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PHILADELPHIA CHAPTER SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)


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.

Special Interest Groups are a TTN member benefit.  You must be a member in good standing to participate in SIGs.
 
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 existing 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
 
Art Abounds
 
The Delaware Valley has SO many great art and historical venues and the women of TTN love to check them out.   This new SIG will plan and visit these sites and perhaps lunch afterwards to discuss the outing.  Members will share the planning.  To avoid overlap with other Art SIGs, this group will NOT meet on Fridays.

If you’re interested contact Joanne Bowes at jb@bowescentral.com to be included in an upcoming organizational meeting.


Movies in the City
 
The Ritz East, The Ritz Five, The Roxy…..so many theaters in the Center City area that show the latest independent and art films and with award season right around the corner, now’s the time to join a movie SIG to catch the latest films and discuss them with friends.  This SIG will view a film of their choosing with a discussion afterwards.

If you’re interested contact Joanne Bowes at jb@bowescentral.com to be included in an upcoming organizational meeting.

 
Even More Wine Lovers
 
Do you enjoy a nice glass of vino and learning more about the grape?  This new wine SIG will meet monthly to share their favorite wines and their knowledge about them.  You don’t need to be a wine expert, just have an appreciation for a good glass with friends.

If you’re interested contact Joanne Bowes at jb@bowescentral.com to be included in an upcoming organizational meeting.

 
Back-to-Bridge in the City
 
Did you once play bridge but it’s been awhile?  Maybe your skills are rusty but you’d like to get back to the game.  This group will pay for lessons with a local bridge teacher at a time and place convenient for all.  Not only will you get a refresher, you’ll also meet others who can meet outside class if desired.

If you’re interested contact Joanne Bowes at jb@bowescentral.com to be included in an upcoming organizational meeting.

 
Canasta on the Main Line
 
Do you live in or near Belmont Hills on the Main Line and play canasta or would like to learn?  A new SIG is forming that will play canasta at a local community center.  You do NOT need to know how to play.  There are members who would be happy to teach as the group develops.  At some point, the group may decide to bring in a teacher to teach advanced strategy.  This is a great opportunity to pick up a new skill or enjoy playing a favorite game.

If you’re interested contact Joanne Bowes at jb@bowescentral.com to be included in an upcoming organizational meeting.


Movies in Montco
 
The Philadelphia area is blessed to have so many great art movie theaters.  The city has the Ritz theaters, Doylestown has the County and Bryn Mawr has the Film Institute.  Several of our movie SIGs take advantage of these fine theaters.  Two Eastern Montgomery County spots, the Hiway in Jenkintown and the Ambler in Ambler, are the planned sites for the newest movie SIG.  If you live in Eastern Montgomery (or can travel there), you may be interested in meeting up with fellow TTNers to see the latest independent film at one of these theaters. 

If you’re interested contact Joanne Bowes at jb@bowescentral.com to be included in an upcoming organizational meeting.
 
Travel Close to Home
 
Ah, travel!  It broadens our horizons and introduces us to new experiences.   Many of us would like to do it all the time but, unfortunately, time and budgets reign us in.  One way to help us keep that travel bug alive is by visiting the many unique and interesting sights right in our area.  This group will explore day-trip destinations like Grounds for Sculpture in Trenton, Longwood Gardens, or perhaps see a play in NYC.  Later, the group may expand to include short overnight trips.  The group members will choose the sites so some level of planning responsibility and participation are expected. 

If you’d like to be part of this intrepid group, please contact SIG Chairperson, Joanne Bowes at jb@bowescentral.com to be included in the organizational meeting.
 
Existing SIGs
Active Life

Schuylkill Walkers
Every Friday:  9:00 AM 

This group walks the Schuylkill Trail “energetically” every Friday at 9am from the Locust Street entrance.  You can also join the walk at 9:15am by the Waterworks.  Coffee afterwards is an option.

Contact: Marylou Gross (mlgross7037@gmail.com)

  
The Arts

A Closer Look
 Second Wednesdays:  12:00 - 2:00 PM (At Capacity)

How many times have you seen a movie, gone to an art exhibit, watched a television show or enjoyed a performance at the theater and wanted to discuss it with someone?  Maybe you found it fascinating or maybe you thought it was half-baked and hyped.  Well, this is your opportunity to make your voice heard in a SIG devoted to film, theater, dance and all the creative expression we love to call “the arts.”  Bring a bag lunch and join the conversation! 

Meetings are held in members’ homes or community rooms.

Contact Sally Mazzarella, At Capacity Coordinator, (sallymazzarella1@gmail.com) to be put on the Wait List.

 
Art Appreciation
 First Fridays: times vary depending on activity (At Capacity)

Interested in learning more about the arts in Philadelphia and the surrounding area?  We visit museums and art galleries, take tours of architecturally interesting buildings and welcome suggestions for new and interesting art venues.  Oftentimes we gather before or after the event for a meal.

Contact Sally Mazzarella, At Capacity Coordinator, (sallymazzarella1@gmail.com) to be put on the Wait List.

Art Matters
Third Thursdays: Morning (At Capacity)
 
Explore interesting, thought-provoking and creative art experiences in and around Philadelphia to enjoy and understand a variety of art forms.  There will be an opportunity to continue discussion of the experience with lunch following the event.  Entrance fee to the art venue may apply. 

Contact Sally Mazzarella, At Capacity Coordinator, (sallymazzarella1@gmail.com) to be put on the Wait List.


Fashionistas
 Third Thursdays - 5:30 to 7:00 PM

Are you a fan of fashion?  Would you like an opportunity to meet with other TTN’ers to discuss current fashion trends?  Perhaps you would like to listen to experts on seasonal clothing and make-up trends?  Would you attend a fashion show?  Or a show about fashion at a museum?  The group will decide which way to take this, but if you’re “into” fashion, this could be for you.

 Contact:  Kathy Caponigro (purple2008@verizon.net)


Friday Arts
Third Friday: Noon (At Capacity)

The Arts abound in Philadelphia and this group samples it all.  Museums, art galleries and art installations are all on the docket.

Contact Sally Mazzarella, At Capacity Coordinator, (sallymazzarella1@gmail.com) to be put on the Wait List.




Modern Dance Series
 Saturday night/dates posted when available

If you like to watch modern dance, join us for this repeat performance.  A series of performances will be selected with tickets purchased at group rates.  Dinner before makes for a great evening. 

Contact: Cate Silver (csilver0313@gmail.com)
 
 
 
Off the Beaten Track
Second Wednesdays: 10:30 AM (At Capacity)

This group visits the bounty of art venues in Philadelphia and beyond.   Destinations are selected by members.
 
Contact Sally Mazzarella, At Capacity Coordinator, (sallymazzarella1@gmail.com) to be put on the Wait List.
Point of View 
First Tuesdays: 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Do you enjoy taking photos with your phone, point-n-shoot or D/SLR camera?  This SIG is for everyone who wants to talk a walk with friends while taking pics at different locales around Philly.  We meet indoors to share photos and techniques at meeting times when the weather is inclement.  Trips to local photo exhibits and centers are also be on the agenda.  No photography experience is necessary for this SIG, just a sense of adventure and willingness to take that shot!

Contact:  Madeline Sherry (madsherry@gmail.com)


Writing For Our Lives
Third Tuesdays: 1:30 - 3:30 PM

At our age, we have a lot of stories!  We may have fascinating, moving, juicy, funny, thoughtful or tender recounts of our life experiences that we've always wanted to tell.  Interested in joining a SIG where we get together to write, show and tell those life stories? 
 
Let's create our life portfolio through memoir, sharing our common experiences and wisdom while appreciating the unique perspectives that we all have.
 
(Don't worry if you feel your writing is not up to it. It's about the telling that matters.)

Contact: Meredith Betz (gmeredith.betz@gmail.com) for more information.


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Book Groups
  
Anything Goes Book Club
Third Wednesdays:  3:00 - 4:30 PM (At Capacity)

The group currently focuses on fiction (about life experiences from all parts of the world at all social levels), historical fiction, a few nonfiction gems and literary prize winners.  Insightful discussions abound as the result of the varied backgrounds of the members.  The group enjoys great writing and stories that expand its views of the complexities of life.

Contact Sally Mazzarella, At Capacity Coordinator, (sallymazzarella1@gmail.com) to be put on the Wait List.


The Art of the Book Group 
Second Wednesdays:  10:30 AM - Noon

A book group which combines the love of art with the love of reading.  We read anything that is related in some way to art.  All genres – fiction, mysteries, novels, plays, short stories – are considered. 

Contact: Karen Kanter (karenkanter201@gmail.com)




Books That Challenge Us
 First Mondays 3:00 - 4:30 PM 

Each year produces books that significantly impact our world and the way we view it.  Books on history, politics, social changes and literary prize winners inform and fascinate us.  Many of these are challenging reads.  This group will attempt to tackle these books together. 

Contact: Alice Milrod (alice.milrod@gmail.com)


Fiction Plus
Fourth Tuesdays:  1:30 PM 

This group reads mainly fiction with an occasional side trip to other genres.  The location of the meetings will vary.

Contact: Deb Staples (dgstaples10@gmail.com)
Fictionary
 Second Fridays: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM  (At Capacity)

This book group focuses on fiction.  Bestsellers, prize winners, classics – if it’s fiction and the group agrees – it will be read and discussed.

Contact Sally Mazzarella, At Capacity Coordinator, (sallymazzarella1@gmail.com) to be put on the Wait List.

 
Murder by the Book
 Fourth Tuesdays:  1:30 - 3:00 PM

Looks like our TTN sleuths are at it again.  We read suspenseful thrillers, mind-teasing mysteries and anything having to do with criminals.

Contact: Gail Ober (GLOber1@aol.com)

 



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).

Contact:  Lynn Israel (lynncisrael@gmail.com)

People Readers
 Fourth Tuesdays: 3:00 to 4:30 PM (At Capacity)

Biographies, autobiographies and memoirs are the selections for this book group.  Members zero in on books about people who have made a significant impact on the world.  Choices may also be those of enduring literary merit.
 
Contact Sally Mazzarella, At Capacity Coordinator, (sallymazzarella1@gmail.com) to be put on the Wait List.


Suburban Readers
First Sundays:  2:00 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 may rotate in the future.

Contact: Robin Rodin (robinsrodin@gmail.com)
 

Thursday Morning Book Club
 First Thursdays:  10:30 AM - 12:30 P  (At Capacity)

This book group is dedicated to reading only fiction …. from best-sellers to retro-reads to classics that have lasted through the years. 

Contact Sally Mazzarella, At Capacity Coordinator, (sallymazzarella1@gmail.com) to be put on the Wait List.


A World of Words
 
This group circles the globe by choosing books set in foreign countries.  Reading mostly fiction, we look for books that authentically represent life in the selected country, providing a jumping-off point for discussions about history, customs, everyday life, etc.  Ready for some armchair travel?  Come fly with us.

Contact SIG Lead, Eileen Smithe at ezsmithe@gmail.com.


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Crafts & Games
 
A Stitch In Time
 Fourth Fridays:  10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Are you an enthusiastic knitter?  Or are you a knitting wannabee? (Don’t worry, we will teach you.)  Do you enjoy crocheting or needlepoint?  Bring your needles, yarn and lunch and show off your latest project.

Contact:  Ann Lipshutz (allipshutz@comcast.net)


Bridge Babes
Thursdays:  10:00 - 11:30 AM

Bridge Babes Lessons:  8/22/19; 9/12/19; 10/17/19; 10/24/19; 10/31/19; 11/4/19; 11/21/19; 12/12/19

We are accepting new members in our next round of ACBL private bridge lessons, taught by David Rose of the Bridge Club of Center City. The cost is $120 per person for 8 private lessons. Same day Center City Bridge Club games are played at a reduced rate of $5. The location is in Center City, near the Bridge Club.  It is great fun with a fabulous teacher.  Geared towards ACBL (American Contract Bridge League) Intermediate players.


Contact: Eileen Goldstein (eileen.goldstein@me.com) or Carol Greco (carolsoldme@gmail.com)

Why Knot Needlepoint? 
Second Thursdays:  3:00 PM


Do you love to needlepoint?  Thought about it but haven’t done it?  This SIG is for novice and veteran needlepointers. 
 
The group will meet at a local craft shop.  For the most part, members will gather to chat and stitch but from time to time, at the group’s option, the SIG will have the opportunity to take a class for a fee.
 
Contact: Lynn McCormick (lynn@mccormickhammond.com)


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Films

Classic Movies
 Second Tuesdays:  3:00 to 4:30 PM (At Capacity)

What makes a movie a classic?  Why are some films timeless?  Each month, members will rediscover and discuss a film that has endured for at least thirty years.  Popcorn anyone? 

Contact Sally Mazzarella, At Capacity Coordinator, (sallymazzarella1@gmail.com) to be put on the Wait List.




Documentary Watchers
Third Wednesdays: 3:00 to 4:30 PM (At Capacity)

Documentaries are powerful explorations into a topic that often leave us moved…and ready to talk about it.  This group views documentaries or TED Talks on their own and then meets once a month to discuss them.

Contact Sally Mazzarella, At Capacity Coordinator, (sallymazzarella1@gmail.com) to be put on the Wait List.

"Document This!"
Third Tuesdays: 3:00 to 4:30 PM (At Capacity)

This group of documentary fans view select documentaries on their own and then meets once a month to discuss them.  Members take turns choosing the documentaries from outlets such as the library, YouTube, HBO and others. 

Contact Sally Mazzarella, At Capacity Coordinator, (sallymazzarella1@gmail.com) to be put on the Wait List.


Film Fans
 Third Mondays Afternoon (At Capacity)


Do you enjoy catching the films at Bryn Mawr Film Institute but wish you had someone to go with or talk to about what you’ve seen?  This SIG fills the bill.  The group goes to the BMFI together and then gathers to discuss them afterwards.

Contact Sally Mazzarella, At Capacity Coordinator, (sallymazzarella1@gmail.com) to be put on the Wait List.
 

Let's Go To the Movies
Second Tuesdays: 1:30 to 3:00 PM (At Capacity)

There are so many great spots in the city to catch the latest films.  The group sees a movie at a theater in the city and then gathers at a local café or restaurant to grab coffee, a drink or a meal and discuss the film.

Contact Sally Mazzarella, At Capacity Coordinator, (sallymazzarella1@gmail.com) to be put on the Wait List.
 

Matinee at the County
First Thursdays: 2:00 PM

Doylestown is home to the lovely, vibrant art movie house, The County Theater.  This group meets on the first Wednesday of the month to view a film at The County and then adjourns to a nearby spot to discuss it. 

Contact: Lynda Meshkov (lynda.meshkov@gmail.com)



Monday at the Movies
  Second Mondays: around 3:00 PM   (At Capacity)

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.
 
Contact Sally Mazzarella, At Capacity Coordinator, (sallymazzarella1@gmail.com) to be put on the Wait List.


Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down
Third Tuesdays: 1:00 PM 

Movie lovers meet once a month at one of the Ritz theaters in the city to catch a film.  They then go to a nearby restaurant for discussion and camaraderie.

Contact: Kathy Sullivan (katmos826@gmail.com)


Thursday Afternoon at the Movies
 Third Thursdays:  Around 1:00 PM (At Capacity)

This group views films at one of the popular art houses in the city and then gathers for a meal to talk about it.  If you like catching the latest indie films and discussing them, this group is for you.

Contact Sally Mazzarella, At Capacity Coordinator, (sallymazzarella1@gmail.com) to be put on the Wait List.


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Food & Drink in Home
  
A Moveable Lunch
 Fourth Mondays:  12:00 - 2:00 PM  (At Capacity)

Like to cook?  Like to sample new dishes?  Each month, a different member of the group will host a lunch based on a selected theme.  Members will contribute one of the following:  appetizer, salad, entrée, dessert or drinks -  for others to enjoy.

Contact Sally Mazzarella, At Capacity Coordinator, (sallymazzarella1@gmail.com) to be put on the Wait List.


Cookbook Cuisine
First Mondays:  Noon

If you like to cook and try out new recipes, the newest Center City potluck lunch group may be the thing for you.  In this SIG, members will prepare dishes based on recipes from favorite cooks and/or cookbooks and share them over lunch at each other’s homes.  This SIG keeps your cooking skills fresh and allows you to get to know other TTN members over a tasty meal.

Contact: Mary Clifford (maryrclifford58@gmail.com)


Food for Thought
First Thursdays:  Noon - 2:00 PM

Members split the cooking responsibilities and enjoy a wonderful meal at a member’s home.  Good company – Good Times!

Contact:  Fran Jonas (fjonas@comcast.net)


Pot Luck Thursday
 Second Thursdays:  7:00 - 9:00 PM
The Pot Luck Suppers SIG is a group of TTN members who get together in an informal setting to make friends and share favorite recipes.  We meet at members’ homes to share a meal around a theme. 

Contact:  Ellen Kagan (ellenkag@aol.com)


A Suburban Supper
First Mondays: 6:30 - 8:00 PM 

If you like dining with friends and trying out new recipes AND you prefer to attend a group in the Philly ‘burbs, this SIG is perfect for you.  The group meets monthly at different members’ homes for good food and good company. 

Contact: Carol Seelaus  (carolseelaus@verizon.net)


Wine Lovers
 Third Wednesdays: 4:30 PM (At Capacity)

This SIG explores the wonderful world of wine.  Learn about different wines and share tastings.  Meetings are held in members’ homes and in wine bars throughout the city.

Contact Sally Mazzarella, At Capacity Coordinator, (sallymazzarella1@gmail.com) to be put on the Wait List.
 
 

Wine Lovers, Too

Third Thursdays, 4:30-6:00 PM (At Capacity)

This wine SIG combines research and testing with meetings held at members’ home and events at local wine bars.

Contact Sally Mazzarella, At Capacity Coordinator, (sallymazzarella1@gmail.com) to be put on the Wait List.

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Restaurants
 
Dinner Adventures
Third Tuesdays: Dinner (At Capacity)

The many restaurants of close-in Center City are the current focus of this group, which seeks culinary adventure and camaraderie. Each month, on a rotating basis, one member volunteers to organize dinner at a spot of her choosing. These adventures are politics-free zones; but there are no restrictions, up or down, on restaurant price range or on type of cuisine. Participants order from the menu.


Contact Sally Mazzarella, At Capacity Coordinator, (sallymazzarella1@gmail.com) to be put on the Wait List.

 
Dinner on the 4th Friday
Fourth Fridays: Dinner 


So many restaurants, how to choose?  This groups of food lovers will sample the many dinner choices on the Philly scene on the 4th Friday of the month.  

Contact Joanne Bowes (jb@bowescentral.com​) to be put on the Wait List.
 

 
Ladies Who Brunch 
First Saturdays:  11:30 AM (At Capacity)

The Ladies Who Brunch (LWB) meets one Saturday a month to sample the incredible number of brunch offerings in the area.  We follow the crowd or find some secret spots of our own.  There’s no agenda, just a catch-up of news and gossip.  Bring your favorite places to our next get together.

Contact Sally Mazzarella, At Capacity Coordinator, (sallymazzarella1@gmail.com) to be put on the Wait List.

 
Lunch on Tuesday
Second Tuesdays:  1:00 PM
 
This lively group samples the many restaurants in Philadelphia (Center City + South Philly to Fishtown) for lunch.  Members will take turns each month choosing the moderately-priced restaurant and making arrangements.   Food will be ordered from the menu.

Contact: Tess Waldman (tess.waldman@gmail.com)
 

Suburban Ladies  Who Lunch
 Second Tuesdays:  1:00 PM (At Capacity)

The ladies of TTN PHL love to lunch and suburban members are no exception.
The group meets on the Main Line and visits a new restaurant each month.Lunchs typically run about $25 and may include a chef talk. 

Contact Sally Mazzarella, At Capacity Coordinator, (sallymazzarella1@gmail.com) to be put on the Wait List.


Sunday Supper
Second Sunday: Dinner
 
This SIG meets for dinner one Sunday a month at some of the top spots in the city (think Zahav and Laurel).  These foodies enjoy sampling what the area has to offer while making friends along the way.  Pricing will vary from expensive to moderate.  Note that occasionally dinner may be on Saturday night or the selection may be brunch rather than dinner.

Contact Sally Mazzarella, At Capacity Coordinator, (sallymazzarella1@gmail.com) to be put on the Wait List.

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Travel
 
Travel Afar
 Third Fridays:  10:00 AM - Noon
 
Rick Steves, travel expert, calls travel “heightened living.” It shows us how others live, create, worship and so much more. The women of TTN are well-traveled and always looking for that next adventure. Traveling solo has its advantages but traveling in a thoughtful group of other TTN-ers can open the world. In this SIG, members plan excursions and travel together both domestically and internationally. You don’t need to be a travel pro, just a willingness to join in is all you need. 
 
Note: Travel will not be planned, endorsed or insured by TTN but will be the sole responsibility of the SIG members.

Contact: Barrie DuBois (barriedubois@gmail.com​)

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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.

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.  If a SIG is at capacity, an effort is made to start a similar group, often on a different date or at a different time.
 
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, Joanne Bowes at jb@bowescentral.com to let her know of your interest.  When there enough interested members, Joanne will be in touch with information about an organizational meeting.  Susan Levin, New Group Developer, (susanmarkerlevin@comcast.net), 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 Active SIG with Openings, 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.
 
To join an Active SIG At Capacity, don’t despair!  Many of our groups are limited in size due to space limitations.  Often the groups meet in members’ homes and there is not enough room to accommodate everyone.  Some groups limit size to provide an atmosphere for meaningful discussion and camaraderie.  SIGs At Capacity do accept new members as space opens up so a Wait List is kept to fill spots on a first-come, first-serve basis.  The Wait List is also kept to determine if opening another similar SIG makes sense.  Many of our popular SIGs have sprung from overflow so don’t hesitate to contact Sally Mazzarella, At Capacity Coordiator, at sallymazzarella1@gmail.com and let her know you’d like to be put on the Wait List for a particular At Capacity SIG.
 
Starting a New SIG

Our best ideas come from our members!  If you have an idea for a new SIG, email the SIG Chair Joanne Bowes (jb@bowescentral.com).  

The idea will be posted and once we have 5 or 6 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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7-Mar-2018