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.  By 2013 the group had grown to over 415 members with weekly meetings on Thursday mornings featuring prominent guest speakers.  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 appointmnent.

 

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

Assʼt Secretary - Gardiner MacKinnon

Treasurer - Dick Pitkin

Assʼt 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

Assʼt 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

Assʼt Secretary - John Howell

Treasurer - Dick Pitkin

Assʼt 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

Assʼt Secretary - John Allen

John Howell

Treasurer - Henry Dart

Assʼt 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

Assʼt Secretary - John Allen

John Howell

Treasurer - Harry Dart

Assʼt 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

Assʼt Secretary - John Allen

Pete Kelly

Treasurer - Harry Dart

Assʼt 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

Assʼt Secretary - Pete Kelly

Howard Klarman

Treasurer - Robert Gralley

Assʼt 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

Assʼt Secretary - Pete Kelly

Howard Klarman

Treasurer - Robert Gralley

Assʼt 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

Assʼt Secretary - Pete Kelly

Treasurer - Warren Cerrone

Assʼt 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

Assʼt 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

Assʼt 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

Assʼt 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

Assʼt Secretary - Bruce Allen

Treasurer - John Lomartire

Assʼt 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

Assʼt Secretary - Bruce Allen

Treasurer - John Lomartire

Assʼt 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

Assʼt 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

Assʼt Secretary - Frank Evans

Treasurer - Clem Hipkins

Assʼt 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

Assʼt 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

Assʼt 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

Assʼt Treasurer - Craig Heatley

Public Relations - Barry McCabe

Assʼt Public Relations - Tom Hunter

Trips & Travel - Elliott Netherton

Assʼt 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

Assʼt Secretary - Austen Doolittle

Treasurer - Mike Stashower

Assʼt Treasurer - Mike Belaga

Public Relations - Barry McCabe

Trips & Travel - Elliott Netherton

Assʼt 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

Assʼt Secretary - Roy McKay

Treasurer - Mike Stashower

Assʼt Treasurer - .

Public Relations - Barry McCabe

Trips & Travel - Elliott Netherton

Membership - Kurt Rosenfeld

Community Service - Bruce Allen

Directors -

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Past President - Pete Wolgast

 

2005-2006

President - Bill Meyer

1st Vice President - Jon Fox

2nd Vice President - Bob Fatherley

Secretary - Roy McKay

Assʼt Secretary - Austen Doolittle

Treasurer - Mike Stashower

Assʼt 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

Assʼt Secretary - Austen Doolittle

Treasurer - Mike Belaga

Assʼt 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

Assʼt Secretary - Marty Yellin

Treasurer - Mike Belaga

Assʼt 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 Sá Couto

Secretary - Marty Yellin

Assʼt Secretary - Peter Knight

Treasurer - Mike Belaga

Assʼt 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 Sá Couto

2nd Vice President - Jeff Hare

Secretary - Marty Yellin

Assʼt Secretary - Peter Knight

Treasurer - Mike Belaga

Assʼt 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 Sá Couto

1st Vice President - Jeff Hare

2nd Vice President - Peter Garcia

Secretary - Marty Yellin

Assʼt Secretary - Peter Knight

Treasurer - Mike Belaga

Assʼt 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 - Peter Knight

Assʼt Secretary - Vince Gallogly

Treasurer - Elliott Netherton

Assʼt 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 - Brian Strong 

Secretary - Marty Yellin 

Assʼt Secretary - Roy Fuchs 

Treasurer - Elliott Netherton 

Assʼt Treasurer - Tom Douglas 

Communications - Bill Balch 

Trips & Events - John Skinner 

Membership - Bill Blaufuss then Larry Hirsch 

Community Service - Peter Powell 

Directors at Large - Art Greenberg, Kirk Gillies, Chris Lewis 

Past President - Jeff Hare 

Historian - Peter Sternbach

2013-2014

President - Brian Strong

1st Vice President - Marty Yellin

2nd Vice President - Art Greenberg

Secretary - Chris Lewis

Assʼt Secretary - Roy Fuchs

Treasurer - Elliott Netherton

Assʼt 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 - Roy McKay

Historian - Peter Sternbach

 

2014-2015 

President - Marty Yellin

1st Vice President - Art Greenberg

2nd Vice President - Chris Lewis

Secretary - Ted Voss

Assʼt Secretary - Les Wolf

Treasurer - Joel Wasserman

Assʼt 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 - Brian Strong

Historian - Bill Balch

 

2015-2016

President - Art Greenberg

1st Vice President - Mike Guthman

2nd Vice President - Hal Foodman

Secretary - Ted Voss

Assʼt Secretary - Les Wolf

Treasurer - Joel Wasserman

Assʼt Treasurer - Bob Fox

Communications - Sal Mollica

Trips & Events - Bill Blaufuss

Membership - John Weiss

Community Service - Peter Knight / Jay Dirnberger

Directors - Mike Boyle, John Brandt, Seth Kaye

Past President - Marty Yellin

Historian - Jeff Hare

 

2016-2017

President - Mike Guthman

1st Vice President - Jay Dirnberger

2nd Vice President - John Brandt

Secretary - Ted Voss

Assʼt Secretary - Les Wolf

Treasurer - Joel Wasserman

Assʼt Treasurer - Bob Fox

Communications - Sal Mollica

Trips & Events - Bill Blaufuss

Membership - John Weiss

Community Service - Joe Hawley

Directors - Win Allen, Don Bancroft, Preston Koster

Past President - Art Greenberg

Historian - Jeff Hare