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   August Events

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Get out your calendars!!

Mix & Mingle Dates: Sep 25 & Oct 29
Potluck Brunch: Sep 8
TTN Women in Transition Workshop: Oct 6


Potluck Picnic

Thursday, August 23rd     Time: 5:30-7:00

We will be returning to Minnehaha Falls for our August picnic as it is centrally located and has a free, non-reservable pavilion in case of rain. The pavilion is located near the Sea Salt restaurant. Free and pay parking is available nearby. Note: Pavilion is large enough that we sometimes share with
another group so be sure to find us. Bring a dish to share and your own beverage. Bring a friend!

Click here to register for this event  

Let us know you are coming. Jill Goski jill.goski@gmail.com or 651.398.5506.


WELCOME Orientation for New Members

Friday, September 21st     Time: 11:00 - 12:00 PM Central Time
Location: Online Webinar     
Members: FREE     Guest:$5
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Contact: Jennifer Monahan at info@thetransitionnetwork.org

Click here to register for this event  

Welcome, New TTN Members! Thank you for joining TTN! We hope you’ve started to connect with new friends and discover the resources to help you in your transition. To help you get the most of your membership, we welcome you to join us for an orientation webinar. Susan Collins, TTN Executive Director will lead this “get to know TTN" webinar along with a guest presenter from one of our chapters. (The webinars are usually offered monthly, however we will take a break from them in August.) Please register above to join this webinar. Prior to the date of the event, you will receive a confirmation of your registration and instructions on how to join the webinar directly from the webinar service. "See" you then! Contact Jennifer Monahan at info@thetransitionnetwork.org with questions.
 

September 8th Potluck Brunch on Golden Lake

Saturday, September 8th     Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm

Bring a dish to share and join us on the patio of Deb Dorgan’s Home in Circle Pines for a potluck
brunch and a conversation about individual wellness.

  • 10:00 am: Food, fun, mimosas
  • 11:00 am to noon “What’s Missing From Your Wellness Plan? YOU!”
    • Learn how to solve the mystery of what’s missing from your wellness plan from presenters: Kerri Vickers, Mayo Clinic trained wellness coach, and Dr. Kristin Vickers, Medical Director of Healthy Living Coaching Program and of Mayo Clinic Wellness Coach Training Program.
  • Noon – 1:00 pm: More mimosas, fun, and conversation.

In this engaging dialogue, you will:

  • Complete a self-assessment of your wellness style.
  • Hear about wellness coaching and what works/what doesn’t – and why!
  • Talk about what has been done to get to our destinations and the importance of empowering women and girls to achieve their dreams. Learn the results of your self-assessment from Dr. Vickers (you keep your own results to share or not.

Click here to register for this event  

Contact Debra Dorgan debra.dorgan@gmail.com or Jill Goski jill.goski@gmail.com with questions.


WOMEN IN TRANSITION WORKSHOP 

Saturday, October 6, 2018      Time: 9:30AM-1:30PM

Are you 50+ and expecting or experiencing changes in your life or work?

This is a highly interactive program which defines what it means to be in transition and helps you explore your own transitions through small group discussion. WIT is a signature program of TTN and will be led by Jean Palmer, from the Santa Fe chapter of TTN who has led this workshop many times. Location of workshop is St. Clement’s Episcopal Church in St. Paul at 901 Portland Ave.

Cost is $30 for members and $40 for non-members before Sept 6. Cost increases to $35 and $45 after that date. Limited seats available

Click here to register for this event  

Contact Jill Goski jill.goski@gmail.com or Eleni Skevas eskevs@yahoo.com with questions.


Sage-ing® International 2018 Global Conference

Thursday, October 25-28, 2018      

The Transition Network of Minneapolis/St.Paul is calling on our members and all elders to attend the Sage-ing International 2018 Global Conference.

  • Enjoy keynote speakers, presentations, workshops, rituals, interactive sessions, fireside chats, walks in nature, music and dance 
  • ‚ÄčExplore and share our life journeys
  • Work for the well-being of future generations 
  • Engage elders from a wide spectrum of cultures and traditions
  • Call on stories from the past and activate a transformative new narrative

For TTN Members only: use the promo code TRANSNET to receive a 10% main conference registration discount

Click here for more information                      Click here to register


Report on the July Events 

Tea and Happy Things

On Saturday, July 21, nineteen women from the Twin Cities area, gathered for TTN’s “Tea and Happy Things” at the home of Terri Evans. Hostesses Terri Evans, Jane Carlson, and Bobbi Weber welcomed guests with tea and mingling. Guests donned hats, gloves, and “pearls” for the occasion. The afternoon included games and prizes, a scrumptious brunch, a presentation on the Japanese Tea Ceremony by author Melanie-Heuiser-Hill (The Giant Pumpkin Suite) and Satomi Niki, croquet, and poetry readings by members. A lovely summer afternoon was had by all! You can read the writeup by Melanie here.

August Mix and Mingle at Tavern on France

A group of women enjoyed good conversation and some food and drink at Tavern on France this August. It was a beautiful warm and sunny day. Tavern on France is a lovely setting. Let Cyndy at clnelson03@gmail.com know if you have an idea for a future mix and mingle location.

minneapolis/st. paul  - growing by the day!

A MESSAGE FROM THE STEERING COMMITTEE

Change is in the Works at TTN MSP!

A Note from Kim Fischer

Hello Women -

After 5 years with TTN, I am leaving the Leadership of TTN to pursue a new career. I am pursuing my wellness passion not only as a Health Coach using muscle kinesiology, but also as a Stott Pilates trainer. This gives me a chance to use my talents and gifts while adding new challenges to what I have done over the years. I’m looking forward to “going back to the gym”! As a matter of fact, for those interested in Pilates Reformer coaching at a steeply reduced rate (in St. Paul), please contact me!

Although this new pursuit is very exciting for me, I have to let go of my role as Co-Chair on the Steering Committee.

I am tremendously grateful for the time I have had with a leadership role with TTN. I am grateful for the experience of getting to know some of you, seeing this group grow and thrive over these past 5 years. I will miss working in this capacity, but will forever be a member of TTN, supporting Jill & the Steering Committee from behind the scenes, & the national organization in general.

A Note from Jill Goski

On behalf of the Steering Committee and members of the Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) Chapter of TTN, I want to sincerely thank Kim Fischer for her enormous contribution of time, energy, resources and perseverance in launching our local MSP Chapter. Over five years ago, as Kim experienced her own life transition, she realized her constellation of friends and activities were changing. In talking to a relative on the East Coast about this, she learned about The Transition Network organization that her relative had joined. Through TTN her relative had expanded her repertoire of activities, connections, and circle of friends while navigating personal transition. That was all Kim needed to know to begin her efforts to bring a chapter of TTN to MSP. She gathered women from the Twin Cities who were on the National TTN newsletter list and together initiated a Leadership Team to establish our local MSP TTN Chapter-in-Formation.

Everyone who knows Kim, recognizes her positive energy and “glass half full’ perspective. This approach to life set the stage for the emergence of a new opportunity to focus her time on. She is embarking on a career area that seems to embody so many of her core values and life focus – health and wellness. Additionally, last year Kim started spending half the year (winter) in Arizona. Although lucky to escape the cold Minnesota winter, it limited her ability to participate in MSP TTN events and fully engage in a Chapter leadership role. Kim has been instrumental in succession planning for TTN by ensuring the expansion of the Steering Committee over a year ago. So, the chapter is in good hands.

We are fortunate that Kim blazed the trail to initiate a local Chapter of TTN and we are happy she will continue to be an MSP TTN member. Kim will contribute to the Steering Committee and organization behind the scenes in a way that utilizes her history, experience and expertise. Thanks Kim, we wish you the best in your new endeavors!

Please join us in thanking Kim for her many contributions. You can send her a personal note at kimmifish10@gmail.com.

A BIG Thank You

Elsewhere in this newsletter you saw an article about a recent garden tea party hosted by Terri Evans, Bobbi Weber and Jane Carlson.

All four members of the Steering Committee attended and we can attest to the fact that this party was a social highlight of the year for TTN. These three women, as a team, put on a beautiful event, with home-made, delicious food, a croquet contest (who could get the ball through the center wicket first), thoughtful trivia games, a fun explanation of a Japanese tea ceremony, an appearance and talk by a children’s book author, and poetry read by participants who brought their favorite poems to share with the group. Terri Evans offered her gorgeous garden and patio as the setting: pretty and very comfortable. Even the weather cooperated as it was a beautiful summer day.

To Terri, Bobbi, and Jane: A sincere thank you and great appreciation for creating a memorable occasion.

 

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Special Interest Groups and Transition Peer Groups (these are available with paid membership only)

Just a friendly reminder:  We always welcome new women to check out our SIGs along with our many social occasions and programs. Please remember that non-members are welcome to attend SIGs & TPGs for a maximum of two times after which, per national policy, it is required to become a member of TTN to continue SIG/TPG participation.. Joining is easy and economical.  Just go to the TTN website - Click Here!

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

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.  
 
Email: Eleni Skevas at eskevs@yahoo.com or Grace Bartholet at gbartholet@gmail.com, TPG Co-Chairs  
 

 Living with Purpose TRANSITION PEER GROUP

This Transition Network Peer Group centers on the theme of living our purpose.  We focus on topics that relate to our intentions for this phase of our lives.

Our group has decided not to meet in July and August and will reconvene again in September. Please watch for the September newsletter for more details. We have had robust discussions and discoveries and look forward to new topics around our theme Living with Purpose for upcoming meetings.

If you are interested in joining our peer group Living with Purpose or if you have ideas for another peer group, please contact Barbara. Your ideas, thoughts and questions are welcomed. New members are always welcomed. Barbara can be contacted by email: 
Barbara.osullivan@hotmail.com or call or text (651) 983-7876.  

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.    

These groups 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. 

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.


Here is a list of our Special Interest Groups (SIGs):

 

Urban Hiking SIG:

On Thursday, August 23, from 7:00-8:00pm following the Potluck Picnic at Minnehaha Falls, those interested can take a hike along the Minnehaha Creek.

Our hikes last about 60-90 minutes and we walk at a moderately brisk and steady pace. All are welcome to join us as we walk and talk. We sometimes end the hike at a local coffee shop/bar/restaurant for anyone that is interested. If you have questions or want to be included on emails, contact Cyndy at clnelson03@gmail.com or 651.253.8736.

On Thursday morning, July 12, Jane, Jill, and Cyndy walked around Lake Como. It was a warm summer day and we enjoyed the beauty of the area.

On Tuesday, July 31, Lisa, Beth, Jill, and Cyndy participated in an evening hike led by Lisa Nabbefeld around Lake of the Isles. It was a beautiful Minnesota summer evening with temperatures in the low 80’s. We enjoyed lots of good conversation and paused to take in the views. We ended our hike eating delicious ice cream at Sebastian Joe’s. Thanks Lisa for the great idea - life doesn’t get any better than this!

Please contact Cyndy Nelson (clnelson03@gmail.com) or Eleni Skevas (eskevs@yahoo.com) if you might be interested in this hike or group.  All are welcome to join us as we walk and talk.  We might even end the hike at a local coffee shop/bar/restaurant for anyone that is interested.

Ted Talks SIG:

This SIG meets the second Sunday of every month in the Community Room of the Roseville Library, from 2:00 to 3:30 pm. We join an ongoing community program, centered around pre-recorded TED Talks, sponsored by the Library and the Ramsey Area Senior Program. Put it on your calendar! Whenever you are at loose ends on the second Sunday of the month, join us!

On Sunday, August 12, the TED Talk under discussion has the intriguing title “My Descent into America’s Neo-Nazi Movement and How I Got Out of It”. All TTN women are invited to join us for what promises to be an interesting discussion...to say the least. Afterward, TTN women can come together for refreshment and coffee at the Dunn Brothers attached to the Library. The Library is located in Roseville, at the corner of Hamline and County Road B.

Questions? Contact Eleni Skevas, eskevs@yahoo.com.

The August TED Talk topic, on August 12, will be on American Naziism.  Mark your calendars, please! 

Although registration is not required, please let Eleni Skevas (eskevs@yahoo.com) know if you are planning to come.
Ted Talks are a perfect vehicle to open up lines of discussion, connection and friendships.  

The Roseville Library is at 2180 Hamline Avenue North in Roseville.

If you'd like to join us or simply want more information about this SIG, contact Eleni Skevas at eskevs@yahoo.com.  
 

Theater-Going SIG:

On July 17th, four members of the TTN Theater Sig went to see the Guthrie’s production of The Legend of Georgia McBride. The play is an uplifting comedy with the overall theme of being true to who you are. The next outing for the Theater Sig will be in September.

If you are interested in adding your name to the SIG contact list for email communications about  other upcoming Theater SIG outings,  contact Eleni Skevas at eskevs@yahoo.com
 

Book Discussion: 

Book club will be meeting on Tuesday, August 14, at 6:30 PM at Debra Dorgan’s lake home in Circle Pines. Contact Debra for information and to let her know you plan to attend at debra.dorgan@gmail.com or 651.269.2000. The discussion is about the book "A Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology" by Jack Kornfield. The group has discussed this book in previous months so discussion will be from page 205 to the end of the book.

For September 11, the group chose the book, "Sing, Unburied, Sing," by Jesmyn Ward. This book received the 2017 National Book Award. A host and location for this meeting is to be determined. Any questions, contact Jerris at jerrheckler55@gmail.com or 612.669.4655.

Art Appreciation SIG:

If you are interested in discovering more about the local art scene, join the ART APPRECIATION SIG. Together we will experience many types of creative expressions ie: paintings, pottery, sculpture, textiles. We will enjoy refreshments before or after visits to galleries, museums, artist’s studios and tours of architecturally interesting buildings. This SIG is for art appreciators- you don’t have to be an artist! We usually will meet on weekday afternoons, occasionally an evening or Sat. Exhibits are FREE or low cost.

On June 5 members saw the Minnesota Mosaic Guild show at the Edina Art Center and enjoyed an engaging visit over refreshments afterwards. No event was held in July.

JOIN US: Wednesday, August 8th Bell Museum at the amazing new facility on the St Paul U of M Campus that opened on July 13th. Brings together science, art and the environment with a unique MN perspective. Admission charge. Meet at 1:00pm. 2088 Larpenteur Ave W, St. Paul.

JOIN US: Sunday, September 9th Northern Clay Center for the annual American Pottery Festival. This event includes artists from around the Unites States. Meet at 1:00pm 2424 Franklin Avenue E, Minneapolis. Admission $5.

If you are interested in participating contact Tracey Baker 651-633- 5213 tracey.baker@gmail.com or JeNell Jacobson 612-387- 1336 jenell@jacobson.org

Writing SIG!!

The Writer’s SIG plans to meet from 10AM-noon on August 2 and 20. We currently are a group of 4 and welcome others who want to join us! Call or text Julie Efta for more information at 651.247.3054.

The purpose of the Writer’s SIG is to encourage, nurture, and foster writing. It meets in NE Minneapolis at a member’s home and is open to writers with any and all levels of experience. Participants decide what they want to write (short story, memoir, poetry, etc) and can change from one type of writing to another. If interested, members can share their writing with others and get feedback.

TTN Writer’s SIG Overview

WHO

  • Open to any and all levels of experience
  • Regular attendance is not required (the host’s meeting space will accommodate up to seven participants)
WHAT
  • The purpose of the Writer’s SIG is to encourage, nurture, and foster writing and to provide a safe place for writers to be vulnerable
WHERE
  • NE Minneapolis, TTN member, Robin Getman hosts the meeting in her home; light snacks and beverages are provided

WHEN

  • While there is no regular or “set” meeting date (participants plan and confirm upcoming meetings at each meeting) the group tries to meet every other week
  • ‚Äč10AM-noon (two hours)
HOW
  • Each participant decides what she wants to write (short story, memoir, poetry, etc.) and her choice of writing may change from meeting to meeting
  • When someone has a written piece she wants to share, she tells the group in advance of the reading what sort of feedback (if any) she wants from the group
  • Most meetings, include a writing exercise for which someone from the group may provide a “prompt” question or statement
  • Leadership is shared or rotated


Service SIG!! 

Want to connect while making a difference? Come Join with other TTN Members and make an Impact Volunteer at Bridging

Each week, Bridging provides quality furniture and household goods to over 85 families who are transitioning out of homelessness and poverty. Come join TTN Twin Cities Members as we help Bridging

Want to volunteer? Please contact Grace Bartholet at gbartholet@gmail.com or 612-310- 4604 by May 10th .


Let's Talk About the Latest Movie

Recently some members have indicated they would be interested in forming a Movie SIG. It makes a lot of sense. It’s an appealing SIG because
(1) movies are inexpensive and
(2) unlike theater offerings, tickets can reliably be purchased at the door, and
(3) movies are fun.

The exact format of the SIG hasn’t been determined. We could choose a standing date (say the second Saturday of the month) at the Riverside Theater, for instance, where tickets are just $3.00 each, and just commit to gathering for the matinee whatever it is and then go across the street for coffee and a snack. Or we could individually join the Minneapolis Film Society and as a group attend one of their offerings once a month. Or we could just provide the distribution list of Movie SIG members to SIG members and shoot out an email when one of us is looking for a companion with whom to go see a movie. Or all of the above. And, how about this: a Oscar Party! Let Eleni Skevas know if you’re interested and we can arrange an organizational meeting to come up with a format and a plan for leadership. Could be fun!

Contact: Eleni Skevas at eskevs@yahoo.com or Grace Bartholet at gbartholet@gmail.com, SIG Co-Chairs.

AND MORE!!! 

There are many ideas being floated as to how else to focus a SIG. More ideas are welcome. Another idea is to create a SIG around exploring other ethnic cultures in the Twin Cities: visiting stores and markets, sampling food at restaurants, learning to cook ethnic dishes. If you have an idea and a yen to organize and lead a SIG around these topics or a specific passion of yours, please step up! One important principle is that YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO IT ALONE. You can partner with someone and you can rotate responsibilities with other committed women. Contact Eleni Skevas at 651-235-9599 or eskevs@yahoo.com if you're interested.


MEMBER IDEA!!! Check it out!

COMO PARK LAZY RIVER FUN

Interested in water exercise at Como Regional Park in St. Paul?  The lazy river is open to water walking on Saturdays and Sundays through the end of August.  Time: 9:30 to 11 a.m.  (okay to leave earlier if needed)  Lots of lounge chairs to relax and dry off in the sun as well.  

https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/parks-recreation/aquatics/como-regional-park-pool
 
Como Regional Park Pool | Saint Paul, Minnesota
Como Regional Park Pool is an outdoor water park offering a 25-yard, six-lane lap pool, aquatic zip line, climbing wall, diving board, lazy river and more. www.stpaul.gov

If interested, e-mail Lisa Nabbefeld at  lisanabb@Hotmail.com!!

NEW - FINANCIAL SIG

Is anyone interested in starting a new SIG which focuses on financial topics? In the spring of 2018, we ended a Money SIG after 18 months of learning since the members of the group were ready to try new activities.

Topics could include financial management, investing, taxes, etc. The group would all be learners so we would need to rotate preparing and presenting topics for discussion. If you might have an interest in this SIG, please email Cyndy at clnelson03@gmail.com. The first step for those who expressed interest would be a meeting to discuss interests/goals of the group and possible meeting times. Equipped with that information, women could decide if this SIG was a good fit for them.


new CHAPTER forming now

Minneapolis/St. Paul


The Transition Network is growing in the Twin Cities! 

The Minneapolis/St. Paul 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 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.  We plan to build a strong leadership team so we can reach out to more and more women in our community.  Please join us!  To join TTN click here. 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 jgoski@comcast.net.


          









         Jill Goski                    
           Chair                         
 

Steering Committee Members:

Cyndy Nelson

My name is Cyndy Nelson and I live in New Brighton.  I took early retirement following my layoff from Target in July, 2016.  As I enter this new phase of my life, I want to look for ways to use my abilities and interests to make a positive impact on others, make new friends, and have new experiences.  I learned about TTN and joined in 2016.  As I have participated in the Money SIG, the book discussion group, and numerous events, I have discovered that there are many women with similar goals to mine.  I have joined the TTN Steering Committee so I can apply the skills I gained during my career as an IT Project Manager to help TTN grow in the Twin Cities.  My hobbies are reading, walking, and traveling.
 

Grace Bartholet

I originally joined TTN off of their website. I was interested in an organization that advocates for women that are 50 forward. What appealed to me was the whole idea of staying relevant in the workplace as we age. I currently work for the Minneapolis VA. In addition, I found that as I have changed jobs and gone through various changes in my life that I am lacking connections. TTN allows me to meet interesting, engaged women from all walks of life and connect with them. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, reading and antiquing.
 

Eleni Skevas

I retired three years ago. I worked as a prosecutor for many years and was in the private practice of law for many years before that. I have three adult children and 5, soon to be 6, grandchildren. It's fulfilling to be a parent and a grandparent, but I believe that many people, like me, need something more to be happy.

So, I've been on a quest to reinvent myself. Part of that reinvention has involved down-sizing from a big house to a smaller home, amenable to aging in place. Part of that reinvention has been exploring new areas of learning, like finally learning how to cook properly and creatively, taking up yoga, reading up on history, and learning about economics. Part of it has included the joy of landscaping our new home and seeing a beautiful thing form before my eyes. I look for appealing ways to be involved in my community, where whatever gifts and talents I have are useful to others. Of course, the task of nurturing old friendships and developing new ones is high on my agenda.

Where does TTN fit in? To me, TTN provides a fitting substitute for the workplace. Like the workplace, it provides many opportunities to get to know a group of people over time, as we run into each other repeatedly at TTN-sponsored programs, social events, transition peer groups and affinity groups (TTN calls them Special Interest Groups, or SIGs). TTN in Minnesota is shaping up to be a community, like a workplace, where people, in this case women, commit to being available for the long term to each other to pursue connection, friendship, support and common interests. Sounds perfect to me.

 

Past Events:

 

Make It R.E.A.L. Connecting Your Values to Your Life

On April 25, 10 women enjoyed a thought-provoking and enjoyable presentation by Karen Carr, a certified professional life coach and MSP TTN member. Our time focused on values, listening, and making it REAL. Karen provided us a practical way to make sure we are spending our time and energy on what is really important to each of us. We first spent a little time thinking about what we really value. Then we talked about connecting these values to your life by making it REAL: Realistic, Exciting/Engaging, Action, and Love/Luxury/Loyalty (you pick). Karen provided personal stories to illustrate the concepts and then the participants paired up to share our own information. It was a great way to think about our own situations and connect with another woman to learn about her life. Throughout the evening, we practiced listening. Karen challenged us to really listen to what the other person was really saying. We even had to listen to the other person for one minute without commenting – that was really hard and provided lots of insights about how little we actually listen to what another person is saying. It was a great evening and we want to thank Karen for sharing her expertise with us in her warm and caring way.

“If I Could Mend Your Heart” Event Report


On January 30, 21 women attended a thought-provoking presentation by Mary Farr about grief.  Although we normally use the term grief only as related to death, it is actually an appropriate term for many losses in our lives. Mary observed that women often lack self-compassion, but should treat themselves during grief like they would a friend.  She also spoke about hope and being on a journey toward wholeness.  There are many actions that can contribute to our own healing or the healing of others with one of the most important that we listen to others and really hear what they are saying.  Mary brought a wealth of ideas from her extensive career in the worlds of hope, healing, and humor.



 



“What is my Stuff Number?” Workshop













 

On October 24, 22 women gathered for a workshop titled “What’s Your Stuff Number” where stuff is defined as any tangible object that takes up space in my space. The leader, Jane Scheidnes, encouraged the attendees to think about how to get control of their stuff instead of belonging to their stuff. It is often overwhelming to think about our stuff in total, so she encouraged us to deal with it a single category or item at a time. It was a great starter session to help the attendees begin to take ownership of their stuff and their space. A follow up workshop is being offered on December 14. Make sure to sign up if you are interested in pursuing this topic further!

 

A Picnic Gathering to Celebrate the 2017-2018 TTN Kick-Off! 

“Since our August picnic was a success even in the rain, the steering committee decided to have another picnic and hoped for better weather.  We had a gorgeous evening for our picnic at Minnehaha Park on September 20.  16 women, including 3 new to TTN and 2 who hadn’t attended an event in a couple years, ventured out for the event.  As is the case at many TTN events, we had good food and conversation.  The attendees shared our experience with TTN  and why we had come to a TTN event.  The common theme of wanting to meet people who were also going through transitions related to work or personal life situations was frequently expressed.  We also had a book sharing event and made delicious s'mores.  It was  great evening in a beautiful Minneapolis park.”
 

 

August 9 Social Event!

“On Wednesday, August 9, 13 hearty women ventured out on a cool and rainy evening for a potluck picnic at Minnehaha Park.  We had the event under a pavilion (thanks to Gwen who staked it out early) so nobody got wet, but some women had to find warmer clothes and blankets in the back of their cars.  
 
Despite the non-August like weather, we had good food and great conversation.  We were happy to welcome three women who had never attended a TTN event.  The delicious foods brought by the attendees included both purchased and homemade foods.  
 
Karen Carr demonstrated her talent for memorizing by going around the table and stating each person’s first and last name.  There was plenty of time to talk with new and old friends to share stories of summer.”

Chapter News:

Summer Social Activity - Garden Party June 24, 2017

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:

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:


Money SIG (formerly the Financial/Investment SIG):

Eighteen months ago, six women joined together with organizer, Judy Harvey, to form a SIG about personal finance, investing and money management.  With varying levels of investing knowledge and experience, the women decided to utilize the Investing/Money SIG for financial learning by researching topics to educate themselves and other members of the group. 
  
During its existence, the group discussed many topics including a variety of investing topics (technical analysis, sectors, socially responsible investing, etc.), housing options, financial management, smart spending, and essential legal documents.  We also had good discussions based on the book How to Make Your Money Last by Jane Bryant Quinn.  Recently, the group reflected on the valuable learning and connections they have made with other members of the group, but also recognized that they have varying interests in pursuing personal finance development at this time. Some members want to pursue other interests via newly formed SIGs or other personal endeavors and others want to take a break over the summer.  We decided to end the current Money SIG.  Special thanks to Judy for her role in making this group successful.  In the fall, we will find out if there is any interest in starting a new Money or Investing SIG. 

For additional information, contact Jill Goski (jill.goski@comcast.net) or Cyndy Nelson (clnelson03@gmail.com).


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.  (www.fusiondesigned.com), 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.