May 2016 Newsletter


Atlanta Mini Retreat

September 15-16, 2016!

Atlanta Piedmont Park Reduced

In addition to the formal Mini-Retreat Program  (which begins at 4:00 pm on Thursday, Sept 15 and concludes with breakfast on Saturday, Sept 17), the Atlanta Retreat Committee is planning some great pre and post retreat options for those who have the time to fly in early or stay the weekend to experience more of what Atlanta has to offer.  On Thursday midday, Grovers will have the chance to have an escorted tour of The Atlanta Botanical Gardens, featuring “Chihuly in the Gardens” with a “behind the scenes discussion”, as well as lunch at the recently opened Linton Hopkins (nationally acclaimed chef) at Linton’s in the Garden.   Alternatively,  Grovers will have a chance to have an escorted tour of The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, along with lunch catered by Wolfgang Puck in the Center.   On Saturday, a tour of The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum will be available, and golfers will be able to enjoy lunch and afternoon golf at a private club.  Saturday afternoon options  will include Music Midtown (advisable to buy your tickets in advance):  a play at the Alliance Theater, or The Atlanta Botanical Gardens or  The Center for Civil and Human Rights on your own.   More detail about these options is available on the Atlanta Retreat webpage.  The Committee will provide sign-up sheets at registration onsite to facilitate group arrangements for transportation.  Of course, these activities just scratch the surface of Atlanta’s offerings, as many visitors enjoy the world famous Georgia Aquarium; the World of Coca-Cola, among other sights.  At the retreat information will also be available about Atlanta shopping opportunities, a walk on the Beltline, and various other attractions.  So, keep this all in mind as you schedule your travel and make your reservations.

Save the Date – Cuba!

January 26-30, 2017

17th Annual Belizean Grove Retreat in Havana, Cuba!

Vintage multi-coloured taxis in Cuba

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 Save the Date – Santa Fe 2017!

September 14-16, 2017

Belizean Grove 2017 Mini Retreat – Santa Fe, New Mexico

Southwest House Details


What the Grovers and Taras Have been Up to Lately…


Christine was mentioned in a NY Times article about Women Donors and their influence in politics.


Cathy was interviewed in Equilar’s C-Suite Magazine Winter Edition 2016 on A New Generation of Governance.

She was also asked to write an article for Directors and Boards for the 2015 Annual Report on Making the Case for a Security Committee of the Board.

Finally, Cathy was interviewed in Agenda Magazine in an article on Environmental Issues Top Regulatory Concern for Directors.


Dawn, President and CEO of the National Restaurant Association, highlighted the leadership potential of female restaurateurs on the The Huffington Post.  (

Dawn has also formed Path Forward, a coalition that will provide leadership training to service industry workers. (


Was featured in Brink News article 7 Boardroom Challenges for Companies in Asia


Was featured in the Star Telegram on how lawmakers can help small businesses.  See link to article:


Was recently awarded as an University of Houston Distinguished Alumni during the 62nd University of Houston Alumni Associations Awards Gala earlier this month.

Link to the press release that was published on Business Wire:

Link is to Pamela’s video that was created for viewing during the 62nd UHAA Awards Gala:


Was named as one of “The 50 Greatest Living Rhode Islanders.”


Adventures for the Mind Foundation Accepting 2016 Grant Applications

The Adventures for the Mind Foundation Board just had a very stimulating meeting and is ready to begin accepting 2016 Grant Applications.

This year’s Retreat was on an ocean liner as opposed to in a host country, which is how we always determined where many of the funds would go.  Since the attendees were strongly moved by presentations about the state of the oceans, and we always want to encourage girls and young women in the areas of STEM (or STEAM, as some of us prefer), we have decided that this would be an appropriate time for the Foundation to offer some scholarship funds to 2 female college students (undergrad or grad) who have elected to study ocean sciences. We’ll work with the women on the panels who represented some outstanding institutions in this area.   Stay tuned on this one…

Separately, we are asking all of you to consider applying on behalf of a US organization that will improve the lives of disadvantaged girls and women.

If there is an organization that you love and support, this is the year to help them apply for the AFM Grant.

Please download the 2016 Grant application and general guidelines.  The deadline to submit applications is July 15, 2016.  Please send all completed applications to

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.

The Adventures for the Mind Foundation Board

(Sherri Bovino, Evelyn D’An, Pam Parizek, Susan Stautberg, Linda Watt, Edie Weiner)


Ahoy SS Grove! Susan and Crew on the Ocean Blue

by Penny Peters

Click the link Ahoy SS Grove by Penny Peters to download Penny Peters’ latest and greatest poem about the 2016 Grove Cruise Retreat.


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“Life isn’t a matter of milestones but of moments” 
– Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

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