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The Belizean Grove is an elite, invitation-only American women's social club, located in New York City.[1][2] Founded in 1999 by Susan Stautberg, a former Westinghouse Broadcasting executive, and Edie Weiner, a futurist,[3] the Belizean Grove includes approximately 115 to 125 influential members from the military, financial, and diplomatic sectors. It is the female equivalent to the male-only social group, the Bohemian Club, whose annual meetings are held at the Bohemian Grove in California.[2] The Belizean Grove meets annually in Belize or similar Central American locations.[4] They also meet in New York and other U.S. cities, for activities they describe as "a balance of fun, substantive programs and bonding".[5]

Notable members of the Belizean Grove include former General Services Administration Administrator Lurita Doan and U.S. Army General Ann E. Dunwoody.[2][6] High-level executives from Goldman Sachs, Victoria's Secret, and Harley-Davidson also belong to the Grove, as do some ambassadors.[5] Other business leaders include: Davia Temin,[7] CEO and Founder of Temin and Company, Catherina Allen, CEO of Santa Fe Group,[8] and Ann Kaplan of Circle Financial Group.[9] Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor was a member of the Grove until June 19, 2009, when she resigned after Republican senators voiced concerns over the group's women-only membership policy.[10][11][12][13]

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  2. ^ a b c Vogel, Kenneth P. (2009-06-04). "Sonia Sotomayor found friends in elite group". The Politico. Archived from the original on 8 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-05.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-24. Retrieved 2012-10-29.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-01-10. Retrieved 2012-10-29.
  5. ^ a b Savage, Charlie & Kirkpatrick, David D. (2009-06-15). "Sotomayor Defends Ties to Association". The New York Times. Archived from the original on April 8, 2011. Retrieved 2009-06-16.
  6. ^ Cohen, Andrew (2009-06-05). "Is Sotomayor Supremely Stylish?". Vanity Fair. Archived from the original on 9 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-05.
  7. ^ Davia Temin
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  9. ^ Ryckman, Pamela (2011-04-02). "Belizean Grove, a Mighty Women's Club, Keeps a Low Profile". The New York Times.
  10. ^ Sherman, Mark (2009-06-19). "Sotomayor Quits Belizean Grove". Huffington Post. Associated Press. Archived from the original on 20 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-19.
  11. ^ Bravin, Jess (2009-06-20). "Court Nominee Sotomayor Quits Women-Only Group". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on 23 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-20.
  12. ^ "Sotomayor resigns from women's club". CNN. 2009-06-19. Archived from the original on 24 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-20.
  13. ^ Cooper, Helene (2009-06-20). "Sotomayor quits club". The Seattle Times. Archived from the original on 21 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-20.