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SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS (SIGs)


SIGs (Special Interest Groups) are like mini-clubs.  The purpose is to bring together chapter members who share common interests.  The SIGs are organized and led by the members themselves, using TTN-defined parameters.  SIGs are a commitment on your calendar.   Unlike TTN events or programs which are usually a one-time occurrence, SIGs typically meet once a month and a few meet once a week.   Most SIGs have a maximum capacity so there are often wait-lists to get in.  Please let us know ASAP if you are interested!!  

Special Interest Groups are a TTN member benefit.  You must be a member in good standing to participate in SIGs. No guests are permitted to attend SIGs.

There are three categories of SIGs

1. Newly Forming SIGs.  These are brand new. You would be one of the charter members and would therefore have a say in how the club is organized.  If you wish to join, contact Jamie Fischer to be placed on the list.  When there are 8 interested members, we will get started!  In fact, if you have any ideas for a new SIG, please let us know!!!

2.  Open SIGs.  These SIGs have been meeting for some time but there are current openings.  If you wish to join, contact Jamie Fischer We are happy to fill you in on the details!  

3.  Closed SIGs.  These SIGs are at capacity. Membership capacity limits are defined when the SIG is first organized.  However, we keep a waiting list because sometimes existing members resign and an opening becomes available.  If you wish to be placed on the wait list for a closed (at capacity) SIG, let us know.  Note that, in general, closed SIGs are not listed on this web site. Please contact Jamie Fischer if you want to learn more or if you wish to be placed on a wait list for the following categories of closed SIGs:

1. Visit and discuss art venues
2.  Learn about Philadelphia architecture
3.  Practice and discuss photography
4.  Play canasta or bridge
5.  Visit area restaurants for dinner, brunch, or lunch
6.  Drink and learn about wine
 
More Info on SIGs How Do I Join a SIG? Starting a New SIG

Look through our Newly Forming SIGs to join a new group and have a voice in establishing that SIG.  And browse our open SIGs to join one (or more) for more fun.
See the end of this page or the links above for more information.
 
Newly Forming SIGs


Run Like the Wind

Are you a recreational runner who is looking for some company on your runs around Center City?  This SIG is a great way to explore our city in a different way.  All levels welcome!! A typical run will be 5 miles with options for shorter distances always

Contact Mary Eckstein (ecksteinfam@hotmail.com) or Jamie Fischer (JamieFFS@gmail.com


Wine Tasting!

Wine sure seems like a popular diversion during this pandemic!  Why not learn a little and have some fun with that wine?  Wine, appetizers, and good conversation is shared.  During the Pandemic, this SIG meets outdoors (weather permitting) or on Zoom.  When things go back to normal, this SIG will meet at member homes or public venues such as restaurants and wine bars.  

Contact: Jamie Fischer (jamieffs@gmail.com)
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Open SIGs Welcoming New Members 

The Arts

Stay tuned for Arts Groups!



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Active Lives & Looking Your Best

Fashionistas
 First Monday - 11:00 AM


Are you trying to look your best?  Do you want to learn about hair, makeup, and clothing? Would you like an opportunity to meet with other TTN’ers to discuss current fashion trends?  Perhaps you would like to listen to experts on seasonal clothing and make-up trends?   During the pandemic, we will meet via Zoom.


 Contact:  Kathy Caponigro (purple2008@verizon.net)

Walking Around Rittenhouse

Interested in meeting friends who live in Rittenhouse? This is a great opportunity to get to know neighbors and walk around the neighborhood for light exercise and casual conversation.

Contact: Jamie Fischer (jamieffs@gmail.com)



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Book Groups

The Art of the Book Group 
Second Wednesdays:  10:30 AM - Noon

An  invitation to join...
This SIG reads it all.  All genres that feature any of the arts are welcome! Recently their selections covered antique furniture, photography, architecture, painting,  mysteries, biographies and historical fiction. If you are inspired by the arts and love learning in unexpected ways this sig may be for you.

They are looking for a few new members to join them.  Your inquiry is welcome!
Contact: Karen Kanter (karenkanter201@gmail.com)


Murder, Ink.
 Third Wednesdays:  10:30 AM - Noon

Do you like nothing better than settling in with a great murder mystery or crime novel?  Satisfy your inner Nancy Drew by joining a book club focused on well-written, well-plotted mysteries.  Each month, we will explore one of the many sub-genres to understand their attraction – historical, international, American regional and the best-loved and admired detectives (male and female).

Contact:  Lynn Israel (lynncisrael@gmail.com)

Suburban Readers
First Sundays:  2:00 PM 


Do you love to read and are looking for a book group but don’t want to travel into the city? Like-minded suburbanites are looking for YOU! This group reads a variety of genres. The location may rotate in the future.

Contact: Robin Rodin (robinsrodin@gmail.com)
 


Books From Around the World
 
This group circles the globe by choosing books set in foreign countries.  Reading mostly fiction, we look for books that authentically represent life in the selected country, providing a jumping-off point for discussions about history, customs, everyday life, etc.  Ready for some armchair travel?  Come fly with us.

Contact: Eileen Smithe (ezsmithe@gmail.com)


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Crafts & Games


Why Knots?
2nd Thursday 3:00-4:40

Do you enjoy doing needlepoint, cross stitch, or other types of needlework?  Join the Why Knots and enjoy an afternoon of stitching, learning from each other and conversation.  When we go back to meeting in person we will meet both virtually and at Rittenhouse Needlepoint in Center City.  

Contacts: Anne Marie Gold (amg@goldorg.net) or Jamie Fischer (JamieFFS@gmail..com


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Films


"Document This!"
Third Tuesdays: 3:00 to 4:30 PM

This group of documentary fans view select documentaries on their own and then meets once a month to discuss them.  Members take turns choosing the documentaries from outlets such as the library, YouTube, HBO and others. During the pandemic we are meeting via Zoom. 

Contact: Anne Anspach (annejanspach@gmail.com)
 


Bryn Mawr Film Fans
Third Mondays: Afternoon


Do you enjoy catching the films at Bryn Mawr Film Institute but wish you had someone to go with or talk to about what you’ve seen?  This SIG fills the bill.  The group goes to the BMFI together and then gathers to discuss them afterwards. During the pandemic members will watch films at home and chat over Zoom.


Contact: Helen Ockenden (helenock@verizon.net)



Can't Get Enough Movies
Third Tuesdays: 1:00PM

The women of TTN love their movies and love to talk about them!  Normally the group goes to a 1:00 p.m.(ish) showing and meet afterwards to discuss.  Members take turns choosing the movie, researching the movie and leading  the discussion afterwards over coffee with a bite to eat.  All movies are in various theaters in Center City.  So check your calendar and if you can make the commitment, contact the lead below and enjoy going to the movies! During the pandemic we are meeting via Zoom.

Contact:  Caren Hosansky  chosansky@comcast.net



Monday at the Movies
Second Mondays: about 3:00 PM


The Bryn Mawr Film Institute is the place for this group of movie lovers.  Members meet once a month to view an afternoon film and then get together at the lobby café to share a meal and discuss the movie. During the pandemic we will meet and watch films remotely.
 


Contact Anita Lichtenberg (anlichtenberg@gmail.com)

Movies in MONTCO
4th Tuesday: 4:30PM

This fun SIG meets at either the Hiway Theater in Jenkintown or the Ambler Theater in Ambler, both in Montgomery County. Movies begin at approximately 4:30 pm depending on when the movie is scheduled. Come join this vibrant group of women! During the pandemic we are meeting via Zoom.

Contact: Nancy Goldschmidt acnbg@verizon.net


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Food & Drink at Home


A Suburban Supper
First Monday: 6:30 PM

Do you love to cook and share recipes?  Do you need some new ideas for "what to cook" since you have been in the kitchen for almost a year?  Right now Suburban Supper meets Zoom. Each month a different theme such as an ingredient, cookbook, family favorites, recipe experiments, etc. is selected.  Members discuss their creations, share recipes, and occasionally show off with photos. After the pandemic, members will go to each other's homes, in the Philly suburbs, to eat and chat! 

Contact Carol Seelaus CarolSeelaus@verizon.net  





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Restaurants

Stay tuned for Restaurant SIGs!




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Travel

Stay tuned for Travel SIGs!


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What is a SIG?

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) bring together members who share common interests, activities or goals.  SIGs are member-driven.  Members initiate them, decide how they should be run, and provide leadership and organization.  SIGs are participatory.  Each member, depending upon the genre, may be asked to choose a book, movie or restaurant, lead a discussion or make arrangements for a day trip.  SIGs are a commitment on your calendar.   Unlike Events or Programs which are usually a one-time occurrence, SIGs usually meet monthly and depend upon the presence of its members to grow in friendship and knowledge.

Although some SIGs are unlimited in participation, many limit their participation to 12-14 members.  This is a decision made within each SIG, mostly to accommodate good conversation among members or to accommodate living spaces used for meetings.  

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How Do I Join?

Special Interest Groups are a TTN member benefit.  You must be a member in good standing to participate in SIGs.

To join a Newly Forming SIG, contact SIG Chairperson, Jamie Fischer (jamieffs@gmail.com) to let her know of your interest.  When there are a minimum number of eight interested members, Sally will be in touch with information about an organizational meeting.   A SIG Committee member will facilitate the meeting at which members will decide on how, when and where the group will meet, who will be the Lead and other parameters the group decides on.
 
To join an Open SIG, contact the SIG Lead listed in the SIG description.  The Lead will give you details on the group – how, when, where – and you are ready to go.

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Starting a New SIG

Our best ideas come from our members!  If you have an idea for a new SIG and are willing to shepherd the idea forward and lead the group, email the SIG Chair, Jamie Fischer (jamieffs@gmail.com).

The idea will be posted on the webpage under Newly Forming.  Once we have 7or 8 interested people she will call an organizational meeting to get things started. 

Your ideas are encouraged!  Where one member is interested, there are sure to be more.

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