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.
MESSAGE FROM CHAPTER LEADERSHIP
First, we hope you are all taking good care of yourself and your loved ones. Whether you are a long-term member or new to The Transition Network you are navigating through unprecedented times. The COVID-19 pandemic is requiring major transitions in how we live our lives. This is the type of changing life situation that leads individuals to seek new connections, resources and opportunities and it is the mission of TTN to provide opportunities to connect women during times of transition. Connecting has become more difficult as we attempt to distance ourselves from others to protect ourselves and “flatten the curve” to moderate the impact on our health care systems.
Our Chapter Steering Committee wants to share how we are operating under the circumstances while remaining committed to our mission:
Large group programs and social gatherings are cancelled/postponed thru the end of April:
March 14 Get Connected was cancelled
March 21 Discover Paris is postponed to an undetermined date
April 30 Spring Quarterly Program Active Aging is postponed to October 29
ZOOM videoconferencing is now a Chapter resource and a new method for connecting:
All SIG/TPG leads can arrange meetings via ZOOM. Transition Peer Groups and Special Interest Groups should decide as a group, at least a week before the meeting, whether the group should continue to meet, find an alternative meeting method, or go on hiatus until things settle down.
Our Steering Committee meetings are currently conducted via ZOOM.
Our Exploring the Caring Collaborative Committee is considering hosting Discussion Groups via ZOOM.
Members can connect with and support each other by signing into your account on the TTN website. You will be able to find other member email addresses by clicking on the Member Directory link. You can contact them initially via email and decide together if you want to connect via email, phone, or any other technology.
National TTN will be hosting webinars to teach members how to sign up and use SKYPE as a way to stay connected not only with TTN contacts but with family and others in our lives.
Other tools that may be useful to stay connected with family and friends include: Google Hangouts, Facebook, video calls, Facetime, Free Conference Call, etc.
We continue to plan great events for the upcoming year with adjustments as needed.
June 27 Women Weaving Words. This event will be focused on women’s stories and hosted in a member’s garden
August Picnic in a City Park
September 26 Women in Transition Workshop
October 29 Active Aging Program with national author and speaker Joy Loverde
Quarterly Program on Resilience with presenter Kathy Marshall, U of M Center for Spirituality and Healing.
We recognize that our chapter strength comes from our members and the breadth and depth of your collective wisdom. We welcome any ideas or suggestions from you especially for expanding our repertoire of methods for staying connected during these challenging times. Let us know your thoughts and Stay well!
April at a Glance
Join us for upcoming chapter events ----
Saturday, June 27 - Women Weaving Words Garden Party
August - Picnic
Saturday, September 27 - Women in Transition Workshop
Thursday, October 29 - Active Aging: Discover What’s Next for You
with TTN Chicago Member and Author, Joy Loverde
THIS EVENT WAS RESCHEDULED FROM APRIL 30
February 8, 2020
Home Sweet Home
Twenty-one women attended the winter quarterly program and learned valuable information from Della Johnson, TTN member and realtor, and Laurie Wrobel, Senior Move Manager and owner of Clutter 911. Read more...
January 15, 2020
January Get Connected
The GET CONNECTED lunch, at the iconic JAX Café on January 15, engaged attendees with a wonderful panel discussion with three TTN members, Debbie Dorgan, Jean Forrey, and Janis Weller! They shared helpful information about how we can navigate participating in TTN given our different personalities, needs, and so much more! The personal stories were at the heart of what was special in this event. The panel members got much deserved applause at the end!
December 11, 2019
Celebrate the Season Party
Seventeen women attended the Celebrate the Season Party at Davanni’s Roseville on December 11. We enjoyed connecting with women we had never met and reconnecting with women we hadn’t talked to recently. We had the opportunity to win prizes provided by the attendees. The women also had the opportunity to impact others in the community by donating toys for the Toys for Tots campaign. Thanks to all who contributed to this event by donating prizes, donating toys, bringing decorations, and helping with setup/cleanup. It was an uplifting event. Read more...
November 9, 2019
Secrets to Finding Your Passion and Purpose
Follow-up Workshop to October Quarterly Event
Nine women discovered or affirmed more about their core passion at the November 9th half day workshop led by Lori Palm, CEO of Core Passion Inc. Before the workshop, participants took the online Core Passion Assessment which is a validated instrument identifying an individual’s profile related to 12 core passion codes. By reviewing the gifts and the challenges for their top Core Passion Codes, participants created understanding of how to be more proactive and authentic as they balance and blend their top codes in creating their future vision. Some participants are planning to continue meeting to use The Passion Vision Action process provided in the workshop to explore on a deeper level what they are feeling called to do. Read more...
October 10, 2019
Secrets to Finding Your Passion and Purpose
On October 10, thirteen women gathered for the “Secrets to Finding Your Passion and Purpose” educational event with Lori Palm. Lori is an engaging leader and helped us do a short self-assessment to identify our Core Passions. We talked about the energy that emerges when one operates based on her passion. After one identifies her passion, she can formulate a vision of how she wants to give back and then formulate an action plan to do that. The November 6 workshop will actually provide the opportunity for the participants to complete the 240 question Core Passion Assessment and receive a detailed report of the results. Read more...
September 7, 2019
Potluck Brunch Gathering on Golden Lake
On Saturday, September 7, fifteen women enjoyed a lovely morning at Debra's home in Circle Pines. Debra had invited Mary Jo Meadow to talk with us about mindfulness. Mary Jo is 83 years young and has been engaged in teaching mindfulness for over 30 years. She was a delightful woman and helped us understand the benefits of practicing mindfulness. We also enjoyed a potluck brunch and shared wellness tips. Thanks to Debra for hosting this lovely event. Read more...
July 13, 2019
"A Taste of Italy" Garden Party
On Saturday, July 13, 19 women gathered at Terri’s home in St. Michael for a Garden Party. It was a warm summer day and we sat in the shade of her backyard. Terri, Deb and Grace had organized a party with an Italian theme and everything planned matched the theme. This included the activities, the food, the online cooking demonstration, the decorations – even the wine and non-alcoholic beverages were from Italy. We appreciated the stimulating activities and the opportunity to connect with women we know and others who were new to us. It was a relaxing yet engaging event to savor. Thanks to Terri for opening her home and hosting this event. Read more...
May 18, 2019
CELEBRATE TTN Women Connecting, Creating, and Contributing
We were honored to have TTN Executive Director, Susan Collins, join us for our May 18 Celebration and get to know the wonderful women of our chapter better. We also were very excited to have Lorna Landvik join us for the afternoon and be our keynote speaker. Read more...