A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE Y’S MEN OF WESTPORT/WESTON

The Y’s Men of Westport/Weston was organized in 1977 for the purposes of “enlightenment, fellowship and community service” for retired or semi-retired men. 聽By 2013 the group had grown to over 415 members with weekly meetings on Thursday mornings featuring prominent guest speakers. 聽Within the club, there are more than 27 groups focusing on activities reflecting the interests of its members that range from sports to book club, bridge, international discussion, photography, gardening, travel to support groups.

In November 1977 Charles Curtiss, Secretary of the Westport Chamber of Commerce and Matt Johnson, Executive Director of the YMCA, met with Dick Shirey, Cy Harriman, Ben Robbins, Fred Denham and Bruce Miller to organize a club for Westport’s retired men. They were united in their belief that retirement was to be enjoyed and not feared. They formed a temporary Board and held the first official meeting of the Y’s Men of Westport in the Bedford Room of the YMCA in January 1978, with nine men in attendance.

ENLIGHTENMENT is nurtured at the regular Thursday morning meetings, featuring stimulating guest speakers on a wide range of subjects.

FELLOWSHIP starts with the coffee and donuts which precedes the start of the weekly meeting. It is strengthened through participation in the many organized activities and travel and events with fellow members and their womenfolk.

COMMUNITY SERVICE covers a multitude of activities including Meals on Wheels, delivering food to Westport community centers, assisting with community clean-up programs, driving the elderly to doctor appointments.

One cannot help but be impressed by the quality and diversity of our members. Before they retired, they were executives of major corporations, business owners, doctors, lawyers, engineers, government officials, airline pilots, teachers, publishers, musicians, artists, experts in computers, media, marketing, advertising, research and public relations.

FORMER Y’S MEN BOARD MEMBERS

1977

  • President – Charles Curtiss
  • 1st Vice President – Dick Shirey
  • Program – Dick Shirey

1978

  • President – Ben Robbins
  • 1st Vice President – Dick Shirey
  • Program – Scott Hill
  • Secretary – Mike deStefano
  • Treasurer – Cy Harriman
  • Publicity – Dick Shirey

1978-1979

  • President – Ben Robbins
  • 1st Vice President – Dick Shirey
  • Program – Scott Hill
  • Secretary – Mike deStefano
  • Treasurer – Cy Harriman
  • Publicity – Scott Hill

1979-1980

  • President – Dick Shirey
  • 1st Vice President – Scott Hill
  • 2nd Vice President – Rudy Swanson
  • Program – Scott Hill
  • Secretary – Mike deStefano
  • Treasurer – Joe Chamberlain
  • Publicity – Dick Sutphen
  • Trips & Travel – Herb Baldwin

1980-1981

  • President – Dick Shirey
  • 1st Vice President – Scott Hill
  • 2nd Vice President – Rudy Swanson
  • Program – Dave Andrews
  • Secretary – Mike deStefano
  • Treasurer – Joe Chamberlain
  • Publicity – Dick Sutphen
  • Trips & Travel – Herb Baldwin

1981-1982

  • President – Dick Shirey
  • 1st Vice President – Ray Babcock
  • 2nd Vice President – Dave Andrews
  • Program – Dave Andrews
  • Secretary – Mike deStefano
  • Charles Curtiss
  • Treasurer – Ray Martin
  • Publicity – Dick Sutphen
  • Trips & Travel – George Maplesden

1982-1983

  • President – Ray Babcock
  • 1st Vice President – Dave Andrews
  • 2nd Vice President – Bill Lindenmuth
  • Program – Bill Lindenmuth
  • Secretary – Leigh Doorly
  • Publicity – Dick Sutphen
  • Trips & Travel – George Maplesden

1983-1984

  • President – Dave Andrews
  • 1st Vice President – Jack Coplen
  • 2nd Vice President – Bill Lindenmuth
  • Program – Bill Lindenmuth
  • Secretary – Jim Sweeny
  • Publicity – Dick Sutphen
  • Trips & Travel – Joel Greene

1984-1985

  • President – Jack Coplen
  • 1st Vice President – Warren Smith
  • 2nd Vice President – Joel Greene
  • Program – Joel Greene
  • Secretary – Jim Sweeny
  • Ass始t Secretary – Gardiner MacKinnon
  • Treasurer – Dick Pitkin
  • Ass始t Treasurer – Dick Price
  • Publicity – Dick Sutphen
  • Trips & Travel – Jim Sendecke

1985-1986

  • President – Warren Smith
  • 1st Vice President – Jim Sweeny
  • 2nd Vice President – Joel Greene
  • Program – Joel Greene
  • Secretary – Jim Smith
  • Treasurer – Dick Pitkin
  • Ass始t Treasurer – Dick Price
  • Publicity – Jack Ryan
  • Trips & Travel – Jim Sendecke

1986-1987

  • President – Jim Sweeny
  • 1st Vice President – Leigh Doorly
  • 2nd Vice President – Bob Dore
  • Program – Bob Dore
  • Secretary – John Sibley
  • Ass始t Secretary – John Howell
  • Treasurer – Dick Pitkin
  • Ass始t Treasurer – Sett Setterling
  • Publicity – Jack Ryan
  • Trips & Travel – Gabe Misarti

1987-1988

  • President – Leigh Dooly
  • 1st Vice President – Joel Greene
  • 2nd Vice President – Jim Smith
  • Program – Jim Smith
  • Secretary – Pete Kelly
  • Ass始t Secretary – John Allen
  • John Howell
  • Treasurer – Henry Dart
  • Ass始t Treasurer – Sett Setterling
  • Newsletter & Publicity – Jack Ryan
  • Directory – Andy Wolfson
  • Trips & Travel – Gabe Misarti

1988-1989

  • President – Joel Greene
  • 1st Vice President – Jim Smith
  • 2nd Vice President – Ford Cramer
  • Secretary – Bob Allen
  • Ass始t Secretary – John Allen
  • John Howell
  • Treasurer – Harry Dart
  • Ass始t Treasurer – Sett Setterling
  • Newsletter & Publicity – Jack Ryan
  • Directory – Andy Wolfson
  • Trips & Travel – Gabe Misarti

1989-1990

  • President – Jim Smith
  • 1st Vice President – Ford Cramer
  • 2nd Vice President – Bob Allen
  • Secretary – Bud Boynton
  • Ass始t Secretary – John Allen
  • Pete Kelly
  • Treasurer – Harry Dart
  • Ass始t Treasurer – Sett Setterling
  • Newsletter & Publicity – Jack Ryan
  • Directory – Andy Wolfson
  • Trips & Travel – Gabe Misarti
  • Membership – Dick Hazard

1990-1991

  • President – Ford Cramer
  • 1st Vice President – Bob Allen
  • 2nd Vice President – John Howell
  • Secretary – Warren Rossell
  • Ass始t Secretary – Pete Kelly
  • Howard Klarman
  • Treasurer – Robert Gralley
  • Ass始t Treasurer – Sett Setterling
  • Newsletter & Publicity – Jack Ryan
  • Directory – Walter Pitkin
  • Trips & Travel – John Sachs
  • Membership – Dick Hazard
  • Kurt Rosenfeld

1991-1992

  • President – Bob Allen
  • 1st Vice President – John Howell
  • 2nd Vice President – Ray Orr
  • Secretary – Walt Sundheimer
  • Ass始t Secretary – Pete Kelly
  • Howard Klarman
  • Treasurer – Robert Gralley
  • Ass始t Treasurer – Sett Setterling
  • Community Service – Neil Croarkin
  • Newsletter & Publicity – Stu Bernard
  • Directory – Walter Pitkin
  • Trips & Travel – John Sachs
  • Membership – Dick Hazard
  • Kurt Rosenfeld

1992-1993

  • President – John Howell
  • 1st Vice President – Ray Orr
  • 2nd Vice President – Stu Bernard
  • Secretary – Austen Doolittle
  • Ass始t Secretary – Pete Kelly
  • Treasurer – Warren Cerrone
  • Ass始t Treasurer – Dana Kennedy
  • Community Service – Neil Croarkin
  • Newsletter & Publicity – Larry Aasen
  • Directory – Walter Pitkin
  • Trips & Travel – Warren Rossell
  • Membership – Kurt Rosenfeld
  • Dick Hazard

1993-1994

  • President – Ray Orr
  • 1st Vice President – Stu Bernard
  • 2nd Vice President – Bob Gralley
  • Secretary – Austen Doolittle
  • Treasurer – Warren Cerrone
  • Ass始t Treasurer – Sett Setterling
  • Community Service – Neil Croarkin
  • Newsletter & Publicity – Fred Wetzler
  • Directory – Walter Pitkin
  • Trips & Travel – Warren Rossell
  • Membership – Kurt Rosenfeld
  • Dick Hazard

1994-1995

  • President – Stu Bernard
  • 1st Vice President – Bob Gralley
  • 2nd Vice President – Steve Tate
  • Secretary – Austen Doolittle
  • Treasurer – Carl Frey
  • Ass始t Treasurer – Bill Murray
  • Community Service – Neil Croarkin
  • Newsletter – Bernard Hodes
  • Publicity – Fred Wetzler
  • Directory & Data Processing – Ford Cramer
  • Trips & Travel – Frank Evans
  • Membership – Kurt Rosenfeld
  • Dick Hazard

1995-1996

  • President – Bob Gralley
  • 1st Vice President – Austen Doolittle
  • 2nd Vice President – Steve Tate
  • Secretary – Tom Hunter
  • Treasurer – Carl Frey
  • Ass始t Treasurer – Bill Murray
  • Community Service – Neil Croarkin
  • Newsletter/Publicity – Bernard Hodes
  • Directory & Data Processing – Ford Cramer
  • Trips & Travel – Frank Evans
  • Membership – Kurt Rosenfeld
  • Dick Hazard

1996-1997

  • President – Austen Doolittle
  • 1st Vice President – Warren Rossell
  • 2nd Vice President – Carl Frey
  • Secretary – Tom Hunter
  • Ass始t Secretary – Bruce Allen
  • Treasurer – John Lomartire
  • Ass始t Treasurer – Jan Van Laer
  • Community Service – Neil Croarkin
  • Newsletter – Bernard Hodes
  • Publicity – Howard Klarman
  • Directory & Data Processing – Ford Cramer
  • Trips & Travel – Frank Evans
  • Membership – Kurt Rosenfeld
  • Dick Hazard
  • Directors – Tom McCaffrey
  • Mike Stashower
  • Bill Barlow

1997-1998

  • President – Warren Rossell
  • 1st Vice President – Carl Frey
  • 2nd Vice President – Neil Croarkin
  • Secretary – Tom Hunter
  • Ass始t Secretary – Bruce Allen
  • Treasurer – John Lomartire
  • Ass始t Treasurer – Jan Van Laer
  • Newsletter – Bernard Hodes
  • Publicity – Howard Klarman
  • Directory & Data Processing – Ford Cramer
  • Trips & Travel – Frank Evans
  • Membership – Kurt Rosenfeld
  • Directors – Arnold Berke
  • Dick Eldh
  • Robert Seskin

1998-1999

  • President – Carl Frey
  • 1st Vice President – Neil Croarkin
  • 2nd Vice President – Jan Van Laer
  • Secretary – Tom Hunter
  • Treasurer – John Lomartire
  • Ass始t Treasurer – Jan Van Laer
  • Public Relations – Howard Klarman
  • Trips & Travel – Bill Reynolds
  • Membership – Kurt Rosenfeld
  • Community Service – Dick Webb
  • Directors – Bob Curtis
  • Ed Fisher
  • Bill Mostad
  • Past President – Warren Rossell

1999-2000

  • President – Neil Croarkin
  • 1st Vice President – Jan Van Laer
  • 2nd Vice President – Paul Heilman
  • Secretary – Tom Hunter
  • Ass始t Secretary – Frank Evans
  • Treasurer – Clem Hipkins
  • Ass始t Treasurer – Bill Murray
  • Public Relations – Howard Klarman
  • Trips & Travel – Bill Reynolds
  • Membership – Kurt Rosenfeld
  • Community Service – Dick Webb
  • Directors – Bruce Allen
  • Harrison Valente
  • Bill Mostad
  • Past President – Carl Frey

2000-2001

  • President – Jan Van Laer
  • 1st Vice President – Steve Tate
  • 2nd Vice President – Bill Reynolds
  • Secretary – Tom Hunter
  • Treasurer – Mike Stashower
  • Ass始t Treasurer – John Luscombe
  • Public Relations – Howard Klarman
  • Len Egol
  • Trips & Travel – Dave Rosenau
  • Membership – Kurt Rosenfeld
  • Community Service – Dick Webb
  • Directors – Budge Atterbury
  • Jim Goodenough
  • Ed Van Gelder
  • Past President – Neil Croarkin

2001-2002

  • President – Bill Reynolds
  • 1st Vice President – Roy Dickinson
  • 2nd Vice President – Pete Wolgast
  • Secretary – Tom Hunter
  • Treasurer – Mike Stashower
  • Ass始t Treasurer – John Luscombe
  • Public Relations – Barry McCabe
  • Trips & Travel – Dave Rosenau
  • Membership – Kurt Rosenfeld
  • Community Service – Dick Webb
  • Directors – Bob McGrath
  • Dave Kidney
  • Harry Audley
  • Past President – Jan Van Laer

2002-2003

  • President – Roy Dickinson
  • 1st Vice President – Pete Wolgast
  • 2nd Vice President – Bob McGrath
  • Secretary – Austen Doolittle
  • Treasurer – Mike Stashower
  • Ass始t Treasurer – Craig Heatley
  • Public Relations – Barry McCabe
  • Ass始t Public Relations – Tom Hunter
  • Trips & Travel – Elliott Netherton
  • Ass始t Trips & Travel – John Luscombe
  • Membership – Kurt Rosenfeld
  • Community Service – Tom McBride
  • Directors – Frank Michels
  • Tony Valenti
  • Dave Rosenau
  • Past President – Bill Reynolds

2003-2004

  • President – Pete Wolgast
  • 1st Vice President – Bob McGrath
  • 2nd Vice President – Bill Meyer
  • Secretary – Jon Fox
  • Ass始t Secretary – Austen Doolittle
  • Treasurer – Mike Stashower
  • Ass始t Treasurer – Mike Belaga
  • Public Relations – Barry McCabe
  • Trips & Travel – Elliott Netherton
  • Ass始t Trips & Travel – John Luscombe
  • Membership – Kurt Rosenfeld
  • Community Service – Bruce Allen
  • Directors – Otis Crawford
  • John Washburn
  • Dick Eldh
  • Past President – Roy Dickinson

2004-2005

  • President – Bob McGrath
  • 1st Vice President – Bill Meyer
  • 2nd Vice President – Jon Fox
  • Secretary – Austen Doolittle
  • Ass始t Secretary – Roy McKay
  • Treasurer – Mike Stashower
  • Ass始t Treasurer – .
  • Public Relations – Barry McCabe
  • Trips & Travel – Elliott Netherton
  • Membership – Kurt Rosenfeld
  • Community Service – Bruce Allen
  • Past President – Pete Wolgast

2005-2006

  • President – Bill Meyer
  • 1st Vice President – Jon Fox
  • 2nd Vice President – Bob Fatherley
  • Secretary – Roy McKay
  • Ass始t Secretary – Austen Doolittle
  • Treasurer – Mike Stashower
  • Ass始t Treasurer – Elliott Netherton
  • Public Relations – Barry McCabe
  • Trips & Travel – Mike Belaga
  • Membership – Kurt Rosenfeld
  • Community Service – Bruce Allen
  • Directors – Will De Voll
  • Andy Lozyniak
  • Bill Sorenson
  • Past President – Bob McGrath

2006-2007

  • President – Jon Fox
  • 1st Vice President – Bob Fatherley
  • 2nd Vice President – Bill Balch
  • Secretary – Roy McKay
  • Ass始t Secretary – Austen Doolittle
  • Treasurer – Mike Belaga
  • Ass始t Treasurer – John Luscombe
  • Public Relations – Barry McCabe
  • Trips & Travel – Elliott Netherton
  • Membership – Bill Meyer
  • Directors – Ed Van Gelder
  • Roger Eickoff
  • Neil Coleman
  • Past President -Bill Meyer
  • Refreshments – Ted Garrity
  • YMCA Liaison – Bob Allen
  • John Luscombe
  • Senior Center Liaison – Ralph Hymans

2007-2008

  • President – Bob Fatherley
  • 1st Vice President – Bill Balch
  • 2nd Vice President – Neil Coleman
  • Secretary – Roy McKay
  • Ass始t Secretary – Marty Yellin
  • Treasurer – Mike Belaga
  • Ass始t Treasurer – John Luscombe
  • Public Relations – Barry McCabe
  • Trips & Travel – Elliott Netherton
  • Membership – Bill Meyer
  • Community Service – Bruce Allen
  • Directors – Peter Nathan
  • Rick Towers
  • Stan Groner
  • Past President – Jon Fox
  • Historian – Austen Doolittle
  • Publications – Steve Raffel

2008-2009

  • President – Bill Balch
  • 1st Vice President – Neil Coleman
  • 2nd Vice President – Mario S谩 Couto
  • Secretary – Marty Yellin
  • Ass始t Secretary – Peter Knight
  • Treasurer – Mike Belaga
  • Ass始t Treasurer – John Luscombe
  • Public Relations – Mike Guthman
  • Trips & Events – Ernie Arnow
  • Gus Porter
  • Membership – Bill Meyer
  • Community Service – Bruce Allen
  • Directors – Chuck Greenlee
  • Shelly Lipsett
  • Peter Sternbach
  • Past President – Bob Fatherley
  • Historian – Austen Doolittle
  • Publications – Steve Raffel

2009-2010

  • President – Neil Coleman
  • 1st Vice President – Mario S谩 Couto
  • 2nd Vice President – Jeff Hare
  • Secretary – Marty Yellin
  • Ass始t Secretary – Peter Knight
  • Treasurer – Mike Belaga
  • Ass始t Treasurer – John Luscombe
  • Public Relations – Mike Guthman
  • Trips & Events – Gus Porter
  • Membership – Bill Meyer
  • Community Service – Bruce Allen
  • Directors – Barry Cregan
  • Mort Feldman
  • Larry Untermeyer
  • Past President – Bill Balch
  • Historian – Austen Doolittle
  • Newsletter Editor – Steve Raffel

2010-2011

  • President – Mario S谩 Couto
  • 1st Vice President – Jeff Hare
  • 2nd Vice President – Peter Garcia
  • Secretary – Marty Yellin
  • Ass始t Secretary – Peter Knight
  • Treasurer – Mike Belaga
  • Ass始t Treasurer – John Luscombe
  • Publications – Bill Balch
  • Trips & Events – George Underhill
  • Membership – Bill Meyer
  • Community Service – Bruce Allen
  • Directors – Brian Strong
  • Malcolm Davies, Woody Bliss
  • Past President – Neil Coleman
  • Historian – Austen Doolittle

2011-2012

  • President – Jeff Hare
  • 1st Vice President – Roy McKay
  • 2nd Vice President – Woody Bliss
  • Secretary –聽Peter Knight
  • Ass始t Secretary – Vince Gallogly
  • Treasurer – Elliott Netherton
  • Ass始t Treasurer – Lou Rolla
  • Communications – Bill Balch
  • Trips & Events – John Skinner
  • Membership – Brian Strong
  • Community Service – Peter Powell
  • Directors – Sal Mollica, Keith Brooks, Peter Kolbrenner
  • Past President – Mario Sa’Couto
  • Historian – Peter Sternbach

2012-2013

  • President – Roy McKay
  • 1st Vice President – Woody Bliss
  • 2nd Vice President –聽Brian Strong
  • Secretary – Marty Yellin
  • Ass始t Secretary – Roy Fuchs
  • Treasurer –聽Elliott Netherton
  • Ass始t Treasurer – Tom Douglas
  • Communications – Bill Balch
  • Trips & Events –聽John Skinner
  • Membership – Bill Blaufuss then Larry Hirsch
  • Community Service –聽Peter Powell
  • Directors at Large – Art Greenberg, Kirk Gillies, Chris Lewis
  • Past President –聽Jeff Hare
  • Historian –聽Peter Sternbach

2013-2014

  • President –聽Brian Strong
  • 1st Vice President – Marty Yellin
  • 2nd Vice President – Art Greenberg
  • Secretary – Chris Lewis
  • Ass始t Secretary – Roy Fuchs
  • Treasurer – Elliott Netherton
  • Ass始t Treasurer – Les Wolf
  • Communications – Bill Balch
  • Trips & Events – John Skinner
  • Membership – Larry Hirsch
  • Community Service – Peter Powell
  • Directors – Peter Shih, Ted Voss, Dan Wilder
  • Past President –聽Roy McKay
  • Historian – Peter Sternbach

2014-2015

  • President –聽Marty Yellin
  • 1st Vice President –聽Art Greenberg
  • 2nd Vice President –聽Chris Lewis
  • Secretary –聽Ted Voss
  • Ass始t Secretary –聽Les Wolf
  • Treasurer –聽Joel Wasserman
  • Ass始t Treasurer – Fred Rosen
  • Communications – Sal Mollica
  • Trips & Events – Jeff Hare
  • Membership – Tom Douglas
  • Community Service – Peter Knight
  • Directors – Jay Dirnberger, Sean Jackman, John Weiss
  • Past President –聽Brian Strong
  • Historian –聽Bill Balch

聽2015-2016

  • President –聽Art Greenberg
  • 1st Vice President –聽Mike Guthman
  • 2nd Vice President –聽Hal Foodman
  • Secretary –聽Ted Voss
  • Ass始t Secretary –聽Les Wolf
  • Treasurer –聽Joel Wasserman
  • Ass始t Treasurer – Bob Fox
  • Communications – Sal Mollica
  • Trips & Events – Bill Blaufuss
  • Membership –聽John Weiss
  • Community Service – Peter Knight / Jay Dirnberger
  • Directors – Mike Boyle, John Brandt, Seth Kaye
  • Past President –聽Marty Yellin
  • Historian –聽Jeff Hare

2016-2017

  • President –聽Mike Guthman
  • 1st Vice President –聽Jay Dirnberger
  • 2nd Vice President – John Brandt
  • Secretary –聽Ted Voss
  • Ass始t Secretary –聽Les Wolf
  • Treasurer –聽Joel Wasserman
  • Ass始t Treasurer – Bob Fox
  • Communications – Sal Mollica
  • Trips & Events – Bill Blaufuss
  • Membership –聽John Weiss
  • Community Service – Joe Hawley
  • Directors – Win Allen, Don Bancroft, Preston Koster
  • Past President –聽Art Greenberg
  • Historian –聽Jeff Hare

2017-2018

  • President – Jay Dirnberger
  • 1st Vice President –聽John Brandt
  • 2nd Vice President – Ed Bloch
  • Secretary –聽Roy Fuchs
  • Ass始t Secretary –聽John Misa
  • Treasurer –聽Joel Wasserman
  • Ass始t Treasurer – Phil Johnson
  • Communications – Ed Bloch
  • Trips & Events – Bill Blaufuss
  • Membership –聽John Weiss
  • Community Service – Don Roth
  • Directors – Peter Chelico, Brian Fradet, Blair McCaw
  • Past President – Jay Dirnberger
  • Historian –聽Jeff Hare

    2018-2019

    • President –聽John Brandt
    • 1st Vice President –聽Ed Bloch
    • 2nd Vice President –聽 Peter Chelico
    • Secretary –聽Roy Fuchs
    • Ass始t Secretary – Bob Mitchell
    • Treasurer –聽Phil Johnson
    • Ass始t Treasurer – Ross Burkhardt
    • Communications – Ed Bloch
    • Trips & Events – Bill Blaufuss
    • Membership – Randy Abrams
    • Community Service – Don Roth
    • Directors – Neil Goodkind, Alan Nevas, Maury Wind
    • Past President – Jay Dirnberger
    • Historian –聽Jeff Hare