Mother’s Day 2020

Happy Mother’s Day from!

On behalf of the DDWC Executive Committee, we want to thank the following donors who made a contribution to our Virtual Spring Mother’s Day Fundraiser in honor of all the influential women in their lives:

Mary Benkart in tribute to my mother Patricia Thomas, an elementary school teacher who taught me women can do anything they believe in with their strength compassion and wisdom.

Debra Blalock in tribute to Katherine Mason Blalock who loved her children fiercely and taught us how persevere in even the toughest times.

Clare Brandt in honor of Mary Hannon Williams and Diane Jablonski

Deirdre Burns

Brenda Cagle in honor of my strong, generous mother Crystal McFrederick Knight (from West Virginia, home of the 1st official Mother’s Day)

Eleanor Charwat in honor of Anna Buchholz, my political mentor

Irene Di Maio

Jill Fieldstein in memory of my mother Judi Fieldstein, who was not active, but taught me the importance of voting.

Gayle Garin

Sandra Goldberg

Amber Grant

Shirley Handel

Mary Hathaway in honor of Clare Brandt, DDWC Founding President. I hope she is proud of the success of this wonderful organization.

Janet Houston

Sarah Imboden in honor of Jo Thornton, the best US history teacher on the planet who encouraged me on the path to loving history; and to my stepmother Deb a strong feisty woman and a leader!

Susan Jessup

Beth Kolp in memory of Carol Roper, former New Paltz Town Supervisor and Board Member, died April 24 at age 86. She served in leadership positions in countless other community, church, and cultural organizations and taught for many years at Dutchess Community College. Carol was a model of dynamic, intelligent civic engagement.

Alison Lankenau

Robin Lois

Mary Lunt in tribute to Ellie Charwat, constant champion of important organizations and causes.

Wendy Makenzie

Barbara Markell

Ross Patison

Joan Posner in honor of Elizabeth Posner and Katie Legomsky my daughter and daughter-in-law who are amazing mothers and wonderful role models for their sons.

Tricia Reed

Margaret Ross in honor of my intrepid mother and her remarkable granddaughters.

Amy Rothstein

Donna Salem

Ann Shershin in tribute to Jean Murphy, first woman elected to the Dutchess County Legislature

Julie Shiroishi

Nevill Smythe in honor of the Mothers in my life: mine, Ann Smythe; my mother-in-law Anne Strain; and of course my favorite candidate and soon to be NYS Senator, Karen S. Smythe!!!

Mary Williams in tribute to my mother Marcella Hasson who arrived in New York from Ireland at age 19 in 1929. With a 6th grade education, she worked as a maid to send money home to save the family farm, which is still in our family today.

Latest Update from DDWC

The COVID-19 epidemic has resulted in us having to cancel our annual Mother’s Day Spring Celebration on May 9th. However, everyone at DDWC is thinking about the important women in our lives–mothers, grandmothers, friends, teachers, mentors, lawmakers, bosses, literary role models–who regularly challenge, inspire or comfort us when we need it most. In fact, many of our DWCC friends including Congresswoman Didi Barrett, Congressman Antonio Delgado and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand among others have created video tributes to the women who have influenced them most as part of our virtual Mother’s Day Tribute which begins May 3rd.

You can view new videos each day through May 11th here.

Join us for our annual meeting

January 25, 2020 at 2pm at LaGrange Town Hall, 120 Stringham Rd in Lagrangeville

Short business meeting to approve revisions to the by-laws, elect 2020 officers and at-large members, and approve the 2020 budget. See the details on the Annual Meeting Reports page.

Meet the 2020 Dutchess County women candidates:
Karen Smythe, Candidate for State Senate District 41
Didi Barrett, Assemblymember District 106
Laurette Giardino, Candidate for Assembly District 105
Jessica Segal for Dutchess County Judge
Kenya Gadsden for Fishkill Town Board

Panel Discussion: What’s at Stake in 2020
Legislative Priorities, Headwinds, and Actions

Elections: Beth Soto, Dutchess County Board of Elections – Democratic Commissioner
County: Rebecca Edwards, Dutchess County Legislator District 6, Minority Leader
State: Didi Barrett, Assemblymember, District 106
Federal: Joan Mandle, Executive Director of Democracy Matters

Spring Tea – Saturday May 11

Our Annual Celebration of Women Making a Difference
Tea, Libations and Scrumptious Food
Charlotte’s Restaurant, 4258 US-44, Millbrook
Every year around Mother’s Day, we sponsor a festive reception
to remember the original meaning of Mother’s Day
as a call to women’s political activism.

This year, the Lucille Pattison Woman of the Year Award will be presented to:  Assemblymember Didi Barrett, NYS District 106

A longtime advocate for women and girls, Didi Barrett is the
First Vice-Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus, she spearheaded the creation of the Dutchess Girls Collaborative to support local girls and
young women, and she is a great supporter of DDWC.

In 1978, Lucille Pattison became the first woman elected County Executive in New York State and the first Democratic woman County Executive in the United States. She was also a founding member of the DDWC.
  • Co-Chair        $500 (includes 5 event tickets)
  • Benefactor    $250 (includes 3 event tickets)
  • Advocate       $125 (includes 2 event tickets)
  • DDWC Member $50
  • Guest $65
  • Young Dem $25

You can pay online, pay at the door, 
or mail a check to DDWC, PO Box 5284, Poughkeepsie, NY 12602

2019 Annual Meeting

Join Us for Our 2019 Annual Meeting
And a Forum on
New York State Election Reform

We will be joined by elected state officials,
county officials, and a representative of Fair Elections
Saturday, January 26, 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Snow date Sunday, January 27 – same time

LaGrange Town Hall, 120 Stringham Rd, Lagrangeville, NY 12540
Stringham Rd is south of Route 55
about ¼ mile east of the Taconic Parkway Route 55 exit

  • There will be a short business meeting to
    • review 2018 accomplishments and challenges,
    • review the 2018 financial report,
    • approve revised by-laws and the 2019 budget,
    • and elect new executive committee members.

Following the business meeting, we will be joined by elected state
officials, the Democratic Commissioner of Elections, the chair of the Dutchess County Democratic Committee, and a representative of Fair Elections for a forum on New York State election law. 

We will celebrate that on Monday January 14, the new Democratic Senate and Assembly passed an overhaul of New York’s archaic voting laws: 
bills that will allow early voting, preregistration of minors, voting by mail and place sharp limits on the influence of money. There are also changes to the dates and the primary process; state and federal primary elections will be held on the same day.

There are also changes to the dates and the primary process; state and federal primary elections will be held on the same day.

Similar past efforts to revise the voting laws and increase voter
turnout died,  blocked by Republicans who controlled the state
senate for the past half-century. 

It is critical that Dutchess County have a Democratic senator at
the table who supports these reforms; our current state senator isa Republican who opposed the new laws. 

Women’s Rights Under Assault

Join us on Sunday September 16 from 3 to 5 pm at Clinton Vineyards as we gather to focus on the challenges to women’s rights and the actions we can take to prevail in November.

Meet the 2018 Candidates Endorsed by the DDWC:
Karen Smythe, NYS 41st Senate District
Didi Barrett, NYS 106th Assembly District
Laurette Giardino, NYS 105th Assembly District
Tara Longworthy, Dutchess County Legislative District 22
Greetings from Lacy Delgado on behalf of Antonio Delgado
Democratic candidate for US Congressional District 19

Enjoy fine wine and festive food amid fellow activists.
Hear inspiring songs of women’s power.

Individual contribution $25. Click here to purchase a ticket 
or click here to become a sponsor for the event.

Event sponsored with the support of Indivisible and Hudson Valley Strong

This November, it is critical that Democrats take back the New York State Senate, increase our majority in the New York State Assembly, and take back control of the US Congress. We need to ensure that women’s voices and perspectives are heard at every level in this country and that we elect politicians that respect and support women’s rights.

If Roe is overturned, women in New York cannot rely on our own state laws to protect a woman’s right to choose what is right for her body, her family and her future. Republicans and other rogue members of the NY State Senate and Assembly have consistently blocked attempts to codify into state law the protections provided by Roe.


Festive Tea and Champagne Reception: Saturday May 12 2018 3pm

Join us for a Festive Tea and Champagne Reception
Saturday, May 12, 2018  3:00 to 5:00 pm
At the Red Devon Restaurant – 108 Hunns Lake Rd, Bangall, NY 12506

We will be honoring Elisa Sumner with the Lucille Pattison Woman of the Year award.  As the chair of the Dutchess County Democratic Committee, Elisa has worked and continues to work tirelessly on behalf of our candidates.

The keynote speaker is Ruth-Ellen Blodgett
CEO Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley Action Fund

Young Dems $25  DDWC Members $50  Guests $65
You can pay online
or mail a check made out to DDWC to PO Box 5284, Poughkeepsie, NY 12602.
Click here to purchase tickets.

Located in the charming hamlet of Bangall just south of Stanfordville, Red Devon is at the site of the former home of the James Cagney’s Stage Stop Steakhouse. 

From Poughkeepsie, take Route 44 past the Taconic State and then turn left on Route 82 north. Hunns Lake Road is at a fork on the right after about 7.3 miles. We will have a DDWC sign at the turnoff.  Once on Hunns Lake Road the restaurant is about a quarter mile ahead on the right. Picture

DDWC Annual Meeting and Issues Forum

Please Join Us for Our 2018 Annual Meeting
And the first 2018 Issues Forum
Saving Democracy in the Trump Era
Saturday, February 3, 2:00 to 4:30 pm
Snow date Sunday, February 4 – same time
Poughkeepsie Day School, 260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie NY
Co-sponsored with the Dutchess County Democratic Committee
There will be a short business meeting from 2 to 2:45 to review 2017 accomplishments and challenges, to review the 2017 financial report, to approve the 2018 proposed budget, and to preview our plans for 2018 in cooperation with other activist groups in the Hudson Valley. Following the business meeting, the forum will begin at 3 after a short break with refreshments.
Saving Democracy in the Trump Era
Moderated by DC Legislator Giancarlo Lleverias
with speakers Shannon Wong and Joan Mandle
Shannon Wong is the director of the Lower Hudson Valley Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union. Wong previously served as an Orange County legislator. She was the policy and communication specialist for the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She is currently vice-president of the Board for Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley. Wong holds a Masters in Social Work with a focus on public policy and community organizing from the University of Pennsylvania.
Joan Mandle is the Executive Director of Democracy Matters, a non-partisan campus-based national student organization working to develop the next generation of leaders. Joan is Associate Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies, Emerita, at Colgate University. She was the first women to be the campaign manager for a winning member of Congress.

Reception for Robin Lois with State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli

Wednesday, September 13, 6pm to 8pm
Join State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli
and the Dutchess Democratic Women’s Caucus

for a reception supporting Robin Lois,
candidate for Dutchess County Comptroller.

Vassar Alumnae House – 161 College Ave., Poughkeepsie NY
$10 * $100 * $200 * $500
For questions or to RSVP
contact Ernest Klepeis at

Saturday May 13 Celebrate Local Women Making a Difference

Please join us for our annual festive tea and champagne reception to honor local women making a difference and to remember the original meaning of Mother’s Day as a call to women’s political activism.

The event will be held on Saturday May 13 from 3 to 5 pm at the historic Kenyon House at the Poughkeepsie Day School.

We are honoring three local women with the Lucille Pattison Woman of the Year Award: town supervisors from diverse areas in Dutchess County who had the courage to step up and run and run again in areas previously dominated by Republicans:
  • Aileen Rohr, Hyde Park town supervisor since 2012
  • Elizabeth Spinzia, Rhinebeck town supervisor first elected in 2013
  • Linda French, Dover town supervisor elected in 2015

Guest – $65 DDWC Member – $50
You can mail your reservation to our PO Box or you can pay online

Defending and protecting our democracy starts here in our cities and villages and towns with local boards and councils, local offices, and town supervisors; and in our county with restoring Democratic control of the County Legislature and winning county wide offices.
The money we raise at our May event will be used in this local election year to support Democratic women candidates and the county-wide get out the vote effort.
Lucille Pattison was the first woman elected County Executive in New York State and the first Democratic woman County Executive in the United States. She was a founding member of the Dutchess Democratic Women’s Caucus