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. 

February 12 The Doctors Are in the House (rescheduled from January 8)
Jill Denowitz, MD, Concierge Physicians of Westport ; Nina Karol, MD, Concierge Physicians of Westport; Carol A. Fucigna, MD, Stamford Health Medicine OB/GYN, Wilton; T. J. Kleeman, MD, Coastal Orthopedics, Norwalk; Rhonda Klein, MD, MPH, Connecticut Dermatology Group, Norwalk. This very special physician panel will review each of their specialties, with a focus on treating 50-100 year old patients. They will cover which hospitals are best for specific conditions, exercise intensity and type, and end-of-life priorities. Topics will range from how our skin changes as we age to botox/fillers and the importance of reading and brain games. The program will emphasize how to best live a strong, active, fulfilled life and end our days in the best possible ways that are available right now. Join us for a fascinating and informative meeting with some of the best doctors Fairfield County has to offer!

February 26 Claudia Connor, JD: Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants
Claudia Connor, CEO of the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants (CIRI), will discuss the populations served and programs delivered, including refugee resettlement, immigration legal services, and services for the survivors of  human trafficking and torture. She will also address the impact that changes in refugee admissions and immigration policy at the national level have on CIRI’s clients.  In her nearly 30 years of experience in program management, advocacy, and legal and strategic leadership in the nonprofit sector, Claudia has spent time in the US, Africa, and Southeast Asia. Prior to joining CIRI in 2015, she served on the Strategic Foundation Partnerships team at Save the Children. Before that, she worked at the International Rescue Committee and was a consultant on issues such as child trafficking, child soldiers, women’s rights, juvenile justice, and the impact of HIV/AIDS for UNICEF and the Carter Center, among other agencies. Before moving overseas in 1998, Claudia was a senior trial attorney for the Legal Aid Society in New York. She has a BA in History from the University of North Carolina and a JD from Brooklyn Law School. We are delighted to welcome Claudia for what should be a timely and enlightening talk.

Satellite Groups

(Y's Women Members Only)
Book Group 2 will meet on Thursday, February 1 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 The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman, with the discussion led by Beverly Silverman. Please contact Arlene Bloom at bloomah@sbcglobal.net or 254-9096 to RSVP. 
Book Group 3 will meet on Friday, February 9 at 10:30 am to discuss A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. We’ll meet at Panera Bread located on the Post Road next to Home Goods. Our group warmly welcomes new members. If you’re interested in joining or have any questions, please contact Doris Levinson at 227-3371.
The Investment Group will meet on Thursday, February 22 at the Senior Center from 9:30 am until noon. Anyone interested in joining this group should call Beverly Silverman at 256-0046.
The Movie Club will not meet in February. Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 21 at 1:30 pm at Panera Bread, on Post Road East next to Home Goods. Movie selections will be decided by email voting. If you want to participate, please contact Judith Schomer at 557-0131 or Judith.schomer@gmail.com to be put on the email list.
Solos will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a brunch on Sunday, February 11 at noon at Sedona Tap House, 515 West Avenue, Norwalk. This restaurant is on the ground floor of the new apartment complex located across the street from the Loehmann’s Plaza. There should be ample parking and the prices are great – separate checks, $5 Mimosas. Please contact Joan Weinstein to reserve your spot (46tannery@sbcglobal or 227-7304).
Carpool and Go! On Tuesday, February 13, we'll have an 11:00 am guided tour of  The Holy Name – Art of the Gesù: Bernini and his Age at Fairfield University’s Bellarmine Gallery. This landmark international loan exhibit from Rome’s Il Gesù Church brings together artistic masterpieces that have never before been seen in America plus paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints from American museums (Metropolitan Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, Morgan Library, NY Public Library, Philadelphia Museum of Art) and private collections, such as the Robert Lehman Foundation. The highlight of this show is the bust of Cardinal Roberto Bellarmino created by the great Italian Baroque sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Following the tour, we'll have lunch at Wafu, 3671 Post Road, Southport.  We’ll meet behind the Wells Fargo Bank at Trader Joe’s parking lot at 10:15 am for a 10:30 departure. Please call Jill Meyer at 226-4310 or email her at jill@awayfortheday.net to reserve your place. Since the guided museum tour will cost $150, please mail a check for $12.50 (assuming 12 people register for the trip), payable to Jill, to 40 Owenoke Park, Westport, CT 06880. The gas reimbursement for your driver will be $2 in cash. Please indicate whether you can drive, as drivers are always needed and appreciated. Directions: Take I-95 to exit 22. At the end of the ramp, turn left onto Round Hill Road, right at the stop sign onto Barlow Road, and left into Fairfield University’s campus. Follow Bellarmine Road north and turn left onto Fitzgerald Way to reach the museum’s entrance.


Trips coming up!

Stay tuned for spring/summer travel plans!

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.

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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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