Meg Himes will serve as the president of the Westport Young Women’s League for the 2015-16.

In the league’s announcement of Himes’ selection, she said she will focus on several goals in the coming year: to dispense $75,000 (an increase over last year's $60,000) and to continue to expand the league's membership, which rose 23 percent during 2014-15.

“I hope to focus on our mission, the heart of which is promoting community,” Himes said in a statement. “We can do that in many ways. Fundraising, grant-funding (we supported 37 charities last year), community service, participating in the life of the community — and by having fun.”

The Westport Young Women’s League sponsors two major annual events: CraftWestport, marking its 40th anniversary this Nov. 7-8 at Staples High School, as well as the Minute Man Race, an annual 5K/10K run at Compo Beach set for next May 1.

League members also support other community projects, preparing meals once a month for Homes with Hope’s community kitchen; assembling Valentine’s Day care packages for Meals on Wheels recipients from the Westport Center for Senior Activities, and collecting snacks for underprivileged children attending day camps, in coordination with the town’s Department of Human Services Campership Program.

Himes moved to Westport from Brooklyn in 2002, and joined WYWL in 2003. Over her dozen years in WYWL, she has held a variety of roles including: vice president, treasurer, internal communications chairwoman, webmaster, chairwoman of CraftWestport and chairwoman of computer services.

Himes previously a professional actor and singer and worked as the board liaison for the Westport Country Playhouse. She has appeared in “Forbidden Westport“ and has also sung the national anthem at the Minute Man Race.

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