General Meetings

Open to members and their guests
Place:         Temple Israel, Westport
10:45 am Coffee and Conversation
11:30 am sharp  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.

April 9 Tom Appleby: ‘What’s News?’
In the 32 years that Tom Appleby was News Director and Co-Anchor of News 12 Connecticut, the network won more than 800 major awards, including 46 Emmy Awards, 59 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, 3 National Edward R. Murrow Awards, and 104 Associated Press Awards, including 5 Mark Twain Awards for Station Excellence. Tom has hosted the weekly political program “Focus on Connecticut.” He has a BA from Dartmouth College as well as Master’s and PhD degrees in English Literature from the University of Michigan. Prior to entering broadcasting, Tom was a tenured lecturer at The City College of New York. Please join us to catch up on all the latest issues going on in and out of the news! 

April 23 Alisyn Camerota: Amanda Wakes Up
Alisyn Camerota is CNN Anchor and Co-Host of CNN’s “New Day” with Chris Cuomo. As a veteran broadcast journalist, she knows a little something about the fast-paced world of cable news. In Amanda Wakes Up, her first book, she offers a fictional behind-the-scenes peek at this one-of-a-kind job – a blur of breaking news, big scoops, and colorful personalities. The book follows Amanda Gallo, an ambitious young reporter, who lands a plum gig at a big-time cable news station, and quickly learns that her dream job isn’t exactly a dream.  “If there’s one thing I know through and through, it’s the challenges and behind-the-scenes fun of cable news,” says Alisyn. “Being able to assign real-life dilemmas to a fictional character was strangely comforting and instructive. I started this book years ago and am grateful that Viking has been on board the whole time for this crazy ride. ”Amanda Wakes Up is The Devil Wears Prada meets “The Newsroom,” with a dash of Primary Colors thrown into the mix! Prior to joining CNN, Alisyn served as co-host of America’s news headquarters on Fox News for 16 years. She also co-anchored “Fox & Friends Weekend” and contributed to the Fox & Friends weekday franchise, covering the gamut of hard news and human-interest stories. Let’s give a big welcome to Alisyn – and thanks to her mom, Y’s Woman Elaine Camerota, for bringing her to us!

Satellite Groups

(Y's Women Members Only)
Book Group 2 will meet on Thursday, April 5 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm at Panera Bread, located in Westport at 1860 Post Road East (next to Home Goods). We will be discussing Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann, and the discussion will be led by Eileen Rosen. Please contact Arlene Bloom at or 254-9096 to RSVP. 
Book Group 3 will meet on Friday, April 13 at 10:30 am to discuss Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. We will meet at Panera Bread, located on the Post Road next to Home Goods. New members are welcome. If you're interested in attending or have any questions, contact Doris Levinson at or 227-3371.
The Investment Group will meet on Thursday, April 26 from 9:30 to noon at the Westport Senior Center. New members are welcome. If you are interested in joining this group, contact Beverly Silverman at 256-0046.
The Movie Club will meet on Wednesday, April 18 at 1:30 pm at Panera Bread on Post Road East next to Home Goods in Westport. We’re revisiting some old favorites this month – the movies to be discussed are The Death of Stalin and The African Queen. If you wish to participate, please contact Judith Schomer at or 557-0131 to be put on the email list.
Solos will celebrate Spring with a 12:30 pm brunch on Sunday, April 29 at the lovely beach area home of Beverly Silverman. The address is 710 Rowland Avenue, Fairfield. Please send your $25 check to Joan Weinstein – Solos, 46 Tannery Lane South, Weston, CT 06883 to hold your reservation.
Carpool and Go! On Friday, April 20, we will visit the Stamford Museum and Nature Center for an 11:00 am guided tour of the 42nd annual Birds in Art exhibit. Birds have been a source of artistic inspiration for millennia. Talented artists across the globe vie to exhibit in this show. In its fifth decade, “Birds in Art” is recognized around the world as the exhibition that sets the standard for avian art.  With two- and three-dimensional artworks included, we will view a juried collection of 60 outstanding contemporary works – original paintings, sculptures, and graphics – which capture birds in their natural splendor. It is truly an outstanding collection! We will meet behind the Wells Fargo Bank in Trader Joe’s parking lot at 10:00 am for a 10:15 departure. The guided museum tour will cost $10 per person. Please call Charlene Boyer at 434-2953 or email her at to reserve your place, and mail a check for $10, payable to Charlene, to 162 Governor Trumbull Way, Trumbull, CT  06611. The gas reimbursement for your driver will be $3 in cash. Please indicate whether you are willing to drive, as drivers are always needed and appreciated. Following our tour, we will have lunch at The Long Ridge Tavern (your choice of food), which offers traditional comfort food and an authentic antique/gift shop for shopping or browsing afterward. The restaurant is
located at 2635 Long Ridge Road (Rte. 104), 329-7818. Directions to the Museum: Drive to the Merritt Parkway and take exit 35, High Ridge Road (Rte. 137). At the end of the ramp, turn left onto High Ridge Road. Drive north for several miles and take a left at Scofieldtown Road into the Stamford Museum and Nature Center on the right. Once on the grounds, continue in front of the museum to the top of the hill, then turn right. There is ample parking just past the museum.

Trips coming up!

Wednesday, June 6: The American Ballet Theatre’s Revival of Harlequinade
Enjoy luncheon as we return to Chez Josephine. From there we will take our Dress Circle seats and enjoy a performance  of the American Ballet Theatre's World Premier of Harlequinade.  Experience pure comedic joy as Harlequin fights for his true love! Price per person is $163, all inclusive of taxes and gratuities. NOTE:  We do need to hear from you right away, as we have a deadline for a non-refundable deposit.

Escorted Montreal and Canada / New England Cruise – July 6-14, 2018  
A 9-day, 8-night trip that includes Montreal, cruising the St. Lawrence, Quebec, the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Prince Edward Island, Sydney, Halifax, Bar Harbor, and Boston. Price starts at $1,899 depending on the chosen accommodation. This trip is under the sponsorship of the Norwalk Senior Center, but Y’s Women members are eligible and welcome. In fact, several of our members have already signed up. If you’re interested, call Polly Temple at 293-4688 or Pat Farmer at 227-3076 for further details. Flyers will be available at the next several General Meetings.


Detailed flyers for all trips are available at the Y’s Women's General Meetings or by contacting Pat Farmer at 27-3076 or 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! Trip Cancellation Policy:  Your payment is your reservation. Refunds will be given only if your place can be sold to someone else.

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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

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,
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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