The Branch

Poughkeepsie Branch of the

American Association of University Women, Inc.

P.O. Box 1908, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603


Volume 24, Number 9                           Our 56th year of publication.               May 2011



Online Calendar at

2     Word Games: 2:00 pm

       Hostess: Sherry Hudes (462-0220)

       Call hostess if you plan to attend.

       Coordinator: Eleanor Aronstein (462-6452)

2     Diversity Initiative: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

       Movie: “Everybody loves...BABIES”

       Adriance Memorial Library

       All invited, see page 3.

       Reservations: Marjorie Krems (473-3580)

4     Board Meeting: 7:00 pm

Hostess: Diana Gleeson (229-8458)

5     Gourmet: Out & About: 6:30 pm

       The Local, Rhinebeck

Contact: Jeanette Cantwell (452-4188)

6     Art on the Go: 7:00 pm

       Reception for Art on the Go Members’ Show

       East Fishkill Library, Hopewell Jct.

       All Invited!! See page 4.

       Coordinator: Mary Coiteux (226-8275)

9     Movie Night: around 7:00 pm

Movie: Group members will be notified the Thursday before - be sure to sign up with Sue.

       Discussion: Eveready Diner, Rt. 9, Hyde Park

       Director: Susan Osterhoudt (889-4469)

       Producer: Kim Butwell

10   Membership Meeting - Annual Dinner 

10   “The Branch” deadline for June. 

All Interest Groups & Community Outreach Programs should submit any summer plans. The newsletter is not published is July and August.

11   Aventures en Soleil: 11:00 am

Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery

       Reservations: Peggy Lombardi (635-9091)

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

13  Daytime Literature: 10:00 am

       Book: Loving Frank

       by Nancy Horan

Location: Manor at Woodside

       Call one of the coordinators for details.

Coordinators: Diana Gleeson (229-8458)

              & Tiz Hanson (229-9394)


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ANNUAL MEETING                       


Coming to AmericA A U W


“The oneness of human beings is the basic ethical thread that holds us together.

- Muhammad Yunus


May 10, 2011

Cash Bar 6:00 pm Dinner 6:30 pm


155 Wilbur Blvd., Poughkeepsie, NY 12603


Cost: $40.00 (this is the cost of the meal)


Make checks payable “Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW, Inc.”

Mail to: Diana Gleeson

15 Robert Drive, Hyde Park, NY 12538


Reservations deadline: May 4, 2011 (no refunds after May 4).


Questions: Diana Gleeson, or 845/229-8458


Our “guests” from around the world:


Geeta Desai, Cecilia Dinio-Durkin

Erika Kastel, Wendy Maragh Taylor


Come and listen to the poignant, hilarious, thoughtful, always entertaining stories of your fellow members as they take you on their journeys from the countries of their birth to a magical, mythical place called Poughkeepsie.


Replete with costumes, music, carefully-chosen-words and pageantry, this performance piece defies the imagination and is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seats all evening


Performance is limited to one evening only, before our troupe of merry actresses leave for destinations unknown.


Come for the entertainment and the education in all things international. Come because you want to say you were there at the evening of all evenings!


“My life is my message.” - Mahatma Ghandi

 Other highlights of the evening:

• Elect and install new officers (Vice Presidents and Assistant Treasurer)

• Introduce our new website

• Introduce our named Educational Opportunities Fund scholarship honorees

       (See The Branch, March 2011)

• Announce Membership Awards!

Collect stuffed animals for “Leading to Reading.” See below.

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14   Bridge For Beginners: 10:00 am

       Hostess: Betsy Vivas (485-2379)

       Please response to coordinators (y/n).

       Coordinators: Donna Reichner Mintz &

               Betsy Vivas (485-2379)

14   Trekkers: 8:00 am - Rt. 9, left of S&S, Pok.

       Central Park Walk and Lunch NYC

       Organizer: Karen Haynes (297-5700)

       Coordinator: Karen Haynes (297-5700)

16   Manderley Literary Society: 7:30 pm

       Book: Little Bee

       by Chris Cheaves

       Hostess: Barbara Markell (758-9922)

       Coordinator: Ellie Burch (297-7828)

17   Cuisine: 6:30 pm

       Your Cooking Inspirations

       Reservations (limited) & Information:

       Pat Luczai

Hostess: Pat Aglietti (677-9485)

Coordinator: Barbara Van Itallie (462-3924)

18   Bridge I: 1:00 - 4:00 pm

       Hostess: Margaret Nijhuis (635-8612)

Coordinators: Linda Ronayne (897-9745)

              & Mary Ann Ryan (897-9679)

19   All those books...: 7:00 pm

          Book: Rashomon

       by Ryunosuke Akutagawa

Hostess: Cathy Lane (229-1036)

       Coordinator: Carol Loizides (452-3208)

21   Trekkers: 9:00 am - Meet Rt. 9, left of S&S, Pok.

       Shaupeneak Ridge Hike, Ulster County

       Organizer: Kathy Brown (486-4605)

       Coordinator: Karen Haynes (297-5700)

24   Professional Women’s Networking: 5:30-7:30 pm

       Social Networking, group discussion

       Coordinators: Kim Butwell &

             Jacqueline Goffe-McNish

25   Art on the Go: 10:00 am

Locust Grove - View art exhibit and gardens - weather permitting we will start work of our own.

       Coordinator: Mary Coiteux (226-8275)

25   Contemporary Literature: 7:30 pm

       Book: Breaking Night: A Memoir of...

       by Liz Murray

Hostess: Diane Closs (229-9438)

       Coordinator: Ann Wade (229-5267)

25   Mah Jongg: 1:00 - 4:00 pm

       Hostess: Mary-Jo Cottrell (635-5175) 

       Coordinator: Amy Schwed (462-2269)

January - March: Gerry DiPompei (635-2050)

26   Bridge II: 1:00 - 3:30 pm

       Uno, Brunch (12 noon), Lesson and Bridge ($15)

       Coordinators: Cathy Kinn &

              Janet White (462-6675)




June 2   Pins & Needles: 7:00 pm

       Planning Meeting 

       Hostess: Sue Osterhoudt (889-4469)

       Coordinators: Arlene Seligman (297-0006) &

              Jane Toll (463-2712)


Tee Off : See below.

Coordinators: Dorothy Evangelista (677-9046) &

               Linda Ronayne (897-9745)



Jun 8 Program Planning for 2011-12, St. John's

Jun 16-19 National AAUW Convention

       Information at

Oct 15 Barnes & Noble Day, sponsored by “Leading to Reading”

Oct 22 Woman of the Year, 12-3 pm Villa Borghese



Bergie Lebovitch *298-4045*


Dues renewal notices will be mailed shortly. Please look for them in the mail and return promptly.


Three free national memberships (a $49 value)

will be given in a raffle:

Send your dues in by May 10th and receive 3 chances to win.

Send your dues in by May 20th and receive 2 chances to win.

Send your dues in by May 30th and receive 1 chance to win.


Please be sure to fill in all information regarding changes in your location, phone or email! Don’t forget to return the member profile that will be included with the dues notice!



Mary Coiteux *226-8275*

An expression of admiration for someone's achievement or

contribution and our acknowledgment for it.


“Hats Off” to Wendy Maragh Taylor who recently received this note: "The editors at The Truth About The Fact: International Journal of Literary Nonfiction are pleased to accept your piece for the Spring 2011 Publication of the journal. We received over 300 submissions from the international literary community, including impressive narratives about life in South Africa, Sri Lanka, China, Canada, Great Britain and the United States. Your work was one of only 25 pieces selected.


We respect your commitment to your craft, and we are honored to have this wonderful piece published in our journal."


“Hats Off” to Eleanor (Ellie) Charwat who along with her husband, Martin, made possible the amazing photographic art installation by Michael Asbill at Adriance Memorial Library. It is located on the ground floor and was given in memory of Ellie parents, Nathaniel and Jeannne Loth. Do take the time to visit this exhibit which is entitled “Poughkeepsie: Then and Now” - you will be enthralled.


Geeta Desai *297-7589 *


AAUW’s 2011 Writers’ Tea was an unambivalent success. We have raised over $7000 enabling us once again to underwrite our local and national scholarships and many of our community outreach programs.


The Tea, however, was so much more than just a fundraiser: it was a spot of brilliant sunshine on an otherwise overcast Spring day. It was the perfect confluence of intellectual inquiry, food, fun and good works. For those of you who couldn’t make it to this year’s Tea, here are my impressions. Hopefully, these will inspire you to attend next year’s event:


All three authors held the audience in rapt attention. Harvey Flad who spoke first, read excerpts from his book and took us on a historical tour of the growth, decline, and revitalization of Poughkeepsie. With his book Mainstreet to Mainframes, he brought to life the story of Poughkeepsie’s transformation over the past three centuries and gave us an insight into the emerging immigrant communities. Mia Mask’s Divas on Screen, described African American women actresses in historical contexts by examining the sustaining star – power of Pam Grier. Through Dorothy Dandridge's sexualized role in certain films, Mia showed us the contradictory thinking regarding race and sexuality in segregation-era American culture. John Pielmeier was simply delightful as he spoke to us about his journey to becoming an Oscar-winning screen- writer. He was humorous and thoughtful and embodied the classic American success story. We will wait breathlessly for his next screen play “World Without End.”


The silent auction showcased the talents of many, many AAUW members, all of whom had given generously of their own time and funds to create items that dazzled the eye of the beholder. I have no doubt that the meticulously hand-made, stunningly clever auction items will bring joy to their new owners for many years to come. I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to each member who contributed items to the auction.


That being said, I will tell you what impressed me the most was the collective work that made this Tea singularly successful. It truly is a testament to what we can achieve when we work together, complementing each others’ strengths, thinking creatively, recognizing each others’ shortfalls, taking up the slack and focusing on a worthy goal. Bravo to co-chairs Lula Allen and Linda Beyer and your wonderful team!


Finally, it would be remiss of me if I did not mention two other groups. The string quartet of Arlington high-schoolers was incredibly talented. They played their hearts out during the busiest time of the afternoon and maintained their focus in spite of the ambient noise and milling about of 200 people. See page 7. I would also like to thank those AAUW members who made an enormous effort to invite and cajole




their friends, family and associates to attend the Tea. We know that getting people to attend an event is as important as planning one. Their efforts paid off. We had one hundred and ninety-five attendees.


Once again, congratulations to one and all. Your efforts and hard work have enriched us all.



The Website Committee: Cyd Averill (chair), Mary Coiteux, Geeta Desai, Mary King, Margaret Nijhuis, and Joanne Scolaro


We hope that all of you have taken the time to go to our new website

(same name)!!


It is a beautiful sight or site - whichever you choose to think!


We owe a great deal of appreciation and gratitude to Mary and Dave King. They have not only saved our branch thousands of dollars, they have taken care of everything we have asked for. If we wanted something changed it was done immediately. We have exactly what we asked for. Mary is a long time member of Poughkeepsie AAUW who now lives in upstate New York but remains a member of our board as webmaster.


They have provided the means for those of us who are not so talented as they are technologically to be able to update and add pages to this wonderful new site. There are still many things we have to depend on Mary to do for us but at least we can now be of help.


Please take the time to go through the site and come to the Annual Meeting on May 10th to say thank you to Mary and Dave who will be in attendance.



Marjorie Krems *473-3580*


AAUW’s Diversity Committee is happy to announce the showing of the movie “Everybody loves…BABIES,” taking place at the Adriance Memorial Library on May 2, 2011. We will gather between 6:00 and 8:00 pm in the Charwat Meeting Room on the ground floor of the Adriance Library. Light refreshments will be provided.


“BABIES” provides a cross-cultural view of unique but very similar childrearing practices from around the world. “Sure to put a smile on your face and a warm feeling in your heart, it’s the film that critics and audiences agree could be the feel-good movie of the decade!” (Moviefone)


Please join us for this illuminating and heartwarming movie…one hour and 19 minutes in length. A maximum of 30 people can be accommodated. To reserve a seat, please call Marjorie Krems at 473-3580.


Editor’s note: Come a few minutes early to view the art work mentioned on page 2...“Hats Off.” 




You are cordially invited to:


 “ART ON THE GO” A Group Exhibition  


Friday, May 6, 2011, 7:00 pm

Art Opening


East Fishkill Library

Rte 376, Hopewell Junction


The exhibition remains up through the month of May


Theme: In this Moment


Exhibiting Members:

Each member has a passion for art, for education, and for influencing others in a positive way.

Ellie Burch: SUNY New Paltz

Mary Coiteux: SUNY New Paltz

Karleen Dorn: SUNY New Paltz

Norma DePalma: SUNY New Paltz, Coll. of New Rochelle

Carol Loizides: SUNY New Paltz

Carol Mastropietro: SUNY New Paltz, Western Conn.


More details on the website, select Programs/Annual Events/Cultural Events.



Calling all Golfers!!!

Linda Ronayne *897-9745*  


If anyone is interested in playing golf this season please notify Dorothy Evangelista or Linda Ronayne. In the past two years, we have not had much interest for various reasons, however that may have changed. Both of us are unable to play for health reasons so we will need new coordinators if the group is to function. Coordinating is very easy, requires very little time and effort and we would be happy to help get it started. It was really a fun group when we played and I think golfers would enjoy the camaraderie that this interest group provides. Please let us know your interest.


Dorothy Evangelista, 677-9046,

Linda Ronayne, 897-9745,



Betty Harrel*462-2141*


The board recently approved a donation to the “Leading to Reading” project. A portion of the money earned at last year’s Writers’ Tea was earmarked for community outreach programs. The money was used to purchase big books for pre-school classrooms, string bags for reading kits in several inner city centers, and books for a rural and migrant worker summer program. The materials will be distributed in May and June to children involved in these diverse programs.




Celebrating World Fair Trade Day with Fair Trade Food, Fashion, and Fun for the Whole Family


Saturday, May 7

11am - 4 pm


Collins Library, Oakwood Friends School

22 Spackenkill Rd, Poughkeepsie


My Sister’s Keeper, Community Outreach Program of AAUW, is a sponsor of this event.


Some of the activities that will be offered for your enjoyment:


Macallan Durkin, daughter of Cecilia Dinio-Durkin and a high school sophomore, talks about the start of her nonprofit and how to make a difference

Community Library of Madagascar - Sue Osterhoudt (AAUW)

Fair Trade Marketplace - Cecilia Dinio-Durkin (AAUW)

Fair Trade Fashion Show

Bake Off

“My Fair Lady - Mother’s Day Exhibition” from Kenya

Fair Trade Food Court - coffee, teas, chocolates and other food using Fair Trade Ingredients.

Much, much more...


Questions: Cecilia (845/581-2713)




Wendy Maragh Taylor & Sherre Wesley, Coordinators


1) You asked for it and we're giving it you: ZUMBA is coming your way! Linda Thomas is a certified ZUMBA instructor who will be offering this private class for AAUW members. It will be held on Thursday, April 28th, 6:30pm at Estelle and Alphonse on Route 9 in Fishkill (next to Splashdown). The fee is $7.00 per person. Space is limited; please RSVP by Monday, 4/18 to Verna Carr or leave an RSVP message for Verna at 297-6082. If after 4/18, call to check for cancellations.


Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes and sneakers. Bring water and a towel, because you will perspire. The class is an hour and you work at your own pace. This is a low-impact, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired dance fitness-party that keeps you in the groove of life. It is best suited for the active baby boomers and the non active beginners. You can burn over 500 calories per class. A sense of humor and an interest in learning about another culture is a must.


2) We're not done yet: Join us for "Wokking with Norma," our Fun at Five activity on Thursday, June 9nd, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm, location to be announced. Norma presents demonstrations and programs on Chinese cuisine and culture. Her presentations incorporate various aspects of healthful living including nutritious food preparation, gardening, and a positive awareness of Chinese customs and culture. Norma believes that cooking should be fun and that the food we prepare should not only be good for you, but should look and taste good too. The fee is $7.95 per person. Space is limited; please RSVP by Thursday, 6/2 to Susan Htoo



Betty Harrel*462-2141*


Volunteers in the Leading to Reading project are being asked to purchase a SMALL (8”-10”) stuffed animal for our Fuzzy Friend kits. These packets include two books, simple craft activities, and a stuffed animal to cuddle. In the past, they have been donated to the emergency shelter and are earmarked for children who have gone through stressful situations. They will be collected at the annual dinner and at our work sessions at the Manor at Woodside.


Stuffed animal donations from any AAUW member are always welcome! Please consider giving a child something warm and friendly to cherish.



Betty Harrel*462-2141*


Our community initiatives are thriving! The Girls’ Conference recently held a reunion which focused on math activities, and plans are underway for the 2011 conference in early November at Dutchess Community College. The Thinking Globally, Acting Locally project is off to a good start and is currently seeking additional community partners, see below...New Council. The Domestic Violence program has been holding training sessions for court watchers and an enthusiastic group of volunteers will soon be ready to start their work. Leading to Reading has expanded to several new centers and will be holding a Children’s Book Week celebration in May. My Sister’s Keeper has held several special events and is continuing to look at worldwide women’s issues, see above. The Diversity Initiative has screened movies on issues that bring out discussion of culture and diversity. They also are presenting "Fun at Five," events to invite members to enjoy and celebrate diverse lives and cultures, see two articles above.


All these programs have helped AAUW to address community needs. Your support is GREATLY appreciated!


Supporters of The Branch!!


Patrons ($25 or more)

  Catherine Albanese Lula Allen Mary G. Bagley

Joan Cordani Joan Fay Betty Harrel Irene Keyes

Leola Mason Jean Miller Lila Mitchell

Ellenora Oberhofer Jacqueline Prusak Esther Reisman Margaret Ruggeri Sarah Shouse

Phyllis Teasdale Mary Louise Van Winkle

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




Doris Kelly


Issues of pay equity, discrimination, protection of social security, and women’s health issues are AAUW concerns.


Please complete and mail to:

Doris Kelly, 7 Susan Court, Hyde Park, NY 12538


1.    Do you receive email updates with AAUW Public Policy and Advocacy?_________

If NO, would you like to receive the AAUW Public Policy and Advocacy email?______


2.    Have you used the Two-Minute Activist online?______

If not, would you like to?_____


3.    Have you contacted your local representative on any of the AAUW issues?

 County Legislator____ County Executive____ Assemblyman_____ State Senator_____ Governor Cuomo_____

How have you contacted your representatives?

Telephone____, email____, letter____, personal contact___


4.    Have you contacted your Federal representatives on any of the AAUW issues?

Senator Gillibrand_____ Senator Schumer____

Your Representative in Congress_____

How have you contacted your representative?

Telephone____, email____, letter____, personal contact___


5.    Do you read the Public Policy article in the Branch?_____


6.    Would you like to have information on lobbying your representatives?_____

Would you like to be part of a group receiving petitions addressing AAUW mission issues?_______


7.    Would you like to help register voters?_____


8.    What other information would you like about AAUW Public Policy? (List and explain)









Please sign:_____________________________________


This questionnaire is also available on our website at - see the link on the home page.


2011-2012 Budget     GENERAL FUNDS  

                          Budget                   Projected               Proposed

                                2010-2011              2010-2011 2011-2012


Dues                       20475                      24144                      27846

Investments            160                          120                          120

NYS Awards          115                          15                            50

Undesignated Contri 0                           530                          500

Revenue Sp.Events 2320                      7000                        7000

Other                      0                              0                              0

Total                                                       31809                      35516


Dues                       16107                      17860                      22134

Administration        450                          170                          250

Sunshine Fund        100                          50                            50

Monthly Meetings 1100                         650                          800

Membership           515                          700                          750

Website Hosting     200                          50                            50

Directory                350                          600                          700

Convention             450                          450                          450

Awards/Gifts          100                          150                          100

Insurance                278                          1095                        1200

Historian                 20                            0                              20

Other                      0                              130                          100

   Subtotal                                                21905                      26604


   DCC Endowment                                 1750                        1750

   Scholarships and EOF                          1750                        1750

   Community projects 2320                  3500                        3500

Total Expenses                                       28905                      33604

        Difference                                       2904                        1912


Budget 2011-12     Dedicated Funds   

                                                Predicted Actuals  Proposed Budget

                                                by June30, 2011     7/1/11-6/30/12


Carry-over from previous year               1847                        1491

Contributions & Service Revenue          40 

From General Fund                                604                          600

Total Income                                          2491                        2091

Total Expenses                                       1000                        1000


Carry-over from previous year               1747                        0

Contributions & Service Revenue                                          50

From General Fund                                1000                        1150

Total Income                                          2747                        1200

Total Expenses                                       2747                        2500

DCC Endowment 

Carry-over from previous year               3650                        7329

Contributions & Service Revenue          2075 

From General Fund                                1604                        1750

Total Income                                          7329                        9079

Total Expenses                                       0                              9079

Leading to Reading 

Carry-over from previous year               926                          751

Contributions & Service Revenue          275                          250

From General Fund                                1020 

Total Income                                          2221                        1001

Total Expenses                                       1470 

Girls' Conference 

Carry-over from previous year               515                          594

Contributions & Service Revenue          2579                        2500

From General Fund                                1000 

Total Income                                          4094                        3094

Total Expenses                                       3500 

                                                                Actual    Proposed


Carry-over from previous year               1802        1759

Contributions & Service Revenue                          0

From General Fund 

Total Income                                          1802        1759

Total Expenses                                       43 

Career, Compensation and You 

Carry-over from previous year               0              0

Contributions & Service Revenue          0              0

From General Fund                                0 

Total Income & Total Expenses             0              0

Let's Read Math 

Carry-over from previous year               59            59

Contributions & Service Revenue          0              0

From General Fund                                0 

Total Income                                          59            59

Total Expenses 


Carry-over from previous year               457          482

Contributions & Service Revenue          375          300

From General Fund                                0 

Total Income                                          832          782

Total Expenses                                       350 


Carry-over from previous year               126          99

Contributions & Service Revenue          412 

From General Fund 

Total Income                                          538          99

Total Expenses                                       439 


Carry-over from previous year               0              0

Contributions & Service Revenue          176          250

From General Fund                                250 

Total Income                                          426          250

Total Expenses                                                       426 

My Sister's Keeper                

Carry-over from previous year               0              325

Contributions & Service Revenue          325          325

From General Fund                                0 

Total Income                                          325          650

Total Expenses                                       0 

Domestic Violence (new)       

Carry-over from previous year                               -130

Contributions & Service Revenue 

From General Fund 

Total Income                                          0              -130

Total Expenses                                       130 

Think Globally Act Locally (new) 

Carry-over from previous year                               0

Contributions & Service Revenue                          0

From General Fund 

Total Income & Total Expenses             0              0

Health Care (new) 

Carry-over from previous year                               0

Contributions & Service Revenue                          0

From General Fund 

Total Income & Total Expenses             0              0


Carry-over from previous year               0              0

Contributions & Service Revenue          0              0

From General Fund                                0 

Total Income & Total Expenses             0              0



WHAT’S HAPPENING?                                         

Cathy Lane, Interest Group Coordinator, *229-1036*


I belong to several interest groups and each time I attend a meeting, I always leave having learned something new and see or hear people being kind to one another in so many ways. This month, I decided that rather than highlight one particular group, I would send out a query to the interest group coordinators to find out what their group does to make members, both new and seasoned, feel welcome. I was overwhelmed by the responses. Below is a sampling of the simple acts of kindness people do:


Word Games: Members make sure they provide rides to meetings for others who may not drive. They are always delighted to see new “Wordies” join.


Women Professional Networking: Members make introductions at each meeting and emails always suggest bringing a friend. They also invite members to present at meetings.


Bridge II: Members are always asked for input and suggestions. They also make efforts to socialize with everyone, reaching out to their quieter counterparts and new members. They don’t always sit at the same tables together so they get to play with different people each month.


Manderley: Members introduce themselves at every meeting and sometimes wear name tags. Before the book review begins, members are also invited to make any announcements they think might interest the group. New members are announced, either by the coordinator or the person who brought them.


Art on the Go: They are welcoming all members to their show on May 6th at the East Fishkill Library at Hopewell Junction. This will be an opportunity for us to view their creations, learn more about Art on the Go and socialize.


Pins and Needles: Anyone who shows an interest in Pins and Needles is kept in the loop through emails and announcements.




Members and friends who attended the Writers’ Tea on April 10th were greeted with the beautiful sound of the Kija String Quartet.


The members of the group: violins: Philip White and Joo-hyun Lee, viola: Stephen Cropp, and cello: Talija Kristapsens are all students at Arlington High School. We thank them for coming to share their outstanding talents with us.



Betty Harrel*462-2141*


A coalition of not-for-profit agencies was recently started in Dutchess County. Coordinated by Erika Kastel, the International Relations chair for our branch, the Bringing Agencies Together Council meets every other month to discuss current programs, share resources, and help member agencies fill specific needs. Betty Harrel, the Community Outreach Coordinator, serves as our representative.



Margaret Nijhuis, The Branch editor,


Many of us have received emails from NCCWSL - wait don’t delete until you have read the following!!!


NCCWSL (National Conference for College Women Student Leaders) is a fast-paced, two-and-a-half day conference, held each spring near Washington, DC, that addresses the needs of current and aspiring women student leaders.


For the past 26 years, more than 500 young women from across the country have gathered to take part in this unique event. Women students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership potential come together at NCCWSL for networking, story sharing, informative workshops, inspiring keynote speakers, and life-changing moments.


One of the highlight of the event is the Women of Distinction Awards ceremony and reception, which honors five women who have made significant contributions in their fields. These honorees range from familiar household names like journalist Connie Chung to those who work tirelessly behind the scenes like football coach Natalie Randolph.


AAUW’s involvement began in 2000 when they became the conference sponsor. In 2007, AAUW joined with NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) to sponsor the leadership conference. AAUW and NASPA partnered to build an event that took advantage of both organizations' strengths in advocacy and education. The NCCWSL Steering Committee has, throughout the history of the conference, remained a critical component to the conference's success. The source of this article is, more details are available there.

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

Association website:  

NY State website:


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, (635-8612).