Board 2013-2014

First row: Phyllis Groner; Shirlee Schwartz; Carole Rubenstein; Mildred Bunche; Bonnie Moon; Ruth Rubin. Second row: Pat Farmer; Dottie DeFinis; Judith Schomer; Gloria Lau; Barbara Rogan; Celie Rosenau. Third row: Janet Davis; Katie Chase; Carolyn Meyer; Phyllis Lee; Joan Nathan; Maxine Meyerheart.

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:

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

2009-2010 * 2008-2009 * 2007-2008

General Meetings

Open to members and their guests

Place:  Unitarian Church
           10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport    
11:00 am  Festive Holiday Luncheon
                  for paid-up members of Y’s Women

Monday, December 8  
To attend your check for $10 must be received no later than November 30, Check should be addressed to Y’s Women and mailed to Janet Davis, 27 Woods Grove Road, Westport, CT 06880

We are continuing our tradition of collecting gifts for Westport’s Homes with Hope, the Women’s Crisis Center in Norwalk and the Mercy Learning Center in Bridgeport.

All items must be new.  Place the gifts in clear plastic bags, with size and gender marked when appropriate.

Suggestions include:
Bed linens (twin-size), bath towels, washcloths, pillows, fleece blankets. Clothing: Gloves, caps, socks, sweaters; women’s underwear (large), robes, children’s pajamas, sweat shirts, toddler snowsuits, jackets. Toilet articles for men, women  (no samples please!) Pre-paid phone cards; Gift cards for local shops- e.g. Stop and Shop, Stew Leonard’s, Walmart, CVS, Walgreen’s, Marshalls. (Please place phone or gift cards in envelope with amount shown on outside.)

No toys — since they are contributed by many other groups

Questions about gifts? Call Jean McGurk, 203-222-0501

Satellite Groups

      (Y’s Women members  ONLY)
Book Club 1 will meet on Thursday, December 18 at 1:00 pm in the Library’s Seminar Room. The book we are reading is The Good Lord Bird by James McBride. Any questions? Call Frankie Stein, 226-4219 or Connie Beskind, 255-8682.
Book Club 2 will be meeting on Thursday, December 4, from 1:30 - 3:00 pm  to discuss Little Failure: A Memoir by Gary Shteyngart, facilitated by Eileen Rosen. We’ll meet at Phyllis Lee’s home. RSVP to Phyllis at 292-6572 or
Book Club 3 will meet on Friday, December 5 at 10:30 am to discuss Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively, led by Ellen Linker. Our meeting is at the home of Inge VanGelder.  Questions? Please call Joan Harnett at 587-1170.
Newstalk: Our next meeting will be on Thursday, December 18 from 10 to 11:30 am, at the home of Carol Diamond. All Y’s Women are welcome!  Contact Phyllis Groner, 226-5583.
Walking Group: We have been having very nice wea-ther for our walks and hope you can all join us this month.
We meet at 9:45 am and walk from 10:00 to 11:00am.
Dec. 2 - Sherwood Island - Meet in Pavilion parking lot
Dec. 9 - Compo Beach.  Meet at canon end of parking lot
Dec.16- Sherwood Island - Meet in Pavilion parking lot
December 23 - Holiday Break
December 30 - Holiday Break
We hope you have a Happy Holiday and we’ll see you in January 2015 Polly Temple, 293-4688 or Barb Stephen, 557-3551
Paddle Tennis: Anyone out there looking for a paddle tennis game?  Please contact Susan Miller at 227- 5713 or  and we'll try to accommodate you.
Carpool and Go! On Tuesday, December 9, we will briefly visit Norwalk’s Center for Contemporary Printmaking to view an exhibit titled 70 Years of Printmaking with works by Claire Romano and John Ross, We will then enjoy an 11:00 guided tour of the elegant Lockwood-Matthews Mansion, which will be gaily decorated for the holidays and is located just across the parking lot. Lunch, after our tour, at Ginger Man on Washington Street. We’ll meet at Trader Joe’s at 9:45 am for a 10:00 am departure. Reserve your place by  e-mail  to Jill Meyer – – or call her at 226-4310. Then mail a check for $6, made out to the Lockwood-Matthews Mansion ,to Jill Meyer 40 Owenoke Park, Westport, CT 06880. The gas reimbursement for your driver will be $3. Please also indicate if you can drive, as drivers are always needed and appreciated. Contact Jill Meyer, 226-4310 or Lydia Menendez, 319-1110 about joining this festive outing.

Trips coming up!

Join the Y's Women's Trips this Fall

Sunday, December 14:   A Tour of Harlem with Ellington At Christmas: Nutcracker Suite at the Apollo Theatre.  A special day with a guided overview tour of vibrant Harlem.  We will visit the Morris-Jumel Mansion and have lunch at Miss Mamie's Spoonbread Too!  At the Apollo Theatre we will see Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite featuring a 16 piece orchestra, soprano Priscilla Baskerville, tap dancer Jason Samuels Smith, a mass gospel choir and students from Dance Theatre of Harlem.  Price per Person is $152, all inclusive.  This trip is currently filled but names are being accepted for the waiting list.  
Wednesday, March 25, 2015:  A Broadway Treat…On the Town. A classic and dazzling revival of the Leonard Bernstein musical-comedy.  The performance will be preceded by lunch at Sardi's; it will be a memorable day!!  Price per person is $178, all inclusive.  The deadline for our orchestra seats ticket order is January 12, 2015.  Orders after that date will be on the basis of  "availability only", so making your reservations sooner rather than later is recommended.

Costa Rica: 9 days —  February 2 OR March 2, 2015
Includes Tourteguero National Park, Arenal, & Manuel Antonio.  Price from $2999.

Paris and Normandy Seine River Cruise— 9 days, April 22-30, 2015
A 5-STAR River Boat Cruise featuring Paris and the French Countryside with Airfare, Price from $3399.

Amazing Italy by Rail - just two hotels —October 1-10, 2015
Visit Rome, Venice, Florence...Pisa...Amalfi Coast...Pompeii.  Price per person $3599.  An immersive experience exploring the best of Italy. You will ride in comfort on the high speed rails.  This is a complete vacation including admissions to many of the famous sights including the Vatican, the Colosseum, the Academia with the statue of David, as well as the preserved ancient city of Pompeii.  The price includes airfare, 12 meals (all breakfasts and four dinners, rail journeys, escorts while in Italy, bag handling and transfers.

Brochures for the three trips abroad can be found at 

Detailed flyers for all trips are available at the Y's Women's General Meetings or by contacting Pat Farmer, 203.227.3076 or

Just a reminder of our Trip Cancellation Policy: Your payment is your reservation.
Refunds will be given only when 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 Carolyn Meyer of any changes or corrections: 227-9476  or A member's e-mail address will only be used for the monthly newsletters and for occasional important announcements.

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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. They are usually held at the Unitarian Church, 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport. (Changes appear in the monthly newsletter.) Coffee and socializing begin at 11 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 Katie Chase, president (226-6013) or send an email to

Do you have difficulty hearing our speakers? Remember that assisted listening devices are available at the church and can be borrowed for our meetings.

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 Carolyn Meyer at 227-9476
To join, send your check for $35 to Carolyn at 3 St. George Place, Westport, CT 06880