Category Archives: AAUW

6/28: Congressional Primary Day

Today, Tuesday, June 28, 2016, is Congressional Primary Day!
If you are eligible (a registered Democrat or Republican), please get out and vote.
Encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to vote too.
Polls are open from noon to 9 PM.
Call me if you need a ride to the polls.
Susan H, 845-389-3961,

Election information (LWV website)

Board of Elections websites
– Dutchess County:
– Greene County:
– Ulster County:
– NYS:


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4/23 at 3: Girl Rising in Rosendale

Girl Rising

Saturday, April 23, 3 PM

Rosendale Theatre, 408 Main St., Rosendale

Presented by the Human Rights Youth Interns of the Mid-Hudson Valley United Nations Association
$5 | PG-13 | 1 hr 41 min | Documentary

A special screening of the film Girl Rising (PG-13) by Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins seeks to bring attention to gender inequity in education in the developing world and foster conversations among high school and college students especially. There will
be a discussion following the film.

Girl Rising journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. Prize-winning authors put the girls’ remarkable stories into words, and renowned actors give them voice.

3/19 bus trip: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford

March 19

AAUW & SSIP Spring Bus Trip

Saturday, March 19 

to the newly-reopened

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

in Hartford, CT

This splendid collection includes European and American paintings, decorative arts, costumes, sculptures.

  Check out their website at

Cost: $56 ($52 for members of AAUW, SIP and SSIP)
includes bus, driver tip, and Museum Entrance

(Ask about our cancellation policy.)

The bus leaves the Kingston Plaza (behind the former Ames)

and returns at about 5 PM 
For reservations, contact ViVi at 845-331-0155 or
 Then secure your place with a check to AAUW-Kingston Branch
 sent to: ViVi Hlavsa, 191 Lapla Road, Kingston, NY 12401
Open to all, the AAUW supports educational opportunities for women and girls locally, nationally and internationally. SIP and SSIP help people to stay in their own homes and keep active in their own communities.
 Ask for more information with your reservation.

4/10 bus trip: Picasso at The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia

Linda Gold of Gourmet Art Tours LLC and AAUW Present
Picasso at The Barnes Foundation
Sunday, April 10
Cost $125
Picasso’s Femme Asise 1920
Matisse, “Lorette in a Red Jacket” 1917

Note: Due to The Barnes advance reservation policy, we must have a minimum of 25 paid reservations by Wednesday, March 9. 

Everyone loves The Barnes! This time we’ll see a special Picasso exhibit, along with the enormously rich collection in this wonderful museum. The walls are filled with180 Renoirs, 68 Cezannes, 59 Matisses, 46 Picassos, 16 Modiglianis and 7 Van Goghsplus African sculpture, Asian prints, medieval manuscripts, and decorative metalwork. It also includes magnificent old master paintings by El Greco, Peter Paul Rubens and Titian. It is an extraordinary experience viewing these masterpieces in one place.
“Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation and Change”explores Picasso’s work from 1912 – 1924, during the tumultuous years of the First World War, when the artist began to alternate between cubist and classical modes in his art. In the exhibit, he moves back and forth between the two styles, breaking forms apart and making them whole again. The exhibit features some 50 oil paintings, watercolors, and drawings from the Picasso Museums in Barcelona, Malaga, and Paris, and from private collections. There are also about 15 great paintings by Picasso’s contemporaries – including Matisse, Braque, Leger, and Rivera. There are photos by Cocteau of Picasso and his friends in Montparnasse. The exhibition includes four costumes, the theatre curtain, and the sets designed by Picasso for the avant-garde ballet, Parade. It premiered in Paris in 1917 and was performed by Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes, with music by Eric Satie and story by Jean Cocteau.Parade was the first collaboration of its kind and was viewed as a revolutionary approach to theater. Picasso was the first avant-garde artist involved in such a production. Parade may be the ultimate fusion of cubist and classical forms.
The bus departs from the back of the former Ames, Kingston Plaza, at 8am. We return to Kingston at approximately 6:45pm.The cost covers admission to The Barnes and tickets to Picasso:The Great War, Experimentation and Change. “Our tour is self-guided with easy-to-use digital audio guides that provide expert commentary, music and art history references. Also included is the luxury coach, gratuity, mimosas with breakfast en route, and a selection of wines with delicious hors d’oeuvres on the return trip. Lunch is dutch-treat in the Garden Restaurant or the Coffee Bar of the museum or, if you prefer, across the street at Le Pain Quotidien, Pizzeria Vetri, or Whole Foods.
Dr. Albert C. Barnes was a brilliant man who made a fortune when he developed, marketed and manufactured Argyrol, an antiseptic silver compound used to prevent infant blindness. After Barnes sold his business for $6 billion in 1929, he, with the help of William Glackens and Gertrude Stein, began collecting art in Paris. Over the ensuing years, he acquired some of the most outstanding Impressionist and Post Impressionist paintings, among them Matisse’s “The Joy of Life” and Cezanne’s “The Card Players.” The collection, described as priceless, is estimated to be worth more than $25 billion. It was housed in his home in Merion, PA and became a remarkable museum. The collection was moved in 2012 to its present location on Philadelphia’s showplace Franklin Avenue. The new museum is an exact replica of the original: 24 galleries recreated with the exact proportions and window placement, the same mustard-colored burlap walls, and the artwork arranged exactly as in his Merion mansion. This museum is a national treasure to visit again and again.
To reserve, make your check payable to AAUW (American Association of University Women), include your phone number, address and email, and mail it to: Linda Gold, 1 Jacobs Lane, New Paltz, NY 12561. For further information, call Linda at 845-255-5256 or email Specify “art tours” in the space for “subject.” Sign up early to ensure a spot. There will be no refunds unless the spot is filled by someone on the waiting list.

Call people to vote in the 4/19 primary

Reminding People to Vote
Urgent Request!
The League of Women Voters is setting up a non-partisan program, phoning New Yorkers to remind them to vote in the presidential primary on Tuesday, April 19.
This includes getting together first to go over techniques. The League hopes several members of AAUW’s Kingston branch will join other organizations in the area to get people to the polls.
Please call ViVi at 845-331-0155 today if you can help.
Many thanks!

Note from Susan H.

Remember that New York State has closed primaries. You must be registered in a party to vote in that party’s primary. If you are a new voter or if you have recently moved here, you must register by Friday, March 25.

Not sure if you are registered, or what you’re registered as? Check your current registration status here.

New York State Board of Elections


3/3 at 7: AAUW Supreme Court Conference Call – Register Now!

AAUW Action Network

Register for the AAUW Supreme Court Conference Call

Join AAUW on March 3, 2016, at 7 p.m. ET , for a conference call to learn more about the process on judicial nominations. Members will learn more about what they can do to urge the President and senators to uphold their constitutional responsibility to fairly and expeditiously select and consider a nominee.

Date: March 3, 2016
Time: 7 p.m. ET

RSVP today! We will follow up with call-in information as the event approaches.

If you cannot attend the call, make sure to take action by sending a message to President Barack Obama and the Senate urging them to select and consider a nominee!

1111 16th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

RSVP today for 3/16 UN bus trip

Here’s some info from Margaret Nijhuis and Sabashnee Govender of AAUW Poughkeepsie.

Please let Sabashnee know if you would like to join the bus trip to attend the parallel events of CSW 60. If you would like to learn more about CSW, here is a link:

Information for the bus trip

Date:                                Wednesday, March 16

Destination:                     United Nations Visitors Center (bus will drop us off outside the UN), NYC

Departure Place:              Poughkeepsie Plaza, 2600 South Road (Route 9), Poughkeepsie

Departure Time:               7:30 AM

Return Time:                   7:30 PM (approximate)

Cost:  Members    $24

Non-members     $26

By 2/26, send your check, payable to Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW, Inc., to:

Sabashnee Govender, 8 Maplebrook Lane, New Paltz, NY 12561  

Email address:

I am looking forward to seeing you on the bus and promoting the  AAUW mission of advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.
Best Wishes
Sabashnee Govender
International Initiatives Chair


Also note that Geeta Desai from the Poughkeepsie branch is doing a workshop on March 21 – some members will go by train on that day.

1/22: 2016 CTAUN conference at UN – register by 1/14

Registration closes tomorrow for the  2016 Committee on Teaching about the United Nations (CTAUN) Conference at the United Nations:
Stewardship for a Sustainable World:
Education in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Friday, January 22, 2016


If you have not yet registered, please note that the registration deadline is

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Conference schedule and details:


The day will include  a special segment by educators on teaching about the SDGs, as well as an array of teaching materials at our InfoFair

Visit the CTAUN website:

Happy 131st Birthday, Alice Paul! + Chi-Raq in Rosendale

Happy New Year!

And Happy 131st Birthday to Alice Paul! If you’ve never seen Iron Jawed Angels, I highly recommend it. It is a branch favorite. We’ve had several showings of this inspiring film about Alice Paul and her colleagues. I have the DVD, so I can set up another viewing – let me know if you’re interested.

Also, another film of interest this week at the Rosendale Theatre:


Tuesday, January 12 and Wednesday, January 13

7:15 pm

2015 | R | 2 hr 7 min | Drama

After the murder of a child by a stray bullet, a group of women led by Lysistrata organize against the ongoing violence in Chicago’s South Side, creating a movement that challenges the nature of race, sex, and violence in America and around the world.

A modern-day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago.

Director: Spike Lee. Stars: Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Wesley Snipes