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Poughkeepsie Branch of the American Association of University Women, Inc.invites you to:

Honor our Woman of the Year 2018

Dr. Pamela R. Edington

President, Dutchess Community College

Sunday, October 21, 2018
12-3 pm

     Dutchess Manor
     263 Route 9D
     Beacon, NY

Event Chairs: Gail Sisti 564-4268 &
                     Margie Ouart 896-6928

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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, bass, short ribs, 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.





Click on the picture on the right to register for the "Live Your Dream Girls' Conference"

November 3, 2018

Dutchess Community College

"Beyond Betty Crocker: How Americans Learned to Love Chow Mein, Stir-Fries, and Chinese Food"

Presented by

Dr. Willa Zhen

Nov 8, 2018

7:00 pm

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie

67 S Randolph Ave., Poughkeepsie

Chinese food is one of the most popular types of cuisine in America.  Yet it was not always part of the American diet and for many Americans, Chinese food was foreign and exotic. When did Americans learn about chow mein, stir-fries, potstickers, and other beloved Chinese-American dishes?  How did they learn? And how did they learn to embrace these new flavors?

Dr. Willa Zhen, food anthropologist and professor at The Culinary Institute of America, will answer these questions at our November 8th meeting.  Offered in partnership with The NEA Big Read, this month’s program will tap into an underlying theme of the 2018 Big Read book selection, Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng.  The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

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"More Beautiful for Having Been Broken"

Presented by

Kelly Lyndgaard

Dec 13, 2018

7:00 pm

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie

67 S Randolph Ave., Poughkeepsie

This event will be a discussion of "Unshattered," 
a nonprofit social enterprise,
founded by Kelly Lyndgaard, that employs women who are “winning their fight against addiction.” Taking part in the discussion will also be Rachel Hermosillo, Sales Lead for "Unshattered."

Remember to bring your holiday shopping lists, as handbags and other products made by the women of “Unshattered” will be available for purchase.

Once again let's share the spirit of the holidays with the residents of Grace Smith House at our December meeting.

We are asking members to bring along a donated gift for a mother at Grace Smith House.  Please send a gift if you cannot attend.  The gifts will be given at the residence by the staff.  Only gifts accepted, no checks and no cash.

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

Recent Events

"The Evolution of New York State's Family Courts and the Challenges of Achieving
Justice Today"

Judge Tracy MacKenzie*

Dutchess County Family Court Judge

*Additional information>>


On October 11, a light supper was served by the staff and residents of The Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie honoring our newest members and also attended by the board.  With desserts furnished by the board, it was certainly enjoyed by all.

Ann Pinna gave a brief introduction to the Poughkeepsie AAUW Court Watch program and introduced Judge McKenzie.

After dinner we were fortunate to have an extremely informative and well presented presentation on the history of the Family Court which was only established in 1962.  Judge McKenzie spoke with great enthusiasm about the history but also about type of cases handled by  Family Court, their case load and the new law that will put cases involving 16 and 17 year old in Family Court.

"Sexual Harassment in the Workplace"

Leah Feldman     Jonna Spilbor      Brittney Denley

On September 11th, in the Villard Room at Vassar College, AAUW Member Leah Feldman, Director of the Center for Victim Safety and Support, Family Services; Brittney L. Denley, Esq., Associate Director of the Vassar College Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action/Title IX; and, Jonna Spilbor, Esq., a Poughkeepsie Attorney, TV Legal Analyst, and Radio Personality gave the attendees:

  • an overview of the laws dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace, practical applications of these laws
  • information on the impact of sexual harassment on employees
  • strategies on how management can respond to those who have been impacted in a compassionate and victim-centered manner
  • an overview of how to file a complaint.  

It was an event that helped employees understand their rights and helped employers learn how to create a safe, respectful working environment.  It was an exceptional event for both women and men, and employers and employees.

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Poughkeepsie AAUW's new community service initiative, Careers and Leadership, worked in collaboration with WPN on this program.

Poughkeepsie AAUW Cornerstone Award

Each year, our branch has the opportunity to honor a member who represents the “foundation” of AAUW.  She has contributed her energy, enthusiasm, and talents to AAUW but is rarely in the limelight.  Through her efforts, she helps to further our mission, increase branch visibility, and make others feel that they, too, are a vital part of who we are.

This year we are pleased to honor Mary Coiteux.

Whenever an AAUW program takes place, Mary can be found helping in a myriad of ways.  She may be setting up or taking down chairs, doing registration, snapping pictures, or collecting goods for the community.  She is always looking for ways to enhance our mission and help us to take action. She can be found leading Art on the Go, passing out posters for the Writers’ Tea and Auction, helping middle school girls design their posters at the Live Your Dream Conference, or sorting Leading to Reading books. Her talents even extend to the AAUW-NYS level where she has made displays and decorated our LAF baskets.  Mary has served on the Poughkeepsie AAUW board as Cultural Interest Chair, Program Vice President and Publicity Chair. And she always has on a big smile!

In all, Mary represents the best of our branch.  We are delighted to present her with our 2018 Cornerstone Award.


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