January 2018 Newsletter


Good Day,

Hope 2018 is off to a great start!

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.

The 2018 Annual Retreat in Mexico was exciting! Thank you to the entire Mexico Retreat Committee for all their hard work and excellent planning, and especially to our fearless co-chairs, Michelle Jordan, Linda Watt, and Elizabeth Crowell.

The Program was very informative and exciting, with plenty of time for fun! Check for updates from the trip on our website in the next few weeks.

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



2018 Face Book

The 2018 Face Book is almost ready!

To view the 2018 Face Book draft, click here.

This is the last call for updated bios, you must submit it by Friday, February 9.

If you are a new member or if you need to update your bio, please fill out this template and email it to facebook@belizeangrove.org

Digital copy will be sent out February 16th. 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.


mayakobaRECAP: 2018 Annual Retreat- Mayakoba, Mexico

“Life is short. Break the rules, do more, need less, smile often, be brave, stay true, dream big, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that makes you smile.”

Thank you so much to all who attended the Mexico Retreat!
Susan Stuatberg’s opening speech is available to read here.

If you were a speaker and have resources to share and would like on the website, send to Leslie Dube at leslie@belizeangrove.org. From the ‘Truth or Fake News’ Panel, we have a few resources for those who are interested in pursuing their own fact checking: The 10 Best Fact Checking Sites, Get Your Facts Right – 6 Fact Checking Websites That Help You Know The Truth, and Top 10 sites to help students check their facts.

We had so many wonderful and productive table topic discussions this year! We want these amazing conversations to continue! Please share your table topic recaps with Leslie to post on the website. If you have other material to share from your table topic, please also send to Leslie. Below are the insights from the Gladys Bolivar and Marjorie Torres led topic:
* You have to be optimistic, relentless and passionate
* It is a team effort, connections and power of leveraging any door causes a “multiplier effect”
* No room for fear and building your business around serving a community
* Surround yourself with the right people and skill sets to continue to grow
* You must have a firm belief of success


14429271030_711c270b16_hMINI 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 EdgewaterHotel, 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.

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 from January 17-20, 2019.

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

ALSO save the date for the St. Louis 2019 Mini Retreat – Tentative dates of September 12-14


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.

ClickHEREto 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…

Mary Ann Peters was featured in the article ‘Waging Peace’ for The Rotarian. Please 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


Haven’t updated your profile on the website yet? Not sure what to do?

Watch this short video for step-by-step instructions. (NOTE:  To make the video larger – click the small “4 arrows” icon at the bottom right of the video – to the right of the HD.)


Adventure is worthwhile in itself.”

-Amelia Earhart

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