On November 12, 1975 the Poughkeepsie Branch held a dinner at the Vassar Alumni House to commemorate the International Women's Year and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of our branch. Eight women were honored for outstanding service to the residents of Dutchess County. Since that time, the Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW has selected a local woman to honor as our Woman of the Year. These women exemplify the goals stated in AAUW's mission statement:
The American Association of University Women advances equity
for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.
We invite you to nominate candidates for consideration of this honor using the form linked below to print, fill in and mail. Your nomination will be in consideration for two years from the date you submit the form to one of the Woman of the Year Committee Co-Chairs: Gail Sisti, 313 Forest Rd, Wallkill, NY 12589 or Mary Lou Davis, 125 Andrews Rd, Lagrangeville, NY 12540
Honored at the 50th Anniversary of AAUW in 1975
From the program of the celebration of this anniversary:
Mrs. Payne was born in 1895 in Poughkeepsie and has had a long and varied career, all dedicated to the helping of people. She has taught in a missionary school in So. Africa, worked with retarded children, been a member of the advisory hoard for the Office of the Aging in Dutchess County, and is past chairman of the Hudson Valley Chapter of the Red Cross.
In 1974, Mrs., Payne was presented the N.Y. State Legislative Achievement Award, by the Joint Select Committee on Problems of the Aging, for her work in improving the quality of life for senior citizens. She is currently involved in the drive to establish the Catherine St. Community Center.