The Branch

Poughkeepsie Branch of the

American Association of University Women, Inc.

P.O. Box 1908, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601


Volume 24, Number 2                           Our 56th year of publication.             October 2010



Online Calendar at

2     Trekkers:8:00 am at Pok Plaza near S&S

       SamМs Point/ Verkeerder Kill Falls

       Organizer: Roz Werner (462-0630)

       Coordinator: Karen Haynes (297-5700)

3     GirlsМ Conference Committee:3:00 pm

Marcine HumphreyМs (485-7697)

4     Word Games: 2:00 pm

       Hostess: Gloria Gibbs (454-7262)

       Coordinator: Eleanor Aronstein (462-6452)

6     Board Meeting: 7:00 pm

Hostess: Margaret Nijhuis (635-8612)

8     Daytime Literature: 10:00 am

       Book: Dewey by Vicki Myron

Hostess: Karin Fein (485-7186)

Coordinators: Diana Gleeson (229-8458) &

              Tiz Hanson (229-9394)

9     Bridge For Beginners: 10:00 am

       Hostess: Betsy Vivas (485-2370)

       Coordinators: Donna Reichner Mintz &

               Betsy Vivas (485-2370)

10   The Branchdeadline for November

13   Membership Meeting

14   Aventures en Soleil: 10:30 am

Dennings Point,

       Brunch at Homespun Rest., Noon

       Reservations: Cathy Kinn (462-3196)

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

15   Art on the Go: 9:00 am - until lunch time

       Walkway over the Hudson (Highland)

       Coordinator: Mary Coiteux (226-8275)

16   Trekkers:8:00 am rear parking lot McDonalds, Hyde Park

       Overlook Mountain Fire Tower - Woodstock

       Organizer: Cathy Lane (229-1036)

       Coordinator: Karen Haynes (297-5700)

18   Manderley Literary Society: 7:30 pm

       Book: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

       by Rebecca Sklott

       Hostess: Roz Werner (462-0630)

       Coordinator: Ellie Burch (297-7828)

18   Nominating Committee: 12:30 pm

       Coyote Grill - Poughkeepsie

       Contact: Marcine Humphrey (485-7697)

19   Cuisine: 7:00 pm

       Tapas & Desserts

       Recipes: Call Betty Olson (889-4836)

Hostess: Betty Olson (889-4836), maximum 17

Each hostess decides on the maximum number and attendance will be first come first served.

Coordinator: Betty Olson (889-4836)

20   Bridge I: 1:00 - 4:00 pm

       Hostess: Anne Valentino (221-2591)

Coordinators: Linda Ronayne (897-9745)

              & Mary Ann Ryan (897-9679)

21   All those books...:7:00 pm

      Book: The Good Earth by Pearl Buck

Hostess: Cathy Lane (229-1036)

       Coordinator: Carol Loizides (452-3208)

23   Woman of the Year Celebration!

24   GirlsМ Conference Committee:3:00 pm

Marcine HumphreyМs (485-7697)

26   Gourmet: Out & About: 6:30 pm

       Bonsai, Poughkeepsie

Contact: Jeanette Cantwell (452-4188)

27   Contemporary Literature: 7:30 pm

       Book: SarahМs Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Hostess: Amy Schwed (262-2269)

       Coordinator: Ann Wade (229-5267)

27   Mah Jongg: 1:00 - 4:00 pm

       Hostess: Barbara Lemberger (635-8516)

       Coordinator: Amy Schwed (462-2269)

28   Bridge II: 10:00 and/or 3:00 pm

       Danbury Regional Bridge Tournament

       Coordinators: Cathy Kinn &

              Janet White (462-6675)

28   Pins & Needles: 7:00 pm 


       Hostess: Arlene Seligman (297-006)

       Coordinators: Jane Toll (463-2712) &

              Sue Osterhoudt (889-4469)

30   Trekkers: 9:00 am Dutchess Mall

       Cornish Estate/Little Stony Point - Cold Springs

       Organizer: Peggy Kelland (297-0507) & Karen Haynes

       Coordinator: Karen Haynes (297-5700)

Tee Off Play will continue in the Spring.

Coordinators: Dorothy Evangelista (677-9046)&

               Linda Ronayne (897-9745)  



Nov 6 - GirlsМ Conference at DCC. See page 5.

Nov 10 - The Other Side of Slavery in the Mid-Hudson Valley through Song and Historical Reenactment. Rescheduled from February, 2010.

Apr 10 - WritersМ Event Mark your calendar!!

May 22 -AAUW Sunday afternoon concert at The Howland Cultural Center in Beacon.


Understanding Why and Helping to Prevent Suicide



October 13, 2010

7 pm

  St John's Lutheran Church,

55 Wilbur Blvd, Poughkeepsie


Steve Miccio*

Executive Director of People, Inc.


All members and non-members are invited to hear Steve Miccio speak about suicide and its prevention. With a suicide attempt estimated to occur every 16 minute of every day in the United States and over 34,000 lives lost each year, the importance of understanding suicide has never been greater, nor finding ways to prevent it more urgent.


*More about Steve Miccio below.

Questions: Jean Miller (452-2755) Terry Schneider (849-1122)


Woman of the Year 2010

Elizabeth Harrel**

AAUW State and Local Leader

Extraordinary Volunteer

Outstanding Educator


October 23, 2010, 12 - 3 pm

Villa Borghese


Menu:  Cash Bar

              Hot Buffet Luncheon


Price: $45 (includes gratuity and a $10 donation to our scholarships and community projects)

Reservations are due by October 15, 2010 and there can be no refunds after this date.

Make check payable to "Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW, Inc." and mail to:


Mary-Jo Cottrell

PO Box 1440

Pleasant Valley, NY 12569


Questions: Call Mary-Jo Cottrell 845/635-5175 or mjc78739@yahoo.comInvitation available

Reserved tables of 10 are available but not required.

** Elizabeth Harrel and More about the event below 




Geeta Desai *297-7589 *


Autumn is always a time for reflection and introspection for me. I attribute this to the shorter days, the waning light and the realization that yet another year has almost flown by. This year, my thoughts are inevitably about the AAUW and our mission to advance equity for women and girls. I must confess that I find myself being overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of our cause. I then remember that the way to meet extraordinary challenges is to understand fully, what is at stake and to draw inspiration from the women who are already leading the way in narrowing the equity gap between men and women.


Dr. Mae C. Jemison is such a woman. She is a physician who in 1987 became the first African-American woman to be admitted into NASAМs astronaut training program. In 1992, she blasted into orbit aboard the space shuttleEndeavor, bringing down yet another barrier for women and minorities. This past June, AAUW National invited Mae Jemison, to share her story and the challenges facing women and girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Dr. Jemison said: "Interest in science is color blind and gender blind, but the road to success (for girls) in STEM is still riddled with roadblocks." Dr. Jemison exhorted all AAUW branches to help girls and young women develop an interest in any and all of the STEM fields


Inspired by this mandate our Branch will, at the Woman of the Year Luncheon, introduce the findings of AAUWМs latest studyРWhy so Few?П The study, funded by the National Science Foundation, is currently being used by AmericaМs business and education leaders to understand the reasons behind the scarcity of women in STEM and implementable solutions to this problem. The fact that this yearМs honoree is our own Betty Harrel, an educator and community volunteer who embodies the spirit of AAUWМs mission, makes the introduction of this study on this occasion even more meaningful.


This year, in addition to our membership, we are extending invitations to the luncheon to local professional womenМs groups, sororities, school and college educators and businesses. My hope is that by sharing this study, our Branch can become a catalyst for thoughtful discussions in the community on the valuable contributions girls and women can make in STEM and how community institutions can sustain their interest in these fields.


Admittedly, our publicizing this seminal AAUW study is a small step, but I believe that it is an important first step in our collective journey towards equity. So, IМm hoping that you will come to the luncheon and that you will bring your friends. It will be well worth the effort.

Notice to Writer's Tea Committee!!!

Kickoff Meeting in October!

Date, Time, and Place TBD

Check your email.

 Lula Allen-Chair & Linda Beyer-Co-Chair




Geeta Desai*297-7589 *


Betty Harrel is an educator, long-time community volunteer and member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). For a number of years, she has made a commitment to ChildrenМs Literacy in Dutchess County. Her work with AAUWМs Leading to Reading program is legendary. She has developed strong relationships with libraries, grants-makers and donors to bring in approximately 5,400 books for Dutchess CountyМs children. Her goals for ChildrenМsМ Literacy are driven by a simple philosophy: All children should have access to books. Reading at an early age helps children build self С esteem, a thirst for knowledge and an active, growing mind.


She is active with The ChildrenМs Home of Poughkeepsie. Betty has served as Corresponding Secretary, Nominating Committee Chair, AdHoc History Committee member, Board of ManagersМ member and is now the Governance Committee Chair-elect. At Locust Grove, she was a development volunteer and member of the FriendsМ Board. At the Poughkeepsie United Methodist Church, she served on the Finance Committee and the Staff Parish Relations Committee. She also volunteers with Second Hand Rose, and the United Way of Dutchess County, where she recently was recognized with the Spirit of Dutchess Award.


In the Poughkeepsie Branch of AAUW, Betty has held numerous positions including President and currently is the Community Chair. She is a past President of AAUW-NYS. Her strong skills in leadership training and grant writing have been a tremendous asset to all of AAUW.


Betty was Principal of Oak Grove Elementary School, where she facilitated development of yearly action plans, implemented Oak Grove Village, the school-to-work project, and supervised a staff of 50. She was a Coordinator for Special Education where she expanded the continuum of special education services. Other positions of note that she has held include Assistant Principal, Gayhead Elementary School, Assistant Coordinator, Special Education and School Psychologist.


She has a CAS from SUNY New Paltz, a MasterМs from Marist College and a BS from the University of Iowa.


Total now stands at $4,225.00!!!

Mail checks made out to: Poughkeepsie Branch of the AAUW, Inc. with РDCC EndowmentП in the memo line to:

Barbara Van Itallie

17 Croft Road

Poughkeepsie, NY 12603


We are a 501(c)(3) organization so your donation will be tax deductible.



Geeta Desai*297-7589 *


This event honors Betty Harrel for her commitment to education, ChildrenМs Literacy and her spirit of volunteerism in Dutchess County.


Additionally, in what we feel is a logical progression, we are taking this opportunity to introduce a seminal report, issued nationally, by the AAUW this year called Why So Few. This report examines the level of participation of women in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. (STEM)


In highlighting this report, our goal is to:


1)   Raise awareness about the scarcity of women and girls graduating with degrees in STEM and working in these fields.

2)   Provide implementable community solutions that support girls and women in academic and employment choices pertaining to STEM.


Finally, this event is an embodiment of the organic and necessary relationship between educators like Betty Harrel and community partners in the development of women and girls who have a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.



Geeta Desai *297-7589 *


Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are widely regarded as critical to our national economy. Engineering and computer-related jobs are among the fastest growing, most lucrative in this country. Yet, it is something of a phenomenon that in America, there are very few women in these jobs.


Recognizing that women are indispensable to economic innovation and productivity, some of the countryМs leading executives, educators and thinkers have begun to explore the causes of this problem.


Funded by the National Science Foundation, the American Association of University Women has conducted the most comprehensive study to date on this subject. Titled РWhy So Few?П this report addresses why there are still so few women in certain scientific and engineering disciplines.


The information in this report is indispensable to Dutchess CountyМs executives, educators, parents and community leaders.


Come hear the highlights of this report.


Copies of the report РWhy So FewП - Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math will be available, free of charge, at this event.


Invitations to the Woman of Year Luncheon are available on line link is on the home page.


LITERARY NOTES                                     

Diane Browne-Sterdt


Big Read Events by Jewel Ratzlaff


October 11 - The Tell Tale Heart

7:00 pm - Vassar CollegeМs Taylor Hall Auditorium

A musical adaptation presented by the Vassar College Drama Department


October 13 - Contextualizing Poe: The Historical and Literary Landscape for PoeМs Fiction and Poetry

7:00 pm - Marist College Performing Arts Room

Marist English and History faculty investigate how PoeМs work was initially received in the U.S. and Europe, what PoeМs role was in defining what we think of as Рthe gothicП and how PoeМs poetry compares to his fiction?

October 14 - Big Read Book Discussion

              7:00 pm - Adriance Memorial Library Meeting Room

Discussion of Р Found in a BottleП and РDescent Into the Maelstrom,П and two poems.

October 17 - The Local Connection - Poe and Poughk.

              2:30 pm - The Auditorium, 105 Market St

Mitch Horowitz, author of Occult America, speaks on various spiritual movements that have arisen throughout American history, and the local connections between Edgar Allan Poe and Andrew Jackson Davis, know as the Poughkeepsie Seer.

October 19 - Poe Goes to the Movies

               7:00 pm - Dutchess Community College Theatre

DCC Professor John Desmond guides the audience through a fast-paced discussion and viewing of film clips from the vast library of film adaptations of the works of Edgar Allan Poe.

October 21 - Big Read Book Discussion

              7:00 pm - Adriance Memorial Library Meeting Room

Discussion of РThe Pit and the PendulumП and РWilliam Wilson,П and two poems.

October 24 - Poe and the Detective Story

              2:30 pm - The Auditorium, 105 Market St

Dr. Charles J. Rzepka, Professor of English at Boston Univ.

Dr. Rzepka, author of Detective Fiction, will explore the subject of Poe and the rise of detective fiction.

October 26 - Poe Poems and Prose Reception

              7:00 pm - Dutchess Community Coll., Drumlin Hall

Prof. John Desmond, reception and readings by selected Dutchess County residents who have submitted their favorite Poe work and articulated the impact of this work on their lives.

October 28 - Big Read Author Series

              5:00 pm - Vassar Bookstore

Vassar College Alumnus and Author Heinz Insu Fenkl reads from his compelling book Memories of My Ghost Brother.

October 29 - A Night at the Movies with Poe

7:30* pm - Bardavon Theater

Selected Poe Tales are screened as POEkeepsie goes to the movies. Free to Library Card holders.

*Half-hour pre-show organ music begins at 7:00 pm thanks to New York Theatre Organ Society.

October 31 - Big Read Closing Reception

                2:30 pm - The Auditorium, 105 Market St

Wrap-up of the month with Edgar Allan Poe, and announcement of next yearМs Big Read book selection!



Speaker, October General Meeting


Steve Miccio is the executive director of PEOPLe, Inc, a not for profit mental health advocacy organization. Steve has been active in designing alternative mental health treatment and supports. He is a leader in reforming mental health services in New York. Steve's initiatives focus on improved recovery outcomes for people with serious mental illness. Steve is internationally recognized for his work in hospital diversion services and lives with bi-polar disorder.



An expression of admiration for someone's achievement or

contribution and our acknowledgment for it.

Mary Coiteux *226-8275*


РHats OffП to Cathy Lane for her statewide award for Outstanding Collaboration between Probation and Social Services. Partnering with Social Service to create the Juvenile Pretrial Services Program, CathyМs collaboration has significantly contributed to the field of prevention and juvenile justice through programs designed to strengthen youth and families.


РHats OffП to Lorraine Roberts, a member of our branch, was honored by the United Way of Dutchess County. This retired educator was awarded the Alexis de Tocqueville Community Service Award for her long time community volunteer work.


РHats OffП to Branch members, Mary Bagley, Eileen Hayden, Jackie Prusak, Lorraine Roberts, and Margaret White from the Dutchess County Historical SocietyМs Black History Committee. They worked tirelessly to get the developers to put aside land and save the Storm Family Slave Cemetery in Stormville. AAUW members who attended the dedication said it was a wonderful occasion.



Tell your story and have it archived in the Library of Congress. Susan Htoo is a volunteer for the Veterans History Project (Veterans History Project, Library of Congress) and is interviewing veterans for this project. Veterans need not have been in combat, and include nurses and medics. Contact Susan Htoo at 452-2366 for more details.



Mary Coiteux *226-8275*


Pins & Needles, one of the BranchМs interest groups, is dedicated to handwork and community projects. Past projects have included making afghans for Warm Up America; hats, mittens and slippers for local shelters; and prayer shawls for Women 4 Women. This year's project is making book bags to be given to the children at the Staatsburg Library when they sign up for their first library card.


Sue Osterhoudt and Jane Toll, co-coordinators of the Pins & Needles interest group, and Mary Coiteux presented 40 bags to Children's Librarian Lisa Prentiss on Sept. 9, 2010. We know that these bags will add enjoyment to the children's journey on becoming life long readers.



Thank you to all the РDivas, Darlings and DreamersП of AAUW for your support. Thank you to the women who have signed on to help on November 6, 2010.


We had two very productive craft, fold, stuff afternoon parties this summer and plan one more for September 28, 2010 at 10 AM. Thank you all!


We have a great line up of workshops with talented and knowledgeable facilitators. From Zumba andYogatoFriendship Foundations and Diversity in the Middle School, we have workshops that will educate, empower and excite our girls. A favorite Fashion Forward and the Marist Design Program students are back.


Now is the time to tell everyone about the conference and direct them to our web page for information.


Several women have asked me РHow did the Conference get its name?П During the early research for the conference, I found New Moon Magazine for Girls, an online magazine. It included a poem, РI Can Be My Dream,П which seemed to capture the spirit of the conference. We want girls to dream, have a vision of a bright future and give them tools to reach those dreams. Our logo shows three girls together, holding up dreams and reaching for the sky.


Check your email each day!!!!!!!


Dear Sister Friends, 

As many of you know, my husband and I made it back safe and sound from our travels to Liberia, West Africa. The building, which is functioning as a church and school, is up - from foundation to roof. While there is still work to do, we are beyond excited. I am so grateful for the support that so many of you, my Poughkeepsie Branch sister friends, gave to me. After the piece that I wrote in the newsletter months ago, many of you reached out with encouraging words, showed up at to the various benefits and offered other forms of support. Thank you. If you would like to see our website in progress, go to Under "The Trip" section, you will find a few pictures along side some of my journals. We expect to put up more pictures, additional journal entries and a couple of videos. Again, I thank you for your enthusiastic support.


Wendy Maragh Taylor



Marcine Humphrey *485-7697*


Do you know a Рleader?П Are you ready to help shape the future of AAUW?


The nominating committee is open for suggestions! Each year the nominating committee seeks members to fill both elected offices and appointed positions on the board. Our first meeting is October 18th. If you would like to nominate someone for consideration, please call or email Marcine Humphrey. The two year terms begin July 2011.


This year we have three very important positions to fill VP Program, VP Membership and Assistant Treasurer.



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

Lula Allen

Mary G. Bagley

Betty Harrel

Leola Mason

Jean Miller

Lila Mitchell

Ellenora Oberhofer

Jacqueline Prusak

Esther Reisman

Margaret Ruggeri

Phyllis Teasdale

Sponsors ($10 or more)

 Marion Effron

Ruth Gau

Sandra Goldberg

Peggy Lombardi

Catherine Pété

Terry Schneider


To add your name contact Margaret Nijhuis (635-8612)



Linda M. Roy, Education Chair, *471-9498*


AAUW has dedicated more than 120 years to the advancement of education. To this day, AAUW continues to break through barriers to improve educational opportunities for women and girls.


You may want to check out new AAUW research in Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at (enter Why So Few in the search box on the right). This 2010 study presents eight key research findings that point to environmental and social barriers - including stereotypes, gender bias and the climate of science and engineering departments in colleges and universities - that continue to block womenМs participation and progress in science, technology, engineering, and math. You will hear more about this at the Woman of the Year luncheon on October 23.


For parents of young children , in an article entitled РYour Daughter: Rocket Scientist?П based on this research, has great suggestions for ways to encourage girls to pursue their interests in these areas.




Tuesday, September 28, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

The eveningМs topic will be Social Networking


Twitter, Facebook, linkedin, utube-- Social Networking had become a buzz phrase on and off the computer. Learn how to make these and other social networking tools work for you, to promote business and help you connect with your target markets.


Ellie Nieves will be the guest presenter for the evening. She has extensive coaching and leadership experience working in politics, government and for a Fortune 500 company. Ellie has served as a mentor, coach, and advisor to various elected officials, executives, attorneys, community leaders and small business owners. Her previous roles include Chief of Staff to the President of MetLife International and General Counsel to the Bronx Borough President. Ellie holds a BachelorМs degree in Communications from Fordham University and a Juris Doctorate from Pace University School of Law. For more

information see: .


The group will meet at

Merrill Lynch Conference Room

2649 South Road (Rte 9), Poughkeepsie

(Between Locust Grove and Coyote Grill)


At this inaugural gathering of the group we will discuss possible topics for future meetings. Our goal is to create a feeling of membership and ownership.


Please RSVP or if you have questions:

Kim Butwell 914-489-6400, or Jacqueline Goffe-McNish 845-471-7220,


Doris Kelly


This year weМre celebrating the 90th anniversary of the 19th amendment for WomenМs Suffrage. It is hard to imagine that until 1920 most women in the United States were not allowed to vote and that there was strong opposition to WomenМs Suffrage even amongst women. Suffragettes were arrested, beaten, and tortured fighting for the right to vote. These women literally put their lives on the line. So use that hard earned right on this coming November 2, election day!


Find out where the candidates stand on important issues. Then, be sure to vote at the general election on Nov 2.


Voting in itself is a form of activism, but it isnМt enough. It is not necessary to march, picket, or even write a letter to the editor, but after our representatives are elected, they need to hear from us.


Hopefully, by the time this article is printed, the US Senate will have passed the Paycheck Fairness Act which has been languishing in the Senate far too long. Pay equity for women in the workplace continues to be a top concern for AAUW.


AAUW has also expressed concerns about possible changes in Social Security being explored by some members of the National Commission on Fiscal and Financial Reform. Cuts in Social Security will have an especially devastating effect on women retirees.


AAUW Action Network reminds us that Social Security, which has turned 75, Р one of our countryМs most successful anti-poverty programs, providing benefits to children, disabled workers, surviving spouses, and retirees.Without Social Security benefits, more than half of older women would fall into poverty. In addition, more than two-thirds of unmarried women would be living below the poverty line without the help of Social Security. In these tough economic times, cutting social programs like Social Security could be devastating to women and families across our nation. Now more than ever, these linchpin safety-net programs need to be protected and expanded, not cut.П


If you receive the Two-minute Activist from AAUWМs Action Network, it is easy to contact your representatives on important issues. If you have not yet joined then do so now at:

Make your voice heard in just minutes. By joining Action Network you will receive urgent email notices to contact your members of Congress and find detailed information on legislation currently under consideration.


ELEANOR B. SKOV                                                      

Carol Loizides *452-3208*


This summer on August 18th, we lost a long-time and beloved member. Eleanor Skov, who joined AAUW in 1956, was most recently a member of our Daytime Literature Group where her spirited points of view always enlivened our discussions. Membership in our Cuisine Group was a natural for Eleanor. As her friend Betty Smith remembers, РEleanor loved food, was a great cook and frequently invited guests for dinner.П Enhancing the table were her wonderful segetsu flower arrangements. Beauty pervaded many aspects of EleanorМs life. She also loved color and fashion, having been raised by a mother who was a clothes designer for movie stars. Anyone who has seen her achingly lovely wedding portrait knows that she herself was a beauty.


We all remember that Eleanor as a Рpeople personП always with a friendly greeting and an infallible memory for names. We miss her youthful exuberance and warmth. Eleanor has left us much too suddenly and much too soon.


Eleanor graduated from Queens College with a Degree in Psychology. On April 15, 1951, in Elmhurst, she married Raymond A. Skov, who survives her at their home (23 Greenvale Farms Rd). Memorial donations can be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, Wilbur Blvd 12603; Vassar Warner Home, South Hamilton St.12601; or the American Heart Association, Manchester Rd 12601.



Margaret Prescott


One dictionary definition of РcultureП reads: development of the intellect through training or education; enlightenment resulting from such training or education.


In the New York State FOCUS issue, summer 2010, Joan Monk, then cultural interest director, listed the five fold focus areas of cultural interests as the Arts, the Big Read, WomenМs history, Philanthropy and Mentoring .


The first two, Arts and the Big Read, are of special cultural interest for us as members of our wonderful AAUW branch here in the Hudson Valley.


The Arts: We in the Hudson Valley are very fortunate to have various educational facilities including but not limited to Vassar College, Marist College, Dutchess Community College, SUNY New Paltz. Art and Music venues include Howland Chamber Music Circle, DIA, the Bardavon, County Players, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra, Cappella Festiva, Dutchess County ArtМs Council just to name a few. All of these very prolific programs are well marketed and there for us to enjoy, study or participate in.

A few weeks ago, while planning a cultural event for the spring, I had the privilege of a tour of The Howland Cultural Center in Beacon. This is truly Рthe JewelП of Beacon. A beautiful landmark building built in 1872, hosting numerous activities including music, dance, poetry, movies, etc. Mark your calendars for our AAUW Sunday afternoon concert on

May 22, 2011.


The Big Read: Our AAUW branch currently has 4 very active Book Study groups whose choices in reading materials usually reflect our mission to think about diversity, womenМs history and international affairs. By going to,, the Book of The Month lists monthly themes and recommended books to focus on our mission. These books suggest titles relative to the focus for the month, i.e. November is Native American Month and the book club suggests reading Lakota Woman by Dog Mary Crow.


And mark your calendars for:

Oct. 3 4 pm Howland Chamber Music Circle presents the Boston Piano Trio, at Howland Music Center in Beacon,

Oct. 23 The Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra will present a concert at Rhinebeck High School at 7:30 PM. Music will include Joseph HaydenМs Concerto No.2 in D major with Julia Bruskin, cello; BrahmМs Symphony No.2, Op.73 and Franz von SuppeМs Light Cavalry Overture.

Oct. 24 4 pm Howland Chamber Music Circle presents N. Hakhnazaryan, cellist, at the Howland Music Center.


Keep in mind that all our cultural projects will reflect the РtrifectaП of cultural interests, diversity and international affairs as spelled out by our New York State AAUW.



Cathy Kinn


This is the first of a series of columns that will give us the news of РWhatМs HappeningП in our Interest Groups. Each month a different interest group will be featured.


Bridge II members have been successfully transitioning to duplicate bridge over the past year. We meet at Uno, have lunch, a lesson, and then play. In June the game was held at the Mid-Hudson Bridge Center where they played with bidding boxes, duplicate movement of players and boards, and scoring. On July 9, thirteen of our members played with mentors in a pro-am at a regular club game. They did very well, and of course both the mentors and the regular players loved these brave, intrepid AAUW women. In October, our meeting will be held at the Regional Bridge Tournament in Danbury, CT.

Be a Poughkeepsie AAUW volunteer!

See page 5 for suggestions!


Susan Osterhoudt *889-4469* & Diana Gleeson *229-8458*


Below is the tentative program schedule for the AAUW year. As changes are inevitable and additions are likely, please check the newsletter (The Branch) for details. Newsletters are always available, select Newsletter on the left.


Sept. 21 Tues. - Open House Central Hudson

Oct. 13 Wed. - Mental Health - St. JohnМs

Oct. 23 Sat. - Woman of the Year - Villa Borghese

Nov. 10 Wed. - The Other Side of Slavery - St. JohnМs

Dec. 8 Wed. - My SisterМs Keeper - St. JohnМs

Jan. 12 Wed. - Northern Dutchess Symphony - St. JohnМs

Feb. 9 Wed. - Identify Theft - Merrill Lynch Conf. Room

Mar. 9 Wed. - Women in Diplomacy - Ash Wed. St. JohnМs

Apr. 10 Sun. - WriterМs Tea

May 10 Tue. - Annual Dinner - ChristoМs

May 22 Sun. - Concert at Howland Center

Jun. 8 Wed. - Program Planning - St. JohnМs


Snow dates are the 3rd Weds. for Nov., Dec., Jan. & Feb.



Bergie Lebovitch *298-4045* 

РOh, What a Night...Late September back on the 21stП

From the marvelous greeters to the sumptuous display of our trade-mark goodies, the prospective members could not resist all of our new initiatives and interest groups that were so vibrantly exhibited. The wonderfully motivating description of AAUW that was so marvelously presented by Geeta Desai was not only informative to our potential members but also to those long acquainted with our РPhabulousП Platinum Branch. Special recognition goes to Amy Schwed who was the brain-child behind the amazing DVD Show and to Geeta Desai who produced it! Please join me in welcoming our new members:


Welcome: April - June

Allan, Geraldine

Ansorge, Christine

Brown, Anne S.

Brown, Cynthia (Cindy)

Carr, Verna

Constantinople, Anne

Fiscina, Diane

Friedman, Rochelle

Garvey, Donna

Haas, Doris W.

Hirsch, Christina S.

Hurd, Ruth W.

Jablonski, Diane

Leatherman, Susan

Lederman. Roberta

Loeb, Jill Ann

McCaffrey, Pat

Mordock, Melody

Muller, Solange

Newman, Joan H.

Riley, Jessica

Saverino, Rosalia

Schwenker, Faith

Snyder, Amy B.

Towers, Laura

Waldstein-Hart, Elizabeth

Wiggins, Valerie


Welcome: September

Ali, Rana  

Arella, Lorinda R.

Brooks, Carol Suydam

Cady, Barbara  

Charley Maggie  

Cotten, FaLisia  

DeWald, Maria L.

DiMatteo, Judith

Duncan, Molly

Dvorkin, Debbie  

Dwyer, Pamela Perkins

Dym, Judy          

Dyson, Joanne

Eberhard, Eva Russo

Fischman, Sherry G.

Gomba, Karen

Hayter, Elizabeth

Hogarty, Mary Anne

Imperatori, Ann

Kaplan, Rita  

Kline, Rosemarie M.

Madlon, Ruth  

Mannix, Kathleen

Maxcy, Kathy  

McCormick, Beatrice

Michaels, Alison 

Michelson, Ethel

Mille, Lucy

Nagy, Cynthia

Neisser, Carol

Newman, Barbara

O'Dowd, Vallance

Odescalhi, Esther Kando

Prockup, Valerie

Richards, Ophelia G.

Ricketts, Patty  

Rosiak, Dessie    Saderholm, Kay

Salsberg, Diana R.

Scheinzeit, Arline

White, Linda J.  Wistreich, Flora


Welcome Back

Devine, Beth

Hanna, Beverly

Lopuch, Viviane

Ojio, Naoko


Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW, Inc. Officers 2010-2011


President                               Geeta Desai            297-7589

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                               Virginia Marcus     223-5246

Treasurer                              Barbara Van Itallie 462-3924

Assistant Treasurer              Elizabeth Moesel    896-9426

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