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The Transition Network is launching a Twin Cities Chapter! 

The MSP Twin Cities Founders Group is looking to connect with others to make the most out of the "50 years and forward" transition journey. While our situations may be varied, we can all learn and find support from other women who are also experiencing change.

We have been reaching out to as many Twin Cities 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 Transition Peer Groups.  We plan to build a strong leadership team so we can reach out to more and more women in our community.  Please join us!  Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity.

For more information about the Minneapolis/St. Paul Group, please contact Steering Committee Chair Jill Goski at or Co-Chair Kim Fischer at


Jill Goski                         Kim Fischer

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Come join us for our August 9 Social Event!

What:    Picnic Social Event!

When:   Wednesday, August 9
Time:     6:00 pm
Where:  Minnehaha Falls Park Pavilion
               (Near Sea Salt Eatery, 4825 Minnehaha Ave., Mpls., 55417)
Cost:      FREE 
Who:      TTN Members & TTN Participants;
               Friends of TTN Members & TTN Participants;
               Women Age 50 and Forward Seeking Female Community
               & Fellowship Via Events & Social Activities
Bring:    Your own beverage & the food below, corresponding to
               the first letter of your last name:
                                First Letters A thru K = Entrée to Share
                                First Letters L thru T = Side Dish to Share
                                First Letters U thru Z = Dessert to Share

                NOTE: If this doesn’t work for you for whatever reason, still come and bring what is
               convenient. But let us know! Contact Karen Carr at 651-426-5123

Park:      Plenty of free parking lots & some cheap pay lots too



NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION – Friday, September 15, 12 pm until 1 pm

Click here to register. You will then receive, via email, the links to join the webinar, which our Executive Director, Susan Collins, leads. If you miss this one, another will be offered again in October. (New Member Orientations are not offered in August.)

Do you want to form a Special Interest Group?  

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) arise when TTN members find kindred spirits who share similar passions.  Member-driven, a SIG can meet as often and for as long as the members desire.  It can be on any topic or passion (excepting political limitations imposed by our 501c3 status). A quick glance at TTN chapters around the country indicate that members have taken advantage of the network and come up with lots of diverse, and sometimes surprising, SIGs.  The Central Ohio Chapter, for example, has established SIGs around Netflix, game nights, genealogy, an authors' group, traveling  and freecycling (a kind of reuse and recycling). Long Island has SIGs dedicated to day-tripping, dining out, mah jong, Scrabble, crafting, hiking, movies, and theater.  Here in Minnesota we presently have two SIGs: one a book group and the other an investment group.  
Want to start a new SIG or join the ones already in place?  Contact Grace Bartholet at 642-310-4604 or Eleni Skevas at 651-235-9599.


Six women met for the TTN Book Discussion Group last evening, and we discussed the first half of "Life Gets Better: The Unexpected Pleasures of Growing Older" by Wendy Lustbader. This was one of our more popular books, and several women expressed the desire to meet Wendy or even to go to her as a therapist.
At our next meeting on Tuesday, August 8 at 6:30, we will discuss the second half of "Life Gets Better" at Gretchen Bratvold's home. Her address is 3444 Edmund Blvd. in Minneapolis. Her phone number is 612-722-5307.

In September, we will discuss the first half of "Buddha's Brain"--the whole title is "the practical neuroscience of Buddha's Brain happiness, love and wisdom." The authors are Rick Hanson, PH. D. with Richard Medius, MD. In October, we will discuss the second half. I think you will really like this book, especially because it gives us so many "tools."
I hope you will decide to join us next month. For more information, contact Karen West at or at 651-399-9571.

Let's Do It!  Let's get into Transition Peer Groups!

A core feature of The Transition Network, TPGs are groups composed of 8-12 TTN members who meet on a monthly basis to engage in informal, helpful discussions around career or personal transitions.  We invite you to get to know other members and leverage their strength and wisdom to help you in your particular transition!   Form a TPG!  
To get you started, contact Eleni Skevas ( or Grace Bartholet ( We're all new to this (including Eleni and Grace) but together, we can figure it out, using the national organization's resources and tapping the experience of other established TTN chapters around the country.  
Each TPG generates topics of mutual interest and relevance to their current lives.  These topics can be light-hearted or serious and can cover transition-related topics.  Here is a sampling of some topics covered by other TPGS around the country:
                                                * Re-inventing yourself
                                                * Risk-taking
                                                * Time-management
                                                * How to say Yes when you mean No (and vice versa)
                                                * The upside of aging
                                                * Fostering positive relations with adult children
                                                * How to remain relevant in a changing world
                                                * Fun: then and now
                                                * Navigating work-place changes
                                                * Identifying our strengths and managing our weaknesses
TTN provides help with the establishment and running of the groups by providing written guidelines for the groups.  In addition, every group has an experienced TTN partner to help them during the initial meetings or at any point where they feel they need re-direction. As a general matter, members share responsibility for leading the group, facilitating discussions, and coming up with ideas for conversation topics or outings.  Each group establishes its own group norms and expectations for behavior.  An important consideration is that every TPG is meant to be a confidential, safe setting for sharing BUT a TPG is not a personal therapy or crisis group and is not a substitute for professional help in such situations.  
Again, contact Eleni or Grace for more information about forming a TPG.  



Hi there! The Program Committee has been deep in discussions to generate and develop exciting programming for you during our 2017-2018 season! Topics in the mix include:
  • Tech Shop (Apps, Search Engines, Social Media, Passwords, Email Detox, etc.)
  • Garage Sale (Our children do not want our ‘stuff’, Minimalism, Decluttering, etc.)
  • Grief, Loss, Transition (Survivorship, Legacies, Resiliency, Support, Dragon Fly Project, etc.)
  • Retirement (Transition, Path, Stages, etc.)
We will have a list of event topics available for you to view at our upcoming ‘August 9th Social Event’. We encourage you to identify your preferences and add topics of interest to the list for consideration. We look forward to developing pertinent and energizing program events to serve your interests and life’s stages!
Program Committee Members -- Karen Carr and Gwen Enzler


Chapter Information:

Formation of Peer Groups

It all began when five women got together to discuss creating a TTN chapter.  As their discussion continued, they realized what a unique opportunity this was to connect women in a deeper and more meaningful way.  As it says on the TTN website,” connecting with new people opens the door to new networks.  These networks can open the door to new friendships, which become a support system, anchoring us in this new phase of life while stimulating our resolve to make each stage of life better.”  We hope you will want to join one of the small groups we are proposing to begin with: 

Transition Peer Groups generally have 8-12 members and meet on a regular basis (usually monthly) to discuss general transitional issues.  During these meetings, members discuss a pre-selected topic, sharing their personal perspectives and listening as others articulate their own views.  Topics range from dealing with career transitions, to changing family relationships to the benefits of aging.

We need a minimum of 6 to get a TPG started. Let TPG Chair Jill Goski ( know of your interest. Once we have 5 or 6 interested people we will call an organizational meeting to get things started. Transition Peer Groups are a TTN member benefit.

We have a MSP TPG that has been meeting for a year. Sometimes we meet in a public place – a library meeting room, a Byerly’s community room, and sometimes we meet in someone’s living room! It’s a wonderful way to get to know the other women in TTN in a relaxed and informal

meeting once a month. Sometimes we pick a topic to discuss for the next month, sometimes the subject gets generated organically when someone has experienced something they want and need to talk about. Sometimes it’s a fun exercise, sometimes it’s pretty serious. But most of all, in this past year, this group of women have become close and comfortable with each other, supporting each other when needed, connecting through dialogue. 

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are member-driven which means that anyone who wants to start a group can do just that!  These groups are topic- or activity-specific and bring together members who share similar interests.

Investment Group SIG:

We will resume our regular schedule of meeting the 3rd Tuesday of every month on March 21 from 1-3 pm.

Contact Judy Harvey (, if anyone wants to join the group.

Others may want to start a second group to meet in the evenings or at a different location.

Book Discussion 

Contact: Kim Fischer (, SIG Chair

Pot Luck Supper

People love potlucks! Who wouldn’t enjoy socializing, meeting new people and learning some new recipes? The Pot Luck Suppers Special Interest Group (SIG) will be a group who gets together in an informal setting to make friends and share favorite recipes. The group will meet at different members' homes. Each month we will have a theme which will be decided by the group at each meeting. Interested?

Contact Kim Fischer (, SIG Chair.

Let's Talk About the Latest Movie

How often have you seen a great movie and have no one to discuss it with?? This group is proposed to function like a book club. A monthly movie will be chosen by the group and seen on your own. Then the group will get together to discuss.

Contact: Kim Fischer (, SIG Chair

*These SIGs are open to everyone, but they require RSVPs.  If you are interested in joining any of these groups in the future, please get in touch with the contact person listed above.

Past Events:

Chapter News:

Summer Social Activity - Garden Party

12 women gathered at Kim Fischer's home to enjoy delicious potluck food and TTN friends. The weather did not permit an outside gathering, although we managed to grab a photo in-between the rain drops.

During our meal we shared with 2 newcomers about how we came to TTN, what we have gotten out of our memberships, and a little bit about each of our lives. 

The group also shared their excitement over our newly formed Steering Committee (4 of us were in attendance). 

A great big "thank you" to everyone who made it out to the country and contributed to this delightful experience. And a big "Congrats" to Jill who couldn't make it as she became a grandma once again to granddaughter Lucy Rae, born that very afternoon.

Another social activity is in the making before summer's end. 

Kim Fischer |952.240.7285

Chapter News:

The Steering Committee held its first meeting on May 30 and we're off and running!  A huge appreciation to the following women:

Cyndi Nelson - taking on the responsibility of Secretary/Treasurer
Grace Bartholet - responsible as liaison for our SIGs and TPGs.
Karen Carr and Gwen Enzler - co-leading Programming and Partnerships
   And welcome to...
Eleni Skevas, whose first exposure to TTN was at the May 30th Steering Committee meeting.  Eleni is exploring what roles she is taking on.  She's on board and committed to TTN!

That's a team of 7 (including Kim and Jill) to support you!

Our next meeting is June 28 so stay tuned for future communications.

Potluck Get-together: Wednesday, May 3

On Wednesday, May 3rd we enjoyed a wonderful ge together at Karen Carr's house in South Minneapolis. Along with the wonderful food, we learned more about TTN and what it would mean to become a full chapter.  Susan Collins, the National Executive Director, was on hand to talk about all the benefits of membership in this wonderful organization.



March 22:  Planning Meeting

On Wednesday, March 22 at 6:30, twelve of  us interested in creating the future of our chapter met at Axel's in Roseville. The meeting generated not only great ideas and future plans, but also renewed energy going forward. We hope you will join us for these two May events!

Jill Goski , Lisa Nabbefeld & Kim Fischer organized the event, and they were joined by those interested in supporting TTN MSP, either through special interests, or for a specific length of time or for a specific purpose. A table for 10 was reserved at a seating area at the end of the bar, and we had a great time brainstorming ideas for our new chapter!

Axel's is part of the Radisson Hotel - and is located at 2540 Cleveland Ave. N, St. Paul 55113

Kim Fischer |952.240.7285 
& Jill Goski | 651.398.5506

Here is the latest from the Investment Group SIG:

5 of us met Tuesday, March 7 from 1-3 pm after a winter break of several months.

We will resume our regular schedule of meeting the 3rd Tuesday of every month on March 21 from 1-3 pm.

Contact Judy Harvey (, our host and organizer, if anyone wants to join the group.

Others may want to start a second group to meet in the evenings or at a different location.

We are starting to gel as a group after introductions and sharing of our past, present and future experiences and interests as investors.

For each meeting someone volunteers to make a presentation on a topic of interest related to investing, a specific company, or resources.

We also have begun sharing interesting news articles and plan to read and discuss Jane Bryant Quinn's book:  How to Make Your Money Last.

Developing core values is a goal of the group along with sharing and discussing pertinent information regarding investing.

Reported by Julie Efta

TTN Quarterly Event

6 women attended our first quarterly event for 2017 to get a taste of Guided AutoBiography, led by our very own, Diane Nimmer. There were exercises led by Diane, paired sharing and whole group sharing. Through that sharing, we learned about ourselves and each other. Diane will be offering 4 followup sessions going into greater detail with more exercises in May. Details coming soon. Future plans for our Chapter in Formation include an invitation to a focus group meeting involving a potluck opportunity and a chance to get more involved, coming this spring.



TTN Quarterly Event

This year's quaterly event was in collaboration with AARP with a local celebrity, Richard Leider, who talked about "Purpose". In-between our quarterly events we are going to hold workshops on his program "Life Reimagined". 


TTN January Event Review

Our Wednesday, January 20 Event, “What kind of Legacy Will You Leave Your Loved Ones?” (and other similar titles….;), was our first quarterly event and was a success for the women who were there. They enjoyed a “Cardio Drumming” class from our very own Lori Gerval, enjoyed a protein shake and heard the 3 speaker panel presentation. There will be a follow-up workshop/event that everyone was interested in – Death by Dinner. More details to come in March…… And “Thank You” Lori, for hosting!!


TTN June Event Review

For our June main event, we took things outside to a beautiful part of the city that most of us had not been before. Nine  TTN women and 2 guests joined up at the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden in the heart of the Minneapolis metro in Theodore Wirth Park. It's a little oasis with paths amongst beautiful oaks, perennials and even blooming Lady Slippers!
We had so much fun that we have created a Special Interest Group (SIG) for walking the metro and would like to invite other TTN women to join us!


Sherre Vincent
Monday, May 18, 2015 6pm Social Hour; 7-9pm Program
Put The “OM” In Your Home ™ …With the Harmony of Feng Shui”

Brenda Braget generously opened her home on Summit Avenue to host our May 18th TTN event.  This wonderful setting provided the perfect opportunity for women to connect during the social hour over a glass of wine and light refreshments.  The good conversation flowed into the program about Feng Shui, a fusion of an art and science.    Sheree Vincent, Allied ASID, the principal of Fusion Designed LLC.  (, shared her expertise.  She shared that now, more than ever, we desire our homes to be our personal sanctuary and how this ancient system of Feng Shui is used for creating a living and working environment that balances and harmonizes with nature.  She provided compelling and practical examples of how understanding and applying Feng Shui – you can create an environment that supports your physical, emotional and spiritual well being - your own personal sanctuary!   
Robin Getman, co-founder of InterACT Group, Quality Service Professionals, on “Are You Happy Now? Help Yourself to a Bigger Slice of Life”
Monday, March 16, 2015, 7-9 p.m. at Carondelet Center, St. Catherine University
Robin Getman entertained, informed, and inspired 35 participants by injecting humor to reinforce a powerful message about methods to improve and build upon health and well-being.  Through this fun and fast moving program, Robin expanded participant’s understanding of 3.5 degrees of learned optimism and four “curing” techniques that can be used to heal the worst, or preserve the best of each of the degrees, and guided them through tools and techniques for increasing overall happiness.  Six women met at Carmelo’s for dinner before the program.

Kathie Kosharek, M.A. on “Living a Strengths-Based Life”
Monday, February 16, 2015, 7-9 p.m. at Carondelet Center, St. Catherine University
Kathie Kosharek, a Gallup-certified Strengths Coach, guided participants through a highly interactive program to identify, with assistance from the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment, what makes them unique and what motivates them.  Kathie’s skillful facilitation provided the foundation for participant discovery of how to apply their strengths and reenergize their day-to-day life.  Participants left with the framework for creating a plan to explore how to leverage their strengths in the second half of life.  Ten women gathered at Luci Ancora for the open dinner before the program.