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. 

Monday, March 11, 2019
Jennifer Pehr, The Important Role of Land Use

Jennifer Pehr is a Senior Planner in the City Design Practice of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), with a background in urban planning and public health. In addition to she will discuss the role of land use in North America’s urban growth and resource management as well as the role it can and should play in our future. Following a brief contextual overview, Jennifer will focus on these provocations: How are values reflected in the utilization of land? What does North America’s use of land and resources say about our culture and values? Are there shared sentiments across the continent? What about competing ideas? What are the key issues facing North America? What might a relevant plan in the future look like? understanding how people interact with the built environment, she has significant experience in urban design, project coordination, and stakeholder engagement with large, complex, and mixed-use projects in the US, Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa.

Monday, March 25
David Pogue, Otocast 

Before he became a well-known New York Times/CBS/Yahoo/PBS “techno expert,” David Pogue was a musical theater extraordinaire. He has a BA degree in music from Yale university, and  spent the early years of his career conducting and arranging Broadway musicals. Last October David  entertained many of us as the moderator of “Thinkers, Educators, Artists” at Westport Town Hall. The theme was “The Arts Go Viral!” Speakers included Jerry Goehring, producer of “Be More Chill” and pianist/arts educator, and Westport’s Frederic Chiu, a former Y’s Women speaker/entertainer, who covered the pros and cons of how technology affects art and vice-versa. David will present Otocast, a mobile tour app that enables any Westporter or visitor to explore our town’s arts, cultural, and historic sites. Originally a project of the Westport Arts Advisory Committee, this app is available free of charge for iPhones and Androids. It provides details on Town Hall, Veteran’s Green, the “Tunnel Vision” arts installation, Westport Historical Society, Main Street, the Saugatuck River, the Pavilion, the Westport Country Playhouse, and other attractions. Among Otocast’s creative offerings is “From Saugatuck to Riverside,” which covers Westport’s original center all the way to the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge, blending audio from well-known voices and natives discussing our beloved Remarkable Book Store, Sally’s Place, and changing views of Main Street.  

Satellite Groups

(Y's Women Members Only)
Book Group 2 will meet on Thursday, March 7 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 A Month in the Country by J .L. Carr, and the discussion will be led by Nancy Burke. Please contact Arlene Bloom at 254-9096 or  bloomah@sbcglobal.net to RSVP.
Book Group 3 will meet on Friday, March 8 at 10:30 am at Panera Bread in Westport. Our book for discussion is a New York Times notable selection, The Poison Squad by Deborah Blum. It is the true story relating how a US government chemist led the crusade for food safety at the turn of the 20th century. New members are welcome. Please contact Doris Levinson at 227-3371 or drjlevinson@gmail.com if you’d like to attend.
The Movie Club will meet on Wednesday, March 20 at 1:30 pm at Panera Bread in Westport to discuss the movie Roma. "Roma follows Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a young domestic worker for a family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma in Mexico City. Delivering an artful love letter to the women who raised him, [Writer and Director] Cuarón draws on his own childhood to create a vivid and emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil of the 1970s." Roma has received many positive reviews, two Golden Globe Awards, and ten Oscar nominations (including nominations for Best Movie, Best Director, and Best Actress). It is available on Netflix. If you wish to be added to the email list for future events, please contact Margaret Mitchell at margaret06824@yahoo.com or 255-9094.  New members and all other interested participants are welcome.
Wise Investment Group: We invite you to join W.I.G.  (the Wise Investment Group), and help to co-manage the group's stock portfolio. Our guiding principles are the three E's – education, enjoyment, and earnings. There is a buy-in ($$$) to join the portfolio and an additional monthly charge to buy new stocks. Our next meeting is on Thursday, March 28. Contact our president, Lois Block, for details at loisblock@optonline.net or 761-1177. 
Solos will be having a brunch on Sunday, March 17 at 12:30 pm to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. This event will take place at the recreation room of 597 Westport Avenue in Norwalk, across from Whole Foods. Agnes Flynn will be our hostess for the afternoon. Please send your check for $25 to Joan Weinstein –Solos, 46 Tannery Lane South, Weston, CT06883. WEAR GREEN!
Carpool and Go!
On Friday, March 15, please join us for an absorbing and engaging trip down memory lane when visiting the Barker Character, Comic and Cartoon Museum in Cheshire, CT. The 80,000 items in the private collection are the result of a collecting bug of toys and trinkets started by Herb and Gloria Barker in the late 1940s. If something was made with a character on it, chances are it is in this museum, which opened in 1997. You will find Betty Boop, Mickey Mouse paraphernalia, all the Disney characters, Shirley Temple, Batman, Howdy Doody, Captain Kangaroo, and myriad other recognizable characters to delight baby boomers and older. This is your chance to reunite with your childhood! The museum is a veritable toy box with the oldest toy, a pair of cast-iron elephant “ramp walkers,” made in 1873. A gallery and gift shop will be open for your browsing and purchasing pleasure. We will meet behind the Wells Fargo bank in Trader Joe’s parking lot at 9:15 am for a 9:30 departure. The guided museum tour will cost $4 per person. Please call Charlene Boyer at 434-2953 or email her at cboyer1991@att.net to reserve your place. Mail a check for $4 payable to Charlene at 162 Governor Trumbull Way, Trumbull, CT  06611. The gas reimbursement for your driver will be $6 in cash. Please indicate whether you can drive, as drivers are always needed and appreciated. Following our tour, we will lunch at Viron Rondo Osteria, 1721 Highland Avenue, right down the street from the museum. The phone number is 439-2727.

Trips coming up!

BEAUTIFUL BROOKLYN: Wednesday, May 15 
Join the Y's Women and spend the day in Beautiful Brooklyn. The first stop is a guided tour of The Brooklyn Museum of Art, which exhibits collections that seek to embody the rich artistic heritage of world cultures. From the Museum we will head to the well-loved Brooklyn classic Juniors Restaurant, for lunch with pre-selected entrees. Following lunch we will visit the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, a very special place that contains a large number of specialty “gardens within the Garden” plant collections. The total cost for the day is $129 per person, all inclusive. Detailed flyers are available at the General Meetings or by contacting Pat Farmer.

PORTUGAL IN DEPTH: 11-DAY TOUR, September 12-23
This in-depth land tour of Portugal begins and ends in Lisbon and circles the country. Several Y’s Women members have sighed up for this exciting trip, which is being offered through Westport-based Travel Exchange. Our travel contacts are Fran Thomas and Dorothy Fox, both Y’s Women. They may be reached at 221-3500. If you are interested in the trip, contact Fran or Dorothy and they will be able to give you all the details.


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. 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!

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, 2018 - June 30, 2019




City/Town _____________________________________ State______  ZIP ______

Home phone __________________    Cell ___________________________

Email _______________________________________________________


  • Dues are $45.00 annually (from July through June).
  • Make your check payable to the Y's Women.
  • The dues deadline is October 31 to be listed in the 2019 Membership Roster.
  • New members joining in April or later are paid up through June of the following year.
  • Membership is free at age 90. If you qualify please indicate that on your membership form.

To join The Y's Women or to renew your membership, bring this form and our dues check to the membership table at the next meeting or mail to the membership chair: Doris Levinson, 6 Beechwood Lane, Westport, CT 06880.


Which of the variety of activities Y's Women provides do you plan to participate in?
_____Twice-monthly meetings                       _____Memoirs group
_____Book Group                                           _____Solos dinner group
_____Current Events Group                           _____Bridge marathon
_____Investment Group                                  _____Paddle tennis
_____Movie Group                                         _____Day trips
_____Holiday and Spring parties                    _____U.S. and foreign travel                      _____Newcomer lunches at local restaurants

Do you have suggestions for other kinds of group activities? ________________


Are you interested in starting a group of this type? Y/N

Questions?  Call Doris Levinson at 203-227-3371 or email her at drjlevinson@gmail.com