February 2018 Newsletter


Good Day,

Hope 2018 is off to a great start! Our Belizean Grove Mini Retreat and Annual Retreat committees are already hard at work planning the next few events. We will hopefully be able to share more updates on these events in the next month.

We have also released the 2018 Face Book and have sent out the first round of hard copies, please read below for more information. Be sure to read everything below and visit our website to view the rest of the Newsletter.

If you have any updates you would like to share for future newsletters, please email me or Leslie Dube (leslie@belizeangrove.org).




BG CircleThe 2018 Face Book is Here!

To view the 2018 Belizean Grove Face Book, click here.

After logging into you account, a second separate password is required as an extra level of security. This password can be found in the email version of the newsletter.

If you would like a hard copy and have not yet filled out the following form or did not fill out a form at the Annual Retreat, please click here to request your copy.

We are no longer accepting edits to profiles or new bios. If you did not send in your bio or need to make an edit, you can send it to us to have on file for 2019, but it will not be posted in the 2018 Face Book.

Please note, your online Grove website profile is a separate profile from the Face Book. Updating one will not update the other. Members are responsible for their website profile found under the Membership Directory section of the website.


Adventures for the Mind 2018 Auction Update

We are still working to wrap up the 2018 AFM Auction and still have several outstanding invoices that have not been paid. If you have not paid for an item you bid on, please contact Leslie Dube as soon as possible, leslie@belizeangrove.org.

Once we have received the final payments we will announce how much money was raised. If you missed the Annual Retreat in Mexico, but would still like to donate to the AFM Foundation, please contact Leslie ASAP.

The AFM Board will be meeting in March, so stay tuned for upcoming announcements regarding the 2018 AFM Grant Cycle!


acg-seattle-2880x1200Mini Retreat: SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

September 13-15, 2018  

The 2018 Mini Retreat will be in Seattle, September 13-15 with the opportunity for both pre and post trips. Our Seattle Mini Retreat committee is already hard at work planning the event securing high level speakers and exciting places to explore! We will be staying at the beautiful Edgewater Hotel, The “Best Hotel in Seattle” (as reported by CNBC).

With amazing views of the Olympic Mountains, the sparkling waters of Elliott Bay and breathtaking sunset views from your room while still staying at one of the best downtown Seattle hotels. You’ll be within walking distance to the city’s favorite sites.

Click here to book your room in our room block! Or call: 1-800-624-0670

After you have selected the dates you are planning on staying, click on the Belizean Grove room option which will show you a few different room choices. We were able to negotiate great rates on both City View rooms and Water View rooms. We recommend the Water View rooms, which are updated and provide a breathtaking view of the Seattle waterfront and a spectacular “Seattle experience”. If you are looking to travel on a budget, however, the City View rooms provide a great budget friendly option and a wonderful view of the Seattle skyline.

If you are looking for a roommate, please click here.

As always, members are not permitted to attend any official Belizean Grove events if you have not paid your dues. If you do not think you have paid your dues, please contact Leslie Dube (leslie@belizeangrove.org)


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

Save the date! Our next annual retreat will be in Santiago, Chile January 17-20, 2019. We are also working on planning pre-trips and post-trips to the wine country, Easter Island, Patagonia, and more!

We need volunteers to help the committee plan this retreat. If you’re interested in joining the committee, please reach out to Leslie Dube at leslie@belizeangrove.org

2019 Mini Retreat
St. Louis, MO

Our Mini Retreat in 2019 will be in St. Louis, Missouri with the tentative dates of September 12-14.


2018 Neverville Weekend

Click here to register!

Co-founder Edie Weiner has generously agreed to host members at her vacation home in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania referred to as “Neverville” for a fun weekend and a contribution to the Adventures for the Mind Foundation. A few of the slots were already spoken for in Mexico, so register now as space is limited and applications will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

This popular weekend in Pennsylvania will be Friday, August 3, 2018 and extend to Sunday, August 5, 2018. Your contribution will cover everything on site: Dinner Friday night; Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on Saturday; and Brunch on Sunday. All linens/towels/sundries provided. All refreshments, including wine, soft drinks, healthy fruits and vegetables, available 24/7. Hiking, beach, canoeing, antiquing, horseback riding…all included for those who choose (some at a nominal additional fee).

We will take no more than 30 reservations, knowing there will be cancellations as we get closer to August. Neverville sleeps about 20, and if attendance is fully booked, all rooms (and some of the larger beds) will be shared. This is a totally casual, fun weekend. Pack nothing but a change of clothes, bathing suit, pajamas and comfortable shoes! Reserve your slot now. There will be no refunds: Cancellations will be treated as full contributions to the AFM Foundation. Cost: $600. Of that, you may claim a contribution of $450. The additional $150 will help cover on-site expenses.


Healthy Travel Tips Questionnaire

We are looking for all the tips and tricks that you’ve discovered over the years about staying healthy while traveling! After the Mexico Retreat, too many people came home sick, we are hoping to crowd source any ideas/success strategies that you might have. Please click here to share your ideas. We hope that we can eventually circulate the responses and help make sure we’re all healthy while on the go.


Photos from Volunteering in Mexico

During the Mexico Retreat, a group of members were able to transform in only 2 hours the entrance and play area of Kindergarten K´iin Beh into a bright and colorful area for the kids to enjoy. The volunteer activities included:

•Outside Paint
•Educational mural of world
•Creation and painting of floor games
•General Gardening with recycle material
•Creation of a reading tree mural and reading corner, as well as the installation of shelving
•Construction of concrete floor and installation of recycled tires and ornamental plants
•Donation of swing set, slide, 5 soccer balls, one mini goal, 25 children’s story books, toys for fine and gross motor skill development, school supplies.

Below are a few of the pictures. To know more about the volunteer project and to see all the pictures, please click here.

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Know a Potential New Member?

If anyone would like to nominate a potential Grover, TARA, or Nyomi, please submit your nomination packet ASAP.

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.

Click HERE to Download the Nyomi Application.

Click HERE to Download the TARA Application.

Click HERE to Download the Grover application.

Please submit all applications with resume to leslie@belizeangrove.org


What the Grovers and Taras Have been Up to Lately…

-Lisa Gable has an op-ed on FoxNews.com titled Is bipartisanship dead? Not by a long shot, click here to read it.

-Joan Herman will be The Venice Family Clinic’s (“VFC”) Irma Coleman Leadership Honoree at its Silver Circle Gala on March 19, 2018. VFC is one of the largest Community Health Centers in the US.

-Cynthia Hardy Young was featured in article the Pivot Global Partners’ Cynthia Hardy Young On Relocating To Atlanta, Becoming Part Of A Diverse And Inclusive Business Community, click here to read it.

Candida Brush has received the Max S. Wortman, Jr. / USASBE Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurship.

The award was presented during the USASBE Annual Conference, January 10-14, 2018, Los Angeles.   Established in 2004, The Max S. Wortman, Jr. /USASBE Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurship was instituted on the occasion of the 22nd anniversary of the founding of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE). The award is presented to a worthy recipient in recognition for a lifetime of entrepreneurial achievement that encompasses the ideals of entrepreneurial activity. Read more about it here.

Amy Kaslow was among the many artists whose work was up for sale at the Chinatown Soup art benefit that took place on Feb.16 to raise funds for a human trafficking awareness play. You can read more about it here.

-Mary Ann Peters was featured in an article in The Rotarian titled Waging Peace: Rotarian Mary Ann Peters will draw from her three decades as a diplomat to lead the Carter Center into the future. Click here to read the article.

-Pernille Spiers-Lopez’s book Design Your Life was published in China. She will be going on a book tour to Shanghai in June. Click here to read more about the company that published her book.

-Ana Paula Pessoa was appointed to the Global Board of Crédit Suisse. Read more on pages 3 and 6 in the press release here.

-On Feb 14, Theo Schwabacher had a radio interview with KCBS about Consumer Price Inflation (CPI). You can read more about CPI here and listen to Theo’s interview below.


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-Susan Sontag

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