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 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.
August at a Glance
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...
April 17, 2019
April Mix and Mingle
Six members engaged in lively conversation in the process of getting acquainted at the April Mix & Mingle at Byerly's on France Avenue. The highlight was welcoming three very new members who demonstrated an enthusiasm for TTN. All three had already registered for the Celebration event on May 18th! It is always interesting to learn how women find our TTN chapter and also hear new voices discuss a range of topics relevant to our stages in life Read more...
March 19, 2019
March Mix and Mingle
Iconic Jax Café in NE Minneapolis provided a classic comfortable setting for the sixteen women attending the March 19th Mix & Mingle. Jill, our chair, described the journey of our chapter’s growth from a mere idea several years ago to reaching full chapter status June 1st! She lifted a glass to toast the achievements of all past and current leaders plus to all members who joined over the years that helped built this our organization. Clearly, it’s a story of women connecting, creating and contributing!
At all Mix & Mingles participants enjoy hearing the personal introductions and this event was no exception. The energy was also high when talking about the May 18th Celebration. I recall only one woman say she wouldn’t be able to attend! The special evening was complete with delicious food, white table cloths, and the professional wait staff. Read more...
February 11, 2019
February Mix and Mingle
On a Monday evening in February, eight women gathered in the private room upstairs at the Byerlys in Plymouth. We were happy to welcome three new women to TTN –Cindy found us via the Star Tribune’s article about TTN’s Caring Collaborative, Joan recently moved to Minnesota and is embracing our winter, and Sue recently retired and is working PT in a Quilt shop. We were able to share information about ourselves so we could get to know one another. There was much discussion about the crafts these women are enjoying. We had great conversation and the women enjoyed a variety of food items available at Byerlys. Read more...
January 26, 2019
January Mix and Mingle
On a snowy and below zero Saturday morning in January, 10 women gathered at The Grateful Table in Roseville for warm conversation and delicious food and drink. Our thanks to Mary, owner of The Grateful Table, for accommodating our group. The attendees shared their involvement in TTN and identified something they were looking forward to. Not surprisingly, many people have plans to head someplace warm. Read more...
January 15, 2019
Conscious Aging Event
TTN sponsored a workshop about Conscious Aging on January 14. Karen West, long-time TTN member and founding member of TTN in the Twin Cities, was the presenter. Twenty-five women attended the workshop. Read more...
January 6, 2019
ACME Comedy Club
On Wednesday, January 2, 11 women had dinner and saw Debra Dorgan's son, Derek Hughes, perform as a magician at Acme Comedy Club. The post-holiday conversation over dinner was lively and the food was delicious. We enjoyed Derek's performance and have no idea how he did what he did. Magic! We highly recommend seeing him perform at a future date. Read more...
December 12, 2018
Winter Solstice Party
On Wednesday, December 12, 17 wonderful women got together for a Winter Solstice party at the Davanni’s in Richfield. We were so busy connecting that we forgot to take a picture! We had a private room and were all able to sit around a large square table. The women had a great time chatting and learned about each other by playing “Two Truths and a Lie” and “Find your Twin”. Many women have done such amazing things that it was difficult to discern which was the lie. Eleni, with contributions from the attendees, put together a great holiday centerpiece (which I obviously can’t show you since we didn’t take any pictures of that either). Women commented that they enjoyed the opportunity to connect with women in a similar life stage and liked the inclusiveness of the group. Thanks to Eleni and Grace for organizing this fun event. Read more...
November 19, 2018
November Mix and Mingle
On November 19th we met at Byerlys Edina. We reserved a room in the Mezz and had some wine and beer along with great company. It was nice gathering of women before Thanksgiving. Read more...
October 25, 2018
SAGE-ING INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE contributed by TTN member, Karen West
On the "sage-ing.org" website, you'll find the following overview of the Sage-ing International conference: "240 elders aspiring to be on a Sage-ing journey and those who serve them came together at the Sage-ing International Conference: Elder Voices Transforming the World: Our Stories in Action, October 25-28, in Chaska, Minnesota, to stand for the well-being of the future. There were seven keynote speakers, over 40 workshop presentations, daily rituals, interactive sessions, fireside chats, walks in nature, music, poetry, film and dance."Read more...
October 24, 2018
“What is my Stuff Number?” Workshop
On October 24, 22 women gathered for a workshop titled “What’s Your Stuff Number” where stuff is defined as any tangible object that takes up space in my space. The leader, Jane Scheidnes, encouraged the attendees to think about how to get control of their stuff instead of belonging to their stuff. It is often overwhelming to think about our stuff in total, so she encouraged us to deal with it a single category or item at a time. It was a great starter session to help the attendees begin to take ownership of their stuff and their space. A follow up workshop is being offered on December 14. Make sure to sign up if you are interested in pursuing this topic further! Read more...
October 8, 2018
Women in Transition Workshop: An Unqualified Success!
Our Chapter-in-Formation hosted one of the signature programs of The Transition Network, namely Women in Transition or WIT, on October 6.
The workshop was sold out. Every available seat was filled. In all, 31 women gathered at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church in St. Paul to learn how to think about and manage their personal transitions through the use of methods with a proven track record of success. The workshop was ably facilitated by Jean Palmer, a member of Santa Fe’s TTN Chapter, and by Debra Dorgan and Terri Evans, both members of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter-in-Formation. Read more...
September 8, 2018
"What's Missing from Your Wellness Plan? YOU!”
On September 8th Transition Network - MSP members shared a "Top Ten Weather Day" at the beautiful lakeside home of Debra Dorgan! The day was filled with great conversation, delicious food, and a presentation by Kerri and Kristin Vickers on individual wellness ("What's Missing from Your Wellness Plan? YOU!”). Read more...
July 21, 2018
Tea and Happy Things
On Saturday, July 21, nineteen women from the Twin Cities area, gathered for TTN’s “Tea and Happy Things” at the home of Terri Evans. Hostesses Terri Evans, Jane Carlson, and Bobbi Weber welcomed guests with tea and mingling. Guests donned hats, gloves, and “pearls” for the occasion. The afternoon included games and prizes, a scrumptious brunch, a presentation on the Japanese Tea Ceremony by author Melanie-Heuiser-Hill (The Giant Pumpkin Suite) and Satomi Niki, croquet, and poetry readings by members. A lovely summer afternoon was had by all! Read more...
June 18, 2018
June Potluck Picnic at Minnehaha Park
9 women enjoyed a delicious mix of homemade and purchased food at the beautiful Minnehaha Park. Although we were under the pavilion, we were happy that it didn’t rain and some of us walked to the falls after the event. We were happy to welcome a new attendee, Connie, along with some newer members, and some women we haven’t seen much recently. We had relaxed conversation as we got to know each other better. Read more...
May 10, 2018
May Mix and Mingle
On May 10th a group of 10 ladies met at the Lake Monster Brewery. We had am evening of fun conversations and enjoyable drinks at this friendly taproom. Read more...
April 25, 2018
Make It R.E.A.L. Connecting Your Values to Your Life
On April 25, 10 women enjoyed a thought-provoking and enjoyable presentation by Karen Carr, a certified professional life coach and MSP TTN member. Our time focused on values, listening, and making it REAL. Karen provided us a practical way to make sure we are spending our time and energy on what is really important to each of us. We first spent a little time thinking about what we really value. Then we talked about connecting these values to your life by making it REAL: Realistic, Exciting/Engaging, Action, and Love/Luxury/Loyalty (you pick). Karen provided personal stories to illustrate the concepts and then the participants paired up to share our own information. It was a great way to think about our own situations and connect with another woman to learn about her life. Throughout the evening, we practiced listening. Karen challenged us to really listen to what the other person was really saying. We even had to listen to the other person for one minute without commenting – that was really hard and provided lots of insights about how little we actually listen to what another person is saying. It was a great evening and we want to thank Karen for sharing her expertise with us in her warm and caring way. Read more...
January 30, 2018
“If I Could Mend Your Heart” Event Report
On January 30, 21 women attended a thought-provoking presentation by Mary Farr about grief. Although we normally use the term grief only as related to death, it is actually an appropriate term for many losses in our lives. Mary observed that women often lack self-compassion, but should treat themselves during grief like they would a friend. She also spoke about hope and being on a journey toward wholeness. There are many actions that can contribute to our own healing or the healing of others with one of the most important that we listen to others and really hear what they are saying. Mary brought a wealth of ideas from her extensive career in the worlds of hope, healing, and humor.Read more...
September 20, 2017
A Picnic Gathering to Celebrate the 2017-2018 TTN Kick-Off!
“Since our August picnic was a success even in the rain, the steering committee decided to have another picnic and hoped for better weather. We had a gorgeous evening for our picnic at Minnehaha Park on September 20. 16 women, including 3 new to TTN and 2 who hadn’t attended an event in a couple years, ventured out for the event. As is the case at many TTN events, we had good food and conversation. The attendees shared our experience with TTN and why we had come to a TTN event. The common theme of wanting to meet people who were also going through transitions related to work or personal life situations was frequently expressed. We also had a book sharing event and made delicious s'mores. It was great evening in a beautiful Minneapolis park.” Read more...
August 9, 2017
August 9 Social Event!
“On Wednesday, August 9, 13 hearty women ventured out on a cool and rainy evening for a potluck picnic at Minnehaha Park. We had the event under a pavilion (thanks to Gwen who staked it out early) so nobody got wet, but some women had to find warmer clothes and blankets in the back of their cars.
Despite the non-August like weather, we had good food and great conversation. We were happy to welcome three women who had never attended a TTN event. The delicious foods brought by the attendees included both purchased and homemade foods.
Karen Carr demonstrated her talent for memorizing by going around the table and stating each person’s first and last name. There was plenty of time to talk with new and old friends to share stories of summer.” Read more...
June 24, 2017
Summer Social Activity - Garden Party June 24, 2017
12 women gathered at Kim Fischer's home to enjoy delicious potluck food and TTN friends. The weather did not permit an outside gathering, although we managed to grab a photo in-between the rain drops.
During our meal we shared with 2 newcomers about how we came to TTN, what we have gotten out of our memberships, and a little bit about each of our lives.
The group also shared their excitement over our newly formed Steering Committee (4 of us were in attendance).
A great big "thank you" to everyone who made it out to the country and contributed to this delightful experience. And a big "Congrats" to Jill who couldn't make it as she became a grandma once again to granddaughter Lucy Rae, born that very afternoon.
Another social activity is in the making before summer's end. Read more...
May 3, 2017
On Wednesday, May 3rd we enjoyed a wonderful ge together at Karen Carr's house in South Minneapolis. Along with the wonderful food, we learned more about TTN and what it would mean to become a full chapter. Susan Collins, the National Executive Director, was on hand to talk about all the benefits of membership in this wonderful organization. Read more...