October 2020 Newsletter

Note from SSS

Good day,

I hope everyone is having a great Fall. We are well underway in planning for many of our upcoming events and hope we will see everyone in person in San Antonio and Chicago in 2021!

As we gear up for what is sure to be an unusual Holiday season, we want to remind you to take a few minutes to review and update your Face Book bio. Updates and new submissions for the Face Book bios are due by no later than December 15. We encourage everyone to please update your bio this year! We use the Face Book to select speakers for Retreats, to connect before and after Retreats, and to stay in touch throughout the year. Now more than ever it is important to ensure your information is correct so your sisters are able to reach you with ease. Read below for more information.

Some members have still not paid their 2021 dues. 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 (tomorrow!) is the last day to pay your dues before you will be assessed a $250 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 with information on how to pay your dues. If you are unsure whether or not you have paid your dues, contact Leslie (leslie@belizeangrove.org) as soon as possible.

As David Brooker wrote today in the New York Time, “although seventy percent of Americans in a national survey say America is facing permanent harm; seventy percent also say the most important job after the election is to heal our community, to work with people whose views we find completely objectionable. This unity impulse is powerful in the populace, but it is deeply hidden.”

It’s not hidden in the Grove and we will move forward together.

Stay safe, stay well.


Member News

What the Grovers, Taras, and Nyomis have been up to lately….

Nina McLemore was featured on NBC in the video The Fashion of Politics. Her clients have included Elena Kagan, Maxine Waters Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton, and others. She explains why clothes matter for candidates, and why that could be an advantage for the female contenders. Click here to watch.

Helen Fisher was featured in New York Times article When a Love Expert Falls in Love. Click here to read it. Helen was also featured on NBC Today video Adviser to Match.com finds love and marriage amid the pandemic. Click here to watch the interview. Congratulations Helen!

Judith Batty was featured in the Wall Street Journal article During Covid-19, the Girl Scouts’ Cookies Didn’t Crumble. As new interim CEO of the Girl Scouts, Judith talks about arresting the decline in membership, increasing diversity, and cookie sales. Click here to read the article.

Gaby Sulzberger was featured in the New York Times article Black Trustees Join Forces to Make Art Museums More Diverse.  Gaby is on the Board of Trustees of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In an effort to facilitate meaningful change amid the Black Lives Matter movement, several of those Black art museum trustees have banded together to form the Black Trustee Alliance for Art Museums. Click here to read the article.

Hala Moddelmog has been selected to receive the 2020 TLG Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership Character.

Tracy Brandenburg is featured in a documentary called “Wearable Tracy.” It’s 12-minutes long and is showing at the “Original Thinkers” film festival. Click here to watch.

Pamela Parizek was appointed to Bright Mountain Media’s Board of Directors. Click here to read more.

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Face Book

2021 Face Book

It’s time for us to put together the 2021 Face Book! Please send in your updated bios!

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. We are not able to update your online directory.

Zoom Session

Grove Values Update
Sunday, November 1
5:00-6:30 PM ET/ 2:00-3:30 PM PT

We have learned through this eventful year that to thrive together, we must live our values, the organization must reflect our values, and all new members must be willing to abide by our values.
Over the last month, the members of the BG Values Task Force have been working on the BG Values Project to refresh our consensus on our shared values and how they guide the way we treat each other. Since our virtual retreat, the members of the BG Values Task Force have met with nearly 80 Grove sisters, heard wonderful stories of the Grove at its best, and distilled the values represented by those stories. Now we would like to share the results of the work thus far and seek your input on our draft.

A huge thank you to our BG Values Task Force:
Mara Abrams
Lisa Ahmad
Tatiana Campos
Victoria Foster
Betty Hudson
Meryl Marshall-Daniels
Elizabeth Noe
Karen van Bergen
Kate Keogh Sama
Mary Abraham

Please join us on Sunday, November 1, from 5:00 – 6:30pm ET

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 824 5000 5181
Passcode: 134559

Grove Guide

Sign up to become a Grove Guide

As we begin to plan for the future of the Grove, we would like to invite you to join us and volunteer to become part of our new Onboarding process as a Grove Guide. Grove Guides will take the place of the former Big Sister program, and will serve as a 12-18 month program to welcome our new members into the Grove.

Click here for more information on what to expect as a Grove Guide.

The Onboarding Committee has created a number of new ways to make our newest members feel more included and have a warm welcome into our wonderful group of women. The Committee is developing a process that includes several touch points for a new member before they even attend their first retreat in order to form lasting friendships that everyone will cherish.

Each new member will have at least two Grove guides, one being her sponsor and the other being someone she does not yet know. We want that Grove Guide to be YOU! Even if you sponsor someone else, you can still volunteer to become a Grove Guide to another new member.
If you are interested in becoming a Grove Guide, please join us and answer the following questionnaire below:
Click here to fill out the form and become a Grove Guide*
*Filling out this form does not guarantee you will be called for service.

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New Members

Welcome New Members!

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

Evelyn Farkas
Catherine Hernandez-Blades
Natalie Jaresko
Jocelynne Rainey

Patricia Damkroger
Joanna Horsnail
Kari O’Neill Potts

Jasmine Burton


Recommended Articles

The Wall Street Journal’s How Next-Door Neighbors With Opposing Political Views Stayed Friends
The Wall Street Journal’s Loathe Your Loved One’s Politics? Here’s Some Advice
The New York Times’ These Americans Tried to Listen to One Another. A Year Later, Here’s How They’re Voting
Greater Good Magazine’s How Humility Can Help Us Bridge Our Political Divides


2021 Dues: Just a few more days until the deadline!

Please pay your 2021 dues if you have not paid yet. Dues paid after October 31st will be assessed a $250 late fee. If dues are not in by November 30, we will assume you no longer wish to be a part of the Belizean Grove. Your name will be removed from the membership roster which means you cannot attend Retreats, virtual events receive member communications, and will be removed from the Face Book.

Please click the link below for your cohort to register and pay your 2021 dues:
Click here to pay 2021 GROVER dues
Click here to pay 2021 TARA dues
Click here to pay 2021 NYOMI dues


Films of the Month

Movie – Streaming
A Call to Spy
Available on: iTunes, GooglePlay, Amazon, etc
Director: Lydia Dean Pilcher
Starring: Sarah Megan Thomas, Stana Katic, Radhika Apte
Synopsis: In the beginning of WWII, with Britain becoming desperate, Churchill orders his new spy agency – SOE – to recruit and train women as spies.
Genre: Historical
IMDB link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7698468/

Movie – Streaming
The Forty-Year-Old Version
Available on: Netflix
Creators: Radha Blank
Starring:  Radha Blank, Oswin Benjamin, Peter Kim
Synopsis: Radha is a down-on-her-luck NY playwright, who is desperate for a breakthrough before 40. Reinventing herself as rapper RadhaMUSPrime, she vacillates between the worlds of Hip Hop and theater in order to find her true voice.
Genre: Comedy / Drama
IMDB link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10642834/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1