General Meetings

Open to members and their guests

Place:  Unitarian Church
    10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport    
10:45 am   Coffee and Conversation
11:30 am   Meeting and Speaker

September 8
Jay Dirnberger: Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones)
Jay Dirnberger saw his first unmanned aerial vehicle in 1968 while serving in South Vietnam as an infantry captain who flew helicopters. During that time he was assigned to the USS Mansfield, a destroyer which employed a crude modification to an unmanned aerial submarine detector to bomb enemy installations.  Jay’s presentation reflects his research on the history of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) and their military and commercial applications today. He will discuss benefits and drawbacks to using drones for military and political purposes and important technical developments accompanying the growth of a new commercial industry. Jay lives in Westport with his wife Molly and is active in several local and state public service projects.

September 22
Have You Had the Conversation, YET?
A panel presentation, moderated by Laurie Stefanowicz and Jenn Huisking of Catamount Wealth Management, will cover such topics as the importance of understanding your finances, reevaluating and updating your estate plan, options for long-term care, and tips on how to start these conversations with family members. Follow-up workshops on these topics will be held at Catamount, 943 Post Road East, 2nd floor, on October 1, October, 8 and October 15, 11-12 noon.

Satellite Groups

  SATELLITE GROUPS                              
    (Y’s Women members  ONLY)

Book Club 1 will be meeting on Thursday, September 18 at 1:00pm. Our book is The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown. For more information, please call Frankie Stein, 226-4219 or Connie Beskind, 255-8682.  
Book Club 2: On Thursday, September 4, 1:30-3:00 pm, our members will discuss our next important book, The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin.  Sue Harris has graciously offered to host the meeting at her home, and Jill Meyer will facilitate the discussion. Please call Sue at 227-1133 if you plan to attend.
Book Club 3 will meet on Friday, September 5 at 10:30 am, at the home of Inge VanGelder. We will  discuss The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski, with Joan Harnett as discussion leader. Questions? Please call Joan Harnett 587-1170.
Newcomer's Luncheon: The first Newcomer's luncheon will be on Monday, September 22 at Rustico Trattoria, 1431 Post Road East, Westport  (near Balducci's).  This is one of Trip Advisor's top-rated restaurants in Westport!  Everyone is invited to come mix, mingle and enjoy lunch with our newest Y's Women. Please make your reservation by Sept 19, by contacting Ann Stewart at or Joan Likely-Cosenza at
Walking Group: We will continue to walk at Compo Beach in September. The time remains the same.  We will meet at 8:45 am and walk from 9:00 to 10:00. In case of a rain cancellation, an email will be sent by 8am. Please come and join us  — new members are always welcome. Contact Polly Temple at to be add-ed to our list.
Solos:  Several years ago, newly widowed Pat Powers had a brain storm. Why not bring together widows, divorcees and just plain singles for a monthly dinner or brunch. The Y's Women sponsored this ambitious initiative and thus Solos! We dine at members’ homes or at local restaurants, sometimes combining the meal with a local play and good ol' companionship runs rampant.  Join us as we embark on a new season on Sunday, September 14 at 4:00pm at Sue Ehren's home ( 7 Bittersweet Lane, Westport). The cost for this dinner is $25.00. Come check us out before you decide to become a Solos member. Make reservations by calling Joan Weinstein at 227-7304 or email,
Carpool and Go! On Thursday, September 18 we will visit the New Britain Museum of American Art to see a fabulous exhibition of glass art - Glass Today: 21st Century Innovations with three themes, Nature and Landscape, Form and Color, Narrative and Symbol (which closes on the 21st). Our tour starts at 11:00 am and after it we will have time to view another show - New/Now - Bob Gregson "Space to Maneuver" which includes interactive participation, as well as their excellent permanent collection -- before going to lunch at Cracovia (a big hit last March). We will meet at Trader Joe's / Wells Fargo parking lot at 9:15 am and depart at 9:30.  Please e-mail Lydia Menendez or call her at (203)319-1110 to reserve your place. And mail a check for $12.00 (payable to New Britain Museum of American Art)   to Lydia at 388 Oldfield Rd., Fairfield, CT 06824. Also bring $8.00 cash for gas reimbursement to your driver - and indicate if you are willing to drive. Drivers always needed and appreciated!
Bridge Marathon:  If you would like to participate in this year’s Marathon, Bunny Mostad will be passing around a sign-up sheet at the first general meeting or contact her at 203-803-5695.

Trips coming up!

Join the Y's Women's Trips this Fall
Wednesday, October 15 ~ Cruising the Hudson and Touring the Hudson Valley,
Arriving at Clermont, a majestic country estate and restored mansion on the Hudson River, a docent led tour will share details of the aristocratic family's home life and you will enjoy beautiful river views.  The "Spirit of the Hudson" scenic luncheon cruise will touch on many activities that took place on the river in earlier times and on the wild life in the area while we watch for tugs, barges and international ships that transport products for local and world-wide use.  We will stop at the Montgomery Place Orchard Farm Stand Market and then have a visit to Rhinebeck Village.  Price per person is $106, all inclusive.  A special day!!

Wednesday, November 19 ~ The New 9/11 Memorial Museum with the Park Avenue Armory and Afternoon Tea at the Plaza.  The morning will be spent at the Museum in a self-guided tour of the country's principal institution for documenting the impact of the events of 9/11 and exploring the continuing significance of the devastating attack.  The afternoon will give us a guided tour of the historic Park Avenue Armory and conclude with Afternoon Tea at the Plaza's romantic and timeless Palm Court.  Price per person is $158, all inclusive.
This trip is limited to 35 participants so early reservations are important.

Sunday, December 14 ~ A Tour of Harlem with "Ellington At Christmas: Nutcracker Suite" at the Apollo Theatre.  A special day with a guided overview tour of vibrant Harlem.  Harlem is unquestionably happening and our tour will include many aspects of this borough.  We will visit the Morris-Jumel Mansion and have lunch at Miss Mamie's Spoonbread Too!  Arriving at the Apollo Theatre we will see Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite featuring a 16 piece orchestra, soprano Priscilla Baskerville, tap dancer Jason Samuels Smith, a mass gospel choir and students from Dance Theatre of Harlem.  Price Per Person is $152, all inclusive.  We must commit to the Apollo Theatre by September 30, with a non-refundable deposit, so reservations are necessary as soon as possible.

Just a reminder of our Trip Cancellation Policy:    Your payment is your reservation.  Refunds will be given only when your place can be sold to someone else.

 Flyers with details of all trips will be available at the Y's Women's General Meetings and on our website at   or by contacting Pat Farmer at 203-227-3076 or at