Y's Women Photos

Photos of speakers, Y's Women Activities and members though the years:

2016-2017 * 2017-2018

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

2009-2010 * 2008-2009 * 2007-2008

General Meetings

Because of precautions required to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we won’t be having an annual meeting and spring picnic this year. We sincerely hope to be able to resume Y’s Women meetings in September, and we will keep you informed. Have a happy and SAFE summer.

We have some wonderful speakers scheduled for our first meetings in the fall: September 14: James Naughton – award-winning Broadway, movie, and TV actor and director. October 12:  George Murphy – well-respected Civil War historian who will speak about Connecticut’s role in the Underground Railroad. October 26:  Joe Meyers – accomplished film critic who will discuss the ways in which the movie industry and movie watching have changed. 

Mercy Learning Center Needs Help

From Jane  Ferreira, Mercy Learning Center CEO
We presently are trying to take care of our students who have the coronavirus in their immediate households. We have been delivering food and diapers to these mothers and children since they are in quarantine. This has been our focus. Many of our families have no outside support and therefore are really left alone. Once we get the food and diaper situation under control, we will use the financial support to help with their bills. Many are not eligible for the stimulus checks.  If your community wants to help in any way, this is the email that I sent out last week when our pantry got too low. And if they need to have someone pick up their items, I can ask one of our Board members who may live near them. Thank you for this opportunity. The back parking lot of MLC will be open every Friday from 10 am to 12 noon for deliveries. Folks can come and drop off food, diapers, gift cards. Leave them by the back of the building and the janitor will take them into the building (he will be outside waiting). Everyone who is dropping off needs to have a mask and keep appropriate social distance. Donors need to put their name in the bag or envelope so we can send out thank you notes in the near future. Or you can email me with your friends’ information, etc. Specific items: bags of rice and any type of dried beans, lentils, etc.; tomato paste, tomato sauce, or diced tomatoes; cooking oil, oatmeal, corn meal, cream of wheat, powdered milk, pasta, canned fruit, applesauce, and canned vegetables and meats. These are basic items that will help. Toilet paper and other toiletries. (There are more items on our wish list but these are the most essential right now.) Diapers: 4, 5, and 6 sizes. Gift cards: Stop and Shop, Shop Rite, Walgreens, CVS – denominations of $25 or above. Financial Donations: always welcome – by check (preferred) or on the website – will be restricted to those in need during this pandemic.

Satellite Groups

(Y's Women Members Only)
Book Group 2 will meet from 1:30 to 3:00 pm on Thursday, June 4 via Zoom. The book to be discussed is The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett, and the discussion will be led by Nancy Bloom.
Book Group 3 will meet via Zoom on Friday, June 8 at 10:30 am,  when we will discuss The Last Girls, a novel by Lee Smith. For questions or to RSVP, contact Doris Levinson at 227-3371 or drjlevinson@gmail.com.
The Movie Club will have a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, June 17, at 1:30 pm. We plan to discuss Funny Girl and the 1967 version of The Producers. Funny Girl tells the story of a “vibrant and beautiful young Fanny Brice (Barbra Streisand) [who] starts out as a bit player on the New York City vaudeville stage, but works her way up to stardom on Broadway. Valued for her vocal and comedic talents by the renowned theater impresario Florenz Ziegfeld (Walter Pidgeon), Fanny thrives, but her relationship with her suave, imprisoned businessman husband, Nick Arnstein (Omar Sharif), is another story.” The Producers tells the story of “down and out producer Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel), who was once the toast of Broadway, [and now] trades sexual favors with old ladies for cash contributions. Max’s new accountant, Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder), offhandedly muses that if Max found investors for a new production that turned into a flop, he could legally keep all the extra money. The duo begins to put together the worst play possible, titled ‘Springtime for Hitler,’ with a terrible director and a hippie-freak star.” Both movies were shown on the WNET network of PBS as part of Reel 13 Classics. You may be able to see them through a PBS playback system (such as Thirteen Passport) or other streaming service. If you wish to be added to the email list for future events, please contact Margaret Mitchell at margaret06824@yahoo.com or 255-9094. 
Other satellite groups will resume activities when we can all be together in person. Stay tuned for further notice.

Trips coming up!

Because of the uncertainty as to when the United Nations will be able to reopen for tours, the April 22 trip has been canceled. We will consider a future trip to the UN when conditions are safe to do so. 

As for the present, stay home and stay safe. If you wish to have your check returned, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Geri Hanslick, 117 Newtown Turnpike, Westport, CT 06880. If you prefer to have us void and destroy your check, contact Geri at (646) 789-3013 or gerihanslick@yahoo.com.


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, 2019 - June 30, 2020




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 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.