Poughkeepsie Branch of the
American Association of University Women, Inc.
P.O. Box 1908, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Volume 24, Number 7 Our 56th year of publication. http://www.aauwpoughkeepsie.org March 2011
Online Calendar at www.aauwpoughkeepsie.org
2 Board Meeting: 7:00 pm
Hostess: Eileen Hayden (485-4399)
7 Word Games: 2:00 pm
Hostess: Saranne Ratner (297-9360)
Coordinator: Eleanor Aronstein (462-6452)
8 International Woman’s Day
Walkway over the Hudson, 3 pm, see below
9 Membership Meeting, see below
10 “The Branch” deadline for April.
11 Daytime Literature: 10:00 am
Book: The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak
Hostess: Diana Gleeson (229-8458)
Coordinators: Diana Gleeson (229-8458)
& Tiz Hanson (229-9394)
11 Reunion “Live Your Dream” 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Poughkeepsie United Methodist Church
Marcine Humphrey (485-7697)
12 Bridge For Beginners: 10:00 am
Hostess: Mary Bagley (462-0776)
Please response to coordinators (y/n).
Coordinators: Donna Reichner Mintz
& Betsy Vivas (485-2370)
14 Movie Night: See below “What’s...”
Selection & meeting place will be made later.
If interested contact: Sue Osterhoudt
(889-4469) or email@example.com
15 Cuisine: 6:30 pm
Cooking with Wine
Recipes: Barbara Van Itallie (462-3924) or
Hostess: Nancy Smith (691-7547)
Coordinator: Betty Olson (889-4836)
16 Bridge I: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Hostess: Lillian DePasquale (462-4729)
Coordinators: Linda Ronayne (897-9745)
& Mary Ann Ryan (897-9679)
17 All those books...: 7:00 pm
Book: The Death of Ivan Ilyich
by Leo Tolstoy
Hostess: Diane Browne-Sterdt (463-3510)
Coordinator: Carol Loizides (452-3208)
18 Art on the Go: 11:30 am, see page 5
Samuel Dorshky Museum, New Paltz
Contact: Norma DePalma (221-8177)
Coordinator: Mary Coiteux (226-8275)
21 Manderley Literary Society: 7:30 pm
Book: That Old Cape Magic
by Richard Russo
Hostess: Jacqueline Klein (485-6530)
Coordinator: Ellie Burch (297-7828)
AMERICAN WOMEN DIPLOMATS:
A POWERFUL FORCE
Eleanor (Ellie) Charwat*
AAUW Woman of the Year 2005
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
St John’s Lutheran Church
55 Wilbur Blvd., Poughkeepsie
∙ Did you know that until 1972, a woman foreign service officer in the
United States had to resign if she got married?
∙ In the forty years since that policy changed, three of our past four
Secretaries of State have been women as are 40 percent of our
∙ What have women brought to diplomacy? How does the United
States compare to other countries in using women in this vital
Ellie Charwat will speak about how the role of women in the American
foreign service has changed from consular clerks to Secretaries of State
in the past fifty years. She will also share her amusing, scary and
sometimes exasperating experiences as the wife of a foreign service
officer in Brazil, including dealing with servants, terrorism threats,
entertaining, and teaching “under the table.”
Ellie is the wife of a former foreign service officer, and is someone who
qualified for the foreign service in her own right. She has spoken on this
topic to a Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel) audience and to the
Arlington Rotary club. Ellie will speak on “Bootlegging in DC” on Feb 23,
2011 at the Glebe House, 635 Main St, Poughkeepsie for their Noontime
* Bio below
On March 9, 2011, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, just before the
monthly program there will be a brief business meeting from 6:45
pm to 7:00 pm. All members are invited to attend.
Apr 10 Writers’ Tea, see below
Apr 15-17 AAUW-NYS Convention, see below
May 22 AAUW Sunday afternoon concert, see below
Online Calendar at www.aauwpoughkeepsie.org
22 Professional Women’s Networking: 5:30-7:30 pm
Merrill Lynch Conference Room
Effective Networking for Those Who Hate to Network,
Coordinators: Kim Butwell firstname.lastname@example.org &
Jacqueline Goffe-McNish email@example.com
23 Contemporary Literature: 5:30 pm
Dinner at Cappuccino’s, Route 9 & IBM Road.
Book: The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
Reservations: Linda Freisitzer (266-5427)
Coordinator: Ann Wade (229-5267)
23 Mah Jongg: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Hostess: Linda Roberts (227-5287)
Coordinator: Amy Schwed (462-2269)
January - March: Gerry DiPompei (635-2050)
24 Pins & Needles: 7:00 pm
“Tying up Loose Ends” - service projects, quilting and
Hostess: Arlene Seligman (297-0006)
Coordinators: Arlene Seligman (297-0006)
& Jane Toll (463-2712)
24 Bridge II: 12:00 noon
Uno, Brunch, Lesson and Bridge ($15)
Coordinators: Cathy Kinn firstname.lastname@example.org
& Janet White (462-6675)
25 Aventures en Soleil: 1:00 - 3:00 pm in NYC
Multi-Ethnic Eating Tour - Big Onion Tours. $20
Only 12 places reserved for AAUW.
Reservations: Anne Valentino (221-2591)
Coordinators: Peggy Lombardi (635-9091) & Ruth Sheets (473-6202)
29 Girls’ Conference Meeting: 7:00 pm
Marcine Humphrey (485-7697) or
Gourmet: Out & About
No Gourmet dinner for March!
Contact: Jeanette Cantwell (452-4188)
Walk and Hike
Time and Place TBA, Contact Karen.
Coordinator: Karen Haynes (297-5700)
Tee Off Play will continue in the Spring.
Coordinators: Dorothy Evangelista (677-9046)
& Linda Ronayne (897-9745)
Geeta Desai *297-7589 * email@example.com
March 8, 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of
International Women’s Day (IWD) and plans for
celebrations abound across the globe. All of these
events will mark the social, economic and political
accomplishments of women over ten decades. Here in
Poughkeepsie, over one thousand women will walk
across the Hudson to show solidarity for the cause of all
women. If you would like to participate, call AAUW
member Cecilia Dinio-Durkin (518-2713) or see page 4
The history of International Women’s Day is poignant and
full of meaning for the AAUW. The very first IWD was
celebrated in America in honor of the 1908 garment
workers’ strike in New York, where women protested
unsustainable and unfair working conditions. In Europe
IWD is associated with the suffrage and peace
movements that took place against the backdrop of World
War I. Today, International Women’s Day has come to
symbolize the immediacy for the need for gender equity
across the globe.
For me, IWD is a day to give thanks for all the strong
women who came before me and who have made my
journey through life that much easier. Within my own
family, while there is no dearth of strong women, the two
women I thank this year are my paternal grandmother and
my mother- in-law. My grandmother was a poor,
uneducated slip of a 16 year-old girl when she married my
grandfather, a man several years her senior. My
grandfather who was then the Commissioner of Health in
British India, hired a private tutor to home-school her and
to teach her English. My grandmother was a quick study
and in no time at all had mastered the rudiments of a high
school education. In later years, when she accompanied
my grandfather on his frequent trips to the Court of St.
James, she chose to speak in English when she spoke
compellingly about the need for India’s independence.
My mother-in-law also grew up in British India. One day
while she was a medical student in Bombay she saw an
English policeman harassing a group of Indian boys.
Without so much as a thought to her own safety, she
strode towards the policeman and brandished her umbrella
in his face. I’m not quite sure if it was the policeman’s
utter surprise or just his common sense that made him
walk away without a word.
The bravery, intelligence and actions of both women have
left indelible marks on my soul that guide me everyday.
So, who will you thank this International Women’s Day?
Who was the woman who shaped your character,
encouraged you to take calculated risks, and dreamt a
wonderful dream for you? If you know who she is, give
thanks for her strength. If you do not quite know who to
thank, take this opportunity to discover the stories of your
mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers, to better
understand their lives and their challenges. I’m willing to
bet that you too will find legacies of greatness.
“When you cease to make a contribution, you
begin to die." ... Eleanor Roosevelt
Cathy Lane, Interest Group Coordinator, *229-1036*
This a series of columns that will give us the news of
“What’s Happening” in our Interest Groups.
I pleased to announce that we have a new Interest
Group that will be starting in March. “Movie Night” will
be meeting the second Monday of each month.
Director, Sue Osterhoudt and Producer Kim Butwell will
be coordinating the group. Movie Night members will
view a movie in the Hyde Park or Upstate Films areas
and then meet afterwards for guided discussion. Sue
will be the contact person: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kim will be doing the planning and discussion. People
who wish to participate should contact Sue. Sue will
then email members the Thursday before the meeting
night to let people know the movie selection, the
meeting place and where the discussion will be held. If
interested, please contact Sue.
ELEANOR (ELLIE) CHARWAT
Ellie is a native of Poughkeepsie, where she attended
the Poughkeepsie Day School and Poughkeepsie High
School. After graduation from Cornell University where
Ellie majored in government, she went to Washington,
D.C. to work for President Kennedy’s Committee on
Juvenile Delinquency and later for Howard University.
She has always had an interest in international affairs.
Ellie met her husband, Martin, in Puerto Rico, working
for the U.S. Agency for International Development on a
youth training project. They then lived in Brazil for four
years where Ellie taught English and Martin was cultural
attaché with the U.S. Information Agency.
Returning to Poughkeepsie in 1975, Ellie and Martin
raised two children and Ellie got involved in many
community organizations: the League of Women
Voters, Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill, United
Way, the Arlington Rotary Club, Literacy Volunteers,
Oakwood Friends School, the Dutchess County
Historical Society and the Poughkeepsie Public Library
District. Ellie worked at Marist College for 13 years as
head of the School of Adult Education and taught
political science as an adjunct faculty member. She
also served two terms on the Poughkeepsie Town
Ellie has received several awards in recognition for her
The Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill medal in 2002
Woman of the Year by American Association of
University Women in 2004
New York State Woman of Distinction in 2005
New Horizons Community Leader recognition (with her
husband, Martin) in 2007
Mary Coiteux *226-8275* email@example.com
An expression of admiration for someone's achievement or
contribution and our acknowledgment for it.
"Hats Off" to Margaret White who has been named a
2011 Black Achiever. The award is presented each year
for outstanding service to the community and is given to
those who has been instrumental in creating positive
change. The award program took place at the Beulah
Baptist Church on Feb 27, 2011 at 4:00 pm.
The Rev. Jesse V. Bottoms, Pastor, had this to say about
Margaret. “Her contributions have caused the quality of
life in our community to be so much richer. Some people
wonder what's happening. Some watch what's happening.
Margaret White makes things happen.”
Dear Board Members,
I wish to thank you for the honor of sponsoring an
Educational Opportunities Fund (EOF) Scholarship in
my name. To be recognized in this way by a group of
awesome, inspiring, talented, wonderful, intelligent,
caring women is truly humbling.
Being a member of the Poughkeepsie Branch of AAUW
has been, and will continue to be, a very important part
of my life.
Thank you for helping me to learn and grow and
embrace new challenges with an outstanding cadre of
SAVE THE DATE- May 22, 2011
In the midst of this unusually severe winter, let us look
forward to warm, sunny times and the concert that is
planned for Sunday afternoon, May 22, 2011 at the
Howland Cultural Center in Beacon.
Paulette Siebert, soprano, one of our members, a soloist
with Cappella Festiva and Zion Episcopal Church and Ed
Loizides, pianist, will present a program of classical piano
works, arias, spirituals and more.
A reception featuring tasty, savory delights will conclude
this Spring afternoon. Mark you calendars now!!
Questions: Margaret Prescott (462-5363).
HUDSON VALLEY PHILHARMONIC
STRING COMPETITION: March 12 - 13
The annual Hudson Valley Philharmonic String
Competition will be held at Skinner Hall on the Vassar
College campus on Saturday and Sunday, March 12- 13.
Approximately 25 college age conservatory students
compete for cash prizes and the opportunity to perform as
soloist with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic the following
season. This string competition gives the public a rare
opportunity to hear, see and support some of the best
young violinists, cellists, and violists in the world before
their careers have even begun.
The first round is Saturday 9 am to 5 pm with each
competitor playing brief selections from the required
repertoire; the semi-final round is Sunday 10 am - 12 pm.
The final round is Sunday, starting at 3 pm, with the three
finalists each playing a concerto at the recital. A reception
will follow. There is no admission charge and the
competition is open to the public.
The competition, begun in 1966, has always attracted
some of the finest conservatory string players in the world.
Many former winners have gone on to illustrious classical
The prize includes a $3,000 First Prize and a solo
performance with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic (HVP).
At the November 2010 HVP concert, the String
Competition's 2010 winner, cellist Dahae Kim, received a
standing ovation for her exceptional performance.
AAUW members Barbara Van Itallie, Ginny Swartz and
Miriam Zimet Aaron are actively involved in organizing this
competition. For more information contact Barbara at
462-3924 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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expense of publishing The Branch. All patrons and
sponsors are listed in each monthly newsletter unless
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Sponsors ($10 or more)
Marion Effron Ruth Gau Gloria Gibbs
Sandra Goldberg Vicki Greenburg Mildred Jones Peggy
Lombardi Catherine Pété Terry Schneider
To add your name to the list, mail a check payable:
“Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW, Inc.” to Margaret Nijhuis, 9
McAllister Drive, Pleasant Valley, NY 12569
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∙ March 8 celebrates the 100th anniversary of
“International Women's Day.” A walk across the
Walkway over the Hudson in commemoration of
International Women's Day is being sponsored by the
Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce
(DCRCOC) on that day beginning at 3 pm for
registration, walk begins at 4 pm .
“International Women’s Day,” is both a celebration of
women around the world, and an opportunity to educate
people about the plight of women in other countries.
Under the auspices of the DCRCOC's Women's
Leadership Alliance, this day will be commemorated
here in the Hudson Valley by a solidarity walk across
the Walkway over the Hudson. Prior to our walk across
the bridge, we will offer an educational and inspirational
program for all attendees. Registration is suggested,
and the first 500 walkers will also receive a
commemorative gift. You may register at
http://www.dutchesscountyregionalchamber.org/WLA/home.php?id=15. You may also call Gloria Cukar (454-1700) or email Gloria@dcrcoc.org or just come to the
event by 3 pm.
This is a great chance to help Dutchess County
residents become aware of the needs of women
throughout the world. Hope to see you there!
∙ President Eisenhower's 1956 campaign called for
expansion of Social Security, broadened unemployment
insurance, better health protection for all of our people.
It called for expanding the minimum wage to cover
more workers. It called for improved job safety for
workers, equal pay for workers regardless of gender.
From the 1956 platform: We shall ever build anew,
that our children and their children, without distinction
because of race, creed or color, may know the
blessings of our free land.
We are proud of and shall continue our far-reaching
and sound advances in matters of basic human needs:
expansion of social security, broadened coverage in
unemployment insurance, improved housing and better
health protection for all our people. We are determined
that our government remain warmly responsive to the
urgent social and economic problems of our people.
Eisenhower said, “Labor is the United States. The men
and women, who with their minds, their hearts and
hands, create the wealth that is shared in this country,
they are America.”
So, what happened?
Remember to keep in touch with your representatives.
Let them know where you stand on bills which can have
an affect on everyone. If you're not receiving AAUW's
Action Network information, connect below:
ART ON THE GO
A Visit the Samuel Dorski Museum
Mary Coiteux *226-8275* firstname.lastname@example.org
On Friday, March 18, 2011 at 11:30 am, Art on the Go is
visiting the Samuel Dorski Museum in New Paltz. This
self-conducted tour includes:
"Binary Visions: 19th Century Woven Coverlets from
the Collection of Historic Huguenot Street." This
exhibition, selected from the extensive textile collections
at Historic Huguenot Street, will feature thirty coverlets
woven from cotton and wool on water-powered looms in
small factories across the Mid-Hudson Valley during the
first half of the 19th century.
"The Illustrious Mr. X: Museum Collection as
Character Study." This exhibition endeavors to provide
an alternative perspective on the museum's permanent
collection by employing the conceit of personification. The
exhibition will gather thematic groups of objects, each of
which will serve to bear the weight of representing a facet
of a fictional life.
"Thoughts of Home: Photographs from the Center for
Photography at Woodstock Permanent Collection.”
This exhibition will display photographs from the
permanent collection of the Center for Photography at
Woodstock,on extended loan to the museum, in a visual
investigation of beauty, personal narrative, and memory.
We will meet at the Museum at 11:30 am. There is a
$5.00 entrance fee. After our visit, those wishing to stay
in New Paltz for lunch can go to one of the many fine
eating establishments in town. We invite interested
members to join us. Please RSVP to Norma DePalma
Dee Jakobsen *223-5171* email@example.com
Have you ever wanted to test your skills at spelling? I
know a few people out there who are really
fantastic spellers...the ones who always correct your
Please join us for our 20th Annual Spelling Bee to be held
at Marist College on March 15. It starts about 8:45 am
and ends around noon.
I volunteer at Literacy and I am just amazed every year by
the talent we have. But many people don't know about it.
So, now you do, and we hope you will grab a partner
(teams of 2) and join us!! Call Literacy Connections at
452-8670 for information and to sign up.
Barbara Mindel has been a contestant for years and has
even tied for first place. If anyone is interested in a
partner, call her at 485-8018.
The work that Literacy does is so important to our
community and we want to keep it up and running.
JOHN PIELMEIER, SCREEN WRITER,
TO SPEAK AT THE WRITERS’ TEA
Mary Coiteux *226-8275* firstname.lastname@example.org
April 10, 2011
3:00 - 7:00 pm
Dutchess Golf and Country Club
7 Hamlet Court, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
Questions: 845/297-9360 or email@example.com
John Pielmeier, playwright and screenwriter, began his
career as an actor working at Actors Theatre of
Louisville, the Guthrie Theater, Milwaukee Rep, Alaska
Rep, Baltimore’s Center Stage, and the Eugene O’Neill
National Playwrights’ Conference. It was at the O’Neill
that his play “Agnes of God” was first staged. A
co-winner of the Great American Play contest, “Agnes”
premiered professionally at Actors Theatre of Louisville.
After “Agnes of God,” Mr. Pielmeier stopped acting
except for occasional parts in order to put all of his
efforts into his writing. The topic of his talk will be about
his screenplay, “Agnes of God”. It was nominated for
various Oscars, including Best Supporting Actress. He
says that the adaptation of “Agnes of God” from play to
screen play was thrilling but presented two major
challenges: developing the location and the monologs
showing the characters’ development.
John Pielmier has written many movies for television and
received a Christopher Award, the Humanitas Award,
and a Writers Guild of America (WGA) nomination for
Best Teleplay. He received a Honorary Doctorate of
Humane Letters from St. Edward’s University in Austin,
Texas for his television movie “Choices of the Heart”
about American missionaries who were murdered in El
Salvador. Another notable television movie was “The
Memory Keeper’s Daughter” receiving a WGA
nomination for Best Adapted Teleplay and an Emmy
nomination for Best Television Movie.
Writers’ Tea invitations have been sent by email and
attached to this newsletter. If you have trouble receiving
your copy, please call (635-8612) or email
NijhuisMJ@gmail.com. Please join us for our amazing
annual Writers' Tea. You are certain to enjoy the
afternoon as you meet three Hudson Valley authors, view
wonderful craft items, sip tea and taste delightful goodies.
Last year we had capacity attendance so send in your
This event is open to the public and we hope that you will
forward the invitation to friends and family and invite them
to share the afternoon with you.
CONVENTION APRIL 15-17, 2011
Peggy Kelland, AAUW-NYS, V.P. Program
It's not too late to register (deadline March 15, 2011) for the
New York State AAUW convention at the Glen Cove
Mansion, Glen Cove, Long Island April 15-17, 2011.
Convention is not just for branch officers, but for all
members. This lovely manor house from the era of “The
Great Gatsby” will be the setting for a weekend of informative
and inspirational speakers.
We're welcoming National AAUW President Carolyn Garfein
back to the state of her birth and also hearing Legal
Advocacy Fund (LAF) Program Director Holly Kearl and
Educational Opportunities Fund (EOF) recipient Amrita Bahl.
The public policy panel will be two women bankruptcy
judges, Dorothy Eisenberg and Melanie Cyganowski.
There will be a choice of workshops: “Achieving Pay Equity
Through Gender Awareness” with Fran Madaglia and Laurel
Parker West, is an analysis of the present day status of
women's pay equity, it's effect on achieving long-term
economic security, and what the future holds for young
women entering the workforce. “Girls in 3-D” with Dennis and
Ellen Wright demonstrates a course for girls to learn spatial
awareness, leading to higher achievement in math and
science. “Fair Trade” with Cecilia Dinio-Durkin
(Poughkeepsie Branch member) illustrates a way for women
to achieve sustainability and a future for themselves, their
children, and their communities. “Surviving the Ordeal” with
Natalie Naylor tells about the lives of Long Island women
during the Revolutionary War.
Another choice will be between a presentation on “Losing
Your Addiction to Sugar” with Natalie Schneider, and an
introduction to Zumba with Linh Thanh Le. On Sunday we
will hear from two New York State members who went on
AAUW delegations to Cuba (Melissa Guardaro) and Israel
Throughout the weekend you will have the opportunity to
meet and share with the always interesting AAUW members
from around the state. Go to www.AAUW-NYS.org and click
on “convention,” or ask your branch president (Geeta Desai -
297-7589) for the forms. The deadline is March 15, but late
registration for an additional fee is possible as long as space
Peggy Kelland (297-0507) is also a member of
Poughkeepsie Branch and will be happy to answer any
questions. Mary Lou Davis, AAUW-NYS Convention
Director (223-5544), and Bergie Lebovitch, AAUW-NYS
Membership VP (298-4045) are members of our branch.
Give them your support and come to Long Island!!!
DORIS WALKS FOR EOF!!
Doris Kelly, (229-5369) or firstname.lastname@example.org
is planning to walk at the convention to raise
funds for the Educational Opportunities
Fund (EOF). Our branch will receive credit
for all funds she raises so give her your
support and become a sponsor. Every dollar
LIVE YOUR DREAM GIRLS’
to create and facilitate
50 minute workshops
for middle school girls
“Live Your Dream Girls Conference” Fall 2011
The conference mission:
To provide a forum for girls from diverse
backgrounds that will promote sisterhood, foster
healthy decision-making, nurture a vision for the
future and strengthen each girl’s confidence.
Our goals are to inspire girls to be strong and
smart; shape character at a critical age; encourage
empathy and courage; develop leadership qualities;
help girls develop strategies to deal with difficult
situations, and provide girls with resources and role
BE A CONVENTION DELEGATE!
Would you like to represent Poughkeepsie
Branch AAUW as a delegate at the AAUW-NYS
Convention, April 15 - 17 (see the first column
for details)? If so, contact Geeta Desai (297-7589). You will have the chance to vote on
officers, convention business and other issues
that come before the convention.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE:
EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FUND
Geeta Desai *297-7589* email@example.com
Every year, our Branch renews its commitment to helping
women access quality education. One way in which we do
this is by contributing to the national AAUW Educational
Opportunities Fund (EOF). The EOF is one of the world's
largest sources of funding for graduate women, and provides
more than $3 million for more than 200 fellowships and
grants to outstanding women every year. Since 1888, the
EOF has been instrumental in the academic and career
successes of over 10,000 women across the globe.
Each year we name the scholarships that we contribute
towards after deserving members to honor their work in the
Branch. This year’s honorees are: Linda Beyer, Pat Luczai,
Sue Osterhoudt, Gwen Higgins, Carol Loizides, Eleanor
Skov (in memoriam). Each woman in her own way has
made a positive difference to our organization.
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
Secretary Virginia Marcus 223-5246
Treasurer Barbara Van Itallie 462-3924
Assistant Treasurer Elizabeth Moesel 896-9426
Association website: www.aauw.org
NY State website: www.aauw-nys.org
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
this organization 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, NijhuisMJ@gmail.com
The paths that these women took within the Branch may
have been dissimilar but ultimately each woman felt the
urgency to serve in a leadership position with the
organization and to make a greater commitment to the cause
of gender equity. When they first joined, Pat (a
second-generation member) and Sue liked the idea of being
in a Book Club. Carol, with two small children yearned for
intellectual stimulation and Gwen, Linda and Eleanor wanted
to be with like-minded women. In time, Linda would become
President of the Branch, Pat would serve as Legal
Advocacy Chair, Program VP and EOF Co-VP, Sue, as
Membership VP and Program Co-VP, Gwen would
become indispensable to the Girls’ Conference, Carol
would rise to the challenge of serving as Treasurer and
Eleanor would become a beloved leader who led by
All of these honorees hope that women in the 21st century
will together move towards equity in education, income and
self- sufficiency. All of them believe that AAUW’s mission of
gender equity through education, advocacy, research and
philanthropy can help our Branch members become
instruments of change that support women in societies here
at home and around the globe.
The Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW applauds the hard work
and vision of these exemplary women. As EOF honorees,
they lead the way in encouraging all AAUW members to
make a difference in the fight for gender equity. Sadly, on
August 18, 2010, we lost our friend Eleanor Skov but her
generosity of spirit and optimism continue to inspire us all.
LIVE YOUR DREAM GIRLS’
WANTED: Good Women to keep the Girls’
Marcine Humphrey *485-7697*
It is time to start thinking ahead to the 6th “Live Your
Dream Girls’ Conference.” You may have been
involved before and want to contribute again. You
may wish you had been a part of the conference, and
not had time, or you may be a new member looking
for a great experience.
I will review the past events, we can share ideas for
the next conference and begin to move this project
Information and Planning Meeting on March 29th.
If you can attend contact Marcine (845/485-7697).
We will meet in the early evening at St John’s Church
or my house depending on numbers. If you cannot
attend the meeting, but want to be involved, please
call me so you can be added to my “list!”
Poughkeepsie Branch of the American Association of University Women, Inc.
April 10, 2011
3:00 – 7:00 pm
Dutchess Golf and Country Club
(Route 9, Poughkeepsie – more details at www.aauwpoughkeepsie.org)
Meet three Hudson Valley authors who will share stories from their books, scripts and their lives.
Harvey Keyes Flad
Main Street to Main Frame:
Landscape and Social Change
Divas on Screen: Black
Women in American Film
Agnes of God, Screen Play
We will be welcomed with champagne and chilled hors d' oeuvres as we arrive and browse the silent auction
items. Accompanying the authors’ presentations will be tableside service of assorted tea sandwiches,
mini pastries and a selection of teas.
Silent Auction of handcrafts and services
Reservations [Deadline: April 1, 2011]
A literary benefit for the AAUW Scholarships Funds and Community Initiatives and Events
Name ____________________________________________________ Phone __________________
If you are making reservations for more than one person, please list all other names on the back.
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 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Poughkeepsie Branch of the AAUW, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that works to advance equity for women
and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. www.aauwpoughkeepsie.org