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 2014-2015. 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 Chair Cathy Burgard at gburgard@comcast.net, 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 or, for the ". For information about details and reservations, see the YUWO newsletter. Anneke Hatheway,
203.752.0460, or Diane McGuire, 203.488.5385

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. Judy Miller, 203.589.8335
  • Afternoon Group: Second Monday of the month, 2:00-3:30 pm. Pat Goldstein, 203.535.0734
  • Afternoon Group: Third Monday of the month, 2:30-4:00 pm. Betsy Suatoni, 203.315.1387; Patty Pollard, 203.481.2766
  • Afternoon Group: Second Tuesday of the month, 1:30-2:30 pm. Lyn Howe, 203.606.0370

Bridge Group
Class with instructor Rita Brieger on four Tuesdays in October: October 7, 14, 21, 28. Learn how to use all the information (clues) at your disposal to help you formulate a plan that will enable you to fulfill your contract. This class will be taught on an intermediate level. Fee and location to be announced. Phoebe Edwards, 203.787.3634

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. Dody Gall, 203.288.6590

Exploring New Haven County
YUWO offers a number of oppor-tunities 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

French, Conversational
Discussion de contes et de romans et discussion libre. Meets the first Tuesday of each month at 2:00 pm at Chestnut Fine Foods, 1012 State Street, 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 will offer a spring golf clinic for all levels of players. Times, location(s) and fee will be determined in the spring. Barbara Kryger, 203.288.1515

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 each luncheon. The luncheons are held on the first Thursday of most months during the academic year; a restaurant outing or other culinary activity in lieu of a luncheon occurs at least once a year. Dues are $10. Patty Pollard, 203.5481.2766; Melissa Lamoreaux, 203.458.0857

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, 203.488.5862

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.

Writing Group
If you have a secret (or not so secret) wish to write your memoirs, poetry, fiction or essays, join this group to share your work and get encouragement and advice from others. This forum will meet once a month to read and listen to new or edited work. Work shared will remain confidential within the group. Date and time of meetings to be decided. Sign up and the Wine and Cheese Reception. Ina Jaffe, 203.288.9810

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 September 9, 2014, from 4:30 to 6 pm at the Yale President’s House, 43 Hillhouse Avenue, 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. The Fall 2014 Study Group is an "International Film Series" on Wednesdays (October 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29) at the West Campus Conference Center. Fee is $65 per person (tickets are not available for individual lectures).

Click here for a registration form.


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



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