It is once again time to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. It is hard to believe that the holiday’s and the New Year 2013 are just around the corner. Thank you to Stephanie Maurissen for a wonderful program at our October meeting. Unfortunately, there were only nine (9) people in attendance.

Our next meeting will be Monday, November 5, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. followed by a program at 7 p.m. by Ms. Kundana Divi, a CMU student. The program is entitled A Glimpse of India. The meeting will be at the NADA on the campus of Northwood University. The cost will be $15 for PTPI members and $17 for nonmembers. This is an increase from last month. (It was necessary since the club had to guarantee Northwood a count of 17. Since we are not necessarily able to do that, the price increase will help offset the cost of not being able to have 17 members at the dinner.) Reservations are necessary. Please call Erika Smith at 835-8055 or me at 835-2567. Those that do not care to drive at night please let me know so that arrangements can be made to provide rides.

Thank you, Jim for your assistance in preparing the membership booklets. Those in attendance at the October meeting received their booklets. Those that were not in attendance should have received their booklets in the mail. If you did not receive it, please let me know.

There will not be any meetings in January, February, and March of 2013. We will resume in April of 2013. I will be sending out a newsletter in March with the necessary information of the April meeting and the remaining meeting of 2013.

The next meeting of the Saginaw Chapter of PTPI will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2012. The program will be held at the Zaul Library at 7 p.m. with refreshments to follow the program. Those interested please let me know so that I can get the details to you.

On October 1st the new book was announced for the global book club. The book chosen is Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick. The book is a journey into the daily life of a citizen of North Korea. The book will bring to life what it means to be living under the most repressive totalitarian regime in our world today. The author won the Overseas Press Club award for human rights reporting, the Asia Society’s Osborne Eliott award, and the American Academy of Diplomacy’s Arthur Ross Award.

See you on Monday, November 5, 2012.

Deb Teot, President
Midland, Michigan Chapter of PTPI


Glimpse India this November

People to People of Midland is pleased to offer an evening with Kundana Divi Monday November 5 at the the Northwood University NADA Hotel and Conference Center. Kundana is a student at CMU.

Dinner is at 6:30 followed by the program at 7:30. Admission is $15 for members and $17 for non-members. Please make reservations by November 1. 

Hope to see you there.

Fall Back in with Midland PTPI

It is once again time for fall. The leaves are changing and the weather is getting colder. It is also time to start our programs for People to People. Hope everyone who attended the 49th anniversary party at Villa D Alessandro had a good time. It was a bit noisie but the food and company was great. We had 17 attendees.

Our next meeting will be Monday, October 1, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. The location is back at NADA on the campus of Northwood University. The price is $13 for members and $14 for nonmembers. Ms. Stephanie Maurissen will be our speaker. Her speech is entitled “Humanitarian Aid as a Career”. It should be very interesting. Reservations are required. They need to be in by Friday, September 28, 2012. Please call Fran Mann at 832-2257 or Erika Smith at 835-8055. The format will be the same – buffet style with salad, vegetable, two meats, pasta dish and dessert. Hope to see you there!!!

Jim Mentele, is once again willing be furnishing us with membership booklets. If you have an address, email, or phone number that has changed please let him now ASAP. (He is going out of town and would like to have them completed). Thank you for your attention to this matter.  Paid members who will be attending the October meeting will be receiving their membership booklets then. Paid members that are unable to attend will be receiving theirs in the mail.

Dr. Ghislaine Maurissen has volunteered to be our Vice President. Congratulation Ghislaine!!!

The club received thank you notes from the organizations that we distributed funds to. Those organizations were: Midland Cultural Awareness ($50); Non-Violent Peace Force ($100); Delta Global Peace Studies ($50); Chinese Cultural Ongoing Program ($100); Peanut Butter Project ($100); Global Compassion ($100); Help Hearts Helping Hands ($50); Midland Sister City Program ($100); Open Door ($100) and Food Pantry ($50). The total amount given was $800.

Please put the following dates on your calendars. Monday, November 5, 2012 – India (program) and Monday, December 3, 2012 – Christmas Party (social).

Because of our snowbirds and the unpredictable weather, the club will not be meeting during January, February, or March. Hope everyone has a wonderful winter and a great start to 2013!

I received an announcement from the Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) of a program that they are sponsoring. I believe it was also mentioned in the Midland Daily News. They have asked me to forward the following information to those of you who might be interested. The group is hosting the “Civilian Peacekeeper of the Year” Ms. Tiffany Easthom who witnessed violence perpetrated on children and women in South Sudan. She is the country director of NP. Hear her story on Saturday, October 6th at Creative 360. Informal gathering at 7 p.m. with the program to follow at 7:30 p.m. There is no charge however, donations are accepted. For more information contact Mary Mersereau-Kempf at 636-7780 or

In July, PTPI announced the 12th and 13th books. The books are Bringing up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman and Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua. The books give two very different views of childrearing.

Bringing up Bebe tells the story of one American’s journey moving to France and entering motherhood at the same time the author aims to find the secrets to French parenting, all the while accepting very different advice from friends back in America.

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is not an examination of Chinese parenting as much as it is a look into the authors demanding parenting style and the very specific choices she makes for her children.

Book 14 will be announced on October 1st!!!

See you October 1st.

Deb Teot, President
Midland Chapter of PTPI

“Refusing to be Enemies” Film Showing

The documentary film “Refusing to be Enemies,” will be shown at the Grace A. Dow Library January 11 at 10 a.m. It is the story of six Jewish and six Arab women from the Ann Arbor area who came together through dialog to break a deadlock of fear and hatred. They call their group Zeitouna, the Arab word for olive tree.

“Refusing to be Enemies” is a nonprofit organization that empowers people to make peace a reality in their lives and their communities through education and dialogue. For more information on the film and the group, visit

Coffee and More is the theme of this AAUW meeting.  Guests are encouraged to come for coffee, tea, and coffee cake to view the film in the Lower Lounge Level of the library.

AAUW, the American Association of University Women, promotes equity, education, and development of opportunities for women and girls that enable them to realize their full potential. AAUW topped the Great Nonprofits 2011 list of Top-Rated Social Justice Nonprofits.

For more information about AAUW and the local branch, visit or (click on branches/Midland in the sidebar). For information about membership in AAUW, call Mary Franek, 687-2545.

Happy Holidays from Midland, Michigan PTPI

Well, our 2011 season has come to a close. We enjoyed some wonderful evenings of companionship and learning this last year. Highlights include a presentation on the Nonviolent Peaceforce by Jeanne Lound Schaller of the Helen M. Casey Center for Nonviolence, Victor Hugo Aviles told us about his home country of Bolivia and Albert Brown told us about his home of Uganda. We changed up our format for fall, meeting in the more intimate setting of the St. Paul Lutheran church of Sanford. There we heard from Global Compassion founder Indira Oskavarik and local students Emily and Telly who travelled to Handa, Japan as representatives in our Sister City exchange.

Unfortunately, our November trip to the Arab American National Museum was cancelled due to low ticket sales, but we had a good time at NADA for our holiday dinner.

Like many organization in America today, our membership demographic is continuing to age. We have lost several members in the last few years to death and illness, and several of our formerly active members are no longer able to participate as they once did. We have cycled through the same six or seven people as officers over the last decade, and admittedly, we are tired.

Over the last year, the topic of our chapter’s future has come up on more than one occasion. We’ve had virtually no new additions to our membership in the last six years. The loss of Art Teot had an especially big impact on our club as his energy and connections had kept our Annual International Dinners well attended, with over 100 guests for many years. The 2011 Dinner was cancelled.

So, what do we do? This was the topic of the most recent board meeting. Membership will soon be getting a letter from President Deb Teot with our recommendation. Stay tuned.

December 5th Meeting

Unfortunately, the planned bus trip to the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan had to be cancelled due to the extremely low turn out. We only had eight people sign up for the trip! The bus seated 46 people!! After communicating with the bus company, they are willing to hold on to our $878 check to be used at a later date. Hopefully, we will be able to fill a bus with enough individuals this coming Spring. I personally, want to thank Jim Mentle, John Metcalf, Hazel Teot and Marion Newman on the work that they did inorder to try to make the trip a success. Your efforts are truly appreciated.

Our next meeting will be our annual Christmas Party. The party will be held at NADA Center on the campus of Northwood University on Monday, December 5, 2011. Please note the change in location.  I am still hoping that we will be hosting the students from the Intercultural Club. I have had only one communication from the club and have tried several times to speak with their President but have been unsuccessful in my endeavors. The menu for the dinner is as follows: Tossed green salad, Parmesan baked chicken, Hawaiian ham steaks, Parsley buttered potatoes, Medley of vegetables and Apple Pie. The cost of the dinner is $13 for PTPI members and $14 for non PTPI members.  NOTE: There will not be bar service.  Reservations must be made by calling Fran Mann at 832-2257 or me at 835-2567 by Friday, December 2, 2011. Transportation will be provided for those that do not drive at night. Looking forward to seeing you at the Christmas Party.

Just a reminder: The club will not be meeting in January, February or March. The remaining schedule for 2012 is as follows:

April – TBD

May – Wine and cheese from Around the World at Whiting Forest. This will be a fundraiser.

June – Annual Potluck in Sanford

Dues: Please make sure that you send John Metcalf your renewal statement. Those of you who have, thank you.

Museum Trip Planned

Thursday, November 17 at the Arab American National Museum

PTPI Midland is planning a trip to the AANM in Dearborn. We will be chartering a bus which can hold up to 45 participants. The bus will leave Midland at 9:00 am, arriving in Dearborn for a lunch at the museum (menu below.) We will have a short tour of the permanent exhibits and then see the museum’s new traveling exhibit, Patriots & Peacemakers: Arab Americans in Service to Our Country followed by discussion. The bus will return to Midland by 6:00 pm.

This all inclusive tour—bus transportation, lunch, and museum admission—will be $50 for non-members, $45 for members and $40 for students. The trip is open to the public and we encourage anyone who might be interested to join us.

The delicious lunch will consist of:

hummus and pita bread
your choice of Beef or Chicken Shawerma
or Falafel Sandwiches (vegetarian)
Juice, Tea or Coffee 

For tickets, contact Deb Teot, John Metcalf or  any of our chapter members. See you on the bus.