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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 an updated sample of auction items!

Our Writers

Jim DeFelice>>

Author of American Sniper, American Wife, Fighting Blind and some fifty other works of fiction and non-fiction.  His works have appeared and debuted on the NY Times Best Seller List fifteen times.                                                                      

Lesa Cline-Ransome>>

Writer of numerous children’s books and winner of many awards, Lesa will share stories from Light In The Darkness: A Story Of How Slaves Learned In Secret and the companion book, Freedom's School.  Her newest book, Germs, will be released in 2017.

Solicitation Letter for Contributors to Tea>>

Tax form for Contributors>>

AAUW General Information>>

Recent Events


On March 9, 2017 Katherine Vockins, Founder of RTA and Charles Moore, Alumni of the program gave an outstanding presentation explaining and outlining the need for rehabilitation in our state prisons.  RTA, starting 20 years ago, 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.

The program is largely self supporting and shows that arts are so much more than just a pretty picture or a fun experience.  We saw two amazing videos of the program at work and the comradery of the inmates as they participated. “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.”

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.

"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.


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