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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
Announcing the NCCWSL Scholarship winner!
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.
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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.
Presenter: Grace Roebuck, Vassar College
February 8, Grace Roebuck, a sophomore Psychology major from Vassar College spoke on the issue of Human Trafficking.
During this presentation Grace elaborated on the primary causes of human trafficking, as well as its many forms; effect on victims; and susceptible high risk groups. Further she discussed new and innovative combatant techniques - as well as interesting organizations, individuals, and businesses working to combat this issue.
Investigator Thomas Roidl
“The Internet has opened up a world of information and opportunity for anyone with a computer and a connection.”
On January 11, cybersecurity expert Investigator Thomas Roidl who has over 19 years of experience in law enforcement shared with us his expertise in the world of hacks, stolen identities, malware, sexual and financial predators and more. Investigator Roidl brought us vital information about the perils of online activity and Internet Safety for children and adults.
We learned much for ourselves and much to share with our children and grandchildren. We will all remember two warnings:
"The internet is the world's library sourced by dubious authors"
"If you do not want it on a billboard you don't want it online"
As we use the internet we should all think:
Who is on the other side?
Why do we use the internet?
What is the need verse the want of being online?