On November 12, 1975 the Poughkeepsie Branch held a dinner at the Vassar Alumni House to commemorate the International Women's Year and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of our branch. Eight women were honored for outstanding service to the residents of Dutchess County. Since that time, the Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW has selected a local woman to honor as our Woman of the Year. These women exemplify the goals stated in AAUW's mission statement:
The American Association of University Women advances equity
for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.
We invite you to nominate candidates for consideration of this honor using the form linked below to print, fill in and mail. Your nomination will be in consideration for two years from the date you submit the form to one of the Woman of the Year Committee Co-Chairs: Margaret Ouart, 26 Broad St, Fishkill, NY 12524 or Gail Sisti, 313 Forest Rd, Wallkill, NY 12589
Received her Master's degree in English Literature and Research
While liviing in the Hudson Valley she commuted to Chicago to receive her PhD in Education and Counseling
Acted as a catalyst for the Grace Smith House
Teaches Workshops to area colleges, businesses and community groups
Worked with the Junior League in the development of the Transitions program
Was instrumental in the founding of the Adult Career and Education Counseling program at Dutchess Community College
Provides individual career and educational counseling
Sees visions of community needs and acts as a catalyst to help these visions come to life
Member of the board of the Adirondack Mountain Club. Enjoys outdoor activities such as backpacking and canoeing.
Past president of the Rhineback Chamber Music Society. Has a background in dance, choreography, and the theatre.
Mother of one son and two daughters, grandmother to three children.