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WASHINGTON, DC CHAPTER SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS


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Chapter Wide Events               

Our chapter has some wonderful opportunities for members to enjoy each other's company at social events and outings.  Be on the lookout on our Events page for events organized and sponsored by you, our members.

These activities are arranged as members suggest and help plan them so we welcome your ideas and energy to make them happen!

Burning Daylight

These events typically occur during daytime hours. They include unique and intriguing visits to place where we can learn something new and enjoy the experience with each other.  

Impact Activities

TTN Members in our chapter are very interested in what's going on in our communities.  We seek out opportunities to volunteer or to provide support to other organizations who need our help.  These are very special ways to remember how fortunate we are and how important it is to use our skills and expertise to "give back."  Do you have a group you are eager to support?  It's likely that other TTN members share that passion as well.
 

Special Interest Groups       

Participation in TTN Special Interest Groups (SIGs) is a unique benefit of membership in TTN.

Special Interest Groups are member-driven which means that any member who wants to start a group can do that.  SIGs are topic or activity-focused and bring together members who share similar interests.  Special Interest Groups are as varied as our members who think them up!  Members may participate in supportive conversations or activities that apeal to their particular interests.  These groups help members forge new bonds and friendships while sharing ideas, insights and interests. If you are interested in any of these groups, please email us at DCChapter@thetransitionnetwork.org and we will put you in touch with the group leaders.

Rewiring

The focus of re-wiring is on imagining “what’s next”and how to get there. The conversation varies each month.  Watch the Events Calendar for the next meeting, faciliated by chapter founder, Mara Mayor.


Virginia Movie Group

We meet on the third Sunday of the month to see an early AM movie (usually 11:00 AM).  We then go to brunch for discussion of the movie.  Movies are chosen by members on a rotating basis.  All TTN members are welcome, along with friends.  This is an open group.  If you are interested in getting on the email list, contact us at DCChapter@thetransitionnetwork.org.


Book Groups

  These groups already gather and may be at capacity.  If you're interested in any of these, please contact us at DCChapter@thetransitionnetwork.org and we'll find out if there is an opportunity for you to join.  If not, why not start a book group of your own!
  • DC Book Group - DC Book Group - The group meets in the home of a member. We have openings from time to time and put notices in the newsletter when we do.
  • Maryland Book Club - Meets on the first Tuesday of each month. 
  • Maryland Book Club II - Meets monthly. 
  • Virginia Book Group - Meets at members' homes in Arlington, Alexandria and McLean.  Alternates fiction and non-fiction. 
  • Chevy Chase - Friendship Heights - NW Book Discussion Group - Meets monthly.
 

Special Interest Groups LOOKING FOR LEADERS     

Here are some great ideas for Special Interest Groups.  All they need is a leader to plan activies and invite others to participate.  Do any of these ideas interest you?  If so, contact us as DCChapter@thetransitionnetwork.org.  We will help you figure out how you want your group to work and then reach out and find other members who share your passion.

New Aging

This group has a leader and is currently at capacity.  If you’d like to be on the waiting list, please email us at DCChapter@thetransitionnetwork.org.  The group meets 4-6 times a year to explore topics relevant to our interests regarding aging, and occasionally have professionals come share their expertise with us. 

Gourmet Networking

What a great way to meet other "foodies"!  Plan a special dinner at wonderful restaurants to network and meet new friends, all while dining from the chef's special menu.

Film Group

Love movies?  Why not start a group that shares the experience then gathers to discuss what they saw.

Sundays at Six, Friends at Table, Dinner Pals, Salon, etc. dinners (potluck dinner)

What could be nicer than an home-cooked meal.  Why not share your favorite recipe, conversation, laughter and friendship with other members.

Sunday Brunch Group

Sunday brunch is the perfect way to enjoy a relaxing meal on a beautiful morning.  If this is your cup of tea, let us know and we'll help you find a group that shares your good weekend habits!
 

How to Start a New Special Interest Group

Washington, DC Chapter Special Interest Goup FAQs

Who may join a Chapter group? Only current TTN members may participate in our groups, unless otherwise specified. A nonmember may sample a group one time, space permitting, but must join TTN in order to participate. Contact the leader of the specific group to get information about membership and meetings.

How can I start a new group? Send a brief proposal to DCChapter@thetransitionnetwork.org, including:
  • group purpose and focus
  • name and address of group leader
  • location and frequency of meetings
  • names of women, if any, who want to participate
What is the role of a Group leader? Every group needs someone to make sure the group continues to be successful. The leader role may change from time to time. The leader's responsibilities include:
  • maintain the group roster and meeting schedule
  • communicate with the Group Coordinators regarding eligibility questions
  • e-mail meeting notices and manage responses
  • develop meeting topic and agenda (if applicable)
  • begin the meeting and remind participants of ground rules, if any
  • facilitate the conversations as appropriate
What is the role of a Group member? All groups function best when members practice common courtesies, provide positive support for each other and share information generously. In addition,members are encouraged to:
  • notify the host if you can, or cannot, attend the meeting
  • make every attempt to arrive on time
  • agree to abide by whatever ground rules the group may adopt
How does the Chapter support the Groups?
  • Announcements and publicity are provided using the newsletter, website and special notices.
  • Assistance with initial set-up and facilitation is provided on request.
  • Advice and consultation is available as needed.
Are there any recommended ground rules for Groups?  Groups may choose to develop and adopt their own ground rules. Some basic suggestions to help make groups successful include:
  • be mindful of your role in creating and sustaining a safe, open and supportive environment that respects every participant
  • hold what is said or done during meetings in confidence, unless otherwise advised
  • listen attentively to others
  • stay on topic
 The possibilities are endless -- for example, a group of artists and artisans, or a group that would focus on small business entrepreneurship.

Privacy Policies: 
Anything that occurs within a group is private, including the email list. In addition, group lists are not to be used for soliciting for personal or business purposes – such as blogs, workshops or non-TTN events – that are unrelated to the peer group, unless there is prior agreement to such purposes.