National Newsletter - April 2016

This is a milestone year for TTN.  We are celebrating the 10th anniversary of four of our chapters and the birth of our 13th community of women "50 and forward."  It seems to be a great time to think about the value of being a national organization, and the importance of building a culture of support and collaboration among our chapters as well as our members.

TTN was conceived when two women got together, realized they had something in common, and reached out to other women to expand the conversation.  As they did this, they shared their experiences, concerns and expectations for this next stage of their lives.  That became the basis of "connect" and the key word here is SHARING.  They were not selfish with their knowledge, they shared it with other women so they all could benefit.

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Lucky to be at the Pot Luck!   
Brooklyn is my home away from home when I visit New York.  But rather than sleeping on my favorite couch, last week I got to sit on it and meet some wonderful TTN members.

New York is a very large chapter and like most metropolitan areas, is a collection of neighborhoods.  So Ellen Murphy, a long time TTN member and Brooklyn resident, invited other Brooklyn-ites to a local pot luck right in their own backyard. 

For Carol Oswald (our Board President) and me, it was a chance to meet members where they are - in their community.  We shared much more than the yummy food, we shared our stories.  We heard about loss, change, frustration and fear. And how through TTN, we discovered new opportunities and found joy, camaraderie and hope.  Each of us, in our own way, is figuring out what's important to us and sharing that discovery with one another. 

Thank you, ladies of Brooklyn, for reminding us of the value we each bring to the table.  I was happy to to share my favorite couch with you!
Caring Collaborative Comes to Philadelphia  
Karen Kanter is a "get it done" kind of person.  When she moved to Philadelphia from New York, she immediately built new connections through her membership in TTN.  I was there when her partner Stan exclaimed, "we've only been here two months and she already has a whole life here!"  That's what can happen when you're a member of TTN AND a woman who makes things happen.

Shortly after arriving in Philly, Karen joined the steering committee and set her mind to creating more special interest groups.  The number of groups exploded as more and more members took ownership of their interests under Karen's guidance and encouragement.  She helped SIG leaders figure out how they wanted to run their groups, then helped them find other members who shared their passion.  Sometimes she came up with ideas for new groups herself then challenged members to take the lead. She increased the involvement of members in TTN activities immeasurably.

When she saw a need to introduce Caring Collaborative to the chapter, Karen wasted no time.  She recruited members to be on the committee then set out to organize the information and prepare for the launch.  The committee held seven meetings throughout the metropolitan area where they explained the mission of the Caring Collaborative and how the Service Corps and Member Information Exchange programs could benefit the members.  After all this legwork, it's not a surprise that over 50 women showed up at the initial orientation to sign up and participate.

Caring Collaborative was initiated in the New York Chapter.  It was SHARED with others around the country and is now a TTN membership benefit in our Long Island, San Francisco and Philadelphia chapters.

Karen Kanter's leadership in making things happen has benefited members from coast to coast since she's always willing to offer her support to other chapter leaders.

Thank you, Karen Kanter for sharing your time and expertise to make TTN a better organization for our members.
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