The Transition Network

Welcome to THE Central Ohio Chapter!

The Central Ohio Chapter encompasses the Columbus Metro area
and surrounding suburbs.

TTN is a national non-profit organization for women 50+ who are interested in connecting with other women as they enter this next stage of their lives.   Whether you are transitioning into retirement, making a life change, starting a new career, or just interested in socializing, TTN provides numerous opportunities to meet smart, diverse, fun-loving women in a variety of settings.

We are a community of women, 50 and forward, who:
Come from diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences
Provide support during significant transitions and beyond
Seek new connections, resources and opportunities
Focus on learning and discovery

We offer opportunities to:

Develop new friendships and find transition support
Explore new and enriching interests and activities
Make meaningful contributions to our community
Share our wisdom and expertise

Please look at our calendar and join us!!


Central Ohio Chapter

The TTN Central Ohio Writer's Group Presents:  "Sands Through the Hourglass - Stories from the Days of Our Lives"

Monday, November 15, 2021, 6‑8pm EST
Location: Your own home via Zoom Video Conferencing
Registration Deadline: Sunday, November 14, 2021

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The journey of a lifetime - that’s what each and every one of us is in the midst of - our own unique journeys and experiences that make up the chapters of our lives. 

Have you ever taken a moment to think about all that has made you who you are?  
What are the memories and experiences that spring to life?  

This past year our Central Ohio TTN writer's group has been doing just that, taking the time to write and share stories from our own life journey.  We’ve been writing our memoirs. 

A compelling memoir is an emotional journey that captures the heart.  That said, what a wonderful experience it has been for us to share our chapters with each other - some funny and some painful but all honest, from the heart, and inspiring.   
We hope you will join us at our meeting November 15th  as we share our written stories with all of you. 

We hope they will capture your heart and inspire you to try your hand at writing a paragraph  and sharing an experience from your own life.  That’s another special part of the evening - we’ll be making time to do just that.    

This annual event has been a favorite of our membership over the years.  We can all look forward to inspiring each other with our unique stories and experiences and what is TTN about if not that?  

You must register to attend and remember the Zoom info will be sent in your confirmation. We'll also send it in an email to you the day before the event. 

We hope to see you November 15th.

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Will the “snake on the lake” still be an Ohio voting district for 2022?  What progress is being made to ensure Ohio has fair voting districts
keeping communities and political subdivisions together?

The districts mapped out in the process affect the national congressional races as well as the state legislative races.

On the meeting date the whole process could be over or we could still be right in the middle of it.

Our speaker, Mia Lewis, will share what’s happening with Ohio’s effort.  If you’ve been following the news, the fight is going on right now and we’ll hear about what progress was made if the decisions have all been made.  If the effort is still underway we’ll hear what we can do to support the continuing effort.

About our speaker:

Mia Lewis is Associate Director at Common Cause Ohio.  She joined Common Cause during the push to pass 2018’s anti-gerrymandering Issue 1, coordinating teams across Ohio to push for a “Yes” vote. She comes from an organizing and educational background, and is passionate about protecting and expanding the right to vote.
Look for the zoom information in your confirmation and we'll also send you a reminder the day before the event.
Click here to register and to get the Zoom link!

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"Now, Where Did I Put That?"

How To Have Your Facts At Your Fingertips 

by Mary Greenlee


Mary Greenlee had it all. A beautiful home, husband, his successful legal business,her creative work, expansive garden, a future filled with plans…a joyful life. 

Until she did not. 

Mary thought they had all the important things taken care of…financial, personal, medical, legal…you know…the business stuff of life. 

But when her husband passed away a mere 6 days after a cancer diagnosis, she found out that the info that she needed to know, and have access to, would take 3 years and over $100,00.00 to sort, record and report.

This mess could have been avoided and taken care of…HAD SHE KNOWN what she really needed to have in place, and how to get it together.

Come hear Mary’s story, and the creative way her friends circled round to help her save her home and way of life…

And the comprehensive life facts management tool that was born because of it. 

And how you can empower yourself with the info you need.

Mary shares her challenging journey and the happy ending… with the simple steps you can take to be prepared...and not scared.

You don't know what you don't know!

But after this online seminar, you will be able to know more about “what you need to know, for when you need to know it!”

Please join us for this informational, entertaining, and thought-provoking online seminar to help you get your important documents and facts together.


Bring a friend. Everyone needs to know this.

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TTN Central Ohio September 20, 2021 program-
“The Danger of a Single Story”

Monday, September 20, 2021, 6‑8pm EDT
Location: Your own home via Zoom Video Conferencing
Registration Deadline: Sunday, September 19, 2021
Contact: Donna Kayne

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Participants will listen together to novelist Chimamanda Adichie’s TED Talk “The Danger of a Single Story”(19 min.) 2009. 

In her talk, Adichie approaches the stereotype as a story we generalize to characterize a person, a culture, or a country. 

Adiche is gentle and non-judgmental as she discusses the consequences of having access to only a single story as it has applied to her as a Nigerian writer and as she has applied it to others. 

Adiche’s approach differs from standard caveats against stereotyping in two ways. First, in using the story as a framework, she demonstrates that more knowledge (more stories) is the antidote. Second, she explains that access to multiple stories about an entity, such as the U.S., for instance, involves the power to provide greater access to media coverage, including literature and films, than is available about, for instance, African countries. 

In our discussion, we will extend Adiche’s method by applying it to our own lives. How have we impacted by a single story, and how have we impacted others? 

We will address some of the following questions:

--Was there a single story about you growing up (what you told yourself and/or what others told you)? 
--What impact did that story have?
--What about a single story during your adult life, at least at points? 
--How was that story confirmed, denied, broadened?
--What single stories have we told ourselves as women, with what outcomes?
--What single stories might we have about "the poor," "people in their 20s," "drug abusers," other "groups"? 
--How can we add to those stories?

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s award winning novels include Half of a Yellow Sun (2006) and The Thing Around Your Neck (2009) and We Should All Be Feminists (2014). 

The zoom link will be included in your confirmation and we'll also send a reminder the day before the event.

Please join us for this event!

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Monday, August 16, 2021, 6‑8pm EDT
Location: Online via Zoom Video Conferencing
Registration Deadline: Sunday, August 15, 2021
Members: FREE, Guest: $5
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Covid 19 has brought a plethora of major and minor changes to all parts and pieces of our communities.  None have been more negatively impactful than for the performing arts.  

Erin Blue, Executive Director at the McConnell Arts Center, will be walking us through some of the pivoting and realignments for the community arts center in Worthington. She will share how she and the MAC prepared for the uncertain return of the performing arts as the pandemic wound down.
During the Covid Disruption, there were very few ways to keep the arts alive. The arts couldn’t pivot to primarily providing carry out like many restaurants and clubs did. 

She will share some innovative approaches she has accomplished and observed both locally and nationally. 

Sign up today for this glimpse of what's happening in the arts! 

Don't delete your confirmation email when you sign up because it includes the zoom info. We'll also send you a reminder email the day before the event with the zoom info.

About Erin Blue... 

Becoming Executive Director in December 2019, she initially joined the MAC in 2015 where she served as Development Director for four years. 

She has fundraised for the arts in Columbus for nearly 20 years at local institutions including the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and Opera Columbus. She presented at the Art Museum Membership Conference in 2008, and was a Next Generation of Leaders, Arts Leadership Fellow in 2013.  

Before moving to Ohio, Erin worked as a theatrical stage manager at the Asolo Repertory Theatre and FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training in Sarasota, Florida and Sharon Stage in Sharon, Connecticut. 

She holds a bachelor of arts in theater from Florida State University and is the Visioning Steering Committee for the City of Worthington.

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TTN Central Ohio July Program:  Civil Discourse in a Polarized Environment: Our Citizen Imperative ~ Speaker John P. Schuster

When:  Monday, July 19, 2021, 6‑8pm EDT
Location: Your own home via Zoom Video Conferencing
Contact: Pat Snyder

Are different perspectives on politics and race testing your family and friend relationships?

Do more and more topics seem to be off limits? 

This session will look at how we can weave the fabric of civil political discourse back together.

Our July speaker, John P. Schuster, is a charter member of Greater Columbus Braver Angels, the local branch of the national organization with thousands of hours behind it in weaving the fabric through workshops and one on one conversations. Learn about what you might do better as a citizen. 

One outcome at Braver Angels is this: Participants rarely change their views of issues, but they do consistently change their views of each other, and many find the experience so hopeful and reassuring that they want to continue to meet and work together in the future.

John Schuster teaches leadership coaching at Columbia University. He has an MA in literature and an MA in psychology. He has had his own business for 30 plus years. He is the author of five books.

In 2018, John launched a podcast about aging with intention called Stories for the Ages on NPR. He provides support to retiring professionals and takes his guitar to nursing homes to sing and encourage the elders to keep growing psychologically and spiritually.

He is a grandpa and a gardener. He got interested in depolarizing work in 2016, starting a dialogue group across the political spectrum and has been working with Braver Angels and doing presentations and workshops since 2018.

Join us for this stimulating discussion about how we can all come together in these divided times.

For more information about Braver Angels, Click Here.

To watch a 50 minute documentary about Braver Angels, Click Here.

To Register For this Event, Click Here
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For our June event, come enjoy an in-person outdoor picnic on June 21st as we welcome summer at Mary Greenlee's fabulous and renowned garden from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  

Please bring your own food and drink (if you want more than water), as we will not be sharing food (due to covid).  You are welcome to bring wine or whatever else you might want to drink and/or a few desert items that are individually wrapped if you want to share.  

Donna Kayne will bring a tent cover in case of rain or shine, and there is already a covered area in Mary's backyard.  Mary G. will provide serving dishes and bottled water.  

For those who have not been vaccinated, please plan on wearing a mask when you are not eating or drinking and social distancing in order to protect yourself and others.  

This will be our first in-person meeting since the beginning of the pandemic, and we hope you will join us to celebrate!  

Don't forget to register online for the event.  

At the end of the event, all guests will help with clean up.  We are looking forward to seeing you in person on Monday, June 21!

Address and directions will be sent in your confirmation.

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The TTN Central Ohio "Aging Mastery Peer Group" Presents:
A Review of the Books We've Read and What We've Learned from Them

Presenters:  Ann Fox, Roberta Kayne, Jeannette McDonald, Leslie Robinson, Maureen Severns, Pat Snyder, Jane Tessier

Join in as the members of the group will share summaries of each of the books they have read thus far as well as their own personal experience as a result of what they’ve learned.

The Central Ohio Aging Mastery Peer Group started in May of 2020.  The group operates as a cross between a personal development book club and an accountability group.

The group is focused on developing mastery of our personal experience of aging - mastery in the context of aging being defined as living long and dying short.

The Zoom info will be included in your meeting confirmation and we'll also send you a reminder the day before the event.
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For our TTN Central Ohio April meeting, we are taking the night off from learning about the world and are, instead, learning more about each other.

We'll be doing a scavenger hunt, finding what we all have in common and sharing interesting stories.

Look for the zoom info in your confirmation email and we'll also send a reminder email the day before the event.

When:  Monday, April 19, 2021
Time:  6:00 to 8:00 pm
Where:  Zoom - TTN Zoom Room - In Your Home

Please join us!

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Sex Trafficking:  A Problem of Pandemic Proportions

If you thought sex trafficking would diminish with pandemic shutdowns, think again.  With more folks stuck at home, online trafficking has skyrocketed and placed our youth at even greater risk than before.

Do you know the red flags that signal someone in your family or circle of young friends may be at risk? What sort of privacy safeguards need to be in place for photos they share on social media like Instagram and TikTok?  And do these safeguards always work?

 Amy Ryan Rued, a trained volunteer ambassador for Shared Hope International and regional coordinator for Ohio, will speak at our monthly Zoom meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, March 15.  Feel free to invite a guest who might benefit from the information she has to share.


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Monday, February 15, 2021
6-8 pm
Location: Your own home via Zoom Video Conferencing
Registration Deadline: Sunday, February 14, 2021
Contact: Barb Seckler

Meet Mary B. Relotto, TTN member and founder of Thrive, Ohio and learn about Thrive Ohio's non-profits we may support. 

TTN members have a lot to give in time, talent and treasure! From our annual holiday donations to volunteering with non-profits, we have a history of giving back to our community. 

TTN member and the founder of THRIVE Ohio, Mary B. Relotto, will share her experience working with diverse organizations, serving the needs of women and girls.

There has never been a better time to explore new opportunities to build a deeper relationship with a community organization. 

Join us in this first conversation about how we make an impact in Central Ohio, increasing our Chapter’s visibility and attracting new members. 

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Real Life Resilence
for Turbulent Times


These days, transitions are coming at us at breakneck speed. Not only have we had to shift gears into a more COVID-safe life but our assumptions about government, our way of life, and race in this country are also being challenged. Experts are quick to share their best resilience strategies. 

For our January 18 program, the Central Ohio Chapter members contributed real-life wisdom during interactive breakout sessions where all of us shared challenges past and present and how we got through them. 

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Each year TTN Central Ohio picks a charity during the Holiday Season and collects donations, either funds or items. This year, our planning committee chose “Books for Beechcroft High School Kids.”  You can help make dreams come true by donating to buy books for the kids at Beechcroft.
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Maureen Severns hosted the TTN Holiday Party!

When:  6-8 pm, Monday, December 14


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Since the shutdown in March caused by Covid 19, all of our lives have changed in so many different ways.

We've been left with the question of whether we'll ever be able to return to "normal" and what "normal" might even look like in the future.

In June, members of the Central Ohio TTN Writers Special Interest Group each wrote about how the pandemic had affected their lives, and it seemed appropriate for our November chapter meeting to bring our thoughts to the entire membership.

On November 16 at 6pm, join us virtually on Zoom for readings by the Writers Group members and for your opportunity to write your thoughts about how Covid 19 has affected your life as well. 

This is usually a favorite event of our members, and we hope you will join us!

Once you register, you will be sent a link to login to the Zoom meeting.

You must sign up here to attend...
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A Standing Ovation: Women Pursuing the Vote - by AdHoc Productions

AdHoc Productions presents some moments in American suffragette history through the heartfelt words of Susan B. Anthony, Carrie Chapman Catt, Belle Coit Kelton, Alice Paul, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. They were women of purpose and valor. They were suffragettes.

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One good thing finally arrived in 2020 and that was TTN’s 20th Anniversary on October 14th and 15th.

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The Central Ohio chapter hosted a “Hot-Off-The-Press” virtual showcase, featuring five TTN member authors from across the country who have published books this year.  

This has been an especially difficult year to do book tours and promotion. So we offered this
virtual event to showcase the creativity and talents of our members, and get the word out about their publications.

Here are the featured authors for this event:

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Maureen Severns hosted the TTN Virtual Cocktail Party!
Here's what Maureen planned:

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Our speaker was Dr. Antonia Mulvihill who teaches English at Beechcroft High School in Columbus. According to a 2012 Columbus Dispatch article, "she is too humble to admit that she has become the kind of teacher whom every kid wishes he had, the kind who makes you fall in love with learning."

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The “Fact Gatherers” of Columbus TTN is a special interest group formed in June of 2019.  During a presentation by the Chapter’s Writer’s group, author Mary Greenlee presented her Life Facts Book to the membership. 


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Mary Greenlee, Maureen Severns, and Sharon Seiling presented a wonderful program on Monday, May 18.

They explained that the Living Legacy (Ethical Will) is an ancient document from the Judeo-Christian tradition.Read more...

Our April 20 speaker, communications expert Lillian Zarzar, facilitated an interactive program to help us communicate better across generational lines. 

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March 17, 2020
Zoom Instructions

Instructions for using Zoom

If new to Zoom:

If you're new to Zoom,  you can access your meeting by phone (audio only) or by computer, phone or Ipad via internet for video.

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On February 17th Amy Ryan Rued spoke to Central Ohio TTN with an enlightening presentation on child sex trafficking.  What we learned.....

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Our Central Ohio Chapter formed a Care Circle a few years ago. I would like to share some information about the Care Circle in case some of our newer members have not heard about it, and to remind all of our members about the Care Circle. The Care Circle shares their joys and concerns with each other.

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Material from, 13:00:51 October 27, 2021.
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