June 2018 Newsletter


Good day,

July is a very active month for the Belizean Grove! Registration for the Seattle Mini Retreat is still open (and already over 115 Grovers, TARAs, and Nyomis have signed up!) and the roomblock for the Annual Retreat in Chile is already open. We will begin collecting 2019 Dues in mid-July, Membership Committees are meeting soon, and new AFM grant submissions have already started coming in!

Read below for more news on the upcoming Retreats, updates, and information on 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).



SeattleSlide32018 Mini Retreat: SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
September 13-15, 2018
Click here to register!
The fee is $595.00

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:
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.

Click here to read the draft agenda and about the amazing speakers we currently have scheduled to attend!

Guide to Seattle

Are you planning on coming early or staying late? Are you looking for things to do around Seattle? The Seattle team has come up with a 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!

LAST CALL: SEATTLE Pre and Post Trip

If you are interested in one of these excursions, please register AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Registration closes on Monday, July 2!

Woodinville Private Wine Tasting & Dinner
Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Time: 3:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Click here to read more
information and register.

Pike Place Market Tour & Walking Lunch
Date: Wednesday, September 12 & Saturday, September 15, 2018
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Click here to read more information and register.

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.

Orcas Island Day Trip by Float Plane
Date: Sunday, September 16, 2018
Time: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Click here to read more information and register.

4-Day Vancouver, Victoria, & Whistler from Seattle
Read more here.
To register for the Vancouver post trip only, contact Deb Carr, deb@cctravel.com

GOLFING: Golf Club at Newcastle
The Golf Club at Newcastle has 2 courses: Coal Creek and China Creek. Featuring stunning, panoramic views of Lake Washington, Mt. Rainier, the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, and the Seattle skyline, 36 holes of championship golf, a spectacular, 44,000 square foot clubhouse, and extensive, year-round practice facilities, The Golf Club at Newcastle is the Puget Sound’s premier public golf destination.

If you are interested in golfing while in Seattle, please click here to view the rates and book a tee time (tee-times are only available to book 7 days in advance). Please contact Irene Kinoshita about pooling transportation (ikinoshita2@gmail.com).

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.


Costanera_Center_at_evening2019 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. 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.

As you plan your trip, you may want to consider coming in a few days early, or staying a few days late for one of our exciting Pre/Post Trips listed below. Although spouses, siblings, and/or adult children are not invited to join the group for any part of the Retreat, you can bring them either before or after the Retreat to attend one of these trips with you. .

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
As you plan your trip, you may want to consider coming in a few days early, or staying a few days late for one of our exciting Pre/Post Trips. The final list of trips as well as registration information will be released very soon! We are working with a travel agent in Chile, and will share contact information as soon as they are ready to being taking reservations. Although spouses, siblings, and/or adult children are not invited to join the group for any part of the Retreat, you can bring them either before or after the Retreat to attend one of these trips with you.


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.


Betrayals! – A Survivor’s Guide to Lying, Cheating & Double Dealing

Many of you know, Elaine Eisenman and Susan Stautberg are working on a book on Betrayals!- A Survivor’s Guide to Lying, Cheating & Double Dealing and are currently mapping out the chapters. Astoundingly, after close to 50 interviews, we realize that we have every few stories where the person who was betrayed forgave the betrayer. If any of you have stories you can share, we would really appreciate hearing from you. All stories are blinded. We have stories about revenge and revenge fantasies, but the vast majority of our stories, it turns out, are about moving on without forgiving the betrayer. So, please email either one of us Elaine – eeisenman@verizon.net or Susan partnercom@partner-com.com.

Separately, we are looking for a member who knows the former first lady of South Carolina, Jenny Sanford who, after a very public divorce, married Andy McKay – and took the risk of loving again. Would like to interview her. Thank you.


What the Grovers and Taras Have been Up to Lately…

-Food Allergy Research & Education Names Lisa Gable Chief Executive Officer. Click here to read more!

-July 1st, Joy Booker will be participating in the 2018 NYC Triathlon as part of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team. She and the team are targeting a fund raise of $250,000 to help find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients.  This will be her second year supporting LLS by doing the NYC Triathlon.

Halla Tomasdottir is the B Team’s new CEO! The B Team is a not-for-profit initiative formed by a global group of business leaders to catalyze a better way of doing business, for the wellbeing of people and the planet. Click here to read more about it.

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-Jaye Smith has a beautiful 2-bedroom, penthouse, duplex apartment and would love to offer a room to a traveling executive, visiting professor or someone who is looking for a furnished room. It is available until the end of December and perhaps longer. The apartment is located in the St. George section of Staten Island, NY.

Click here to see more pictures, read about the space and amenities. Please e-mail: JayeS@breakwaterconsulting.com for more info or to see the apartment. To view the building online, click here.


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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– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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