September 2018 Newsletter


A Note From Susan

Good Day,

Thank you to everyone who joined us in Seattle for our exciting Mini Retreat. Thank you to the entire Seattle Committee for their hard work and efforts to make everyone feel so welcome in their hometown. From getting the opportunity to hear Susan Desmond-Hellman speak at the Foundry on Thursday night, Howard Schultz and the other terrific speakers on Friday at the Edgewater, and to our fabulous night of dancing at the Chihuly Garden & Glass, a great time was had by all in attendance!

A special thank you to the Seattle Committee (Nancy Bearg, Phyllis J Campbell, Suzanna Darcy, Amy Fulford, Joanne Gordon Berk, Nina Hsu, Wendy Lane, Jessica Shapiro, Mary Wagner, Charlotte Whitmore) and fantastic Chairwoman (Lynn Hubbard) for all the time they spent planning the event and making sure everything ran so smoothly.

Registration for the Annual Retreat in Chile will open in the beginning of October! If you have not booked your room yet, make sure you make your reservations ASAP, details on how to book your room are below. We have over 60 people who have already booked their rooms so it looks to be a fun and eventful Retreat in January!

We will also be sending out refreshed guidelines, FAQs, and other information on the Grove; please look out very soon, look out for a separate email in the next few weeks!

Remember, dues must be paid by September 30, 2018. Read below for information on how to pay your dues. If you do not pay your dues, you cannot attend Grove events, will not be included in the 2019 Face Book, and will be removed from the Grove.

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


2019 DUES

Don’t Forget to Pay Your 2019 Dues!
Late Fee Starting Oct 1st !

September 30th is the last day to pay your dues. If your dues are paid beyond this date, you will be assessed a $100 late fee.

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.


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

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.


2019 Annual Retreat: Santiago, Chile
January 17-20, 2019

The 2019 Annual Retreat will begin early Thursday afternoon after lunch on January 17, so please be sure to arrive on Wednesday January 16 or early Thursday morning (on one of the numerous overnight flights). There will be optional tours on Thursday before the program begins for those who arrive early. Programming will go through late afternoon on Saturday January 19, so you are able to plan your post trips to leave on Saturday night, early Sunday morning, or explore all that Santiago has to offer!

Room Reservations and Flights:
Event registration is not yet open; however,the room block is now 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 (, 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!


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.


Know a Potential New Member?

If anyone would like to nominate a potential Grover, TARA, or Nyomi, please submit your nomination packet ASAP.

Please do not forward to us applications for anyone who:

1. You don’t personally know

2. You wouldn’t be willing to share a room with on a retreat

3. You do not have at least one seconder for

4. You believe is “on the way” but is not quite there yet … save the application for a future time when the candidate would have probably achieved her first success story and her application will have the ‘wow’ effect on first impression.

Click HERE to Download the Nyomi Application.

Click HERE to Download the TARA Application.

Click HERE to Download the Grover application.

Please submit all applications with resume to


What the Grovers and Taras Have been Up to Lately…

Candida Brush was selected as a Wilford L. White Fellow in June at the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) in Taipei, Taiwan. Selection as a Wilford L. White Fellow is the highest recognition that the ICSB gives to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the development, furtherance and benefit of small and medium sized businesses. The award was created in 1977 and was named for Dr. Wilford L. White, the ICSB’s founder and visionary leader.  There are presently 100 Wilford White Fellows around the world.

-Co-founded by Academy Award winner Viola Davis and 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year Phyllis Newhouse, ShoulderUp is a new movement that is dedicated to connecting and supporting women on their journey, to bring about change in our communities – where and when it is needed the most.

Many are saying could be one of the most impactful and important movements of our time. Please take a moment and look at their site:

On August 25, Phyllis and Viola hosted a simulcast that offered candid conversation, laughter, lessons, and inspiration, as they taught everyone that connection begins with understanding the power of your own story. They shared how they each used their pasts to create a new story for themselves, how you can do the same, and in turn use this as your foundation for building significance and legacy.

-On the day it was published, August 7, Lilie Clark’sbook Hack Your Anxiety hit number one in its category on Amazon!

-Mary Pearl co-authored the New York Times article The Earth Ablaze.

-Nancy Bearg authored a guest column in The Oregonian, Readers Respond: Trump’s Behavior Poses a Threat to the International Order, U.S. Security and Peace in the World.


NEW AFM Grant Application!
The AFM Board will be meeting at the end of October to review grants that have been submitted. If there is an non-profit 501(c)3 organization that you love and support, this is the year to help them apply for the AFM Grant. In order to be reviewed at the October Board meeting, applications will need to be submitted by no later than October 17.

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.

To view previous grant recipients, click here.

The Adventures for the Mind Foundation Board:
Melissa Means, Susan Stautberg, Helayne Angelus, Edie Weiner, Amy Kaslow, Evelyn D’An, Faith Frank

2018 Grant Guidelines
2018 Grant Application
Please send all completed applications to Leslie Dube,


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.)


Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

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