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.

October 9
Art Gottlieb: The Life and Work of Margaret Bourke-White
As many Y’s Women are aware, Art Gottlieb is a local historian covering a wide range of subjects including, but not limited to, political and military history. He is an active lecturer at Lifetime Learners at Norwalk Community College. Art was formerly a Curator of Naval History and Technical Director of Exhibits at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City, where he worked extensively to create displays to accurately illustrate the history of 20th century warfare. Art will discuss the life and work of Margaret Bourke-White, a distinguished photographer best known for her extensive contributions to photojournalism. She is recognized as having been the first female documentary photographer to be accredited by and work with the U.S. Armed Forces. Art will review Margaret’s fascinating career, including her work directly with the Armed Forces as she covered World War II for Life magazine. Please join us in welcoming Art to Y’s Women and hearing what should be a fascinating presentation.

October 23, 2017
Michael R. Ruscoe: Telling Your Story
Join us for a stimulating conversation with Michael Ruscoe, Memoir Coach and Professor of English at Southern Connecticut State University. In addition to college teaching, Mike has had a 25-year career as a freelance writer and editor, specializing in educational publications such as Weekly Reader. He is also a personal writing coach. Mike has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University and an MFA from the City University of New York – Brooklyn College. We hope you will join us for this interesting and informative presentation on memoir writing and how to tell your own story.

Satellite Groups

(Y's Women Members Only)
Book Group 1 will meet on Thursday, October 19 at 1:00 pm. in a location still to be determined. We are reading Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. If you have questions, please call Frankie Stein at 226-4219 or Connie Beskind at 255-8682.
Book Group 2 will meet on Thursday, October 5 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm at Lois Ross’ house. The book to be discussed is The Wars of the Roosevelts by William J. Mann, and the discussion will be led by Doris Skutch. Please contact Arlene Bloom at 254- 9096 or to RSVP.
Book Group 3 will meet on Friday, October 13 at 10:30 am to discuss Old Filth by Jane Gardam. Our meeting will be held at Panera Bread, located at 1860 Post Road East in Westport in the same shopping center as Home Goods. Questions? Please contact Joan Harnett at 587-1170.
The  Movie Club will meet on Wednesday, October 18 at 1:30 pm at Panera Bread on Post Road East near Home Goods. A notice listing the movie(s) will be sent the first of every month to those who sign up. If you want to participate, please send your request to, since there is a limit on the number of people Panera’s can accommodate. See you at the movies!
The Investment Group will meet on Thursday, October 26 from 9:30 am to noon at the Senior Center in Westport. Our meetings are held monthly. Please contact Beverly Silverman at 256-0046 or if you are interested in learning more about our group.
The Solos’ annual Halloween party will be a luncheon on Sunday, October 29 at 1:00 pm at the lovely home of Sue Ehrens – 7 Bittersweet Lane, Westport. You must wear a piece of a costume – boa, mask, tiara, you get the picture. To participate, send your check for $25, made out to Joan Weinstein – Solos, to 46 Tannery Lane South, Weston, CT 06883. 
Carpool & Go!
On Friday, October 13, we will make an often-requested return visit to 7 Bridges Foundation in northern Greenwich. The foundation houses unique collections of modernist and figurative paintings, glass art, sculpture, and photography in a beautiful country estate. Our tour starts at 11:00 am, and there will be time afterward to further explore the grounds before going to lunch at Centro at the Mill. We will gather in the parking lot of Trader Joe's / Wells Fargo Bank at 9:30 am for 9:45 departure. Please email or call Lydia Menendez at or 319-1110 to reserve your place for this trip. There is no cost for the tour, but there will be a $5 cash payment due for drivers. Please indicate if you are willing to drive – drivers are always needed and appreciated.

Trips coming up!

Thursday, October 12: A Day In the Hudson Valley – PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGE! 
This trip into the Hudson Valley includes a tour and tasting at the famous Harney & Sons Fine Tea in Millerton, NY. Following that we’ll have lunch at The Rhinecliff, a famous country hotel with commanding views of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains as a backdrop. We will conclude the day by touring the Dia-Beacon Museum of Contemporary Art. Price is $120 per person, all-inclusive.
Thursday, November 16: Two Masters Under One Roof – Michelangelo and Rodin 
Join us for a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see two special exhibitions on Michelangelo and Rodin. After a one-hour guided tour of the Permanent Collection, we will view stunning works from Michelangelo's drawings, marble sculptures, and paintings that examine his rich legacy as a supreme draftsman and designer. Then we will view Rodin's work, including nearly 50 marbles, bronzes, plasters, and terracottas. A casual lunch at the Metropolitan Café caps this special day. Price per person is $118, all-inclusive.
Sunday, December 17: New York Philharmonic's Holiday Brass 
Catch the holiday spirit with the New York Philharmonic Brass & Percussion performance of
holiday favorites with works from the Baroque to the Contemporary! Luncheon will be enjoyed at the stylish Chez Josephine, where the legend of Josephine Baker lives on. Price per person is $176, all-inclusive.  Because we need to make a nonrefundable deposit for this trip VERY SHORTLY, it is really important that you make a commitment for this terrific holiday celebration. 

Detailed flyers for all trips are available at the Y’s Women's General Meetings or by contacting Pat Farmer at 227-3076 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.