July 2020 Newsletter

Note from SSS

“Always be a work in progress” – Emily Lillian

Good day,

It has been a very busy month, working on many new initiatives, discussing and exploring ways to ensure the Grove is more inclusive, diverse, and a stronger community of trust. Thank you to the nearly 160 members who filled out the Grove survey earlier this month. The Executive Committee is diligently working on summarizing the key results and preparing a report to share with the entire membership. We will announce in the coming weeks the date of our next Town Hall meeting to discuss the results and next steps.

As we have witnessed over the past month, the Grove will evolve positively through your participation and recommendations. I hope this momentum of thoughtful reflection and pivoting will continue to shape our future. I look forward to reconvening in our upcoming Town Hall to share the collective progress on a redesigned Grove.

If you have any comments or updates you would like to share for future newsletters, please email me or Leslie Dube (leslie@belizeangrove.org). And don’t forget to share some of your favorite bumper sticker ideas here and we’ll feature in the upcoming Grove updates.

Stay safe, stay well.


Member News

What the Grovers, Taras, and Nyomis Have been Up to Lately…

-Hallmark Channel names Wonya Lucas its next CEO. Click here to read more.

-Former CEO of Omnicom Public Relations Group Karen van Bergen has joined the board of directors of global data intelligence and market research company Morning Consult. Click here to read more.

Save the Date

Save the Date: Virtual Retreat
September 24-26, 2020

The Virtual Events Committee has been busy planning for the Virtual Retreat in September that will include keynote speakers, opportunities for deeper connections, panels that allow for us to “go deep fast”, and daily virtual mingles.

While we are still working out the details of the program, please mark your calendar for the below times:
Thursday, September 24 – 7:30pm ET – 9:00pm ET
Friday, September 25 – 4pm – 8pm ET
Saturday, September 26 – 11am – 3pm ET

Other upcoming TENTATIVE dates:
San Antonio Retreat, February 18-21, 2021
Chicago Mini Retreat, September 23-25, 2021
2022 Annual Retreat will be determined at a later date

Sunday Sisters

In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death and the national awakening to the need for greater understanding of racism in America, Naomi McDougall Jones invited other members of the Grove to join her in the “Great Unlearn” project. Launched by Rachel Carglye, the Great Unlearn is a self-paced learning community to explore how our society has been shaped from the eyes of white people. It offers online resources to groups of people interested in having “the discussion.”
Ten bold Grovers stepped forward to join Naomi for a 10-week, weekly discussion of race, racism, white supremacy and topics that are just plain HARD to face. Each week, 2 participants lead the group through a discussion of key issues. Those weekly leaders post links online to articles, books, videos, etc. that relate to each week’s discussion.
Click here to read more.

Job Opportunity

We have a member looking to engage with social media and is looking for support from either another member, or a child/relative of a member.
She could use a really good person to help build her landing page website for the presentations she has done as well as how best to use twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and other sites!
Please reach out to Diane Ashley (Diane@dtadiversitycounts.com)

Zoom Happy Hour

Zoom Happy Hour

Thank you to everyone who has participated in these Zoom Happy Hour calls over the past couple of months.
The calls will be put on hiatus for the month of August and will resume in September if there is interest.

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Films of the Month

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Films of the Month – Curated by Naomi McDougall Jones

Movie- Streaming
Available on: Hulu, Amazon, iTunes, GooglePlay, etc
Director: Josephine Decker
Starring: Elizabeth Moss, Odessa Young
Synopsis: A famous horror writer finds inspiration for her next book after she and her husband take in a young couple.
Genre: Thriller
IMDB link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8430598/

Series – Streaming
I May Destroy You
Available on: HBO
Creators: Michaela Coel
Starring: Michaela Coel, Weruche Opia
Synopsis: The question of sexual consent in contemporary life and how, in the new landscape of dating and relationships, we make the distinction between liberation and exploitation.
Genre: Drama
IMDB link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11204260/