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, February 11 Julie Foldesi, Singer/Songwriter and Actress
After the delightful program by Kelli O’Hara and Megan Osterhaus Bolan last May, we approached Julie Foldesi as a potential speaker. Julie is a singer, songwriter, musician, actress, band leader – and Connecticut Mom. We are all looking forward to her presentation on February 11. Julie’s music is played regularly on iTunes, and her bluegrass-influenced band plays everywhere (including the Rockwood Music Hall, among many other locales). Her CD, “This Part of Town,” was released in 2008. Julie’s Broadway background includes “Little Women” and The Full Monty” along with the first national tour of “Jekyll and Hyde.” She starred opposite Dan Finnerty in “Little Orphan Danny” at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre and has also performed at regional theaters in “A Little Night Music,” “A Wonderful Life,” “Children of Eden,” and “Always … Patsy Cline.” Her work on television includes “As the World Turns.” Julie graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Vocal Performance (Opera).

Monday, February 25 Bill Harmer, An Update on the Transformation of the Westport Library
Bill Harmer, Executive Director of the Westport Library, joins us to report on the progress of the Library’s major Transformation Project, which is expected to be complete this June. Accompanied by many illustrative photos, he will highlight the core design features of the new spaces and what they will offer us. Bill’s main focus will be to provide an overview of the new services and strategic priorities that the “transformed” Library will bring to our community. He will showcase ideas for new collections, resources, service projects, program offerings, new initiatives, cutting-edge technologies, and innovations. The new Library will, of course, still contain its exemplary collections, but it will also provide spaces where people can come to study, read, and think. With its extremely flexible design, it will offer spaces that are more functional and support more than one purpose. There will be space for education and recreation to come together, space where you can dig into a book, socialize, get coffee, collaborate on a project in the MakerSpace, or attend a program or a class. The goal is to provide both individuals and the community with an opportunity to thrive, to come together to find a common purpose.