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Welcome to THE LONG ISLAND Chapter

TTN Long Island Chapter covers a wide swath of our beautiful island from Eastern Queens and Nassau all the way out to Eastern Suffolk county.  Our geography is as big as our hearts!

For more information about the Long Island Chapter of TTN, contact us at LongIsland, or contact Marlene Gerber, the Chair of the Long Island Chapter at

For 10 years, the Long Island Chapter of The Transition Network has consistently offered new and varied programs to our members such as:

  • Connections with interesting and energetic women
  • Join others to share common interests
  • Explore new ideas with peers
  • Support one another during the challenges of transitions
  • Develop friendships and support systems
  • Participate in informative and social monthly programs
  • Participate in special interest groups
Interested in joining a special interest group or starting a new group?  Contact Carol Levatino for information and ideas at

                                                    Hissing Cousins

Less than ten miles from Historic Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay, over one hundred  
members and guests of the LI Chapter of The Transition Network gathered in the
Plainview Old Bethpage Library to hear our history come alive. Sagamore Hill
was the home of Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States.
Eleanor spent blissful summers there with Alice, Theodore’s daughter and other
children of the Roosevelt family. Eleanor and Alice were first cousins and young
The authors Marc Peyser and Timothy Dwyer captivated the audience during the
discussion of their book, Hissing Cousins – The Untold Story of Eleanor
Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth. They discussed how the cousins,
although close as children, became arch rivals in adulthood. Timothy Dwyer was
an engaging speaker and Marc Peyser read a passage from the book. We
leaned how different the two women were, and about their contentious
relationship. An enthusiastic question and answer period followed the talk, and
author signed books were available for sale. After the author talk, everyone was
invited to socialize and partake in a lavish dessert display.
Michele Ingrassia Haber, a member of the Long Island Chapter knows the authors Marc
Peyser and Timothy Dwyer personally. She brought the book Hissing Cousins
to the attention of the Program and Events Committee. All the details of the
author talk were planned and executed by the Committee, and the overwhelming
response by the chapter members made this a wonderfully successful and
enjoyable day.


Steering Committee Officers

LI Chair: Marlene Gerber
Vice Chair: Lindsey Draves
Secretary: Leslie Wollin
Finance: Judy Forman    

Planning a visit to the Long Island area?

Get in touch with one of our TTN “Chapter Ambassadors” and have a friend in the area when you come to town. TTN is all about connections so here’s a great opportunity to connect with someone on Long Island!

              Marlene Gerber                                                                   Dale Davis
              516-487-1979                                                                      516-972-3272                                                                       



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November 11, 2015
WIT Workshop
On November 11th 26 women participated in an exhilarating and interactive half-day session given by the Long Island chapter. The Women in Transition Workshop is a TTN Signature Program designed for the woman who is exploring "What's Next". Facilitators Dale Davis and Charlotte Hollander assisted the group in 1) learning that they are not alone in their journey, 2) understanding the distinction between change and transition, 3) identifying the three stages of transition and 4) developing a personal action plan for successfully navigating one's own transition. It was a productive and exciting workshop, as evidenced by these participant comments: "This is what I thought TTN would be like." "I'm so happy I decided to attend; I feel not so alone." "This is a terrific and valuable workshop - am thrilled to have done it". "Everyone was willing to share their thoughts and ideas". Look for the next WIT workshop in May, 2016.

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November 11, 2015
Trekkers Trip to A La Carte Cooking School
On November 11th the Trekkers Day Trip Group spent an afternoon of food and fun at A La Carte Cooking School in Lynbrook. We broke into teams and prepared a delicious lunch consisting of butternut squash soup, chicken piccata, risotto, and ice cream filled profiteroles topped with hot fudge. Each month and each event provides us with more shared memories as we get to know each other better and better.

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November 10, 2015
Creative Crafters Visit to Chocolate Duck Candy Headquarters
On November 10th The Creative Crafters experienced nirvana. We created our own chocolates at The Chocolate Duck Candy Headquarters in Farmingdale, which is a fantasyland for bakers, candy makers and chocolate lovers. With superhuman self control, we created truffles, nut/raisin/craisin clusters and chocolate dipped Oreos, graham crackers, bananas(to freeze), and strawberries-which had to be eaten immediately. If we didn't have a lovely lunch beforehand at the Village Kitchen, we may not have had enough chocolate to fill the 3 boxes that we took home.

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November 6, 2015
Tuesday Adventurers Visit Special StonyBrook Exhibit
If the shoe fits go see it! The Tuesday Adventurers learned about Cinderella’s dressy footwear and the carriage that took her to the ball all at one location – The Long Island Museum (formerly the Museums of Stony Brook). Beth Levine revolutionized women’s footwear in the twentieth century with a client list that included first ladies Jacqueline Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and stars Marilyn Monroe, Barbara Streisand and Cher, to name just a few. Levine’s shoes are showcased at the museum because she grew up on a farm in Patchogue and got her start on Long Island and New York City. She constructed her shoes out of unusual materials and introduced new shapes for toes and heels. One showcase was just 20 separated heels decorated with rhinestones, leather, plastic and painted patterns. Beth Levine designed Nancy Sinatra’s legendary boots for her only hit song. Levine was responsible for introducing the boot as decorative shoe wear. It was exciting to see the range and contribution of a creative, powerful woman.

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October 22, 2015
Trekkers West Point Trip
On Thursday October 22nd, the Trekkers took a wonderful trip upstate New York to the historical West Point Military Academy. We were able to see the beautiful grounds and the gorgeous surrounding foliage. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and brought the history to life for us. While visiting the magnificent chapel (one of five), that houses magnificent stained glass windows and the world’s largest organ, the cemetery where some of history’s most famous military people are buried he brought to life some unknown and sometimes amusing historical facts. Our lunch at the Thayer hotel was sumptuous and delicious. Once again we enjoyed our monthly “reunion” with each other.

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September 1, 2015
Nassau County Museum of Art TTN continues to evolve and meet the needs of all its members. On Thursday, Oct. 15th the newly created Contemporary Social Issues Committee, chaired by Annette Kosar and her 6 charter members, fed our creative minds and hosted a presentation by the Nassau County Museum of Art. Of course, no TTN function is complete without food so there was a lovely continental breakfast. The colors of fall foliage were a perfect backdrop at the Carlyle on the Green catering facility in Bethpage State Park for an art discussion. Museum docent, Bette Neuman and Outreach Program chair, Naomi Sanderson presented a slide show of the Arnold Salzman Collection for the Museum’s current 25th anniversary exhibit. Salzman’s passion was Modernism, the art of the early 20th century and he had a discerning eye for a wide variety of media, including paintings, drawings and prints from Europe. Bette Neuman’s insights brought the work of lesser known artists like Brancusi, Luce, Grosz, Baur, Beckmann, Kandinsky and Nolde to life and we were able to appreciate their edgy intensity that challenged traditional values and classical images. Salzman was an ambassador for LBJ and Nixon and was exposed to Russian poster art in his travels. Part of his collection is devoted to the red, white and black posters that were mass produced after the Russian Revolution to bring communism to the illiterate masses through propaganda pictures on every street corner. The Nassau County Museum of Art is a gem located in our backyard in Roslyn. The Museum is a converted Gold Coast Mansion with an extensive sculpture garden on its grounds. Many thanks to the Contemporary Social Issues Committee whose inaugural program set the tone for many more varied and exciting events.

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July 24, 2015
Trekkers Day Trip Group on the Brooklyn Bridge-smiling in the wind.

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July 18, 2015
Afghan Raffle for CTK
The TTN stitchers made an original afghan and raffled it at the annual luncheon in June. The raffle raised $410 for Care To Knit. The check was presented to Ines Basso Glick, executive director and Ivy Greenberg, Chairperson. The TTN Stitchers (part of the Volunteer Committee), a group that knits and crochets items for CARE TO KNIT ("CTK"), ran an afghan raffle at the annual luncheon on June 16. The winner of the beautiful, multi-colored afghan was Debbie Fox. CTK is a non-profit organization that distributes hand-made hats, scarves, and blankets to hospices, shelters, nursing homes, veterans groups, and anywhere else there is need. The Stitchers have donated over 450 items in their two-year existence. The $410 proceeds of the raffle was very appreciated by executive director of, Ines.

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June 4, 2015
NATIONAL LEADERSHIP RETREAT Thursday, June 4 to Sunday, June 7 Santa Fe, NM
"Creating Our Future Together" was the theme and Santa Fe was the idyllic location of TTN's National Leadership Retreat. TTN/LI was represented by five chapter members: Joan Ayoub, Carole Davis, Dale Davis, Marlene Gerber, and Sue Sham. They had an opportunity to meet and connect with 45 extraordinary women representing TTN's eleven existing chapters, and several new chapters in formation. The goal of the conference was to work together to help determine the future direction of TTN.

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May 17, 2015
TRIVIA BRUNCH, Sunday, May 17 Trail View Restaurant, Glen Cove
Question: What novel, published in 1925, still sells about 400,000 copies annually, and made the bestseller list in 2013? Answer: The Great Gatsby This was the final question at TTN/LI's Trivia Brunch, and while a number of the participating teams came up with the correct answer, it was the BRAINSTORMERS, who won the grand prize (a restaurant gift card) with the highest number of points, including the correct response to the final question. Second place went to the TRIVIA TARTS. The brunch was held at the Trail View Restaurant in Glen Cove, overlooking the picturesque golf course and Long Island Sound.

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March 13, 2015
Thursday Trippers Painting The Town
The Thursday Trippers unlocked their hidden artistic talent. These ladies spent the afternoon at Paint The Town and created masterpieces while having a great time!

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