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



March 24, 2020
TTN Program Calendar until May 2020
April 20, 2020 – Cross Generational Conversations, A Virtual Internet Program

May 18, 2020 – Living Legacy: Why & How to Create Yours, A Virutal Internet Program

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March 22, 2020
April 20 Virtual Meeting: You Said What?! Learning to Communicate Across Generations

NOTE:  You must register to participate.

These days, we’re likely to interact with several other generations on a daily basis. Traditionalists (born before 1945) and Baby Boomers (1946-64) are in everyday contact with Gen X (1965 to 1980), Gen Y “Millennials” (1981 to 1995) and Gen Z (1996 to 2012).

The challenge is that each generation has its own history and speaks its own language. Add that to the influence of texting and social media, and we struggle at times to speak the same language. 

Here to help is our April 20 speaker, communications expert Lillian Zarzar, who will facilitate an interactive program to help us communicate better across generational lines. 

For this special program, we urge you to invite a guest from another generation, so that we can all learn together. 

The good news about having this meeting virtually is that we can invite younger friends, co-workers and family members from anywhere to join us and enrich the discussion.  So please when you register, add a guest you know from a younger generation who can join us virtually.

The usual guest fee will be waived. 

Lillian is the owner and founder of The Zarzar Group and consults with businesses and individuals on interpersonal communication and teaches communications courses as an adjunct professor at Ohio University. 

How to Participate in a Zoom Video Meeting

What You’ll Need
  1. A computer, tablet or phone with a webcam and speaker--or simply a phone for audio only.
Laptops and mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads have webcams and speakers built into them.

If you are using an older computer that doesn’t have these features:
For video, you can buy an inexpensive webcam on-line and connect it to your computer with a USB cable and for sound, you can use your regular headphones or speakers.
  1. A reliable internet connection.
  2. A Zoom app which will load automatically your first time.
  3. For audio only, you can use your phone--either land line or cell phone.

You don’t need to have a Zoom account to attend a video meeting; you just need to have the free app on your device or you can call in via phone. You can get the app here any time or it will download automatically when you join your session. After you have the app, you’re all set for future meetings.

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March 20, 2020
Welcome New Member--Jane Tessier

Jane Tessier comes to us from Illinois by way of our founder, Pat Hurley.

Pat and Jane met at a “meet-up” group in Clintonville, and after attending three or four TTN meetings, Jane decided to join us.

Jane is a retired librarian, but now she volunteers with a reading program at an elementary school. She keeps busy with other activities such as hiking with another group of friends. Thanks to Pat for bringing us another active member.

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March 19, 2020
Care Circle--An Opportunity to Care

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. I

f there is an illness, a death in the family, or you want to share a joyous event, Jeannette McDonald will email the information to the members of the Care Circle.

She will send out an appropriate card for the occasion addressed from the members of the Care Circle.

Please let Jeannette know of you would like to become a member of the Care Circle.  Call or send an email: ( or contact her by phone (614) 863-6265.

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March 18, 2020
A Thank You Note from our February Speaker--Amy Ryan Rued

A Thank You note and photograph from our February 17th presenter, Amy Ryan Rued 

“I am grateful to TTN for helping to educate more people about Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking to save as many children as possible.  With gratitude and love, Amy”

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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.

If using a devise and the internet, you'll need to either download an app called "Zoom Cloud Meetings" to your device or click on "Launch application" after you've clicked on the link you were sent to download and install the application to your computer.

How to use:
1. Before each meeting you will receive the call info and you can choose to access via the methods in #2.

2. Choose your method:

You have the option of using you PC, Mac, Smartphone or Tablet.
----If using your PC or Mac, you will simply click the url that was sent to you in the call info. If it's your first time using Zoom, you'll need to click on "Launch application" to download and install the application to your computer.

If using your smartphone or tablet, access your app marketplace. Search for Zoom and download the app.

If calling the phone number and entering the access code or meeting #, you won't have to download anything but this method is audio only.

3. Join the meeting and choose your audio:

As stated in #1, you will have received the details when you registered for the meeting, including the internet link, the phone # and the meeting number. You will see this image below if you are joining via the web: Simply click on the "Join Audio" button.


4. Adjust your audio and video:

It is helpful if you mute your audio when you are not speaking. Microphones tend to pick up lots of background noise. To mute your audio, click on the microphone icon and you'll see a diagonal line through it which means your microphone is now muted. (See the image below)

If the video is set to automatically come on for participants, you can turn your camera off if you prefer--although we'd prefer to see your face! To "turn off" the video of you, click on the camera icon on the bottom left of your screen as long as it’s not minimized. (See the image below)


5. Ask a question

You can put your digital hand up by clicking on "Participants" at the bottom of your screen. Then find your name on the right and click on the "Raise Hand" button at the bottom right of your screen.

6. Chat

You can chat with the group by running your cursor over the bottom of the screen and clicking on the chat button. The chat will appear on the right side of your screen and you can chat with one participant or all participants.

For questions, email us here:

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March 1, 2020
Special Interest and Transition Peer Group Activities – March 2020


Wellness Group:

We are looking for ideas and suggestions for Wellness Group events.  Please send any suggestions to at least two weeks before the end of the month, so they can be included in the next newsletter.

Sleuthin' Genies Genealogy Group:

The group met at the Ohio History Connection on February 22nd. Contact Karen Linnenkohl for more about the "Sleuthin' Genies" Genealogy Group at

Movie & Theater Group:

Movie Night on March 9th is changed to "Still Feisty" Monologue “Monday” Night. The program includes Leslie Robinson’s two monologues, and other actors, who are all 50 and older. Drinks and munchies start at 6:15 p.m., house opens at 6:30, and the program lasts from 7-8:00. The address is 3723 So. High Street, located in the middle of the Great Southern Shopping Center. In order to attend, you need to pre-order tickets. After you access, you will see a window to the right: Find Tickets. Click the button, and the next site allows you to order a ticket by clicking on Add to Cart after typing in the quantity.

On April 13th movie night, it might be your choice if you let Mary Hiland know which movie peaks your interest , so contact her at


Please contact Ann Fox at if you are interested in forming a new Transition Peer Group whether it is creating another geographical women’s group, another Writers Group, or a group, which is completely different. TTN is committed to helping members form additional groups.

Just what is a Transition Peer Group (TPG)? It is a small group of 8-12 women, often geographically oriented, where members explore life-stage related issues. TPGs are unique and different from the above Special Interest Groups. TPGs are intended to be comfortable and trusting environments where the same members gather on a regular basis to discuss what’s important to them, share in ways to live with vitality and wisdom, and provide support to each other. For many of our members, TPGs are like a home base, and for some, it is their initial experience with TTN. 

Writers Group

At our February meeting, we had a choice of three prompts: A moment that divided your life into “before and after”; a “missed connection”; and recall a memorable, delightful, or cruel teacher from your school days. The next meeting is on March 20th when Pat Hurley will talk to us about poetry. Our group is closed and capped at ten. If other TTN members are interested in forming a second group, one of our members would be happy to attend a meeting to help you get started. Please contact Anna Crooks at

Fact Gatherers Group

This group has reached its member limit. Contact Mary Greenlee at for the next meeting date.

East Side Women’s Group

The East Side Women's Group has nine members. Please contact Donna Owen at for the next meeting date. 

Welcome New Members!

If you are a new member and would like to introduce yourself through the Newsletter, please contact Mary Hiland at Read more...

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March 1, 2020
March 2020 Letter from the Chair

What’s it like to be a 50-year-old woman today?

As you know, the national organization has undertaken a re-branding exercise as part of the 20 year celebration of TTN.

A recent e-mail laid out 5 key brand attributes we collectively feel describe the women in our organization—warm, intellectually curious, engaged, impactful, and fun.

As we continue to struggle to attract new members to the Central Ohio Chapter, I’d like to ask you to engage in a bit of reflection.

Take a moment and reflect on you when you were in your 50s.  Were your parents still alive? Did you have children still at home or were you an empty nester?  Were you still chasing career milestones or somewhat marking time to retirement? 

For most of us, that was probably a set of circumstances from 5 to 20 years ago.  Imagine if you were in your 50s today with those life circumstances.

Did you still have a cable provider and a landline telephone when you were in your 50s?  Twenty years ago we were at the beginning of video streaming services.

Did you have a computer in your home?  Did you work remotely, or was that even possible?

If you are in your 50s today, you will probably have cut the cable cord and given up the landline phone in favor of a cell phone.

If you’re in your 50s today and have aging parents, they are tech savvy.  No reason to believe the parents of today’s 50-year-olds would be less tech savvy than we are.  Right?

If you were 50 today, what else would differ from your experience of your 50s?

Would you move into/live in the same neighborhood?  Would you be more or less likely to exercise daily? Would your tenure with your employer be as long, or are you likely to have worked for several?  

I invite you to imagine with as much detail as you can what you would look for from an organization like TTN here in central Ohio.  

What value would you see in joining an organization with a national presence like TTN?  What opportunities would you want the organization to offer?

If you were 50 today, would monthly programs you have to drive 20—45 minutes in traffic to get to be of value?  How would you feel about virtual programming?

At the national level, the organization is looking at itself and asking what will make it relevant for another 20 years.  It seems we should ask the same question here in central Ohio.

What if we all came together face to face only 2 times per year?  And all the other member face-to-face interaction would be in geographic or interest based Peer Groups.  Would that work better for your re-imagined 50-year-old self in today’s world?

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January 30, 2020
February Meeting--What Do You Think You Know About Child Sex Trafficking?

Increasingly, the heinous crime of child sex trafficking is in the news.  However, the more awareness we can bring to this subject, the more likely it is that we can stop it. But how much do we really know about sex trafficking? How many misconceptions do we hold on to? Too often we hear, "This doesn't happen in my community!"  

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

  • What sex trafficking is
  • What the signs of sex trafficking are
  • The importance of changing the culture 
  • And most critical, what you can do about it.

Amy has been involved in raising awareness of child sex trafficking since 2011 and has been a trained volunteer with Shared Hope International for almost ten years. She is currently Regional Coordinator for the Ohio chapter. Shared Hope International’s mission is to eradicate sex trafficking.

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January 29, 2020
TTN Central Ohio at Thrive Columbus 2020
Over 300 women all across Central Ohio gathered for the 2nd annual ThriveColumbus summit on Thursday, February 27th at the Fawcett Center. 

This full day event featured a panel of experts who talked about Leaning into Leadership, and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Connie Schultz as the keynote speaker. There were also 15 afternoon roundtable discussions, including Central Ohio Chapter’s own Susie Collins who led the discussion on “Reinventing Yourself After 50”.

TTN had a table with a display of books from our local authors, and other books about transition topics. We handed out our brochures to many women who expressed an interest in TTN, as well as a flyer asking for recommendations on our “5 Over 50” honorees for our July 20th birthday celebration event. 

Shown here at the table is Leslie Robinson, Pat Snyder, Carol Oswald, Tirtzah Sandor, and Susie Collins. (Not shown is Allison Forche who also attended the event.)

Shown below is TTN member Barb Speckler and Connie Schultz

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January 27, 2020
Mary Hiland ~ Presentation to the Adventure Summit
Mary Hiland, TTN member, will be presenting “If I Can Do This, I Can Do Anything,” at the Adventure Summit at Wright State University on February 15th. She will be in excellent company as other speakers include Heather Anderson, who is the first female to complete the Triple Crown - Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and Continental
Divide Trail in one calendar year. Another impressive speaker will be Ryan Richardson, a nomadic climber focused on the development of new routes in wild places.
“And then there’s me,” Mary says, “an ordinary 75-year-old woman who loves to hike, bike, swim, and ski,” although she is totally blind. For more information about this two-day summit, which is free, please check out
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January 26, 2020
The Transition Network 20th Anniversary

Do you remember what you were doing in March 2000?  You were probably wondering how you were going to get everything done, managed, scheduled, coordinated … like all the other busy women you knew.  Christine Millen and Charlotte Frank – having recently left their high-powered jobs – were creating The Transition Network around a dining room table in New York City.  Christine was leaving a career as a partner at Deloitte and Charlotte had been in charge of contracting for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Christine and Charlotte knew what they wanted to STOP doing but not what they wanted to START doing. To answer that all-important “what’s next” question, they founded a dynamic community of women who support each other through change. Today, The Transition Network has grown from a small group of women to an organization of 3,000 members in 14 chapters coast to coast and others who participate online as National members.
As we celebrate our 20th anniversary this year, it’s time to Honor our Past and Imagine our Future.  Each of our chapters is planning a local celebration during 2020.  And we’re excited to announce that there will be a big national birthday celebration in New York on Monday, June 8. All members are invited to attend.
The New York City chapter is hosting our national celebration.  Festivities will include a luncheon, afternoon program, and evening entertainment. Members who’d like to spend the weekend in New York can take part in gallery tours, sightseeing, and receptions with other TTN members from around the country. 
What a wonderful way to kick off the next 20 years!! Stay tuned for more details on the celebrations in all chapters across the country. Happy Anniversary, TTN!
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December 28, 2019
Insight Out - A New Book by Member Mary Hiland
Mary Hiland has just released her second book, Insight Out: One Blind Woman’s View of Her Life.
If you have ever wondered what it’s like to be blind in a sighted world; if you’ve had questions about blindness but were afraid of being rude or inappropriate; if you are unsure about what to do around guide dogs; or if you know a person who is experiencing vision loss and would like to know how to help them in this traumatic time, this book is for you.
The book is a portrait of Mary’s personality and is full of honesty, humor, and even photos of Mary’s life as a skier,cyclist, hiker, public speaker, dancer, and handler of five Seeing Eye ® dogs.
Mary invites you to follow this link to the synopsis. It’s available on Amazon both in paperback and e-book.
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December 13, 2019
Writers Group Publishes a Book
The TTN Central Ohio Writers have published a book of their writings that they read in November.  Contact Donna Winters if you would like to purchase one.

Here is a link to view the book online: 
Many thanks to Donna Winters for putting this lovely book together and to Roberta Kayne who helped coordinate it with Donna.

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March 23, 2019
2020 Program Schedule through May
April 20, 2020 – Cross Generational Conversations, A Virtual Internet Program

May 18, 2020 – Living Legacy: Why & How to Create Yours, A Virutal Internet Program

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