September 2016 Newsletter


Wrapping Up the 2016 Atlanta Mini Retreat – Thank You to the Atlanta Committee for a Fabulous Event!  

For those of you who attended the Atlanta Retreat, it was an amazing couple of days with a wonderful Program on Global Health and impressive speakers all around.  Thank you to the entire Atlanta Committee for their hard work and efforts to make everyone feel so welcome in their hometown.  From the beautiful event at the High Museum, the Program at the CDC to the fun night of Southern BBQ and dancing at Mason Fine, a great time was had by all who were in attendance.

A special thank you to the Atlanta Committee (Vera Arthur, Ceree Eberly, Virginia Hepner, Wonya Lucas, Mary Madden, Hala Moddelmog, Judi North, Mary Ann Peters) and fantastic Co-Chairs  (Martha Brooks, Chris St.Clare and Elizabeth Noe) for all the time they spent making everything run so smoothly.

We couldn’t have done it without our Atlanta sponsors – Kaiser Permanente, Coca-Cola, Synovus, Endochoice and Paul Hastings!

Save the Date Cuba!

Vintage multi-coloured taxis in Cuba

January 26-30, 2017. 

17th Annual Belizean Grove Retreat

Registration Deadline for Cuba is Wednesday, October 5th!

Both frozen in time and poised for change, Cuba has intrigued Americans even as they were threatened by it.  On our Grove journey, gain insight on Cuba’s colonial past, the challenges of its economic present and plans of its uncertain future.

Flight Status:  Many have been asking about the flights.  Due to the uncertainty of flying into Havana commercially, we are moving forward with charter flights from Miami to Havana.  The cost is expected to be below $1,000 round trip per person but we won’t have a specific amount until we know exactly how many people sign up.  We are encouraging everyone to travel with the Grove and it is not possible to discount people who decide to travel on their own.  There is only one price this year.  Please remember that Batia is not able to make separate arrangements for you to arrive early or stay late.  She is focused on our group’s activities and doesn’t have time to make alternate arrangements for our members and their guests.

Please join us for a wonderful Cuban Adventure!  Registration closes Wednesday, October 5th  – Click to open the ApplicationDraft Agenda and Informational Sheet.

Click HERE to read a WSJ article about some hurdles we may face in our travels to Cuba. Everyone should prepare to be flexible!

Click HERE to view the New Yorker Article about “A New Cuba.”

Save the Date Santa Fe!

 Southwest House Details

September 14-16, 2017 

Santa Fe Mini Retreat

Mark your Calendars – the Grove Mini Retreat will be in Santa Fe, New Mexico in the Fall of 2017 at The LaFonda Hotel.

The Belizean Grove Room Block is now open at the La Fonda Hotel.  September is a popular time to travel to Santa Fe so be sure to book your room early.

Details on Room Rates and how to book are listed below:

Traditional Room rates:
            $219.00 single/double occupancy
            $234.00 triple occupancy
            $249.00 quad occupancy

Based on availability, upgraded rooms are available at special room rates:
Deluxe Room:  $259.00 single/double, $274.00 triple, $289.00 quad occupancy
One-bedroom Suite:  $299.00 single/double, $314.00 triple, $329.00 quad occupancy

Terrace at La Fonda Room:  $419.00 single/double, $434.00 triple, $449.00 quad occupancyRoom rates are subject to prevailing taxes, currently 15.3125%; 7% Lodger’s Tax and 8.3125% Gross Receipts Tax.

To Book Online:
Click HERE for Reservation Link
To Contact Hotel Directly:
Reservations:  800-523-5002, #1 or 505-982-5511, #1
Group Code:  877069
*Please contact Hotel directly to make reservations.

Please call between the hours of (Mountain Standard Time):
Monday – Friday: 7am-8pm
Saturday: 8am-5pm
Sunday: 9am-5pmCut-off date for making reservations:  Monday, August 21, 2017

What the Grovers and Taras Have been Up to Lately…



Before Dorothy passed, she shared one last update for the Grove.

“Just wanted to share that ICC was ranked #1 culinary school in the country.  So proud of my team and students.”


The Newport Preservation Society celebrated a major milestone in their history with the official opening of the Berwind-Stautberg Center at The Elms Carriage House, which will be the new home and office space for future Fellows.  Donors, board members and staff were on hand for the ribbon-cutting, and all were “wowed” when they saw how beautiful the interior of the building is now.

Susan also wanted to share an article on female staffers making their voices heard:


CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken has named Dr. Mary Corliss Pearl as Dean of the City University’s William E. Macaulay Honors College. Dr. Pearl, who has served as Interim Dean of the Honors College since Jan. 30, 2016, was selected following a national search. Her appointment is subject to approval by the CUNY Board of Trustees.


Neutral Posture was named as the 2016 Workplace of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Central Texas

Click Here to View Press Release

Neutral Posture was also awarded the inaugural Texas Business Star Award by the Texas Economic Development Corporation.  Please visit the link below for the article about the award.


Dorothy Hamilton Head Shot

Remembering Our Beloved Grover Dorothy Hamilton

As you may know, Dorothy Hamilton was tragically killed in a car accident on September 16th in Melford, Nova Scotia. She is survived by her daughter Olivia.

The plans for her funeral have not yet been released but we will share with everyone once we have more information.

Click the link below to read a great article in the Washington Post about Dorothy and her amazing life and career.


Don’t Forget to Pay Your 2017 Dues! 

The regular deadline for 2017 Dues is today, September 30th.  If you pay in October, you will be assessed a $100 late fee.  If you pay in November, you will be assessed a $250 late fee.

Dues are very easy to pay online with a credit card this year so please click the appropriate link below and pay your 2017 Dues.


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 Starts All Over Again When It Gets Crisp In the Fall

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

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