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

Open to members and their guests
Place:         Temple Israel, Westport
10:45 am Coffee and Conversation
11:30 am sharp  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.

May 14
Kelli O’Hara Naughton & Megan Osterhaus Bolan: Friends Following their Dream Together
Actresses Kelli O’Hara Naughton and Megan Osterhaus Bolan are friends who grew up in Oklahoma and then went to New York to follow their dream. They had babies weeks apart and both moved to Westport to “settle down.” In this special program, they will fill us in on their parallel journeys to stardom. Kelli recently starred in Love Letters with Alec Baldwin at the Westport Country and as Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte at the Metropolitan Opera. She has been nominated for six Tony awards and won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her performance as Anna Leonowens in The King and I. Kelli also starred as Mrs. Darling in NBC’s live telecast of Peter Pan and debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in The Merry Widow. Her many Broadway roles include Jekyll & Hyde, Follies, Dracula, The Light in the Piazza, The Pajama Game, and Nice Work if You Can Get It. Kelli has also performed in a number of  regional and off-Broadway productions as well as in film and TV.

Megan has held leading roles in shows including Les Miserables, Mary Poppins, Mamma Mia, and You May Now Worship Me. Her parents spent a decade in New York working in the theater before returning to their home state, Oklahoma, to start a family. After becoming a theater professor at Oklahoma City University, her dad plugged her into his productions to keep her busy after school. “I would stand in the aisles and memorize everything, sing all the songs, learn all the choreography, and play with the props,” she recalls. While attending college, Megan visited New York and on a whim auditioned for a tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamboat. She landed the job, graduated early, and began understudying Jodi Benson and pop star Deborah Gibson as Narrator. When Gibson fell ill, Megan found herself on stage. Megan then moved to New York with Oklahoma native Kelli and two other friends. “It was great – we were always running around to auditions and luckily sometimes landing jobs along the way,” says Megan. This particular period is a big part of their story, which Kelli and Megan will share with the Y’s Women in a unique program on May 14. We are certain you will all enjoy it!

Satellite Groups

(Y's Women Members Only)
Book Group 2 will meet on Thursday, May 3 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 Beloved by Toni Morrison, 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, May 11 at 10:30 am to discuss Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance. We will meet at Panera Bread, located on the Post Road next to Home Goods. Questions? Please contact Doris Levinson at 227-3371 or drjlevinson@gmail.com.
The Movie Club will meet on Wednesday, May 16 at 1:30 pm at Panera Bread, on Post Road East next to Home Goods. The movie to be discussed is The Audacity to Be Free by Lou Andreas-Salome. It’s the story of the first female psychoanalyst of the 20th century. Her desire to live a life free from convention  scandalized society but spurred passion and genius in others. If this film is not available, we will discuss the old classic Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. If you wish to participate, please contact Judith Schomer at judith.schomer@gmail.com or 557-0131.
Solos: Plans for a Solos event in May are still uncertain at the time this newsletter went to press. If there is an update, all members will be contacted by email.
Wisest Investment Group: Do you like lively discussions, making new friends, and becoming more stock-market literate? Consider joining the Wisest Investment Group. We meet the fourth Thursday of each month to discuss our holdings, consider new stocks, sell an existing position, or just hold where we are. We have a diversified portfolio, and each member owns a share. For more information, contact Beverly Silverman at bevjsil@yahoo.com.
Carpool and Go! On Friday, May 18, by popular demand, we will revisit the Seven Bridges
Foundation in northern Greenwich to see the works in and around Gallery 1 (114 John Street) – on the opposite side of campus from the building we have visited before. The Foundation houses a unique collection by Richard McKenzie of modernist and figurative paintings, glass art, sculpture and photography in a beautiful country estate. It supports both established and emerging living artists to promote their creativity. We will have a guided tour at 11:00 am. Please note that Gallery 1 has stairs, but no elevator. There is no charge for the tour. After our visit we will have lunch at the Moderne Barn, 430 Bedford Road, Armonk, NY (just 2 1/2 miles north of the Foundation. To reserve your spot for this special event, please contact Lydia Menendez at lydiamnndz12@gmail.com or 319-1110. We will meet in Trader Joe’s / Wells Fargo parking lot at 9:30 am for a 9:45 departure. Please bring $5 in cash for drivers – and indicate if you are willing to drive. Drivers are always needed and appreciated!

Trips coming up!

Wednesday, June 6: The American Ballet Theatre’s Revival of Harlequinade
Enjoy luncheon as we return to Chez Josephine. From there we will take our Dress Circle seats and enjoy a performance  of the American Ballet Theatre's World Premier of Harlequinade.  Experience pure comedic joy as Harlequin fights for his true love! Price per person is $163, all inclusive of taxes and gratuities. NOTE:  We do need to hear from you right away, as we have a deadline for a non-refundable deposit.

Thursday, June 14: Berkshires Gilded Age
Enjoy a guided tour of The Mount, the home of Edith Wharton, in Lenox, Massachusetts. The tour will be followed by lunch at the famous Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, and a visit to Naumkeag, a marvelous Berkshire “cottage” renowned for its elegant gardens. Price per person is $125. This trip is in coordination with the Norwalk Senior Center, and reservations can be made by calling the Center at 247-1115 and speaking to Joan. You may also feel free to call or email your Y’s Women’s Trips and Travel Chairman, Pat Farmer, at 227-3076 or pahf02@gmail.com.


Detailed flyers for all trips are available at the Y’s Women's General Meetings or by contacting Pat Farmer at 27-3076 or pahf02@gmail.com. When reserving for a trip, please observe the tear-off on the bottom of the flyer with the pertinent information and entree choices requested, just to make life a little easier on the Travel Chairman. If you are unable to attend a meeting and want a flyer, please contact Pat Farmer and she can mail you one either electronically or by snail mail. Many thanks! Trip Cancellation Policy:  Your payment is your reservation. Refunds will be given only if your place can be sold to someone else.

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, 2017 - June 30, 2018
For only $45 a year your Y's Women membership includes:
  • Twice monthly meetings featuring outstanding speakers on a wide range of topics, plus time for socializing and refreshments
  • Lively discussion groups on books, the news, current films and investments
  • Paddle tennis groups
  • Bridge games
  • Solos dinner group
  • Holiday and spring parties, new members coffees, and newcomers luncheons
  • Frequent, interesting daytrips by bus and carpool to area highlights
  • Opportunities for well-planned U.S. and foreign travel
  • 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 Y's Women Membership Roster.
  • Dues are $45 a year extending from July 1st to June 30th.
    • If you joined from April to June 2017 your dues are covered through  June 2018.
  • Once you reach your 90th birthday membership is complimentary - but please let us know. Send a Membership Form to keep your contact information up-to-date.
 Membership questions? Contact Doris Levinson, Membership Chair, 203-227-3371, drjlevinson@gmail.com.
To join Y's Women or renew your membership please fill out the Membership Form and send it with your $45 check payable to Y's Women to Doris Levinson, 6 Beechwood Lane, Westport CT 06880. Memberships are also accepted at meetings.
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