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 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.

November 12 Harold Bailey: TEAM Westport
TEAM Westport stands for Together Effectively Achieving Multiculturalism. Its mission: to help Westport achieve and celebrate a more welcoming, multicultural community. Now in its 14th year, this initiative was launched as a Selectman’s Task Force in 2003 and became a standing town committee in 2005. Harold Bailey, TEAM Westport’s Chair since it was founded, says, “A primary focus and concern of our organization since inception has been the impact of the town’s relatively low levels of racial and ethnic diversity on our children. Each year an essay topic provides young people an opportunity to reflect upon that impact and make their personal statements about it in very meaningful ways.” At this meeting, Harold will discuss ways in which TEAM Westport engages the community and draws attention to issues surrounding multiculturalism and diversity – making the invisible visible. It partners with a wide range of municipal government and community institutions, offering conversations, lectures, and programming. He will also discuss TEAM Westport’s recent Essay Contest and its outstanding winners, so many of whom were touched by the tragedy of Parkland. Harold is President of Aisha & Co. LLC. He was formerly CEO, Americas for Show Business Software, Ltd. A 30-year veteran of IBM, he is a trustee emeritus of Brown University, his alma mater, from which he also received an honorary PhD. Harold is also a Board member of the Westport Country Playhouse and a founding member of the Stamford chapter of 100 Black Men.  He received the Anti-Defamation League’s Distinguished Community Leadership award in 2005.

November 26 Patricia Russo: Female Power Unleashed – Politics and Positive Change
Patricia Russo, Executive Director of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale, is a nationally recognized leader focused on improving the quality of life for women in Connecticut and throughout the US. For more than 25 years she has held numerous leadership positions in public, private, and not-for-profit organizations centered on women’s rights. She has also held leadership positions on federal, state, and local political campaigns. The Women’s Campaign School at Yale University, her current assignment, is a nonpartisan, issue-neutral political campaign training program. It attracts women from the US and abroad who are interested in running for public office or becoming involved in campaign management. Patricia is a member of the national leadership team of Political Parity, a bipartisan initiative dedicated to increasing the number of women in elected office. She is the founder of the Connecticut Women’s Agenda, a state-wide advocacy coalition comprised of women leaders, and was named “Woman of  the Year” by the Connecticut chapters of both the American Association of University Women and the Association of Business and Professional Women. Patricia was also Director of Southern Fairfield County’s Centers for Planned Parenthood of Connecticut and Executive Director of the Middlesex County Sexual Assault Crisis Center. She holds a BA in Political Science from George Washington University. While an undergraduate, she served as an intern to US Congresswoman Bella S. Abzug (D-NY), who inspires her to this day!

Satellite Groups

(Y's Women Members Only)

Book Group 2 will meet on Thursday, November 1 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 My Antonia by Willa Cather, and the discussion will be led by Nancy Bloom. Please contact Arlene Bloom at 254-9096 or bloomah@sbcglobal.net to RSVP. 
Book Group 3 will meet on Friday, November 9 at 10:30 am at Panera Bread in Westport to discuss Plenty Ladylike: A Memoir by Claire McCaskill. New members are welcome. If you're interested in attending or have any questions, contact Doris Levinson at drjlevinson@gmail.com or 227-3371.
The Movie Club will meet on Wednesday, November 28 at 1:30 pm at Panera Bread in Westport to discuss A Private War, based on the true story of celebrated war correspondent Marie Colvin. If you wish to be added to the e-mail list for future events, please contact Margaret Mitchell at 255-9094 or margaret06824@yahoo.com. New members and all other interested participants are welcome.
Solos pre-Thanksgiving celebration will be dinner on Saturday, November 17 at 5:00 pm in the lovely recreation rooms at 597 Westport Avenue, across from Whole Foods. Please send your $25 check to Joan Weinstein – Solos, 46 Tannery Lane South, Weston, CT 06883. Our hostess for the evening will be Agnes Flynn.
Carpool and Go! On Thursday, November 8, we will travel to the Bruce Museum for an engaging exhibit tracing the history of Navajo weaving, from the earliest Mexican serapes in the 1880s to mid-20th century pictorial rugs. The unique Navajo textile collection is set apart from other Native American rugs and blankets because the warp (vertical strings on the loom) is one long continuous piece of wool thread. Also included in this docent-led tour is an exhibit called ReTooled, featuring more than 40 imaginative works in varied media reflecting the subject of tools from objects of beauty to satirical and illusional displays. Lunch will follow (after a brief trip to the gift shop, if desired) at the Sedona Taphouse, 515 West Avenue in Norwalk. Free parking is available in the adjacent garage. Please contact Charlene Boyer at cboyer1991@att.net or 434-2953 to reserve a space, and mail a check for $12 to Charlene at 162 Governor Trumbull Way, Trumbull, CT 06611. We will meet in the Trader Joe/Wells Fargo parking lot at 9:15 am for a 9:30 departure. The driver’s reimbursement is $4 in cash. Please let us know if you are willing to drive.


Trips coming up!

THE Y’S WOMEN'S TRANSATLANTIC VOYAGE ON THE QUEEN MARY 2 New York to Southampton, England, June 7-14, 2019
Join us for this very special trip and escape to a world of discovery and relaxation while crossing the Atlantic aboard the extraordinary Queen Mary 2. Rates from $1,299 per person, based on double occupancy. Special return airfare and post-cruise hotel and tour packages available at additional cost.
PORTUGAL IN DEPTH: 11-DAY TOUR September 12-23, 2019
An in-depth land tour of Portugal, beginning and ending in Lisbon and circling the
country. The price for this opportunity is $2,299 per person double occupancy, excluding airfare and trip insurance.
Both these trips are being offered through Westport-based Travel Exchange. Our travel contacts are Fran Thomas and Dorothy Fox, both Y’s Women. They may be reached at 221-3500. If you are even remotely interested in either trip, contact Fran or Dorothy and they will be able to give you all the details and special incentives for early bookings.


Detailed flyers for all trips are available at the Y’s Women's General Meetings or by contacting Pat Farmer at 227-3076 or pahf02@gmail.com. If you are unable to attend a meeting and want a flyer, please contact Pat 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 ______

Home phone __________________    Cell ___________________________

Email _______________________________________________________


  • 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