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Welcome to the TTN Long Island Chapter

Due to the current health crisis the Long Island chapter has canceled chapter-wide in person events through the end of the year.  We will keep you posted of any future cancelations.  Please continue to check your email and this website.
 

 
                                                                                      
 
                                                                          
                                                                                          

                                                           
We are women, 50 and older, from Eastern Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties.  Our world and lives are changing.  What’s next?  Consider creating your future with us!
We are an organization of dynamic, inspiring women who are exploring new interests through learning, socializing, and networking. Come experience personal growth, professional development, and community enhancement by participating in our chapter events, special interest groups, discussion groups, and community volunteer opportunities.
 
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Comments from our Members

Thank you All for working so hard for TTN members
 
Thanks for all of the great programs and zooms that have been planned.  Today's was excellent!
 
Thank you so much for all the wonderful Zoom meetings during these crazy times. It is appreciated

Just wanted to express my thanks to the steering committee for the excellent programming provided by the committee.  Some of the programs of course were better than others.  One program that I must mention as wonderful is the six session fitness class on Friday mornings.  Kudos to the instructor..

Your efforts have made this miserable point in time palatable due to these zoom meetings. 

I
appreciate all the lectures and classes that TTN has provided during this time.
It takes a lot of work so a BIG thank you for all you are doing.  Hope to see you in the spring.

Thx for your hard work in putting together all of the wonderful and varied programs during this difficult time
You, Claudia and your team are taking very good care of us!  Love Victoria’s upbeat positive attitude!
 
Concerning the eblast about email safety:
Thank you for information.  So frightening to get hacked!
Thank you for this detailed email
 
Thanks for the programs. They are varied and interesting. They've really helped during these crazy times. You and everyone are doing a fantastic job!
 
I know you and Steering committee spend a great deal of time organizing, sending emails and making it possible to virtually still enjoy all that TTN has to offer. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

Thanks.  Loving the programs. Great planning everyone!

really appreciate all the time and effort  to keep us connected, stimulated and healthy during these stressful times.
 
I don’t know how I’d survive this crisis without TTN.
For more comments from our members, click here
https://www.thetransitionnetwork.org/chapters-longisland-comments/ 


THE YEAR OF THE WOMAN

  Looking Ahead to Our Upcoming

Chapter-Wide In Person Events

Through the End of the Year

 

July 31 to August 28   Fitness Classes

August 3 to 31             August Meditation

August 12                   Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland Presentation

August 20                   Rock and Roll Bingo

September 15            
DISCUSSION OF THE LEAGUE OF WIVES

October 6                   Women in Science

October 26                 Election Jitters

December 4              Women Directors

May 18                      Women in Music

October 8                 Webinar
by
RALPH BUULTJENS

 

Please click here  for more information:
https://www.thetransitionnetwork.org/events/li/                                 

 

 
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EXCITING PAST EVENTS

February 29, 2020
Winter Luncheon and Trivia
Name the bestselling book of the decade between 2010 and 2020, one that was also made into a movie.  Give up?  The answer: Fifty Shades of Gray.  At the Jolly Fisherman Restaurant on Thursday, February 27, 75 TTN/LI women worked in teams to come up with the correct answer to this and many other trivia questions.  Who knew that Coca Cola was invented the year before the Eiffel Tower was constructed, or that Jimmy Carter was the first President to be born in a hospital and not at home? 
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January 31, 2020
MUSIC AND HISTORY OF THE BEATLES

 
I Want to Hold Hour Hand. Twist and Shout. It’s Been a Hard Day’s Night.  A rapt audience of 140 TTN/LI women relived some of the iconic highlights in the careers of the “Fab Four” (and our own earlier lives) for two hours on Thursday, January 30 at the Plainview Library.  Beatles historian, Tony Traguardo, took us back in time to those tumultuous and rockin’ 60’s. 
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November 12, 2019
Long Island Haunted Mansions
What is on your living room floor? Wood, carpeting, tile?  Well, as many TTN/LI members learned on October 28 in the Ferguson Castle in Huntington, one of 600 Gold Coast mansions that existed on LI during the Jazz Age, the floor was composed of tombstones taken from gravesites out in the Hamptons.
The Contemporary Social Issues Committee (CSI) presented a program by noted historian, author, and parapsychologist Monica Randall on “Long Island's Most Haunted Mansions.”  “Haunted” does not necessarily mean you can see or hear ghosts, as the word also is associated with the ill fate of some family members living in a particular home.
We learned about the many strange doings in places like the Farnsworth mansion, the Wordsworth House and the Woolworth Mansion. We learned more about ghosts than we perhaps we ever thought we could know. 
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November 12, 2019
CANASTA TOURNAMENT
 
125, 155, 180:  What is the significance of these numbers?  Well, as any card aficionado can tell you, these are the points needed to “meld” or put your cards down on the table and “open” when playing canasta.   On Thursday, November 7, 80 TTN women honed their skills participating in our first canasta tournament which was held at Domenico’s restaurant in Levittown.  After lunching on pizza and salad, we were assigned to tables, where two women remained partners and stayed in place for the duration and two others partnered and moved to different tables after three sets. There was a lot of laughter and a considerable amount of competitiveness, as we kept score and vied for cash prizes that were awarded at the end to high scorers.
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October 24, 2019
Ageism
TTN/LI speaks out against ageism. The chapter held an event on 10/22 at the Merrick Golf Club Clubhouse that highlighted the many ways that ageism affects the lives of its members. 
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October 23, 2019
Contemporary Social Issues (CSI)
Who knew Long Island history could be so captivating?  But on October 4, over 40 TTN/LI women met at the Sherwood-Jayne House (circa 1730) in Setauket for CSI's Part II program presented by the Preservation Long Island Society to learn more about a Long Island historic treasure. The original owner of the 400 acre farm, William Jayne, was also known as "Big Bill The Tory," because he was a Loyalist during the American Revolution. The Jayne house remained in the family for over 200 years; it was never confiscated during the Revolution because Long Island was a Tory stronghold.
In 1908, Howard Sherwood, a New York businessman, bought the property to become "a gentleman farmer."  The current home is restored to showcase much of its colonial history. Sherwood was a collector of American decorative arts and the restored home also reflects his love of those artifacts.
What looked like linoleum in the parlor was actually painted canvas and laminated, indicative of early New England and East End LI homes. Supposedly very easy to clean!  What looked like wallpaper was hand painted motifs to look like floral classical art; the Venetian blinds on the windows were from Colonial times. A large Quaker population lived in Farmingdale and the quilts on the bed had the eight-star pattern indicative of their design.
 
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October 21, 2019
Essex Bus Trip
Connect, Discover, Explore! This is the message TTN broadcasts to its prospective members in brochures and at our Connect Now get togethers. Well, on Tuesday, October 15, 50 TTN/LI women embraced this motto wholeheartedly on our bus trip to Essex, Connecticut. The day was picture perfect (the Almighty is definitely a woman) as we headed north on I-95 to our destination.
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September 17, 2019
Margaret Atwood at Cinema Arts
Periodically, TTN/LI members have an opportunity to participate in a broader national, or even international, program. On September 15, 40 members of TTN/LI met at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington to hear Margaret Atwood discuss her long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, The Testaments. The live on-screen simulcast from London's National Theatre was broadcast to 1,300 theaters worldwide. Several actresses, including Sally Hawkins and Lily James, read excerpts from The Testaments, which is set 15 years after the end of The Handmaid's Tale. Atwood discussed her long and distinguished career and why she waited 35 years after The Handmaid's Tale to write The Testaments.
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August 23, 2019
Women Pilots in WWII
Do you know what a ‘wasp’ is?  It can be an  insect that stings. Another definition was discovered on July 25 at the Jericho Library when the group learned that WASP was  Women’s Airforce Service Pilot of WW II.  The speaker,  Bruce Kagan, provided  a fascinating and well-documented lecture, using many photos and songs about these courageous women.
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August 23, 2019
GALS’ NIGHT OUT
The women of TTN/LI were able to meet and greet each other while dining together  on Monday, August 19.  Approximately 55 members spent a lively two hours together while enjoying a casual dinner at “That Meetball Place” in Farmingdale. 
The Program Committee’s Gals’ Night Out provides an opportunity to gather and socialize in an informal atmosphere—no agenda, no structure, just friendship and laid-back conversation, along with some casual food and drink.

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June 14, 2019
2019 ANUAL LUNCHEON

ANNUAL LUNCHEON - June 11, 2019

Anyone attending the TTN/LI Annual Luncheon at The Mansion in Woodbury would have thought they had been transported back to the era of the Great Gatsby and the Roaring Twenties.  In fact, the only person missing may have been Jay Gatsby himself.  Many of the 300 TTN/LI members who attended the sold-out function arrived attired in that era’s fashions: there was lots of black and art deco gold and silver on display, along with more than a few feather boas and flapper headbands. The Mansion setting also contributed to the atmosphere of having travelled back to the heyday of the Gold Coast mansions. 

 

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June 6, 2019
FOOTSTEPS

FOOTSTEPS
How many of us would be brave enough to give up almost everything and everyone familiar and dear to us to live a life of our own choosing?

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April 21, 2019
Ageism
A Manifesto Against Ageism
“You look great for your age.”  How many of us have been told that by some well-meaning friend and took this as a compliment?  But this supposed compliment is really a form of ageism because it assumes that everyone your age (except you) looks old and looking old is bad.  As speaker Ashton Applewhite told her audience of more than 100 TTN/LI women on April 16 at the Pompei Restaurant in West Hempstead, “Ageism is any judgement made about people on the basis of age” and this “ism” affects women more than men.  Applewhite is the author of “This Chair Rocks-A Manifesto Against Ageism” and a frequent and passionate speaker on the subject.  “Ageism enhances men and devalues women.  Men and women experience ageing differently because society treats them differently.”  Women buy into the societal assumption that we are not valued when we lie about our age, buy millions of dollars of anti-aging products and alter our appearance to look younger. Our age denial is expensive, futile and rooted in shame. 
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April 1, 2019
EVENT-CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL ISSUES (CSI)
Resilient, Empowered, Survivors, Leaders: These are some of the adjectives TTN/LI members used to describe the five First Ladies with ties to Long Island after we listened to Elizabeth Kahn Kaplan’s presentation on Friday, March 29 at the Heritage Club in Bethpage.  The five who are associated with Long Island are: Julia Gardiner Tyler, Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy and Barbara Pierce Bush. 
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March 14, 2019
The Women of Washington Square

What did Edith Wharton, Louisa May Alcott, Emma Lazarus, Emily Post and Eleanor Roosevelt have in common? Yes, they are all historic female figures we have heard of.  We also can add to the list some less recognizable names: Mabel Dodge, Anne Lynch, and Jane Heap.  It turns out all of these women are part of a group comprising “The Immigrant, Radical, Notorious Women of Washington Square.”  More than 100 members of the TTN/LI chapter came to Molloy College on March 14 to celebrate Women’s History Month and to hear Joyce Gold describe these women, their accomplishments, and the 2.5 mile area in which they lived during at least a portion of their adult lives—the Washington Square area of Greenwich Village. 


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February 4, 2019
Contemporary Social Issues (CSI)

CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL ISSUES (CSI)

Run! Hide! Fight! These are the three commandments to be followed if you are in a dangerous, active shooter situation. On Monday, February 4, at the Commack Library, the Contemporary Social Issues Committee organized a timely power point lecture presented by Officer Moira Larmour of the Suffolk County Police department on “How to be Safe in Public Places.

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