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The Branch,
Poughkeepsie AAUW

September 2019 Newsletter>>


AAUW-NYS  Focus>>

AAUW National Outlook>>

Message from Kim Churches, AAUW CEO>>


Coming Events

Summer Plans

In July and August there are fewer events as we all take time for vacation and family, however there is much going on especially in our Interest Groups.  Please click on the graphic below and you will see a list of the activities.  If you are new to AAUW or to the event, please contact the coordinator/chair so you will be expected.


Check Facebook for pictures of recent events and happenings during the summer months.   AAUWFacebook>>

Open House/Reunion

September 12, 2019

7:00 pm

Freedom Plains Presbyterian Church*
1168 State Rt. 55

  • Reconnect with all your AAUW friends and colleagues and welcome our guests.
  • Introduce our guests and prospective members to all the joys of AAUW: our 19 Interest Groups, our 8 Community Service Initiatives,
  • Learn about our monthly programs and our other special events of the year.
  • Enjoy dessert furnished by our members and tea & coffee.

Still time to send Sheila names and contacts of friends, family and acquaintances that you would like to receive a special invitation to this event. Sheila Zweifler .

At Open House, provision will be available for you to pay your dues, if you have not done so, by cash, check, or credit card.

*Directions: Take State Rt. 55 eastbound. The church is located opposite Arlington High School. The entrance to the parking lot is opposite Zoe’s Ice Cream Barn.

Questions: Mary Scalise-Annis, 635-2109
                  Sheila Zweifler 462-6478

Join Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW for this enlightening discussion!

Christie VanHorne,
M. Ed., MPH

will present

Gender Bias in Healthcare:
A Long History


October 10, 2019

Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie

10 Children’s Way

            7:00 pm

Have you ever felt dismissed, ignored, and left a doctor’s appointment with more questions than answers?  You are not alone.  After a look back in history, we will discuss how the problem persists.  Participants will leave with an understanding of how our healthcare system continues to leave women sick, misdiagnosed and dismissed

More information>>

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.

Poughkeepsie AAUW
Year 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





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!


Click on the picture for more information!

Equal Pay Day

April 2, 2019

Proclamation by Dutchess County Legislature>>




On March 14, Rachel Somerstein presented a looks at photojournalism through the lens of women and their work, acceptance, and problems in their field of employment.  Fewer than thirty percent of the photographs published by major news organizations—Time, the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, AFP—are taken by women.  Other outlets published a paltry few: six of 99 (Sports Illustrated), three of 50 (NBC News), 12 of 100 (AP).  Some, like Buzzfeed News, didn’t run a single photograph taken by a woman.  For Dr. Somerstein, these figures are all the more remarkable considering that women outnumber men in undergraduate and graduate photojournalism programs.

More program and speaker information>>


On February 14, Leah Feldman and Jason Mark presented the Dutchess County  High Risk Case Management Program which was implemented after a series of domestic violence homicides.  During the presentation Leah and Mark shared experiences implementing both the High Risk Team model and Lethality Assessment Program model in New York State.  The programs have been highly successful and have been shared state wide and in workshops with law enforcement.  There was very high interest and many questions by the audience.

More program and speaker information>>

RACE SOLDIER: Growing Up Black in a White Environment in the 1960’s

On January 10, Jocelyn Johnson-Kearney presented Race Soldier: Growing Up Black in a White Environment in the 1960’s a dramatic presentation based on her memories of growing up as a Black child in an all-white environment during the Civil Rights era of the 1960’s.  Ms. Johnson-Kearney combined drama, visual imagery and sound to tell us unique and powerful story.

Additional Information>>


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