Westport Woman's Club Bulletin
Westport Woman's Club
Board of Directors 2019-2020
President  Christina McVaney;   1st VP Special Interests   Kim Reichert; 
2nd VP Finance   Maria Fraile;  3rd VP Ways & Means   Donna Pellittieri; 
Secretary   Donna Sedgwick; Treasurer   Wynne Abrams; 
Communications  Gloria Smithson;   Community Services Donna Richardson; 
Curio Cottage  Deb Fratino ;  Grounds  Ellen Hooker & Janette Duchnicki
House  Sarah Menchaca; Membership  Robin Clark; 
Parliamentary Advisor  Sharon Jones;   Programs Lauri Weiser; 
Rentals   Ana Hitri   YDF   TBD
Past President   Dorothy Packer

Dear Ladies,
It was nice to see everyone at our first Club Day of the new season. Thank you to Lauri Weiser, our new Program Chair, for booking such a dynamic speaker!
October is Grant Applications month. The applications can be downloaded straight from our website. Please encourage your favorite non-profit to apply. As always, applications are due October 31st.
We are also accepting applications for our House Manager position.  Please keep in mind that this is a live-in situation.  The ideal candidate must be someone who is fastidious, knows how to clean and is available on weekends to open up for renters. This person would be able to have a regular M-F, 9-5 job outside of the Club, since our Office Manager is on the premises M-F, 9-4 pm, to open up for weekday rentals. Please see me or email me if you know of someone who would like a job description and an application.
Things to remember for  October:

Please get your membership renewals in before October 1st.  Robin Clark will have our new member directories at our October Club Day so if she doesn't have you as an active member, you will not be in our 2019-20 directory.

Join Audrey Rabinowitz on October 20th at Sherwood Island Park to participate in the  Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, at 9:30 am.  Our team name is "Westport Woman's Club."  Members and their families can now go online to register as a walker and/or to make a donation.

We are still accepting clothing for our  Clothing Sale (until October 18). The sale will be held from October 25-27. Please tell your friends and post on social media.
All My Best,
Christina McVaney 


Thanks to Bobbie Herman for being Sunshine Girl for September.

Our Sunshine Girl for October is
Lorraine Feliciano

Kim Reichert, 1st VP, [email protected]

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

October 2019

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P lease bring your donations of gently used women's, men's and children's clothing 
and accessories (shoes, handbags, scarves, jewelry, etc.) to our Clubhouse.
No personal items please (undergarments or bathing suits)
and be sure to SAVE THE DATE 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25  -  10:00 am - 3:00 pm
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26  -  10:00 am - 3:00 pm
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27  -  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Come anytime; stay as long as you want.  Light snacks and drinks provided.
Tuesday, October 22, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wednesday, October 23, 11:00 - 3:00 pm
Thursday, October 24, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
*Involves sorting, folding and organizing (no heavy lifting).

Friday, October 25, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm or 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Saturday, October 26, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm or 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Sunday, October 27, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

*Cashiers - Main Room and the Good Stuff Room  - totaling purchases, checking ID for checks, taking cash, bagging clothes
*Assist cashiers -totaling purchases, checking ID for checks, taking cash, 
bagging clothes
*Floaters - Help on the floor assisting customers, straighten clothes
*Sunday 3:00 pm - Bag leftover clothes for donation and general clean-up

Please respond to either Mary Lee or Susan and let us know where you would like to work and your preferred time slot. 


Mary Lee Clayton, [email protected], 203-878-1486
Susan Loselle, [email protected], 203-858-5989
Co-Chairs, Clothing Tag Sale

Date:      Monday, October 7
Time:     11:30 am
Where:   Bedford Hall

Plan to join us on Monday, October 7, for Club Day, which will be hosted by our Community Services women, chaired by Donna Richardson and the Book Review group led by Pat Vezendy.   Please be sure to make your reservation with Elizabeth by 1:00 pm on Wednesday, October 2 .

This year's caterer, Aux Delices, will be serving a light and fluffy Spinach and Mushroom Quiche, accompanied by an Arugula Salad with Oranges and Fennel. Parker House Rolls with Butter will be available. Dessert will be Chocolate Torte with Chantilly Cream. Don't you think that will be a delicious luncheon? Aux Delices never fails to impress us with their yummy offerings.

If you have a serious food allergy, please let me know by Wednesday, October 2. If you need to cancel a reservation, please do so by Wednesday, October 2, to avoid being charged. Remember to add your name to the permanent lunch list by calling Elizabeth if you have not already done so.

Hope to see you at Club Day on Monday, October 7th!

Kim Reichert , [email protected] , 203-227-4590


The Guest Speaker at our October Club Day will be  Deby Goldenberg.  Deby is a certified yoga therapist, has a 3rd degree black belt and is a Tai Chi/Qi Gong instructor.

Deby will be guiding us in a short meditation and Qi Gong practice as well as demonstrate the saber form. 
Qi Gong is  a mind-body-spirit practice that improves one's mental and physical health by integrating posture, movement, breathing technique, self-massage, sound, and focused intent. 

There are thousands of Qi Gong styles, schools, traditions, forms, and lineages, each with practical applications and different theories about Qi ("subtle breath" or "vital energy") and Gong ("skill cultivated through steady practice").
Lauri Weiser, [email protected], 203-256-1973

BOOK REVIEW         

Date:        Thursday, October 17
Time:       1:00 pm
Where:     Living Room
Book:        "My Sister's Keeper" by Jodi Picoult

Told from multiple perspectives, we follow 13 year-old Anna who was conceived to be a genetic match for her sister, Kate, who has an acute illness. Anna has spent her life giving and donating parts of herself  to her sister.  When put under pressure to give a kidney, she protests and sues her parents for the right to her own body.

All are welcome to join us as we discuss this bittersweet and thought-provoking story.

You can pick up a copy of the book at the Library.

Heike Martin, [email protected], (203) 227-2448
Pat Vezendy,  [email protected],   (203) 226-9869


Date:  Tuesday, October 15
Time:  7:00 pm - Chat & Chew,  7:30 pm - Game begins
Place:  Kitchen/Bedford Hall
Cost:   $5.00 (Sign up on the board in the foyer)
Please remember to bring your snacks and drinks!
All are invited to play...No experience necessary...

We just roll dice! 

Come out for a fun-filled night and the chance to yell "BUNCO"!

Wendy McKeon, [email protected] , 203-222-0038


Date:    Friday, October 18
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!"

And what better way to top off a crisp New England Autumn day than to gather in the WWC Kitchen for October BYOB Friday? 

We'll track the progress of this year's fall foliage and favorite teams, trade travel tips, theatre reviews and restaurant recos and thread the needle on the Fall Clothing Sale's best buys. Whether you're sipping hot cider or tap water, a cool lager or a chilled Riesling; whether you're nibbling pretzels, kale chips, hummus, cheese or smoked fish;  this BYOB will be October's best  "fest."

Please "come as you are" and join us in the kitchen! 
Just Bring Yourself Over Briefly, to say hello (or linger longer), anytime 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, share your innovative autumn gourds centerpiece arrangement, compare notes on plans for trick-or-treaters, source ideas for your Halloween costume, ask Siri to keep an eye on Alexa, or simply launch a lovely weekend.
As always, we operate picnic/tailgate style, bringing our own simple set-ups and serving implements, then disappearing without footprints or fingerprints.
Dorothy Curran,  [email protected]   ,  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, [email protected], 203-354-8743


Date: Tuesday, October 22
Time: 10:00 am           
Location: Living Room
  Hello WWC Ladies,
We had a great presentation by Elaine Daignault, Westport Human Services Director, during our September meeting. She told us what was happening in Westport followed by a question and answer period.
We hope that many of you will join us for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on Sunday, October 20, at Sherwood Island State Park. Audrey Rabinowitz will once again be our team captain. Please see Audrey's information below for more insight. You can register online. Thank you, Audrey.
Please join us for our next meeting on Tuesday, October 22, at 10:00 am in the living room. The press release announcing our grant timeline and application are online. Hopefully we will have some grants to review.
Hope to see you on October 22.    
Thank you.  

Donna Richardson ,  [email protected]203-354-8743  


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and on Sunday, October 20,  as we have done for many years, members of the Westport Woman's Club will be walking as a team 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 may 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 [email protected] or 203-227-6010 if you plan to walk (so that we can look for you) or you have any questions.
And, after the walk, our team continues our comradery at the Sherwood Diner for brunch!
Please remember to make an appointment for your mammogram.  Early detection is very important.                            



Date:     Friday, October 4
Time:    10:00 am to 11:30 am
Place:   Bedford Hall

This coffee is for all volunteers (whether you work a regular shift or are a substitute) and for any members who would like to know more about the Curio Cottage.

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

Note:  The Curio Cottage will open at 11:30 am on Friday, October 4, to allow the volunteers who work that morning to join us.

Susan Loselle, [email protected], 203-858-5989
Suzan Murphy, [email protected], 203-247-7726


The Garden Department will not be meeting in October.  
Please check the Bulletin for our November activity.

Vivian Rosenberg, Garden Chair, [email protected] , 203-227-4419
Leah Scherzer, Co-Program Chair, [email protected]203-856-6189


Good News
Staples High School held two food drives during their Back to School Nights. All in all, they contributed almost forty bags of groceries to the WWC Food Closet!

Bad News
We continue to lack certain items. We still need:
  • Chicken Helper
  • stuffing
  • gravy
  • canned hams (available at CVS or Rite Aid)
  • canned Chef BoyArdee
  • fruit juices (large plastic bottles)
  • canned fruit
  • pancake syrup
  • boxed mashed potatoes
  • boxed potato mixes
  • canned soup (NO chicken soup please)
  • mayonnaise
  • jello (boxed)
  • pudding (boxed)
  • boxed cereal (NO Cheerios please)
  • canned mixed vegetables
  • canned carrots
  • canned peas
We ask that you pick up a few of these food goods the next time you are doing your own grocery shopping. You may drop them off on October Club Day or deposit them anytime in the basket outside the office.

We appreciate the generosity of many of our members. After all, isn't that what the Westport Woman's Club is all about, giving back to our community?

Wendy McKeon,  [email protected] 203-222-0038 
Kim Reichert, [email protected], 203-227-4590


Date:  Tuesday, October 15
Time:  11:30 am
Place:  Bedford Hall

The Gourmet Group will meet on Tuesday, October 15,  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 7.

Lisa Allison, [email protected] , 203-227-9563
Barbara Gladnick, [email protected], 203-854-0424


S ummer has flown away, and it's time to move indoors for some heartier fare.  This month we revisit  Finalmente Trattoria,  where we last dined in January 2018.

DATE:   Tuesday, October 22
TIME:   12:30 pm
WHERE: Finalmente Trattoria
165 Post Road East, Westport (next to Sc onset  Square)

They serve a variety of foods including:  antipasti, panini, insalate, zuppe, pasta, pesce and carne.  You'll find their menu at -https://finalmentetrattoria.com/lunch-menu/

Please let me know by  Friday, October 18,  if you'll be joining us so I may 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,  s[email protected],  203-255-1577 


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

Mah Jongg is played every Wednesday from 1:00-4:00 pm. 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 have to own a Mah Jongg set, but if you have one, please bring it.
You do not need to make a commitment to play each week; come whenever you are available.
Do you want to learn a new skill? Lessons for beginners, and for those who want to brush up on their skills, are given on Wednesdays, starting at 1:00 pm. Please contact me if you are interested or have questions.
Audrey Rabinowitz, [email protected] ,  203-227-6010


Date:    Wednesday, September 25
Time:   5:30 - 7:30 pm
Place:   Clubhouse

We will be having a Wine and Cheese Reception for prospective members on Wednesday, September 25, from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm at the Clubhouse.  This will be a great time to invite friends and neighbors to stop by to learn more about the Westport Woman's Club. 

Please contact Elizabeth, our Office Manager, at 203-227-4240, if you will be joining us and please bring a guest and/or prospective member!   

Robin Clark, [email protected], 203-231-2109

Date:  Wednesday,  October 16
Time:  10:30 am
Place:  Clubhouse

Please keep bringing those clothing donations for our upcoming Clothing Tag Sale on October 25, 26, 27.   We had a very successful turnout and profit last year and I'm sure we will do just as well this year.

Volunteers are still needed for both Set-Up and Sale days (see schedule above).  
All are welcome to help out!

Thank you to everyone involved in organizing, sorting, and arranging all the items that have been donated.

Donna Pellittieri,[email protected] 203-216-0821

44 Imperial Avenue 
Westport, CT 06880