mitchell

Cathy Roach

Freda Johnson

Dianne King

Anita Lands

Kate Morrison

Liz Robbins

Ann Jordan

Jane Kirsch

Kathy LaPier

Luanne Mullin

Pam Roderick

Emma Kalaidjian

Nora Kisch

Jane Lattes

Ellen Murphy

Barbara Romano

Anita Kane

Mary Klein

Beth Lazer

Arline Newman

Judy Rosemarin


Janet Taylor

Katie Wheatman

Janet Thomas

Roberta White

Jane Tiger

Janet Widra

Cynthia Tinapple

El Matha Wilder

Abigail Trafford

Vera Winitch

Isabelle Urban

Robyn Yale

Sara van der Voort

Livia Yanowicz

Milvi Vehik

Ellie Young

Gail Vizzini Carolyn Walter Peggy Phillips, Herta Weinstein and membership coordinator Linda Sherwin at a chapter dinner in San Francisco.

Arly Wasserberg Nancy Weinman Herta Weinstein

Barbara Rosen

Linda Sherwin

Phyllis Weiss Haserot

Renee Rosenberg

Bobbi Shulman

Sheila Weliky

Glenda Rosenthal

Linda Sicher

Merle Rubine

Phyllis Silver

Rosemarie Ruk

Ellen Singer Coleman

Jennifer Rushton

Elissa Singer Williams

Judy Russ

Mary Slane

Kathy Sargent

Dania Smith

Trudy Sarns

Pat Snyder

Ellen Schmidt

Virginia Sorkin

Andrea Schnurr

Marcia Stein

Isabelle Schoenfeld

Eva Steiner

Lyn Schulman

Rachel Stempel

Marion Schultheis

Marilyn Stetar

Ellen Schwartz

Toby Stewart

Nettie Scott

Margaret Stitchfield

Karen Senser

Lucille Sutton

Barbara Shaiman

Cali Tamarkin TTN friends hiking near Lake Tahoe.


The TTN Team Officers

Executive Director

Advisory Board


Janice M. Johnson President & Treasurer

Betsy Werley

Suzanne Braun Levine Maggie Buchwald Karen Davis Judy Goggin Eileen Hoffman, MD Isabelle Katz Pinzler Joan Leiman Gail Magaliff Debra Oppenheimer Carol Raphael Michelle Scott Jeri Sedlar Abigail Trafford Sheila Wellington Ruth Wooden

Central Ohio Pat Snyder

San Francisco Bay Area Arlene Reiff

Chicago Terry Kozlowski

Washington DC Deborah Adamczak Barbara Beizer Rose Dean Barbara Eiden-Molinaro Carolee Heileman Barbara Hoenig Mara Mayor Lynn Olson Jean Palmer Isabelle Schoenfeld Virginia Sorkin Marcia Stein Cali Tamarkin

Staff Ellen Bartoldus Vice President Patricia Daly Vice President Barbara Marwell Secretary Board of Directors Audrey Bernfield Joan Dawson Christina del Balso Charlotte Frank Barbara Hoenig Lucy Kennedy Mona Kreaden Jane Lattes Susan Lieberman Kathryn Morrison Linda Sicher

Cathy Carrington Marie Constantin Carole Holland Laura Traynor

Connecticut Mary Ann Dunnell Amy Fisher Houston Susan Lieberman Long Island Ellen Bartoldus New York City Ellen Murphy Philadelphia Mary Klein Nancy Leon

Editorial: Ravelle Brickman Public Relations Design: Arnold Saks Associates TTN is a 501(c)3 corporation, registered as a nonprofit organization under the laws of the State of New York. Contributions are welcome and tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Photography: Joan Menschenfreund (pages 7, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14)

Mission Statement The Transition Network (TTN) is a community of women 50 and forward, who join forces as they navigate the many transitions from where they are now to whatever is next. As a national movement of engaged and energetic women of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, TTN members: Discover new perspectives and new opportunities Impact their lives and their communities Advocate with a collective powerful voice

National Headquarters Mailing address Ansonia Station P. O. Box 231240 New York, New York 10023-0021 Telephone 212.714.8040 Email

The Transition Network Annual Report 2009  

Annual Report for the The Transition Network, a community of women 50 and forward, who join forces as they navigate the many transitions fro...

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