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



Mary Moody, Woman of the Year 1996


Mary Moody is director of Volunteer Services at St. Francis Hospital. She received her B.A. from Newcomb College, Tulane University. She taught third grade in Virginia and Vermont before moving to our area where she substitute taught for 18 years in the Arlington school district.

She and her husband have two grown children. They felt that to rear children to become involved members of the community, the best wasy was to be involved themselves. Mary remained active in many organizations for extended periods of time.

Among her many volunteer activities:

  • Girl Scout Council for 3 terms, served as president and in many other capacities

  • League of Women Voters since 1968, served as moderator and unit leader

  • Dutchess Community College Human Services Advisory Board for many years

  • Dutchess County American Cancer Society Board

  • Dutchess County Child Development Council

  • United Way Community Resources Advisory Committee

  • Dutchess Interfaith Council, board member

  • Town of Beekman Bicentennial Committee, Chairman

  • Crop Walk, a consistent top money raiser

  • Freedom Plains Presbyterian Church

  • Active in many professional organizations

In addition, Mary is well known for writing clever poems and songs for special occasions.



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

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