September 2017 Newsletter


Good Day,

For those of you who attended the Santa Fe Mini Retreat, it was an amazing few days with terrific speakers, interesting activities, and fantastic shopping, all with the beautiful city of Santa Fe as our backdrop. Thank you to the entire Santa Fe Committee for their hard work and efforts to make everyone feel so welcome in their hometown. From getting the opportunity to hear the Governor speak at the Roundhouse, our time at the historic La Fonda, and to our fabulous night of Boots n’ Boogie at Cathy Allen’s, a great time was had by all in attendance!

A special thank you to the Santa Fe Committee (Linda Donnels, Deborah Jones, Mary Kipp, Caroline Little, Andrea Meditch, Deborah Peacock, Valerie Plame, Joanna Prukop, Helena Ribe, Ivy Ross, Linda Watt) and fantastic Co-Chairs (Cathy Allen and Jane Bernard) for all the time they spent making everything run so smoothly.

We couldn’t have done it without our generous sponsors – El Paso Electric Company; Executive Consulting, Inc.; Jane Bernard Photography; KPMG; La Fonda Hotel; Peacock and Myers PC; Synovus Financial Corporation; Ten Thousand Waves; The Santa Fe Group; and Charlotte and Caleb Whitmore.

Registration for the Annual Retreat in Mexico is now open! If you have not booked your room yet, make sure you make your reservations ASAP, details on how to register and book your room are below. We have over 75 people who have already booked their rooms so it looks to be a fun and eventful Retreat in January!

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



2018 Dues!

Image result for don't forgetToday is the last day before a late fee will be added to your dues! Pay your 2018 Dues NOW!
Please click the link below that corresponds with your category to pay your 2018 dues.

Click here to pay dues
Click here to pay dues
Click here to pay dues
Click here to pay dues
Click here to pay dues
Click here to pay dues


2017 Belizean Grove Member Survey

Please keep a look out for an upcoming survey coming to your email in the next few days!

This survey will take only 5-10 minutes to fill out and will provide us with valuable feedback on how we can make the Grove, Retreats, and Mini Retreats the best experience for our members. We value and appreciate your feedback and opinions.


2018 Annual Retreat: Mayakoba, Mexico
January 18–22, 2018 

The Annual Retreat registration fee is: $1885
Click here to register!

As a part of your registration fee, for the first time, all meals will be included, as well as 12 hours of call bar brands from 11am to 11pm at the resort. Included in your registration fee, along with all meals and 12 hour open bar, are: Retreat bag, BG notebook, program and all program materials, transportation to/from the airport on January 18 and January 22. We are also arranging for a special dinner at one of the other resorts within the complex, more details to come!

Pamela O’Rourke and ICON Consultants will once again be sponsoring the final night party—a luau on the beach!

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

Room Reservations and Flights:
We are 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 and has secured a discount with United for flights if booked through Deb Carr. United flies from everywhere to Cancun with a connection via Houston/Chicago/Washington Dulles/Newark/ San Francisco/LAX.

To book your room, contact to Deb Carr (, 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

Click here for room rates and to read more about our exciting Retreat in Mexico.


2018 Mini Retreat
September 13-15, 2018

The 2018 Mini Retreat will be in Seattle, September 13-15 with the opportunity for both pre and post trips. Our Seattle Mini Retreat committee is already hard at work planning the event securing high level speakers and exciting places to explore!

We will be staying at the beautiful Edgewater Hotel, The “Best Hotel in Seattle” (as reported by CNBC). With amazing views of the Olympic Mountains, the sparkling waters of Elliott Bay and breathtaking sunset views from your room while still staying at one of the best downtown Seattle hotels. You’ll be within walking distance to the city’s favorite sites.

This hotel also has a fun history. Originally built for the 1962 World’s Fair, The Edgewater Hotel remains as Seattle’s only waterfront hotel and has become a beloved local landmark. The Edgewater has hosted some of the most famous names in music, including: The Beatles, Pearl Jam, The Village People, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Ozzy Osbourne, KISS, Wings, Neil Young, Frank Zappa, Blondie, Jewel, David Bowie, Emmy Lou Harris, Iggy Pop, Jessica Simpson, Mel Tormé, REM, Rod Stewart, Willie Nelson, and more. Image result for the beatlesIn 1964, during their first world tour, The Beatles stayed at this Seattle hotel.. At the time, no other hotel in the city would accept The Beatles as guests; however The Edgewater happily welcomed them. Beatlemania so consumed Seattle that The Edgewater had to install cyclone fencing around the hotel to keep the screaming fans at bay. Some fans even tried swimming across Elliott Bay to reach the Fab Four.

Our room block is not yet open, we will send out an email in October announcing the opening of the room block and how to book your room. Please do not contact the hotel before our official room block is open.


What the Grovers and Taras Have been Up to Lately…

Alejandra Y. Castillo was chosen as the new CEO for YWCA USA.  Click here to read more about it.

Theo Schwabacher spoke on the September Fed Meeting Decision with Jason Brooks on KCBS [740AM|106.9FM.

-Annette Taddeo wins a seat in the Florida Senate! Read more here.


2018 Face Book

It’s time for us to put together the 2018 Face Book!

To view your 2017 profile, click here and use the password: facebook2017

If you are a new member or if you want to update your bio, please fill out this template and email it to


Santa Fe Mini Retreat Photos!

The Santa Fe Mini Retreat was a tremendous success! For those of you who could not make it, and for those of you who would like to relive the wonderful night at Cathy Allen’s house, please click click here to view photos taken during the Santa Fe Mini Retreat.

As always, what happens in the Grove, stays in the Grove. Please do not share these photos and put one of your sisters at risk by sharing a private photo.


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.)


It isn’t where you came from; it’s where you’re going that counts.”

-Ella Fitzgerald

Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.