YUWO offers a wide variety of activities, including fall and spring study series, noontime Lunch and Learn lectures, excursions, and interest groups in a broad range of fields that meet regularly. For the most up-to-date information about any of these activities, as well as any last-minute changes in schedule or location, please see your monthly newsletter or the YUWO website at www.yale.edu/yuwo. Click here to download a membership form.

The following list represents YUWO activities for 2013-2014. Please check the YUWO newsletter and the website calendar for more specific details of upcoming events and activities. If you would like to form a new activity group, contact Activity Johanna Becker, 203-248-6391, and she will be delighted to assist you! New ideas are ALWAYS welcome!

Activity Groups

Art Aficionados
Women interested in art are invited to tour exhibitions at Yale art venues. These docent-led tours run from noon until one o’clock on a date to be determined. After the tour, lunch* is planned for those members who wish to join us at a good restaurant nearby. For information about details and reservations, see the YUWO newsletter. Anneke Hatheway,
203.752.0460, or Diane McGuire, 203.488.5385

*Lunch with Art Aficionados.
If you are interested in joining us for lunch after the tour, contact Anneke Hatheway, 203.752.0460, or Diane McGuire, 203.488.538

Book Discussion Groups

YUWO book groups usually meet in the homes of members. Books are chosen by consensus, and monthly discussions may result in agreement or sometimes lively debates. New groups may be formed as needed.

  • Morning Group: Second or third Thursday of each month, 9:00-10:30 am. Eleanor Radune, 203.483.6528
  • Afternoon Group: Second Monday of the month, 2:00-3:30 pm. Irene Smith 203.248.2949
  • Afternoon Group: Third Monday of the month, 2:30-4:00 pm. Ellie Mattson, 203.453.4274
  • Afternoon Group: Second Tuesday of the month, 1:30-2:30 pm. Lyn Howe, 203.606.0370

Bridge Group
This duplicate bridge group will meet for lunch and play at the New Haven Country Club once a month, usually on Wednesdays, starting in September. You can bring a non-YUWO partner, but at least one of each couple must be a member of YUWO. Rose-Marie Manger-Tilney, 203.795.5796

Excursions (Fall and Spring)
Each year, YUWO organizes bus trips to museums, gardens or places of special interest, one in the fall and one in the spring. Details about the Fall 2013 Excursion will be in the September Newsletter, and a signup sheet will be available at the Wine and Cheese event.

French, Conversational
Discussion de contes et de romans et discussion libre. Meets Mondays at 2:00 pm at Chestnut Fine Foods in New Haven. French is spoken at the meetings, so intermediate proficiency and above is necessary. Debbie St. Thomas, 203.488.1859, and Julie Crowder, 203.288.7157

We offer a five-week golf clinic at the Yale Golf Course for all levels of players. If you don’t have clubs, the golf course will supply them. The clinic is held weekly, from the last week in April through May. Fee is $150. Barbara Kryger, 203.288.1515 and Pam Rackliffe, 203.488.2667

Luncheon Gourmet
Participants share the meal’s expenses and take turns planning the menu, and preparing and presenting the luncheon. Discussion of the recipes follows. The luncheons are held on the first Thursday of the month. Dues are $10. Happy Thomas, 203.393.7239

Music Together
There are many free concerts at Yale. Sign up at the Wine and Cheese Reception if you would like to join others to attend such events, and perhaps eat together beforehand. Raejeanne Kier, 203.287.2443, and Charlotte Moulyn, 203.386.1453

Join the Needlers for conversation and light refreshment while working on your own project — knitting, crocheting, rug hooking, quilting, embroidery or mending. Meetings are the second and fourth Tuesdays at 1:30 pm in members’ homes. Call for directions. Betty Ann Levitin, 488-5862.

Join other skiing enthusiasts from January to March  2012. We go to Butternut Basin (near Great Barrington, MA) for  a variety of beginner to intermediate trails. We carpool, sharing trip expenses with the driver, usually on “Ladies Day” or at other reduced rate times. See the newsletter for details.

Advanced or intermediate players meet weekly for a round-robin  at Yale’s indoor Cullman Courts on Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30 am. There is an hourly shared court fee, as well as a membership fee.  Carol Dhawan, 203.562.0017.

YUWO Walkers
We meet four or five times during the year, in the fall and the spring, for a walk in some nearby scenic location. The hikes usually are planned for about two hours, and the level of difficulty varies from one destination to another— not all hikes are up hills, though some
are! Plans for upcoming walks will be described in the newsletters. Lyn Howe, 203.606.0370


The Newcomers Group is open to women new to the Yale community as well as to those who might have been part of the community for some time but have not become YUWO members. We invite and encourage you to attend YUWO’s Wine and Cheese Reception on Thursday, September 12, 2013, from 4:30 to 6 pm at the Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven. The reception offers a great opportunity to learn about the many activities YUWO sponsors for learning, friendship and service. You may register there for any groups that appeal to you and you will meet interesting women from all parts of the Yale community. For information, contact Mary Jane Miller, 203-281-6919..

Lunch and Learn Lectures

Plan to bring a bag lunch when you attend our popular noontime Lunch and Learn. Dessert and coffee will be provided. Enjoy a variety of speakers from Yale and the wider community. By meeting at the Yale Visitor Center and other buildings, these gatherings appeal to all YUWO members and guests, accommodating those employed downtown. Check your newsletter or the YUWO Calendar for details.

YUWO Study Group

The Study Group offers YUWO members a fall and spring series of stimulating lectures held at the New Haven Lawn Club. This fall, David Bromwich, Sterling Professor of English and 2013 DeVane Lecturer, will discuss “Purpose and Persuasion in Literature” in 5 lectures: October 2 and 9 and November 6, 13, and 20, at 10:15 a.m. YUWO members may also know Professor Bromwich for his trenchant cultural and political commentary in journals such as The New Republic and The Nation, as well as in his blog for the Huffington Post.

Drawing examples from a selection of essays and poems from the 18th to the 20th century, Professor Bromwich will explore such topics as The Language of Belief, Sympathy, Conviction, Experience, and Epigram and Aphorism. He has provided a syllabus of suggested readings for those who are interested; please call or email Judy Miller at 203-689-8335 or j.miller@snet.net for a copy or more information.

Click here for a registration form.

Exploring Yale and New Haven

YUWO offers a number of opportunities to visit and learn about new, unusual or less well-known destinations in the New Haven area. There will be four weekday tours of about an hour each throughout the academic year. See your newsletter for dates, times and places. Anne Schenck, 203.787.3705 or Eleanor Radune, 203.483.6528

We hope to see you soon at one of our many activities or events!



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