THE BRANCH

Poughkeepsie Branch of the

American Association of University Women, Inc.

P.O. Box 1908, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

 

Volume 27, Number 3                   Our 58th year of publication                    http://www.aauwpoughkeepsie.org                                November 2013

 

 


“7th GRADE GIRLS CELEBRATED FOR 8th YEAR IN A ROW!”

Cecilia Durkin *845/849-1858*  womensworkbw@yahoo.com 

AAUW Chair, Live Your Dream Conference

 

Recently, at Haviland Middle School’s open house, a young woman came up to the American Association of University Women (AAUW) table and said, “I went to this! I still use the backpack I got from there.”  She then turned to a younger girl attending the school open house with her mother.  “You should go to this! It’s great!”  She told the 7th grader as she passed her the brochure adding, “I wish they did this for every grade.”

 

On November 2, 2013, at Dutchess Community College, nearly 100 girls will attend the 8th Annual Live Your Dream 7th Grade Girls’ Conference hosted by Dutchess Community College and AAUW.

 

During the conference, girls throughout the region get to meet and mingle with other 7th grade girls from neighboring schools, with diverse backgrounds, and with varied interests.  There will be a special announcement from Assembly Member Didi Barrett.  There will be inspiring workshops like yoga, healthy eating, and jewelry making.  This year’s workshops also include instilling good body image from Marist Fashion Students, a STEM project with female engineers from IBM and singing in a chorus with recording artist Cat Guthrie.

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New Member Reception

 

November 14, 2013

6:00 pm to 6:45 pm

Unitarian Fellowship

 

Reception for members joining Poughkeepsie AAUW since March 2013 will be held just prior to our regular November Branch membership meeting.

See below.

 

 

The Poughkeepsie Branch presents:

SERVICE DOGS IN COURT

 

November 14, 2013

7:00 pm

 

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie*

67 S Randolph Avenue

Poughkeepsie, New York

David Crenshaw PhD, ABPP, RPT-S

Clinical Director of the Children’s Home

Founder of Rhinebeck Child and Family Center. LLC

 

Join us on November 14, 2013 to hear Dr David Crenshaw and his associates explain “Rosie’s Law”, a bill introduced into the New York State Legislature.  “Rosie’s Law” would allow for the use of specially trained service dogs in court.

 

Questions: Susie Blecker (462-7074) or iblecker@aol.com

               Mary Coiteux (226-8275) or mcoiteux@frontiernet.net

 

*Directions below.

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NOVEMBER CALENDAR

 Online Calendar at www.aauwpoughkeepsie.org

Contact: Kathy Friedman kfriedman33@gmail.com

 

3        Friends of Trekkers: 1:00 pm

  Meet at Caboose on Highland side.

  Turkey Trot along the Bridge Walk Loop, Poughkeepsie

         Organizer: volunteer needed, contact Karen

         Coordinator: Karen Haynes (297-5700)

         4       Word Games: 2:00 pm

         Hostess:  Carol Loizides (452-3208)

         Coordinator:  Ellie Charwat (462-7061)

5        World Travelers: 7:00 pm

         Presentation: Myanmar by Sheilia Zweifler

         Hostess: Susie Blecker

         Coordinator: Jeanette Cantwell (452-4188)

                  AAUWtravelers@gmail.com     

6        Aventures en Soleil: 11:00 am

  Metropolitan Museum of Art – Private tour

  Reservations (waiting list only): Peggy Kelland

           (297-0507) and Marcine Humphrey (485-7697)

         Coordinator: Ruth Sheets (473-6202)

6        Gourmet: Out & About: 6:30 pm

  Crave Restaurant, 129 Washington St., Poughkeepsie

  Contact: Kay Saderholm (229-8545)

           Ksaderholm@aol.com 

         7       Board Meeting: 7:00 pm

         Bethel Missionary Baptist Church

8        Daytime Literature: 10:00 am

         Book: The Blue Orchard by Jackson Taylor

         The Manor at Woodside, 168 Academy, Pok.

         Coordinators: Pat Dogil (454-5441) 

                  & Diana Gleeson (229-8458) 

         10     “The Branch” deadline for December

         12     Movie Night: Time TBD by show

         Movie: Group members will be notified the

         Thursday before - sign up with Sue.

         Discussion: Eveready Diner, Rt. 9, Hyde Park

         Director: Susan Osterhoudt (889-4469)

         Producer: Diana Gleeson

13      Mah Jongg: noon - 4:00 pm  

         Uno Chicago Grill – Lunch ($15)

         Contact: Jackie Prusak (226-6049) by November 11

         Coordinator: Amy Schwed (462-2269)

         14     General Membership Meeting: 7:00 pm

         All members are invited and encouraged to attend

         – see details on page 1.

16      Trekkers: 9:00 am at Pete’s Famous Diner Parking Lot

         Hyde Park Trail Hike

         Organizer: volunteer needed, contact Karen

         Coordinator: Karen Haynes (297-5700)

16      Bridge 3: 10:00 am (Note different date)

  Hostess: Patty Cerniglia (298-7655)

         Coordinator: Donna Reichner dlr0804@verizon.net

18      Manderley Literary Society: 7:30 pm

         Book: Hour of Peril by Daniel Stashower

         Hostess: Roz Werner (462-0630)

         Coordinator: Ellie Burch (297-7828)

         19     Cuisine: 6:30 pm

         New Orleans Cuisine

         Recipes: Betsy Kopstein-Stuts, bkopstein@hotmail.com

         Hostess: Ann Smith, TimSmith7@optonline.com

         Coordinator: Barbara Van Itallie (462-3924)

20      Bridge I: 1:00 - 4:00 pm

         Hostess: Debby Lunders (223-7397)

         Coordinators:  Linda Ronayne (897-9745)

                  & Mary Ann Ryan (897-9679)

20      Contemporary Literature: 7:30 pm

         Book: Canada by Richard Ford       

         Hostess: Betty Harrell (462-2141)

         Coordinators: Ann Wade (229-5267)

                  & Linda Freisitzer (266-5427)

22      Art on the Go: 9:30 am

         Peekskill Contemporary Museum

         Organizer: Carol Loizides (452-3208)

         Coordinator: Mary Coiteux (226-8275)

25      All those books...: 7:00 pm     

         Book: Bread and Wine by Ignazio Silone

         Hostess: Peggy Kelland (297-0507)

         Coordinator: Carol Loizides (452-3208)

26      Women’s Personal & Professional Development:

         5:30-7:30 pm, DCC, Washington Hall, room 138

         Effective Meetings: Parliamentary Procedures, Recording

         Minutes, Creating an Agenda, and Facilitating a Meeting       Presenter: Jacqueline Goffe-McNish 

         Coordinator: Jacqueline Goffe-McNish

                  mcnish@sunydutchess.edu

 

         Bridge II.  No game, Happy Thanksgiving

         Coordinators: Cathy Kinn cathy@kinn.org &

                  Jackie Prusak (226-6049)

The Ediss Book Group: No meeting, happy holiday!

         Coordinator: Celia Serotsky (473-8426)

Pins & Needles: No meeting, enjoy your Thanksgiving

         Coordinators:

         Arlene Seligman (297-0006) &        Jane Toll (463-2712)       

 

LOOKING AHEAD

December 12   The Local Effects of Climate Change

                           John (Skip) DeGilio

January 9, 2014 Enslavement in New York during Colonial Times

                            Michael Lord

January 31, 2014    CTAUN Conference UN

April 13, 2014          Writers’ Tea

April 25 – 27, 2014 AAUW-NYS Convention

 

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE                

Jacqueline Goffe-McNish *471-7220* mcnish@sunydutchess.edu   

 

During the fifties there was a very popular song by Pete Seeger entitled “To Everything There is a Season”.  This song was a source of encouragement and affirmation for the people of the fifties and even into the sixties.  They were dealing with civil rights upheavals, economic instability, and ongoing wars.  They were encouraged by this song to celebrate their present successes and recognize that the difficulties were temporary and would pass with the season.

 

To every thing, turn, turn, turn

There is a season, turn, turn, turn

And a time to every purpose under the sun.

 

This is an exciting season in the life of AAUW Poughkeepsie.  We have the opportunity to impact the community positively and help each other make a tangible contribution to the advancement of the society. 

 

In this season we can “plant.”  We can plant new ideas that will produce fruits of creativity which will stimulate us intellectually.

 

We can “heal.”  There are many broken relationships within our organization which can be healed with a kind and caring word.

 

We can “speak out.”  We, who have the opportunity and the privilege of a college education, need to speak for women and girls who cannot ‘voice’ their concerns.

 

We can “buildup.”  AAUW Poughkeepsie has the capacity to serve a larger and more diverse population of women.

 

We can “weep.”  Here is an opportunity to empathize with another woman.  No one should have to weep alone.

 

We can “cast away.”  There are things and attitudes in our organization that we need to get rid of so that new people will feel more welcome.

 

We can “laugh.”  Laughing will remind us that we cannot take ourselves too seriously.

 

We can “embrace.”  Let us embrace the new and wonderful things that are happening in the organization. 

 

We have very brilliant and talented women in Poughkeepsie AAUW who are waiting to contribute to the success of this Branch.  I am excited about the future of the Branch.  Let us work together in this “season.”

 

FOCUS, AAUW-NYS Newsletter

 

AAUW-NYS newsletter, Focus, was recently sent.  If you missed your email notice you can find the Focus at www.aauwpoughkeepsie.org, select Membership/Publications.

 

PAPER, RIBBON, SCISSORS….

Elizabeth Harrel * 462-2141* bharrel28@gmail.com

 

and lots of fun!  That’s the recipe for the Leading to Reading gift wrapping days at Hudson River Lodging.  We wrap donated holiday gifts for the children living in their emergency and transitional  housing shelter and provide each with a new book  from our Leading to Reading project.

 

We’ll be wrapping at Hudson River Lodging,  389 Manchester Road  ( Route 55 across the road from Page Lumber).  Each member is asked to bring all their wrapping supplies, including tape and gift labels.  Our sessions will be held from 9:00 – 11:30 am. 

 

To sign up for

Tuesday, December 10 please contact Ellie Burch at reburch@verizon.net . 

Thursday, December 12 please contact Patty Cerniglia at pattycerniglia@optonline.net 

 

We hope to see you there!

 

LIVE YOUR DREAM GIRLS’ CONFERENCE

Help send a girl to the conference!

 

Please make your check  payable to “Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW” and mail to:

                  Cecilia Dinio-Durkin

                  8 Jonathan Lane, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

 

 

I would like to sponsor one girl’s (or more) attendance to the “Live your Dream” conference.

 

□$25  Covers the total cost of one girl’s attendance.

□$10  Buys a girl lunch and some supplies.

Name: __________________________________

Address:________________________________

____________________________________

Phone: ___________ Email:_____________________

 

Your name will be included in the program book

as a donor unless anonymity is requested.

______________________________________

This is a tax-deductible contribution.

 


Supporters of The Branch!!

                                   

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

Patrons ($25 or more)

 

Catherine Albanese, Joan Cordani, Marguerite Cotter,

Lillian DePasquale, Marion Effron, Joan Fay,

Ruth Gau, Gloria Gibbs, Sandra Goldberg,

Peggy Lombardi, Jean Miller, Jacqueline Prusak,

Margaret Ruggeri (In Memoriam), Brenda Schaffer

Terry Schneider, Barbara Van Itallie

 

To add your name to the list, mail a check payable: “Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW, Inc.” to Margaret Nijhuis,

 9 McAllister Drive, Pleasant Valley, NY 12569

 

“HATS OFF”

Mary Coiteux *226-8275* mcoiteux@frontiernet.net

An expression of admiration for someone's achievement or contribution and our acknowledgment for it.

 

“Hats Off” to Ellie Charwat.  The Friends of the Poughkeepsie Library District has awarded the Adriance Honors to her, which is one of many distinctions she has achieved.  Ellie has been awarded the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-kill Medal, the Athena Award, and the Marist College President’s Award. She has been recognized as a New York State Woman of Distinction.  She has served as head of Marist College School of Adult Ed for 13 years.  Ellie was our own Woman of the Year in 2005.

 

“Hats Off”  to Carol Loizides for the exhibition of her art work in the “Three at the Center” show at the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon.

 

NEW INTEREST GROUP

Euterpe and Friends

Carol Loizides  *452-3208*  e.loizides@verizon.net.

 

Poetry has been an integral part of human expression from the dawn of civilization,  It enriches the lives of those who are open to its ability to support us, enhance our life experiences and simply provide aesthetic pleasure.  I’d like to propose a new interest group, Euterpe and Friends.  We would read poetry and perhaps members would also take the leap to write poems.  Poetry from around the world would be included.  Different approaches will be discussed, members could bring a poem of their choice to read, perhaps on a particular topic or by a particular poet.

 

If anyone is interested in exploring this possibility, please contact me at 452-3208 or e.loizides@verizon.net.

 

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SERVICE DOGS IN COURT

 

Participating in a trial is an emotionally trying event.  Child and adult victims and witnesses of sexual assault are often too fearful and intimidated to testify in open court in the presence of the accused.  “Rosie’s Law” would allow, at the discretion of the judge, a highly trained dog to accompany the witness when giving testimony.  The calming presence of these support dogs can significantly reduce the anxiety of the witness and improve the efficiency and quality of the person’s communication.

 

“Rosie’s Law” was named after Rosie, the first Assistance Dog allowed by a New York State court to accompany a witness into the witness box during testimony.  During the testimony, Rosie lay motionless on the floor of the witness stand, using only her snout to press into the teen's lower leg to bring calm when needed.  Rosie enabled the child victim to testify in court against the man who had repeatedly abused her.

 

Dr Crenshaw is working to expand the court house dog program to make it available for any child who is required to testify in court.  The use of facility dogs can help bring about an important change in how the emotional needs of all involved in the criminal justice system can be met, resulting in a more effective and compassionate justice system.

 

Directions: 67 South Randolph Ave. can be accessed from Hooker Ave. or take Route 9 to Sharon Dr (near Holiday Inn). At the end of Sharon turn left onto Beechwood then the first right onto Ferris Lane, next an immediate left to S. Randolph. 

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie is on the right.

 

WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST

NEW MEMBERS!

 

Michele Clarke    Patricia O’Brien    Gloria Rice

 

 

PUBLIC POLICY - Legal Advocacy Fund

It is a matter of Justice!

Marcine.humhrey@gmail.com  *485-7697*

 

Kori Cioca always knew she wanted to join the military.  As soon as she was eligible, she joined the Coast Guard.  She thrived there, until one of her superiors began harassing her. After her complaints about the harassment fell on deaf ears, he escalated his behavior, assaulting her and breaking her jaw and later raping her.  Kori eventually left the military, traumatized, wounded, and betrayed.

 

When Kori found out that about 20 percent of women and

1 percent of men in the military are sexually assaulted, she decided to join the lawsuit Cioca v. Rumsfeld to help change that bleak reality.  She and dozens of other military member survivors of sexual violence allege that the failure of the Department of Defense to act on the issue of sexual assault in the military amounts to a violation of their constitutional rights. AAUW proudly supported these plaintiffs and their case; eventually Kori’s story was included in the award-winning documentary The Invisible War.

 

As a member of AAUW, you are supporting women as they wage legal battles. Through the Legal Advocacy Fund, AAUW offers financial and non financial support for strategic workplace and campus sex discrimination cases.  LAF offers a nationwide referral network of more than 250 lawyers and scientists across the country.  Through the AAUW “Programs in a Box” members can fight abuses of Title IX compliance and cases of campus sexual assault.  Whether we are offsetting legal fees and court costs, signing amicus briefs, writing statements of support or attending court proceedings to offer moral support, we are all part of a network that champions women in their fight for equity.

 

The AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund is pleased to provide the Know Your Rights at Work resource.  This resource, developed by experts, provides up-to-date content and reflects the latest legal developments, so you know you’re getting current information on workplace protection.  Women can obtain a copy of by going to the national web page and looking under Legal Advocacy tab. (http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do ). I urge you to visit the AAUW Website and familiarize yourself with our work in this realm.

 

BOOK BUDDIES

Elizabeth Harrel * 462-2141* bharrel28@gmail.com

 

Do you enjoy reading with a young child?  Is it something you can do weekly?  Literacy Connections sponsors a Book Buddy program in the City of Poughkeepsie schools.  Each volunteer goes into the school once a week to read with a student in Grades 2-4.  The goal is to improve reading skills and build confidence.  The Leading to Reading project will be supplying a book for each child who takes part in the program.

 

For further information, please contact Judy Connolly at the Book Buddies Program.  You can reach her at 845/452-8670 or www.literacyconnections.org/programs-services/book-buddies

 

MEMBERSHIP MATTERS

Kay Saderholm *229-8545* ksaderholm@aol.com

 

It is so exciting to let everyone know that we have 20 new members – 17 joined at the Open House and 3 thereafter.  We will be welcoming them at our New Member Reception which will be held from 6 pm to 6:45 pm just prior to our regular November Branch meeting at the Unitarian Fellowship.

 

The key words for membership are “getting involved.”  Whether you are a new member or have been an AAUW member for many years, the way to find out what we are all about are found in those two words.  We have 19 interest groups and 9 community outreach/ initiative programs.  Look them over and join one or two or three or more of them! 

 

The exciting thing about all these opportunities is meeting so many wonderful people.  And then there is the opportunity to try something new which may then develop into a lifelong interest.  Start by attending one Interest Group in November and the November Branch meeting, November 14.  You are welcome to attend any Interest Group – just call the coordinator listed on page 2.

 

Our new membership directory will soon be ready.  It contains names, addresses, phone numbers, and emails of all our members.  The directory will be mailed to each of you by USPS.  It is a wonderful resource; it contains all the information stated above and more.  So keep it handy near your phone or your computer so you will always be able to contact members.  Mary Jo Cottrell, Mary Anne Hogarty  and Margaret Nijhuis have worked many hours preparing the directory and we very much appreciate their efforts.

 

Stand Up To Domestic Violence

COURT MONITORING INITIATIVE

Ann Pinna, Karen Gomba, Carol Foy

 

November 2013

The Stand Up To Domestic Violence Initiative is continuing in full force this season.  We have a team of 14 court monitors who go into Family Court every month to monitor cases of domestic violence.  As always, our goal is to root out systemic problems in the court system and share our findings and concerns with judges in order to ensure fair and equal treatment for women affected by domestic violence.  So far, 3 new monitors have gone through training this summer.  Besides frequent group sharing of information and court experiences, monthly meetings at Brookhaven - Grace Smith House, have been noteworthy.  At our previous meetings, we have hosted Lisa Rubenstein, Court Attorney, and Bonnie Allen of the Mediation Center.  Public Defender, Tom Angell, will speak in November.

 

If anyone wishes to join the court monitoring team, new training will begin in the spring.  Monitors are required to monitor court at least once per month, fill out observation forms, and mail them for data entry.  Monitors are also required to attend monthly meetings.  If you are interested, please contact Ann Pinna at 462-3140 or e-mail her at ajpinna@aol.com

 

50 YEARS AGO: MLK AND THE MARCH

August 29, 2013, Ruth Wahtera, Kingston Branch AAUW

 

I’d never seen signs like this before.  “Colored Entrance,” “Whites Only” Rest Rooms and drinking fountains with arrows for “Whites” and “Colored.” These signs appeared at our rest stops more frequently as we moved further south.  About 30 of us were traveling by chartered bus from Boston to North Carolina for a week-long conference.  We couldn’t ignore the signs; they applied to our ragtag, multiracial group of teenagers.

 

I was sixteen at the time and committed to the passage of civil rights. Idealistic.  Naive.  Most of us had never been south before.  We were outraged at the signs and vowed to give them none of our business.  If we couldn’t all eat together we wouldn’t eat.

 

Boston wasn’t the most liberal of places.  Earlier that spring my mother told the folks at her hairdresser’s that our family would be hosting some kids overnight for a weekend church conference.  Someone asked what she would do if one of the kids assigned to us was a negro?  Mother had never thought about it but answered “Make them feel at home.”  Sure enough, Wally, one of the two boys assigned to us, was black. The spare room had a double bed which Mother had expected two girls would share.  Now we had two adolescent boys – one black and one white, Mother was initially freaked.  Boys didn’t share beds.  The boys didn’t care.  And if there were repercussions from parents or neighbors, I never heard about them.

 

The summer conference was at a Quaker school, Guilford College, in Greensboro, NC.  Guilford had voluntarily integrated the campus the year before – 1962.  They might have been the only southern college that would host our multiracial group and shared our commitment to civil rights.  They had helped us arrange a day of service with the local black hospital.  Our work crews spent the day cleaning, painting, and fixing things.  Somehow, I always ended up on the paint crew.

 

I felt like we were trying to make a silk purse from the proverbial sow’s ear.  The hospital was old and the patients poor.  It was depressing and overcrowded.  Our one day of work was a drop in the bucket, but this trip south was teaching me about life.

 

Most of us planned to spend our second week in Washington DC.  Word about the March on Washington was spreading.  I was excited about exploring the Smithsonian, the zoo, the pawn shops and streets of the city.  But most of all, I was excited by the March on Washington taking shape on Wednesday.

The city had a magic about it.  People were arriving from everywhere by bus, train, hitchhiking, walking, driving.  Everyone was friendly and interested in where you were from and why you came.

 

 I like to pretend that when you look at that picture of the reflecting pool and the mall filled with people, you can see me. I’m right there on the left side, not far from the water, sitting with some of the best friends I’ve ever had.

The day was hot, the program long, the sky perfectly blue.  Every celebrity and politician was introduced and it seemed like there were hundreds of them. Mahalia Jackson and Marion Anderson, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, and Peter, Paul & Mary broke up the speeches.  ‘We shall overcome’ echoed throughout the city.

 

It was an amazing, peaceful day that changed many of our lives.  Malcolm X, may have criticized the march, describing it as "a picnic" and "a circus" and it was that.  But that’s not bad.

 

Fifty years later it’s still one of the most memorable days of my life. I listen to the MLK speech every year with mixed emotions and lots of tears. So much has changed for us all since 1963, but not enough!

 

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Girls’ Conference

 

The LYD committee and all of the workshop leaders all volunteer their time for this worthy endeavor.  Over the years, other nonprofits have also contributed to the day, showing their commitment to the young women in this area.  According to this year’s committee chair, Cecilia Dinio Durkin, “It’s a community outreach that meets our mission to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.  So it’s an event that we feel strongly about and hope will continue for many more years to come.” 

 

At the recent Arlington Middle School open house, Jessica Steinbach handed out brochures and talked about her experience attending the conference when she was 12 years old. Jessica is now a senior at Arlington High School, the lead in this year’s Musical, “Aida,” a volunteer at a local horse rescue, working on her Gold Medal for Girl Scouts, named one of the Hudson Valley’s Sweet 16 exceptional role models and an honor students!  What better spokesperson could the LYD Conference ask for?

 

The conference only costs the girls $9 since it is highly subsidized by fundraising efforts from the Writer’s Teas and from donations made by our members (see page 3).  The day includes a fully catered lunch and transportation for some of the students.  Each student will be given custom fair trade bags made by women in Ghana and hand-woven “Dream” bracelets from women in Guatemala.

 

NEWS FROM THE UN….

Geeta Desai *297-7589* geetadesai@optonline.net

 

As the countdown to 2015 begins, practically all discussions at the UN have been focusing on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  The MDGs are the biggest human development program undertaken in the history of the world as we know it.  The eight goals: Eradicate extreme poverty; Achieve Universal Primary Education; Promote gender equality and promote women; Reduce child mortality; Improve maternal health; Combat HIV, Malaria and other communicable diseases; Ensure environmental sustainability and Build global partnerships for development, form a blueprint to meet the needs of the world’s poorest people.  And, to that end, have galvanized unprecedented efforts by the UN, country governments and NGOs.  The goals are to be achieved by 2015 but in spite of some stunning successes, a great deal of work remains to be done. 

 

Discussions of the MDGs will also form the basis of the next Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meetings which will take place from March 10 – 21, 2014.  (Approximately 40 Poughkeepsie AAUW members attended these meetings earlier this year).  If you are planning on attending next year’s meetings or are simply interested in understanding global trends that will change the world as we know it, please visit http://www.wg-usa.org/advocacyblog/

 

Blog articles, at this site, cover MDG- relevant discussions taking place since September 20 in the UN General Assembly and will continue, over the next few months, to cover important background information that enables you to easily interpret the actions and intent of the UN, member country governments (including the USA), civil society and iconic institutions like the IMF and the World Bank as they try to strategize for the successful completion of the MDGs and a global future that is sustainable.

 

AAUW AND THE DC GIRL SCOUTS!

Peggy Kelland *297-0507* smkell45@aol.com

 

A series of monthly events has begun for Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Girl Scouts (grades 6-12).  These events are also open to all girls of that age in Dutchess County.  The help of AAUW members is requested.  Most events will be on the third Friday of the month at R.C. Ketcham High School from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the cafeteria or library.

 

Each event will feature a topic, including paper crafts (Oct.), math games (Nov.), dance (Dec.), cooking (Jan.), flower arranging, scrapbooking, storytelling, and fiber crafts.  A game night last May led by AAUW member, Gwen Higgins, was enthusiastically received by the many girls who attended.  Several other AAUW members have already signed up for different months.

 

AAUW members are needed to lead activities - either a special activity you would like to share or one we will prepare.  This is an opportunity to share our diverse skills at one-time events and to serve as successful adult role models to teenage girls from diverse backgrounds.  The Girl Scouts are arranging for the facilities, insurance, adult chaperones, snacks, and reimbursement for supplies.  They are thrilled to have AAUW's involvement.

 

Both AAUW and the Girl Scouts have consistently supported empowerment for ALL women and girls, lifelong learning, community involvement, and making a difference in the lives of both their members and the larger society.  The Girl Scouts express this in their mission statement: "to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place."

 

Please call (297-0507) or email me at smkell45@aol.com if you would like to be involved.

 

AAUW EMAILS

Margaret Nijhuis *635-8612* margaretnijhuis@gmail.com

The Branch editor and “one of the senders of official emails”

 

In the past few weeks, I have received a number of emails from AAUW Interest Group members “advertising” events for other organizations.  May I remind you that this is against branch policy.  There is a statement on each page of our directory that says 2012, 2013 information for exclusive use of AAUW.  We are aware that our members belong to many excellent organizations within our community and we would like to help, but not through the use of our private e-mail lists.  Ways to spread the word would be by announcing the event at meetings (if it does not conflict with an AAUW date) or by notifying me.  If I have the space, I would be happy to add it to our newsletter.

 

I encourage those who send out e-mails to do so as blind copy (BCC), thereby keeping individual addresses hidden.  If you have questions about this, please give me a call and I will go over it with you.https://mail.google.com/mail/images/cleardot.gif

 

Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW, Inc. Officers 2013-2014

 

President                              Jacqueline Goffe-McNish

                                                                                 471-7220

Program V.P.                      Susie Blecker               462-7074

                                             Mary Coiteux               226-8275

Membership V.P.                 Kay Saderholm             229-8545

Educ. Foundation V.P.        Linda Roberts               227-5287

Secretary                             Elizabeth Harrel            462-2141

Treasurer                            Barbara Van Itallie       462-3924

Assistant Treasurer             Jeanette Cantwell          452-4188

Association website:  www.aauw.org                               

NY State website: www.aauw-nys.org

Poughkeepsie Branch website: www.aauwpoughkeepsie.org 

 

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

 

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