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Coming Events

10th Annual Writers' Tea & Benefit Auction

Catalog of Selected Auction Items>>

This year we celebrate 10 years
of successful fundraising for the scholarships and community service initiatives of Poughkeepsie AAUW.


Sunday, April 14, 2019
       2:30 ~ 6:00 pm
The Links at Union Vale



Select the yellow PayPal donate button below, follow the onscreen directions. Where there is "$0.00" put in $62 for each reservation you are making for the tea.  Where PayPal asks for special instructions to seller (indicated by a pencil), click in that box and type tea, your phone number and the full name of everyone you are including in your reservation. Your reservation details will be forwarded to the Tea Committee.  You do not have to contact them separately. You may select to use your personal credit card instead of a PayPal account at this same site.

Questions:  Patricia DeLeo, 845/883-5181

Vassar Night Owls will entertain at the tea!!








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Equal Pay Day

April 2, 2019

Proclamation by Dutchess County Legislature>>



Goldee Greene, Vocal Artist

Tom McCoy, Music Director

Diverse Divas in Opera, Jazz & Musical

Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of    Poughkeepsie

Get up close and personal with such opera divas as Cleopatra, Tosca and Delilah as well as real-life prima donna’s like Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters, Mae West and Marlene Dietrich.  All this and more as award-winning singer/actor and Off-Broadway playwright Goldee Greene offers Women of Song: Diverse Divas in Opera, Jazz & Musical.

Many genres express the laughter, love, struggles and empowerment of women through the ages.  From Handel, Mozart and Puccini, to Duke Ellington, Eubie Blake and Nat “King” Cole.  In collaboration with world-class pianist and arranger Tom McCoy, a stirring, wheels-within-wheels evening is in store.

More program information>>

Questions: Monique Jones, 849-1692; Sandy Lash, 227-4650

Recent Events


On March 14, Rachel Somerstein presented a looks at photojournalism through the lens of women and their work, acceptance, and problems in their field of employment.  Fewer than thirty percent of the photographs published by major news organizations—Time, the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, AFP—are taken by women.  Other outlets published a paltry few: six of 99 (Sports Illustrated), three of 50 (NBC News), 12 of 100 (AP).  Some, like Buzzfeed News, didn’t run a single photograph taken by a woman.  For Dr. Somerstein, these figures are all the more remarkable considering that women outnumber men in undergraduate and graduate photojournalism programs.

More program and speaker information>>



On February 14, Leah Feldman and Jason Mark presented the Dutchess County  High Risk Case Management Program which was implemented after a series of domestic violence homicides.  During the presentation Leah and Mark shared experiences implementing both the High Risk Team model and Lethality Assessment Program model in New York State.  The programs have been highly successful and have been shared state wide and in workshops with law enforcement.  There was very high interest and many questions by the audience.

More program and speaker information>>

RACE SOLDIER: Growing Up Black in a White Environment in the 1960’s

On January 10, Jocelyn Johnson-Kearney presented Race Soldier: Growing Up Black in a White Environment in the 1960’s a dramatic presentation based on her memories of growing up as a Black child in an all-white environment during the Civil Rights era of the 1960’s.  Ms. Johnson-Kearney combined drama, visual imagery and sound to tell us unique and powerful story.

Additional Information>>


"More Beautiful for Having Been Broken"

On Dec 13, 2018, Kelly Lyndgaard and Rachel Hermosillo presented a program explaining how  Unshattered, a nonprofit social enterprise, was founded by Kelly Lyndgaard, and how the program is run.  They employ women who are “winning their fight against addiction.” Also Rachel Hermosillo, Sales Lead for Unshattered, told her story of addiction and that of a close friend.  Many handbags and other products were purchased by those attending.

More information>>

Once again a car load of gifts for mothers at Grace Smith House was donated by AAUW members. 


"Beyond Betty Crocker: How Americans Learned to Love Chow Mein, Stir-Fries, and Chinese Food"

Presented by

Dr. Willa Zhen



Woman of the Year 2018

Dr. Pamela R. Edington

President, Dutchess Community College

Woman of the Year


"The Evolution of New York State's Family Courts and the Challenges of Achieving
Justice Today"

Judge Tracy MacKenzie*

Dutchess County Family Court Judge

*Additional information>>

On October 11, a light supper was served by the staff and residents of The Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie honoring our newest members and also attended by the board.  With desserts furnished by the board, it was certainly enjoyed by all.

Ann Pinna gave a brief introduction to the Poughkeepsie AAUW Court Watch program and introduced Judge McKenzie.

After dinner we were fortunate to have an extremely informative and well presented presentation on the history of the Family Court which was only established in 1962.  Judge McKenzie spoke with great enthusiasm about the history but also about type of cases handled by  Family Court, their case load and the new law that will put cases involving 16 and 17 year old in Family Court.


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