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. Fitchett has a BA degree in Home Economics from Cornell University, and served a one-year apprenticeship with the National Restaurant Association. She has been actively involved in promoting the role of homemaker and the art of homemaking since she married Ed Fitchett and moved to Poughkeepsie.
Mrs. Fitchett has published a book, Bernie Fitchett's Hudson Valley Recipe Book and Regional Commentary. Soon to be released is her new book on Bicentennial cooking.
Her husband is President of Fitchett Bros. Dairy and they have 3 sons.