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



February 18, 2020
March 16 Meeting: You Said What?! Learning to Communicate Across Generations

These days, we’re likely to interact with several other generations on a daily basis. Traditionalists (born before 1945) and Baby Boomers (1946-64) are in everyday contact with Gen X (1965 to 1980), Gen Y “Millennials” (1981 to 1995) and Gen Z (1996 to 2012). The challenge is that each generation has its own history and speaks its own language. Add that to the influence of texting and social media, and we struggle at times to speak the same language. 

Here to help is our March 16 speaker, communications expert Lillian Zarzar, who will facilitate an interactive program to help us communicate better across generational lines.  Owner and founder of The Zarzar Group, Lillian consults with businesses and individuals on interpersonal communication and teaches communications courses as an adjunct professor at Ohio University. 

For this special program, we urge you to bring a guest from another generation, so that we can all learn together.  The usual guest fee will be waived.

Join us for an early 4:30 dinner at the Polaris Grill, 1835 Polaris Parkway for extra conversation and comaraderie.

The program begins at 6 PM at Quest Conference Center, 8405 Pulsar Place, off Polaris Parkway.

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January 31, 2020
March 2020 Letter from the Chair

What’s it like to be a 50-year-old woman today?

As you know, the national organization has undertaken a re-branding exercise as part of the 20 year celebration of TTN.

A recent e-mail laid out 5 key brand attributes we collectively feel describe the women in our organization—warm, intellectually curious, engaged, impactful, and fun.

As we continue to struggle to attract new members to the Central Ohio Chapter, I’d like to ask you to engage in a bit of reflection.

Take a moment and reflect on you when you were in your 50s.  Were your parents still alive? Did you have children still at home or were you an empty nester?  Were you still chasing career milestones or somewhat marking time to retirement? 

For most of us, that was probably a set of circumstances from 5 to 20 years ago.  Imagine if you were in your 50s today with those life circumstances.

Did you still have a cable provider and a landline telephone when you were in your 50s?  Twenty years ago we were at the beginning of video streaming services.

Did you have a computer in your home?  Did you work remotely, or was that even possible?

If you are in your 50s today, you will probably have cut the cable cord and given up the landline phone in favor of a cell phone.

If you’re in your 50s today and have aging parents, they are tech savvy.  No reason to believe the parents of today’s 50-year-olds would be less tech savvy than we are.  Right?

If you were 50 today, what else would differ from your experience of your 50s?

Would you move into/live in the same neighborhood?  Would you be more or less likely to exercise daily? Would your tenure with your employer be as long, or are you likely to have worked for several?  

I invite you to imagine with as much detail as you can what you would look for from an organization like TTN here in central Ohio.  

What value would you see in joining an organization with a national presence like TTN?  What opportunities would you want the organization to offer?

If you were 50 today, would monthly programs you have to drive 20—45 minutes in traffic to get to be of value?  How would you feel about virtual programming?

At the national level, the organization is looking at itself and asking what will make it relevant for another 20 years.  It seems we should ask the same question here in central Ohio.

What if we all came together face to face only 2 times per year?  And all the other member face-to-face interaction would be in geographic or interest based Peer Groups.  Would that work better for your re-imagined 50-year-old self in today’s world?

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January 30, 2020
February Meeting--What Do You Think You Know About Child Sex Trafficking?

Increasingly, the heinous crime of child sex trafficking is in the news.  However, the more awareness we can bring to this subject, the more likely it is that we can stop it. But how much do we really know about sex trafficking? How many misconceptions do we hold on to? Too often we hear, "This doesn't happen in my community!"  

On February 17th Amy spoke to Central Ohio TTN with an enlightening presentation on child sex trafficking.  We learned

  • What sex trafficking is
  • What the signs of sex trafficking are
  • The importance of changing the culture 
  • And most critical, what you can do about it.

Amy has been involved in raising awareness of child sex trafficking since 2011 and has been a trained volunteer with Shared Hope International for almost ten years. She is currently Regional Coordinator for the Ohio chapter. Shared Hope International’s mission is to eradicate sex trafficking.

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January 28, 2020
Special Interest and Transition Peer Group Activities – March 2020


Wellness Group:

We are looking for ideas and suggestions for Wellness Group events.  Please send any suggestions to at least two weeks before the end of the month, so they can be included in the next newsletter.

Sleuthin' Genies Genealogy Group:

The group met at the Ohio History Connection on February 22nd. Contact Karen Linnenkohl for more about the "Sleuthin' Genies" Genealogy Group at

Movie & Theater Group:

Movie Night on March 9th is changed to "Still Feisty" Monologue “Monday” Night. The program includes Leslie Robinson’s two monologues, and other actors, who are all 50 and older. Drinks and munchies start at 6:15 p.m., house opens at 6:30, and the program lasts from 7-8:00. The address is 3723 So. High Street, located in the middle of the Great Southern Shopping Center. In order to attend, you need to pre-order tickets. After you access, you will see a window to the right: Find Tickets. Click the button, and the next site allows you to order a ticket by clicking on Add to Cart after typing in the quantity.

On April 13th movie night, it might be your choice if you let Mary Hiland know which movie peaks your interest , so contact her at


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

At our February meeting, we had a choice of three prompts: A moment that divided your life into “before and after”; a “missed connection”; and recall a memorable, delightful, or cruel teacher from your school days. The next meeting is on March 20th when Pat Hurley will talk to us about poetry. Our group is closed and capped at ten. If other TTN members are interested in forming a second group, one of our members would be happy to attend a meeting to help you get started. Please contact Anna Crooks at

Fact Gatherers Group

This group has reached its member limit. Contact Mary Greenlee at for the next meeting date.

East Side Women’s Group

The East Side Women's Group has nine members. Please contact Donna Owen at for the next meeting date. 

Welcome New Members!

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January 27, 2020
Mary Hiland ~ Presentation to the Adventure Summit
Mary Hiland, TTN member, will be presenting “If I Can Do This, I Can Do Anything,” at the Adventure Summit at Wright State University on February 15th. She will be in excellent company as other speakers include Heather Anderson, who is the first female to complete the Triple Crown - Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and Continental
Divide Trail in one calendar year. Another impressive speaker will be Ryan Richardson, a nomadic climber focused on the development of new routes in wild places.
“And then there’s me,” Mary says, “an ordinary 75-year-old woman who loves to hike, bike, swim, and ski,” although she is totally blind. For more information about this two-day summit, which is free, please check out
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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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November 28, 2019
2020 Program Schedule through May
March 16, 2020 – Cross Generational Conversations, Quest Center, Polaris Parkway

April 20, 2020 – Girls Night Out, Rusty Bucket, Clintonville

May 18, 2020 – Living Legacy: Why & How to Create Yours, Quest Center, Polaris Parkway

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