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Upcoming Events

  • Sep 7: Poughkeepsie AAUW Open House, Helenic Center
  • Oct 12: Poughkeepsie AAUW Membership Program "Bettering our Community: Using Resources Wisely"
  • Oct 12: New Member Reception
  • Oct 21: AAUW District IV Conference  "Moving Forward: Influencing the Future">>
  • Oct 29: Woman of the Year, Beekman Arms
  • Nov 4: 

    Eleventh Annual Live Your Dream Girls' Conference>>

  • Apr 15, 2018:  NINTH Annual Writers' Tea & Auction>>
  • Apr 21 - 23, 2018:  AAUW-NYS Convention




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The Branch

AAUW-NYS Summer Focus>>


Support the activities of Poughkeepsie AAUW 

Coming Event


Open House

Thursday, September 7, 2017
7:00 pm
Hellenic Center
54 Park Avenue, Poughkeepsie*

Please join us at our annual Open House where you can welcome prospective members, new members, and old friends.

Enjoy refreshments provided by our members and learn about our Interest Groups, Community Initiatives, Annual Events, and monthly meetings.

If you know of a friend, neighbor, or relative who might enjoy our organization, please send their name and address to Sheila Zweifler and an invitation will be sent to them.


The Hellenic Center is located off Hooker Avenue on Park Avenue between Ziegler Avenue and Grand Avenue.  It is behind the Greek Orthodox Church and next door to Temple Beth-El.


Susie Blecker 462-7074
Sheila Zweifler 462-6478

Join us for Lunch
to Honor our  Woman of the Year 2017

Mariel Fiori

Managing Editor of La Voz

October 29, 2017

12-3 pm

Beekman Arms
6387 Mill Street
(Corner of Rt 9 & Market Street)
Rhinebeck, NY


More information on our honoree and the luncheon menu>>

To make reservations by mail>>


To make reservations using PayPal, select the yellow (PayPal/Donate) button below and follow the onscreen directions.  When PayPal asks for special instructions to Seller, click in that box and type Woman of the Year, your phone number, the full name(s) of those included in your reservation and the choice of food for each.  You do not need a PayPal account to use this method just a credit card.  You do not have to contact Betty Harrel separately.  The cost for the event when using PayPal is $52 per person.


Sponsored by Poughkeepsie Branch, Inc.

Moving Forward: Influencing the Future

  • How can AAUW members make our voices heard?
  • Presentations on Health, Education and Governance.

Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017

Location: Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory, an urban renewal project in the City of Poughkeepsie (8 North Cherry Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601).  Parking available behind the building.


Recent Events

Annual Meeting and Installation Dinner

Sandra Opdycke>>

delighted all of us with her presentation “When Women Won the Vote,” on  June 8, 2017


Another highlight of the evening was the naming of Gloria Gibbs>> as the recipient of our Cornerstone Award for 2017.

Each year, our branch honors a member who represents the “foundation” of AAUW.  Gloria has contributed her energy, enthusiasm, and talents to AAUW but is rarely in the limelight.  Through her efforts, she helps to further our mission, increase branch visibility, and make others feel that they, too, are a vital part of who we are.


Others honored were:

Sheila Zweifler, Diana Babington, Mary Ann Boylan, Mary Ann Hogarty, Barbara Lemberger, Lori Scolaro, Barbara Van Itallie

Officers elected for 2017-19:
Program Vice President – Monique Jones
Program Vice President – Sandy Lash
Membership Vice President – Susie Blecker
Membership Vice President – Sheila Zweifler
Development Vice President – Jocelynn Banfield

Officers continuing for 2017-18:

President - Maria DeWald
Communications VP - Bonnie Auchincloss
Secretary/Bylaws - Kathy Friedman
Treasurer - Diane Jablonski
Membership Treasurer - Mary Ann Hogarty



Prominent American orator, abolitionist
and suffragist


Our May 11th program presented by Judith Kalaora was a pleasure for all.  We were introduction to Lucy Stone though Judith Kalaora’s presentation.  Judith Kalaora, Founder/Artistic Director of “History At Play” helped us commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage movement in NYS.

See May issue of The Branch for more information.

A Letter from Judith Kalaora>>


8th Annual Writers' Tea & Auction

A benefit for the AAUW Scholarship Funds,
Community Initiatives and Events.

 Sunday, April 2, 2017
The Links at Union Vale

A wonderful afternoon!  Our writers' both gave amazing presentations, food was excellent and our very generous members spent lots of money at the auction!

Pictures of the event>>


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