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
Marian Morse, a Poughkeepsie native, lists her studies at Houghton College, Syracuse University and the University of Florida in her academic resume as preparation for her for a career as a guidance counselor. She worked at F.D. Roosevelt High School, Hyde Park and was named Counselor of the Year by the New York State School Counselors Association, a division of the New York State Personnel and Guidance Association.Mrs. Morse has been active in public school counseling for over twenty-three years. During her twenty years at Roosevelt she has been the school coordinator of Upward Bound and Manpower; been responsible for Guidance-Community Relations and most recently, has established a Peer Helper-Peer Tutor Organization involving fifty students.
She served as president of the New York State Mental Health Association, was active in local mental health initiatives including the development of a program called Community Friends and was honored by the association as its 1978 "Woman of the Year." Mrs. Morse has also been an active member and officer of the American Association of University Women and the Poughkeepsie Branch of the organization named her Woman of the Year in 1978.
** 2014 Currently, she is a member of the Adirondack Branch AAUW.