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BILLINGS CHAPTER SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) bring together members who share common interests, activities or goals. SIGs are member-driven.  Members initiate them, decide how they should be run, and provide leadership and organization. Since SIGs are a TTN benefit you must be a member in good standing to participate in them.


If you would like to
become a member of an existing SIG or start a new group, begin the process by contacting the TTN Special Interest Groups coordinator, Nina Gutierrez, at Ninag-14@charter.net or (406) 672-9853. 


To view the SIG Calendar, click here.
To view the SIGs that are Open and Closed, click here.
To read a short description of each SIG, keep on scrolling.



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Anything Goes

This book group meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 1:30 P.M. Do your reading interests range all over the place?  If it doesn’t matter whether you read fiction or non-fiction, as long as it’s good writing, this is the Book Club for you. Members will make monthly selections based on whatever strikes their fancy. 


Contact/Lead: Cara Schaer: caraschaer@gmail.com

StatusCLOSED


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Art House Group

This SIG is open to more members.  The group will meet the 1st Thursday of the month for the early movie and possibly meet afterwards to discuss the movie at local restaurant or coffee shop. Meet at the Art House between 5:30 P.M. and 6:00 P.M.


Contact/Lead: Marti Miller: montanamarti@gmail.com

StatusOPEN


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Art Walk Plus

This SIG is open to more members. The group will meet the 1st Friday every other month at 5:00 P.M. for the Art Walk. They hope to meet on the alternate month to explore other avenues. If interested, please contact Penni.


Contact/LeadPenni Reed: pennireed2420@gmail.com

StatusOPEN


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Between The Covers Book Club

This group meets the 1st Tuesday of the month at 7:00 P.M. and is open to more members.


Contact/Lead: Sue Weinreis: granpeak47@gmail.com

StatusOPEN


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Bicycle Buddies

This group is open to more members.  They will meet the 3rd Wednesday at 10:00 A.M. These ladies will bike together for pleasure and to enjoy the scenery and fresh air.  The group will share ideas on where they would like to ride.


Contact/Lead: Sandra Abraham: abrahamsj17@gmail.com

StatusOPEN


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Bon Appetit

This group meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 5:30 P.M. and selects various restaurants around town to enjoy a dinner and companionship.

Contact/Lead: Dawn Cowan: dm_cowan@yahoo.com
StatusCLOSED


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Bunco and Brews

This group is forming. SIG description, meeting day and time are yet to be decided.


Contact/Lead:

StatusOPEN


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City Walkers and Coffee Drinkers

This group is still open to more members. They will meet the 1st and 3rd Fridays at 10:00 A.M. The locations will be different each time and the membership will decide on next walk at the end of the days walk.


Contact/Lead
: Teresa Wicks: twix1955@gmail.com

StatusOPEN


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Conversational Spanish

This group is open to more members. These members meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 11:00 A.M. and currently meet at Roots Garden Center on Poly Drive.

 

Contact/Lead: Lue Ponich: lupon@bresnan.net

StatusOPEN


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Cork It

These ladies meet at local wine establishments on the 3rd Tuesday at 6:30 P.M. and/or at each other's homes to sample/drink wine with appropriate food pairings. They plan a variety of different activities around wine and fellowship. 


Contact/Lead: Betty Roy: betty roy1@verizon.net
StatusOPEN


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Cravings

This book club meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 10:30 A.M. If you just can't get enough these ladies are working to make sure their days are filled!


Contact/Lead
: Lorie Hughes: glsmahughes@bresnan.net

StatusCLOSED


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Day Trippers

This group has formed. SIG description, meeting day and time are being decided.


Contact/Lead:

StatusCLOSED


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Fabulous Feeds

This group has formed. SIG description, meeting day and time are being decided.


Contact/Lead:

StatusCLOSED


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Foodie Fanatics

This group will meet the 2nd Wednesday at 6:00 P.M. Each month the dinner is hosted at one of the member's homes.  The host will select the theme for the dinner and provide the main course.  A list of desired courses will be given to the others to choose from to bring.


Contact/Lead: Nancy Harris: nlhccliff@aol.com

StatusCLOSED


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Gamers

This group will meet the 2nd Monday at 6:00 P.M. The old standbys will be played: card games, board games, along with a lot of fun. 


Contact/Lead: Rita Solem: ritasolem@gmail.com

StatusCLOSED


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Growler Girls

The "Growler Girls" meet at various breweries around town on the last Wednesday of the month at 4:00 P.M. Please contact Deb Brown to get more information and meeting venues.


Contact/Lead: Deb Brown: mrs_db@hotmail.com

StatusCLOSED


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Keep on Trekking

Want to get out and enjoy the beautiful walking or hiking paths around Billings and surrounding area?  Members suggest day, evening or weekend hikes as desired. For those interested in traveling out of Billings, members can plan mountain trail day hikes. As always, activities depend upon the weather. Please contact lead for more information.

Contact/Lead: Marietta Purchal: mari.purchal@gmail.com

StatusOPEN


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Ladies Who Lunch

A second lunch special interest group has been formed. They meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 11:30 A.M. Location to be determined monthly.


Contact/Lead
: Carol Bradford: tcbrad4651@gmail.com

StatusCLOSED


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One and Done! Volunteer Group

Who might be interested in a Volunteer Special Interest Group? Following on the heels of the information we received from some great speakers we'd like to offer a "Volunteer" SIG. This would be for those who are interested in volunteering for some agency as a group. This could be just for special projects like working on an "event" for an agency or a more ongoing commitment. If you are interested and want to meet other ladies while working together for a cause, please contact Mary Stabio to get more information. This SIG is open to more members.

Contact/Lead: Mary Stabio: markmary1988@aol.com
StatusOPEN


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Putting' On the Glitz

This group will meet on the 2nd Friday every 3rd month at various restaurants. Times will vary - depending on availability of reservations. Members will enjoy an evening out at a nice restaurant and dress for the occasion.


Contact/Lead: Nina Gutierrez: Ninag-14@charter.net
StatusCLOSED


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Suitcase Sisters

Got something on your bucket travel list and no one to go with you? We officially adopted the name of "Suitcase Sisters" and our group brings together members who have an interest in planning and traveling, from day trips to nearby locations in Montana to weekend excursions to overseas adventures. Travels may include an educational component and/or a physical activity, and will almost certainly include great food, beverages, and experiences to savor. It's a big world out there--and we want to experience it! We will meet the 3rd Wednesday at 6:00 P.M.


Contact/Lead
: Vicki Nelson: Vickinels@hotmail.com

StatusOPEN


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Tattered Cover Book Club

This group open to more members and meets the last Tuesday at 7:00 P.M. Please contact Elizabeth Perius for additional information.


Contact/Lead: Elizabeth Perius: periuseliz@hotmail.com

StatusOPEN


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TED Talkers

The group will listen and or watch a pre-selected TED Talks topic and then meet at various locations monthly to discuss the talk.  They will meet on the 4th Thursday of the month at 6:00 P.M. This SIG is open to more members.

Contact/Lead: Kally Dreikosen: Kally.Dreikosen@gmail.com
StatusOPEN


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TTN Lunch Bunch

These ladies meet to explore and sample the different dining offerings in Billings while enjoy fellowship. At each meeting, the group decides on the next location. They meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 11:30 A.M.


Contact/Lead:
 Marti Miller: montanamarti@gmail.com

StatusCLOSED


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Wandering Women Travel Group

This group meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 1:00 P.M. at various TBD restaurants around town. They will be exploring both long and short trips, in surrounding areas, nationally and internationally. The group places emphasis on culture, with trips to museums, plays, concerts, art shows, festivals and other special events. They attend local options together, particularly during the winter months, and focus on history and culture with their travel destinations.


Contact/Lead: Maggie Arbuckle: zmarbuckle@gmail.com

StatusCLOSED


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Wine Uncorked

This group will meet on the 1st Wednesday at 11:30 A.M. at local wine establishments and/or at each other's homes to sample/drink wine with appropriate food pairings. They plan a variety of different activities around wine and fellowship. 


Contact/Lead: Carol Bradford: tcbrad4651@gmail.com

StatusCLOSED


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Winey Women

These members meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 5:30 P.M. They will meet at local wine establishments and/or at each other's homes to sample/drink wine with appropriate food pairings. They plan a variety of different activities around wine, food and fellowship. 


Contact/Lead: Linda Wham: wham.linda@gmail.com
StatusCLOSED


What is a SIG?

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) bring together members who share common interests, activities, or goals. Members drive SIGs. Members initiate them, decide how the groups should be ran, and provide leadership and organization. 

Although some SIGs are unlimited in participation, many limit the members to a manageable size. This is a decision made within each SIG so that good conversation among members can be had or to accommodate to the spaces used for meetings.

 

How Do I Join?

Join by contacting the SIG lead listed, and they will give you the information needed start attending the meetings. Sometimes a SIG may be at capacity and no longer available. Although disappointing, there are alternatives. Check to see if there is a similar SIG open or drop a note to the SIG Coordinator. She will begin another SIG with the same general intent or include it in the next SIG and Peer Group Open House.

Starting a New SIG 

Our best ideas come from our members! If you have an idea for a new SIG, email the SIG Coordinator. If a new group is not started right away, the idea will be included in the next SIG and Peer Group Open House. Once there are 6 interested members, there will be a meeting to get the group started. 


At an organizational meeting, members will discuss how the SIG will be ran: the mission, rules of operation, meeting time and place, etc.  At this meeting a volunteer SIG Lead, a point person, needs to be determined. This person(s) will organize communications and meetings on an ongoing basis.  This position can be a rotating position. The rules for the Lead position can be set up as part of establishing the SIG.

Since Special Interest Groups are a TTN member benefit you must be a member in good standing to participate in them.
This is a reminder that when a member decides not to renew her membership, she is no longer a member of the group(s) she was a part of.


SIG Member Responsibilities

When deciding to join a SIG, keep in mind the commitment that may be needed to be involved with the group. Most groups need members to attend meetings regularly. With other groups there is minimal involvement. Many of the groups meet either in homes or in restaurants, and plans are made based on attendance. Please be considerate and keep the Lead informed of when you will or will not be at a meeting.

E
mails are the primary form of communication with TTN. Replying to emails is just another way of participating and being respectful to the group(s) you have decided to be a part of.


If a SIG doesn’t seem like a good fit, let the SIG Lead know and try another.

 

Your ideas are encouraged! Where one member has an interest, there are sure to be more! Enjoy and have fun!