October 2018 Newsletter


Good Day,

I hope everyone is having a great Fall. We are well underway in planning for the Annual Retreat in Chile and have nearly 100 members registered! Sign up fast, as space is extremely limited at this event!

2018 Dues were due at the end of September, many people have still not paid. Please remember, you are not permitted to attend any retreats (even if you have signed up for them) unless you have paid your dues. October 31 is the last day to pay your dues before you will be assessed a $200 late fee.  You will also be excluded from the Face Book if you have not paid your dues. There is a section in the newsletter below to click to pay your dues.

If you have any updates you would like to share for future newsletters, please email me or Leslie Dube (leslie@belizeangrove.org).


2019 DUES

Pay Your 2019 Dues ASAP!

If you still have not paid your dues, there is currently a $100 late fee. However, if your dues are paid beyond October 31st, you will be assessed a $200 late fee and you will be submitted to the Grove Finance Committee.

Grovers: click here to pay your 2019 dues.
NEW Grovers: click here to pay your 2019 dues.

Taras: click here to pay your 2019 dues.
NEW Taras: click here to pay your 2019 dues.

Nyomis: click here to pay your 2019 dues.
NEW Nyomis: click here to pay your 2019 dues.


Know a Potential New Member?

Did you know we have an updated nomination form for nominating new members? Check out the form here along with updates guidelines on how to nominate a new member!

Nomination Form
Nomination Guidelines

The Grove & Tara membership committee will be meeting on November 7 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 leslie@belizeangrove.org by no later than 5pm Friday, November 2. Any nominations received after this point will be reviewed at the next committee meeting.

If you have a Nyomi you would like to nominate, it is not too late! Submit your nominations to Leslie leslie@belizeangrove.org as soon as possible.


15039333067452019 Annual Retreat: Santiago, Chile
January 17-20, 2019
Registration for the 2019 Annual Retreat is NOW OPEN!
Click here to register!
The registration fee is $995.00

Please note that Room Registration is different than the Grove Program Registration, as usual. You will be required to register for both to attend the Annual Retreat.

The 2019 Annual Retreat will begin on the afternoon of January 17 after lunch, so please be sure to arrive on Wednesday January 16 or early Thursday morning (on one of the numerous overnight flights).

The program committee is hard at work planning optional activities on Thursday before the sessions start for those who arrive early. Programming will go through mid afternoon on Saturday January 19, so you are able to plan your post trips to leave late Saturday afternoon, early Sunday morning, or explore all that Santiago has to offer!

We already have several exciting speakers confirmed for our program, including: Laurence Golborne, Chilean engineer and entrepreneur who as Minister of Mines,oversaw the 2010 Copiapó mining accident rescue operations; María Teresa Ruiz, President of the Chilean Academy of Sciences; Denise Lira, a Chilean multimedia artist; Bárbara Saavedra, Country Head for the Wildlife Conservation Society; and many more! We will have the opportunity to visit a private golf club in the heart of Santiago for dinner and visit Kathy Barclay’s own private estate for our final night celebration. A draft program will be sent out in November.

Click here to view a draft program!

Room Reservations and Flights:
The room block is 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.
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.

If you are looking for a roommate in Chile, please click here!
You can also click the link if you need a roommate for the pre/post trips too.

Pre & Post Trips
We have some exciting options for the Pre & Post Trips listed here!


67505772-448b-4771-a871-3651261abc8c-thumbnailTake us over $1 million, more auction news coming soon!

We are asking for your help in making the 2019 auction one of the best yet. We are now accepting items for the new online auction to benefit the Adventures for the Mind Foundation. Please consider donating an item for our new ONLINE silent auction!
Fill out the below form and email it to Leslie at leslie@belizeangrove.org if you have anything to donate for the 2019 Auction.

2019 Auction Item Donation form

Donations can include items, home stays or even unique special services. For example, Cathy Allen donated her entire Santa Fe estate for a lucky bidder.
Thank you for your continued support of the Adventures for the Mind Foundation!


2019 Face Book

It’s time for us to put together the 2019 Face Book!
To view your 2018 profile, click here and use the password: facebook2018

If you are a new member or if you need to update your bio, please fill out this template and email it to facebook@belizeangrove.org
Please note that your membership directory bio on the Belizean Grove website is not the same as your face book bio, updating one does not update the other.


What the Grovers and Taras Have been Up to Lately…

Roberta Jacobson authored an opinion piece for The New York Times, My Year as a Trump Ambassador.

Beth Neuhoff is a 2018 Gracies Leadership Awards Honoree. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation bestow the Gracie Award on the producers, directors, actors and writers for extraordinary work. Click here to read more!

Martha Brooks is a 2018 Women Who Mean Business Honoree and will be participating in a Q&A. Click here to read more!

Davia Temin is quoted in the Bloomberg article Woman Compiling MeToo Names Says They’re the ‘Tip of the Iceberg’

-Houston Business Journal has ranked Pamela O’Rourke/ICON Information Consultants #1 Largest Women-Owned Businesses in Houston for 3 consecutive years! Click here to read more.

Cathy Allen is being awarded the University of Missouri Alumni Association’s 63rd Annual Distinguished Service Award
This award recognizes outstanding service by an individual whose sustained efforts and support have added to the excellence of the University of Missouri. Click here to read more!


2019 Mini Retreat St. Louis, MO

Our Mini Retreat in 2019 will be in St. Louis, Missouri, September 12-14.

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. More information on the hotel and location will be released soon.


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

Ever since Naomi first joined the Grove two and a half years ago, many of you have asked her for some kind of formalized monthly movies-by-women-to-watch vehicle. When Emily joined in Seattle and was asked the same thing, they realized the idea was too good to sit on. Here, each month, they will send you recommendations for their two favorite films of the month by a female director – one that you can watch at home and one in theaters.

Private Life
Available on: Netflix
Director: Tamara Jenkins
Starring: Katheryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti
Synopsis: A couple coping with infertility struggle to keep their marriage going as they navigate through the world of adoption and assisted reproduction.
Genre: Comedic drama
IMDB link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5536610/

In Theaters
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Available in theaters – check your local listings
Director: Marielle Heller
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant
Synopsis: Celebrity biographer Lee Israel makes her living profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estee Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack.
Genre: Comedy/Drama
IMDB link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4595882/


Sign Up for the 20th Anniversary Committee!

It’s hard to believe that we are already planning the 20th Anniversary celebration, but it’s that time! The 20th Anniversary will be celebrated in Puerto Rico at our Annual Retreat in January 2020.

We strongly encourage members interested in serving on this committee to let us know via the committee volunteer page on the website (Click here to visit the website).

We will start meeting soon to start planning the 20th Anniversary event and need your help! Please consider signing up for this committee.


Haven’t updated your profile on the website yet? Not sure what to do?

Watch this short video for step-by-step instructions. (NOTE:  To make the video larger – click the small “4 arrows” icon at the bottom right of the video – to the right of the HD.)


Life is tough, but darling so are WE!”

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