YWCA Darien/Norwalk Reaches Out To Friends With New Inspire Club

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YWCA board member Deb Papaeconomou, executive director Heather Cavanagh, and board members Mia Mihopoulos, Deirdre McGovern, and Beth Cherico at the recent YWCA Darien/Norwalk Alumni Cocktail Party where the new Inspire Club was introduced.
YWCA board member Deb Papaeconomou, executive director Heather Cavanagh, and board members Mia Mihopoulos, Deirdre McGovern, and Beth Cherico at the recent YWCA Darien/Norwalk Alumni Cocktail Party where the new Inspire Club was introduced. Photo Credit: Contributed

DARIEN, Conn. – The YWCA Darien/Norwalk will celebrate the opening of its new Inspire Club, for new and old friends to gather, with a kickoff Happy Hour from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at The Goose Restaurant, 972 Post Road, Darien.

The club was formed to facilitate the gathering and reunion of old friends, former active members of the YWCA and new members who would also like to participate.

In past years at the YWCA, many residents took part in the Gourmet groups, playgroups and Newcomers Club, including people who worked on fundraisers, galas and more. But many of those former club members are now empty-nesters, newly single or retired, or have undergone other kind life changes that have made them want to get back into the social scene.

“For many of us, the YW was an important part of our lives when we moved to town,” said Inspire Club committee member Deirdre McGovern. “We thought it would be great to have opportunities where everyone could renew those friendships.”

Those who wish to attend the Kick-Off Happy Hour must preregister by June 23 online at ywcadariennorwalk.org.

YWCA membership is not required for this event, but will be for future participation in Inspire Club. The first planned events for the club include a tour of Greenwich Village, local spa day, discussion of the book “Refeathering the Empty Nest,” and a bike tour. Later events will be destination day trips, educational lectures, museum tours and nights out at restaurants.

A YWCA annual membership covers July 1 to June 30. Members gain access to all the YWCA’s clubs and activities, and the membership fee is 100 percent tax-deductible. Some of the other clubs available to join are the Network of Working Women (NOWW), Newcomers Club, International Club and playgroups.

For more information on becoming a member, visit the website at ywcadariennorwalk.org or call 203-655-2535. To learn more about Inspire Club, email to inspire@ywcadariennorwalk.org.

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