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.
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General Meetings

Open to members and their guests

Place: Temple Israel, Westport
We must enter through the doors from the upper parking lot. Since there are a limited number of parking spaces in the upper lot, please leave them for those who have difficulty walking. Otherwise, we will park in the lower lot and walk to the upper entrance.

May 9
1:30 pm  Coffee and Conversation (PLEASE NOTE LATER START TIME)
2:00 pm  Meeting and Speaker 
Aida Mansoor, President, Muslim Coalition of CT Get to Know Your Muslim Neighbors
Under the auspices of Aida Mansoor, the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut (MCC) was formed in the wake of 9/11 to answer questions and clear misconceptions about Islam and Muslims. Aida was quoted in Connecticut Magazine in December 2015 saying: “Sixty-two percent of Americans have never met a Muslim or identified Muslim. What you see in the media is not necessarily what a Muslim is like.” To help erase stereotypes and better educate the public, the MCC organizes public events to foster dialogue and has partnered with Habitat for Humanity and various religious organizations. “When you have a common goal and work with other faiths, it’s much more likely to have a positive outcome in terms of getting to know your neighbor and in terms of seeing the other as yourself,” Aida explains. Join us for an informative presentation!

May 23
10:45 am  Coffee and Conversation
11:15 am  Meeting and Speaker (PLEASE NOTE EARLIER START TIME)
Robert Fatherly Fly Girls of WWII: A PBS Documentary 
At the height of World War II, more than 1,000 women left their homes and jobs for the opportunity of a lifetime - to become the first female pilots to fly for the U.S. military. Eager to prove themselves, they faced danger and discrimination, and 38 gave their lives for their country. Robert Fatherly presents The Fly Girls of WWII, a PBS documentary drawing on archival footage of rarely seen home movies and interviews with pilots that tell the fascinating story of the women’s airfare service pilots (WASPs). Led by America’s most distinguished aviatrix, Jacqueline Cochran, these pioneers logged more than 60 million miles, ferrying planes throughout the U.S., test-piloting experimental aircraft, and training men to fly. Don’t miss this amazing story of skill, determination, and courage.

Satellite Groups

(Y's Women Members Only)

Book Group 1 will meet on Thursday, May 19 at 1:00 pm  in the Westport Library's Seminar room. We are reading The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud. The book is based on Camus' The Stranger, so we are reading that book also. Please call Frankie Stein, 226-4219 or Connie Beskind, 255-8682 if you have any questions.
Book Group 2 will meet on Thursday, May 5 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm at Eileen Rosen's house to discuss All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. The discussion will be led by Joan Rosenthal. Please let Eileen know if you will be attending (226-1433 or westonrosens@aol.com.
Book Group 3 will meet on Friday, May 6 at 10:30 am to discuss Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson. We will meet at Panara, located on Post Road East next to Home Goods. For more information, please call Joan Harnett at 587-1170.
Newcomers Luncheon All newcomers and current members are invited to our May luncheon at Parker Mansion, 541 Riverside Avenue, Westport (across the street from Rizzuto's–in the space previously occupied by the Mansion Clam House) on Monday, May 23, at 12:30 p.m. This new restaurant has received great reviews.
Solos Pat Powers’ daughter, Sue O’Leary, has graciously offered her lovely home for our next Solos dinner, which will be held on Friday, May 20. The address is 601 Hill Farm Road, Fairfield - just 5 minutes from the intersection of Bayberry and Long Lots. Drinks at 4:45 p.m. in the backyard, followed by dinner and dessert inside. We should have daylight until 8:30 p.m. Send your check for $25 to Joan Weinstein, 46 Tannery Lane South, Weston, CT 06883 if you wish to be included.
Carpool & Go On Wednesday, May 11, we are expanding our range to make a trip to Hyde Park to visit both Eleanor Roosevelt's cottage, Val-Kill, and FDR's retreat, Top Cottage. These private residences enabled Eleanor and Franklin to welcome their guests in their own individual styles. The first tour is at 11:00 a.m. and the second starts at 1:10 p.m., leaving a brief window for lunch, which we should bring with us. Further details will be provided for those who sign up. Reserve your spot by contacting Lydia Menendez at lydiamnndz12@gmail.com or 319-1110 and sending a check for $10 made out to her. This fee covers the ticket for Val-Kill. We will pay separately for National Park entry at the Wallace Visitor Center or use Golden Eagle cards (senior passes which cover 4 people each) for the second tour. We will meet at the Trader Joe's / Wells Fargo parking lot at 8:45 a.m. for a 9:00 departure. Please bring $8 cash for the driver – and indicate if you are willing to drive. Drivers are always needed and appreciated!

Trips coming up!

Monday, May 2:   The New Whitney Museum with NYC Tour by Daryl Williams and Lower Manhattan's  New "Le District."   
A wonderful tour with our acclaimed expert guide, Daryl Williams, including the new Oculus Pavilion, lunch (on our own) and browsing at "Le District,” and a chance to enjoy the elevated, breathtaking views of the World Trade Center, Lower Manhattan, and the ever-growing New Jersey skyline. Following lunch we will check into the newly unveiled Whitney Museum and divide into three groups for one-hour docent-guided tours. There will be time to visit the museum collection, browse the gift shop, or even visit the High Line just outside. Price per person is $102, all inclusive!! At this time there are still a few spaces available. Please contact Pat Farmer if you're interested.
Wednesday, June 8:  “The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd” at Goodspeed's Norma Terris Theatre.  
We will start this fun day with lunch at the historic Griswold Inn in Essex, CT. Then we will head to the intimate and award-winning Norma Terris Theatre for a matinee performance of a delightful show. In a world turned upside down, a ragtag group relies on humor, song, and dance to try to build a new life. Price per person is $130, all-inclusive. Please note that we still need more participants to meet our minimum number. This will be a lovely day trip to an excellent small theatre - please give some thought to participating!!
Wednesday, June 15:  The American Ballet Theatre's "Swan Lake."
We will enjoy luncheon at charming Pappardella Cucina Italiana, and then take our seats in the Dress Circle of the Metropolitan for the classic Swan Lake ballet. Of all the great classics performed by ABT today, Swan Lake remains the quintessential ballet set to Tchaikovsky's glorious score. Price per person is $165, all-inclusive. Checks for this trip are due now. We have a full bus and a short waiting list. If you would like to add your name to the waiting list, please contact Pat Farmer..
Several international trips available to Y’s Women this year include:
Danube River Cruise Featuring Vienna and Budapest
Rhine River Castles, Alsace, and Switzerland
Holland Tulip Cruise
Burgundy, Mediterranean and Provence, France
Paris and Normandy River Cruise
Each trip will be offered on a variety of dates. Flyers for all scheduled dates will be available at the regular Y's Women's General Meetings.  
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, 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.

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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