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The Central Ohio Chapter encompasses the Columbus Metro area
and surrounding suburbs.



October 5, 2020
The Transition Network 20th Anniversary Celebration

Are You Ready To Celebrate?

One good thing has finally arrived in 2020 and that is TTN’s 20th Anniversary! Join us on October 14th and 15th as we reflect on all that we’ve accomplished, and explore what lies ahead for our dynamic and growing organization. We have several you won’t want to miss speakers and you’ll have the opportunity to meet and connect with TTN members and their guests from across the country.

Wednesday, October 14  

10:30 - 11:45 AM Eastern    A Conversation  To kick off our 20th Anniversary Celebration, we'll hear from Christine Millen, co-founder of TTN, about how she envisioned an organization that would connect women 50 and forward and Carol Oswald, TTN’s current Board president who will share our vision for the future.

12:15 - 1:45 PM Eastern    Lunch Mixer  Bring your lunch and let's connect!  We'll gather in small groups (breakout rooms) to meet women from other areas of the country. We'll set you up a few great questions to get the conversation going (not that you'll need much help!)
2:30 - 3:45 PM Eastern    Chapter 3: What Will Yours Be? Catherine Collinson, CEO & President of nonprofit Transamerica Institute and Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, will share research findings about working women's expectations about retirement and the actual experiences of retired women. In doing so, she will explore life's possibilities, while offering insights and a few practical realities.

5:00- 6:15  PM Eastern    Cocktail Mixer  What a day it will be! Christine, Carol and Catherine will have provided lots of food for thought. So let's connect over a cocktail and see what we learned. Once again, we'll gather in small groups (breakout rooms) to compare notes and meet women from other areas of the country.

Just think of the new friends you will make!

Thursday, October 15 

10:30 - 11:45 AM Eastern   TTN Women of Impact  TTN women make an impact and during this morning's panel discussion, you'll learn there's more than one way to do just that!  Jeanine Briefel, Long Island, Mary Klein, Philadelphia, Theresa Murray, Washington, DC, Betty Rauch, New York and Roni Buckley, Chicago (Moderator) are TTN members who have made an impact in their communities. We'll collaborate, share ideas, and resources to help each other engage, lead and advocate in our own backyards and beyond.

We've accumulated a lifetime of wisdom. And like no generation that has come before us, we have a chance to help change the world, yet again.

12:15 - 1:30 PM Eastern    Lunch Mixer  Today we want to hear from you! How do you see the future of TTN? What is the significance of TTN in your life and how has it changed in the time of COVID? What transitions do you see forthcoming for YOU that could help us shape programs in the future?
This lunch mixer will be a facilitated discussion about all of our futures. We'll mix you up so you still have a chance to meet women from around the country (that's the best part!)
Don't forget to bring your lunch!

2:30 - 3:35 PM  Eastern   Journalist, Author, and Health, Wellness and Senior Advocate... JOAN LUNDEN

What better way to launch TTN into its next 20 years than with the inspiration of Joan Lunden. We grew up with Joan.  She's us!  Joan's latest book Why Did I Come Into This Room? A Candid Conversaion about Aging, is her most candid, raw, and funny book to date. You won't want to miss Joan's take on aging with vigor and intention.


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The Transition Network is an inclusive community of professional women, 50 and forward, whose changing life situations lead them to seek new connections, resources and opportunities.

Join us as we CONNECT to support each other, DISCOVER what's important and determine the IMPACT we want to have on ourselves and those around us.  
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September 21, 2020
Hot-Off-The-Press Books by Members ~ Virtual Showcase
The Central Ohio chapter hosted a “Hot-Off-The-Press” virtual showcase, featuring five TTN member authors from across the country who have published books this year.  

This has been an especially difficult year to do book tours and promotion. So we offered this virtual event to showcase the creativity and talents of our members, and get the word out about their publications.

Here are the featured authors for this event:

Downward Spiral by Sandra K-Horn,  Central Ohio Chapter


Better Than A Bully: Carrot Top’s Surprise  by Tina Levine, Long Island Chapter


Love at the Border, An Adoption Memoir from Mexico by Anna Maria DiDio, Philadelphia Chapter 

Typically Jewish by Nancy Kalikow Maxwell, South Florida Chapter (40% discount code-6AS19)

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August 23, 2020
Upcoming Events 2020 - Due to Covid19, All Events Will be Virtual

October - National TTN Anniversary Meeting - October 13 & 14

November - Writers Group Presentation to TTN

December - Virtual Holiday Party - December 14th Read more...

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August 19, 2020
Sorry you Missed VIRTUAL COCKTAIL PARTY on August 17!

Maureen Severns hosted the TTN Virtual Cocktail Party!

Monday, August 17



Here's what Maureen planned:

->Icebreakers and games

->Naming our favorite vacation spots 

->Naming our favorite movie and TV show

->Your first paying job

->Surprising us with Something about yourself that no one knows

->The song that most describes your personality 

->Raise a toast to the teacher!  Describe the teacher that influenced you the most


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June 16, 2020
June 15 - Virtual Meeting - Giving Every Child the Best Chance to Learn in Uncertain Times

Imagine that you are the Senior Class arriving at school on Friday, March 13 dressed for your senior breakfast when you hear the breakfast is canceled.

And worse, although you do not know it, you will also miss your winter sport’s banquet, your spring athletic season, your music solo, starring in the school play, a trip to Cedar Point with your AP science class, your Senior Prom, senior skip day, and your graduation.

How does a teacher embrace and support students going through such a dramatic and unforeseen moment in history while still focusing on the lessons?

Our speaker was Dr. Antoina Mulvihill who teaches English at Beechcroft High School in Columbus. According to a 2012 Columbus Dispatch article, "she is too humble to admit that she has become the kind of teacher whom every kid wishes he had, the kind who makes you fall in love with learning."

Given an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Kenyon College for her work as a teacher, an intellectual and a human, she's been described as using the "power of literature to -- quite literally -- change the course of children’s lives."

“She works with kids who have to struggle against every possible economic and social barrier and does things well beyond the call of duty,” said Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky, an English professor at Kenyon, in Gambier in Knox County.

This was an inspiring look at educating our children during these uncertain times! Read more...

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June 15, 2020
The "Fact Gatherers" Special Interest Group Celebration

The “Fact Gatherers” of Columbus TTN is a special interest group formed in June of 2019.  During a presentation by the Chapter’s Writer’s group, author Mary Greenlee presented her Life Facts Book to the membership. 

At that time she offered to organize and coach members who would be interested in completing the guide.  The goal was for members to have their most important personal and household facts together, so the facts would be accessible, safe and secure. 

Personal, Medical, Legal and Financial Facts were the focus.  Final Arrangements and Living Legacies were also studied.  

Meeting once a month these Fact Gatherers completed the 51 worksheets in one year’s time.  While Group Coaching sessions began in person, they ended in the virtual Zoom format. 

A graduation celebration was held on June 20, 2020.  Graduates included (left to right) Maryann Rinsch, Sharon Seiling, Alison Forche, Jeannette McDonald , Maureen Severns.

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June 4, 2020
Special Interest and Transition Peer Groups



Please contact Ann Fox at if you are interested in forming a new Transition Peer Group whether it is creating another geographical women’s group, another Writers Group, or a group, which is completely different. TTN is committed to helping members form additional groups.

Just what is a Transition Peer Group (TPG)? It is a small group of 8-12 women, often geographically oriented, where members explore life-stage related issues. TPGs are unique and different from the above Special Interest Groups. TPGs are intended to be comfortable and trusting environments where the same members gather on a regular basis to discuss what’s important to them, share in ways to live with vitality and wisdom, and provide support to each other. For many of our members, TPGs are like a home base, and for some, it is their initial experience with TTN. 

Writers Group

The Writers Group is meeting once a month via Zoom. 

Fact Gatherers Group

Contact Mary Greenlee at for the next meeting date.

East Side Women’s Group

Please contact Donna Owen at for the next meeting date. 

Wellness Group:

We are looking for ideas and suggestions for Wellness Group events.  Please send any suggestions to .

Sleuthin' Genies Genealogy Group:

Contact Karen Linnenkohl for more about the "Sleuthin' Genies" Genealogy Group at

Movie & Theater Group:

Movie Night is on break until further notice due to COVID-19.  For more information contact Mary Hiland.

Welcome New Members!

If you are a new member and would like to introduce yourself through the Newsletter, please contact Mary Hiland at Read more...

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April 20, 2020
Welcome New Member--Jane Tessier

Jane Tessier comes to us from Illinois by way of our founder, Pat Hurley.

Pat and Jane met at a “meet-up” group in Clintonville, and after attending three or four TTN meetings, Jane decided to join us.

Jane is a retired librarian, but now she volunteers with a reading program at an elementary school. She keeps busy with other activities such as hiking with another group of friends. Thanks to Pat for bringing us another active member.

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March 19, 2020
Care Circle--An Opportunity to Care

Our Central Ohio Chapter formed a Care Circle a few years ago. I would like to share some information about the Care Circle in case some of our newer members have not heard about it, and to remind all of our members about the Care Circle. The Care Circle shares their joys and concerns with each other. I

If there is an illness, a death in the family, or you want to share a joyous event, Jeannette McDonald will email the information to the members of the Care Circle.

She will send out an appropriate card for the occasion addressed from the members of the Care Circle.

Please let Jeannette know of you would like to become a member of the Care Circle.  Call or send an email: ( or contact her by phone (614) 863-6265.

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March 17, 2020
Zoom Instructions

Instructions for using Zoom

If new to Zoom:

If you're new to Zoom,  you can access your meeting by phone (audio only) or by computer, phone or Ipad via internet for video.

If using a devise and the internet, you'll need to either download an app called "Zoom Cloud Meetings" to your device or click on "Launch application" after you've clicked on the link you were sent to download and install the application to your computer.

How to use:
1. Before each meeting you will receive the call info which will include an internet link, password and phone number and you can choose to access via the methods in #2.

2. Choose your method:

You have the option of using you PC, Mac, Smartphone or Tablet.
----If using your PC or Mac, you will simply click the url that was sent to you in the call info. If it's your first time using Zoom, you'll need to click on "Launch application" to download and install the application to your computer.

If using your smartphone or tablet, access your app marketplace. Search for Zoom and download the app.

At the time of the meeting or call, DON'T open your Zoom account if you have one. Simply click on the link sent to you and enter the password. You'll be sent to a "waiting room" until the host starts the meeting.

If calling the phone number and entering the access code or meeting #, you won't have to download anything but this method is audio only.

Simply call the phone number you're given and enter the password and you'll be placed in the "waiting room" until the host starts the meeting.

3. Join the meeting and choose your audio:

As stated in #1, you will have received the details when you registered for the meeting, including the internet link, the phone #, the password and the meeting number. Follow the instructions in #2 above. When you're admitted to the meeting, you will see this image below if you are joining via the web: Simply click on the "Join Audio" button.


4. Adjust your audio and video:

It is helpful if you mute your audio when you are not speaking. Microphones tend to pick up lots of background noise. To mute your audio, click on the microphone icon and you'll see a diagonal line through it which means your microphone is now muted. (See the image below)

If you can't see yourself, "turn on" the video of you by clicking on the camera icon on the bottom left of your screen as long as it’s not minimized. (See the image below)

You can "turn off" your audio or video the same way.


5. Ask a question

You can put your digital hand up by clicking on "Participants" at the bottom of your screen. Then find your name on the right and click on the "Raise Hand" button at the bottom right of your screen.

6. Chat

You can chat with the group by running your cursor over the bottom of the screen and clicking on the chat button. The chat will appear on the right side of your screen and you can chat with one participant or all participants.

For questions, email us here:

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January 26, 2020
The Transition Network 20th Anniversary

Do you remember what you were doing in March 2000?  You were probably wondering how you were going to get everything done, managed, scheduled, coordinated … like all the other busy women you knew.  Christine Millen and Charlotte Frank – having recently left their high-powered jobs – were creating The Transition Network around a dining room table in New York City.  Christine was leaving a career as a partner at Deloitte and Charlotte had been in charge of contracting for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Christine and Charlotte knew what they wanted to STOP doing but not what they wanted to START doing. To answer that all-important “what’s next” question, they founded a dynamic community of women who support each other through change. Today, The Transition Network has grown from a small group of women to an organization of 3,000 members in 14 chapters coast to coast and others who participate online as National members.
As we celebrate our 20th anniversary this year, it’s time to Honor our Past and Imagine our Future.  Each of our chapters is planning a local celebration during 2020.  And we’re excited to announce that there will be a big national birthday celebration in New York on Monday, June 8. All members are invited to attend.
The New York City chapter is hosting our national celebration.  Festivities will include a luncheon, afternoon program, and evening entertainment. Members who’d like to spend the weekend in New York can take part in gallery tours, sightseeing, and receptions with other TTN members from around the country. 
What a wonderful way to kick off the next 20 years!! Stay tuned for more details on the celebrations in all chapters across the country. Happy Anniversary, TTN!
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December 28, 2019
Insight Out - A New Book by Member Mary Hiland
Mary Hiland has just released her second book, Insight Out: One Blind Woman’s View of Her Life.
If you have ever wondered what it’s like to be blind in a sighted world; if you’ve had questions about blindness but were afraid of being rude or inappropriate; if you are unsure about what to do around guide dogs; or if you know a person who is experiencing vision loss and would like to know how to help them in this traumatic time, this book is for you.
The book is a portrait of Mary’s personality and is full of honesty, humor, and even photos of Mary’s life as a skier,cyclist, hiker, public speaker, dancer, and handler of five Seeing Eye ® dogs.
Mary invites you to follow this link to the synopsis. It’s available on Amazon both in paperback and e-book.
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December 13, 2019
Writers Group Publishes a Book
The TTN Central Ohio Writers have published a book of their writings that they read in November.  Contact Donna Winters if you would like to purchase one.

Here is a link to view the book online: 
Many thanks to Donna Winters for putting this lovely book together and to Roberta Kayne who helped coordinate it with Donna.

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