The Branch

Poughkeepsie Branch of the

American Association of University Women, Inc.

P.O. Box 1908, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601


Volume 23, Number 7                   Our 55th year of publication.            March 2010



  Online Calendar at

1     Word Games: 2:00 pm

       Hostess: Saranne Ratner (297-9360)

       Coordinator: Eleanor Aronstein (462-6452)

2. NEW INTEREST GROUP 12:00 noon

Professional Women's Networking Group

Artist's Palate, Main St., Pok. See page

Contact: Kin Butwell 914-489-6400 or

3     Board Meeting: 7:00 pm

Hostess: Nancy Grucza (298-2344)

5     Join Me on the Bridge: 4:30 pm

       Walkway Over the Hudson

100th Anniversary of International Womens Day. See below.

6     Trekkers:9:00 am

       Planning Meeting, Walk DC Rail Trail

       Organizer: Karen Haynes (297-5700)

       Coordinator: Karen Haynes (297-5700)

8     Aventures en Soleil: Visit starts 10:30 am

Norwalk (CT) Maritime Aquarium,

       visit ($9 - $16) & lunch (your choice)

       Reservations: Joan Cordani (855-5259)

       Coordinators: Peggy Lombardi (635-9091)  & Ruth Sheets (473-6202)

10   The Branch deadline for April. 

10   Membership Meeting See next column.

12  Daytime Literature: 10:00 am

       Book: The Space Between Us

       by Thrity Umrigar

Hostess: Phyllis Teasdale (454-4582)

Coordinators: Diana Gleeson (229-8458)

              & Tiz Hanson (229-9394)

12   Girls Conference Reunion: 5:30 pm

Poughkeepsie United Methodist Church

       Help needed - see page 5, Live your..

15   Manderley Literary Society: 7:30 pm

       Book: The Book Thief

       by Markus Zusak

       Hostess: Patty Cerniglia (298-7655)

       Coordinator: Ellie Burch (297-7828)

16   Cuisine: 6:30 pm

       Theme: Secret Ingredients

       Recipes:Pat Luczai (463-4662)

Hostess: Nancy Smith (691-7547)

Coordinator: Betty Olson (889-4836)

17   Bridge I:1:00 - 4:00 pm

       Hostess: Margaret Nijhuis (635-8612)

Coordinators: Linda Ronayne (897-9745)

              & Mary Ann Ryan (897-9679)

17   Gourmet: Out & About: 6:30 pm

       Mahoneys, Poughkeepsie

Contact:Jeanette Cantwell (452-4188)

18   All those books...:7:00 pm

          Book: The Big Rock Candy Mountain

       by Wallace Stegner

Hostess: Diana Gleeson (229-8458)

       Coordinator: Carol Loizides (452-3208)

19   Art on the Go: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

       TBA - weather dependent

       Coordinator: Mary Coiteux (226-8275)

24   Contemporary Literature: 7:00 pm

       Book: Queenmaker: A Novel of King Davids Queen

       by India Edghill

Dinner meeting at Cappuccino, Rt. 9, Poughkeepsie

       Call Ann Wade (229-5267) for reservations.

       Coordinator: Ann Wade (229-5267)

24   Mah Jongg: 1:00 - 4:00 pm

       Hostess: Linda Roberts (227-5287)

       Coordinator: Amy Schwed (462-2269) 

25   Bridge II: 1:00 - 3:30 pm

       Hostess: TBA

       Coordinators: Cathy Kinn

              & Janet White (462-6675)

25   Pins & Needles: 7:30 pm

       Sewing Projects, Pat Luczai & Dina Gleeson 

       Hostess: Margaret Nijhuis (635-8612)

       Coordinators: Jane Toll (463-2712)

              & Sue Osterhoudt (889-4469)

Tee Off Play will continue in the Spring.

Coordinators: Dorothy Evangelista (677-9046)

              & Linda Ronayne (897-9745)


Apr 10 Leading to Reading Day at Barnes & Noble, Pok.

Apr 18 Writers Tea 3 - 6 pm Locust Grove. See below.

Apr 23-25 AAUW-NYS Convention. Register by March 1 and get 2 chances to win a $250 gift certificate to Talbots.

May 11 Annual Meeting Christos. Anne Constantinople will address Gender and Generation in American Philanthropy.

Oct 23   2010 Woman of the Year

Nov 6    2010 Live Your Dream Girls Conference                       




March 10, 2010

    7:00 pm

Reformed Dutch Church

Route 9, 4408 Albany Post Road

Hyde Park

Mariel Fiori                   

Managing Editor, LaVoz......award winning Spanish language newspaper

Do you know that there is a Spanish periodical in Dutchess County?

Are you aware to what extent Hispanics influence life in Dutchess County and what services and programs these Hispanics are being offered?

Find out more on Wednesday, March 10!

Mariel Fiori, recipient of the Ippie award for best overall design from the New York Community Media Alliance (see January The Branch) will be speaking both about her periodical, La Voz, as well as her insight into the Hispanic presence in Dutchess County. Mariel founded this Spanish-language news, cultural and arts magazine five years ago. It began as a quarterly and snowballed into a monthly magazine.

Ms. Fiori wishes to clarify misconceptions on both sides and publishes articles by Spanish speakers, both natives and non-natives to the language alike.

Born in Argentina, Ms. Fiori is fluent in Spanish, English and French and has spent time in Spain. She has produced and hosted a radio show, helped make a documentary on Mexican immigrants in the Hudson Valley and served as interpreter for the Poughkeepsie School District. Presently she is working towards her MBA degree at NYU School of Business.

This event is free and open to the public.

Questions: Contact Gloria Ghedini          

PRESIDENTS MESSAGE Linda Beyer *462-0345*

Our award-winning, esteemed newsletter, The Branch, has been called our lifeline. It is our primary accurate, direct, consistent connector between you, our members, and all the interesting and varied activities going on in AAUW. I strongly recommend that you print it out immediately upon receipt each month and keep it posted by your phone. You can also refer to our activities calendar on our website but, for detailed descriptions and background information on events and individuals, you just cant beat The Branch!

Note all thats going on14 interest groups, stimulating general meetings, Equity for Life projects (we need a Lets Read Math leader), Diversity initiatives (dont miss Jackies February 16th interactive session on Thriving in the Workplace.. at DCC), major fundraisers (Writers Tea, DCC Endowment), State Convention (April 23-25). And theres more to come! Stay tuned, check your branch newsletter, print it out; dont miss the fun!

MEMBERSHIP MATTERS Bergie Lebovitch *298-4045*

Do you know of any young woman about to graduate from college? Would you be willing to sponsor their membership in AAUW at NO COST to either of you? The new graduate will receive a free one-year member-at-large membership. If she chooses to join a branch, she will have to pay branch and state dues. Its the gift that keeps on giving... think of the networking capabilities that someone would benefit from by your Give a Grad a Gift sponsorship....Im more than willing to assist you in this painless activity. Call, email, whatever....

Watch for a directory update coming in March. You will receive it attached to an email. Please remember this information is for the exclusive use of AAUW.

Get your registration in for the AAUW-NYS Convention. It appears were going to have a fantastic representation from the Fabulous Poughkeepsie Branch. EVERYONE is invited - including our newest members who are:

Welcome Aboard!                                                                                                                                  

Danielle Banta

Kathleen Brown

Sandra Goldberg 

Cecilia Dinio Durkin

Susan Htoo                                                                                                                                              


Jacqueline Klein 

Lila Lynch

Jeanne Moseley

Susan Murphy 

Erin ONeill

Ann Pinna

Sally Edwards Taylor

Congratulations to Bergie!

302 Members!


Betty Harrel *462-2141* 

Do you prefer one-time projects?

Do you enjoy laughing?

Do you like cookies?

If you can answer Yes to 2 out of 3 questions, we need YOU! Our branch is in charge of registration for the AAUW NYS Convention and we need volunteers for two tasks.


Were assembling the registration packets on Tuesday,

April 20 at 7:00 pm at the home of Betty Harrel, 28 Laffin Lane, Poughkeepsie. We need people to put on labels, sort inserts, and stuff envelopes.


Volunteers are also needed to help at the convention with registration. Most members arrive on Friday afternoon between 12:00 6:00 and we need people to work a two-hour shift at the registration table.

If youre interested in helping on either project, please contact Betty Harrel ( or 462-2141) or Margaret Nijhuis ( or 635-8612). We hope you can help!


Geeta Desai *297-7589*

Our AAUW has transformed and grown over the last couple of years. We've become a 501 (c) (3) and we are now the biggest branch in the country! In order to sustain our momentum and optimize all of our resources, we will be developing an organizational blueprint that will help us work together even more effectively on a day to day basis.

We will be working on this blueprint in two separate sessions. The first session will be held during the last week in March and the second in the first week of May 2010. Through thoughtful discussion, a strong sense of camaraderie, and an innate knowledge of common purpose, we will create a set of working rules that will provide organization-wide support to all our members who work tirelessly on behalf of our Branch. It is also our hope that with these working rules, we can offer an even richer organizational experience to all of our members

If you would like to participate in the development of this blueprint, please email me. Attendance at both sessions is a requisite of participation.

A New Interest Group is Forming!

Kim B. Butwell *914-489-6400*

The Professional Women's Networking Group will focus on offering working members of AAUW a variety of opportunities to build relationships with other professional women. The group will provide a chance for members to learn new business practices, exchange marketing ideas and offer business referral opportunities. We hope to invite informative speakers to meetings, adding an educational component. Recently retired professional women will have the opportunity to meet and mentor newer professional women. Hopefully the group will attract and grow membership of working professional women to the Poughkeepsie Branch of AAUW.

Our first meeting will focus on solidifying the underlying intention of the group.

If you would like to attend our inaugural meeting, Tuesday March 2 at 12 noon for lunch at The Artist's Palatein Poughkeepsie, please contact Kim B. Butwell, Cell phone 914-489-6400, Work 845-431-2272,

If you are interested in networking with other professional women please keep an eye out for our upcoming meetings, which we plan to hold the first Tuesday of each month.


Betty Harrel *462-2141*

Adams Fairacre Farms recently donated a large supply of sturdy paper bags to the Leading to Reading project. The bags are quickly being filled with book kits for needy children. They soon will be used to distribute them to a number of community agencies. The support for our community project is greatly appreciated!

Writers' Tea Extra!

Silent Auction - you write your offer on the list but keep checking to see that no one outbids you!

Items for bid:

Original Artwork Paintings & Photographs

Dinner Gift Certificates


Hand-knitted Items

Sports Collectors Items and more!

Raffle- tickets will be sold for $1.00 each!

              Gourmet Gift Basket


Bring Checks or Cash!!


Mary Coiteux *226-8275*

March is the time to shake off the winter doldrums. It is also the time when the Fourth annual Restaurant Week shows off area chefs culinary expertise as they use local farm products to create fine dining at bargain prices. Participating restaurants (listed online) offer three-course prix-fixe dinners at $28 and three-course lunches at $20. For the first time, this much-anticipated dining event will include two full We all know how our branch members like to include dining as part of their organizational meetings.


What better way to walk off those delicious meals than to join the Mid Hudson Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club for the following hikes.  

3/13 Short hike to the highest point in the Town of Poughkeepsie. See good views from the summit. The location of hike maybe changed depending on weather conditions. Call after 3/6 for meeting time, location and other details. Rain cancels. Free. Peach Hill, Poughkeepsie.

3/23 A leisurely hike along the lovely path from Route 9 to 9G and into Val-Kill, Eleanor Roosevelts retreat. Flat woods road and loop at Val-kill. About 4 miles. Meet at trail-head on Rte. 9, just past Hyde Park Brewery, 10:30am. Free. Roosevelt Road Farm Lane Trail and Eleanors Walk. Rte. 9, Hyde

Keep in mind our own interest group the Trekkers and watch the calendar for their hikes.

Literary Activities

Two events sponsored by Dutchess Community College are open to the public and will be of interest to many of our members.

3/4Courtney Lynch, Leading from the Front, No Excuse Leadership Tactics for Women. 12:30 pm, James and Betty Hall Theatre. Co-author of the Book Leading from the Front Courtney Lynch will talk about her 10 key practices to becoming a powerful leader.

3/9Catherine Clinton, Mrs. Lincoln: A Life. 7:00 pm, James and Betty Hall Theatre. In her book, Mrs. Lincoln: A Life, Catherine Clinton draws on important new research to illuminate the remarkable life of Mary Lincoln..


3/7 Biava String Quartet. Howland Chamber Music Series. 4pm fee. Howland Cultural Center,

3/28 The Peabody Piano Trio, joined by violist Roger Tapping, 4pm. Fee Howland Cultural Center,

3/14 Debra Kaye, composer, classical string quartet, premiere of Changing Forms. 4 pm Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. Her music has been described as ..lyrical, dramatic, witty, transcendent, funny, beautiful, original.. Donation. Reception following concert. Call 212-932-1376 for advance reservations.

Art & Films

3/1-3/20 Quintet Photographers Capturing Life. Exhibit hours: Mon.Fri. 9am5pm & Sat. 9:30am12:30. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, 12 Vassar St.,

3/21Fresh, new thinking about what we are eating in collaboration with the American Farmland Fee. The Moviehouse, 48 Main St. Millerton.

Bardavon Film Series.

If you have not seen these classic films on a large screen, these are a MUST!

 3/5 North by Northwest(1959)

 3/12Casablanca (1942)

 Pre-show music on the Bardavon's Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ by The New York Theatre Organ Society (NYTOS), 7pm. 7:30 pm fee.

Special Events

3/26 Princess and the Frog. A hand drawn animation. 8pm. James & Betty Hall Theatre at Dutchess Community College. Free.

3/13 Selected Shorts. Readings by award winning actors Jane Curtin, David Strathairn and host Isaiah Sheffer. Fee. Bardavon, Poughkeepsie.

3/14 A Sugar Maple Celebration. Pancake breakfast and hands-on demonstration of tapping trees, boiling sap and producing syrup. Regional farms participate. 9am-noon. fee

Taconic Outdoor Education Center, 75 Mountain Laurel Lane, Cold Spring. 


Cathy Kinn

What are you reading, Miss -----? Oh! Its only a novel! replies the young lady; while she lays down her book with affected indifference or momentary shame. It is only Cecilia, or Camilla, or Belinda; or, in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed; in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit or humour [sic], are conveyed to the world in the best chosen language. Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey


Margaret Nijhuis *635-8612*

 During March take the time to discover a little of AAUWs history at and keeps clicking on Next to go from page to page. On our website at look in the left column and click on Notable Women, this will bring you to a list of short histories of well known women in our area written by our members. Next click Women of the Year and look through the amazing list of women who have been honored by our branch since 1975. 


Irene Keyes *227-6686*

WORD 2007 Users

Are you tired of getting messages from others that they cannot open your .docx files? Older versions of WORD do not recognize .docx files.

If you frequently save Microsoft Office Word 2007 documents as Word 2003-97 (.doc) files, you can change the settings so that Word saves documents in that file format by default.

1. Click the Microsoft Office Button , and then click Word Options (bottom right corner).

2. Click Save (on the left).

3. Under Save documents, next to Save files in this format, select Word 2003-97 Document (*.doc).

4. Click on OK at the bottom.


Walkway Over the Hudson

March 5, 2010

Gloria Ghedini


This coming March 8 marks the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day. In celebration Women for Women, founded by Zainab Salwi, daughter of Saddam's chauffeur, is organizing "Join Me on the Bridge" together with the Women's Leadership Alliance and the Dutchess Regional Chamber of Commerce. On March 5there is a 4:30 pm kick-off with an event in the center of the bridge. For further information, please This is very much part of the AAUW mission and I urge as many members as possible to walk on that date.


Editor: See The Branch for January, 2010 and November, 2009 for articles on Women for Women in our International Relations column by Gloria Ghedini. select Newsletter in the left column.


New York State AAUW Convention

April 23-25, 2010

Peggy Kelland, AAUW-NYS V.P. Program


It's not too late to register for the convention at the Otesaga in Cooperstown. Regular registration is open until March 8; late registrations can be made after that with a late fee and subject to hotel room availability. Registration forms are available on line and can be sent in on line or by U.S. mail. Go to www.aauw-nys.organd to the convention page. If you do not have access to the internet, call our branch president, Linda Beyer (462-0345) or Peggy Kelland (297-0507) for the forms. Wehave an exciting weekend planned and hope to see you there!


Betty Harrel *462-2141*

The Leading to Reading project is once again making Fuzzy Friend kits for children in the emergency shelter at The Childrens Home of Poughkeepsie. Each kit consists of two books with reading activities, craft materials, and a stuffed animal to hug. This year were able to provide them in snazzy navy and gold Leading to Reading string bags.

Were asking each interest group to collect SMALL (approximately 8) stuffed animals during your March meeting. They can also be brought to the March general meeting. Many are on sale after Valentines Day or are available at area discount stores. If you need them picked up, please contact Saranne Ratner at 297-9360 They can also be dropped off at the home of Betty Harrel, 28 Laffin Lane, Poughkeepsie.

Thanks for your support!


Marcine Humphrey

The "Reunion," for the girls who attended the Live Your Dream Girls Conference in the fall, is scheduled for

March 12, 2010 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Poughkeepsie United Methodist Church in Poughkeepsie on New Hackensack Road. The theme is effective communication. The evening is divided between fun, food, games and discussion about good, safe communication.

We need about 12 women to set up, register the girls, chaperon, assist with initial "craft" activity, pick up and deliver food, lead small group discussions, and brief closing activity. Call either Marcine (485-7697) or Gwen Higgins (452-5931) if you can assist.

Our goal is to bring some of the girls together again and reinforce the themes of self empowerment and sisterhood. We average 20 - 30 girls at these events.

We are moving ahead with planning the 5th Live Your Dream Girls Conference as Equity for Life continues the search for funding. We are requesting that DCC partner with us again in November and are requesting November 6, the first Saturday in November. The event will have the familiar format of an opening, two workshops sessions, a lunch and girl talks. followed by a closing celebration.

Members who wish to be involved in the planning for this event can contact Marcine Humphrey.



 Betty Harrel *462-2141*

Saturday, April 10 will be another special AAUW day. The Leading to Reading project will be featured at a Barnes and Noble Day. Members have volunteered to conduct story hours, do story telling, and demonstrate our now famous assembly lines for making book kits. Barnes and Noble will donate a portion of the proceeds for any purchases made by a supporter of our literacy project.

If you would like to take part in this special event, please contact Linda Roy (471-9498 or ) or Judy Linville (889-4802 or ). In the meantime, plan on joining us that day for a fun time!

HAITIAN RELIEF                                          

January 12, 2010 will be a day we will all remember. The earthquake in Haiti has brought sadness to all of us. Below are just three of the many worthwhile organizations that are receiving funds for Haitian relief:

American Red Cross 


American Red Cross National Headquarters

2025 E Street, NW

Washington, DC 20006

Clinton Bush Haiti Fund


Text "HAITI" to 20222 to donate $10 to Haiti relief

The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund

c/o William J. Clinton Foundation

Donations Department

610 President Clinton Avenue

Little Rock, AR 72201


The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund

c/o Communities Foundation of Texas

5500 Caruth Haven Lane

Dallas, TX 75225



U.S. Fund for UNICEF

25 Maiden Lane

New York, NY 10038.

Supporters of The Branch!!

 Annual contributions from members help defray the expense of publishing The Branch. All patrons and sponsors are listed in each monthly newsletter unless anonymity is requested.      

Patrons ($25 or more)

 Catherine Albanese

Linda Beyer

Sharon Clarke

Joan Cordani

Joan Fay

Elizabeth Harrel

Margaret Ruggeri

Sarah Shouse

Phyllis Teasdale

Mary Louise Van Winkle

Sponsors ($10 or more)

 Marion Effron

Cathy Kinn

Margaret Lombardi

Catherine Pété

Esther Reisman

To add your name or the name of your business to the list, mail a check payable: Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW, Margaret Nijhuis, 9 McAllister Drive, Pleasant Valley, NY 12569


Carol Loizides *452-3208*

It is our understanding that the following would be tax-deductible now that Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3). Please verify with your tax consultant.

      $62 of our annual dues: $46 (national) + $16 (Poughkeepsie Branch)

      All moneys paid to the Poughkeepsie Branch less amounts for which goods or in-kind services were received. (For example, the $12.00 portion of the $50.00 paid for the event at Amicis is tax-deductible. The expenses per person were $38.00.)

      Donations of goods and services are tax deductible. Artists may deduct only the cost of materials.

(All finances and activities of the Interest Groups are excluded.)

As far as verification of the donation, the IRS requires donors to provide written confirmation from the donee for contributions over $250.00

Donations to National Funds: All donations to the five AAUW National Funds #9110, 3999, 4336, 4337, 4339 and 9170. Go for details.


As a nonprofit volunteer organization all Board members can claim volunteer mileage to Board meetings and programs they attend. Other members can claim volunteer mileage for events they are responsible for or for committee meetings they attend. (Interest group attendance would not qualify for volunteer miles.) Participation in any of the Equity for Life community projects: Girls' Conference; Leading to Reading; Start Smart, Diversity events would qualify. With Mapquest it is easy to determine the miles if you have know which meetings and events you attended and drove to. The 2009 rate is 14 cents per mile.

As for the mileage verification, the organization does not have to verify the mileage traveled, the person just has to have a written record. If ever audited they would have to produce proof of those meetings on those dates.


Miriam Zimet Aaron *462-8179*

Good news! The deadline has been extended to sign up for the 10 day trip to France in October. The tour includes Paris, Caen (Normandy) and the D-Day beaches, Mont St. Michel, and the chateaux of Chambord and Chenonceaux in the Loire Valley. If you're interested, contact Miriam Zimet Aaron.

 Check your email each day!!

 Poughkeepsie Branch of the American Association ofUniversity Women, Inc.

Please join us for an elegant Sunday afternoon High Tea.

Writers Tea

April 18, 2010

3:00 6:00 pm at

Locust Grove

(Route 9, Poughkeepsie more details

Our Writers

India Edghill: Queenmaker, Wisdom's Daughter, and Delilah 

Tony Musso: FDR &The Post Office: A Young Boy's Fascination & a World Leader's Passion

Our Tea

Enjoy beautiful surroundings; hear live music by professional tenor, John Vergilii; and taste the high tea delectables prepared by Cynthia and John Vergilii of the Historic Horton House.

Silent Auction of handcrafts and services

Reservations[Deadline: April 5, 2010]

A literary benefit for the AAUW Scholarships Funds and Community Projects

Name ______________________________________

Phone _____________________________________

The cost is $45 per person.

Enclosed $ ____________ for _____ attendee(s).

Checks payable to: Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW, Inc. [$20 of the admission fee is tax-deductible]

Mail to: Saranne Ratner, 7 Hamlet Court, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Questions: 845/297-9360

Open seating or reserved tables for 10 persons are available.

Table reservations can be made by contacting Saranne Ratner.


If you are unable to attend but would like to support our scholarship funds and community projects, please write a check payable to Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW, Inc. and mail it to Saranne Ratner at the address above.


Mary Louise Van Winkle *471-3680*

Latest update: Our thermometer show that we have now passed the 25% mark toward our goal of $10,000, with a total of $2525 as of February 1st. A number of our members have already taken advantage of the opportunity to recognize the birthday of a friend or family member by donating in their honor to the DCC Endowed Scholarship Fund. If you would also like to donate to the fund in someones name, just send the name, address, and preferred greeting, along with your check made out to: Poughkeepsie Branch of the AAUW, Inc. with DCC Endowment in the memo line to:

Mary Louise Van Winkle

61 High Acres Drive

Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

And remember, now that we are a 501(c)(3) organization, your donation will be tax deductible.

Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW, Inc. Officers 2009-2010

 President                               Linda Beyer            462-0345

Program V.P.                        Susan Osterhoudt   889-4469

                                                Diana Gleeson        229-8458 

Membership V.P.                  Bergie Lebovitch    298-4045

Educ. Foundation V.P.         Patricia Luczai        463-4662

                                                Trish Prunty

Secretary                               Barbara VanItallie  462-3924 

Treasurer                              Carol Loizides        452-3208

Assistant Treasurer              Elizabeth Moesel    896-9426

Association website:

NY State website:

AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research.

In principle and in practice, AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. There shall be no barriers to full participation in thisorganization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or class.

The Branch is published ten times a year, September through June, by the Poughkeepsie Branch of the AAUW, Inc.. Send articles to the editor: Margaret Nijhuis, (635-8612).