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.

October 8 Dr. David W. McFadden: What’s Going on in Washington Politics – and our Ongoing Relationship with Russia 
Dr. David McFadden will join the Y’s Women for a timely, informative, and educational update on leadership in the US  and abroad. Currently Professor of History at Fairfield University, David is a highly regarded expert on global history, with special expertise in 20th century Russian history, myth, revolution, and St. Petersburg. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver and master’s and PhD degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. David will share his perspective on global events and crises in the past, combined with commentary on current topics in the news – shedding new light on what may be in store for our country and around the world as we move forward. Join us for what promises to be a fascinating presentation.

October 22 James Canton and Ryan Thompson: Paul Newman’s ‘Hole in the Wall Gang’
Join us in welcoming two senior executives from Paul Newman’s “Hole in the Wall Gang” – James Canton, Chief Executive Officer, and Ryan Thompson, Chief Development and Communications Officer. Their talk will give us an opportunity to learn about this dynamic organization and all that it has accomplished. Jim has been working with Hole in the Wall Gang  since 1988, when it was a summer camp serving 288 sick children. Under his leadership, it has become a year-round center that brings hope and fun to more than 20,000 hospitalized children and family members annually. He has also played a part in helping to develop similar organizations for sick children in Florida, California, and Colorado – and has helped launch sister camps around the world, including France, Italy, Hungary, Japan, and Africa. Jim has a bachelor’s degree in Humanities from Stanford University and a master’s in Theology from Yale Divinity School. Ryan Thompson began volunteering as a counselor for Hole in the Wall Gang in 2009 and joined the staff in 2011. In his current role, he oversees all communications and development initiatives. He will share a film about the camp with us at this meeting. Ryan holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Fordham College and has taught at Fordham’s Lincoln Center branch, where he designed an experiential public relations course for undergraduates.

Please continue to bring your gifts of non-perishable food to the first general meeting of each month.  They are much appreciated by needy clients of the Mercy Learning Center in Bridgeport. Questions? Contact Jean McGurk at 222-0501.

Satellite Groups

(Y's Women Members Only)

Book Group 2 will meet on Thursday, October 4 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 American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar, and the discussion will be led by Regina Krummel. Please contact Arlene Bloom at or 254-9096 if you have any questions. 
Book Group 3 will meet on Friday, October 12 at 10:30 am at Panera Bread in Westport to
discuss The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim Defede. New members are welcome. If you're interested in attending or have any questions, contact Doris Levinson at or 227-3371.
The Movie Club will meet on Wednesday, October 17 at 1:30 pm at Panera Bread in Westport to discuss the new version of A Star Is Born, starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. We also will be scheduling a group event to attend a local movie-related activity. Information about this event will be emailed to interested participants. If you wish to be notified about these events, please contact Margaret Mitchell at 255-9094 or New members and all interested participants are welcome.
Investment Group: Consider joining our innovative, forward-thinking group. We meet once a month to discuss our portfolio and decide whether to buy or sell. We have made several successful decisions and outpaced the S&P Average. Fearless exploration but cautious acquisition is our mantra. We explored bitcoin stocks but decided they were too risky. But our analysis of cannabis stocks caused us to buy small positions in three companies (creating our own mini-ETF). Note that there is a buy-in to join the portfolio and an additional $50 investment each month to buy new stocks. Come to our next meeting on October 25 and experience the “wisdom of the group.” Please contact our president, Bev Silverman, at 256-0046  or for details.
The Memoir Group meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 2:00 pm. Our next meeting will be held on Monday, October 22. Please consider joining our group as we share some thoughtful memories. For further information, contact Cary Peterson at 226-7665 or
Solos: On Sunday, October 28 at 12:30 pm, Solos will be holding our Halloween Party at the home of Sue Ehrens: 7 Bittersweet Lane, Westport. If you’d like to take part, send a check for $25 payable to Joan Weinstein – Solos, to 46 Tannery Lane South, Weston, CT 06883. Guests are asked to wear a part of a costume – a hat, mask, boa, or the like. Please let Joan know early if you plan to attend. Also, please send Joan a $20 check to cover your membership in Solos for 2018-19 ($10 for those who go away for the winter).
Carpool and Go! On Thursday, October 18 we will travel to North Salem, NY to visit the Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden, where we will see various period gardens in the Japanese tradition. Also on view is the second annual outdoor sculpture exhibit, featuring work by eight sculptors working within the theme of balance and its multiple meanings. After our 11:00 am guided tour, we will enjoy lunch at nearby restaurant 121. Please contact Lydia Menendez at or 319-1110 to reserve your spot, and mail a check for $7 for the tour made out to Lydia to 388 Oldfield Road, Fairfield, CT 06824. We will meet in the Trader Joe's / Wells Fargo parking lot at 9:30 am for a 9:45 am departure. The gas reimbursement for your driver will be $7 in cash. Please indicate whether you can drive, as drivers are always needed and appreciated.

Trips coming up!

Tuesday, October 2 – Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawaii, at the New York Botanical Garden
Experience the New York Botanical Garden’s latest exhibit dedicated to Hawaii – as seen through the eyes of Georgia O’Keeffe (1887 – 1986). Enjoy a guided tour of this landmark exhibition, which features the artist’s rarely seen works from Hawaii, reunited in New York for the first time since 1940, and the plants and flowers that inspired them. We will also have a boxed lunch and time to tour the gardens and further paintings on our own. The cost is $146 per person all-inclusive.  Flyers will be available at the General Meeting in October or from Pat Farmer at or 227-3076.

The Y's Women's Transatlantic Crossing (NY to Southampton, England) Queen Mary 2 June 7 - 14, 2019
Land Tour of Portugal September 12 - 22, 2019
Details for both these trips will be available at all Y's Women General Meetings
or by contacting Pat Farmer at, 227-3076 (home), or 451-3270 (cell).


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