Westport Woman's Club Bulletin
Westport Woman's Club
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 have so many events to look forward to this Fall and so many ways to contribute and be involved in our Club. 
Sip & Savor...an evening of wine tasting, delectable hors d'oeuvres and live music.  Please mark your calendars and invite friends to attend on Saturday evening, October 27. Treat all your senses to this fine evening, planned for us and our guests by Co-Chairs, Christina McVaney and Gloria Smithson.   You will find additional details under Ways & Means 
During October, our  Clothing Drive, currently in progress, goes into fifth gear.  We are gratefully receiving gently used clothing, and accessories - women's, men's, teen's and children's.  All coats, clothing, shoes, handbags, jewelry and accessories are accepted and needed.  So many wonderful donations (Yes, fur coats are welcome!) have come in, but we need more to ensure a successful Clothing Tag Sale in November.  So make room for your new wardrobe and bring us those items you are not going to wear again, knowing someone else will enjoy them.  Thank you for your donations; kindly keep them coming!
October Club Day with New York Times best-selling author Jane Green is enough of a draw, but before Lunch, in our living room, the various Special Interest Groups will tell you about which groups you might find most enjoyable.  All groups are open and welcome new members.  Try a new group ...new friendships and good times await!
Also, on Wednesday evening, October 25, our Membership Committee will host a Wine & Cheese Reception to welcome new and prospective members.  Why not invite a friend to join the Westport Woman's Club and plan to attend this event.
So, as you can see, there are plenty of opportunities for us to come together and join in.  Let's be a part of it all!  

With love and thanks to all, 

Dorothy M. Packer

In this Issue
Sunshine Girls
Thanks to September Sunshine Girl, Bobbie Herman.

Our Sunshine Girl for the month of October is Lorraine Feliciano

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

Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to Cheryl Bliss on the death of her Mother, and to Anne Hunt on the death of her Sister.
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

October 2017

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
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Club Day

1:00-4:00 pm
9:30 am
10:00 am
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1:30 pm
1:00-4:00 pm
9:30 am
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9:00 am
10:00 am
11:30 am

7:00 pm

1:00 - 4:00 pm

9:30 am

1:00 pm

4:00-5:30 pm
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1:00 - 4:00 pm

5:30 - 7:30 pm

9:30 am

6:00-8:00 pm
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SERVICES 1:00 pm


Please join us at 11:30 am on Monday, October 2, for Club Day hosted by the Book Group, chaired by Lee Mennet, and Community Services, chaired by Sarah Menchaca.    
"A Dash of Salt" will be serving a Shrimp Vegetable Stir-Fry (broccoli, cauliflower, red pepper, carrots and scallions in a ginger, garlic sauce), with Basmati Rice and Rolls.  For dessert, we will have Deconstructed Lemon Tart.   If you have a serious food allergy or are a vegetarian, please let me know.  The cost for lunch is $20.00.

Please be sure you make a reservation by 1:00 pm the Wednesday before Club Day.  If you would like to be on the Permanent Lunch list, please call the office at 203-227-4240.   If you need to cancel a reservation, please call the office by 1:00 pm on the Wednesday before Club Day to avoid being charged.
Please help the Food Closet on Club Day.  All you need to do is bring one item to donate.  For suggested items, please refer to the Food Closet article.  If we remember to do this every Club Day, we will be helping many people in need.
Jeannette Tewey, jtewey@optonline.net, 203-227-5089

PROGRAM -  Jane Green

Come join us for a lively, informative talk about the writing life and the secrets of success with Jane Green, a New York Times Bestselling Author! Jane has sold over 10 million books worldwide that are published in twenty-five different languages.

An accidental design-guru, wife and mother, self-proclaimed foodie, animal lover and a cancer survivor, she is a former journalist and correspondent for ABC News, and a BBC Radio Host in London. A regular contributor on television and radio, she has appeared on TV Shows including Good Morning America, The Martha Stewart Show, and the Today Show. 

Together with writing books and blogs, she contributes to the Huffington Post, Sunday Times, Cosmopolitan, Self, and has a weekly column in the Lady Magazine (England's longest running weekly magazine).

Jane resides locally in Westport with her husband, children, and the rest of her furry, feathered, and scaly family.

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


Date:  Monday, October 30 
Time:  1:00 pm
Place:  Living Room

Our October meeting will be held on Monday, October 30, at 1:00 pm.  All members are welcome to attend. We are currently accepting grant applications from local nonprofit organizations. Our review process will begin shortly.  Please join us in this important and rewarding activity.

New Community Services Opportunities:  

Holiday Toy Drive
We are looking for someone to head up the Holiday Toy Drive, which consists of collecting toys that our members donate and delivering them to the Children's Connection in Norwalk. Please contact Sarah Menchaca if you are interested or need additional information.  

Domestic Violence Crisis Center Care Bags
The Domestic Violence Crisis Center is in need of Care Bags for the women who go into their safe houses.  We would like to collect the following items and then assemble them into the bags for the women.  You may drop these items off at the Club.  A collection box will be located outside the office.

Shampoo and Conditioner
Toothbrushes, Toothpaste and Dental Floss
Combs and Brushes
Soap and Body Wash
Body Lotion
Diapers for Toddlers

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk - 2017
Date:  Sunday, October 15
Time:  9:00 am
Place:  Sherwood Island State Park, Westport

In commemoration of October's  Breast Cancer Awareness Month, please mark your calendars  for the  Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk  on  Sunday, October 15,  at Sherwood Island State Park.  As we have done for the past several years, Woman's Club members (and their friends and family) will be walking together as a group to raise funds for breast cancer research and to show support for all the women - themselves or loved ones - who have experienced this disease.
We will meet at the flag pole near the pavilion at 9:00 am. Many walkers wear something pink,  jackets, hats, scarves, etc.
Please go to the website for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and register, either to walk or to make a donation, under the Westport Woman's Club team.  

For further information or to let her know if you will be walking, you may contact Audrey Rabinowitz at  bxiteb4@aol.com  or 203-227-6010.
Whether or not you walk or make a donation, use this breast cancer awareness month as a reminder (for yourself, friends and family members) to make an appointment for a mammogram. Early detection and regular exams save lives.

Thank you.

Sarah Menchaca,  sarahdmenchaca@gmail.com, 203-246-1760


Date:    Thursday, October 19
Time:   1:00 pm
Place:   Living Room

The book for our next discussion is "The Nest" by Cynthia Sweeney.  

This is a story about the power of family, the possibilities of friendship, the ways we depend upon one another and the ways we let each other down.  In this tender, entertaining and deftly written debut, Cynthia Sweeney brings a remarkable cast of characters to life to illuminate what money does to relationships, what happens to our ambitions over the course of time, and the fraught yet unbreakable ties we share with those we love.

The Library has copies saved for us.  

Lee Mennitt,  leemennitt@gmail.com ,  203-523-0904


Date:   Friday, October 20
Time:  4:00 - 5:30 pm
Place:  Clubhouse Kitchen

BYOB Friday's monthly congeniality continues Friday,  October 20!

Please swing by the Kitchen on Friday, October 20, anytime from 4:00 to 5:30 pm. You'll be glad you did! Whether you are new to the WWC or a member since "forever," this is an easy and congenial way to introduce yourself, learn some (possibly humorous) WWC history/anecdotes and tap into the wide--and amazing!--array of fellow members' life experiences.  

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

As always, we operate picnic 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:    Tuesday, October 17
Time:   7:00 pm - "Chat & Chew," 7:30 pm - Game Begins
Cost:    $5.00

Come join us!
All are welcome...no experience necessary.
Come out for a night of food, fun and  fellowship. 

Just sign up on the bulletin board in the foyer and get ready for a great night!

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


Curio Cottage Information Coffee 
Friday, October 6 - 10:00 am 
Bedford Hall at the Woman's Club

This coffee is for all of our wonderful volunteers and any members who would like to know what happens in the "little white cottage with the blue door." 
Come and enjoy some snacks while meeting your co-workers and learning how and why we do what we do.

Whether you have worked for ten years, are a new volunteer, or are thinking about volunteering, this is the perfect time to find out about us.

Hope to see many of you there.

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


Date:  Tuesday, October 10 
Time:  1:30 pm
Place:  Bedford Hall
On Tuesday, October 10, at 1:30 pm, "Gary Z. of Stamford" will conduct a floral demonstration in Bedford Hall, focusing on European trends. 

As a Cornell University trained horticulturalist and educator, Gary Zinsmeyer has been designing unique floral arrangements for offices, hotels, churches and synagogues, restaurants, and private residences for over thirty years. Gary uses the world's best quality flowers in interesting combinations to create arrangements with great visual impact. Gary's creations are currently on display at the Artisan Restaurant at the Delamar Hotel in Southport.

All WWC members are welcome to attend this Garden program. Area Garden clubs will also be invited. There is no admission fee. There will be a drawing for Gary's arrangements at the end of the event. Refreshments will be served. 

Reservations are required. If you wish to attend, please contact Jerilyn Deveau by Friday, October 6.

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

Our Food Closet has been the lucky recipient of a recent food drive at Staples High School. Fortunately, this helped to partially replenish our shelves, which had become pretty bare after this past summer's many requests.
It would be wonderful if you could help out the Food Closet by bringing in at least one of the following:

Tuna Helper
Chicken Helper
Sugar (l lb.)
Stuffing Mix

We would appreciate receiving these food items on October Club Day, or you may drop them off at the WWC office at any time.

Thank you for your support!

Wendy McKeon, xwamx50@aol.com, 203-222-0038
Kim Reichert, kim.reichert@gmail.com , 203-227-4590


Date:   Tuesday, October 17 
Time:   11:30 am
Place :   Bedford Hall 

Gourmet Group's October meeting will be on Tuesday October 17, at 11:30 am, in Bedford Hall. 

Further details of the meeting will be sent to members by email. Gourmet Group members who wish to attend should RSVP by email to Lisa Allison by October 10. Any other WWC member who would like to join the group should also contact Lisa Allison. 

The Group usually meets for lunch and conversation on the third Tuesday of every month except January.  Each member is expected to form part of a cooking, set up and clean up group once during the season which runs from September to May, and we also have a couple of pot lucks.  Dues are $45.00 for the season and your cooking group expenses are fully refunded.  If you would like to try one meeting to see if Gourmet Group is for you, the guest fee is $20.00, which is refundable if you join the group and pay dues.

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


Date:  Tuesday, October 24 
Time:  12:30 pm   
Place:  Bistro Mediterranean and Tapas Bar
             36 Westport Avenue, Norwalk 

This month, we'll be trying something different.  I hope your sense of adventure is active, for a relative newcomer calls us, Bistro Mediterranean.  I've dined there several times, and enjoyed every morsel.  They offer tapas, salads, as well as larger plates, and a $14.00 prix fixe luncheon. 

You can learn about them at -- http://bistromediterraneanandtapasbar.com/page/25867-Norwalk.  Click on "lunch menu" to find a selection of their offerings.

Please let me know by Friday, October 20 if you'll be joining us so I can tell them how many to expect.  And, as always, I ask that you email or call me as I may not remember if you tell me in person.

Bobbie Herman, sangazure1@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 being given, also on Wednesdays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, for members who would like to learn to play the game. Please contact me if you are interested.
Audrey Rabinowitz, bxiteb4@aol.com ,  227-6010

New Member Wine & Cheese Reception
Date:   Wednesday, October 25
Time:   5:30 - 7:30 pm

Please join us in welcoming new and prospective members at our annual Wine & Cheese Reception which will be held on Wednesday, October 25from 5:30 - 7:30 pm .  Here you can learn more about the Westport Woman's Club and the many different opportunities and social activities in which you may enjoy participating.
If there is someone you would like us to invite to the reception, please contact our Office Manager, Elizabeth, in order for us to extend an invitation to them.  Also, please let us know  by October 18, if you can join us.
Robin Clark, rclark@westportnational.com , 203-231-2109


Date:  Wednesday, October 18
Time:  10:30 am

Everyone is welcome.  
Please bring your ideas with you!

Please mark your calendars for our first SIP & SAVOR wine tasting fundraiser on Friday, October 27, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.
At this fundraiser you will be able to taste a wide variety of wines, sample a delicious array of seasonal appetizers, participate in a raffle, and enjoy a lovely evening of fun and fellowship while supporting our club.  

Our evening's wine partner has also agreed to share a percentage of any SIP & SAVOR wine sales that evening.  So plan ahead, bring your shopping list, and order needed wines for Thanksgiving, December holiday events, hostess gifts, gift-giving, and support our club with your wine purchases.
Tickets are $60.  Ticket information will be available soon, so please watch for future email updates and on our club website.  We are working to get an online ticket sales option to you as soon as possible. 
We are asking each member to please spread the word and commit to buying two (2) tickets for yourselves or to give as gifts.  Invite your friends, neighbors, and family to save the date of October 27, and attend SIP & SAVOR.  Together we can make this fall fundraiser a success.  All of the evening's profits will benefit our club's amazing community outreach.
Thanks in advance to all, and we will be in touch with ticket details soon.  Any questions, contact event Co-Chairs:   Christina McVaney, cmcvaney@yahoo.com , or   Gloria Smithson, gsmithson@optonline.net.

Please bring in all your (still wonderful, gently used) clothes!  They can be dropped off, in bags, in the Coat Room at your convenience during the month of October.  We still need plenty more women's, men's, teen's and children's clothing, coats and jackets.  We will also accept accessories including shoes, gloves, hats, scarves, and mittens.  Your generosity is appreciated!  

Set-Up Days:  Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday     November 7, 8, 9
Sale Days:       Friday-Saturday-Sunday               November 10, 11, 12

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

44 Imperial Ave 
Westport, CT 06880