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Newsletters are published in the Spring and Fall.

Spring 2016 Newsletter

Thank you to all of our members for contributing so generously.  We received more than $14,000.00 from over 300 members.  We have members who have renewed their memberships and we welcomed new members since the Fall, 2015 newsletters were mailed.

Scott and Kathleen Baright

Brian J. Bolz

Donald and Vera McIntosh

Mrs Charles H. (Roberta) Waldron Jr

Earl J Wilser

The Family of D’Maris Mangelsdorf

Bill and Velvet McCausland

Harold Goldstein

Leonard Spinelli

Dooley Family

Joseph Granda in memory of Eleanora Granda

Karen Oswain

Camilla VanderLinden

Frances Rappoccio

Jimmy Branch in memory of mother Mrs. Jessie Branch, daughter Titi Branch and father Charles A Branch

William D. Knauss

 Sadly, Mr. G Vincent Dean, Mrs. Hazel T Raquet, Mr. William Brown, Mr. Kenneth J Goeres Jr, Mr. James Capralos, Mr. Stanley Garcia and Mr. Charles W Hobbs have passed away and we send our sympathy to their family and friends.

Some of our members have already sent their 2016 – 2017 contributions and their names will be included in the membership list in our Fall newsletter

Our membership year is July 1 through June 30

Our annual meeting was held on April 11 with ten members in attendance.  Thank you to all who returned proxies so that a quorum was reached.  The minutes of the 2015 meeting were accepted and the Treasury showed a balance of $19,965.05.  A member suggested that we send our solicitation letter along with this newsletter in order to save the cost and labor involved in doing an extra mailing so we are giving it a try.  An addressed envelope is included.  We also received some criticism of our web site www.friendsofthepoughkeepsieruralcemetery.org so we are asking you to take a look at it and offer suggestions on possible changes or even a complete revamp.  We would gladly accept any offers to help.  You could add a comment to the name record or send an e-mail to poughkeepsieruralcemetery.com and we are certain the office staff will forward it to us.  Officers for the 2016 – 2017 year were elected.  President Mellina Weiss, Vice-President Jane Bernhard, Secretary Steven Mann and Treasurer Roland Butts will continue to serve along with board members Richard Chazen, Vickie Fells and Dorcie Kuhns.  The board meets on the second Tuesday of January, April, July and October at 12:00 noon at the cemetery office.  The meetings are open to the public.

We are pleased to introduce Assistant Superintendent Brian C. Berryann who accepted the position in November of 2015.  Brian is a life-long resident of the Town of Hyde Park where he resides with his wife Audrey and three children, Oliver, Ford and Winnie.  Prior to coming to the cemetery Brian spent the last sixteen years working as the Director of General Services at the Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union.  He is a graduate from the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce 2012 Leadership Dutchess Program and a recipient of the Dutchess County 40 under 40 Awards in 2013. He currently serves as the Vice-President of the non-profit organization Rebuilding Together Dutchess County where he has been a board member for over 4 years.  In his spare time he enjoys being outdoors and spending time with his family in the Adirondacks

Our tree planting program continues and we have voted to include tree pruning to that budget item.  Last year we received a very generous donation from Mr. Charles H. Young in memory of his wife Dorothy.  This gift designated for tree pruning reinforced the need for ongoing care of our magnificent trees and we are grateful to Mr. Young

We received a donation, given anonymously, from a donor advised fund at the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley.  We also continue to participate in the IBM Matching Grants Program and thank the current and retired employees for sending a matching grant form with their donations

The United States and Military Service Flags will be displayed at the cemetery entrance Memorial Day and Independence Day.  We are proud of our country, grateful for our freedom and we pay tribute to all the men and women who have kept us free and we honor those who still serve

In each newsletter we include an article about the history of the cemetery and those who rest here.  Steven Mann has graciously provided us with the article “Smith Thompson – United States Supreme Court Justice".

We continue as a volunteer group.  Anything we purchase is given to the cemetery.  We remain grateful to the staff of the Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery.  The office and the grounds staff assist us with all of our projects in addition to performing all their cemetery duties.  We would not be able to pursue our activities without their help

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions regarding the newsletter, projects or possible future activities for the “Friends” please call Mellina Weiss at (845) 473-5540




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