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
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. 

April 10
Clarinda Higgins: “Against the Current” – Albert Schweitzer and Cousin Mark
For five decades, author Clarinda Higgins yearned to discover the details of what had happened to her beloved first cousin Mark Higgins. Mark had left home at age 19 to work at a jungle hospital in Gabon under the auspices of Albert Schweitzer, and he later disappeared in the rebellious, anarchistic, and newly independent Congo of 1960. To solve the mystery, she and her husband, William Armstrong, conducted extensive research for two years, traveled deep into the jungles of Gabon, and then wrote a book – “an adventure story, a mystery, and an inspiration about a young man with a vision of service above self,” Clarinda says. “But the larger story revolves around the dramatic events, and what Mark’s service has meant to succeeding generations.” Please join us for this presentation about quests for authenticity, adventure, and fulfillment.

April 24
Ada Winsten: Her Life Story and Travels
Ada Winsten will speak to us about her childhood as a refugee in Shanghai during the Holocaust. Now 82, the memories of her eight years in China don’t bother her much – more disturbing are the memories of her early years in Poland, where neighbors cut off their sons’ thumbs so they couldn’t be drafted. Ada was five when Russian soldiers confiscated her family’s lumber business and home in Poland and told the family of four to be out in 48 hours. They were among 15,000 Polish Jews who left for Lithuania in 1939. Ada remembers approaching the border in her father’s arms, acutely aware of the danger of getting caught. A year later the family ran again, this time on a train across Russia to Japan. In Shanghai, Ada lived in a tiny room with her parents and older sister. Walking to the elementary  school she calls her second home, she would pass dead babies left on porches, wrapped in “little bundles of straw.” Nevertheless, she remembers a happy life in China largely because of the incredible strength of her parents. The family finally left China in 1948 to settle in the Bronx, where they learned American customs and adjusted to a stable life. Ada went to school, made friends, married, and moved to Rhode Island. “Being Jewish is who I am,” says Ada. “It’s like I have dark hair and dark eyes. It’s deep in my soul. You don’t forget that.”

Satellite Groups

(Y's Women Members Only)
Book Group 1 will meet on Thursday, April 20 at 1:00 pm in the Westport Library’s Seminar Room. We are reading A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra. We would be pleased to welcome new members. Call Frankie Stein at 226-4219 or Connie Beskind at 255-8682 if you are interested.
Book Group 2 will meet on Thursday, April 6 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm at Panera Bread, located in Westport at 1860 Post Road East (next to Home Goods). We will be discussing Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo, and the discussion will be led by Arlene Bloom. Please contact Arlene at 254-9096 or bloomah@sbcglobal.net to RSVP.
Book Group 3 will meet on Friday, April 7 at 10:30 am at Panera Bread, next to Home Goods in Southport. The book for discussion is Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie. Questions? Please contact Joan Harnett at 587-1170 or Doris Levinson at 227-3371.
The Investment Group meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 9:30 am at the Westport Senior Center. The April meeting is on the 27th. For more information, please email group president Beverly Silverman at bevjsil@yahoo.com.
The next Solos dinner will be held on Saturday, April 8. Since we had no official get-together in March, we decided to schedule this in the early part of the month. No conflict with Passover or Easter – no opera. Let’s hope lots of you can attend. It will be at 5:30 pm at Joan Weinstein’s house (46 Tannery Lane South, Weston, CT 06883). Send Joan your check for $30, made out to Joan Weinstein – Solos, to hold your reservation.
Carpool & Go!
A special treat! On Wednesday, April 19, we will visit the home of our own Becky Ruthven to see her marvelous collections of art of all kinds – especially Native American pottery, jewelry, clothing, and artifacts from many regions. After Becky tells us about various items from the Indian collection, we will enjoy an onsite buffet lunch, and following that we will have time to view additional sculptures, paintings, and furniture throughout her lovely home. Please note: there are very steep stairs connecting the entry to the lower level. We will carpool as usual, meeting in the Trader Joe's / Wells Fargo parking lot at 10:25 am for a 10:40 departure. Please reserve your spot with Lydia Menendez, 319-1110 or lydiamnndz12@gmail.com. The cost for the lunch is $15 – please mail a check made out to Lydia to 388 Oldfield Road, Fairfield, CT 06824 as soon as possible. Also please let her know if you can drive – drivers are always most appreciated!


Trips coming up!

Tuesday, May 16: The Botanical Gardens’ All-New Chihuly Exhibition!!
Enjoy luncheon from a special menu at the renowned City Island Lobster House, followed by our visit to the New York Botanical Gardens for their special exhibition of breathtaking works of art by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly. This is his first major garden exhibition in New York in more than 10 years.  Price per person is $122, all inclusive!

Wednesday, June 7: The American Ballet Theatre’s “Le Corsaire.”
Enjoy luncheon at Chez Josephine, a colorful tribute to the legendary entertainer Josephine Baker. From there take your Dress Circle seat and enjoy a performance of the American Ballet
Theatre's Le Corsaire. This classical ballet is steeped in swashbuckling adventure and
passionate romance. Visually gorgeous, it features exotic designs with lavish sets and costumes, splashy choreography, and a sweeping score. Price per person is $161, all inclusive. NOTE: We need to hear from you right away if you’re interested in this special trip, since a non-refundable deposit must be made very shortly or the trip will be canceled. 
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.

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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 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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