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Thursday, September 6, 2018
(Note this is the first Thursday due to scheduling)

7:00 pm

The Barn, Vassar College Environmental Cooperative*
50 Vassar Farm Lane, Poughkeepsie

Reconnect with all your AAUW friends and colleagues and welcome our guests

Introduce our guests and perspective members to all the joys of AAUW: our 20 Interest Groups, our 8 Community Service Initiatives, our monthly programs and our other special events of the year.

Dessert will be furnished by our members and tea & coffee will be made available.

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 credit card.

The Photography Committee continues working to photograph all AAUW members – so if you want to participate, please come 'camera ready'.  (You can “opt out” if you are camera shy!)

 *Directions:  Turn onto Vassar Farms Lane at the junction of Raymond Avenue and Hooker Avenue (New Hackensack Road).  Follow the road across the small bridge.  The barn is located across the parking lot from the Poughkeepsie Farm Project.  Although the parking lot is adequate, carpooling is recommended.

Questions: Susie Blecker 462-7074
                  Sheila Zweifler 462-6478

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Poughkeepsie AAUW is pleased to partner with the Women’s Professional Network (WPN) to present a timely and informative session on “Sexual Harassment in the Workplace; Compliance and Response.” 

September 11th, 7:00-9:00 pm

Vassar College, Villard Room

Leah Feldman     Jonna Spilbor      Brittney Denley

Speakers will include:  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.  There will be both networking and time for Q&A.

Although there is a charge for WPN members and non-members, there is no cost for AAUW members and students/faculty of Vassar as one of AAUW’s College/University members.

Please join us for an event that will help employees understand their rights and help employers learn how to create a safe, respectful working environment.  Presentations will include:

  • 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
  • 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 will be an exceptional event for both women and men, and employers and employees.

More information available>>

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

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 14, 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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Reservations by Credit Card through PayPal

Select the yellow PayPal donate button below, follow the onscreen directions. Where it ask for "Other Amount" put in $52 for each reservation you are making for the tea.  Where PayPal asks for special instructions, click in that area and type Woman of the Year, your phone number and the full name of everyone you are including in your reservation. 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.



Join Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW as we welcome:

Judge Tracy MacKenzie*

Dutchess County Family Court Judge






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

October 11, 2018, 7:00 pm

             - coffee and teas by Children’s Home
             - desserts by the Board

The Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie

10 Children’s Way
Poughkeepsie, NY

*Additional information>>

Poughkeepsie AAUW 2017-18

Learn more about AAUW and what happened in 2017-18.

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                    Maria DeWald
                    Immediate Past President

Recent Events

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.


JUNE 14, 2018

The Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie




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Announcing the NCCWSL Scholarship winner!

Katherine Murray of Marist College>>


On May 10, 2018, AAUW was fortunate to view a live performance of an original play by Judith Kalaora, the Founder and Artistic Director of History at Play. In this performance, Judith Kalaora, professional actress, portrayed influential and often forgotten women.

Ms. Kalaora brought to life the stories of five women who played prominent roles in the war effects in World War II.  Ms. Kalaora wove their stories together with short videos she had produced and starred in.  A truly one woman show.  Vera Atkins was a Special Operations Executive in London who sent civilians to France to aid in the resistance.  Virginia Hall was an American who was sent by Atkins to France.  Hall, although an amputee, did amazing work both for Britain and the US.  Another was Jane Fawcett, a codebreaker who worked at Bletchley Park, UK (location of much of the film, The Imitation Game).  The final two were Jackie Cochran and Anne Baumgartner.  Baumgartner, a civilian, was the only woman test pilot in the war and Cochran was head of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) and at her death held more air records than any man or woman alive.  

More Information>>


Writers' Tea & Benefit Auction

Sunday, April 15, 2018 at The Links at Union Vale was the location of a lovely afternoon and an amazing fundraiser.  Our thanks to our authors:

Mihai Grünfeld>>   and
  Jane Lazarre>>


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A program presented by Poughkeepsie AAUW, Vassar College’s Campus Life ALANA Center, Career Development Office and Women’s Studies Program on April 4, 2018 at The Aula at Vassar College was moderated by Wendy Maragh Taylor, Director of the Campus Life ALANA Center, Vassar College; AAUW Member. The panelist were Sophia Burns, Student, Vassar College; Leah Feldman, Director for the Center for Victim Safety, Family Services; Cecilia Hoang, Student, Vassar College; Lubna Somjee, Clinical & Health Psychologist/Executive Coach and Shona Tucker, Faculty & Chair of Drama Department, Vassar College.

Each panelist answered questions presented by the moderator.  They drew on their personal experiences and gave the attendees a look on the situation for women at work and at home in the current culture.  Questions from the audience rounded out this most informative and simulating evening.



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