February 2019 Newsletter


Good Day,

The Belizean Grove has some exciting things planned for the years ahead – be sure to read everything below and visit our website as we are constantly updating and making new additions to the content.

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



67505772-448b-4771-a871-3651261abc8c-thumbnailAFM Auction

Today is the last day to place bids on the auction items!

Click here to view the Auction!

Stare longingly, then bid high and often!

There are beautiful vacation homes, retreats, reputation management and other counsel, oh my! A Face reading, fun jewelry and more – oh my!>

Follow this link to fill out the online registration form.

Proceeds support Adventures for the Mind Foundation’s grants to women and children’s empowerment programs around the world.  See the great work we were able to support in 2018– our amazing 2018 grantees are listed here.


Face Book 2019

To view the 2019 Face Book, click here!

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


Know a Potential New Member?

Do you know someone who you think would be a good fit for the Grove? Check out the form here along with the guidelines on how to nominate a new member!

Nomination Form
Nomination Guidelines

The Membership Committees will be meeting on April 8th to review all new nominations. If you want to nominate someone in order to be considered for this meeting, please send the completed nomination pack to Leslie leslie@belizeangrove.org.


What the Grovers and Taras Have been Up to Lately…

Diane Danielson is the recipient of the 2019 CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Boston Leadership Achievement Award for her work in diversity and inclusion in the industry!  Click here to read more.

Laura Herring, Founder Chair Emeritus, IMPACT Group, received Webster University’s VISIONARY AWARD on November 1, 2018 in St. Louis, MO. Laura is a board member of Webster University and has successfully raised $5 million dollars for the naming of The Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts Theater Conservatory for Dean of Fine Arts Dr. Peter Sargent on his 50th anniversary with the university. She also donated an Endowed Chair in Dr. Sargent’s honor. Learn more.

Cathy Allen’s The Santa Fe Group has won the Hot Company Risk Management InfoSec Award for 2019!


free-wallpaper-18Join us in St. Louis, Missouri for our 2019 Mini Retreat September 12-14, 2019

Once regarded as a forgettable city in “flyover country” – St. Louis has been selected as one of WSJ’s 10 best travel destinations for 2019. St. Louis is more than just a Gateway to the West. Known for its famous arch, St. Louis is a lively destination in its own right; full of inviting neighborhoods, stunning parks, such as the Missouri Botanical Garden, varied night life, and restaurants that draw on the bounty of surrounding farmland and rivers. With a mix of Midwestern sensibility and southern charm, St. Louis is a city looking to the future.

We will be staying at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark. Offering a hot tub and fitness center, a rooftop bar and restaurant, Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark overlooks the Gateway Arch and Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals. The St. Louis Gateway Arch is 1,650 feet from this fabulous hotel, while Old Courthouse is 650 feet from the property. The nearest airport is Lambert- St.Louis International Airport, 12 mi from the property. The St. Louis committee (Laura Herring, Lauren Herring, Sharon Fiehler, and Susan Block) is already hard at work planning the event! They have already started working on their program and the exciting events they have in store for us all.

The room block is now open!

Click here to reserve your room

Guests are welcome to start booking reservations using the link or by calling 1-800-445-8667 and referencing your group code “BEL.”


Puerto Rico 2020

Our 20th anniversary retreat will be held in Puerto Rico in January 2020! More info coming soon!
Check out some of these articles on Puerto Rico:The New York Times: Visiting Puerto Rico, and Finding the Up BeatThe New York Times: Why Puerto Rico Is No. 1 on Our Places to Go ListThe New York Times: 36 Hours in San Juan

San Antonio, TX  is the 2020 Mini Retreat location and we’re going to Argentina for the  2021 Annual Retreat!


Films of the Month- chosen by Naomi McDougall Jones and Emily Best

For this month, Emily and Naomi have an extended list of films by female directors that, in their opinion, should have been nominated for Oscars and weren’t.

The official tracking for Oscar nominations for women for 2019:
Best Director: 0 women
Best Cinematographer: 0 women
Best Screenplay (adapted and original): of 20 people nominated, 2 are women, both of them share writing credits with a man
Best Picture films directed by a woman: 0
Best Editing: 0 women

Here are our nominees of films with female directors:
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (dir. Marielle Heller): View the trailer
I Am Not a Witch (dir. Rungano Nyoni): View the trailer
The Land of Steady Habits (dir. Nicole Holofcener): View the trailer
Leave No Trace (dir. Debra Granik): View the trailer
Let the Sunshine In (dir. Claire Denis): View the trailer
Madeline’s Madeline (dir. Josephine Decker): View the trailer
Mary, Queen of Scots (dir. Josie Rourke): View the trailer
The Miseducation of Cameron Post (dir. Desiree Akhavan): View the trailer
Nancy (dir. Christina Choe): View the trailer
Oh, Lucy! (dir. Atsuko Hirayanagi): View the trailer
Private Life (dir. Tamara Jenkins): View the trailer
The Tale (dir. Jennifer Fox): View the trailer
You Were Never Really Here (dir. Lynne Ramsay): View the trailer
To find out how to watch any or all of these movies, you can use the site gowatchit.com

There is some good news to share about this year’s Oscar ceremony. The film Black Panther had 2 historic wins. Ruth E. Carter became the first African American to win Best Costume Design and Hannah Beachler became the first African American to be nominated (and win!) Best Production Design.
Also, here you can watch Period. End of Sentence (dir. Rayka Zehtabchi), the winner of the Best Documentary Short Film category. The film is about Indian women who fight the stigma surrounding menstruation and have begun manufacturing sanitary pads.


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