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, May 13 The Hoot Owls and Chris Coogan
We’re in for a treat at the last meeting of the 2018/2019 season on May 13. The Y’s Women are proud to present The Hoot Owls and Chris Coogan.  The Hoot Owls are the 20-piece Y’s Men’s glee club, and their director is well-known musician and performer Chris Coogan. Together, they conduct approximately 15 performances a year for senior centers and assisted living facilities, sharing songs and show tunes that all audiences know and love! Join us for this fun special meeting.

Monday, June 10 Spring Picnic and Annual Meeting
Noon to 2:00 pm
 Temple Israel
14 Coleytown Road, Westport
Cost:  $20 per person  
Assorted sandwiches and salads from Gold’s Delicatessen
Yummy desserts from The Pantry
Pay at Membership Table at General Meetings 
          or send check for $20, made out to Y’s Women, to:  
Barbara Morrow, 132 Old Mill Road, Shelton, CT 06484. 
Be sure to include the names of people with whom 
you would like to sit. (Tables seat 10.)
Payment must be received by May 23.  No walk-in exceptions.


I will attend the Spring Picnic.

 Name: ________________________________________________________________

 Phone: ________________________________________________________________

 Email address: ________________________________________________________________

 I would like to sit with: _______________________________________________________

Satellite Groups

(Y's Women Members Only)
Book Group 2 will meet on Thursday, May 2 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 Parrot and Oliver in America by Peter Carey, and the discussion will be led by Judith Schomer. Please contact Arlene Bloom at bloomah@sbcglobal.net or 254-9096 to RSVP.
Book Group 3 will meet on Friday, May 17 at 10:30 am to discuss Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond. Our meeting will take place at Panera Bread in Westport. New members are most welcome. If you'd like to attend, please contact Doris Levinson at 227-3371 or drjlevinson@gmail.com.
The Movie Club will meet on Wednesday, May 15 at Panera Bread in Westport. We plan to meet informally at 1:00 pm and begin discussion promptly at 1:30. Our two discussion movies are The Best of Enemies and Amazing Grace. The Best of Enemies is based on “the true story of the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater, an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis, a local Ku Klux Klan leader. During the racially charged summer of 1971, Atwater and Ellis come together to co-chair a community summit on the desegregation of schools in Durham, NC. The ensuing debate and battle soon lead to surprising revelations that change both of their lives forever.” Amazing Grace is a “long-lost documentary and concert film from 1972 featuring the incomparable Aretha Franklin singing Gospel songs while supported by members of her band and the Southern California Community Choir founded by gospel music legend, the Rev. James Cleveland. The music in Amazing Grace is soul-stirring and filled with strong Christian content, including favorite hymns like ‘Mary Don’t You Weep’ and ‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus’ and, of course, Aretha Franklin’s powerful rendition of John Newton’s classic hymn, ‘Amazing Grace.’” Both movies have been playing in local theatres since mid-April: The Best of Enemies at Fairfield-Bullard Square, New Canaan, and Trumbull; Amazing Grace at Trumbull, Norwalk’s Garden Cinema, Stamford’s Avon Theatre, and Bethel Cinema. We hope they will be shown in future weeks and at other locations, but there is no guarantee of this.
Wisest Investment Group: Do you find the stock market puzzling? challenging? interesting? Come join the Wisest Investment Group. In up markets and down markets, our members have learned to research and invest. Today our portfolio includes companies as diverse as Delta Airlines, PayPal, and Alibaba. For more information, contact our president, Lois Block, at loisblock@optonline.net or 984-8222.
Solos will celebrate Memorial Day on Memorial Day itself, May 27, after the parade at 1:00 pm. Join us for lunch at the home of Joan Weinstein, 46 Tannery Lane South, Weston, CT 06883. Please send your $25 check to Joan Weinstein – Solos and email her at 46tannery@sbcglobal.net if you plan to attend.
Lunch and Trivia will meet on Thursday, May 16 at noon at the Rowing Club on Riverside Avenue. Also, in case you missed this, Lunch and Trivia is meeting at noon on Tuesday, April 30 at Sakura on the Post Road at Hillspoint Avenue. Please contact Ann Lloyd at aslloyd@optonline.net or Arlene Bloom at bloomah@sbcglobal.net if you are interested in coming to either or both events.
Carpool and Go! On Wednesday, May 15, we will make a return visit (by popular request) to the William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation Art Collection in Mt. Kisco, NY. The collection was started more than 50 years ago by the late Mr. Louis-Dreyfus and features diverse work chosen with a “sensibility for the process of making art by hand – via brush, pencil, palette and knife.” The pieces range from traditional watercolors, oils, and sculpture to abstract ones in similar mediums. The Foundation has the intention of promoting public awareness of work by self-taught and emerging artists and to benefit specific educational purposes. Our tour starts at 11:00 am and lasts 1-1/2 hours, including independent viewing time. After the tour, we will have lunch in Mt. Kisco. To reserve your spot for this trip, please email or call Lydia Menendez at lydiamnndz12@gmail.com or 319-1110. There is no charge for this event, but a firm commitment to attend is necessary – ASAP, please – since a list of visitors is required by the Foundation prior to our arrival. We will meet in the Trader Joe's / Wells Fargo parking lot at 9:30 am for a 9:45 departure. Please bring $5 in cash for gas reimbursement for drivers and indicate if you are willing to drive – drivers are always needed and appreciated!

Trips coming up!

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. The trip to Brooklyn will be a WONDERFUL trip. All of the venues are very special, and our group has not been there for several years. There is still space availability, so please give thought and consideration to being a part of this group.

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.

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.

To prevent our emails from landing in your spam/junk folder, add info@yswomen.org to your address book.

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