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
Mary Moody is director of Volunteer Services at St. Francis Hospital. She received her B.A. from Newcomb College, Tulane University. She taught third grade in Virginia and Vermont before moving to our area where she substitute taught for 18 years in the Arlington school district.
She and her husband have two grown children. They felt that to rear children to become involved members of the community, the best wasy was to be involved themselves. Mary remained active in many organizations for extended periods of time.
Among her many volunteer activities:
Girl Scout Council for 3 terms, served as president and in many other capacities
League of Women Voters since 1968, served as moderator and unit leader
Dutchess Community College Human Services Advisory Board for many years
Dutchess County American Cancer Society Board
Dutchess County Child Development Council
United Way Community Resources Advisory Committee
Dutchess Interfaith Council, board member
Town of Beekman Bicentennial Committee, Chairman
Crop Walk, a consistent top money raiser
Freedom Plains Presbyterian Church
Active in many professional organizations
In addition, Mary is well known for writing clever poems and songs for special occasions.