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Taken from the pages of our newsletter The Branch
Branka Bryan Marjorie Smith
On December 12, 2019, AAUW members donated an amazing pile of gifts to the women at Grace Smith House. The members were then treated to a summary of the critical services and programs that it offers in our area by recently appointed Executive Director Branka Bryan, PsyD. Grace Smith House Board member, Marjorie J. Smith, JD spoke about the problems the families and some of the history of the organization. Many questions were asked and answered.
On November 14 at the
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, we were entertained and informed about the Appalachian trail. Rich Keyes (left) showed slides and gave commentary on the nearly 800 miles of the trail he has traveled and he joined Carole and Kevin Becker (middle and right) to play music of the region. This program was presented in conjunction with the "Big Read."
November 2, 2010
Family Court Judge
October 27, 2019, an afternoon of celebration for an outstanding woman!
On October 10, 2019 at Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie , Christie VanHorne, presented a program that left all with much to think about and a plan to obtain better health care.
Christie started with our sharing both our good and bad experiences with doctors. She gave a brief history of diagnosis - if missed diagnosis was a disease it would be the third largest cause of death. Many women have been dismissed as being hysterical (we can thank Fraud for this). She shared many other stories ending with reminding us that racial disparities and marginalized people experience far greater discrimination in medical care - it is a racial problem.
What can we do when we have a doctor's appointment:
Remember first of all you are the expert on you.
- Think what questions you have - you have at most 15 minutes.
- Have a 20 second elevator complaint
- How has you complaint impacted your life - what does it prevent you from doing - be specific
- Have questions ready - prioritize your questions in case you only have time for a few.
- Never get angry
- Elaborate on yes and no questions the doctor asks.
On Thursday, September 12 at Freedom Plains Presbyterian Church, AAUW gathered for their annual Open House/ Reunion to introduce the program for the year. This included the monthly programs, interest groups and initiatives. Current members were welcomed back and prospective members were welcomed to the organization. This was a new meeting venue for AAUW and was found to be most effective.
At the June 13th meeting fun pictures were taken, AAUW members and friends chatted and met new people, elections were held, officers installed and members honored. That was all before the program started with the recipients of the Irene Keyes Scholarship speaking about their trip to the NCCWSL conference. The final part of the evening was a talk by Sabrina Marzouka, "Improving the Lives of Women and Children." We were told to "open our briefcase of talent and change the world." Sabrina closed with a quote she has on her office door by Angela Davis "I am no longer accepting the thing I cannot change. I am changing the things I can not accept." It was a wonderful evening, enjoyed by all.
Committee: Sharon Fleury, Diane Jablonski, Joan Kimmel & Ann Pinna
Goldee Greene, Vocal Artist
Tom McCoy, Music Director
Diverse Divas in Opera, Jazz & Musical
May 9, 2019 AAUW had a true musical experience. Goldee Greene charmed us with excerpts by opera divas such as Cleopatra, Tosca and Delilah as well as real-life prima donna’s like Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters, Mae West and Marlene Dietrich.
Many genres express the laughter, love, struggles and empowerment of women through the ages - from Puccini to Duke Ellington. In collaboration with world-class pianist and arranger Tom McCoy, we were treated to a stirring, wheels-within-wheels evening of songs and piano solo (from Ellington).
Sabashnee Govender introduced her co-chair, Judy Longacre and once again AAUW members were most generous with donations for Days for Girls>> .