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


December 12, 2019

 7:00 pm

Unitarian Universal Fellowship of Poughkeepsie*

  Branka Bryan                          Marjorie Smith

Recently appointed 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

Join Poughkeepsie AAUW to learn more about:

Extending Hospitality to 21st-Century
Students at DCC

Thursday, January 9, 2020
                 7:00 pm

Unitarian Universal Fellowship of Poughkeepsie

Poughkeepsie AAUW International-Diversity Committee, will welcome Tomasine Oliphant, Dutchess Community College (DCC) Student Resource Navigator, to January membership program.  With the demographic changes in today’s student population, Tomasine’s talk will focus on DCC’s efforts to respond to these shifts.



In addition, we will get a sneak preview of an upcoming special program that reports on the recent teacher exchange arranged by Ellie Charwat’s Poughkeepsie-Oaxaca Friendship Committee

More Information>>

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

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

On November 14 at the
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, we were entertained and informed about the Appalachian trail.  Rich Keyes (left) showed slides and gave commentary on the nearly 800 miles of the trail he has traveled and he joined Carole and Kevin    Becker (middle and right) to play music of the region.  This program was presented in conjunction with the "Big Read."

More information>>

November 2, 2010

Video & Pictures of the Day>>

Poughkeepsie AAUW
Woman of the Year 2019

Hon. Joan S. Posner


Dutchess County
Family Court Judge

Acting Supreme
Court Justice

October 27, 2019, an afternoon of celebration for an outstanding woman!

Complete Biography>>

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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