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The Branch,
Poughkeepsie AAUW

November 2019 Newsletter>>

October 2019 Newsletter>>

AAUW-NYS & National News>>

Select graphic for information on voting!


Live Your Dream Girls Conference
November 2, 2019 Registration>>


Coming Events

Please join the Poughkeepsie Branch of the American Association of University Women, Inc. to:

Honor our Woman of the Year 2019

Hon. Joan S. Posner


Dutchess County Family Court Judge

Acting Supreme Court Justice

Sunday, October 27, 2019

12-3 pm

Dutchess Manor
263 Route 9D
Beacon, NY

(Type your address
on the top line)

Complete Biography>>

Event Chairs: Mary Lou Davis, Margie Ouart 896-6928 & Gail Sisti 564-4268

Details & mail in reservation>>

Reservations by Credit Card through PayPal

Select the yellow PayPal donate button below, follow the onscreen directions. Where it has $0.00 put in $52 for each reservation you are making for the Woman of the Year event.  Where PayPal asks for special instructions (indicated by a pencil), click in that area and type your phone number, the full name of everyone you are including in your reservation and meal choices for each (chicken, fish, pork, vegetarian or gluten free).  Your reservation details will be forwarded to the committee.  You do not have to contact them separately. You may select to use your personal credit card instead of a PayPal account at this same site.


STEMming the Tide: How Women and Girls are Changing the World

AAUW-NYS District 4

Sunday, October 20, 2019
10:30 am to 2:00 pm
Stonehedge Restaurant, Route 9W, West Park

The Kingston Branch is host this year for the annual District IV conference.  Members from Poughkeepsie, the Adirondacks, Schenectady, Amsterdam-Gloversville-Johnstown branches will gather to learn about ways to support the AAUW mission.  Other branches and other organizations that support AAUW's mission and the general public are invited.

The theme, STEMming the Tide:  How Women and Girls are Changing the World, will explore the role women are playing in various environmental endeavors in our region. Speakers will include Janice Brown, AAUW-NYS president; Laura Petit, Ulster County Legislator; Beth Roessler, NYS DED; Aliza Krevolin from FeedHV and and Emily Vail, Hudson River Watershed Alliance.  There will be ample time to mingle with them and meet other members of the community who are having a positive impact on the Ulster County environment.

More information>>
Registration Form (due October 12)>>
  Select "About" then "Directions"

Hiking & Picking: Experiencing the Music & Terrain of the Appalachians

November 14, 2019
7 pm

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
67 South Randolph Ave.

More information>>

Grace Smith House: An Open Door for
Victims of Domestic Violence
History, Programs and Services

December 12, 2019 @ 7pm

Unitarian Universal Fellowship of Poughkeepsie*

        Branka Bryan                          Marjorie Smith

Interim Executive Director Branka Bryan, PsyD and Marjorie J. Smith, JD who will speak to us about the history of this enduring private not-for-profit organization and the critical services and programs that it offers in our area.

Additional Information on Program and Speakers>>

Gifts for Grace Smith House:

We are again asking members who attend the December membership meeting to donate a gift for a woman at Grace Smith House. Gifts will be distributed by the staff.  Gifts only, no checks or cash, please.

If you wish to donate a gift to the women, please follow the staff's guidelines:
     Gifts must be newly purchased and unwrapped.
     Gifts must be something usable and something personal, which is uplifting.

Favorite gifts we have given in the past three years:
     Pajamas, robes, slippers, fuzzy socks, lotions & bath items, perfume, pocketbooks, and cosmetic sets

*Directions: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie at 67 South Randolph Ave. can be accessed from Hooker Ave. OR take Route 9 to Sharon Dr. (near Holiday Inn).  At the end of Sharon turn left onto Beechwood then the first right onto Ferris Lane, next an immediate left to S. Randolph.  The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie is on the right.

Questions: Monique Jones, 849-1692, Sandy Lash, 227-4650

Poughkeepsie AAUW
Year 2018-19 in Review

President's Report 2018-19>>

Diane Jablonski


The events of 2018-19>>

Taken from the pages of our newsletter The Branch


Recent Events

Gender Bias in Healthcare:
A Long History

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.

More program information>>

Open House/Reunion

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.

Additional information>>

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).

More program information>>

Sabashnee Govender introduced her co-chair, Judy Longacre and once again AAUW members were most generous with donations for Days for Girls>> .

Annual Writers' Tea & Benefit Auction>>

 April 14, 2019  

Our Writers

Michael Korda>>           Irene O’Garden>>

Vassar Night Owls entertained us!


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Equal Pay Day

April 2, 2019

Proclamation by Dutchess County Legislature>>






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