In September and January of each year, the Young Women's League of New Canaan welcomes new members to join its ranks.

The YWL organizes volunteer opportunities for its members to serve various organizations in and around New Canaan, such as the New Canaan Library, Staying Put in New Canaan, Mid-Fairfield Hospice and Norwalk Emergency Shelter. The league also has several fundraisers throughout the year, whose proceeds are distributed to charities through a grant-application process. Two well known fundraisers include the annual Holiday Market and Easter Egg Hunt. The American Girl Fashion Show is a new fundraiser for the YWL and takes place in October. Lastly, the YWL promotes the social, cultural and educational interests of its members, in part, by having monthly meetings at Waveny House.

Each meeting consists of three parts: social, business review and invited speaker. The YWL of New Canaan encourages interested women of any age to attend either of its informational meetings scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 and at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 17. E-mail Lauren Clancy at newmembers@ywlnewcana or visit