July 2018 Newsletter


Good day,

We are gearing up for a fantastic Mini Retreat in Seattle in September and over 140 people have
already signed up! Remember that you must register by September 1st so please don’t delay! Information on the Mini Retreat, as well as a draft agenda are below.

Dues are now officially open! Dues must be paid by September 30, 2018. Remember, if you do not pay your dues, you cannot attend Grove events and will be be included in the 2019 Face Book, and will be removed from the Grove.

Keep reading below for some important news on the upcoming Retreats, dues, 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 (leslie@belizeangrove.org).


2019 DUES

Don’t Forget to Pay Your 2019 Dues!
The Dues Emails went out earlier this month with a link to register and 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.


Welcome New Grovers and Taras!

Please help give a warm Belizean Grove welcome to these amazing New Members!

Jenny Kimball
Jacque Mayfield
Susan Block 
Merryl Reynolds
Jana Schrueder
Joy Atkinson
Mary Chaney
Jenny Krusoe

Scilla Andreen
Heather Redman
Brenda Torres
Tatiana Campos


Click here to register!
The fee is $595.00

Click here to view a draft of the program. Please note: This is a draft program times and events are subject to change.

Flight Deals from Seattle Sponsor, Alaska Air:
Click here to check out their regularly updated, cheap airline tickets.

The room block at the Edgewater Hotel, is full!

We are no longer able to add rooms to the room block. We understand that there are still members on the wait list, so we ask if you are a member with a room, please consider taking a roommate! If you a member who has a room, and are planning on cancelling, please contact Leslie (leslie@belizeangrove.org) ensure your room does not get released from the room block.

Other Lodging Suggestions:

  • Seattle is a beautiful city with lots of different hotels nearby. However, September is peak travel time, so please understand that these rooms will fill up fast, so make your reservations now! The closest hotel to the Edgewater is the Seattle Marriott Waterfront, visit the website or call, +1 800-455-8254.
  • Consider taking a roommate! If you already have a room and want to have some company, click here to let your sisters know! Having a roommate is a great way to bond with other members and get to know each other! The conference will be packed full of activities, so very little time is spent in the room.
  • Look into Airbnb house boats nearby! Stay right on the water in a modern house boat, and still be close to everything Seattle has to offer.

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

Guides to Seattle and Portland
Are you planning on coming early or staying late? Are you looking for things to do?

The Seattle team has come up with a Curated Guide to Things to Do and See in Seattle including food, sights, shopping, and more! Take a look at this guide and check out some of the Seattle team’s favorite Seattle attractions to help you plan your trip!

Also, check out this Guide to Portland! It has a suggested itinerary and is full of fantastic opportunities and experiences that are unique to Portland!

LAST CALL: Bainbridge Island Post Trip

We still have a few spaces left for the Bainbridge Island Cooking Workshop on Saturday, September 5. If you are interested in this event, please register AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Bainbridge Island Cooking Workshop & Farm-to-Table Dinner
Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018
Time: 2:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Click here to read more information and register.

WCD-BG Seattle Dinner
WCD members are invited to arrive a day early for a WCD Dinner with the Seattle Chapter on Wednesday September 12, 2018.


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 (deb@cctravel.com), 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 below!
The Belizean Grove will not be making the reservations for you. Contact information, forms, and information on the extensions are listed below. Please send your information to the appropriate party below. We are not able to forward your information for you.
Because we are working with Deb Carr, you can also reach out to Deb to book your flights to/from the extension trips.

4 days / 3 nights January 13-16, 2019

Click here to read more about this location’s program and prices.

If you would like to sign up, please fill out Pre & Post Trip Sign Up Form and send it to Fernanda Espinosa Muñiz (fernanda.espinosa@security.cl)


4 days / 3 nights January 20-23, 2019

Click here to read more about this location’s program and prices.

If you would like to sign up, please fill out Pre & Post Trip Sign Up Form and send it to Fernanda Espinosa Muñiz (fernanda.espinosa@security.cl)


4 days / 3 nights January 20-23, 2019

Click here to read more about this location’s program and prices.

If you would like to sign up, please fill out Pre & Post Trip Sign Up Form and send it to Fernanda Espinosa Muñiz (fernanda.espinosa@security.cl)


4 days / 3 nights January 19-22, 2019

Click here to read more about this location’s program and prices.

If you would like to sign up, please fill out Pre & Post Trip Sign Up Form and send it to Fernanda Espinosa Muñiz (fernanda.espinosa@security.cl)


4 days / 3 nights January 20-23, 2019

Click here to read more about this location’s program and prices.

If you would like to sign up, please fill out Pre & Post Trip Sign Up Form and send it to Fernanda Espinosa Muñiz (fernanda.espinosa@security.cl)


4 days / 3 nights January 19-22, 2019

Click here to read more about this location’s program and prices.

To sign up for Hotel Antumalal, please send an email to Sarah White at marketing@antumalal.com detailing the following information: Full name Room type required (please specify whether you would prefer twin beds or a king bed for each room reserved)

*Hotel Antumalal only has 5 spaces left, once this trip is booked, we will not be able to add more space! So book now!


January Full Day Date Options: January 1st (Tuesday) or January 13th (Sunday)

January Overnight Date Options: January 6th (Sunday) – January 9th (Wednesday) January 9th (Wednesday) – January 17th (Thursday) January 17th (Thursday) – January 24th (Thursday) January 24th (Thursday) – January 27th (Sunday)

Click here to read more about this location’s program and prices.

To sign up for the Antarctica trip, please fill out Antarctica Booking Form and send it to Catalina Navarrete (catalina.navarrete@dap.cl)


What the Grovers and Taras Have been Up to Lately…

-Alicia Clark’s new book is available for preorder on Amazon! Coming out August 7, Hack Your Anxiety: How to Make Anxiety Work for You in Life, Love and All That You Do  is about turning around our thinking about anxiety to use it more effectively. To read more about the book, click here.

Candace Smith from Booklist said:  “A sense of being out of control seems to be at the root of most anxiety, and Clark’s practical suggestions, summed up in her “Anxiety Toolkit,” offer solid, comforting ways to master these emotions.”

Library Journal said:  “…this worthy resource offers workable solutions for a common struggle.”

-Tilray Inc., a global pioneer in cannabis cultivation, processing, distribution and research, announced the appointment of Christine St.Clare, founder of St.Clare Advisors and formerly a Partner at KPMG, to the company’s Board of Directors.

-Northern Trust Corporation announced that Jana R. Schreuder, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, will be retiring from her current role, effective August 31, 2018, after 38 years of service to Northern Trust. Click here to read more.

Meryl Marshall-Daniels and Ivy Ross are featured in the book 200 Women – Who will Change the Way You See the World by G. Blackwell and Ruth Hobday.

Linda Watt was recently elected as a Trustee of the Church Pension Fund for a six year term. The Fund, with over $13 billion in assets, administers pension and various other benefits (life and medical insurance as well as an integrated clergy wellness program) to the clergy and lay employees of the Episcopal Church. They also provide insurance for church properties and have a publishing arm as well. From the Church Pension Group website: “The Board is responsible for making policy decisions affecting investment strategy and policy, pension benefits and the services and benefits offered by the affiliated companies of the Church Pension Group.”

Catherine Allen was named one of the 2018 NACD Directorship 100 Honorees. She was nominated and selected out of more than 19,000 public board directors and will be honored with the 100 others November 28th in NYC. She and the others will be profiled in the November/December issue of NACD Directorship magazine.

-Atlantic Street Capital hires Susan Stautberg to launch first private equity firm effort to recruit women for portfolio executive positions, company boards, and customer advisory boards. Click here to read more.


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 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, leslie@belizeangrove.org


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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Determine to live life with flair and laughter.”

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