Woman of the Year


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

Woman of the year Nomination Form>>


Honorees

2017  Mariel Fiori

2016  Krista Jones

2015  Mary Lou Davis

2014  Maureen J. Taylor

2013  Patti Peck

2012  Judith A. Lombardi

2011  Ann K. Armater

2010  Elizabeth Harrel


2009  Carole J. Wolf

2008  Eileen M. Hayden

2007  Diane Pedevillano

2006  Clara Lou Gould

2005  Eleanor Charwat

2004  Gail Webster

2003  Klara B. Sauer

2002  Anna Buchholz

2001  Margaret R Calista

2000  Ruth Stafford Peale


1999  R. Patricia Poggi

1998  Ceal Sommer

1997  Virginia A. Swartz

1996  Mary Moody

1995  Geeta Desai

1994  Gail Burger

1993  Gloria Rutgers

1991  Trudie Evangelou

1990  Marion "Chad" Patterson


1988  Earline Patrice

1987  Joyce Ghee

1986  Mary Lou Heissenbuttel

1985  Trudy Grundon

1984  Mary Keeley

1983  Helen Marchese

1982  Marie Tarver

1981  Patricia Braatz

1980  Lucille Pattison


1979  Dr. Eleanor Peck

1978  Marian B. Morse

1975  Ann Buchholz

1975  Bernie Fitchett

1975  Bessie Payne

1975  Dorothy Haight

1975  Edna MacMahon

1975  Frances Drace

1975  Margaret Race

1975  Hilda Bohmer



Earline Patrice, Woman of the Year 1988


From The Branch, September 1988:

The Woman of the Year committee announced the selection of Earline Patrice for its annual honor. Mrs. Patrice is known for her work with the City of Poughkeepsie's children, elderly, poor, and lonely. For twenty years she has given annual Christmas parties for the city's underprivileged children. These involve a toy drive, collecting money, preparing food and wrapping hundreds of presents, many of which are stored in her apartment. She is now hosting the children of people who attended her parties as children.

In spite of physical problems, including a heart murmur and arthritis, she has continued to host holiday parties on Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas with the food prepared and donated by area restaurants and the help of the Lower Main Street Civic Association. Dinner is offered "until the last person is served or-we run out."

Mrs. Patrice refers to herself as a "professional beggar" and her almost childlike enthusiasm about the help and recognition she receives has not waned with time. When she was contacted regarding the Woman of the Year award she mentioned that she had not fallen asleep until 6:00 am because of the hot summer night. Despite being awakened after only six hours of sleep, the news "made her day."

Mrs. Patrice has been honored by numerous local organizations and AAUW is proud to be among the many who recognize her tireless efforts.



ADVANCING EQUITY FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS THROUGH ADVOCACY, EDUCATION, PHILANTROPHY, AND RESEARCH

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