Retreats

Skyline of Midtown Atlanta, Georgia from Piedmont Park

Downtown Atlanta, Georgia at night time

Skyline of Midtown Atlanta, Georgia from Piedmont ParkAtlanta Mini Retreat

Global Health:  Innovation and Change

September 15-16, 2016

Atlanta Grove Program Registration is open!  Click HERE to register for Atlanta and pay your Program Fee ($500).

There are only a handful of hotel rooms left in the Grove block at the Atlanta Marriott Suites Midtown.  After the block rooms are filled, rooms are booked upon availability at the going rate.  I also encourage members to share hotel rooms, they are large suites and can easily accommodate 2 people.  If you need a roommate, please use the roommate board on the Atlanta Retreat Page.

Special Reminder:  Marriott Hotel check in doesn’t officially begin until 4 PM.  Some rooms may be available earlier but there is no guarantee.  There will be a place to store your luggage if you room isn’t ready before we head over to the High Museum.

ATTN: INTERNATIONAL MEMBERS!!

Please note that the deadline has passed for non US Citizens to sign up for the Atlanta Retreat.

 


Save the Date!

Vintage multi-coloured taxis in Cuba

January 26-30, 2017

17th Annual Belizean Grove/Tara Retreat – Havana Cuba 

Both frozen in time and poised for change, Cuba has intrigued Americans even as they were threatened by it.  On our Grove journey, gain insight on Cuba’s colonial past, the challenges of its economic present and plans of its uncertain future.

Please join us for a wonderful Cuban Adventure!  Registration is Open – Click to open the Application, Draft Agenda and Informational Sheet.

Some Interesting Articles on Cuba are Copied Below:

Cuba Now: Eleven Road-Tested Truths

U.S. urges Cuba to do more to improve relationship

Amid Grim Economic Forecasts, Cubans Fear a Return to Darker Times

 


Save the Date!

Southwest House Details

September 14-16, 2017

Santa Fe Mini Retreat

Mark your Calendars – the Grove Mini Retreat will be in Santa Fe, New Mexico in the Fall of 2017.  More information to follow.

Atlanta Pre and Post Retreat

Skyline of Midtown Atlanta, Georgia from Piedmont ParkSkyline of Midtown Atlanta, Georgia from Piedmont ParkAtlanta Pre and Post Retreat Events:  

Based on the responses and availability, there will be three Pre/Post Retreat Activities Offered.  Atlanta has alot to offer so all other activities can be done on your own.

Thursday, September 15th

Tour and Lunch at Atlanta Botanical Garden

http://atlantabg.org/

Time: 11:00am – 2:30pm

Cost: $40 Estimate (not including transportation)

Come experience one of Atlanta’s many gems, the Atlanta Botanical Garden!  Enjoy a lunch at the new Café at Linton’s in the Garden where you can taste from several of Chef Linton Hopkins’ signature dishes.  After a satisfying meal, head out for a meet and greet with Executive Director, Mary Pat Matheson who will speak briefly with you about what takes place behind the scenes.  You will then enjoy a personal tour of the beautifully manicured grounds, the seasonal gardens, and my favorite, the orchid house!  Your tour will end with a trip to the gift shop to mark your visit to the Gardens.  The cost for the admission to the Gardens and tour per guest is $19.00.  Everyone will be responsible for their own lunch.  Lunch prices average $15-$20.

I hope you can join us in the Gardens.

Contact Wonya Lucas with any questions: woonie2326@yahoo.com

SIGN UP SHEET FOR ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDENS

 

Saturday, September 17th

Golf outing at Druid Hills Golf Club Hosted by Virginia Hepner & Martha Brooks

www.DHGC.org

Tee times beginning at 1:00pm; Driving range available at noon.

Cost: Greens fee, cart, soft drinks and boxed lunch = $160.00 inclusive

Sign-up deadline:  No later than Sept. 7th, 2016

Transportation: Uber or taxi from hotel, approximately 4.1/2 miles

Email Virginia Hepner with questions let her know if you need to borrow clubs

Virginia.Hepner@woodruffcenter.org  , Virginia Hepner Mobile:  404-550-3131

Druid Hills Address:  740 Clifton Rd NE,  Atlanta, GA 30307, Pro Shop Phone: 404-377-1768

SIGN UP SHEET FOR DRUID HILLS GOLF OUTING

National Center for Civil and Human Rights Tour

https://www.civilandhumanrights.org/

Time:  10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Cost:  $20 per person (transportation not included)

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights and its CEO, Derrick Kayongo, welcome Grovers for a conversation with Derrick and a tour of the Center.

You may have heard Derrick on CNN or delivering a TED talk, and this is an excellent time to hear this amazing man speak in person.  Derrick’s personal story is inspirational – from fleeing a civil war in Uganda and being a refuge in Kenya, to becoming a successful entrepreneur in the US, and recently co-authoring a book with Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. Ken Blanchard.

Email Judi North with any questions:  judinorth@me.com

SIGN UP SHEET FOR NATIONAL CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS

 

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Member News

What the Grovers and Taras Have been Up to Lately…

 

REBECCA BOENIGK

Rebecca Boenigk spoke at the American Express OPEN for Government Contracting: Summit for Success event held in Washington DC on June 28th.  The event provided a hands-on learning opportunity for small business owners trying to navigate government contracting. She also participated in the Meet the Mentors sessions where she was able to mentor five women business owners.

Rebecca also testified in July to the Ways and Means Committee on taxes and small business.

JODI BOND

Was quoted in an article about Airbnb in Cuba

https://consumerist.com/2016/07/05/airbnb-proves-to-be-a-formidable-rival-for-hotels-looking-to-expand-to-cuba/

SUSAN A. DAVIS

Susan Ann Davis, Chairman of Susan Davis International and Belizean Grover, was recently named one of Irish America magazine’s Top 50 Power Women.  The award “recognizes the achievements of the most influential and innovative Irish and Irish American women across all fields.”

Susan was honored on June 30th at an awards luncheon hosted at the New York Yacht Club, along with fellow awardees including Ambassador Anne Anderson; Senator Susan Collins (R-ME);  Maureen Mitchell, President of GE Asset Management Global Sales and Marketing;  Anne Finucane, Vice Chairman of Bank of America; and Maureen Dowd of the New York Times.

You can view Susan’s featured profile here, the full list of awardees here, a digital copy of the magazine issue here, and a photo of her accepting the award attached.

CLAUDIA KOTCHKA

Claudia was appointed to the Board of Loblaw Companies Ltd, a $45B food and drug retailer in Canada.

 


2017 Dues

Don’t Forget to Pay Your Dues!

The Dues Emails went out earlier this month with a link to register and pay your 2017 Dues.

Take advantage of the $100 Early Payment Discount!

CLICK HERE TO PAY 2017 GROVER DUES

CLICK HERE TO PAY 2017 TARA DUES

* New Members please email Erin LeBlanc if you need another payment link (erin@belizeangrove.org)

 


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HOW TO EDIT YOUR PROFILE

It’s a mistake to surround yourself only with people just like you.  
Throw off that worn comforter – and replace it with a crazy quilt
of different and imaginative people.  
Then watch the ideas erupt!”
- Betty Bender