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
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 13 Judy Meikle: Solitary Confinement – The Torture of Prolonged Isolation in our Prisons
On any given day, more than 80,000 people in the United States are held in solitary confinement. In this interesting presentation, Judy Meikle will take us inside a correctional facility to focus on the effect of solitary confinement on people who are isolated in small cells for 23 hours a day, seven days a week. An educator and long-time advocate for racial justice and prison abolition, Judy is active in the prison ministry of her Quaker faith community, traveling throughout New York State, Connecticut, and New Jersey on her mission. A founding member of the Solitary Confinement Project at Wilton Quaker Meeting, she works as a project manager at Co-Creating Effective and Inclusive Organizations in New Haven. Join us to learn about this way of life and to understand how solitary confinement can affect prisoners. We are grateful to have Judy Meikle as our speaker and thank our member, Virginia Auster, for bringing her to us.

November 27 Bob Fatherley: The Life of World-Famous Cellist, Jacqueline du Pré
IMPORTANT NOTE: Coffee will be held at 10:30 for this meeting and the Presentation will start at 11:00 am SHARP
Historian Bob Fatherley’s presentation will consist of a film and a talk about one of the world’s leading cellists, Jacqueline du Pré, who served as a role model for many young musicians. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, Miss du Pré and her husband, conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim, were admired for their energy, musicality, and youthful glamor. Together, they helped create the South Bank Summer Musical Festival in London. Miss du Pré’s playing was characterized by an unusual mixture of elegance and ferocity and was known to produce a mellow sound of unusual size. However, by the mid 1970s, her career was cut short by multiple sclerosis, which rendered her virtually paralyzed.  She put all of her energies into two major activities – teaching and working for MS research. In 1981, Miss du Pré’s story became the subject of a Broadway play, Duet for One, by Tom Kempinski, which starred Anne Bancroft. Miss de Pre died in 1987 at 42 years of age. Please join us in welcoming Bob Fatherley and learning about Jacqueline du Pré’s intriguing career through this fascinating film.

Satellite Groups

(Y's Women Members Only)
Book Group 1 will meet on Thursday, November 16 at 1:00 pm in the Westport Library. We are reading Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. If you have questions, please call Frankie Stein at 226-4219 or Connie Beskind at 255-8682.
Book Group 2 will meet on Thursday, November 2 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm at Panera Bread, located at 1860 Post Road East in Westport in the Home Goods shopping center. We will be discussing Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain, and the discussion will be led by Lois Ross. Please contact Arlene Bloom at 254-9096 or bloomah@sbcglobal.net to RSVP. 
Book Group 3 will meet on Friday, November 10 at 10:30 am at Panera Bread on the Post Road in Westport. We will discuss Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley. Questions? Please contact Joan Harnett at 587-1170.
The Movie Club will meet on Wednesday, November 18 at 1:30 pm at Panera’s on the Post Road in Westport (next to Home Goods) to discuss The Florida Project and Professor Marston and the Wonder Women. Members of this club meet on the third Wednesday of every month, September through May, except December. For further information, call Judith Schomer at 557-0131.
The Investment Group will not meet in November as the fourth Thursday falls on Thanksgiving. Instead, the usual November meeting will be held on Thursday, December 7 from 9:30 to noon at the Westport Senior Center. Questions? Contact Beverly Silverman at 256-0046 or bevjsil@yahoo.com.
Solos Our November dinner will be held on Friday, November 17 at 5:00 pm in the attractive recreation rooms of 597 Westport, across the street from Whole Foods, hosted by resident Jean McGurk. If you wish to join us, please send your $25 check made out to Joan Weinstein – Solos to 46 Tannery Lane South, Weston, CT 06883.

Trips coming up!

Thursday, November 16: Two Masters Under One Roof – Michelangelo and Rodin
Join us for a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see two special exhibitions on Michelangelo and Rodin. After a one-hour guided tour of the Permanent Collection, we will view stunning works from Michelangelo's drawings, marble sculptures, and paintings that examine his rich legacy as a supreme draftsman and designer. Then we will view Rodin's work, including nearly 50 marbles, bronzes, plasters, and terracottas. A casual lunch at the Metropolitan Café caps this special day. Price per person is $118, all-inclusive.  Trip Cancellation Policy:  Your payment is your reservation. Refunds will be given only if your place can be sold to someone else.This trip still need participants, so please check your calendars and give consideration to joining the group for a wonderful day at the Met. As usual, we take the winter months off, so stay tuned and we will see what the spring/summer will offer.


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! Your Travel Chairman would like to ask a favor. When you call to inquire about or make a reservation for a trip,  please feel free to leave a message – but be very articulate with your name and phone number. I find that frequently I am unable to figure out who has called, and even Caller ID seems stumped. It is best not to leave a message with my husband. And if you don’t hear back from me within a day or two, feel free to call again. If you are an e-mail user, the most efficient way to reach me is at pahf02@gmail.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.

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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, 2017 - June 30, 2018
For only $45 a year your Y's Women membership includes:
  • Twice monthly meetings featuring outstanding speakers on a wide range of topics, plus time for socializing and refreshments
  • Lively discussion groups on books, the news, current films and investments
  • Paddle tennis groups
  • Bridge games
  • Solos dinner group
  • Holiday and spring parties, new members coffees, and newcomers luncheons
  • Frequent, interesting daytrips by bus and carpool to area highlights
  • Opportunities for well-planned U.S. and foreign travel
  • 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 Y's Women Membership Roster.
  • Dues are $45 a year extending from July 1st to June 30th.
    • If you joined from April to June 2017 your dues are covered through  June 2018.
  • Once you reach your 90th birthday membership is complimentary - but please let us know. Send a Membership Form to keep your contact information up-to-date.
 Membership questions? Contact Doris Levinson, Membership Chair, 203-227-3371, drjlevinson@gmail.com.
To join Y's Women or renew your membership please fill out the Membership Form and send it with your $45 check payable to Y's Women to Doris Levinson, 6 Beechwood Lane, Westport CT 06880. Memberships are also accepted at meetings.
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