Westport Woman's Club Bulletin
Westport Woman's Club
JUNE 2018
Board of Directors 2017-2018
President  Dorothy M. Packer;   1st VP Special Interests   Jeannette Tewey; 
2nd VP Finance   Barbara Stemmer;  3rd VP Ways & Means   Suzan Murphy & Karen Kleine;  Secretary   Cheryl Bliss; Treasurer   Barbara Szefc; 
Communications  Anne Hunt & Pattie Takita;   Community Services Sarah Menchaca; Curio Cottage  Susan Loselle ;  Grounds  Cornelia Olsen ; House  Deborah Fratino; Membership  Robin Clark; Parliamentary Advisor  Susan Fox; Programs  Ana Hitri; Rentals  Mira Auxier & Adriana Cvetkov;  
YDF  Kim Reichert & Christina McVaney;  Past President   Dorothy E. Curran

Dear Ladies,

We are now in the midst of our busiest time of year and so much has been accomplished in just the past month: Jo Fuchs Luscombe, along with the Art Show Committee and Miggs Burroughs as Curator, produced an Art Show that netted more than any other Art Show we have had so far.  Susan Fox organized our first "Painting with a Twist" that raised a tidy sum, surprising all of us because Susan made it all look so easy and we all had such a fun evening.

We awarded our Community Services Grants, organized by Sarah Menchaca and the Community Services Committee.  Our Scholarship Awards were organized by Wendy McKeon, Scholarship Chair, and the Scholarship Committee.  Our 2018 Ruegg Grant will go to Wakeman Town Farm for the purchase of an innovative Mobile Chicken Coop that aids in soil fertilization.  Patria Swann and her committee once again created a delicious lunch for Canal Park residents, which is always greatly appreciated.  Wendy McKeon and Kim Reichert worked with other volunteers to replenish our Food Closet with the Postal Carriers Food Drive.  Jeannette Tewey, as First VP, not only coordinated all of our Club Day luncheons but also supervised the WWC's annual participation in the Memorial Day Parade.

We are looking forward to our Antique Appraisals Day on Saturday, June 9. Verbal appraisals will be available for up to three items for a single price of $25.00.  Thanks to Deb Fratino for securing experienced appraisers for this fundraising event in support of our Club.
The Westport Woman's Club signature fundraiser has long been the Yankee Doodle Fair, which is a perennial favorite activity for Father's Day weekend.  You may access "Sign up Genius" online to select your shifts for working at the Fair.  Also, please prepare some special treats for the YDF Bake Sale.  If you cannot bake, then consider donating the value of a cake.  And, most of all, please continue to buy and sell those Yankee Doodle Fair Raffle tickets.
This is my last President's Letter and it feels like the past two years have sped by very quickly.  I have been blessed to have had the support of our First Vice President, Jeannette Tewey, and the entire Board for both those years and I appreciate each of them for their wisdom, talents, and dedication.  In addition, there are a few others who deserve a special thank you:
Lorraine Feliciano was named Most Active Member for good reason; my thanks to Lorraine, our Webmaster, who has made our WWC Website and Facebook pages vital and current, while supervising all technology and audio visual purchases and issues.  Simplifying our Audio Visual System and relocating it to its current position in the podium has made all of our lives less complicated.  Lorraine's intelligence, kindness and amazing understanding of all things technological, has generously contributed to every area of the Club's success in these past two years.  Thank you, Lorraine.
Rose Jordan, Bulletin Editor, who has transformed the look of our Bulletin in the past two years.  Rose's sense of organization and knowledge of technology makes her an invaluable asset.  Thank you, Rose.
Jo Fuchs Luscombe, as a Past President, Jo is vital to so many areas including Fundraising, Community Service, Nominating Committee and Sponsorships.  Thank you, Jo.
Mary Lee Clayton, whose gracious, calm understanding of all matters pertaining to the Presidency (she served for three years) and generosity in giving of her time, talents and counsel, deserves my thanks.  Thank you, Mary Lee.
I also appreciate the women who served on the Personnel Committee and worked with me to find Elizabeth Greenawalt, our Office Manager, and Lilibet Rojas, Resident Manager.  My thanks to Rose Jordan, Lorraine Feliciano, Wynne Abrams, and Barbara Stemmer.  In times of crisis, they create calm with their wisdom and judgment.  I am grateful to have had their support.
The Westport Woman's Club is all about special women...and I thank each of you for your friendship and for all that you do...all that we do, together...to honor our Club, our Community and our mission.
With love and thanks to all, 

Dorothy M. Packer

  In this Issue

Sunshine Girls
Thanks to our May Sunshine Girl, 
Ellen Hooker.

Our Sunshine Girl for the month of June is Pat Vezendy, 

Jeannette Tewey
1st VP
jtewey@optonline.net 203-227-5089


Office Hours  
Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (  Lunch)
Office Manager,
Elizabeth Greenawalt
Resident House Manager,
Lilibet Rojas

June 2018

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

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12:00 Noon

1:00 - 4:00 pm
1:00 - 4:00 pm

9:30 am

4:00 - 5:30 pm
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
10 11 12 13 14 15 16

9:00 am
9:00 am

9:00 am
17 18 19 20 21 22


1:00 - 4:00 pm

7:00 pm

YDF 2018
11:30 am
1:00 - 4:00 pm

9:30 am

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12:30 pm




   Thursday, June 14             5:30 - 10:00 pm
   Friday, June 15                  5:30 - 10:00 pm
   Saturday, June 16             12:30 - 10:00 pm
   Sunday, June 17                12:30  - 5:00 pm 

Date:   Monday,  June 4
Time:  11:30 am - Refreshments
            12:00 pm - Lunch

Join us Monday, June 4, for Club Day, hosted by Mah Jongg, chaired by Audrey Rabinowitz and the Sunshine Girls.

Please be sure to make your reservation by 1:00 pm on the Wednesday before Club Day.

A Dash of Salt will be serving chicken quesadilla, a flour tortilla with cheese and chili rubbed chicken; black bean and avocado salad, corn tortilla chips and salsa.

The vegetarian option is chopped salad with gorgonzola cheese, red onions, grilled zucchini, grape tomatoes, Kalamata olives tossed with red wine vinaigrette.

Dessert will be flan, a baked custard coated with caramel.

If you have a serious food allergy or are a vegetarian, please let me know.  If you need to cancel a reservation, please do so by Wednesday, May 30, to avoid being charged.

Jeannette Tewey,  jtewey@optonline.net , 203-227-5089


As an entirely new library is taking shape downtown, we have invited Bill Harmer, Executive Director of the Westport Library, as the guest speaker for our June Club Day. 

He will describe the project that will transform the fixed and static thirty-year old Library into a community oriented facility which will serve the cultural, educational and information technological needs of the Westport community in the 21st Century.  Mr. Harmer calls the Library project "creative, opportunistic, energetic and transformative."  

Ana Hitri,  anahi3@icloud.com 203-349-5732


Date: Monday, May 28
Time: Gather at 8:30 am, Parade starts at 9:00 am
Place: Riverside Avenue, Space #23

The Memorial Day Parade is scheduled for Monday, May 28.  Hopefully, it will not rain this year!  

We will be at Space #23 on Riverside Avenue. Please wear white pants or skirt and a navy blue top.
Let's show the town a good representation of our Woman's Club, so put on your walking shoes and march with us!

Jeannette Tewey, 
jtewey@optonline.net , 203-227-5089


There will be NO Book Review this month.  Instead, we will have a Book Exchange on Club Day, Monday, June 4.

Tables will be set up in the Living Room where you can drop off your books and pick up books to take home with you to enjoy.

Pat Vezendy, pvezendy@gamil.com,  203-226-9869, for Lee Mennitt


Date:    Tuesday, June 19
Time:   7:00 pm - Chat and Chew,   7:30 pm - Game Begins
Cost:    $5.00
Hostesses:  Audrey Rabinowitz, Catherine Smith and Barbara Ryan  

If you haven't tried playing Bunco, come join us!  No experience necessary.  Ability to roll dice is the only requirement!

You can win $$$, but even if you don't, our motto is "If you had fun, you won."

Just sign up on the sheet in the foyer.
We hope to see you on the 19th!

Wendy McKeon, XWAMX50@aol.com , 203-222-0038


Date:   Friday, June 8 (the 2nd Friday of June)
Time:  4:00 - 5:30 pm
Place:  Club Kitchen

Please note that our June 8 BYOB Friday is a week earlier than usual to avoid YDF conflict AND briefly to help Deb Fratino set up stations for her June 9 Antique & Collectibles Appraisal Day!

"Bring something to sip and nibbles to share;
It won't be the same if you're not there!"

P lease join us  in the WWC Kitchen as we taste-test each other's favorite summer dips, appetizers and beverages!

Bring  Yourself  Over  Briefly, to say hello (or linger longer), anytime between 4:00 to 5:30 pm.  Yes,  Bring  Your  Own  Beverage of choice and nibbles to share. Whether you are new to the WWC or a Member since "forever," this is an easy and festive way to meet fellow members, practice your Yankee Doodle Fair "sun dance," and compare Raffle ticket sales success stories.  

As always, we operate picnic/tailgate style, bringing our own simple set-ups and serving implements, then disappearing without footprints or fingerprints. 

Dorothy E. Curran, DorothyECurran@aol.com , 203-246-0543


Date:  Tuesdays
Time:  1:00 - 4:00 pm
Place:  Living Room

We play on Tuesdays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm - if there is a minimum of four players.  Emails are sent out at the beginning of each week to Members who are interested in playing.  If you want to be included in these weekly emails, please contact me to put your name on that list.  

All players are welcome, regardless of skill level and experience.  You do not need to have your own Canasta cards and tray but, if you do, please bring them.

Lessons are given, also on Tuesdays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, to Members who would like to learn to play the game or haven't played in years but want to brush up on their skills. Please contact me if you are interested.

Donna Richardson, donnarichardson4@yahoo.com, 203-354-8743


First of all, kudos to Patria Swann, Kim Reichert and Carol Goetz for hosting yet another amazing Canal Park Luncheon on May 16.  The food was delicious and the room was beautifully decorated for the resident guests.  

Thank you, ladies, for making this special yearly event possible for the enjoyment of our friends at Canal Park! 

 Kim Reichert, Carol Goetz, Patria Swann

As Community Services is wrapping up another successful year, I want to especially thank the  women who headed up our outreach projects:
  • Audrey Rabinowitz who organized our Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk 
  • Leah Scherzer who coordinated our Holiday Meals and Stop & Shop Gift Card Program
  • Pattie Takita who took charge of our Holiday Toy Program
  • Wendy McKeon who spearheaded not only our Food Closet but also our Scholarship Committee 
  • Patria Swann who put together the Canal Park Luncheon.  
This past year, on behalf of the Westport Woman's Club, your Community Services Committee awarded $30,000 to twenty-five local charities and $28,000 in Scholarships to graduating Staples High School seniors.  In addition, our $1,200 Ruegg Grant was awarded to Wakeman Town Farm for a Mobile Chicken Run.

Thank you to all the club members who participated in making this all possible and for those  of you who participated in the grant review process!

Sarah Menchaca, sarahdmenchaca@gmail.com , 203-221-1952


The Curio Cottage will be changing its hours during the week of the Yankee Doodle Fair.

Wednesday, June 13    CLOSED
Thursday, June 14       6:00 - 8:30 pm
Friday, June 15            6:00 - 8:30 pm
Saturday, June 16        1:00 - 6:00 pm
Sunday, June 17          1:00 - 4:00 pm

If you would like to volunteer to work a shift, the sign-up sheet is in the Curio Cottage.

Thank you.  

Carol Brezovec, richardbrezovec@gmail.com , 203-221-7688
Susann Loselle, seloselle@gmail.com, 203-454-4171


Dates:   Tuesday, June 5
Time:    12:00 Noon
Where:  Pearl of Longshore
               360 Compo Road South, Westport    

On Tuesday, June 5, at 12:00 noon,  Garden Department members will hold their annual luncheon at Pearl of Lo ngshore.    Attendees will have their choice of the menu, along with separate checks. 

Please contact Vivian  Rosenberg by May 29, if you wish to make a reservation. 

Vivian Rosenberg, Garden Chair , vivianrose1@gmail.com 203-227-4419
Jerilyn Deveau, Program Chair, jerilyndeveau@yahoo.com, 203-372-2920


The Postal Workers' Food Drive on Saturday, May 12, was a big success despite the gloomy weather! We had almost forty-five volunteers (about thirty were WWC members and the rest were friends and family), who worked for a total of 165+ hours! We sincerely thank everyone who volunteered. We especially appreciate Ross McKeon for his assistance in setting up and carrying the heavy cases down to the basement; Catherine Smith, Susan Fox, and Cindy Stanfield for working tirelessly filling the shelves downstairs; and Ellie Hale for lining every bag we had, so we were ready when the food requests come in.
The shelves of our Food Closet are now full to the brim. That's a good thing because we receive the most calls during the summer when the children are out of school. However, we are still short on:
  • Canned fruit
  • Powdered milk
  • Hamburger Helper
  • Chicken Helper
  • Tuna Helper
If you were not able to participate in the Food Drive, it's not too late to help out!  Every little bit makes a difference.
Wendy McKeon, xwamx50@aol.com, 203-222-0038 
Kim Reichert, kim.reichert@gmail.com, 203-227-4590


The Gourmet Group will take a break over the summer and will meet again in September.  Details of the meeting will be in the September Bulletin and will be emailed to all members. 

During June our talented cooks will be baking for the Yankee Doodle Fair Bake Sale and we invite all club members to join us in baking and to stop by our table at the Fair.

Lisa Allison, liallison@optonline.net , 203-227-9563
Barbara Gladnick, bagladnick@optonline.net , 203-854-0424

Date:       Tuesday, June 26
Time:       12:30 pm
Address:  The Spotted Horse
                  26-28 Church Lane, Westport    

This month, we return to a local favorite,  The Spotted Horse,  which we've visited several times and always enjoyed. 

The Spotted Horse offers a varied selection of small plates, salads, sandwiches and daily specials as well as main plates.  If the weather permits, we'll dine on their lovely outdoor covered patio.  

The restaurant is located a cross from the new Bedford Square.   Parking is available in the Municipal Lot on Elm Street.

Please let me know by Friday, June 22, if you'd like to join us.  And, as always, I ask that you email or call me as I may not remember if you tell me in person.

Bobbie Herman, s angazure1@aol.com, 203-255-1577 


Time:  1:00 - 4:00 pm
Date:   Wednesdays
Place:  Living Room

We play on Wednesdays from 1:00-4:00 pm - if there is a minimum of 3 or 4 players.  Emails are sent out at the beginning of each week to Members who are interested in playing.  If you want to be included in these weekly emails, please contact me to put your name on that list.  

All players are welcome, regardless of skill level and experience.  You do not need to have your own Mah Jongg set, but if you have one, please bring it.

Lessons are given, also on Wednesdays from 1:00-4:00 pm, to members who would like to learn to play the game or haven't played in years but want to brush up on their skills. Please contact me if you are interested.

Audrey Rabinowitz, bxiteb4@aol.com ,  203-227-6010

Our new 2017-2018 Membership Directory is now available.
Please be sure to pick up your copy at the office.

Robin Clark, rclark@westportnational.com, 203-231-2109



Date:     Saturday, June 9
Time:    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Place:    Bedford Hall

Do you have a family heirloom or an old painting that Grandma always said was valuable: a piece of jewelry or st erling that you have never had appraised?  Bring them along and let the professional, experienced, courteous and friendly staff from Westport Auction give you a verbal appraisal.  The market for certain items is highly desirable: men's vintage wristwatches, mid-century a rt and furniture, Chinese jades, porcelains, and collectibles in every field to name a few.

For $25.00, you will receive a verbal appraisal for up to three (3) items by the appropriate specialist from Westport Auction.  Additional items may be appraised for a small additional fee.

Larger items and furniture can be evaluated from photos.  Numerous well-lit photos with approximate dimensions of the object, possibly a drawer, will allow the appraiser to be more precise.  Please no postage stamps or stamp collections.

Suzan Murphy, murphy05@aol.com, 203-222-9117
Karen Kleine, kkleine3@gmail.com, 203-858-4010


YDF 2018 Wrap-Up Meeting:
Date:  Wednesday, June 20
Time:  11:30 am
Place:  Living Room

A big thank you to these women who volunteered to sell raffle tickets at Stop and Shop on May 6 and May 20: Ellen Hooker, Kim Reichert, Christina McVaney, Wynne Abrams, Pattie Takita, Jo Luscombe, Susan Loselle, and Hilda Salerno. We very much appreciate Hilda Salerno and Pattie Takita offering to sell raffle tickets at the Memorial Day Parade.
We have a real dynamo in ticket selling, Zita Casey, who has sold more books of tickets than any other member!  Can any of you give Zita "a run for her money"?  The revenue from these ticket sales is our rain insurance, which is so critical at an outdoor venue like the Yankee Doodle Fair.  It would be terrific if every member could each sell just one more book before the fair begins; there are plenty of them in the club office if you need more.  Please turn in your raffle ticket stubs and your checks to Elizabeth in the office by the first week in June.
Remember to sign up for as many shifts at YDF 2018 as you can manage.  You received an emailed invitation for Sign Up Genius on May 7, so please use it.  You can also ask Elizabeth for assistance if need be.  Without your participation, the fair cannot be a success.  If you signed up for one shift, perhaps you could volunteer for one or two more?  We need a solid, filled lineup of workers.  Join your friends and have some fun working at the fair on June 14-17!
Set-Up for Yankee Doodle Fair is Monday, June 11, beginning at 9:00 am.  If you can spare an hour, please come to the club and lend a hand.  That's what the Westport Woman's Club is all about, right?

The Wrap-Up meeting for YDF 2018 will be held on Wednesday, June 20, at 11:30 am.  Captains, please be prepared to present what you feel were the pros and cons of this year's fair.  Everyone is invited to attend and we welcome any suggestions and comments.  

Christina McVaney, cmcvaney@yahoo.com, 203-292-8138
Kim Reichert, kim.reichert@gmail.com, 203-227-4590

It's that time of year again for the Gourmet Group's annual solicitation effort for the Yankee Doodle Fair.  If you are unable to bake this year, we hope you will consider sending us a cash donation, since these gifts provided a considerable share of our profits last year.  Checks should be made out to "Westport Woman's Club" with "Bake Sale" in the memo section, and sent in to the office.
We have some fantastic bakers in our Club.  However, a contribution does not have to be extraordinary in content or appearance, (although needless to say, we welcome those).  People buy our goods because they are homemade!  These days, many homemakers do not have the time to bake and look forward to the Fair for the kinds of goods our mothers used to make.
As always, we must conform to Health District regulations.  Please be sure to comply with the following:
  • All donations must show the name of the donor.
  • All donations must include the name of the food item and a list of the ingredients.
  • All donations must be wrapped. It would be very helpful if small items such as brownies, cookies, etc., could be wrapped individually or in small numbers.We cannot accept donations which require refrigeration, so no cheesecakes please.
  • No item or frosting should contain uncooked eggs or egg products.
  • No cream cheese frostings please.
  • Items without nuts are preferred. If your recipe does contain nuts please make sure that this is clearly indicated on the label.
Please do not donate store-bought items.  They do not sell.  Save yourself a trip to the store and send us the money instead!
Please note that for your convenience there will be a drop-off station located by the road (Imperial Avenue) in the front of the Clubhouse.  Please pull into the driveway and leave your donation on the indicated table, and it will be collected by volunteers working in the kitchen. If it is raining, the table will be under cover near the club house front door.  This drop-off station will be available 10:00 am -12:00 noon, Thursday, June 14 - Saturday, June 16 . Alternatively, you may leave baked goods in the kitchen when you volunteer at the Fair. When you leave your baked goods, please make sure that your name and a list of ingredients are attached to your contribution.
We are very grateful to all those who contribute their time, their talent, and their assistance to our Bake Sale.
Lisa Allison, liallison@optonline.net, 203-227-9563
Barbara Gladnick, bagladnick@optonline.net, 203- 854-0424

44 Imperial Avenue 
Westport, CT 06880