EBWA--Welcoming All Women of All Ages


December 17, 2015


YWCA – Its First 125 years in Schenectady:  Rowie Taylor

Rowie Taylor has been Executive Director of the YWCA of Schenectady (dba the YWCA Northeastern NY) since November 1993. In particular Rowie will discuss the establishment of the Domestic Violence Shelter 40 years ago, with the presence and  help of YWCA Board members Mary Pritchard and Shirley Readdean. They will revisit the events leading up to establishing the shelter in the early 1970’s.

Other UUSS women who were heavily involved in women’s issues in Schenectady include Julia Norton, Betty Dietz, Dot Peterson and Susan Eggenberger – names that will be recognized by many EBWA women.  It was Susan who established our very successful annual panty drive during the holiday season, to which you can contribute by bringing some new panties to donate; larger sizes are needed most. Socks, camisoles, or sports bras are also welcome. They should not be gift-wrapped, so that the shelter staff can direct them to the most appropriate women.  We celebrate the accomplishments of the Schenectady YWCA, and its Domestic Violence Shelter, at this time of year; it’ll be a party! 

Come for socializing at 5:45 or for the vegetarian meal served at 6:15.  To make reservations for the vegetarian meal served at 6:15 pm, contact Gabrielle Reals at by Monday December 14, or call her at 382-5685 by 8 pm Tuesday December 15.  If you require a gluten-free meal please include that information when you make your reservation.  Cost of the evening including the meal is $15; program only is $3. Accommodation can be made for women on very limited income: when you make your reservation, indicate that you need an accommodation in the fee, and the treasurer will accept a "pay as you will" donation.  You may also bring your own meal if you prefer, and only pay $3 for the program.

If you plan to come for the program only at 7:45 pm, plan to arrive about 7 pm for networking, an opportunity for connecting with other women by briefly sharing something of interest with the group.

Looking ahead:   January 28, 2016:  “Guilty as Charged: Writing from a Woman’s Point of View” with Amy Biancolli, award-winning Times Union columnist and author.  

We operate without elected officers.  All activities are coordinated by a steering committee of persons who simply like being a member of a group of all women.  Responsibilities are shared and rotated.  Help decide on programs, get to better know the women involved and double your enjoyment of EBWA.  For general information:  Contact Carol Hamblin, 861-6034;


More detailed information about EBWA meetings and policies can be found by opening the following link: http://tinyurl.com/WA-Evening-Branch.