The Transition Network

Welcome to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter

The Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter includes the seven county metropolitan area that includes Ramsey, Hennepin, Dakota, Washington, Carver, Scott, Wright and Anoka.

For information on our new and growing chapter, please contact us at

The Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter is connecting women and helping them make the most out of their "50 years and forward" transition journey. While every woman's situations may be varied, we can all learn and find support from other women who are also experiencing change.

We are constantly reaching out to as many women as possible to make connections and planning as many events as we can.  We already have active Special Interest Groups and are now in the process of creating more Transition Peer Groups. For more information about the Minneapolis/St. Paul Group, please contact Steering Committee Chair Jill Goski at  

          Chair: Jill Goski  

January at a Glance  

Join us for upcoming chapter events ----

Wednesday, January 6 - Wellness Wednesday - Stretching and Yoga

Wednesday, January 13 - Get Connected

Monday, January 18 - Working Women TPG Informational Meeting

Tuesday, January 19 - Open Meeting with Finance SIG and author, Laura Gilbert

Wednesday, January 27
Welless Wednesday - Exploring the Many Facets of Wellness in our lives


Happy New Year! We are glad to welcome 2021! We anticipate the words that will characterize this year may be “Vaccination”, “Hope”, and “New Normal”.

2020 started with much fanfare. It was a new decade and a really fun number – and 2020 could be associated with 20/20 (perfect) vision. TTN MSP had a clear vision for fun and educational events that would contribute positively to the lives of participants. In January, JeNell Jacobson organized a fun Get Connected and Della Johnson spoke about Housing and Downsizing at our February educational event. We had TTN author, Joy Loverde, scheduled to speak about Active Aging in April; a Garden Party hosted by Terri Evans planned for June; the TTN Signature Program: Women in Transition (WIT) targeted for September; monthly Get Connected events; picnics; and so much more. It was going to be a great year for TTN MSP.

However, in March, the pandemic resulted in a Stay Home Minnesota order followed by a Stay Safe order that required/encouraged us to stay away from others to reduce the spread of the virus. Our world and way of life changed overnight requiring a major transition in how our members connect. TTN MSP purchased a zoom subscription and encouraged meetings to be held virtually. One unexpected opportunity was that we have been able to attend interesting events offered virtually by the other 13 TTN chapters and National TTN.

Many chapter women stepped up to start, lead, reframe, and participate in new Get Connected events and SIGs. We don’t want to risk missing anyone so won’t list all their names here – but thanks to each of you! Our three TPGs grew in membership and attendance. Through all these small groups, women were able to connect with each other in engaging and meaningful ways during this time when we are so distant from one another. These groups have been a lifeline for many.

After exploring the creation of a Caring Collaborative since Fall 2019, we launched the Health and Wellness component this summer by reaching out to inactive members, hosting discussion groups, sponsoring a Legacy Writing program with Karen West, and launching Wellness Wednesdays. Facilitators for the first three Wellness Wednesday sessions were Kathleen Peterson, Melissa Cathcart, Jean Forrey, and Marilynne Roberts.

TTN MSP continues to thrive because of our wonderful members. We appreciate the way our members have stepped up to offer their expertise and lead activities. Your collective contributions and efforts enabled our chapter to pivot and quickly embrace new methods and means for staying connected and created many silver linings throughout the year.

As we look at 2021, we will continue to monitor the community health situation and are hopeful that we will be able to have in person events sometime later in the year. Until then, we will continue to meet and support each other via Zoom. Look at our website to find out what events and groups you might be interested in attending. We wish all the best for you in 2021.

We invite anyone to send us their thoughts about 2020 and 2021. We will include in next month’s Member Contribution section.

Warm Regards from your 2020 Steering Committee: Jill Goski, Cyndy Nelson, Grace Bartholet, Erin Campbell, Barbara O’Sullivan, and Julie Efta.


Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter

December 30, 2020
Wellness Wednesday: Humor
At the December 30 Wellness Wednesday, twenty women got together to share stories and laugh together. Marilynne provided some insights about why “Laughter is the Best Medicine” is actually true as there are many wellness benefits from laughing. We learned that humor can be enhanced with practice! So, we practiced! We laughed at pictures, cartoons, and videos of people and animals. We told personal stories and laughed together.

We ended the evening with a quote by Dr. Seuss:
“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living; it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities."

Thanks to Jean and Marilynne for hosting.
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December 21, 2020
Winter Solstice Party
Although clouds prohibited live viewing of The Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in the early night sky on December 21, there was plenty of darkness on the Solstice to precipitate the need for a party. Read more...

November 18, 2020
Wellness Wednesday
In November, the Wellness Wednesday program welcomed TTN member and LAc, Melissa Cathcart, to teach a class on Bladder and Pelvic Floor Health. Thanks to Melissa for sharing her expertise with us.Read more...

November 16, 2020
Fall Recipe Challenge
During November, 13 TTN members participated in the Fall Recipe Challenge which was sponsored by the Exploring Food SIG and led by Chef Maggie Wescott of the Alternative Dish. Participants were asked to cook with vegetables they may not have tried before and even varieties they had tried but were sure they didn’t care for. During the 2 weeks, via a Facebook page, the group shared their successes, adaptations, and mishaps and Chef Maggie coached the group each step of the way. The group explored the use of eggplant, spaghetti squash, fennel, mint, beets and other seasonal produce and agreed they learned new techniques and expanded their cooking repertoire. You can see a few of the group's flavorful and colorful creations in the pictures. (Some of the recipes the group tried are available at Chef Maggie’s website:
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November 12, 2020
November Get Connected
On November 12, ten women and hosts Pat Burgraff and Jan Reisch met for an engaging Get Connected event.
After our check-in everyone shared a memory about when they “Felt at Peace.” Interestingly, most of us talked about family and being in nature.  “It’s the little things.” We ended with a discussion on other TTN events that had been attended by some of the group and the upcoming winter and how we plan to survive and thrive!
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October 28, 2020
Wellness Wednesday
On October 28, the new Wellness Wednesdays program started with a lively session on balance and preventing falls. Facilitated beautifully by Kathleen Peterson, the thirteen women in attendance covered a huge range of relevant topics, speaking from sometimes painful experience of past falls, both inside and outside and with many great suggestions for prevention of falls and improving balance overall.Read more...

Karen West, a fellow member of TTN, shared her skills in legacy writing via Zoom workshops for two evenings. She is a teacher of conscious aging and sage-ing with legacy writing part of her training by her mentor, Rachael Freed, who has written several books on legacy writing.Read more...

February 8, 2020
Home Sweet Home
Twenty-one women attended the winter quarterly program and learned valuable information from Della Johnson, TTN member and realtor, and Laurie Wrobel, Senior Move Manager and owner of Clutter 911.Read more...

On Saturday, September 7, fifteen women enjoyed a lovely morning at Debra's home in Circle Pines. Debra had invited Mary Jo Meadow to talk with us about mindfulness. Mary Jo is 83 years young and has been engaged in teaching mindfulness for over 30 years. She was a delightful woman and helped us understand the benefits of practicing mindfulness. We also enjoyed a potluck brunch and shared wellness tips. Thanks to Debra for hosting this lovely event.Read more...

On Saturday, July 13, 19 women gathered at Terri’s home in St. Michael for a Garden Party. It was a warm summer day and we sat in the shade of her backyard. Terri, Deb and Grace had organized a party with an Italian theme and everything planned matched the theme. This included the activities, the food, the online cooking demonstration, the decorations – even the wine and non-alcoholic beverages were from Italy. We appreciated the stimulating activities and the opportunity to connect with women we know and others who were new to us. It was a relaxing yet engaging event to savor. Thanks to Terri for opening her home and hosting this event.Read more...

We were honored to have TTN Executive Director, Susan Collins, join us for our May 18 Celebration and get to know the wonderful women of our chapter better. We also were very excited to have Lorna Landvik join us for the afternoon and be our keynote speaker.Read more...

Material from, 06:42:19 January 16, 2021.
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