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What’s changing in your life?

Work? Relationships? Health? Interests?

We get it. We’re a vibrant community of smart, active, and accomplished woman over 50. We're New Yorkers rich in experience, with skills honed during our careers and the pursuit of our passions.

We’re you.

Like you, we’re in transition. Evolving. Excited about what’s next. In Women's Connection, we’ve 
found a fresh, fun combination of real expertise in transitions along with a welcoming, supportive environment where friendships flourish and activities abound.

And this is how we do it…


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Picnic Mingle in the Park

Dates: Friday, July 19, 2024

Time:  5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (ET)

Location: Central Park Lawn

Let’s get together in person. It will be a very casual, “hang-out” kind of affair, a chance to socialize and "make merry" in a relaxed outdoor setting.

Bring food and your beverage of choice, a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. And you can bring a friend you’d like to introduce to Women’s Connection.

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Summer 2024 Newsletter

Ihis summer newsletter edition is about both the past and the future. The Women’s Connection (formerly The Transition Network) will be a quarter of a century old next year. That means women in their twenties back then could now find meaning and joy in becoming a member today. Think about how we and the world around us have changed in 25 years. So it makes sense that a new name was in order as a starting point to reflect those changes.


While we want to move forward, it’s informative and insightful to look back at the actual roots of the Women’s Connection and to learn and appreciate the extraordinary initiative and effort of those intrepid women. This is all to say that NYC members will be the first to see (why not? It all started in NYC!) what we are calling our Origin Story. Read what the authors, Betty Rauch and Jane McCarthy, gleaned from their interviews with founding members about the beginnings of our remarkable organization. 

I said this newsletter was about the future too. A lot of our members learned about AI, artificial intelligence, last month which according to our knowledgeable presenter (and Board member) will be impacting our lives going forward in a big way. But can we really reap the benefits from AI at our phase of life? One writer asked that question and got an AI reply back from ChatGPT. And read Nancy Gold’s article on being more open to invitations and opportunities, including AI.


Let's also take a glance back at our recent past with In Case You Missed it and the Responses to "Meet Cute".

Hm, did I use ChatGPT, a bot that uses artificial intelligence, to write some of this intro? Maybe I did, maybe I didn't. Not telling! 

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What Does Retirement Really Mean?


This was the headline from a recent NY Times article as a result of asking “readers to submit their stories of retirement — to share their experiences, as well as their advice.” Did you see it? The answers were all over the map. Sound bites from some of those interviewed, including a NYC chapter member, are below :

“While I don’t have bluebirds pulling down my sheets every morning, it’s no cliché that I’m living my best life now.”

“Suddenly at retirement you go through a door to an empty room and have to furnish it and decorate it yourself, with only yourself to judge how well you did.”

“Do it as soon as you can afford to. There is so much more to life than work. Literally every day is a Saturday.”

“It’s not all lollipops and unicorns; you have to reinvent your daily routine. Gym, volunteering, travel only go so far.”

“Do what brings you joy. If it stops bringing you joy, find something else to do. Repeat as often as necessary.”

“Isn’t nothing enough?”

“My biggest surprise was the loss of community. … As with most anyone who has retired, I needed to find a purpose. I missed being part of something that needed me.”

“I was struck by how elastic time seemed: no Zoom calls, no alarm clocks. … Just pure spaciousness and choice.”

“Don’t use the word retirement. It sounds decrepit and connotes imagery of rocking chairs and poor health. Somewhere, I came across the Spanish word for retirement: jubilación! Now doesn’t that sound more approachable and appealing?”

“From V.I.P. to P.I.P. (Previously Important Person). Retirement shifts your identity.”

“Prepare ahead, financially and mentally. Take a few months to determine what you want to do. Do not expect the plan to work out perfectly every week.”

“The best sentiment I have heard on retirement was expressed by Serena Williams: She was not retiring from tennis, she was evolving.”

The whole article is enlightening and encouraging. Take a read.


Fresh Start

Jackie Krauss

It took me a few years to know when I was ready to retire. Most of my family who are younger than me had already done so. When I asked them how you know when you are ready, they said "you'll know". I never understood what they meant until I experienced it myself. For me 70 was the right time. 

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