November 2014
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Santa Fe TTN is organized and led entirely by volunteers.

 November 2014

Monthly Program Meetings

NOTE: This month's meetings have been moved to the 3rd week of the month, due to the Thanksgiving holiday, presented at a different venue, and we request an extra donation to help fund this special, movie event. 


Monday, November 17

Time: 6:15 - 8 pm, and


Tuesday, November 18

Time: 1:45 - 3:30 pm


- Open to members and non-members

- $5 donation requested

- Scent free, service dogs only


LOCATION: The Studio at CCA (Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe), 1050 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM

PRESENTATION: A humorous and touching documentary film, "Cyber-Seniors" is about a high school project launched by two sisters.  Focusing on a group of senior citizens who take their first steps into cyber-space under the tutelage of teenage mentors, the film expertly renders a thought-provoking look at a spirited group of men and women who are enriched by digitally re-connecting with their families and each other. Finding their footing rather quickly, the group moves on to compete for the most YouTube views while swiftly building their online inventory of friends.  Click here to view a film trailerThis event is open to member and non-member 50+ women in the community.  A discussion will follow showing of the film.

Planning the Future of Santa Fe TTN

On Saturday, October 25, 2014, the following nineteen members active in chapter leadership gathered at Sheila Doran-Benyon's home to spend a retreat day assessing, visioning, and planning the next stages of our three-and-a-half-year -old chapter: Jutta von Gontard, Patty Armstrong, Maria Francis, Ann Church, Portia Blackman, Francesca Shrady, Rachel Greenstein, Wanda Wells, Keri Durfee, Ellie Briggs, Annie Holley, Linda McEnroe, Judy Donohue, Sheila Doran-Benyon, Sarah Salazar, Jean Palmer, Carolyn Bates, Carolyn Moore, and Susan Latham. 


Jutta and Patty co-facilitated a circle council in the morning to elicit how we perceive and promote our chapter, along with what we wish to see happen.  Participants were asked to focus on what they felt served the chapter and speak into the center, where their attention was drawn by a centerpiece full of 50+ women's photos designed by Patty to reflect the dynamic, engaging, leading and embracing qualities of our group.

Following a delicious lunch prepared by Sheila's husband, Alex, we broke into planning groups, based on our top four wish priorities.  At the end of the afternoon, Jutta and Patty gathered the team back together to share ideas generated by the work groups.

A new committee was created on the spot to research and present to the membership in early 2015 their idea of collecting a Passion and Wisdom database of member interests to provide expert advice and assistance in community social justice activities.  Monthly Steering Committee meetings were immediately expanded to include all retreat participants.  And multiple ideas were presented to better inform and engage the membership, as well as now to expand and create better diversity within the membership.

TTN's Santa Fe Chapter has truly evolved beyond a start-up, into a mature organization with a growing, passionate, innovative and expanded leadership team that is open to continuous improvement and deeper connections with members and the community.  We look forward to sharing our retreat experience and ideas with all of you and living up to our commitment to nurturing trust, respect and a safe place to share our varied experiences of transition, while fostering education, service, the development of friendships, and fun social activities.

Message to Retreat Participants from your 



Jutta and Patty wish to thank everyone who participated in our annual retreat and trusted in the guidance and Circle Process* we offered as a framework for our day's work.  The enthusiastic response, vibrant energy, and outpouring of great ideas far exceeded our expectations.  We appreciate how you all set aside your personal agendas, focused on the chapter as a whole, and sought to consider and vision what would benefit the membership, interested participants and the Santa Fe community.  We honor each of you for firmly committing to and holding your place on the rim of the shared leadership circle.


*For more information about The Circle Way, go to  You may also wish to read their latest book, The Circle Way-A Leader in Every Chair and Basic Guidelines for Calling A Circle.  Patty Armstrong is well-versed and experienced in PeerSpirit Circle process.

 Santa Fe Chapter


Warm up to TTN
at our Coffee Club 
Wednesdays at 3 pm
November 5:
Kakawa Chocolate House
Tea House
November 12:
Tour of the State Capitol Roundhouse followed by coffee at Rio Chama
November 19
Downtown Subscription
Non-members are welcome. Come and learn more about Santa Fe TTN and the value of becoming a member.  
Santa Fe TTN Social Groups use MeetUp
to schedule and
share event ideas.
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To sign up follow these instructions:
If you are not already a MeetUp member, go to and
select sign up, using your e-mail address.  You must go into your e-mail and verify your registration to finish the registration with MeetUp. Then find and
sign up with our group,
which is called
If you are already a MeetUp member, sign 
into MeetUp as usual 
and look for our group 
title listed above. 
You must be a current member to be approved
to participate in this communication tool.
If you need help, contact Maria Francis at 713-304-0262 or e-mail her at
Our December gathering will be a members-only holiday potluck on the evening of Wednesday, December 10 at a member's home.  Be sure your membership is current to get the invitation and directions.
The Santa Fe Transition Network