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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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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, 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.




Join Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW as we welcome:

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

Judge Tracy MacKenzie*

Dutchess County Family Court Judge

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>>

Professional Jump Start

October 20, 2018

Roosevelt House in Manhattan

AAUW New York State is sponsoring a new one-day conference on October 20, 2018 at the Roosevelt House (Hunter College) in Manhattan. The conference will help college women in the transition from students to professionals as they look for jobs and start their careers. The day will include an AAUW Start Smart salary negotiation workshop and additional job information on job searches. If you are willing to volunteer to help at the event, please contact Diane Jablonski, 834-3378.

Additional information is on the AAUW NYS website, www.aauw-nys.org


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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Recent Events

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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