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Support the activities of Poughkeepsie AAUW 

8th Annual Writers' Tea & Auction

A benefit for the AAUW Scholarship Funds,
Community Initiatives and Events.

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

Registration and Directions>>

Click on the "doll" above for a sample of auction items!

Solicitation Letter for Contributors to Tea>>

Tax form for Contributors>>

AAUW General Information>>


Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Unitarian Fellowship Hall
67 S. Randolph Ave, Poughkeepsie

Presented by

Katherine Vockins*, Founder of RTA

Charles Moore*, Alumni

Our March program will highlight a most interesting and effective program that uses the transformative power of the arts to develop social and cognitive skills that prisoners need for successful reintegration into employment, family and community as they are released from prison.

RTA (Rehabilitation Through the Arts) is a creative arts program, operating in 5 NYS maximum and medium security prisons.  Through workshops and performances in theatre, dance creative writing, voice, music and visual arts those incarcerated are able to develop life skills and change behavior patterns that help them cope upon release.*

Words from RTA members in prison.

“Art allows you to think differently, so you behave differently so that you can get different results.  To me, that’s the definition of rehabilitation”

“Indeed, people in prison can, while engaged in beauty and the arts and intellectual discourse, be their noblest selves…”

*More information in the upcoming March newsletter "The Branch"

Questions: Sandy Goldberg, 297-7670 &    
Betsy Kopstein, 485-7044

Recent Events

This program was canceled due to weather. 
Do watch for a rescheduling in the next program year. 

Our thanks to Sarah Salem and Siennah Yang.

Bettering our Community:
Using Resources Wisely


      Sarah Salem               Siennah Yang

Still available is the following list of places to recycle items that are in good condition


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.

Women Supporting Women

Use the link below to see a report on marches and rallies that took place in New York State, January 21, 2017, to support issues that are of importance to AAUW and women throughout the world!

Report on Women's Marches>>

Contact your representative>>

"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.


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.



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