March 2018 Newsletter


Good Day,

March has been a busy month! We have welcomed in 8 impressive new members, please read below to find our more about each member. The Seattle Mini Retreat committee is hard at work finalizing the plans for the fall Mini Retreat and details of the pre and post trips. Keep a look out for a separate email announcing the opening of registration in the beginning of April. We have also secured a location for the 2019 Annual Retreat in Chile, details on how to book your room will be sent out soon! The St. Louis 2019 Mini Retreat committee is also narrowing down locations and working to plan an exciting event in the Gateway to the West!

Be sure to read everything below and visit our website to view the rest of the Newsletter. If you have any updates you would like to share for future newsletters, please email me or Leslie Dube (



New Members!

The Grove and Tara Membership committee met in March and welcomed 8 fabulous new members!

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


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!

Event registration will be opening soon!

We will be staying at the beautiful Edgewater Hotel, 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.

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

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 (

Get to know more about Seattle! Articles linked below:
Ask an Expert: What to Eat in Seattle
15 Adventures To Knock Off Your Seattle Bucket List
An Art Lover’s Guide to Seattle
A Music Lover’s Guide to Seattle


Save the Date!
2019 Annual Retreat: Santiago, Chile
January 17-20, 2019

Our next annual retreat will be in Santiago, Chile January 17-20, 2019. We are also working on planning pre-trips and post-trips to the wine country, Easter Island, Patagonia, and more!

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

2019 Mini Retreat
St. Louis, MO

Our Mini Retreat in 2019 will be in St. Louis, Missouri with the tentative dates of September 12-14.


2018 Neverville Weekend

Co-founder Edie Weiner has generously agreed to host members at her vacation home in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania referred to as “Neverville.”

A few of the slots were already spoken for in Cuba, so register now as space is limited and applications will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.  This year, Edie has agreed to offer an extra day, so the weekend will extend from Thursday evening, August 3rd through Sunday noon, August 6th.  We expect the weekend to be sold out well before that, so please get your reservation in quickly!



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.

Click HERE to 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


What the Grovers and Taras Have been Up to Lately…

-IATI Theater Toto Vanguardia will mount an exhibition by famed photojournalist Amy Kaslow, “Victims, Perpetrators, Eyewitnesses and Survivors: Life After War,” from March 2 to 17 in conjunction with the theater’s production of “Three on a Match” by Rhett Martinez, an allegorical drama examining the legacy of state terrorism in Latin America. Read more here.

 – Lacey Horn did the financing for the largest tribal health facility in the country which is set to open in 2019. Read more here.

-President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to appoint the following individual to a key position in his Administration: Julie E. Cram of Maryland, to be the Senior Coordinator of United States International Basic Education Assistance. Ms. Cram is the Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3). Her portfolio includes the Offices of Education and Local Sustainability.  In this position, she oversees the development and implementation of USAID’s strategy and policies in the education sector, as well as the implementation of USAID grant programs aimed at promoting locally-owned and led development efforts.  Prior to joining USAID, Ms. Cram was an advocacy and public affairs expert with more than 18 years of experience in issue advocacy, communications, and government affairs from high-level posts in both the federal government and the private sector.  From 2007- 2009, Ms. Cram served as Deputy Assistant to President and Director of Public Liaison for President George W. Bush.


2018 Face Book

To view the 2018 Belizean Grove Face Book, click here.


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A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.”

-Bernard Meltzer

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