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Support the activities of Poughkeepsie AAUW. 

8th Annual Writers' Tea & Auction

 Sunday, April 2, 2017
 2:30 ~ 6:00 pm
 The Links at Union Vale

Registration and Directions>>

Solicitation Letter for Contributors to Tea>>

Tax form for Contributors>>

Bettering our Community:
Using Resources Wisely

Thursday, February 9, 2017
7:00 pm

The Barn
Vassar College Environmental Cooperative
50 Vassar Farm Lane, Poughkeepsie

      Sarah Salem                  Siennah Yang

Want to create the smallest carbon footprint when you give a party or sponsor an event?

Prefer to give your unused items to someone who would really appreciate them?

Need to find places to recycle those “not accepted here” items?

Directions and more information>>

Questions: Sandy Goldberg, 297-7670 or

Betsy Kopstein, 485-7044


Click on the graphic above to obtain a list of new "Homes" for your stuff!

As a community service and to provide help for our members, a list was created of places to recycle items in good condition.  It was developed by Barbara Van Itallie, with suggestions from many members, and distributed by Mary Ann Boylan.

Recent Events

"The Fourth Estate in the 21st Century"

On January 12th, after a short business meeting, Stuart Shinske, Journalist, gave a very rapt audience a look at the media in the world today.  Starting with the statement the the iphone in his hand had more computer power than the computers that put the first man on the moon.

He said that the newspapers have changed but so have the people that were using them.  Mr. Shinske feels the newspaper is not going anywhere, at least for the next 25 years.  There are still plenty of people that grew up with newspapers and want to read them - but after that it could be a different story.  News is happening right now - everything is in real time.  The press has never been more important

It is up to us to choose what is right or wrong.  Fake news is about power, money and persuasion.  Every time someone click on the story they get paid. We must take the time to check what we are reading - there are plenty of sources that will help. 

"Court Watch" Receives Award

On Wednesday, December 7, 2016, the Court Watch Initiative of the Poughkeepsie Branch of the American Association of University Women was recognized with the Duboff Award.  The Samuel J. Duboff Memorial Award recognizes non-lawyers who make extraordinary contributions toward improving the quality of justice in New York State.  Here>>


Rev. Susan Olin-Dabrowski

December 8, 2016

Piles of presents for the women at Grace Smith House and a time for relaxation and meditation gave a large group of AAUW women a good start to the holiday season.  Susan told us the essence of all meditation is focusing our attention and therefore there are many forms of meditation.  She introduced a variety of meditation forms for members to explore to find which ones work best for them and to build a 'tool box' of meditations to draw on.  These included: simple quieting meditation, guided imagery, various forms of mindfulness meditation, and walking meditation.

"Understanding Islam”


On November 10, 2016, Dr Nada Halloway lead us in a discussion of “Understanding Islam.”

After a presentation of the roots of Islam and addressing some of the questions most often asked as rights of women, dress and other outward signs of Islam, there were many interesting questions from the large group that attended.

Dr. Nada Halloway received her PhD in 2004 and an Advanced Certificate in Women’s Studies from Stony Brook, SUNY.  Her areas of specialization include Victorian literature, history, and politics, post-colonial literature and theory and feminist studies, and religion.  She currently teaches at Manhattanville College.



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