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:


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
Please 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. 

March 13
Kelli O’Hara Naughton: A Working Mom
Actress and singer, Kelli will talk about her career and how coming to Westport has enhanced her family life. She earned a BA in music (vocal performance/opera) from Oklahoma City University as well as training at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. Her remarkable career encompasses Broadway roles in Nice Work If You Can Get It, South Pacific, The Pajama Game, The Light in the Piazza and many more! She won a Tony for her leading role in The King and I and a Tony Nomination for all the others listed! Her experience to date in opera was in The Merry Widow at The Metropolitan Opera. Her busy schedule includes singing in concerts as well as work in TV and film. She resides in Westport with her husband, Greg Naughton, and their children.

March 27
Claudia Kalb—journalist
Claudia Kalb’s book, Andy Warhol was a Hoarder: Inside the Minds of History’s Great Personalities, was published in 2016. In it, she explores the challenges and triumphs of twelve historical icons. What drives creativity, leadership, innovation and genius?  And what lies beneath? Claudia Kalb is an award-winning journalist who has reported on a wide variety of heath and science topics.  A former senior writer at Newsweek, she is known for combining in-depth and serious reporting with engaging and accessible writing.  Born in Hong Kong, the daughter of an American journalist, she has been steeped in news since childhood. Claudia graduated from Amherst College and received a master's degree in International Affairs, with specialization in media, from Columbia University.

Satellite Groups

(Y's Women Members Only)
Book Group 1  will not be meeting in March. We will meet again on April 20th. Questions? Contact Frankie Stein, 226-4219 or Connie Beskind, 255-8682.
Book Group 2 will be meeting on Thursday,  March 2nd 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 I Am Pilgrim by Terri Hayes. The discussion will be led by Joan Rosenthal. Please contact Arlene Bloom at 254-9096 or bloomah@sbcglobal.net to rsvp.
Book Group 3 will meet on Friday, March 3 at 10:30 am to discuss The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal. We will be meeting at Panera Bread located on Post Road East in Southport in the same shopping center as Home Goods. For more information,  please call Joan Harnett at 587-1170.
Carpool and Go!
On Wednesday, March 15, we will visit the newly reopened Yale Center for British Art in New Haven and have a tour at 10:45 am of their special exhibit, Enlightened Princesses. This show explores the story of three remarkable German princesses, Caroline, Augusta and Charlotte, who married into the British royal family in the 18th century and left lasting legacies of culture and enlightenment. We will see works commissioned by them, including paintings by Holbein, Kent, Ramsay, Reynolds, Stubbs, Gainsborough and others. We will have time to see the rest of the museum afterwards and then proceed to lunch at the Union League Cafe. There is no fee for the Museum or tour. To reserve your spot for this trip, please contact Lydia Menendez at lydiamnndz12@gmail.com or (203) 319-1110. We will meet at Trader Joe's / Wells Fargo parking lot at 9:45 am for a 10:00 departure. There will be a $3.00 cash reimbursement for drivers - please indicate willingness to drive. Drivers always needed and appreciated.


Trips coming up!

Your Trip Leader would like to share a few thoughts with you. I am frequently asked about trips
involving more than one day. However, I have found when such trips have been planned in the past, they have ended up being canceled because of a lack of member participation. For several years the overseas river boat cruises were quite successful, but none of our members took advantage of them last year. This is possibly due to the uncertain world situation, which I certainly can understand.

At the suggestion and urging of several members, I am thinking of planning trips of several days duration, and there are a number of interesting possibilities. I am looking into river cruises within the United States, and the overseas river cruises are still available. A trip to Cuba has been suggested as another option.

I encourage you to contact me regarding any or all of these suggestions, or with ideas of your own (227-3076 or pahf02@gmail.com). It takes a great deal of effort, planning, and time to put such trips together. If there is sufficient interest, we will move ahead.

Meanwhile, stay tuned for details about our spring 2017 trips. And thank you, as always, for your support of our Trips and Travel Program.


Tuesday, March 7:  New York City Historical Society, in combination with the Y's Men.

Tuesday, May 16: New York Botanical Gardens for the Chihuly Exhibit.

Wednesday, June 7: ABT Ballet at the Metropolitan Opera House, Le Corsaire.


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.  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 Sheila Weiss president (203-227-2786) or send an email to info@yswomen.org

About Membership

Membership year: July 1 - June 30
Annual dues: $35 for a broad array of general meetings, satellite groups and trips.
Renewals: Dues notices are sent out in August. Members who have not renewed by October 31 are removed from the membership roster.
New members are welcome to join at any time during the year.

For membership information, call Doris Levinson at 203-227-3371
To join, send your check for $35 to Doris Levinson, 6 Beechwood Lane, Westport, CT 06880

The Y’s Women Membership Form
July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017

For only $35 a year your Y’s Women membership includes…
·   Twice monthly meetings featuring outstanding speakers on a wide range of topics, plus refreshments and socializing
·         Lively discussion groups on books, news, films and investments
·         Paddle tennis groups
·         Bridge games
·         Frequent, interesting daytrips, by bus and carpool
·         Great opportunities for foreign travel
·         Holiday parties, new member coffees and newcomers lunches
·         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 2017 Y’s Women Membership Roster.
·         If you paid your dues in April 2016 or later, your membership is covered through
 June 30, 2017.
·         Once you reach your 90th birthday membership is gratis. But please let us know for the record--and send a Membership Form to keep your contact information current.

Membership questions? Contact Doris Levinson, 203-227-3371, drjlevinson@gmail.com.
Please complete the Membership Form and send it with your $35 check payable to Y’s Women to Doris Levinson, 6 Beechwood Lane, Westport CT 06880.


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