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

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 11
The Staples High School “Orphenians”
It’s a great pleasure for the Y’s Women to welcome the Orphenians Choral Group of Staples High School, directed by Luke Rosenberg and with Tom Scavone, Pre-K through 12 Music and Visual Arts Coordinator, on November 11. The Orphenians are an elite group of 40 high school voices in grades 9-12 who have been invited to perform around the world. Luke Rosenberg, Choral Director, has been with Staples High School since 2012 and has taken the chorus to the Opera House in Sydney, Australia, Yankee Stadium, Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, and many other venues. We look forward to enjoying their world-class entertainment at our November 11th meeting.

November 25
Stacie Lewis – Actor, Singer, Songwriter
Stacie has performed on Broadway for nearly a decade, most notably as Glinda in Wicked. She is a teacher, arts advocate, mother to two curious and creative daughters, co-writer of the children’s album “Harmonize,” and creator of the Harmonize Kidz arts enrichment program, which uses her music to teach social and emotional learning to elementary school students. Stacie, who grew up in Monroe, CT and then spent 20 years living in New York City, recently moved to Westport with her family. She has performed locally at the Levitt Pavilion as part of Melissa and Doug’s sponsored children’s series and is also a fan favorite at ”Play with Your Food.”

Satellite Groups

(Y's Women Members Only)
Book Group 2 will meet on Thursday, November 7 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 Educated by Tara Westover, and the discussion will be led by Bev Silverman. Please contact Arlene Bloom at 254-9096 or bloomah@sbcglobal.net to RSVP.
Book Group 3 will meet on Friday, November 8 at 10:30 am to discuss The Library Book by Susan Orlean. Our meeting will take place at Panera Bread in Westport. New members are welcome. Questions? Please contact Doris Levinson at 227-3371 or drjlevinson@gmail.com.
The Movie Club will meet on Wednesday, November 20 at Panera Bread in Westport to discuss Pain and Glory and Motherless Brooklyn. We will meet informally at 1:00 pm and begin discussion at 1:30. Pain and Glory, which received a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, is expected to open in theaters in late October. Motherless Brooklyn, which received a 59% rating, is expected to open in early November. Pain and Glory "tells of a series of reencounters experienced by Salvador Mallo, a film director in his physical decline. Some of them in the flesh, others remembered: his childhood in the 60s, when he emigrated with his parents to a village in Valencia in search of prosperity, the first desire, his first adult love in the Madrid of the 80s, the pain of the breakup of that love while it was still alive and intense, writing as the only therapy to forget the unforgettable, the early discovery of cinema, and the void, the infinite void that creates the incapacity to keep on making films." Motherless Brooklyn, “set against the backdrop of 1950s New York, follows Lionel Essrog (Edward Norton), a lonely private detective living with Tourette Syndrome, as he ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna (Bruce Willis). Armed only with a few clues and the engine of his obsessive mind, Lionel unravels closely-guarded secrets that hold the fate of the whole city in the balance.” If you wish to be added to the email list for future events, please contact Margaret Mitchell at 255-9094 or margaret06824@yahoo.com.
Wise Investment Group: We invite you to join W.I.G. (the Wise Investment Group). Become a member and co-manage the group's stock portfolio. Our guiding principles are the three E’s – education, enjoyment, and earnings. We usually meet on the 4th Thursday of the month; however, our next meeting will be on December 5 because of the Thanksgiving holiday in November. Contact our president, Lois Block, for details at loisblock@optonline.net or
Solos will be combining a Sunday hot & cold buffet, drink, and dessert at Positano’s with the Staples musical Mamma Mia! This event will take place on Sunday, November 17 at 12:30 pm, with the show at 3:00 pm. You can attend both or just one of these events. The buffet is $30 and the show is $15. Staples tickets go on sale on October 26, so the sooner you get your reservation in, the better seats Joan Weinstein can purchase. Contact Joan as soon as possible at 227-7304 or 46tannery@sbcglobal.net, and send your check to Joan Weinstein – Solos at 46 Tannery Lane South, Weston, CT 06883.
Lunch and Trivia will meet on Thursday, November 14 at noon at the VFW on Riverside Avenue. Please contact Ann Lloyd at 226-4145 or Arlene Bloom at 254-9096 or bloomah@sbcglobal.net if you plan to attend.
 CARPOOL AND GO! On Wednesday, November 20, Carpool and Go has arranged a 1:30 pm guided tour of the exhibit 200 Years of Indigenous North American Art at the Yale University Art Museum. The show’s 75 artworks – including basketry, beadwork, textiles, pottery, drawings, photography, and wood carving – dating from the early 19th century to the present emphasize the connections that Indigenous peoples have to their lands and to the passing on of their artistic traditions. Prior to the afternoon tour, we’ll have a superb 11:30 am lunch at New Haven’s Union League Cafe. We’ll meet at Trader Joe’s at 10:30 am for a 10:45 departure.  Please contact Jill Meyer at 226-4310 or jill@awayfortheday.net RIGHT AWAY to reserve your place. There is no charge for the guided tour. The gas reimbursement for your driver will be $5 in cash, plus $2 for the parking garage. Please indicate whether or not you can drive, as drivers are always needed and appreciated. DIRECTIONS: Drive north on I-95 to New Haven exit 47. As you follow the Oak Street Connector (which becomes Martin Luther King Drive), you will pass Church, Temple, College, and High Streets until you come to York Street. Turn right onto York Street, and after crossing George and Crown Streets, turn left into the York Street Garage at 150 York Street. There is an all-day parking fee of approximately $7.

Trips coming up!

We are planning some fun trips for the Spring. Stay tuned.

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, 2019 - June 30, 2020




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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.