Sunday, May 26, 2024


Westport Young Woman’s League Head Focuses on Technology and Members

The Westport Young Woman’s League is holding its annual membership drive led by its president, Joanne Heller.JoanneHeller100.jpg

At the same time, Heller, who was installed as the group’s 49th president in June, is focusing on improving the way the League is communicating with its membership and community through an improved Web site.

“Our members are very busy women,” she said. “I want to make it easier for them to get information about league events, upcoming fundraisers, and community service projects.

“The easier we make it, the more our members will be able to get involved.”

Heller, a Westport resident since 1993, has been a League member since 1996. The mother of three has a background in sales and has been active in Girl Scouts, PTA, and St. Luke Church.

Her interest in serving her community is really a family affair. Heller’s husband, Grant, is a former member of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), and her in-laws, Velma and Garson Heller have long been active in community affairs.

Velma Heller currently serves on the RTM and Garson Heller is a former RTM member as well as former chair of the Board of Assessment Appeals.

Fundraising is still the key activity for the League. Last year, it donated almost $190,000 to 79 local agencies which was raised through its Creative Arts Festival in November and the Minute Man Race in May. The group has also added a May house tour to its calendar.

The League is holding its membership campaign now through Sept. 10.

The League is open to Westport residents ages 18 to 45. Those interested in joining should visit its Web site or call 203 222-1388 for further information. Applications should be postmarked no later than Sept. 10.

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