11/7: Election Day, including 3 Ballot Proposals

Tuesday, November 7, 2017, is Election Day!
Please get out and vote.
Encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to vote too.
We have many local elections and three ballot proposals.

Turn Your Ballot Over!
There are three important proposals on the back of the ballot:

Proposal Number One: Shall there be a convention to revise the Constitution?

Proposal Number Two: Allowing the Complete or Partial Forfeiture of a Public Officer’s Pension if He or She is Convicted of a Certain Type of Felony

Proposal Number Three: Authorizing the Use of Forest Preserve Land for Specified Purposes

For information about what these amendments will do if they are approved and the background of each of the proposals, go to:


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, susan-holland@usa.net

Election information (LWV website)

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

10/12 + 10/16: Forums on the NYS Constitutional Convention ballot proposal

AAUW Kingston branch members,
Here is some information about two upcoming educational sessions / forums regarding the November 7 ballot proposal on the NYS Constitutional Convention. I strongly encourage
you to attend one or both of these to learn about this important proposal.

1. Tonight, October 12, 6:30 to 8 PM —

New York State Constitutional Convention: Yes or No? What it is and what it means to New York State Residents

Morton Memorial Library
82 Kelly Street

More information

2. Monday, October 16, 6 PM to 8 PM —

Yes or No? A New York State Constitutional Convention?

Coykendall Science Building Auditorium
SUNY New Paltz
1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz

More information

Please let me know if you hear of other events like these – thanks!…
Susan Holland, 845-389-3961

Citizens’ March: Sat., 8/12 at noon in Kingston

Hello! Here are some notes about today’s march from Callie Jayne of Citizen Action of NY — Susan H.

Good Morning!

Today is the Citizens’ March —

We’ll be kicking it off at 12 noon at Academy Green (238 Clinton Avenue) in Kingston.

This is so important. We need to keep the pressure on our NY-19 Congressman, John Faso, so that he votes against the current proposed budget. That’s right, we need to keep on, keeping on. This fight is far from over!

Not only will we not accept the cuts to health care, education, housing, and everything else we care about; we are demanding more. We are demanding a moral budget, one that works for all of us, not just for the super-rich. It is possible, but we need to fight! 

I’m amazed by the community support – over 30 organizations have endorsed the march, and it’s going to be big! We’ll hear great music from Hudson Valley’s Tin Horn Uprising, inspiring words from local organizers who are deep in the fight, and some of our coalition partners at The Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools as they kick off a National Campaign to demand fully-funded schools!

I’m looking forward to seeing you!

In Solidarity, Callie

Library vote today (6/6) + 2 AAUW elections this month


It’s election season! We have three important elections this month:
1. Library Vote (Tuesday, June 6)
Many local libraries have a budget vote and trustee election today from 10 AM  to 8 PM.  If you live in Kingston, see: http://www.kingstonlibrary.org/, or, contact your local  library (for example, check here: http://midhudson.org/libraries/).
2. AAUW Kingston (Wednesday, June 14)
We will vote on our 2017-2018 budget and 2017-2019 slate of officers at our  annual meeting / picnic at Adele’s home on 6/14:
2017-2019 Slate of Officers
President: Adele Calcavecchio (continuing)
VP National Liason: Joan Davis (continuing)
Vice president of membership: Lynn Gore (outgoing: Ruth Bean)
Vice president of program: open
Recording secretary: Barbara McMichael (continuing)
Corresponding secretary: open
Treasurer: Marjorie Bot (outgoing: Susan Hirsch)
3. AAUW National (vote online by 9 PM on Thursday, June 15)
Did you get an email about the AAUW National election?   For example, I got one on May 8 from AAUW Interim CEO Mark Hopkins —   Subject: Vote now on AAUW’s membership requirement, board of directors, and more!
Click on the big pink “Just click here to vote.”  button in that email, or, go  to:
Enter your member ID and your voter PIN (listed on the back cover of your  Spring Outlook).
Review the ballot and cast your votes.
For questions about the voting process, email connect@aauw.org or call 800-326-2289
(weekdays between 10 AM and 5 PM ET).
So, please remember to vote! Let me know if you need more information
or if you need a copy of our branch bylaws.
                                                                       — Susan Holland, susan-holland@usa.net, 845-389-3961

Tuesday, April 4 is Equal Pay Day

Spread the word about the gender pay gap by joining AAUW’s Equal Pay Day Twitter storm from 2 to 3 PM ET on Tuesday, April 4! Join the conversation and fight for pay equity by using the hashtag #EqualPayDay.

More info:

Send me your Equal Pay Day thoughts, ideas, actions, etc. Thanks for all you do!…

Susan H., susan-holland@usa.net

Additional 2017 Equal Pay Days

3/26 at 1:30 – See Outside Mullingar with AAUW Kingston

This is a reminder about PAW‘s production of Outside Mullingar. It’s a hit – standing ovations last weekend! Sign up today with Ruth Bean for the matinee on 3/26.

A prickly Irish romance

Sunday, March 26

1:30 PM 

Mescal Hornbeck Community Center

56 Rock City Road, Woodstock, NY
(call Ruth at 845 -255-5752 for directions)

Directed by Ellen Honig


John Adair, Joe Bongiorno, Adele Calcavecchio,

and Maria Elena Maurin

A romantic comedy set in central Ireland, near the town of Mullingar, the play tells the story of two middle-aged neighbors living on adjoining farms who secretly pine for each other, but are held back by circumstance and acute shyness. Shanley’s lively dialogue is a delight as the characters spar with each other and their parents.

Group Rate: $18

Reserve your seat now!

Email Ruthdbean@gmail.com or call 845-255-5752 and send your check payable to AAUW Kingston to:

Ruth Bean, 115 Rose Lane, New Paltz, NY, 12561

2/14: 1 Billion Rising ♡ V-Day ♡ Women’s March on Family Court

1 Billion Rising ♡ V-Day ♡ Women’s March on Family Court
Tuesday, February 14
Noon to 2 PM
Ulster County Family Court
16 Lucas Avenue, Kingston

More info:

“One Billion Rising Hudson Valley, NY” Facebook page:

General Facebook event:

Our annual holiday party: “…and a good time was had by all!”

Branch members had a lovely time at our annual holiday party at the Kingston Library on December 20. We shared some good conversation and good food. We listened to, and sang along with, the marvelous Mark Rust, who was back with us this year by popular demand. Thanks to all of the organizers, helpers, cooks, and bakers – you made the day a very merry success!

To see some great photos of the party, taken by our own branch historian Marge Roberts, go to:


(You don’t have to be “on Facebook” to see the photos!)

If you haven’t yet, while you’re there, please make sure you “Like” our AAUW Kingston Branch Facebook page!

Also, click here if you aren’t receiving website posts in your email, and you would like to!
Susan H. 

12/3: AAUW & SSIP NYC Bus Trip – RSVP Today!

Saturday. December 3

Bus trip to an NYC Museum! Choose one:

  1. Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Jerusalem 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven
    Fragonard: Drawing Triumphant
    Max Beckmann in New York City
    The Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche

2. The Museum of Art and Design
featuring the special exhibit
Bags Upon Bags Upon Bags Upon Bags

Since the mid-2000s, Josh Blackwell has salvaged discarded plastic bags from city streets, kitchen cupboards, trunks of cars, and everywhere in between to use as “substrate and armature” for his unlikely combinations of colorful wool yarn, silk thread, and patterned cloth. Trained as a painter, Blackwell considers every embellishment applied and every embroidery stitch sewn into the surface of his plastic bags to be proxies for painterly mark-making. Additive and expressive, Blackwell’s interventions into and upon the form of the plastic bag-a globally ubiquitous symbol of capitalist waste-cohere into gorgeous, geometrically abstract compositions that intermix color, texture, and pattern.

— with a stop at Trader Joe’s on the return!

Cost: $59 ($56 for members of AAUW, SIP, and SSIP)
includes bus, driver tip, and one museum entrance
For the bus alone: $40 (Ask about our cancellation policy.)

The bus leaves the Kingston Plaza (behind the former Ames)
at 8:30 AM, picks up at New Paltz Thruway Park & Ride at 9 AM,
and returns at about 6 PM.

For reservations, call ViVi at 845-331-0155 or write vvhlavsa@aol.com,
then make out a check to AAUW Kingston and send it to:

Susan Hirsch, 30 Stephan Road, Kingston, NY 12401

Open to all, the AAUW supports educational opportunities for women and girls locally, nationally and internationally. SSIP helps people to stay in their own homes and keep active in their own communities. Ask for more information with your reservation.