Y's Women Photos by Phyllis Groner

Phyllis Groner, Y’s Women Board member and Publicity Chair and photographer about town, has been capturing Y’s Women moments over the years.
See them on our Flickr site:

2016-2017 * 2017-2018

2015-2016 * 2014-20152013-20142012-2013 2011-2012 * 2010-2011

2009-2010 * 2008-2009 * 2007-2008

General Meetings

Place:          Temple Israel, Westport
10:45 am  Coffee and Conversation
11:30 am Meeting and Speaker
We must enter through the doors from the upper parking lot. There are a limited number of parking spaces in the upper lot; please leave them for those who have difficulty walking. Others please park in the lower lot and walk to the upper entrance.

Monday, September 9
Speaker: Barbara Kellerman, Women in Leadership 
Barbara Kellerman, the James MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Public Leadership at Harvard
University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, is an expert on leadership, “followership,” and the dynamics of change. Winner of the Wilbur M. McFeely Award from the National Management Association for her outstanding contributions to the fields of leadership and management, she has been ranked among the “Top 50 Business Thinkers” by Forbes.com and is one of Leadership Excellence’s Top 15 “Best Minds on Leadership.” Barbara received her BA degree from Sarah Lawrence and both a Master’s in Russian and East European Studies and a PhD in Political Science from Yale. She was awarded a Danforth Fellowship and three Fulbright fellowships. The author and editor of many books, she has spoken to audiences all over the world on women and leadership.

Monday, September 23
Speakers: Susan Filan, Courtney A. George, and Suzanne B. Sutton: ATTENTION, ATTENTION Must be Paid! 
Susan Filan, Courtney A. George, and Suzanne B. Sutton lead practices involving women’s rights at law firm Cohen & Wolf PC. In this timely presentation, they will share their ideas, experiences, and to-dos regarding #MeToo, the internet meme that has changed the discussion around an issue that remains a societal problem today. Coined in 2006 by social activist Tarana Burke to raise awareness of the pervasiveness of sexual abuse and assault, Me Too was a response to toxic behavior by men on women. The phrase became viral in October 2017 when The New York Times reported on Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s three-decade history of sexual harassment. Ten days later, actress Elyssa Milano, following an encounter with Weinstein, tweeted: “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.” With the Twitter hashtag #MeToo, Milano’s tweet was retweeted almost 25,000 times in the next few hours and received more than 53,000 likes. The Times followed up in November: “In what appears to be a seismic shift in what behavior is tolerated in the workplace, 71 high-profile men were fired or forced to resign after accusations of sexual misconduct that ranged from inappropriate comments to rape.”  Two weeks later the number had passed 100. In December 2017, #MeToo and its victims became Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. Ashley Judd, Reese Witherspoon, and Megyn Kelly, among
others – “The Silence Breakers” – discussed their encounters. The presentation will include a historical discussion of the women’s movement, from women’s suffrage to the ongoing struggle to get the Equal Rights Amendment approved.

Satellite Groups

(Y's Women Members Only)
Book Group 2 will meet on Thursday, September 5 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm at Panera Bread, located in Westport at 1860 Post Road East (next to Home Goods). The book to be discussed is The Reporter by Seymour Hersh, and the discussion will be led by Lois Ross. Please contact Arlene Bloom at bloomah@sbcglobal.net or 254-9096 to RSVP.
Book Group 3 will meet on Friday, September 13 at 10:30 am at Panera Bread in Westport to discuss The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story by Hyeonseo Lee. New members are welcome. Questions? Please contact Doris Levinson at 227-3371 or drjlevinson@gmail.com.
Movie Club: The Movie Club will meet on Wednesday, September 18 at Panera Bread. We plan to meet informally at 1:00 pm and begin discussion at 1:30. Our two discussion movies are Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood and The American Factory. Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood, which received an 85% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, is being shown in local theaters. The Factory, which received a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, is available on Netflix and is expected to appear in select theaters as well. “Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The ninth film from the writer-director features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age.” “American Factory is set in post-industrial Ohio, [where] a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.” If you wish to be added to the e-mail list for future events, please contact Margaret Mitchell at margaret06824@yahoo.com or 255-9094. 
Wise Investment Group: We'd like to invite you to join W.I.G.  (the Wise Investment Group). Become a member and co-manage the group’s stock portfolio. Our guiding principles are the three E’s – education, enjoyment and earnings. We meet on the fourth Thursday of the month; our next meeting is on September 26. Contact our president, Lois Block, for details at loisblock@optonline.net or 761-1177.
Lunch and Trivia: The Lunch and Trivia group will meet on September 26, the fourth Thursday of the month. The group will once again convene at noon at the VFW Club on Riverside Avenue in Westport, next to the room where we previously met. Please contact Ann Lloyd at aslloyd@optonline.net or Arlene Bloom at bloomah@sbcglobal.net if you plan to attend.
Solos: The Solos’ Labor Day Event will be held on Monday, September 2 – Labor Day – at 12:30 pm at Joan Weinstein’s house: 46 Tannery Lane South, Weston, CT 06883. The menus will feature Chicken and Spare Ribs. Send your $25 check made out to Joan Weinstein – Solos, and make your reservation in advance. Don’t forget to join Solos for the new year. Membership is $20 – $10 for those who go away during the winter. Solo members MUST be Y’s Women members as well, so make sure you pay your Y's Women dues.
Bridge Marathon: We will again be holding the Y’s Women Bridge Marathon. Teams will play six matches between October 1 and May 31. Please sign up during the month of September and send $10 per person to Karen Hoffman at 20 Terra Nova Circle, Westport, CT 06880. The $10 goes toward prizes. Questions: Contact Karen at khhoffman1@aol.com or 454-2842.
CARPOOL AND GO On Wednesday, September 4, please join Carpool and Go for an engaging and informative exhibition at the Lockwood Matthews Mansion celebrating the centennial of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution with a special exhibit, From Corsets to Suffrage:  Victorian Women Trailblazers. This is a unique opportunity to explore the suffrage movement of the 19th and early 20th centuries and view the treasured family heirlooms of suffragists. This movement shaped the 1960s Civil Rights movement and continues to echo in today’s everyday life. The show will feature rare images, objects, memorabilia, and period costumes that illustrate the activities and contributions of these women. We will also be treated to a tour of the Mansion itself, including the newly restored second-floor bedrooms of Anna Louisa Lockwood and LeGrand Lockwood. The opulent bedroom décor, which includes an Italian marble fireplace mantle inlaid with semi-precious stones, and the full bathrooms, featuring English ceramic sink basins inset in Italian Brescia marble, capture the latest technological advances of the Gilded Age. Please meet behind the Wells Fargo Bank in Trader Joe’s parking lot at 9:45 am for a 10:00 departure. The guided tour, starting at 10:30, for both the exhibit and the Mansion, is $12, with checks payable to Charlene Boyer, 162 Governor Trumbull Way, Trumbull, CT 06611. Please call Charlene at 434-2953 or email cboyer1991@att.net to reserve your place. The gas reimbursement for your driver is $2, and we always need volunteers to drive. Lunch will follow at the Sedona Taphouse, 515 West Avenue in Norwalk. Garage parking is free.

Trips coming up!

There are some terrific trips in the works for this Fall and they will be announced at the September meeting.  The October Newsletter will provide details.

About our monthly newsletters

Printed monthly newsletters are no longer being mailed to members. Instead, they are provided as printable computer files in Adobe Portable Document (PDF) format. To print them, the Adobe Acrobat Reader must be installed on your computer. If it is not already there, download it here.

Around the 25th of each month, the link to the next month's printable PDF newsletter is provided in two ways: in an email to members, and on this website (upper right corner). In addition, the newsletter's listings of dates and places are viewable on this website at a glance.

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About General Meetings

General Meetings are held the second and fourth Mondays of the month, September through November and January through May. The meetings are being held at Temple Israel, Westport, CT. Coffee and socializing begin at 10:45 a.m. The meetings start at 11:30.

These meetings feature speakers on a wide variety of topics -- from health and the arts to local, national and international issues --and are open to members and their guests.

Would you like to attend a meeting before you decide to join? For an invitation, call Polly Temple president (203-293-4688) or send an email to info@yswomen.org

About Membership

The Y's Women
 Membership Form
July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020




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  • Dues are $45.00 annually (from July through June).
  • Make your check payable to the Y's Women.
  • The dues deadline is October 31 to be listed in the 2020 Membership Roster.
  • If you join after March 31, 2020, your dues are in effect through June 2021.
  • Membership is complimentary at age 90. If you qualify please indicate that on your membership form.

To join Y's Women send this form and your $45 check to Doris Levinson, 6 Beechwood Lane, Westport, CT 06880. You may also join at a meeting at the membership table.


In which of these Y's Women activities do you plan to participate?

_____General meetings                              _____Newcomer luncheons
_____Holiday and spring parties             _____Newstalk discussion Group
_____Book Group                                       _____Paddle tennis
_____Bridge marathon                              _____Solos dinner Group       
_____Investment Group                            _____Lunch & trivia Group
_____Memoir Group                                  _____Travel programs
_____Movie Group                                 

Is there a new group activity that you'd like to suggest? Your ideas are welcome.

Membership questions?  Please contact Doris Levinson, membership chair, at drjlevinson@gmail.com or 203-227-3371.