Founded in 1925, Poughkeepsie Branch of the American Association of University Women, Inc. has been active in the areas of education, international understanding, community needs, the arts, and the status of women.
We continue to be involved in education both nationally and on the state and local levels. We support the AAUW Educational Foundation, and the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund through annual donations. In addition, donates two yearly scholarships to graduates of Dutchess Community College who is continuing education at a four year college. Poughkeepsie AAUW has a long connection with DCC. Dr. Andrew C. Rieser outlined this history in a May 12, 2009 address to the Poughkeepsie Branch members. His speech can be found here.
Poughkeepsie AAUW, Inc. has been recognized at the AAUW NYS Convention as a "Platinum Award Winner" from 2010- 2012. An ongoing tradition of the branch is the Woman of the Year Award presented annually to a Dutchess County woman who has made an outstanding contribution to the community. In October 2008, a multicultural conference Beyond the Rhetoric, attracted an overflow audience of 220 attendees. Each November since 2006, the branch has organized a Live Your Dream Girls' Conference for seventh grade girls. Ongoing community projects are Leading to Reading and Domestic Violence - Court Watch.
Taken from the pages of our newsletter The Branch