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

September 10 – NO MEETNG

September 24 –
Place:        NOTE LOCATION –
     Saugatuck Congregational Church, Westport
10:45 am Coffee and Conversation
11:30 am sharp  Meeting and Speaker

Craig Melvin: The Ever-Changing Goings-On in Washington, DC
Craig Melvin, MSNBC Anchor and NBC News correspondent, will join Y’s Women to discuss a broad range of topics about the climate at MSNBC and NBC. He currently  anchors “MSNBC Live” on weekdays and often appears on the “Today” show. In 2012, he anchored MSNBC’s coverage of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, as well as Election Night coverage for TVOne in partnership with NBC News. He covers a wide variety of public interest matters, including the Asiana Airlines crash in 2013 and the Sandy Hook shooting in December 2012. Craig has a bachelor’s degree in government from Wofford College. He and his wife, ESPN sports anchor and former WRC-TV sports reporter Lindsay Czarniak, live in Westport with their son. Please join us for a fascinating look into the ever-changing goings-on in Washington, DC today! 

Satellite Groups

(Y's Women Members Only)

Book Group 2 will meet on Thursday, September 6 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm at Panera Bread, located in Westport at 1860 Post Road East (next to Home Goods). They will be discussing Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, and the discussion will be led by Jane Malakoff. Please contact Arlene Bloom at bloomah@sbcglobal.net or 254-9096 to RSVP.
Book Group 3 will meet on Friday, September 14 at 10:30 am at Panera Broad in Westport. They will discuss Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson. New members are welcome to join in. Questions? Contact Doris Levinson at drjlevinson@gmail.com or 227-3371.
The Movie Club will meet on Wednesday, September 25 at 1:30 pm at Panera Bread. The movie to be discussed is Crazy Rich Asians. If you wish to participate, please contact Judith Schomer at Judith.schomer@gmail.com or 557-0131.
Ys Women Investment Group: Consider joining our innovative, forward-thinking group. We meet once a month to discuss our portfolio and decide whether to buy or sell. We have made several successful decisions and have outpaced the S&P Average. Fearless exploration but cautious acquisition is our mantra. We explored bitcoin stocks but decided they were too risky. But our analysis of cannabis stocks caused us to buy small positions in three companies (creating our own mini-ETF). Full disclosure: There is a buy-in to join the portfolio and an additional $50 investment each month to buy new stocks. Come to our next meeting on September 27 and experience the “wisdom of the group.” Our president, Bev Silverman, will give you the details – contact her at bevjsil@yahoo.com or 256-0046.
Solos are women without spouses who are interested in socializing on the weekend once a month in a member’s home or elsewhere. Membership is $20 per year, and a separate amount is charged for each dinner or brunch. On Sunday, October 28 at 12:30 pm, we will be holding our Halloween Party at the home of Sue Ehrens: 7 Bittersweet Lane, Westport. If you’d like to take part, send a check for $25 payable to Joan Weinstein – Solos, to 46 Tannery Lane South, Weston, CT 06883. Guests are asked to wear a part of a costume – a hat, mask, boa, or the like. Please let Joan know early if you plan to attend. Also, please send Joan a $20 check to cover membership in Solos for 2018-19 ($10 for those who go away for the winter).
Bridge Marathon: We will again be having a Y’s Women Bridge Marathon. The Marathon will run from October 2018 through the end of May 2019. You and your partner are assigned six matches to be played in that time frame. All you need to do is find a partner and send a check for $10 per person to Karen Hoffman, 20 Terra Nova Circle Westport, CT 06880 by September 20. The $10 fee covers prizes. Once all players are registered, Karen and Helaine Davis will put together a schedule. This is a fun activity and a great way to meet other Y’s Women.
Paddle Tennis: The paddle tennis group offers games on Monday from 4:30 to 6:00 pm and Friday from 10:30 am to noon at Longshore. We are anticipating starting a Wednesday morning game as well. If you are a player and want to join us, please contact Susan Miller at  sjamjoy@aol.com – using the header “paddle tennis”). We ask that all incoming players take at least one clinic (with the town) so that we are all on the same page for play. We would love to hear from you.
Carpool and Go! Prepare for a great outing on Wednesday, September 5, when we visit Lyndhurst Mansion in Tarrytown, NY for a 10:00 am docent-guided tour of the exhibit Becoming Tiffany: From Hudson Valley Painter to Gilded Age Taste-maker. The show contains stained-glass windows, paintings of New York-area scenery, iridescent lamps and vessels, teak furniture, and metallic fabrics designed by Tiffany and his |circle. Our visit will also include a tour of the mansion and an introductory video. Following the tours, we will have lunch nearby at Mint in downtown Tarrytown. We’ll meet behind the Wells Fargo Bank in Trader Joe’s parking lot at 8:30 am for an 8:45 am departure. To reserve your place, contact Jill Meyer at jill@awayfortheday.net or 226-4310. Please mail a $17 check payable to Jill Meyer to 40 Owenoke Park, Westport, CT 06880 for the two tours. The gas reimbursement for your driver will be $8 in cash. Please indicate whether you can drive, as drivers are always needed and appreciated.

Trips coming up!

Tuesday, October 2 Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawaii, at the New York Botanical Garden. Experience the New York Botanical Garden’s latest exhibit dedicated to Hawaii – as seen through the eyes of Georgia O’Keeffe (1887 – 1986). Enjoy a guided tour of this landmark exhibition, which features the artist’s rarely seen works from Hawaii, reunited in New York for the first time since 1940, and the plants and flowers that inspired them. We will also have a boxed lunch and time to tour the gardens and further paintings on our own. The cost is $146 per person all-inclusive.  Flyers will be available at the General Meeting in September, or from 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.

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.

To prevent our emails from landing in your spam/junk folder, add info@yswomen.org to your address book.

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, 2018 - June 30, 2019




City/Town _____________________________________ State______  ZIP ______

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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 2019 Membership Roster.
  • New members joining in April or later are paid up through June of the following year.
  • Membership is free at age 90. If you qualify please indicate that on your membership form.

To join The Y's Women or to renew your membership, bring this form and our dues check to the membership table at the next meeting or mail to the membership chair: Doris Levinson, 6 Beechwood Lane, Westport, CT 06880.


Which of the variety of activities Y's Women provides do you plan to participate in?
_____Twice-monthly meetings                       _____Memoirs group
_____Book Group                                           _____Solos dinner group
_____Current Events Group                           _____Bridge marathon
_____Investment Group                                  _____Paddle tennis
_____Movie Group                                         _____Day trips
_____Holiday and Spring parties                    _____U.S. and foreign travel                      _____Newcomer lunches at local restaurants

Do you have suggestions for other kinds of group activities? ________________


Are you interested in starting a group of this type? Y/N

Questions?  Call Doris Levinson at 203-227-3371 or email her at drjlevinson@gmail.com