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On November 28, AAUW's 136th birthday, Kim Churches, national AAUW president, held a conference call with state presidents and past national presidents to give an update on AAUW.  Here you can listen to the conversation and see the slide presentation:

Mission, Vision and Impact: Where's AAUW Going?

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Coming Events

"FIVE CENT COOKIES"— A Journey to Senegal

Presented by: Amy Thrasher

December 14, 2017
7:00 pm

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie
67 S Randolph Ave., Poughkeepsie*

"Sometimes Travel to New Places Leads to Great Transformation:" Believe it or not, that was printed on the slip of paper inside my fortune cookie from a Chinese takeout dinner, just a few days before I left for my month in Senegal.  I can’t think of anything more timely or auspicious!  (Amy Thrasher)

Amy Thrasher, a member of Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW, has returned from a month-long assignment in Dakar, Senegal with IBM's Corporate Service Corps (CSC) and she will share her experiences and photos of Senegal with us.

Along with her professional expertise, Amy brought a discerning palate and acute cultural curiosity with her to Senegal.  We can expect to sample a taste of the sweet side of Senegalese cuisine at our December 14th meeting!

More information>>

*Directions: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie at 67 South Randolph Ave. can be accessed from Hooker Ave. OR take Route 9 to Sharon Dr (near Holiday Inn).  At the end of Sharon turn left onto Beechwood then the first right onto Ferris Lane, next an immediate left to S. Randolph.  The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie is on the right.

Monique Jones, 849-1692
Sandy Lash, 227-4650

Recent Events


"THREADING MY PRAYER RUG: One Woman’s Journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim"

Author and Speaker, Sabeeha Rehman



On November 9, AAUW was treated to an extraordinary presentation by Sabeeha Rehman.  She told us the story of her marriage (arranged) and her coming to America.  How she raised her two sons and worked to make for them a Muslim community and a life as an American.  Her presentation brought laughter as well as information. Her book is certainly must reading for all who want a better understanding of "being Muslim in America."


Live Your Dream Girls’ Conference

On November 4th, the Eleventh Annual Live Your Dream Girls' Conference was held at Dutchess Community College.  About 60 girls from the 6th and 7th grade attended and the day was enjoyed by all.  Pictures and report will be available soon.

For additional information, click on the logo above.

Woman of the Year 2017

Mariel Fiori

Managing Editor of La Voz

On October 29, 2017 at the Beekman Arms, Mariel Fiori was honored as our Woman of the Year.  It was a most interesting event with information shared by our honoree on her passion in working with the Latino community.

More information on our honoree>>



Moving Forward:
Influencing the Future

On Saturday, October 21, about 50 AAUW members from across the Mid-Hudson Valley meet at the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory in downtown Poughkeepsie.  Elizabeth Ceyala, a Poughkeepsie AAUW member welcomed us to the refurbished building on N. Cherry St. that was a project of Hudson River Housing where she is the Community Relations Manager.

Next speaker was Ruth Ellen Blodgett, CEO of Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley Action Fund.  She explained the purpose of Planned Parenthood and presented some very disturbing statistics on what is happening to the services that 1 and 5 women have used at some point. 

Presentations continued with Kathy Schwartz from NYS Union of Teachers explaining their position on the Constitutional Convention that will be on the ballot in November.

After lunch, there was a panel discussion of women in politics.  Both Democrats and Republicans were represented:  Peggy Kelland, Barbar Gutzter, Diane Jablonski, Elisa Sumner, and Sandy Goldberg.  They each described how they got involved in politics and what they saw as major reasons for women to get involved. 


Bettering our Community: Using Resources Wisely



Thursday, October 12,  at The Barn, Vassar College Environmental Cooperative, Bettering Our Community was presented by Atticus Lanigan, General  Manager of Zero to Go, and Siennah Yang, Branch Head of Rescuing Leftover Cuisine

We discussed our "relationship to garbage and trash," what was valuable to recycle and how to plan our day to create less garbage (take your water and snacks with you).  We heard overwhelming statistics about the quantity of food waste.  There were 91,000 lbs of food rescued in the area since June. We found that a great deal of waste can be credited to a misunderstanding of date labels.  We heard what we could do - maybe bring your own coffee cup for use at the next AAUW meeting and save that paper cup! And never ever use Styrfoam!

Do some recycling of household objects by using:

How to Get Rid of Stuff>>



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