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  • Dec 13: “More Beautiful for Having Been Broken,” a discussion of “Unshattered," a nonprofit social enterprise that employs women who are “winning their fight against addiction.” Presented by Kelly Lyndgaard, founder and Rachel Hermosillo, Sales Lead
  • Apr 14, 2019: Writers' Tea & Benefit Auction, The Links at Union Vale>>
  • Apr 26-28, 2019: AAUW-NYS Convention, The Otesaga Resort, Cooperstown




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Coming Events

"More Beautiful for Having Been Broken"

Presented by

Kelly Lyndgaard and
Rachel Hermosillo

Dec 13, 2018

7:00 pm (6:30 to shop)

Unitarian 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.” Also taking part in the discussion will be Rachel Hermosillo, Sales Lead for Unshattered.

Unshattered was recently named Nonprofit of the Year by the Think Dutchess Alliance for Business.

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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


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

Presented by

Dr. Willa Zhen








"Live Your Dream Girls' Conference"




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Woman of the Year 2018

Dr. Pamela R. Edington

President, Dutchess Community College

Woman of the Year



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

Judge Tracy MacKenzie*

Dutchess County Family Court Judge

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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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