Branch Meetings

Branch meetings will be held at the Greenburgh Public Library (GPL),
300 Tarrytown Road, Elmsford, unless otherwise noted.
All are welcome, including guests and non-members.

In the event of inclement weather, listen for news of any meeting cancellation or delay on radio stations WHUD (100.7 FM) and WFAS (103.9 FM).

Branch Meeting Programs for 2017-2018

THEME: Women in Culture

Location: First Unitarian Society of Westchester – 25 Old Jackson Ave, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706
Celebration of Cultural Diversity:  Internationally themed pot-luck supper.  Members bring a traditional dish to share.
Program:  The Westchester AAUW Branch and what we do.  Learn more about various action and interest groups from AAUW members. Get your questions answered, make suggestions for new groups and sign up for some activities.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 10:30 a.m. at GPL
Program:  Update on the Tappan Zee Bridge.  The bridge is on track to open in 2018 and on budget at $3.98 billion. It is one of the biggest active bridge projects in the nation and the largest in the history of the New York State Thruway Authority.
Speaker: Andrew O’Rourke, Public Outreach Coordinator, New NY Bridge Project

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 10:30 a.m. at GPL
Program: Women’s History – The Centennial of the Women’s Suffrage Movement in NY State.  A discussion of the role of local and national leaders with specific attention to Westchester.
Speaker:  Nate Levin, patent attorney and author with a passion for the suffrage movement, member League of Women Voters of New Rochelle

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3, 12:00 noon
Location: Tesoro D’Italia Restaurant, Pleasantville, NY
Community Service Project – Toys for Tots:  Please bring unwrapped toys, books, or cash donations for the Bedford Hills Prison Children’s Center for ages 1 – 18 years.
Program:  Chinese Culture.
Speaker:  Rose Tan, Ph.D.  As a lifetime member of the Organization of Chinese Americans Westchester and Hudson Valley Chapter, Rose has actively been involved and assisted in the organization’s many events, including the Asian Heritage Festival.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3, 10:30 a.m. at GPL
Program: Report on Indian Point Energy Center.  With the recent agreement between New York State and Entergy to close Indian Point Energy Center in 2020 and 2021, neighboring communities and organizations are examining what will actually happen. Hear the report from the recent forum on nuclear waste storage and decommissioning of Indian Point.
Speaker: Bill Flank, Ph.D. – consultant to Clearwater, Chair of the Environmental Review Board for the Town of New Castle

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 10:30 a.m. at GPL
Program: Poughkeepsie Court Watch Program.  The Court Watch Initiative of the Poughkeepsie Branch of AAUW was recognized with an award for non-lawyers who make extraordinary contributions toward improving the quality of justice in New York State.  The award was presented for the work of the group in monitoring the Family Court in Dutchess County. It cited their work as an excellent example of how volunteers help promote the fair and effective administration of justice in the courts of New York State.
Speakers:  Sandra Lash, Program VP; Ann Pina, Project Coordinator

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 6:00 p.m. at GPL
Program: Shadow Patriots.  The story of the role of female spies from the Revolutionary War to WWII.
Speakers:  Debra Palazzo and Cynthia Kaufman, co-founders of DOLL, Daughters of Liberty’s Legacy, an organization dedicated to the preservation of local history

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4,  6:00 p.m. at GPL
Annual Branch Meeting: Vote on budget and slate of officers
Program:  Medical Ailments of Various Composers.  The program will be illustrated with musical interludes.
Speaker:  Steven Moshman, M.D. Founder and conductor of The Albert Einstein Symphony Orchestra.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 6:00 p.m. at GPL
Program:  President’s Wives.  Political scientists have failed to recognize the political importance of the president’s spouse.  While the evolving role of the first lady over time from White House hostess to presidential advisor has been documented in historical narratives and news articles, the tremendous responsibility placed on her office to communicate the president’s message and shape his public image has received little attention.
Speaker:  Lauren Wright, Ph.D., author of: On Behalf of the President – Presidential Spouses and White House Communications Strategy Today

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 5:30 p.m.
Spring Fling
Location: St. Andrews Golf Club
Program: Installation of Officers
Honoring our Westchester Community College Scholarship recipients