August 2018 Newsletter


Good Day,

We are two weeks away from the Seattle Mini Retreat in September and have over 160 members already signed up and we know there are more who need to register! Remember that the registration deadline is September 1st so don’t miss your last opportunity to sign up! Information on the Mini Retreat, a draft agenda, and exciting news on unofficial Grove events can be found below.

Remember, dues must be paid by September 30, 2018. You still have a few days to receive the $100 early bird discount! Read below for information on how to pay your dues. Remember, if you do not pay your dues, you cannot attend Grove events, will not be included in the 2019 Face Book, and will be removed from the Grove.

August has been a busy month for our members. You can read about the exciting news many members had to share this month in the Member news.

Read below for some important news on the upcoming Retreats, and what our members have been up to lately.

If you have any updates you would like to share for future newsletters, please email me or Leslie Dube (


2019 DUES

Don’t Forget to Pay Your 2019 Dues

Take advantage of the $100 Early Payment Discount and pay now! The discount ends August 31, 2018.

Grovers: click here to pay your 2019 dues.
NEW Grovers: click here to pay your 2019 dues.

Taras: click here to pay your 2019 dues.
NEW Taras: click here to pay your 2019 dues.

Nyomis: click here to pay your 2019 dues.
NEW Nyomis: click here to pay your 2019 dues.


Seattle Mini Retreat: September 13-15, 2018

We are only TWO short weeks out from our exciting Mini Retreat in Seattle! If you have not registered for the event yet, please click here to do so now. Registration closes on September 1!

On Wednesday afternoon there will be a sneak showing of Bite Me and Wednesday evening there will be an unofficial pre-party at Lynn Hubbard’s house. See below for more details.

Do you know someone who is still looking for a room or roommate?

We have a few rooms still available in our room block, and a few members who have generously offered to take in a roommate. If you or if you know another member who wants to attend, but didn’t sign up because of a lack of hotel room, get in touch with Leslie Dube as soon as possible as we may be able to fit you in!

The Seattle Committee is hard at work finalizing the program, click here to see a draft version of the program. Please remember, this program is not final, some times may change. You will receive a final version of the program via email before the event and a hard copy at the event registration table in Seattle.

For those coming early or staying late, the Northwest Members’ Curated Guide to Seattle has suggestions on things to do, places to eat, museums to visit, etc.
Please read below for more information on the upcoming event!

Unofficial Pre-Party Sign Up

September 12, 2018
Lynn Hubbard is hosting an Unofficial Pre-party on Wednesday, September 12, from 6:30 PM until 10:30 PM-ish. Lynn lives in a 108-year-old house located in the historic Queen Anne neighborhood, with iconic views of the Seattle skyline and Elliott Bay. It is only a 10-minute Uber or Lyft ride from the Edgewater Hotel.
The party starts at 6:30 PM with a dinner buffet from about 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM. If you already have dinner plans, stop by for drinks afterwards. The party should be going until 10:30 PM.

If you have a spouse or SO in town with you, they are welcome to come. Maximum for dinner is 50 people and for drinks we can take an additional 20 guests. We recommend that you sign up sooner rather than later to ensure a spot!
There is a nominal charge for dinner to help with an accurate count for the caterer. While there is no charge if you just come for drinks, we still ask you to please RSVP and also let us know if your plans change. The proceeds from the RSVP fee will be donated to the Adventures of the Mind Foundation.

Your RSVP is Required for this event.
Please click here to RSVP.

Lynn Hubbard’s Address:
301 W Kinnear Pl
Seattle, WA 98119

Table Topics
Do you have a table topic suggestion that you would be interested in leading? The Seattle committee is finalizing table topics and would like to hear from you! If you have a topic that you are passionate about and would like to lead at this retreat, please click here to make you table topic suggestion!
The deadline to submit your table topic for consideration is Wednesday, August 29.
Please note, we may not be able to accommodate all requests for table topics, but will keep this list for future Retreats and Mini Retreats.

Secret Sneak Preview Private Screening of Bite Me for the Belizean Grove

We are doing a private showing of the movie Bite Me, a movie that was written, produced, and stars our own Nyomi, Naomi McDougall Jones – Wednesday (September 12), 3:00-5:00 PM at the SIFF Film Center.

The SIFF Film Center is very close to the Edgewater Hotel and only a 10-15 minute walk to Lynn’s house (Unofficial Pre-party). You have time to go to the movie, then go back to the hotel to freshen-up and then to Lynn’s for the Pre-party. Or after the movie, walk over and check out the Space Needle or Mo-Pop Museum and then head to the Pre-party from there.
If you take an Uber, ask the driver to take you to Taylor Shellfish on Republican. Then you can walk into the Seattle Center from there.
Please RSVP and send any questions to Amy Fulford (

Bite Me is a subversive romantic comedy about the real-life subculture of people who believe that they’re vampires and the IRS agent who audits them. It will be released in film festivals, followed by wider distribution, late 2019/early 2020, but we have arranged for the very first private screening of the finished film to be for the Grove.
Bite Me is the second feature film of writer/director duo Naomi McDougall Jones and Meredith Edwards. Their first feature film, Imagine I’m Beautiful, won 12 awards on the film festival circuit before receiving theatrical and digital distribution. The film was produced by Jack Lechner (Blue Valentine, Fog of War) and Sarah Wharton (That’s Not Us). Bite Me stars Christian Coulson (Harry Potter, The Hours, Nashville, Love is Strange), Naomi McDougall Jones (Imagine I’m Beautiful), Annie Golden (Orange is the New Black), and Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story).
Click here to read more about the film!


Welcome New Nyomis!

The Nyomi Committee selected these amazing new Nyomis this past month. Please help give a warm Belizean Grove welcome to these New Members! Click on the names to read more about each new member.

Rachel Dyke
Patty Gamboa
Allison Parc


What the Grovers and Taras Have been Up to Lately…

Candida Brush was selected as a Wilford L. White Fellow in June at the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) in Taipei, Taiwan. Selection as a Wilford L. White Fellow is the highest recognition that the ICSB gives to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the development, furtherance and benefit of small and medium sized businesses. The award was created in 1977 and was named for Dr. Wilford L. White, the ICSB’s founder and visionary leader.  There are presently 100 Wilford White Fellows around the world.

-Co-founded by Academy Award winner Viola Davis and 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year Phyllis Newhouse, ShoulderUp is a new movement that is dedicated to connecting and supporting women on their journey, to bring about change in our communities – where and when it is needed the most.

Many are saying could be one of the most impactful and important movements of our time. Please take a moment and look at their site:

On August 25, Phyllis and Viola hosted a simulcast that offered candid conversation, laughter, lessons, and inspiration, as they taught everyone that connection begins with understanding the power of your own story. They shared how they each used their pasts to create a new story for themselves, how you can do the same, and in turn use this as your foundation for building significance and legacy.

-On the day it was published, August 7, Lilie Clark’s book Hack Your Anxiety hit number one in its category on Amazon!

-Mary Pearl co-authored the New York Times article The Earth Ablaze.

-Nancy Bearg authored a guest column in The Oregonian, Readers Respond: Trump’s Behavior Poses a Threat to the International Order, U.S. Security and Peace in the World.


2019 Annual Retreat: Santiago, Chile
January 17-20, 2019

The 2019 Annual Retreat will begin early Thursday afternoon after lunch on January 17, so please be sure to arrive on Wednesday January 16 or early Thursday morning (on one of the numerous overnight flights). There will be optional tours on Thursday before the program begins for those who arrive early. Programming will go through late afternoon on Saturday January 19, so you are able to plan your post trips to leave on Saturday night, early Sunday morning, or explore all that Santiago has to offer!

Room Reservations and Flights:
Event registration is not yet open; however,the room block is now open! We are once again working with Deb Carr, with Cleveland Circle Travel-American Express, to book rooms at the hotel.Deb is also able to book flights for members.
BG is not taking room reservations.
>To book your room, contact Deb Carr (, with the below information:

  1. Name as it appears on passports (Make sure Passports have at least 6 months validity upon the return date)
  2. Date of Birth
  3. City of origin / Preferred Carrier or Flights
  4. Departure Date and Return Date
  5. Room type desired
  6. Roommate if applicable
  7. Cell phone number

The following room options are available:

  • Standard Single- Regular Floor: USD $ 158 + 19% TAX per room per night.
  • Standard Double- Regular Floor: USD $ 173 + 19% TAX per room per night.

Pre & Post Trips
We have some exciting options for the Pre & Post Trips listed here!


2019 Mini Retreat
St. Louis, MO

Our Mini Retreat in 2019 will be in St. Louis, Missouri, September 12-14. The St. Louis committee is already hard at work planning the event! More information on the hotel and location will be released this summer.


New Board Opportunity
A major international tennis company which sells tennis equipment and tennis gear and sponsors major players is looking for a woman for their board. Interested candidates should have a working knowledge of tennis and great marketing ideas on how to expand the brand.
Qualified candidates should contact Susan Stautberg directly at


NEW AFM Grant Application!
The Adventures for the Mind Foundation Board just had a very stimulating meeting and is ready to begin accepting NEW Grant Applications. If there is an non-profit 501(c)3 organizatoin that you love and support, this is the year to help them apply for the AFM Grant.

We look forward to reviewing the applications on your behalf, and making the world so much better because of the girls and women you have supported over the years.

To view previous grant recipients, click here.

The Adventures for the Mind Foundation Board:
Melissa Means, Susan Stautberg, Helayne Angelus, Edie Weiner, Amy Kaslow, Evelyn D’An, Faith Frank

2018 Grant Guidelines
2018 Grant Application
Please send all completed applications to Leslie Dube,


Sign Up for a Committee!

The Executive Committee of the Grove met recently to review our current committee structure.  As part of Sisterhood’s our growth and evolution, we recognize the need for, and benefits of, creating a more inclusive Committee framework to provide expanded opportunities for broader and greater member participation.  Diversity of ideas and thinking within our sisterhood is, in large part, what makes The Grove, “The Grove” and we want to ensure that this unique, yet essential contribution, is more fully represented within and across our leadership committees.

We strongly encourage both Grovers and Taras interested in serving on a committee, as places become available, to let us know via the committee volunteer page on the website (Click here to visit the website). Members of our newly-formed Nyomi class will be eligible to serve on all committees as of 2019. Going forward, there will be term limits on each of the general committees.

We very much hope you will consider signing up for committee or special project consideration. Each and every one within our sisterhood has her own unique contribution to make and we want to be as inclusive as possible while continuing to nourish and develop our Belizean Grove community.


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