Welcome to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter
For information on our new and growing chapter, please contact us at MSPChapter@TheTransitionNetwork.org.
The Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter includes the seven county metropolitan area that includes Ramsey, Hennepin, Dakota, Washington, Carver, Scott, Wright and Anoka.
The Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter is connecting women and helping them make the most out of their "50 years and forward" transition journey. While every woman's situations may be varied, we can all learn and find support from other women who are also experiencing change.
We are constantly 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. For more information about the Minneapolis/St. Paul Group, please contact Steering Committee Chair Jill Goski at MSPChapter@TheTransitionNetwork.org.
January at a Glance
Join us for upcoming chapter events ----
Wednesday, January 6 - Wellness Wednesday - Stretching and Yoga
Wednesday, January 13 - Get Connected
Monday, January 18 - Working Women TPG Informational Meeting
Tuesday, January 19 - Open Meeting with Finance SIG and author, Laura Gilbert
Wednesday, January 27
Welless Wednesday - Exploring the Many Facets of Wellness in our lives
MESSAGE FROM CHAPTER LEADERSHIP
Happy New Year! We are glad to welcome 2021! We anticipate the words that will characterize this year may be “Vaccination”, “Hope”, and “New Normal”.2020 started with much fanfare. It was a new decade and a really fun number – and 2020 could be associated with 20/20 (perfect) vision. TTN MSP had a clear vision for fun and educational events that would contribute positively to the lives of participants. In January, JeNell Jacobson organized a fun Get Connected and Della Johnson spoke about Housing and Downsizing at our February educational event. We had TTN author, Joy Loverde, scheduled to speak about Active Aging in April; a Garden Party hosted by Terri Evans planned for June; the TTN Signature Program: Women in Transition (WIT) targeted for September; monthly Get Connected events; picnics; and so much more. It was going to be a great year for TTN MSP.
However, in March, the pandemic resulted in a Stay Home Minnesota order followed by a Stay Safe order that required/encouraged us to stay away from others to reduce the spread of the virus. Our world and way of life changed overnight requiring a major transition in how our members connect. TTN MSP purchased a zoom subscription and encouraged meetings to be held virtually. One unexpected opportunity was that we have been able to attend interesting events offered virtually by the other 13 TTN chapters and National TTN.
Many chapter women stepped up to start, lead, reframe, and participate in new Get Connected events and SIGs. We don’t want to risk missing anyone so won’t list all their names here – but thanks to each of you! Our three TPGs grew in membership and attendance. Through all these small groups, women were able to connect with each other in engaging and meaningful ways during this time when we are so distant from one another. These groups have been a lifeline for many.
After exploring the creation of a Caring Collaborative since Fall 2019, we launched the Health and Wellness component this summer by reaching out to inactive members, hosting discussion groups, sponsoring a Legacy Writing program with Karen West, and launching Wellness Wednesdays. Facilitators for the first three Wellness Wednesday sessions were Kathleen Peterson, Melissa Cathcart, Jean Forrey, and Marilynne Roberts.
TTN MSP continues to thrive because of our wonderful members. We appreciate the way our members have stepped up to offer their expertise and lead activities. Your collective contributions and efforts enabled our chapter to pivot and quickly embrace new methods and means for staying connected and created many silver linings throughout the year.
As we look at 2021, we will continue to monitor the community health situation and are hopeful that we will be able to have in person events sometime later in the year. Until then, we will continue to meet and support each other via Zoom. Look at our website to find out what events and groups you might be interested in attending. We wish all the best for you in 2021.
We invite anyone to send us their thoughts about 2020 and 2021. We will include in next month’s Member Contribution section.
Warm Regards from your 2020 Steering Committee: Jill Goski, Cyndy Nelson, Grace Bartholet, Erin Campbell, Barbara O’Sullivan, and Julie Efta.
Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter
Wellness Wednesday: Humor
We ended the evening with a quote by Dr. Seuss:
Thanks to Jean and Marilynne for hosting.
Winter Solstice Party
Fall Recipe Challenge
November Get Connected
After our check-in everyone shared a memory about when they “Felt at Peace.” Interestingly, most of us talked about family and being in nature. “It’s the little things.” We ended with a discussion on other TTN events that had been attended by some of the group and the upcoming winter and how we plan to survive and thrive!
Legacy Writing Workshop
Home Sweet Home
Potluck Brunch Gathering on Golden Lake
"A Taste of Italy" Garden Party
Material from www.thetransitionnetwork.org, 01:56:30 January 18, 2021.
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