Interest Groups & Activities

Our interest groups and activities enable our members to come together in social settings, to get to know each other on a more personal level, and to have fun doing things that interest them.


General Calendar

(by Days of Week)

Monday        

 2nd. & 4th. Mon  Mah Jongg (Experienced Players Group)

       3rd. MonSoup Kitchen (TBD)

Tuesday

      Every Tues.      Book Sort (10:00 AM – 12:00 PM) – (October to June) 

      1st. Tues.         Cinema Groups (1:00 PM) (or other dates announced)

      2nd. Tues.        Lunch Bunch (12:30 PM) (September to June)

      3rd. or 4th. Tues.  Great Decisions (TBD)

       4th. Tues.      3 Daytime Book Discussion Groups (12:30 or 1:00PM)

                • The BOOKMARKS Book Discussion Group
                • FEED N’ READ Book Discussion Group
                • MS. PRINTS Book Discussion Group

Wednesday    

     2nd Wed.       Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion Group (1:30 PM) 

     3rd. Wed.       Books N More Book Discussion Group (other dates/times)

Cultural Affairs (Trips & Treks) (other dates /times announced)

Thursday  

    Every Thurs.       Book Sort – 10:00 am – 12:00 PM (Apr. – Jun.)

                                   Canasta Group – 12:30

                                   Bridge Group – 1:00 – 3:00 PM

2nd or 3rd Thurs.     Branch Meetings (at location announced or on Zoom) – In-Person Branch meetings: 7:00 PM Snack & Chat, 7:30 PM Meeting start (Sometimes meet in afternoon); Zoom: 7:15 Log in, 7:30 Meeting Start


ACTIVITIES

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Event Calendar


INTEREST GROUPS


Bridge Group                               tn-lg-bridge                                                               

This group meets on Thursdays 1:00 to 4:00 PM (year-round).


Canasta Group                                                                                                          

This group meets at members’ homes on Thursday Afternoons at 12:30 PM.  At present, we are not accepting new members.


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“Twin Cinema” Group meets the 1st Tuesday of each month (at 1:00 PM) at the homes of group members or on Zoom (at 7:00 PM).  An email is sent out each month with the movie selection and venue for meeting.  Participants watch the movie prior to the meeting date, and meet to discuss it.  For in-person meetings, generally only group members attend.  If room allows, the host may allow a non-member to attend, if the non-member contacts them. Refreshments are provided by the host and group members.  When meetings are held on Zoom, all Branch Members are invited to participate.

The movies are selected by members of the group. Recommended movies are researched regarding availability and cost.  Some of the chosen movies are foreign films, which have received Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Sun Dance Festival Awards, etc. or nominations for various categories.

The Afternoon Movie Delights Cinema Group is no longer meeting.


Great Decisions

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Great Decisions is a foreign policy discussion group sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association. Participants purchase and read a Great Decisions paperback book containing information about eight topics on world issues. The Group usually meets the 3rd or 4th Tuesday of the month, at 12:30 PM, after Book Sort, to discuss one of the topics.  All are welcome to participate. 


Literature Groups 

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There are three discussion groups that typically meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month, at 12:30 PM,  one that meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month, at 1:30, and one that meets the 3rd Friday of each month, at 11:15 AM.  Meeting dates and times sometime change, as needed.

Normally,  participants meet at members’ home and  bring their lunch. Refreshments are provided by the hostess. Selections for the year, voted on from members’ suggestions, are made at the May meetings.  Due to COVID-19, members are now meeting via Zoom.  Chairs  send out specifics to their group members and dates and time for the meetings, prior to each meeting.

Note: No Meetings in December


(2022-2023)

BOOKS N’ MORE BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP

Usually meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month (Dates & Times vary)

September TBD – The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie
Post by Allison Pataki

THE BOOKMARKS BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP

Usually Meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month, at 1:00 PM

September 20 – The Plot by Jake Bonner
October 25 – Paper Palace by Miranda Crowley Heller

FEED N’ READ BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP

Usually meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month, at 12:30 PM 

September 20 – The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict
& Victoria Murray
October 25 – Beautiful Country by Qian Julie Wang

MS. PRINTS BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP

Usually meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month, at 1:00 PM 

September 20 – The Personal Librarian by Marie
Benedict & Victoria Murray
October 25 – The Dog I Loved by Susan Wilson

Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion Group

Meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each monthat 1:30 PM

September 14 – The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
October 12 – Women in White Coats by Olivia Campbell


2021-2022 Book Groups

2020-2021 Book Groups

2019-2020 Book Groups

2018-2019 Book Groups

2017-2018 Book Groups

2016-2017 Book Groups

2015-2016 Books


Lunch Bunch plate

This group meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 12:30 p.m., for a casual meal in an area restaurant.


Mah Jongg           

This group meets twice a month on Monday afternoons (2nd. and 4th. Mondays). We are currently not taking new  permanent members. Our Mah Jongg group is looking to add ladies to our “sub list” for experienced players.

New Beginners Group Starting Soon!


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Potluck Dinner at Members’ homes during month of February (Replaces February Branch Meeting)


Recognition Dinner global-employee-recognition 

The Recognition Dinner, which is held in the month of June, has been an annual event for many years.  It is an evening to socialize with those we see all the time and those we don’t get a chance to visit with very often. We always have a very enjoyable evening and are glad that many of our members were able to join us.


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The purpose of the Travel Information Group is to explore as many different types of travel and travel experiences as possible.  The group calls on our widely traveled membership to volunteer to speak about a travel destination, share experiences, pictures, planning, modes of travel, etc.  Meetings are informal, yet informative. The group meets at a member’s home, afternoons (1:30 PM), four times per year (in October & November, April & May) – Dates are announced in Newsletter.


Trips and Treks (Cultural Affairs)                                                              Capture_Trips & Treks

Each month trips are planned to various locations in NY and NJ, where we take docent-led tours of museums and other places of interest.  During winter months, instead of monthly trip: we participate in Ladies Afternoon at the Movies. Carpools are facilitated for those wishing to attend. Since COVID, a number of trips have been “virtual trips,” whereby, we visited locations virtually and met via Zoom to discuss our trips.

Some destinations we’ve visited are:

 


Members (Only) – Password Required: 

See Board & Committees (Members Only) page for links to all members only pages

 See Officers & Committees (Members Only) page for Interest Group and Activities Contacts. 

See Trips & Treks – Upcoming (Members Only)

See Trips & Treks – Past (Members Only)

Please see the emails from our Branch Google Group for most recent information for our interest groups and activities!