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SIGs (Special Interest Groups) are like mini-clubs.  The purpose is to bring together chapter members who share common interests.  The SIGs are organized and led by the members themselves, using TTN-defined parameters.  SIGs are a commitment on your calendar.   Unlike TTN events or programs which are usually a one-time occurrence, SIGs typically meet once a month and a few meet once a week.   Most SIGs have a maximum capacity so there are often wait-lists to get in.  Please let us know ASAP if you are interested!!  

Special Interest Groups are a TTN member benefit.  You must be a member in good standing to participate in SIGs. No guests are permitted to attend SIGs.

There are three categories of SIGs

1. Newly Forming SIGs.  These are brand new. You would be one of the charter members and would therefore have a say in how the club is organized.  If you wish to join, contact Jamie Fischer to be placed on the list.  When there are 8 interested members, we will get started!  In fact, if you have any ideas for a new SIG, please let us know!!!

2.  Open SIGs.  These SIGs have been meeting for some time but there are current openings.  If you wish to join, contact Jamie Fischer We are happy to fill you in on the details!  

3.  Closed SIGs.  These SIGs are at capacity. Membership capacity limits are defined when the SIG is first organized.  However, we keep a waiting list because sometimes existing members resign and an opening becomes available.  If you wish to be placed on the wait list for a closed (at capacity) SIG, let us know.  Note that, in general, closed SIGs are not listed on this web site. Please contact Jamie Fischer if you want to learn more or if you wish to be placed on a wait list for the following categories of closed SIGs:

1. Visit and discuss art venues
2.  Learn about Philadelphia architecture
3.  Practice and discuss photography
4.  Play canasta or bridge
5.  Visit area restaurants for dinner, brunch, or lunch
6.  Drink and learn about wine
More Info on SIGs How Do I Join a SIG? Starting a New SIG

Look through our Newly Forming SIGs to join a new group and have a voice in establishing that SIG.  And browse our open SIGs to join one (or more) for more fun.
See the end of this page or the links above for more information.
Newly Forming SIGs

Canasta in Center City

This is a brand-new SIG for complete beginners through experienced players.

Contact Jamie Fischer (​)

Dinner in Center City 

Meet other women for a monthly dinner at a variety of restaurants in Center City. This is a brand-new SIG so you will have a say in where and when it will meet.

Contact Jamie Fischer (​)

Maj Jong in Center City

This is a brand-new SIG for complete beginners through experienced players.Players will be organized by experience level so please indicate whether you are a complete beginner, a maj maven, or somewhere in-between!  

Contact Merle Glass (

Puttin' on the Ritz

Visit Center City movie theaters together.  Movies will be in the late afternoon, once a month.  The selected day will be decided by the group.  After the movie, the SIG will go to happy hour or dinner at a nearby restaurant.  

Contact Jamie Fischer (​)

Run Like the Wind

Are you a recreational runner who is looking for some company on your runs around Center City?  This SIG is a great way to explore our city in a different way.  All levels welcome!! A typical run will be 5 miles with options for shorter distances always

Contact Mary Eckstein ( or Jamie Fischer (

Soups on Saturday

This newly forming SIG plans to share soup and soup recipes at member’s homes on Saturdays.

Contact Jamie Fischer (

Philly Fun and Art

This group will meet on the first Wednesday at 11 am. They will explore a plethora of venues such as: arboretums and gardens, art centers, churches, factories, architecture, private art collections, house tours, museums…lots of local gems! Sometimes the most interesting things to do are found close to home.

Contact Kristina Baker (

Travel Close to Home

This SIG will take day trips, once a month, to a variety of locales.  Each month will be organized by a different member.  As this is a brand new SIG, you will have a say in how it is organized

Contact Jamie Fischer (

Wine in Center City

Learn a bit about wine but mostly have fun drinking it. This is a brand-new SIG so you will have a say in where and when it will meet and how it is organized.

Contact: Jamie Fischer (
Open SIGs Welcoming New Members

Rittenhouse Walkers

Meet fellow members at the gazebo in Rittenhouse Park every Monday morning at 9:00  Walk for about an hour and then grab some coffee at a local cafe.

Contact: Contact Mary Canter (

Murder, Ink.
 Third Wednesdays:  10:30 AM - Noon

Do you like nothing better than settling in with a great murder mystery or crime novel?  Satisfy your inner Nancy Drew by joining a book club focused on well-written, well-plotted mysteries.  Each month, we will explore one of the many sub-genres to understand their attraction – historical, international, American regional and the best-loved and admired detectives (male and female). Currently, meetings take place on zoom.  Soon, meetings will be held in member homes in Center City.

Contact:  Lynn Israel (

Suburban Readers
Second Thursdays:  1:00 PM 

Do you love to read and are looking for a book group but don’t want to travel into the city? Like-minded suburbanites are looking for YOU! This group reads a variety of genres. The location is currently on zoom but may rotate among member homes in the future. 

Contact: Mary Barnette ( or Marcy Borofsky (  

Books From Around the World
As armchair travelers, we tour the world together.  Our books are mostly fiction but authentically represent life in the selected country.  We take our discussions seriously and members come to meetings prepared.  We recently started meeting outdoors but plan to transition indoors soon; majority rules.  We are all vaccinated; no passports required.  Sometimes we have lunch for casual conversation after the meeting.  Come fly with us!

Contact: Eileen Smithe (

Movies on the Main Line
Second Mondays: about 3:00 PM

The Bryn Mawr Film Institute is the place for this group of movie lovers.  Members meet once a month to view an afternoon film and then get together at the lobby café to share a meal and discuss the movie. During the pandemic we will meet and watch films remotely.

Contact Barbra Shotel  (

Center City Lunch on 2nd Tuesday

This SIG goes to Center City restaurants for chit chat and lunch on the second Tuesday of each month.  Each month, the lunch is organized by a different member.  

Contact Donna Root (

Suburban Ladies Who Lunch
Second Wednesdays

This SIG meets out on the Main Line for lunch.  Each month, a different member chooses the restaurant and discussion topic.  The goal is good food, camaraderie, and pleasant conversation.  Due to Covid, the SIG  prefers to dine outdoors.

Contacts: Debbie Fickler (
Helen Ockenden (


Film Fans
Third Mondays
During regular times, this SIG meets at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute to see a late afternoon movie, followed by a discussion. During the pandemic they watch the movie in their own home and then meet via Zoom (at 1PM) to discuss.  Each month, a different member chooses the movie and leads the discussion.  The choice of movie and resulting discussion are smart and savvy! 

Contact Helen Ockenden (

What is a SIG?

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) bring together members who share common interests, activities or goals.  SIGs are member-driven.  Members initiate them, decide how they should be run, and provide leadership and organization.  SIGs are participatory.  Each member, depending upon the genre, may be asked to choose a book, movie or restaurant, lead a discussion or make arrangements for a day trip.  SIGs are a commitment on your calendar.   Unlike Events or Programs which are usually a one-time occurrence, SIGs usually meet monthly and depend upon the presence of its members to grow in friendship and knowledge.

Although some SIGs are unlimited in participation, many limit their participation to 12-14 members.  This is a decision made within each SIG, mostly to accommodate good conversation among members or to accommodate living spaces used for meetings.  

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How Do I Join?

Special Interest Groups are a TTN member benefit.  You must be a member in good standing to participate in SIGs.

To join a Newly Forming SIG, contact SIG Chairperson, Jamie Fischer ( to let her know of your interest.  When there are a minimum number of eight interested members, Sally will be in touch with information about an organizational meeting.   A SIG Committee member will facilitate the meeting at which members will decide on how, when and where the group will meet, who will be the Lead and other parameters the group decides on.
To join an Open SIG, contact the SIG Lead listed in the SIG description.  The Lead will give you details on the group – how, when, where – and you are ready to go.

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Starting a New SIG

Our best ideas come from our members!  If you have an idea for a new SIG and are willing to shepherd the idea forward and lead the group, email the SIG Chair, Jamie Fischer (

The idea will be posted on the webpage under Newly Forming.  Once we have 7or 8 interested people she will call an organizational meeting to get things started. 

Your ideas are encouraged!  Where one member is interested, there are sure to be more.

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