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
From The Branch, September 1987:
It is indeed a pleasure to announce Joyce Ghee as the AAUW Poughkeepsie Branch Women of the Year.
A life-long resident of Dutchess County and graduate of Vassar College, Joyce is an accomplished professional writer, art illustrator, professional musician, music teacher, performer and lecturer.
As our Dutchess County historian, she co-produced the award-winning documentary, "Hyde Park" and co-produced, wrote and directed the environmental education slide program, "People and Places/ The Human Factor." Joyce was the Director of the Dutchess County Tercentenary and the Dutchess County Eleanor Roosevelt Centennial. Largely due to her efforts, the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill is recognized as a National Historic Site.
As head of the Dutchess County Department of History, Joyce has made learning about our local history both interesting and available to all. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Joyce and many other local historians, the history of Dutchess County is being preserved and the future is being enriched by a rebirth of interest in history, the arts and tourism.
Joyce credits her active participation on the YMCA board with developing the many skills she uses in her present position.
Joyce, we salute you and hope that your future will be filled with happiness and continued success.