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:


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

2009-2010 * 2008-2009 * 2007-2008

General Meetings

Open to members and their guests

Place:  Temple Israel, Westport
10:45 am   Coffee and Conversation
11:30 am   Meeting and Speaker
Please 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. 

January  9
James Naughton:  Life Changes and Goes On
We are thrilled to kick off our Speaker Program for 2017 with our hometown, handsome charmer and solid, reliable player of stage, film and TV, James Naughton.  He is a two-time Tony award winner for his cynical, “Sam Spade”-like detective in City of Angels and the slick lawyer/razzle-dazzler Billy Flynn in the revival of Chicago. Jim graduated from Yale’s School of Drama and soon scored on Broadway with the role of Edmund in Long Day’s Journey into Night. He has directed stage plays, including Our Town with Paul Newman and his film work includes The Paper Chase, The Glass Menagerie, The First Wives Club and so much more. Come join him to catch up on his career, life and ever evolving, successful family!

January 23
Marty Yellin:  The Universe
For 45 years MartyYellin had a secret which he could not share even with his own wife. The Top Secret program he worked in began in 1965 and was declassified only in late 2011.  Yellin was recruited to Project Hexagon, or Big Bird, as it came to be known, in 1966, seduced to Perkin-Elmer by an offer seduced to Perkin-Elmer by an offer doubling the recent college grad’s salary to $16,000.  He was part of a 1,000 person team tasked with designing a camera to be mounted in a “reconnaissance spacecraft” to take photos of areas of interest to the CIA. Five years later the team had made it happen and Big Bird flew.  They had built a camera that was housed in a 60 foot long, 30,000 pound vehicle. After years in what must have felt like a witness protection program, he was released and Marty Yellin went on to contribute to the development of the Hubble Telescope - something he is eager to discuss with all of us! 

Satellite Groups

(Y's Women Members Only)
Book Group 1 will not be meeting in January. Questions? Contact Frankie Stein, 226-4219 or Connie Beskind, 255-8682.
Book Group 2 will meet on Thursday, January 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 Canada by Richard Ford.  The discussion will be led by Sue Harris.  Please RSVP by contacting Nancy Bloom at 259- 0071 or nancyerb@aol.com .
Book Group 3 will meet on Friday, January 6, at 10:30 am to discuss Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. Our meeting will take place in the Community Room of The Saugatuck 35 Bridge Street in Westport. For more information please call Joan Harnett 587-1170.
Solos: We will hold our annual Game Night at The Saugatuck, 35 Bridge Street in Westport, on Friday, January 20 at 6:00 pm. Betty Kogen will be our gracious hostess and  Pizza with Prosecco will be the menu. If you mail your $20.00 check, made out to Joan Weinstein - Solo’s, 46 Tannery Lane, Weston, Ct 06883, that will be your reservation.
Movie Time will post a few film dates through January 2017. Then we will suspend operations and resume in March. We have had some enjoyable experiences - seeing good films, having thoughtful discussions, and meeting new friends. Join us in 2017! Any questions? Contact Judith Schomer at 557-0131.
Carpool and Go! On Wednesday, January 18 at the Katonah Museum of Art, we'll have an 11:00 am guided tour of the exhibit Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection.  This exhibit, “a unique exploration of  Henri Matisse’s drawings by one of America’s greatest abstract artists, provides new insight into the French master’s work.”  Many of the 45 Matisse works on view have rarely or never before been exhibited. On display in an adjacent gallery will be Kelly’s large scale “Suite of Plant Lithographs," which were chosen to illuminate the sympathies and differences between the two artists.  Following the tour, we'll have a 12:30 lunch at Peppino’s in Katonah. We’ll meet behind the Wells Fargo bank at Trader Joe’s parking lot at 9:30 am, with a 9:45 departure.  The guided museum tour will cost $6/person. Please call Jill Meyer at 226-4310 or e-mail her at jill@awayfortheday.net – to reserve your place and mail a check for $6 payable to Jill to 40 Owenoke Park, Westport, CT 06880. The gas reimbursement for your driver will be $4 in cash. Please indicate whether you can drive, as drivers are always needed and appreciated.

Trips coming up!

Stay tuned for anouncements of Spring trips

Any questions?  Call Pat Farmer

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.

If you are not already receiving emails, please check the Membership Roster to be sure we have your correct email address. Notify Doris Levinson of any changes or corrections: 227-3371  or drjlevinson@gmail.com. A member's e-mail address will only be used for the monthly newsletters and for occasional important announcements.

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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 Sheila Weiss president (203-227-2786) or send an email to info@yswomen.org

About Membership

Membership year: July 1 - June 30
Annual dues: $35 for a broad array of general meetings, satellite groups and trips.
Renewals: Dues notices are sent out in August. Members who have not renewed by October 31 are removed from the membership roster.
New members are welcome to join at any time during the year.

For membership information, call Doris Levinson at 203-227-3371
To join, send your check for $35 to Doris Levinson, 6 Beechwood Lane, Westport, CT 06880

The Y’s Women Membership Form
July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017

For only $35 a year your Y’s Women membership includes…
·   Twice monthly meetings featuring outstanding speakers on a wide range of topics, plus refreshments and socializing
·         Lively discussion groups on books, news, films and investments
·         Paddle tennis groups
·         Bridge games
·         Frequent, interesting daytrips, by bus and carpool
·         Great opportunities for foreign travel
·         Holiday parties, new member coffees and newcomers lunches
·         Doing things you enjoy as part of a terrific group of active, involved women

Dues must be paid by October 31st to be listed in the new 2017 Y’s Women Membership Roster.
·         If you paid your dues in April 2016 or later, your membership is covered through
 June 30, 2017.
·         Once you reach your 90th birthday membership is gratis. But please let us know for the record--and send a Membership Form to keep your contact information current.

Membership questions? Contact Doris Levinson, 203-227-3371, drjlevinson@gmail.com.
Please complete the Membership Form and send it with your $35 check payable to Y’s Women to Doris Levinson, 6 Beechwood Lane, Westport CT 06880.


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