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.