March 2019 Newsletter


Good Day,

The Belizean Grove has some exciting things planned for the years ahead – be sure to read everything below and visit our website as we are constantly updating and making new additions to the content.

If you have any updates you would like to share for future newsletters, please email me or Leslie Dube (



Hilton St LouisJoin us in St. Louis, Missouri for our 2019 Mini Retreat September 12-14, 2019

Registration will open mid-April!

Once regarded as a forgettable city in “flyover country” – St. Louis has been selected as one of WSJ’s 10 best travel destinations for 2019. St. Louis is more than just a Gateway to the West. Known for its famous arch, St. Louis is a lively destination in its own right; full of inviting neighborhoods, stunning parks, such as the Missouri Botanical Garden, varied night life, and restaurants that draw on the bounty of surrounding farmland and rivers. With a mix of Midwestern sensibility and southern charm, St. Louis is a city looking to the future.

We will be staying at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark. Offering a hot tub and fitness center, a rooftop bar and restaurant, Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark overlooks the Gateway Arch and Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals. The St. Louis Gateway Arch is 1,650 feet from this fabulous hotel, while Old Courthouse is 650 feet from the property. The nearest airport is Lambert- St.Louis International Airport, 12 mi from the property. The St. Louis committee (Laura Herring, Lauren Herring, Sharon Fiehler, and Susan Block) is already hard at work planning the event! They have already started working on their program and the exciting events they have in store for us all.

The room block is now open!

Click here to reserve your room

Guests are welcome to start booking reservations using the link or by calling 1-800-445-8667 and referencing your group code “BEL.”


Know a Potential New Member?

Do you know someone who you think would be a good fit for the Grove? Check out the form here along with the guidelines on how to nominate a new member!

Nomination Form
Nomination Guidelines

The Membership Committees will be meeting on April 8th to review all new nominations. If you want to nominate someone in order to be considered for this meeting, please send the completed nomination pack to Leslie


Puerto Rico 2020

Our 20th anniversary retreat will be held in Puerto Rico in January 2020! More info coming soon!
Check out some of these articles on Puerto Rico:The New York Times: Visiting Puerto Rico, and Finding the Up BeatThe New York Times: Why Puerto Rico Is No. 1 on Our Places to Go ListThe New York Times: 36 Hours in San Juan

San Antonio, TX  is the 2020 Mini Retreat location and we’re going to Argentina for the  2021 Annual Retreat!


What the Grovers and Taras Have been Up to Lately…

Kimberly Till has joined the board of directors of Catalina Marketing, the market leader in shopper intelligence and personalized digital media.

Cathy Allen’s Shared Assessments was honored with two awards for SC Magazine’s celebration of 30 years in cybersecurity. The Shared Assessments Program was named one of the Most Important Industry Organizations of the Last 30 Years. In addition, Cathy Allen was named one of the Visionaries of the Last 30 Years. Click here to read more.

Dawn Sweeney, President & CEO of National Restaurant Association, was recognized at a reception honoring the 2019 Nation’s Restaurant News “Power List” on March 12, 2019 in Dallas. More.

Kapila Anand and Chris St.Clare have been named to the 2019 National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Directorship 100, which honors the most influential boardroom leaders each year. The 2019 NACD Directorship 100 honorees will be recognized at the 13th annual NACD Directorship 100 Gala in New York City on June 26 and in the July/August issue of NACD Directorship magazine.


Films of the Month- chosen by Naomi McDougall Jones and Emily Best

This month Naomi and Emily would like to do a deep-dive into a female filmmaker, Sarah Adina Smith, who they think is absolutely fantastic and who recently earned the opportunity direct the pilot for Amazon’s new series, Hanna, which is now available (below), which is a big, big deal! Here is a tour of Sarah’s work!

The Midnight Swim (Sarah’s first feature film)
Available on: Seed & Spark (
Synopsis: Three half-sisters deal with the disappearance of their mother, daring themselves (and each other) not to become obsessed with her obsession.
Genre: Drama / Sci-Fi & Fantasy
IMDB link:

Buster’s Mal Heart (Sarah’s second feature film)
Available on: Netflix
Starring: Rami Malek (who just won the Oscar for Bohemian Rhapsody)
Synopsis: A family man’s chance encounter with a conspiracy-obsessed drifter leaves him on the run from the police and an impending event known as the Inversion.
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
IMDB link:

Hanna (new Amazon series, for which Sarah directed the pilot episode)
Available on: Amazon Prime
Synopsis: In equal parts high-concept thriller and coming-of-age drama, HANNA follows the journey of an extraordinary young girl raised in the forest, as she evades the relentless pursuit of an off-book CIA agent and tries to unearth the truth behind who she is.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
IMDB link:


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