The Branch

Poughkeepsie Branch of the

American Association of University Women, Inc.

P.O. Box 1908, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

    

Volume 23, Number 9                           Our 55th year of publication.                http://www.aauwpoughkeepsie.org         May 2010



    

MAY CALENDAR

  Online Calendar at www.aauwpoughkeepsie.org


3     LetМs Read Math: 7:00 pm

       Learn more - see page 3.

3     Word Games: 2:00 pm

       Hostess: Sherry Hudes (462-0220)

       Coordinator: Eleanor Aronstein (462-6452)

5     Joint Board Meeting: 7:00 pm

St. John’s Lutheran Church. Details page 5.

6     Professional Women’s Networking: 6 pm

       Babycakes Café Details page 5.

       Coordinator: Kim B. Butwell (914/489-6400)

              Kim_Butwell@ml.com

8     Trekkers: 8:00 am Dutchess Mall

Storm King State Park/Crow’s Nest Trail

       Leader: Roz Werner (462-0630)

       Coordinator: Karen Haynes (297-5700)

10   ”The Branch” deadline for June 

11   Membership Meeting- next column

14  Daytime Literature: 10:00 am

Book: Abraham Lincoln

       By: James MacPherson

Hostess: Jackie Prusak (226-6049)

Coordinators: Dina Gleeson (229-8458)

              & Tiz Hanson (229-9394)

17   Manderley Literary Society: 7:30 pm

       Book: Infidel

       by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

       Hostess: Dorothy Evangelista (677-9046)

       Coordinator: Ellie Burch (297-7828)

18   Cuisine: 6:30 pm

       High Tea

       Recipes: Gerri Battista (229-2115)

Hostess: Gerri Battista (229-2115)

Coordinator: Betty Olson (889-4836)

19   Bridge I: 1:00 - 4:00 pm

       Hostess: Lillian DePasquale (462-4729)

Coordinators: Linda Ronayne (897-9745)

              & Mary Ann Ryan (897-9679)

 

20   All those books...: 7:00 pm

          Book: The Return of the Native

       by Thomas Hardy

Hostess: Judy Harkavy (471-4973)

       Coordinator: Carol Loizides (452-3208)

  21   Art on the Go: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

       TBA - weather dependent

       Coordinator: Mary Coiteux (226-8275)

22   Trekkers: 11:00 am Meet at the Gardens

Innisfree Gardens - bring picnic lunch

       Leader: Cathy Bala (227-7293)

       Coordinator: Karen Haynes (297-5700)

26   Contemporary Literature: 7:30 pm

       Book: The Elegance of the Hedgehog

       by Muriel Barbery

Hostess: Dina Gleeson (229-8458)

       Coordinator: Ann Wade (229-5267)

26   Mah Jongg: 1:00 - 4:00 pm

       Hostess: Gloria Gibbs (454-7262)

       Coordinator: Amy Schwed (462-2269)

27   Bridge II: 12:00 pm

       Pizzeria Uno’s, Arlington Area, lunch $15

       Coordinators: Cathy Kinn cathy@kinn.org &

              Janet White (462-6675)

27   Diversity Initiative: 5:00 -7:00 pm

       Dutchess Community College

“Thriving In A Workplace That Has Not Moved Beyond The Rhetoric” Jacqueline Goffe-McNish, DCC Professor OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - ALL INVITED!!

       Coordinator: Sherre Wesley (462-4945)

27   Pins & Needles: 7:30 pm

       Planning Meeting 

       Hostess: Peggy Kelland (297-0507)

       Coordinators: Jane Toll (463-2712) &

              Sue Osterhoudt (889-4469)

27   Gourmet: Out & About: 6:30 pm

       Crave Restaurant & Lounge, Poughkeepsie

Contact: Jeanette Cantwell (452-4188) AAUWgourmet@msn.com

Jun 3 Tee Off : 10:00 am (ready to play)

       Vassar College Golf Course

Coordinators: Dorothy Evangelista (677-9046)


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LOOKING AHEAD

June 2   Program Planning Meeting, 7 pm St John’s Lutheran Church

June 9   Mexican Cuisine - Its History, Culture and Background with Chef and AAUW member Erika Kastel, 7 pm, St John’s Lutheran Church 

Oct 23   2010 Woman of the Year

Nov 6    2010 Live Your Dream Girls’ Conference

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"Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone." ~ Gladys B. Stern

    

 So we are saying:

 

THANK YOU! MERCI! GRACIAS!


ASANTE! DANK JE!

   

Please join us at this special event celebrating the women and accomplishments of our branch!

   

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Cash Bar 6:00 pm Dinner 6:30 pm

Christo’s

155 Wilbur Blvd.,

Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

    

Guest Speaker: Anne Constantinople*

      РGender and Generation in American PhilanthropyП

   

Also included:

     Election and installation of officers**

     Introduction of our named Educational Fund scholarship honorees***

     Bergie Lebovitch on Membership Matters!

   

Cost: $40.00 (this is the cost of the meal)

   

Make checks payable РPoughkeepsie Branch AAUW, Inc.П

  

Mail to:           Barbara Van Itallie

                        17 Croft Road

                        Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

   

Checks must be received by May 4th. There will be no refunds after May 4th and your check is your reservation.

    

Menu choices to be made that evening:

Filet Mignon - Demiglace Sauce

Breast of Chicken Francese - Egg Battered 

Filet of Salmon, Grilled - Dill & Dijon Sauce

Vegetarian entree

Stuffed potatoes, Fresh Vegetables, Dessert & Coffee, Tea

 

Bring your stuffed animals for Leading to Reading. See page 3

   

* Page 3 - Anne Constantinople; ** Page 2 - Branch Officer Elections

*** Page 4 - РThe Branch,П April, 2010



BRANCH OFFICER ELECTIONS

 Betty Harrel, Nominating Committee Chair

 

The nominating committee has been working for several months to select a slate of officers and fill appointed board positions for the coming two years. We are very pleased indeed to present the following slate for 2010-2012:

 

President: Geeta Desai

Secretary: Ginny Marcus

Treasurer: Barbara Van Itallie

 

A vote will be held at the May11, 2010 Annual Meeting, after which the new officers will be installed.

 

Other officers continuing in the second year of their term.

            Co-VP Program: Susan Osterhoudt & Diana Gleeson

       VP Membership: Bergie Lebovitch

       Co-VP Educ. Fund: Patricia Luczai & Trish Prunty

       Assistant Treasurer: Elizabeth Moesel

 

Appointed Board Members:

Community                                   Betty Harrel

Cultural Interests                               Margaret Prescott

Diversity .                                    Sherre Wesley 

Education........                                 Linda Roy 

Historian.                                      Eileen Hayden

Hospitality ..........                               Pat Dogil 

Interest Group Coordinator                      Cathy Lane 

International Relations                          Erika Kastel

Legal Advocacy Fund .                         Sharon Clarke

Newsletter ....                                 Margaret Nijhuis

Nominating ...                                 Marcine Humphrey

Public Policy .                                  Doris Kelly

Publicity ........                                  Mary Coiteux

Webmaster ......                                  Mary King

Woman of the Year ....                          Mary Lou Davis  

WomenМs Issues ..                               Joanne Sereda      

Special Project Coordinators

College Initiative ............................               Sharon Clarke

Diversity Initiative .........................                Sherre Wesley

Leading to Reading ........................                Betty Harrel

Let’s Read Math                Coordinator Needed!!!!!!

Live Your Dream Girls’ Conference             Marcine Humphrey


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How to Make out Checks! 


Checks written to our organization must be

payable to:

Poughkeepsie Branch of AAUW, Inc.

Please do not write your checks any other way. We are no longer AAUW Poughkeepsie.


Carol Loizides

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LIVE YOUR DREAM:             Girls Growing Strong 

Marcine Humphrey marcine.humphrey@gmail.com

 

The fifth “Live Your Dream Girls’ Conference” is scheduled for Saturday, November 6th at Dutchess Community College from 8:30-2:30. Would you like to help? There are jobs that require 2 hours or less and some that have no interaction with the girls. Some involve driving, picking up stuff, and delivering it. Here are just a few of the jobs available:

    

Outreach: Mail Information packets to organizations that have contact with 7th grade girls. Supply names of individuals and organizations that can hand out registration information. Pick up and deliver packages to schools. Call girls and facilitators with reminder two days before conference (script provided).

   

Program books:

آ     Coordinate program book fundraising. Prepare and send out letters, provide information to women, keep records of ads, forward ads to program book designer.

آ     Find sponsors and send the material to the program book coordinator.

آ     Work with Margaret Nijhuis on the program book: proofing, pick up books at printer, deliver books to DCC

    

Facilitation:

آ     Seek out potential facilitators and refer them to coordinator

آ     Do a workshop (1 hour) or chaperone girls during conference (3-5 hours)

   

Registration:

آ     Redesign existing registration brochure (Publisher experience helps) 

آ     Drive copies to and from printer

آ     Receive registrations via mail and enter them in Excel spreadsheet.

آ     Print nametags

آ     Staff registration table (1 hour in morning, 1 hour at check-out)

    

Materials: Decorate and prepare gifts and journals (begin in August - fun and food provided!). Pick up and deliver T-shirts, yoga mats, or similar items (1 hour). Distribute materials during registration and monitor girls during opening activity (2 hours). Shop for cookies and snacks.

    

Budget: Keep a record of money received and spent

    

Set up/Clean up - the usual (1 hour)

    

Photographers: 2 preferred

    

Interested? Contact Marcine Humphrey (485-7697) or

marcine.humphrey@gmail.com

 

 

Check your email each day!

 

  

KANGAROOS AND ZEBRAS AND TEDDY BEARS...

Betty Harrel *462-2141* bharrel28@msn.com

 

...are all making their way to young children in the Group Emergency Foster Care Center at The Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie.

    

Thanks to all who donated cuddly stuffed animals during March, the “Leading to Reading” project is completing “Fuzzy Friend” kits for the children in the center. Each kit contains two books, a stuffed animal, and craft materials. Many of the children were removed quickly from their homes and have few belongings of their own. The kits provide comfort and a sense of belonging for them.

   

If you forgot to bring a stuffed animal, you have another chance! A basket will be available at the annual dinner on May 11th.

   

A big THANK YOU goes to our many AAUW supporters!

  

ANNE CONSTANTINOPLE

    

We are delighted to have Anne Constantinople as our speaker on May 11th. Dr. Constantinople is a personality and social psychologist by training; she did her undergraduate work at Smith College and earned her PhD from the University of Rochester. After teaching for two years at Bryn Mawr College, she came to Vassar in 1967 hoping to continue the pioneering work initiated by the Mellon Foundation on normal development in the college years. The evidence for the interaction of nature and nurture in development became increasingly compelling; she co-taught a seminar on Gender for many years with a neuroscientist and became a founding member of the American Culture program at Vassar.

    

In that context, she co-taught several courses on American history and culture, the final one being a seminar on Philanthropy as an expression of American values and beliefs.

 

 

LET'S READ MATH MEETING

 

On Monday, May 3, 2010, we invite all interested members to join the Let's Read Math Committee. Learn about the Let's Read Math program and how Poughkeepsie Branch got involved. There will be an open discussion about the program and future activities. Learn more about the original program and its creator at http://letsreadmath.com/

   

Place:    Irene Keyes'

              178 Cranberry Drive

              Hopewell Junction, NY

              Time: 7:00 PM

    

Please let Irene know if you will attending via email ickeyes@frontiernet.net or phone 227-6686 

 


PUBLIC POLICY Marcine Humphrey marcine.humphrey@gmail.com

 

There is no higher priority for the American public than the restoration of the economy, and working towards pay equity is a critical step in that direction. Policy makers need to ensure that women workersТall workersТdonМt just survive the downturn but continue the march toward fair pay and workplace opportunity.

   

Empowering women is one investment that always pays long-term dividends, not only for the women themselves but their families and the entire nation as well. The Paycheck Fairness Act (S.182/H.R.12) is a comprehensive bill that updates the Equal Pay Act of 1963 by taking meaningful steps to create stronger incentives for employers to follow the law, empower women to negotiate for equal pay, and strengthen federal outreach and enforcement efforts.

     

Passing this legislationТapproved by the House more than a year agoТis the next logical step following the 2009 enactment of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which restored the ability of working women to have their day in court.

Equal Pay is an РEconomic Engine Р and legislation promoting pay equity is especially critical given the current state of the economy, which has shed more than seven million jobs since December 2007.

     

For the first time in American history, women represent half of the paid workforce, and two-thirds of women are either the primary or co-bread winner for their families. In other words, pay equity is not just a moral issue; it is an economic imperative with enormous implications not just for women but for working families, communities and the nationМs recovery. The impact of the РGreat Recession,П Тduring which the importance of a working womanМs wage has never been higherТhas intensified this trend even further.

    

Please, take a moment to call, email or write to support this Legislation. Visit the national web site which can be accessed from our own home page or contact Lisa Maatz, AAUW Director of Public Policy and Government Relations, atmaatzl@aauw.org or 202/785-7720.

   

HELP SAVE NEW YORKМS LITERACY PROGRAMS ! RESTORE ADULT LITERACY EDUCATION (ALE)

Dee Jakobsen *223-5171* deej1010@aol.com

    

Governor Paterson’s 2010-11 Executive Budget represent a38% reduction to Adult Literacy Education (ALE)!! Last year, the Legislature successfully restored some funding for ALE during budget negotiations.


  It’s not too late to do it again this year. Join hundreds of

literacy supporters to call our top leaders and tell them to protect adult literacy education services in the State Budget!

The Adult Literacy Education program supports a wide variety not-for-profits, libraries, community and volunteer based organizations statewide to provide adult literacy education services

    

Call Senate Leader John Sampson at (518) 455-2788.

Call Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver at (518) 455-3791.

    

Here’s what you should say to Senator Sampson and Speaker Silver:

Ѓ     Hello, my name is (your name) and I live in (your town). I’m calling to ask Senator Sampson/Speaker Silver to restore funding for the Adult Literacy Education (ALE) program in the State Budget.

Ѓ     ALE supports a wide variety of and volunteer based organizations statewide to provide adult literacy education services. More than 22% of New Yorkers exhibit below basic literacy skills!

Ѓ     The Senator/Speaker should restore ALE in the Budget.

Ѓ     Thank you.

 

 

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE 

Linda Beyer *462-0345* lmbchanel@aol.com

    

Many of us are off to the state convention where we will hear inspiring speeches, attend informative workshops, connect with our counterparts from across the state and, maybe if we’re lucky, we’ll also qualify for an award or two again this year. Don’t misunderstand .. convention is not all seriousness. We laugh a lot, enjoy great food, and luxuriate in a beautiful conference setting too.

   

At our annual meeting on May 11th, we will share some experiences from the convention. Come and join in the fun of celebrating our branch and our achievements at Christo’s. A sumptuous dinner is planned and some surprises too. Our guest speaker, Anne Constantinople, retired Vassar psychology professor, will talk about philanthropy which is a topic she has researched and taught. Given that AAUW is a philanthropic organization, what actually does that mean for our understanding of who we are and what we do as members?

 

The annual meeting is also a time to welcome our incoming Board members and to wish the outgoing Board farewell. Come and be with us for all the fun!


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Poughkeepsie AAUW, Inc April 2009 - April 2010

Margaret Nijhuis *635-8612* Rnijhuis@hvc.rr.com

   

Check out a brief history of our AAUW year. Go to www.aauwpoughkeepsie.org Select Newsletter in the left column. You will be amazed at all that has been done by you and the other AAUW members.

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WORKING WOMEN FIND TIME FOR AAUW FUN!

Kim B. Butwell kim_butwell@ml.com

 

Are you a working woman and wish you had more opportunity to do some of the fun and interesting things offered by AAUW?? It’s hard to take time away from work, but now you can combine work and pleasure! The Professional Women’s Networking Group, a new Poughkeepsie AAUW interest group, will focus on offering working members of AAUW a variety of opportunities to build relationships with other professional women.

 

We will be meeting on Thursday, May 6th at 6:00 p.m. at Babycakes Café, 1 Collegeview Ave, Poughkeepsie. Come for a bite to eat, a glass of wine or a cup of tea. Bring any networking ideas that you would like to share (interesting groups, meetings, fundraisers). Contact Kim B. Butwell

C. 914-489-6400, W. 845-431-2272, kim_butwell@ml.com. Let me know you are coming so I can make a reservation and put you on the reminder list.

 

The group will provide a chance for AAUW members to meet and share new business practices, exchange marketing ideas and offer business referral opportunities. Eventually we will invite informative speakers to meetings, adding an educational component. If you are a recently retired professional women please come and share your wisdom with newer professional women.

 

Let’s get The Professional Women’s Networking Group going and attract new members to the Poughkeepsie Branch of AAUW.

 

 

 

Supporters of The Branch!!

 

Annual contributions from members help defray the expense of publishing The Branch. All patrons and sponsors are listed in each monthly newsletter unless anonymity is requested.      


Patrons ($25 or more)

 Catherine Albanese

 Linda Beyer

 Sharon Clarke

Joan Cordani

 Joan Fay

 Elizabeth Harrel

Leola Mason

 Jacqueline Prusak

 Esther Reisman

Margaret Ruggeri

Sarah Shouse

Phyllis Teasdale

Mary Louise Van Winkle

Sponsors ($10 or more)

 Marion Effron

Cathy Kinn

Margaret Lombardi

Sandra Goldberg

Catherine Pété


To add your name or the name of your business to the list, mail a check payable: Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW, Inc. to Margaret Nijhuis, 9 McAllister Drive, Pleasant Valley, NY 12569


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LITERARY NOTES

Cathy Kinn cathy@kinn.org  

Diane Browne-Sterdt, guest columnist

Really, Really Short Stories.... A Six Word Contest


You can create literary gems of your own, in half a dozen words. Ernest Hemingway was once given the challenge of telling a story in just six words. "Papa" came up with a zinger...."For sale: baby shoes, never worn." Another writer (an aspiring one) expressed her outlook on Life with: " Young, old...Pretty, plain. Only words."

   

Larry Smith, a book editor, founded an online community, SMITH Magazine (www.smithmag.net), for personal storytelling. He posed a challenge: Could folks tell their life stories in six words? Tens of thousands of people sent in entries, and the six-word memoir made its' debut! Smith and his co-publisher, Rachel Fershleiser, put their favorites in a book, " Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure" (Harper Perennial, 2008).

     

A few of those published were: “ Nearing sixty. Still on rough draft.,” “Defined at 21. Redefined at 57.," and "Yoga, meditation, workouts. Art. 60. Strong."

     

We're having a contest. Send a six-word memoir or outlook on Life to Diane Browne- Sterdt (browruf@yahoo.com ) (no "n" in the e-mail address) by May 1st, and if your entry is selected, you (and one runner-up) will win a coffee and dessert delight at Barnes and Noble (Poughkeepsie), to be enjoyed with Diane and Cathy Kinn. It's not the Pulitzer, we know...but it could be a lot of fun!

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                                                JOINT BOARD MEETING

Linda Beyer *462-0345* lmbchanel@aol.com

   

There will be a combined meeting of the current and the incoming Board members of both the elected and appointed positions on Wednesday, May 5th at 6:00 pm at St. John’s Church. While we enjoy light snacks, we will be discussing AAUW issues in small groups. We hope to encourage new members to begin thinking about their new positions in the upcoming year and to give current Board members the opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas about their Board experiences. Board members usually meet informally with their new counterparts one or more times on their own so this will not be a specific “training” event but a more general discussion.

     

Current Board members may wish to bring their records or other materials to transfer to their counterpart at this meeting. Current Board members, please have your year-end report ready to submit to me at this meeting.

    

New Board members are cordially invited to attend the regular Board meeting which will follow the discussion groups at approximately 7:15 - 7:30 pm.


Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW, Inc. 

Proposed Budget for year starting July1 , 2010

                                                         Prior                   Proposed

                                                          Budget                Budget

General Fund Receipts

Dues                                                 $18,375.00          $20,475.00

Interest                                             $200.00               $160.00

NYS Membership Awards               $100.00               $115.00

Contributions, Gifts, Grants, etc.     $0.00                   $0.00

Contributions from Spec Events       $0.00                  $2,320.00

Other                                                $0.00                   $0.00

Gain/Loss Spec Events                    $0.00                   $0.00

Total Receipts                                 $18,675.00          $23,070.00

General Fund Expenses

Dues                                                 $14,455.00          $16,107.00

Administration                                 $450.00               $450.00

Sunshine Fund                                 $0.00                   $100.00

Programs / Special Events               $1,100.00            $1,100.00

Membership                                     $400.00               $515.00

Communication/Hosting                  $280.00               $200.00

Directory                                          $325.00               $350.00

Convention                                       $450.00               $450.00

Community                                      $600.00               $900.00 

Awards/Gifts                                    $100.00               $100.00

Education                                         $170.00               $180.00

Insurance                                          $275.00               $278.00

Historian                                          $20.00                 $20.00

Voter Education                               $50.00                 $0.00

Total General Fund Expenses       $18,675.00          $20,750.00

Transfers to DF                                                           $2,320.00

GF Income less Expense                $0.00                   $0.00

Total Dedicated Funds Income          $12,710.00          $14,730.00

Total Dedicated Funds Expense         $12,710.00         $15,080.00

AAUW Total Income                     $31,385.00          $35,480.00

AAUW Total Expense                   $31,385.00          $35,830.00

AAUW Income less Expense         $0.00                   ($350.00)

 

Dedicated Funds:                           Prior                   Proposed Budget

Scholarship

Contributions, Gifts, Grants, etc.                                  $500.00

From General Fund                                                       $500.00

Total Income                                  $2,500.00            $1,000.00

Expenses                                         $2,500.00            $2,300.00

DCC Endowment

Contributions, Gifts, Grants, etc.                                  $3,000.00

From General Fund                                                       $500.00

Total Income                                   $0.00                   $3,500.00

Expenses (Grants Paid)                 $0.00                   $0.00

 

Equity for Life

Contributions, Gifts, Grants, etc.                                  $0.00

From General Fund                                                       $25.00

Total Income                                  $7,910.00            $25.00

Expenses                                         $0.00                   $25.00

  Prior Proposed

Leading to Reading

Contributions, Gifts, Grants, etc.      $2,250.00

From General Fund                           $0.00

Total Income                    $0.00      $2,250.00

Expenses                           $2,000.00 $3,000.00

Girl's Conference

Contributions, Gifts, Grants, etc.      $4,260.00

From General Fund                           $1,000.00

Total Income                    $2,000.00 $5,260.00

Expenses                           $4,800.00 $5,260.00

Diversity

Contributions, Gifts, Grants, etc.      $0.00

From General Fund                           $0.00

Total Income                    $0.00      $0.00

Expenses                           $2,110.00 $1,800.00

Pay Equity

Contributions, Gifts, Grants, etc.      $250.00

From General Fund                           $250.00

Total Income                    $0.00      $500.00

Expenses                           $1,000.00 $500.00

Let's Read Math

Contributions, Gifts, Grants, etc.      $850.00

From General Fund                           $45.00

Total Income                    $0.00      $895.00

Expenses                           $0.00      $895.00

Newsletter

Contributions, Gifts, Grants, etc.

                                           $300.00  $300.00

Total Expense                   $300.00 $300.00

Soleil

Receipts less Expense      $0.00 $0.00

LAF

Contributions, Gifts, Grants, etc.      $500.00

From General Fund                           $500.00

Total Income                    $0.00      $1,000.00

Total Expense                                  $1,000.00

 

Total Income                    $12,710.00 $14,730.00

Total Expense - Dedicated Funds

                                           $12,710.00 $15,080.00

Income less Expense DF $0.00      ($350.00)

Total Requested from GF               $2,820.00


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Dear AAUW members,


I wish to express my gratitude for the honor of a named gift to the Educational Opportunities Fund of AAUW. It has been a pleasure to be a part of this wonderful association. I have enjoyed my role as Public Policy Chair and appreciated the support of AAUW members has made the Live Your Dream Girls’ Conference a continued success!

 

Marcine Humphrey                          April, 2010

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MEMBERSHIP MATTERS

Bergie Lebovitch *298-4045* blebokuvi@yahoo.com

 

Attention all members! (Except those who joined after Jan.1st of 2010) It’s that time again, when we have to renew our memberships. The Association has kept their fee at $49.00, of which $46.00 is tax deductible, the State remains at $10.00 and the Fabulous Poughkeepsie Branch is still a bargain at $16.00, also tax deductible. The renewal forms and most newly executed profile sheets will be in the mail by April 30th. It is essential that EVERYONE fill out the personal profile sheet so we will be able to better serve your needs. Please return your profile with your renewal.

 

This year we have decided to “sweeten the deal” by offering three free National memberships to those who have renewed by May 30th. These three $49.00 refund checks will be awarded after a drawing at the June 2nd Programming Meeting. We’re making it a little more enticing by offering you three chances if you get your renewal in by May 10th; two chances if by May 20th; and one chance by May 30th! (Liz Moesel will be receiving your renewals, and if you are having a financial institution make a direct payment-PLEASE MAKE THEM AWARE that Liz’s name and address must appear on the envelope)

 

Our “little” Branch is now at 316 members!!!! Number 1 in the State, and currently remaining Number 1 in the Country, in the Member get a Member Campaign. To maintain our status, nationally, we need MORE referrals from you ASAP! We definitely have competition from a branch south of us...(and we need another plaque to “house”!!!!)

   

Thirty-six members have brought in 77 members since July 1stof last year and they will be honored at the Annual Meeting on May 11th. Check out the two names with an asterisk (*) below and learn of the fantastic story behind them at the Annual Meeting.

 

According to the National Data Base of the AAUW, we in Poughkeepsie have a few celebrations of longevity milestones. Please join us at the Annual Meeting to honor Elizabeth (Betty) Smith for her 45 years, as she becomes an Honorary Branch Member. Additionally, we have Cynthia Averill, Marjorie DiDonato, Diane Sipos, and Ann Wade who are also celebrating 25 years with the Poughkeepsie Branch. Just think about all that these women have done for our Branch and their tireless efforts on behalf of all women and girls. Thank you all for all that you have done and will continue to do for AAUW.

 

Our Member Get A Member Honorees:

 

Marge Barton-3

Linda Beyer-4

Eleanor Burch-1

Jeanette Cantwell-2

Patricia Cerniglia- 1

Mary Lou Davis-2

Norma DePalma-2

*Rochelle Friedman-2

Gloria Ghedini-1

Gloria Gibbs-7

Jackie Goffe-McNish-1

Betty Harrel-1


Karen Haynes-1

Gwen Higgins-1

Marcine Humphrey-1

Peggy Kelland-2

Doris Kelly-4

Irene Keyes-3

Cathy Kinn-3

Bergie Lebovitch-4

Barbara Lemberger-1

Pat Luczai-1

Leona Miller-1

Pat Poggi-1

Jackie Prusak-1

Linda Rashba-1

Linda Roberts-1

*Amy Schwed-11

Celia Serotsky-1

Diane Sipos-2

Jane Toll-1

Barbara Van Itallie-2

Mary Louise Van Winkle-3

Sherre Wesley-2

Carole Wolf-1

Greta Woo-1

 

Please remember, РYou are the M VIP’s...We’ll just do the paperwork!


Join us in welcoming our newest members...

 

Geraldine Allan

Anne S. Brown

Verna Carr

Rochelle Friedman

Donna Garvey

Diane Jablonski

Jill Ann Loeb

Melody Mordock

Rosalia Saverino

Faith Schwenker

Valerie Wiggins

 

Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW, Inc. Officers 2009-2010

                                                          

President                               Linda Beyer            462-0345

Program V.P.                        Susan Osterhoudt   889-4469

                                                Diana Gleeson        229-8458 

Membership V.P.                  Bergie Lebovitch    298-4045

Educ. Foundation V.P.         Patricia Luczai        463-4662

                                                Trish Prunty

Secretary                               Barbara VanItallie  462-3924 

Treasurer                              Carol Loizides        452-3208

Assistant Treasurer              Elizabeth Moesel    896-9426

Association website: www.aauw.org

NY State website: www.aauw-nys.org


AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research.


In principle and in practice, AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. There shall be no barriers to full participation in thisorganization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or class.


The Branch is published ten times a year, September through June, by the Poughkeepsie Branch of the AAUW, Inc.. Send articles to the editor: Margaret Nijhuis, RNijhuis@hvc.rr.com (635-8612).