April 2020 Newsletter

A Note from SSS

Good Day,

I want to thank all the Grove speakers who have taken the time to share their knowledge on our Grove Virtual Table Topics. Especially in a time of crisis we need skilled intelligence and trust.

With access to the Grove’s expertise we can keep up the social distancing without also suffering from intellectual and emotional distancing. Even when we need to spend so much time isolated- we can still learn from each other- which constantly fuels hope and camaraderie.

If you have any updates you would like to share for future newsletters, please email me or Leslie Dube (leslie@belizeangrove.org). And don’t forget to share some of your favorite bumper sticker ideas here and we’ll feature in the upcoming Grove updates.

“Everyone is a genius.
But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree,
it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
-Albert Einstein



To view past and future virtual table topics, please click here.

Virtual Table Topic Survey
The Virtual Table Topics Committee is looking for feedback with the goal of continuing to provide conversations on the subjects in which you have the most interest, at the time that increases your ability to participate. Please take a minute to respond to this short survey.
Please click here to fill out the survey.

Join Zoom Happy Hour – Every Day, 6:00 PM EDT
(including Saturday and Sunday)
These Zoom Happy Hour calls were created as a way to connect with your Grove sisters during this time of physical distancing. These meetings will happen at 6:00 PM EDT (10 PM UTC) each day. The call is limited to only 100 participants, so join when you can, organically the participants on each call will help hearten each other with what is needed in the moment to stay healthy, happy, productive, and inspired.

How to Join the Meeting
Meeting ID: 931 1640 5323
Password: 401382
Time: 6:00 PM EDT
To join by phone: +1 (669) 900-6833
Meeting ID: 931 1640 5323
Participant ID: 401382
Click here to view step-by-step instructions on accessing Zoom from your desktop or mobile phone.

Tentative Dates for Upcoming Retreats

Please be sure to read Susan’s speech on where we are going and why we are making these changes. Then vote below on where we should go for future Annual Retreats.
Please click here to read Susan’s brief speech.
Upcoming TENTATIVE dates:

NEW Virtual Retreat, September 25-26, 2020
San Antonio Retreat, February 18-21, 2021
Chicago Mini Retreat, September 23-25, 2021
2022 Annual Retreat will be determined at a later date

Vote by May 4th on the 2022 Annual Retreat Location
We want to hear from you! Please let us know if you would like to hold the 2022 Annual Retreat in Argentina or New Orleans.
Click here to vote

Know a Potential New Member?

If you would like to nominate someone to be a member, we are now currently accepting nomination packets. This is your last chance to get nominations in before Puerto Rico!

Please do not forward to us applications for anyone who:
1. You don’t personally know
2. You wouldn’t be willing to share a room with on a retreat
3. You do not have at least one seconder for
4. You believe is “on the way” but is not quite there yet … save the application for a future time when the candidate would have probably achieved her first success story and her application will have the ‘wow’ effect on first impression.

Nomination Form
Nomination Guidelines

Please send the completed nomination pack to Leslie leslie@belizeangrove.org.


What the Grovers, Taras, and Nyomis Have been Up to Lately…

-Miriam Rahav is  an integrative medicine physician who’s actively and successfully treating COVID 19 in her practice daily. She posted about her experience doing this work right now in New York City here.

Films of the Month

Streaming – Movie
Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Available on: iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay
Director: Eliza Hittman
Starring: Sidney Flanigan, Talia Ryder
Synopsis: A pair of teenage girls in rural Pennsylvania travel to New York City to seek out medical help after an unintended pregnancy.
Genre: Drama
IMDB link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7772582/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

Streaming – Series
Little Fires Everywhere
Available on: Hulu
Starring: Kerry Washington, Reese Witherspoon
Synopsis: Based on Celeste Ng’s 2017 bestseller, “Little Fires Everywhere” follows the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.
Genre: Drama
IMDB link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8089592/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0


“I have my (women) friends…therefore I am.” -Jane Fonda

“Whoever gives nothing, has nothing. The greatest misfortune is not to be unloved, but not to love.” -Albert Camus’

“Optimism doesn’t wait on facts. It deals with prospects. Pessimism is a waste of time.” -Norman Cousins

“When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.”- Viktor Frankl

“Everyone has a choice in life, even if the only choice you have is the manner in which you embrace each moment.” -Mattie Stepanek

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Excerpts from Wise Women by Joyce Tenneson:

“I grow more intense as I age, and I am more passionate about the projects I believe in. I still enjoy getting dressed elegantly in the evening and making an “entrance” at a party.” -Brooke Astor

“Many of my friends are experiencing the loss of their beloved pets. I have watched them mourn these deaths and realize it is not the pet they miss, but the loss of their unconditional love. That’s what really hurts.” -Dina Paisner

“The happiest people I know are not those who are the most beautiful, rich, or famous. The happiest people I see are simply those who stay cheerful and try to cheer up others while getting through their own bad stuff.” -Helen Gurley Brown

“Live it, do it, enjoy it- don’t hesitate!” -Jane Greenwood Edwards

“The greatest gift we can give to the world is creating a continuous, uninterrupted loving family structure.” -Aldona Laita

“My grandmother had total focus, an attribute that deeply impressed me. She also had the ability to make me feel like I could do anything, that I could be a leader. She focused all of her positive spirit on me.” -Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

“I keep telling my young friends that sex keeps getting better. After dealing with all of life’s trials and tribulations for so many years, you just realize that there must be a higher power. Once you realize this, you can let life unfold. You get to the point where you just say, ‘I’m not going to worry anymore; I’ve done that long enough.'” -Jeanie MacPherson

“Follow your dreams and don’t let anyone turn you around. I always tell my grandchildren to believe in themselves and never be afraid to go out and seek. You have to go out, work hard, and find it yourself.” -Dolores Fleming

“As we age, we have the chance to reinvent ourselves and to have new adventures. Arthritis took me away from painting. Now I use my artistic abilities to design clothes. As we age, our connection to our deeper womb powers increases and we are often blessed with new gifts of magic.” -Ingeborg ten Haeff


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Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”