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From the August 2020 Newsletter

Let's Stay Connected!

Over the past several months, TTN MSP has navigated through the transition created by the pandemic and the Governor’s stay at home order by offering many opportunities to stay connected through Zoom. Our members have shared our individual and collective journeys. While not the same as meeting in person, we found ways through this virtual platform to open-up, connect on an authentic level, laugh, commiserate, and even notice some silver linings. Our SIGs and TPGs have become very creative in developing new ways of actualizing their purpose through zoom meetings and some new SIGs have emerged during the past few months: Mini Golf, Gardens R Us, and On Being Podcast discussion SIGs. And a new Legacy Writing SIG is seeking members to convene beginning in the Fall.

Here is a brief chapter update:

  • Please complete TTN MSP Chapter Member Program Planning Survey by August 3, 2020 to assist us in making program planning decisions based on your feedback.

  • August Get Connected will be small gatherings at member’s outdoor spaces and a Zoom meeting on August 13 for those not comfortable meeting in person. 

  • Women Weaving Words Garden Party scheduled for August 29 is Postponed to summer, 2021, due to COVID-19.

  • Women in Transition Workshop originally scheduled on Sept 26 is Postponed due to uncertainty regarding facilitator travel from Santa Fe.

  • Active Aging Program is Postponed due to uncertainty regarding presenter travel from Chicago.

  • Lifelong Learning Resources chapter webpage with current focus on Social Justice is coming soon!


We know we cannot predict how the pandemic will play out throughout the rest of the summer and beyond, so we will continue to be responsive in our programming to our community health status. 

Visit our Chapter webpages for all events and updated information: https://www.thetransitionnetwork.org/chapters-msp/

Enjoy August! 

From the July 2020 Newsletter

Let's Stay Connected!

The tragic death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis Police custody on May 25 put the Twin Cities at the center of conversations regarding racial justice.   This important issue has resonated throughout the world and many of our members have expressed interest in engaging in dialogue and educating ourselves on relevant topics such as racial inequity and disparities, implicit bias, white privilege and more.   An important value of TTN is lifelong learning and one of the things we can offer immediately is information and resources as well as opportunities for dialogue through our programming, our TPGs and SIGs and our communication methods. 

Please see on our Events Page the Legacy Writing Workshop we are offering the evenings of July 20 & 27 which will highlight the importance of Legacy Writing during times and situations like we are experiencing now. Legacy Writing facilitator and TTN member Karen West submitted for our Member Contribution Section her writing on White Privilege which she created as part of a development program with author Rachel Freed.  

Additionally, we are creating a Lifelong Learning Resource Page on our chapter website so our members can share information, resources and tools that may be useful in self-reflection and gaining deeper understanding of ourselves, our institutions and our systems and how we can have positive impact as we navigate through transitions and changes to a more racially just community.  Send your resources to Jill Goski at jill.goski@gmail.com The lifelong Learning Resources will include all forms of information and resources including opportunities for those interested in going beyond the theoretical to engaging in action with the community like:

  • A new racial justice initiative is being launched on July 1 by The University of St. Thomas that will involve research, engagement and partnerships to learn about how to rebuild the community and prevent racism.  The work is expected to be long-term and focused on the Twin Cities but also learning from other communities.  In the words of Yohuru Williams, University of St. Thomas College of Arts and Sciences dean, “Our country has never been a truly racially just society.  So we have to build something that’s never existed here, and that’s hard.  We have to come together across races to listen to one another and to nurture one another and then work side by side with one another.” https://www.tommiemedia.com/news/yohuru-williams-to-take-new-role-launch-racial-justice-initiative-at-st-thomas/

  • A new statewide book club “One Book, One Minnesota”  selected a collections of essays on race:  “A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota,” edited by poet Sun Yung Shin, for their second book for a statewide discussion.  “One Book, One Minnesota” began in April as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as a way to unite people across the state through books and common conversation.  More information can be found on the website for the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library. https://thefriends.org/minnesota-center-for-the-book/one-book-one-minnesota/

Now that some of the restrictions are being lifted and Summer has arrived we are offering some face to face small group activities outside and we will continue to be responsive to our community health status in our programming.  We also want to hear from you so will be surveying our members in July to get your perspective on our organization, programming, and participation.  See our events calendar for all upcoming events! We look forward to “seeing” you soon, no matter whether it is via Zoom or a gathering outdoors.  


From the June 2020 Newsletter

Let's Stay Connected!

Our MSP TTN Chapter continues to provide opportunities to connect until we are out and about more and can meet in person. Most of our Transition Peer Groups (TPGs), Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and our Caring Collaborative (CC) Committee are meeting via Zoom. As the summer and fall progress, members of each TPG, SIG and the CC will determine their group’s method of meeting based on the community health at the time and the preferences of members. A couple SIGs that are outdoor activity based are beginning to plan outdoor meetings with social distancing. For larger chapter-wide events, we are planning in-person programs and gatherings for late summer and fall so we are poised to resume our more traditional methods of connecting when health conditions permit and our members are comfortable doing so. We will keep you advised as the local health conditions evolve and further impact our planning.
 
Please note:

  • The Women Weaving Words Garden Party originally scheduled for June 27 has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 29, at 11:00 AM. 

  •  Our Spring Quarterly Program, Active Aging with Joy Loverde, originally scheduled for April 30 and rescheduled to October 29 has been postponed again to early 2021. Joy is not local and there is some uncertainty about the pandemic and air travel in the Fall.  
  • Current registrations for both the Women Weaving Words and the Active Aging programs will be transferred to the new dates unless a registrant requests a refund.   

Remember, to check out the Virtual Programs and Events sponsored by National TTN and 13 other TTN Chapters that are open to all TTN members. Recent program topics include: Friendship, Finding Purpose, Mindfulness, Resilience, Reframing Aging, Science of Well-Being, How Seniors are Saving the World, How to Create Meaningful Connections and more. You can see these opportunities on our event page.

In May, we began additional forums for sharing and laughing together and connecting in new ways through our virtual Get Connected events and the Caring Collaborative Discussion Groups.  Please know that we are here for you and there are still ways we can keep ourselves from feeling alone and confined. Look at our calendar and join us. 

From the May 2020 Newsletter

Let's Stay Connected!

Thank you for being part of our TTN community! As we navigate through the Covid-19 pandemic, our primary concern remains the health of our members. Every decision we’ve made has been to support the safety and well-being of our community while staying committed to our mission to connect women during times of transition.

We continue to plan in-person events and gatherings for summer and fall so we are poised to resume our traditional methods of connecting when health conditions permit. Additionally, since our TTN population is considered high risk the Chapter Leadership is making some changes to how we deliver our programs and group meetings to honor social distancing and expand program delivery options for the future. We will keep you advised as the local health conditions evolve and further impact our planning.
  • Large group development programs and social gatherings:
    • Spring large group development programs are currently postponed through May:
      • NOTE April 30 Spring Quarterly Program Active Aging with Joy Loverde is rescheduled on October 29. April 30 registrations have been transferred to the October 29 event unless a registrant requests a refund.
    • Spring social gatherings are either postponed or offered virtually:
      • Get Connected gatherings are being scheduled on Zoom:
        • Cinco de Mayo Get Connected is May 5 at 5:00 PM.
    • Summer and Fall large group development programs and social gatherings will be case by case as health conditions require/permit. Stay tuned as plans may change.
      • June 27 Women Weaving Words. This event will be focused on women’s stories and hosted in a member’s garden
      • August Picnic in a City Park
      • September 26 Women in Transition Workshop
      • October 29 Active Aging Program with national author and speaker Joy Loverde
      • Winter or Spring Quarterly Program on Resilience with presenter Kathy Marshall, U of M Center for Spirituality and Healing
    • If you are currently registered for an event and wish to cancel, please do so at least 24 hours ahead. A refund will be processed, or you can donate the fee to TTN as some of you have already done.
  • Special Interest Group and Transition Peer Group Meetings:
    • Many SIGs and TPGs have made a resilient transition to Zoom meetings during this time of social distancing. Thanks to the goodwill, creativity, and hard work of group leaders!
    • The Chapter Zoom videoconferencing subscription is available for all SIG and TPG meetings. Check with Cyndy or Jill if you want to set up/need assistance with a TTN Zoom meeting.
    • As health conditions change, TPGs and SIGs should decide as a group their preferred method of meeting.
  • New: Chapter Caring Collaborative Program:
    • Informal Small Group Discussions are offered on May 20 & 21 via Zoom
    • Future programs on health-related topics are being explored
    • Piloting more Caring Collaborative functions is under consideration when circumstances permit.
  • Virtual Programs and Events sponsored by National TTN and 13 other TTN Chapters:
    • MSP TTN members are eligible to attend, at the member rate, any programs sponsored by National TTN.
    •  MSP TTN members may attend, at the member rate, any programs sponsored by another TTN Chapter and designated as ‘open.’
    • Recent program topics include: Friendship, Finding Purpose, Mindfulness, Resilience, Reframing Aging, Science of Well-Being, How Seniors are Saving the World, How to Create Meaningful Connections and more.

We are a self-directed, nationally and locally supported chapter that promotes enlightening programs, communications and connections that inspire our members and grow our membership. Like you during these unprecedented times, we are improvising. We are exploring ways to make the most of new opportunities and methods to grow and support our community of women in innovative ways.
We are an all-volunteer chapter and are continuously looking for women with a desire to engage in meaningful ways – we match your interests with our chapter needs. We invite you to create the Special Interest Group or Transition Peer Group you are interested in, collaborate on programs you want to see developed/offered and contribute your ideas for new ways to connect. Collectively, through our curiosity, wisdom, and talents we can create light for our community during these unfortunate times.


From the April 2020 Newsletter

First, we hope you are all taking good care of yourself and your loved ones. Whether you are a long-term member or new to The Transition Network you are navigating through unprecedented times. The COVID-19 pandemic is requiring major transitions in how we live our lives. This is the type of changing life situation that leads individuals to seek new connections, resources and opportunities and it is the mission of TTN to provide opportunities to connect women during times of transition. Connecting has become more difficult as we attempt to distance ourselves from others to protect ourselves and “flatten the curve” to moderate the impact on our health care systems.
 
Our Chapter Steering Committee wants to share how we are operating under the circumstances while remaining committed to our mission: 

  • Large group programs and social gatherings are cancelled/postponed thru the end of April:

    • March 14 Get Connected was cancelled

    • March 21 Discover Paris is postponed to an undetermined date

    • April 30 Spring Quarterly Program Active Aging is postponed to October 29

  •  ZOOM videoconferencing is now a Chapter resource and a new method for connecting:

    • All SIG/TPG leads can arrange meetings via ZOOM. Transition Peer Groups and Special Interest Groups should decide as a group, at least a week before the meeting, whether the group should continue to meet, find an alternative meeting method, or go on hiatus until things settle down

    • Our Steering Committee meetings are currently conducted via ZOOM.

    • Our Exploring the Caring Collaborative Committee is considering hosting Discussion Groups via ZOOM.

  • Members can connect with and support each other by signing into your account on the TTN website. You will be able to find other member email addresses by clicking on the Member Directory link. You can contact them initially via email and decide together if you want to connect via email, phone, or any other technology.

  • National TTN will be hosting webinars to teach members how to sign up and use SKYPE as a way to stay connected not only with TTN contacts but with family and others in our lives.

  • Other tools that may be useful to stay connected with family and friends include:  Google Hangouts, Facebook, video calls, Facetime, Free Conference Call, etc.

  • We continue to plan great events for the upcoming year with adjustments as needed:

  • June 27 Women Weaving Words. This event will be focused on women’s stories and hosted in a member’s garden

  • August Picnic in a City Park

  • September 26 Women in Transition Workshop

  • October 29 Active Aging Program with national author and speaker Joy Loverde

  • Quarterly Program on Resilience with presenter Kathy Marshall, U of M Center for Spirituality and Healing.

We recognize that our chapter strength comes from our members and the breadth and depth of your collective wisdom. We welcome any ideas or suggestions from you especially for expanding our repertoire of methods for staying connected during these challenging times. Let us know your thoughts and Stay well!