The Branch

Poughkeepsie Branch of the

American Association of University Women, Inc.

P.O. Box 1908, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601


Broaden Your Borders





Volume 26, Number 2                  Our 57th year of publication                                           October  2012






 Online Calendar at


         1       Word Games: 2:00 pm

         Hostess:  Gloria Gibbs (454-7262)

         Coordinator:  Eleanor Aronstein (462-6452)

2        World Travelers: 7:00 pm

         Presentation: Antarctica, Jeanette Cantwell

         Coordinator: Jeanette Cantwell (452-4188)


3        The Ediss Book Group: 7:30 pm

         Book: The Invisible Bridge

         by:  Julie Orringer

         Hostess: Gabriela Drasny (471-5406)

         Coordinator: Celia Serotsky (473-8426)

         4       Board Meeting: 7:00 pm

         Hostess:  Look for email announcement.

         8       Movie Night: Time TBD by show

         Movie: Group members will be notified the

         Thursday before - sign up with Sue.

         Discussion: Eveready Diner, Rt. 9, Hyde Park

         Director: Susan Osterhoudt (889-4469)

         Producer: Diana Gleeson

9        Gourmet: Out & About: 6:30 pm

  Kobe South Road, Poughkeepsie

  Contact: Kay Saderholm (229-8545)


         10     “The Branch” deadline for November  

12      Daytime Literature: 10:00 am

         Book: Defending Jacob

         by William Landay

         The Manor at Woodside, 168 Academy, Pok.

         Coordinators: Diana Gleeson (229-8458)  &

                   Tiz Hanson (229-9394)

13      Trekkers:  9:00 am (Haynes driveway)

         Bulls Bridge – Housatonic River Hike

         Lunch Amer. Pie Co., Sherman, CT

         Organizer:  Karen Haynes (297-5700)

  Coordinator: Karen Haynes (297-5700)
         13     Bridge 3: 10:00 am

  Hostess: Raina Maissel

         Coordinator: Donna Reichner



Calendar continued below...




Please join the Poughkeepsie Branch of the American Association of University Women, Inc. to:

Honor our Woman of the Year 2012


Judith A. Lombardi*

Director of Outreach and Support Services,

Grace Smith House


Saturday, October 20, 2012

12– 3 pm


Villa Borghese

Widmer Road

Wappingers Falls, NY


Additional Information at


* Biography below.


Cash Bar & Hot Buffet Luncheon


Price: $40 (includes gratuity)


Reservations & checks are due: October 13, 2012

(No refunds after October 13th)


Make checks payable to "Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW, Inc."        

Mail to:

Mary-Jo Cottrell

PO Box 1440, Pleasant Valley, NY 12569


Questions:  Call Mary-Jo Cottrell  845/635-5175



Reserved tables of 10 are available but not required.


If you are unable to attend and would like to make a contribution in Judy’s honor, please send it to the address above.  AAUW is a 501(c)3 organization.



Calendar Continued from above…

Online Calendar at

         15     Manderley Literary Society:  7:30 pm

         Book: BIG READ The Maltese Falcon

         by Dashiell Hammett
         Hostess: Ellie Burch (297-7828)

         Coordinator: Ellie Burch (297-7828)

         16     Cuisine: 6:30 pm

Recipes: Gabriella Drasny

     Hostess: Amy Schwed

         Coordinator: Barbara Van Itallie,

17      Bridge I: 1:00 - 4:00 pm

         Hostess:  Linda Ronayne (897-9745)

         Coordinators:  Linda Ronayne (897-9745) &

                  Mary Ann Ryan (897-9679)

18      All those books...: 7:00 pm     

         Book: Sibyl, or the Two Nations

         by  Benjamin Disraeli

         Hostess: Cathy Lane  (229-1036)

         Coordinator: Carol Loizides (452-3208)

         20     General Membership Meeting:  12 noon, Page 1.

         All members are invited and encouraged to


20      Trekkers:  9:00 am (Haynes driveway)

         Mianus River Gorge Preserve,  Bedford, NY

         Organizer:  Karen Haynes (297-5700)

         Coordinator: Karen Haynes (297-5700)
         23     Women’s Personal & Professional Development:

         5:30-7:30 pm,  DCC,  Washington Hall, Room 136

         Is Your Budget Being Choked by Your Mood(s)??

         Presenter: Adrienne Haynes
Coordinator: Jacqueline GoffeMcNish

24      Contemporary Literature: 7:30 pm

         Book: Little Bee

         by  Chris Cleave

         Hostess: Karleen Dorn (223-3904)

         Coordinator: Ann Wade (229-5267) &

                  Linda Freisitzer (266-5427)

24      Mah Jongg: 1:00 - 4:00 pm  

         Hostess: Emily Moran (345-9876)

         Coordinators: Amy Schwed (462-2269) &

                  Gerry DiPompei (635-2050)

25      Pins & Needles: 7:00 pm

  Granny Squares & Project With Them

         Hostess: Chris Eidel (485-7235)

         Coordinators: Arlene Seligman (297-0006) &

                  Jane Toll (463-2712)       

         25     Bridge II: noon - 3:30 pm

         Uno (on the arterial) - Lunch ($15)

         Coordinators: Cathy Kinn &

                  Janet White (462-6675)

26      Art on the Go: 10:00 am

  Hopewell Junction Depot

  Coordinator: Mary Coiteux,

         27     AAUW-NYS District 4 Conference

         Details and registration page 6.

         Also online at

Tee Off:  Play will continue in June 2013

         Coordinators:  Terry Schneider (849-1122) &

                  Carol Mastropietro (221-8862)

Adventures en Soleil: No plans for October

         Coordinators: Peggy Lombardi (635-9091) &

                  Ruth Sheets (473-6202)




Jacqueline Goffe-McNish *471-7220*   


Come and go with me into this great adventure: A new year in the life of the AAUW. 


This past week I have been welcoming new students to my classes; into my life.  I looked at the faces and I read hesitance, distrust, a tinge of fear, some nonchalance, but much excited anticipation.  I reminded them that this is a great adventure but one which has a predictable outcome.  They will all succeed if they have attended classes, understood the material, and learned to analyze, to synthesize and to evaluate.  Success will be different for each, will not always be reflected in the final grade but those who remain at the end of fifteen weeks, will learn, grow and change. 


I say the same thing to you, the members of AAUW.  Come and go with me into growth, fun, appreciation of ourselves as women, fostering new friendships, developing new skills, and enjoying this moment in time that we have been given to Broaden our Borders.  Let us commit ourselves not be a hindrance but a facilitator, not to be the problem but the solution.

The journey began with Open House on September 13, 2012.  This was a showcase of the interest groups, annual programs, and community outreach programs.  The vice presidents of membership are to be commended for all the work they did over the summer to prepare for this event.


I am looking forward to this year and I hope you are too.




Nov 3  Make a Dream Come True

         Live Your Dream Girls’ Conference, see below.


Nov 8   An Evening with Dr. Michael Fowlin, DCC,

         Taconic Hall, see below. 


Apr 7 Fourth Annual “Writers’ Tea,” plan to be there


Program Calendar 2012-13

         AAUW Membership Meetings. See below.



Ellie Charwat *462-7061*


Representatives of the national presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will debate the candidates' views on foreign policy on

Thursday, October 4, 2012

7 pm 

Henry Wallace Center 

FDR Library, Hyde Park


The debate is sponsored by the World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley.  All are welcome to attend.




Ellenora Oberhofer will be 103 years old on September 29, 2012.  She was born in 1909.  Ellenora is a member of AAUW and her daughter, Peggy Kelland, is also a member and immediate past Program VP for AAUW-NYS.


It would be wonderful for Ellenora to receive at least 103 birthday wishes from members of AAUW.  If you want to send your greetings, her address is:

Vassar-Warner Home

2 South Hamilton Street

Poughkeepsie, NY 12601



Contact: Maria DeWald, or 845-266-4960


         Tour: Good Housekeeping Research Institute

         Place: Hearts Tower at 300 W 57th St, NY, NY 10012

         Date: Sunday, November 4, 2012

         Time: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm


Fee: Tour is free although transportation, lunch and other      activities are at your own expense


Number: The Institute conducts tours once a month.  Each tour is limited to 30 people.  However, because they fill up so fast, we had to confirm a basic number by May.  At this time we have 28 people signed up for the tour although some may need to drop out considering the early pre-signing last March. I am in the process of confirming these attendees.  Plus, we MAY be able to secure the few extra slots. When the list is confirmed, I will arrange other details.  Please let me know by October 1, if you wish to be on a waiting list




Phyllis Teasdale joined Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW in September of 1943.  She would welcome your calls, notes and visits at her new home at the Fountains!


Why don't you saddle up your camel,

Motorbike, or hybrid car

And come and see me some day soon?

The Fountains isn't far.


Be a modern Marco Polo--

Bring some friends or do it solo,

And satisfy your curiosity...


How's the food? Accommodations?

Activities? Staff relations?

Do the residents there really have a bar?


Inspect my shiny new apartment,

Admire the charming country view --

Now the only thing that's missing

Is that welcome sight of you!


Phyllis Teasdale, The Fountains, Apt I 143, 79 Flint Road,

Millbrook, NY 12545.  Phone 845/905-8155.



Amy Schwed *462-2269*

Kay Saderholm *229-9679*


I’d like to extend a warm welcome to all our new members.  I hope you have a wonderful year with us, and enjoy the many activities our branch offers.  The best way to guarantee an excellent experience with AAUW is to get involved.  As you’ve discovered, the Poughkeepsie Branch supports 19 Special Interest groups, 9 community outreach and initiative programs, several annual events, monthly meetings with programs, plus scholarships and funds.  There is absolutely something for everyone and participation is the key.  There are many opportunities to “broaden your borders” by helping to advance equity for women and girls; learn new things and keep your brain alive; take action on issues that matter to you; connect with other bright women who share your interests; and, just for the sheer joy of it, have fun with the special interest groups.


Let me share a story that illustrates my point.  In April, we had a new woman move to Poughkeepsie and join our branch.  She knew only one person in the area.  After she became a member, she joined the Cuisine group.  The only problem with that was she didn’t have any cooking facilities where she lived, but that was immediately solved when a few members offered her their kitchens to cook in.  Success!  Then she joined Trekkers and met more lovely women as she hiked with them, plus learned about our area.  Her next foray into getting involved was to join Gourmet: Out and About, where once again she was made to feel very welcome and comfortable.  She attended monthly meetings/programs and shared ideas for new programs for this coming year.


I’d like to contrast that story with one from another new member last year who decided not to renew her membership this year.  She said she “didn’t like scheduled meetings, so she really hadn’t done anything all year.”


The choice of which kind of member you will become is yours.  Just know that the Poughkeepsie branch has an extremely diversified membership: different ages; different ethnicities; different religions; different skills, talents, and interests.  Our bottom line is: to know us is to love us!  So, please, broaden your personal borders and get involved. 





Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide is a four-hour PBS primetime documentary film and national broadcast event inspired by the widely acclaimed book of the same name by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.  This book is the inspiration of the AAUW project “My Sister’s Keeper”





"... The $156,000 donated to Marie Curie, in 1920, to purchase a gram of radium to continue her research was supplied by the American Association of University Women.  This effort initiated a fundraising campaign that continues to this day through the association's support and funding for women to pursue scientific research."


Shirley Breeze, St. Louis County, Missouri


Doris Kelly


While attending a rally in support of women's rights in New Paltz on August 26, it was noted that most of the women in attendance were over the age of 45.  Where were the young women? Apparently they don't recognize the path women have walked to gain the freedoms we have now.   However, the path has made a u-turn with the passing of some state laws which many are calling a War on Women.     


One law, which gives personhood to a fetus, has passed many state legislatures. This law, which proponents described as a protection for pregnant women has become, in many states, a law to oppress and criminalize these same women.


“In Mississippi, Rennie Gibbs is facing life behind bars after she suffered a miscarriage back in 2006. Gibbs was only 15 years old at the time, and while there is no concrete evidence linking her miscarriage to a cocaine abuse problem she suffered from, prosecutors have nonetheless charged her with “depraved-heart murder,” which carries a mandatory life sentence. The charge, which has been on the books for 130 years, is filed when someone is suspected of placing another in imminent danger of death.”


“Amanda Kimbrough is facing a ten year sentence in Alabama after the state charged her with “chemical endangerment” after her premature baby passed away minutes after birth. The state attests that she had taken drugs during her pregnancy, though Kimbrough argues otherwise. “That shocked me, it really did,” Kimbrough tells The Guardian. “I had lost a child, that was enough.”


In Indiana, Bei Bei Shuai was charged with murder in the January 2, 2011, death of her 3-day-old daughter Angel Shuai.  She had eaten rat poison during her pregnancy in an attempted suicide.


In Iowa, Christine Taylor, a pregnant 22-year-old mother of two, was arrested for attempted feticide after falling down the stairs. Taylor, who said she’d tripped after a distressing phone conversation with her estranged husband, went to the hospital to make sure her fetus was OK. The charges were dismissed only when prosecutors discovered that Taylor was in her second trimester, not her third, when criminal penalties could apply. 


Well, it's not happening in New York, yet, but personhood could become a federal law if we don't stay alert.


AAUW on the GOP platform:


The platform will contain staunch pro-life language with no exceptions for abortions in the case of rape. The platform also calls for a human life amendment to the Constitution and commends Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives for trying to pass a 20-week abortion ban in the District of Columbia.


AAUW supports the right of every woman to safe, accessible, affordable, and comprehensive family planning and reproductive health services. AAUW trusts that every woman has the ability to make her own informed choices regarding her reproductive life within the dictates of her own moral and religious beliefs. Further, AAUW believes that these deeply personal decisions should be made without governmental interference.


To those young women who are unaware of the path taken, educate yourself and vote.  But vote  wisely.  Your life does depend on it.


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.                                 



Catherine Albanese  Lula Allen  Mary Bagley

Marge Barton  Marguerite Cotter

 Lillian DePasquale Ruth Gau Sandra Goldberg

Betty Harrel  Doris Kelly Jean Miller Cathy Pété  Jacqueline Prusak Esther Reisman

Margaret Ruggeri  Terry Schneider

Mary Louise Van Winkle



Brenda Schaffer


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


Mary Coiteux *226-8275*

An expression of admiration for someone's achievement or contribution and our acknowledgment for it.


Hats Off to Ruth Sheets who is currently serving as President of Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce Toastmasters.


To all members, if you know of a member’s accomplishment or honor, please let me know so she can be acknowledged for her achievement. 




Margaret Nijhuis *635-8612*


A tremendous thank you to Joanne Scolaro, Communications VP,  for taking on the task of editing our newsletter, The Branch, for October and November.  Articles for the November issue (deadline Oct 10) should be sent to Joanne at .  I will return as editor for the December issue.


Starting with the December issue (deadline November 10), Kathy Friedman will have the position as Assistant Editor of our newsletter.  She will be responsible for the calendar of the Interest Groups.  Her email is  Kathy will also mail the newsletters to those of you that receive it by USPS.  The emails will continue to come from Joanne Scolaro or me.



If you enjoy wrapping gifts and love to create a smile on a child's face, we have a task for you!  Leading to Reading will again coordinate gift wrapping days in December at Hudson River Lodging, a short-term housing facility run by Hudson River Housing.


Watch the next issue of The Branch for specific dates and times, and start saving your holiday gift wrap materials!


Betty Harrel






September 13  Membership Open House


October 20      Woman of the Year

                           Honoring Judy Lombardi, Grace Smith House


November 8     An Evening with Dr. Michael Fowlin

In his powerful performance piece, “You Don't Know Me Until You Know Me,” actor/psychologist/poet Michael Fowlin will take us on a journey beyond tolerance to genuine worldwide inclusion – the “celebration of our differences and the acceptance of our shared experiences.”


December 13   What Is a Lacovore?

A panel of distinguished local experts will explore the impact of the farm-to-table movement on health, culture, and the economy. 


January 10      From Inertia to Vitality

                           A Woman's Journey to Mental Health

Join us in starting the year on “the good foot.”  Local experts in mental health will offer strategies for confronting personal demons and regaining momentum in our lives!


February 14    Film – Miss Representation

This recent documentary gets consistent raves for revealing how misrepresentations of women in the media contribute to the under-representation of women in influential positions. 

                           Discussion following. 


March 14                  The Global Women's Crisis

                           An Evening with Geeta Desai,

                           International Federation of University Women's (IFUW),

                           New York Representative to the United Nations

Fresh from her experience at the UN, AAUW Poughkeepsie Branch, former President and Woman of the Year, Geeta Desai, will deepen our understanding of and connection with the plight of women internationally.


April 7              Writers’ Tea


May 7               Annual Meeting


June 13             Brainstorming Session

                  Programs for Next Year





Shine the Light on Domestic Violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month




Saturday, October 27

Schenectady County Community College

Van Curler Room

78 Washington Ave.

Schenectady, NY




Violence Against Women and Girls

Prevention/ Support/Advocacy

  9:00  Registration/Continental Breakfast

  9:30  Welcome

10:00  Speakers from state and local agencies

            addressing global and local issues

11:45  My Sister’s Keeper 3.0

12:00  Carousel: Branch Highlights

12:30  Networking Lunch/Action Planning                      

  1:30   Share and Farewell

  2:00  “Baubles, Dangles, and Beads” –

            our jewelry workshop    (optional)


Our featured speakers at the conference, including those from state agencies and organizations, will share with us the widespread nature and devastating effects of violence and human trafficking. We hope to receive lots of information on how AAUW can move forward to raise awareness about and work to prevent this terrible problem.


Not to worry! There will be uplifting parts to the conference as well as we share branch highlights and even get creative for ourselves and others.


COGO – “Create One, Give One”

Create a pair of earrings for yourself;

Give a pair to the shelter


                              Registration Fee  $25


                              Donation: Please bring a toiletry item for the

 Women’s Shelter Northeastern New York


Continental Breakfast and Luncheon - (salads, sandwich selection, dessert, beverage)



From the west: NYS Thruway Exit 26, I-890 east to Exit 4B “Erie Blvd.” Stay left, follow ramp “To Route 5 Scotia.”  Left at traffic light to State St. (Route 5 West).  Take “Schenectady County Community College” exit.  Right at stop sign, left to parking lot.


From the south and east: NYS Thruway (I-90 now) to Exit 25 “Schenectady,” I-890 West to Exit 4C  “To Route 5, Scotia” – follow as above


RSVP by October 12, 2012  Send check for $25 made payable to “AAUW-Schenectady” with the following information

to:  Elise Russo, 2174 Lynnwood Drive, Schenectady, NY 12309


Name ___________________________________

Branch _________________________________

Phone ________________________________

Branch Position ________________________

Email Address_________________________

Will you stay for “Baubles, Dangles, and Beads”?

                                             ___Yes   ___No

Registration form available at /Upcoming Events


AAUW 2012  Woman of the Year


Judy received her BA in Psychology from the University of Connecticut and her MSW from the State University of New York in Albany.  Currently, she is the Director of Outreach and Support Services at Grace Smith House.  Judy was the Executive Director of Grace Smith House from August of 2004 until June of 2010.  Prior to that she was the Shelter Director with the agency for 10 years.  She worked as a Clinical Social Worker with Emotionally Disturbed children before coming to Grace Smith House.  For a number of years she also co-facilitated psycho-educational groups for men who batter.  Judy has devoted the bulk of her professional work to the issue of domestic violence with a particular focus on community work and public policy.  Judy is also on the Board of Directors of the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  Judy strongly believes that a large part of women’s advancement includes increasing activity in the political realm and serving as candidates and office holders.  To further this cause she served as Dutchess County Co-chair of Hillary Clinton's historic 2000 race for the Senate in NY and is a Founding Board Member of the Dutchess Democratic Women's Caucus.  In 2011, Judy was very proud to receive the Woman of Grace Award from Grace Smith House.  We are pleased to say the Judy is a member of Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW and has helped train Court Watch Monitors for our Community Outreach, “Stand Up to Domestic Violence.”



Seventh Annual Poughkeepsie Area Girls’ Conference

 for 7th grade girls sponsored by

Poughkeepsie Branch

of the American Association of University Women, Inc.


Dutchess Community College

Saturday, November 3, 2012

You can help inspire a girl to be strong, smart and bold by sponsoring her attendance at the Seventh Girls’ Conference this fall. Our members’ generosity in the past six years has made the difference.  Your help can come in many forms, but we are asking for sponsorships for individual girls. 


In addition to your sponsorship, each girl will pay $7.  We feel this small fee will ensure that each girl makes a personal commitment to the conference.  


Please fill out the following form and mail it with your check payable to:

“Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW, Inc.”


 Mail to:                     Cecilia Dinio-Durkin

Women’s Work

2600 South Road

Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

Questions: Contact Cecilia or 845.849.1858



I would like to sponsor a girl’s attendance to the “Live your Dream” conference.


   *Diva            $25  Covers the cost of one girl’s attendance.

   *Dreamer    $10 Buys a girl lunch

   *Darling       $8     Gives a girl a journal and a memory gift.


Name: _________________________________________________

Address: _________________________________________________


Phone: ___________________________________________

Email: ___________________________________________


Your name will be included in the program book as a donor unless anonymity is requested.



* This is a tax-deductible contribution.   AAUW fundraising helps fund this community project.



Cecilia Dinio-Durkin *845/849-1858*


The registration brochure for the Live Your Dream Girls’ Conference is ready for you to print and give to a 7th grade girl you know.  To get a copy go to and in the Upcoming Events, on the right, select Nov 3.





November 8, 2012

DCC, Taconic Hall

An Evening with Dr. Michael Fowlin


In his powerful performance piece, “You Don't Know Me Until You Know Me,” actor/psychologist/poet Michael Fowlin will take us on a journey beyond tolerance to genuine worldwide inclusion – the “celebration of our differences and the acceptance of our shared experiences.”





Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW, Inc. Officers 2012-2013


President                              Jacqueline Goffe-McNish


Program V.P.                      Barbara Hugo              876-6686

                                             Shelby Outwater          206-2083  

Membership V.P.                 Kay Saderholm             229-8545       

                                             Amy Schwed                462-2269

Educ. Foundation V.P.        Linda Roberts               227-5287

Communications V.P.          Joanne Scolaro             592-8314

Secretary                             Peggy Hansen               473-8453

Treasurer                            Barbara Van Itallie         462-3924

Assistant Treasurer             Jeanette Cantwell           452-4188

Association website:                               

NY State website:

Poughkeepsie Branch 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).