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Congratulations to "The Originals" on Their 10th Anniversary!

October 16, 2013

Dania Smith is hosting a celebration of the tenth anniversary of "The Originals" tonight in her home in Wantagh, Long Island.  So what's so special about that?  It's a core feature of membership in The Transition Network to be involved in a peer group.  And for this group of women to meet month after month, year after year, shows that the bond they have formed through their discussions and experiences, has stood the test of time.

Recently, Dania sent a letter to Christine Millen, one of the founders of TTN, and Mona Kreadon, a former member of the Board of Directors to express her excitement as they approached this anniversary.  Mona shared that letter with us:

Hi Christine and Mona,

Would you believe that it has been 10 years since that rainy night in October when you two came out to help us start the first Peer Group on Long Island? You obviously did a great job of inspiring us to move ahead and grow, as we now have been together for 10 years, through new babies, loss of a spouse, children's marriages, stressing together about children and grandchildren, along with issues about elderly parents -- and our more elderly selves.
We are now The Originals and for our 10th year celebration my husband Stan is making us dinner on the 16th and then disappearing into the mist...

Our group has been supporting, for four years, one woman a year through Women International and we have all gotten involved with serious and committed volunteer work or second career activity.

Thanks to TTN, we've all come a long way from wondering what to do on that first Monday morning, as well as what to do for the next 30 years!

You both were our early role models and mentors. We will toast you at dinner and when we take our trip in the spring together to a destination of our choice :) Thank you!!

Hope you are both well and thriving and Mona, we hope that your West coast move has proven to be fruitful and happy.

Warm regards,
Dania