Friday, 3/11: Black History Month event at KCSU – Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future

An invitation from Jordan Scruggs, Director of SUNY Ulster’s New Start for Women program (and a popular past guest speaker for our branch!) —

We are pleased to invite you to attend our first Black History Month event at the Kingston Center of SUNY Ulster, 94 Marys Ave, Kingston on Friday, March 11 from 2 PM to 6 PM, with an awards ceremony at 4 PM.

The theme of the program is Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future. There will be free food, African drumming lessons, and educational presentations. The event is sponsored by the Kingston Center at SUNY Ulster (KCSU), the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at SUNY Ulster, and the New Start for Women program.

At 4 PM, we will be honoring six of the “unsung heroes” in our community who embody the theme of the event with their life’s work. One of them is Gigi Smith, a member of AAUW Kingston and an alum of the New Start for Women program, whose graduating class members called her their “cheerleader, friend, and the glue that kept us together.”

We would be honored to have your presence at our event if you are available.

2/17 at 4 PM: Branch Meeting and Member Showcase (online)

AAUW Kingston: Member Showcase
Thursday, February 17, 4 PM

Our branch members have fascinating backgrounds, interesting life experiences, and diverse talents. at our 2/17 branch meeting, two of our members, Dr. Judee Irwin and Adele Calcavecchio, will talk about other parts of their lives.

Adele Calcavecchio will be telling us about her acting career: My Life as an Actor.
The past president of AAUW Kingston is the daughter of a long-time AAUW member, a graduate of Trinity College in Washington D.C., and a recipient of a Masters Degree from Yale. She taught English, Public Speaking and Linguistics from grade 7 through the university level. She has acted in live theater from her teenage years until the present. Adele is presently the President of Performing Arts of Woodstock.

Dr. Judee Irwin is a professor emeritus at the University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education, where she taught literacy education and critical pedagogy. Since retiring, she has become a committed Buddhist practitioner and recently delivered a homily at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills on the subject of Buddhist approaches to happiness. At the February 17 meeting, she will share with us The Buddhist Path to Happiness.

Contact Lynn Gore for Zoom information (

Online branch soup fundraiser (now through 4/30)!

Soup Fundraiser!
Now through Sat., April 30, 2022
Eat some good soup and support our branch scholarships!

Made with top-quality freeze-dried ingredients, the delicious flavors are locked in
until you pour the packet in the pot with broth.
Add meat and fresh veggies as suggested or to your liking for a healthy meal.
No MSG. No Salt. No Preservatives.

Here is our unique branch fundraising web page:
Please send this web page to your friends and relatives.
They can order and pay online and the soups are shipped directly to them.
Each package is $9 and shipping is calculated on the order form.
AAUW Kingston receives 50% ($4.50) for each soup package ordered on
our fundraising web page.

How Does it Work?
1. Go to our unique branch fundraising web page:
2. You should see YOUR PURCHASE MADE BY 4/30/2022 SUPPORTS AAUW KINGSTON near the top and Thank you for supporting: AAUW KINGSTON below that.
3. Scroll down and click on the START SHOPPING button.
4. Click on the ADD TO CART button for each soup you want to order.
5. When you are done shopping, click on View cart.
6. Click on the PROCEED TO CHECKOUT button and fill in all of the required fields.
**Important!** ==> Under Fundraiser Name, type: AAUW KINGSTON.
7. If desired, you can ship soups directly to others.

If you need help ordering, email Lynn Gore:

With 13 varieties to choose from, there’s a flavor for everyone.
These make great gifts for the holidays, birthdays, and get well and welcome baskets.
Stock up your pantry with easy, quick meals.

Thank you for supporting our branch scholarships and enjoy your soup!

2/26 at 11 AM: Join AAUW Rockland for their 22nd Annual Diversity Brunch (online)!

AAUW Rockland County
22nd Annual Diversity Brunch
Saturday, February 26
11 AM to 12:30 PM

African American Women
In the Movement
with guest speaker Roger Glass
Family Historian and Lecturer

A Family’s Legacy of Women’s Rights Activists

In the early 1900s, New Yorkers Addie Jackson and her daughter Beatrice Jackson joined other Black women in NYS in leading the fight for equal rights for African Americans and for voting rights for all women.

Join us to hear Roger Glass’s account of his ancestral discoveries!

Advance Registration Required!
Click here to register.

For more information, call 845-406-5156.

This event is being co-sponsored by the Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and Westchester
Branches of AAUW, the League of Women Voters, RCAC Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
the Rockland Chapter of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and the Spring Valley Branch NAACP.

Thursday, 1/27 at 4 PM: Creating Allyship webinar

AAUW’s Inclusion and Equity Committee invites you to participate in a virtual webinar series. These webinars support state and branch leaders, diversity officers and other members as they work to make their affiliates more diverse, equitable and inclusive. They supplement the resources available in AAUW’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) toolkit. The 2022 series begins with:

Creating Allyship on 1/27

What is allyship? How can one truly be an ally? What is the connection between allyship and privilege? Please join us next Thursday afternoon for a discussion of allyship and how to create affiliate programming on this topic. With a diverse set of allies within their membership, AAUW state and branch leaders can better build inclusive spaces and attract new audiences, including new members.

To register, go to:

Details on future webinars on 3/24 and 5/26 will follow later.

— Susan Holland

1/20 at 7 PM: Online branch meeting with guest speaker

AAUW Kingston Branch Meeting (on Zoom)
Thursday, January 20, 7 PM

A Current Look at Prosecution in Ulster County
– a joint meeting with the League of Women Voters Mid-Hudson

Here is a chance to learn about the state of prosecution in Ulster County.
David Clegg will present and answer questions.

During Clegg’s campaign, the League of Women Voters Mid-Hudson hosted a candidate forum to discuss what would make his tenure as a DA impactful to our judicial system. There was a great deal of public focus on the Bail Reform legislation and how it would be interpreted by the court and put into effect with the participating police departments and sheriff’s office. During the tight election, League members were witness to the ballot recounts. This program is an opportunity to check in now and see how this first year saw theory put into practice, to learn about who is collaborating in making change, and what are the hurdles and opportunities in the justice system that citizens should better understand.

Facebook event:
(with Zoom information)

— Susan Holland,

1/12/22 at 4 PM ET – AAUW National Member Webinar with CEO and Board Leaders

Please join AAUW National for a Member Webinar on Wednesday, January 12, at 4 PM ET to kick off the New Year.

Register here:

You’ll hear from Julia Brown—your AAUW National Board Chair—and AAUW National Governance Committee Chair Malinda Gaul about the year to come, including our upcoming bylaws vote and comment period.

You’ll also get a special update from new AAUW CEO Gloria L. Blackwell as she reflects on our 2021 accomplishments and looks ahead to 2022 and beyond.

We encourage you to submit your questions ahead of time when you register, but you can also ask questions and provide feedback during the live webinar using Zoom’s Q&A function. We look forward to seeing you there!

— posted by Susan Holland

11/17/21: AAUW is celebrating its 140th anniversary!

From Janice Brown, AAUW-NYS President:

AAUW-NYS Members,
AAUW is celebrating its 140th anniversary on Wed., November 17 at 4 PM. You are invited.
Click on the following link to register for the Zoom meeting, if you have not registered yet:
Register Here

It’s a party, and we don’t want you to miss out. Let’s represent “the Big Apple” as only New Yorkers can do. We will have two of our branches being celebrated during this event: Jamestown and Kingston.

Another highlight of the celebration will be an exclusive conversation with the 2021 Alumnae Recognition Award winner Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, PhD., first woman and first African to serve as Director-General of the World Trade Organization. Come prepared to have a party and let’s celebrate the work of AAUW.

— Susan Holland

Our 11/6/21 Branch Meeting, Luncheon, & Fundraiser was a success!

For our 11/6/21 Branch Meeting, Luncheon, and Fundraiser at Reginato Ristorante in Lake Katrine, we were excited to welcome guest speaker Suzanne Young-Mercer, who is the Diversity and Cultural Director for AAUW-NYS and is a member of the Rockland County Branch. During an informative and informal talk that engaged a rapt audience of 35 people, she addressed the question “Are Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Still Relevant?”. DEI is a term used to describe programs and policies that encourage representation and participation of diverse groups of people, including people of different genders, races, ethnicities, abilities, disabilities, religions, cultures, ages, and sexual orientations. Thank you for making the trek to join us at this event, Suzanne, and thanks to all who made this fundraiser a complete success!

L to R: Geraldine Popko, Lynn Gore, Suzanne Young-Mercer, Dorothy Draper Silberg, Maryanne Kalin-Miller, Marjorie Bot

L to R: Maryanne Kalin-Miller, Suzanne Young-Mercer

L to R: Susan Holland, Lynn Gore

— Susan Holland
— Photo credit: Gloria Waslyn

11/2/21 is Election Day, so please go vote!

Tuesday, November 2, 2021, is Election Day!
Please get out and vote.
Encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to vote too.
We have many local and county races and ballot proposals.

Turn Your Ballot Over!
There are five important state proposals (and possibly other local ones) on the back of the ballot:

Proposal 1: Amending the Apportionment and Redistricting Process
Proposal 2: Right to Clean Air, Clean Water, and a Healthful Environment
Proposal 3: Eliminating Ten-Day-Advance Voter Registration Requirement
Proposal 4: Authorizing No-Excuse Absentee Ballot Voting
Proposal 5: Increasing the Jurisdiction of the New York City Civil Court
Proposal 6 (Ulster County): Utilization of funds designated for payroll expenses within the County budget

For more information, go to:
Ulster County:

Polls are open in our area from 6 AM to 9 PM.
Call me if you need a ride to the polls.
Susan H, 845-389-3961,

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