Westport Woman's Club Bulletin
Westport Woman's Club
Board of Directors 2018-2019
President  Christina McVaney;   1st VP Special Interests   Kim Reichert; 
2nd VP Finance   Maria Fraile;  3rd VP Ways & Means   Karen Kleine & 
Donna Pellittieri;  Secretary   Cheryl Bliss; Treasurer   Barbara Szefc; 
Communications  Gloria Smithson;   Community Services Susan Hricik; 
Curio Cottage  Deb Fratino ;  Grounds  Cornelia Olsen ; House  Sarah Menchaca; Membership  Robin Clark; Parliamentary Advisor  Sharon Jones; 
Programs Leah Scherzer & Josephine Calcagni; Rentals  Ana Hitri & 
Trish Leavitt;  YDF   TBD;   Past President   Dorothy M. Packer

Dear Ladies,
Well, we made it through our first Club Day together!  It was touch and go for a few minutes, but everything turned out all right. Thanks to Arlene Johnson for such an inspiring presentation. We wish we all had her energy and adventurous spirit!
Thanks again to Lorraine Feliciano for keeping our a/v system, website, and Facebook working and updated.  Lorraine has told me that she will be retiring from this position come June.  She has worked tirelessly over the last ten years to keep us technologically up to date and to keep our website humming along.  So, as well as Co-Chairs for Yankee Doodle Fair, we are on the lookout for someone who can take over Lorraine's position as Webmaster/Technical Support for the club.  Please keep your eyes and ears open for someone who is up for the task!
By the time you read this Bulletin, our grant application form will be uploaded to the website and the press release, thanks to Gloria Smithson, (who is doing a fantastic job at keeping the WWC front and center in Westport online publications), announcing that we are accepting applications would have gone out.  Please encourage your favorite non-profits to apply  for a grant.  Applications are due October 31.
One last thing, did everybody see the WWC spotlight in Dan Woog's blog, "06880," last month?  If not, you can read it here: https://06880danwoog.com/2018/08/24/friday-flashback-104-2/
Things to remember for October:
  • Join Audrey Rabinowitz on Sunday, October 14, at Sherwood Island State Park, to take part in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at 9:30 am.
  • Still accepting clothing for our Clothing Sale, October 19-21. Tell your friends and post on social media.
  • Buy your tickets to our 2nd Annual Sip & Savor and bring a few friends so they can stock up on holiday wines, Friday, October 26, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.
  • Join an activity and try something new or create a new activity.
  With thanks and best wishes to all,

Christina McVaney, cmcvaney@yahoo.com , 203-292-8138
  In this Issue

Sunshine Girls
Thanks to Bobbie Herman, our Sunshine Girl for September.

Our Sunshine Girl for the month of October is
Lorraine Feliciano,

Kim Reichert, 1st VP, kim.reichert@gmail.com


Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to the families of long-time members, Alice Kosiba and Rosalie Puglia, who recently passed away.

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 2018

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Clothing  Sale
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The Westport Woman's Club welcomes Christina McVaney, as its new President as the Club enters its 112th year of service, fundraising and philanthropy.  A Westport resident since 2007, Christina places great importance on giving back to her community.  She has served the WWC as co-chair of several fundraisers, including the club's largest fundraiser, The Yankee Doodle Fair, for the past five years.  
While balancing her career as a residential realtor, Christina has consistently carved personal time for her commitment to volunteerism. Christina is a current board member for Neighbors and Newcomers of Westport, and was an active PTA parent while her three children attended Westport Public Schools.  As WWC president, Christina's schedule will include overseeing Westport Woman's Club operating budgets, annual grant awards, need-based scholarship awards, food closet collaboration with the town's Human Services Department, board meetings, social gatherings, holiday giving, and club fundraisers throughout the year.
Born in Michigan, Christina spent most of her childhood in Beirut, Lebanon before returning to Michigan for high school, and then graduating from the University of Michigan.  She speaks French, Arabic, and Spanish and had lived in Illinois, California and Massachusetts before arriving in Connecticut with her husband, Keith, and their family.  They enjoy hiking, movies, and traveling together as a family.
"I'm happy and proud to take on the position of President of the Westport Woman's Club. My mother and grandmother were both involved in Woman's Clubs in Michigan and I'm looking forward to continuing that family tradition of community involvement and philanthropy. I hope that over the next two years I will continue the great work of past presidents and I'm eager to introduce innovations and new ideas of my own."       


Date:  Friday, October 26
Time:  6:00 - 8:00 pm
Place:  Bedford Hall
Price:  $60.00 per person

CHEERS to SIP & SAVOR 2018 - Friday, October 26
Here is a special invitation for every Westport Woman's Club member -   Please mark your calendars for our club's second annual SIP & SAVOR wine tasting fundraiser on  Friday, October 26, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.  This event will take place in our Bedford Hall Tasting Room.
At this time, you will have an opportunity to taste a wide variety of wines, sample a delicious array of seasonal appetizers, win prizes , and enjoy a music-filled evening of fun and fellowship while supporting our club.  Our evening's wine partner has generously agreed to share a percentage of any SIP & SAVOR wine orders placed 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 orders placed that evening.

There are several ways to purchase tickets:

October Club Day: Plan ahead and bring your checkbook to October Club Day (Monday, October 1) and purchase tickets at our Sip & Savor Sales Table.
Online:   Purchase tickets via the WWC website (we will email members once this is active).
Check:   Bring or mail a check to Elizabeth in the WWC Office for $60.00 per ticket, payable to "The Westport Woman's Club," with "Sip & Savor Tickets" in the memo line.  Please list guest names for Sip & Savor check-in on a separate note.
Ads and Sponsorships:
Purchase visibility in our Sip & Savor 2018 Wine Brochure that each guest receives upon arrival.  Please i nclude check payable to " The Westport Woman's Club " and send with info by Thursday,  October 18 .

Opportunities for Color Ads
1/4 Page Ad - $50
1/2 Page Ad - $75
Full Page Ad - $150
Back Cover - $350
Opportunities for Sponsorships:
Champagne - donation of $300 and up  (includes the option of a full page ad)
Pinot  - donation of $200 - $299           (includes the option of a full page ad)  
Chardonnay - donation of $100 - $199
Taster  -  donation of $50 - $99

Please spread the word, and commit to buying a ticket for yourself and/or also recruiting someone to attend to enjoy this fall fundraiser in our Bedford Tasting Room.  Invite your friends, neighbors, and family to save the date of Friday, October 26, and attend our club's SIP & SAVOR 2018TOGETHER we can make this club fundraiser a success, and have fun in the process.  All of the evening's profits will benefit our club's amazing community outreach to Fairfield County.

Thanks in advance to all  

Questions?  Purchase a Sip & Savor Ad or Sponsorship?

Please contact Christina McVaney at cmcvaney@yahoo.com,   203-292-8138
or Gloria Smithson at gsmithson@optonline.net,   203-226-8503

Date:   Monday, October 1
Time:  11:30 am - Refreshments
            12:00 pm - Lunch
Join us on Monday, October 1, for Club Day, hosted by Community Services chaired by Susan Hricik and by our Book Review group chaired by Pat Vezendy.

Wasn't the meal at our last Club Day tasty?  Members seemed thrilled with the food that our new caterer, Aux Delices, provided for us at Club Day in September.  This month's luncheon will be Stuffed Shells with Housemade Marinara Sauce, Italian bread, and Roasted Broccoli. Dessert will be a Fall Fruit Cup.

Please be sure to make your reservation by 1:00 pm on the Wednesday before Club Day.  If you have a serious food allergy or are a vegetarian, let me know.  If you need to cancel your reservation, please do so by calling the WWC office by 1:00 pm on Wednesday, September 26, to avoid being charged for your luncheon.  

NOTE: Our new permanent reservation lunch list will begin in October.  It is so much easier to be on the permanent list instead of trying to remember every month to reserve your lunch spot.  Keep in mind that any member on that list who does not show/cancel will receive a gentle reminder to guarantee that she contributes the $20.00 for missing lunch.

Hope to see you on Monday, October 1, at our Club Day luncheon!
Kim Reichert, kim.reichert@gmail.com , 203-227-4590

PROGRAM - October Club Day


Please join us and our special guest, Penny Pearlman, a motivational speaker, author and consultant, and author of the triple award winning "Pretty Smart: Lessons from our Miss Americas."  Penny took up Flamenco three years ago and has traveled twice to Jerez de la Frontera in southern Spain to study. 
Yohanna Escamilla will perform with Penny. 
Flamenco is a dance form characterized by fiery passion, emotional intensity, haunting music and complicated rhythms.   With roots in Moorish, Jewish and Indian cultures, this unique dance style highlights fast footwork, elegant arms and a sophisticated form of clapping called "palmas." 

Jose Greco and Carlos Montoya popularized Flamenco in the United States during the 1950's and 60s.  In this presentation you'll learn about the history of Flamenco, the elements of the dance, music and costumes and what makes it so thrilling to watch.  You'll also get a chance to try "palmas" yourself and even a few steps. 

You're never too old to dance! 

Leah Scherzer, Leahsart41@gmail.com , 203-856-6189
Josephine Calcagni, calcagnijm@gmail.com, 203-222-0073

Date:     Sunday, October 14
Time:    9:30 am
Place:   Sherwood Island State Park

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and on Sunday, October 14 - as we have done in past years - members of the Westport Woman's Club will be walking as a group in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Sherwood Island State Park. This walk, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, helps to raise funds for breast cancer research and to raise awareness.
Please go to the website for Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk, click on the Westport location, and register under the Westport Woman's Club team.  Even if you are unable to participate in the walk, you can still make a donation.  You can also register when you arrive at the walk.
Most of us do a walk that is slightly more than one mile - the scenery is beautiful - and the comradery with thousands of other walkers is heartwarming. Please join us - our group will meet at 9:30 am at the flag pole near the pavilion.  Look for our white and pink sign with the Westport Woman's Club name on it.  Contact Audrey Rabinowitz at bxiteb4@aol.com, or 203-227-6010, if you plan to walk (so that we can look for you) or you have any questions.
And please remember to make an appointment for your mammogram.  Early detection is very important.


Date:     October  25 - Meeting on the 4th Thursday this month only
Time:    1:00 pm  
Place:    Living Room
"Flight Behavior" by Barbara Kingsolver
The word "rapture" appears on the very first page of "Flight Behavior" and is very appropriate as the novel extols the ecstasy of passionate engagement - with people, ideas and the environment.  We meet, Dellarobia Turnbow, a restless farm wife, weighing the rapturous potential of flinging herself into a love affair that will wreak havoc on her placid life.  As she hikes up a mountain behind her house to a secret tryst, she is stopped in her tracks by a valley blazing "with its own internal flame".  This vision turns out to be of such enormous consequence that the world will soon arrive on her doorstep.
We look forward to seeing you as we discuss this book and the important issues that are brought to mind.
Books are available for you to pick up at the Library.
Heike Martin, heikem@optonline.net, (203) 227-2448 
Pat Vezendy,  pvezendy@gmail.com, (203) 226-9869


Date:    Tuesday,  October 23
Time:   7:00 pm - Chat and Chew,   7:30 pm - Game Begins
Place:   Kitchen/Bedford Hall
Cost:    $5.00

Come one, come all, and join us for "Bunco"!  No experience necessary! All you have to do is roll the dice...  You can do it...and a good time is guaranteed.
  Hope to see many new faces at our October get-together!  Please join us.

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


Date:   Friday, October 19 (the 3rd Friday of October)
Time:  4:00 - 5:30 pm
Place:  Club Kitchen

"Bring something to sip and nibbles to share;
It won't be the same if you're not there!"
Yes, October's BYOB Friday starts at 4:00 pm, so why not come earlier to The Clothing Sale (which finishes the day at 3:00 pm), and then pull up a stool in the kitchen, or preview what bargains you'll buy there on Saturday morning!

Just  B  ring  Yourself  Over  Briefly, to say hello (or linger longer), anytime between 4:00 to 5:30 pm, and be sure to  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 entertaining way to meet fellow members, discuss what you plan to wear to greet "trick-or-treaters" for Halloween or see who else still needs to buy tickets for our Fall FUNdraisers.

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

Dorothy Curran, dorothyecurran@aol.com, 203-246-0543


Please Note:  We will not be playing Canasta on Tuesday, October 16, due to the Clothing Sale Set-Up.

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


Date:    Tuesday, October 23
Time:   10:00 am
Place:   Living Room

WWC Ladies will have a pleasant "Meet 'n Greet" with Elaine Daignault, Westport's Human Services Director, during our September meeting.  Thank you, Elaine, for your time and shared thoughts regarding our community's needs and outreach programs.  We are proud to support to the Westport community.
We have received several thank-you notes from the twenty-six May 2018 grant recipients.  At times, a grant recipient liaison may contact our Club for potential volunteers.  We will post those opportunities when received and if appropriate.
*The Mercy Learning Center is seeking volunteers to teach women who are "English Language Learners" appropriate skills as well as basic adult reading and math in its small group tutoring program.  Please contact Lynn Gabriel or Erica Hoffman at 203-334-6699, if you are interested.  The Center is holding tutor training sessions on September 14 and September 28. They also plan on holding another in January 2019.
We are looking forward to your participation in the "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk" benefit which is being held the morning of Sunday, October 14, at Sherwood Island State Park.  Audrey Rabinowitz is our Team Captain again and is looking to gather a great WWC group.  Do contact Audrey at bxiteb4@aol.com for details.  Needed are a Smile, Happy Feet and Your Time!   Thank you, Audrey. 
Please put our next meeting Tuesday, October 23, at 10:00 am on your calendar.  The Community Grant Press Release and Application are now online.  Proposals are due back to us by October 31.  We may have a few responses to review at our meeting.
Best regards,

Susan Hricik , susanswhim@yahoo.com, 203-226-1372



Date:     Friday, October 12
Time:    10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Place:   Bedford Hall
This coffee is for all of our volunteers and members who are thinking of volunteering and would like to know more about how the Curio Cottage operates.

Come and enjoy some snacks while meeting your co-workers and learn how and why we do what we do.

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

Date:    Tuesday, October 9
Time:    9:00 am
Place:   Meet at Westport Woman's Club  

On Tuesday, October 9, we will be going to the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, CT to visit the Wee Faire Village.  Get ready to explore Lettersburg Junction, the enchanting region where fairies live in alphabetically placed houses resembling all the letters of the alphabet, from A to Z. There's also the quaint hamlet of Numbertown and Punctuation Stations where the homes are somewhat questionable (?), excited (!), inclusive (&), and trendy (#).
Lunch will be at Cafe Flo, which is on the premises.  Reservations are needed for lunch, and the cost is separate from the tour.  

Drivers are needed.  Please let us know who is willing to drive and how many passengers you can accommodate.  The cost of the self-guided tour is $14.00.  We will meet at WWC at 9:00 am.  To see previous Wee Fairie Village exhibits, you may check the website: www.florencegriswoldmuseum.org.
Reservations are required.  Please reply to all chairs to register, by October 4.
Vivian Rosenberg, Garden Chair, vivianrose1@gmail.com , 203-227-4419
Jerilyn Deveau, Co-Program Chair, jerilyndeveau@yahoo.com, 203-372-2920
Leah Scherzer, Co-Program Chair, Leahsart41@gmail.com, 203-856-6189


The WWC Food Closet has received so many requests from Westport families and individuals during the end of the summer and the beginning of fall, that we are now sorely lacking the following staples from our shelves:
* Canned peas
* Canned mixed vegetables
* Canned fruit
* Fruit juice (large plastic bottles)
* Hunt's Manwich
* Corned Beef Hash
* Hamburger Helper
* Chicken Helper
* Tuna Helper
* Coffee (1 pound cans)
* Powdered milk (envelopes)
* Mayonnaise
* Salad dressing
* Cooking oil
* Pudding (boxes)
* Jello (boxes)

And as we get closer to Thanksgiving, we always like to give out:
* Cranberry sauce
* Mashed potato mix
* Stuffing mix
* Gravy
* Pumpkin pie filling
* Evaporated milk

Thanks to the continued support and generosity of club members, our Food Closet is able to fulfill requests from those in our town who are in need.  We would appreciate it if you could purchase several of the above items when you are doing your family's grocery shopping this month.   Be sure to look for sales and specials at your favorite stores.  Your donations can be dropped off in the basket at the office door anytime.  Thank you.

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


Date:    Tuesday, October 16
Time:   11:30 pm
Place:   Bedford Hall

Gourmet Group will be meet on Tuesday, October 16 th at 11:30 am in Bedford Hall. Full details of the meeting will be sent by email. Gourmet Group members who wish to attend should RSVP by email to Lisa Allison by October 8 th .

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

Date:       Tuesday, October 23
Time:       12:30 pm
Address:  Harvest Wine & Bar Restaurant
                 36 Railroad Place, Westport

Due to public demand, this month we return to Harvest Wine & Bar Restaurant.  We've been there several times, and several of the ladies requested that we return.

Harvest offers a varied selection of luncheon dishes, including appetizers, seafood, burgers, sandwiches and pastas.  They offer a $19.00 prix fixe, as well as a la carte.

You'll find their menu at:  https://harvestwinebar.com/westport/lunch.php

Please let me know by Friday, October 19, 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.

NOTE:  I will be away from October 2-16, so if I don't acknowledge you immediately don't be discouraged.  I may not have access to Wi-Fi.

Bobbie Herman, sangazure1@aol.com, 203-255-1577 


Please Note:  We will not be playing Mah Jongg on Wednesday, October 17, due to the Clothing Sale Set-Up.

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


Next Ways & Means Committee Meeting:
Wednesday, October 10 - 10:30 am


Dates/Times:   Friday, October 19 & 
Saturday, October 20, 
                   10:00 am - 3:00 pm
                          Sunday, October 21,  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location:          Bedford Hall


SET-UP on:
Tuesday, October 16, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Wednesday, October 17, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Thursday, October 18, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
*Involves sorting, folding and organizing (no heavy lifting).

Friday, October 19, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm & 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Saturday, October 20, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm & 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Sunday, October 21, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
*Cashiers needed for the main room and the Good Stuff room; floaters needed to help or relieve cashiers; give fashion advice to customers and occasionally straighten.

Also, Volunteers are needed to help bag the clothes at the end of the sale and for general clean up.

Please sign up on the bulletin board at the Club or respond to either Co-Chair Mary Lee Clayton or Susan Loselle and let us know where you would like to volunteer and your preferred time slot.

Thank you and don't forget to bring in your clothing and accessories donations.


Mary Lee Clayton, claytonmary@att.net, 203-878-1486
Susan Loselle, seloselle@gmail.com, 203-454-4171
Co-Chairs, Clothing Tag Sale

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


Wasn't that amazing news about Yankee Doodle Fair 2018 that was shared at our September Club Day?  Because of our unparalleled profit this past June, we were able to increase the budget for Scholarships by $5,000 and up the amount that Grants will receive by $5,000!
Board members are going to put their heads together to figure out an ideal solution to get mandatory support from ALL club members as far as buying and/or selling at least one book of raffle tickets each.  Our YDF profits could have been more than $2,000 higher if every member had purchased or sold her raffle tickets!

As you are aware, Christina and Kim have been tasked with new responsibilities in the WWC and can no longer chair Yankee Doodle Fair.  The Board is hoping that several new or a couple of more established members will step up and volunteer for this duty.  The planning portion of the job requires one meeting each month during the winter and spring.  During the June prep period, the captains and many members pitch in to assist.  Then, during the actual four days of Yankee Doodle Fair 2019, it will be all hands on deck.  Past co-chairs can certainly can lend a hand and offer nuggets of knowledge and helpful suggestions.  Please consider this opportunity as an important and fun way to support your club's mission!

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

44 Imperial Avenue 
Westport, CT 06880