Chapter NZ of P.E.O. meet in January
Chapter NZ of the P.E.O. Sisterhood met for their regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, in the home of Joyce Dennison with Becky Kauffman, Carolyn Reid, Connie Geiser, Patty Carson and Jan Benedict served as co-hostesses. President Betty Lowe presided at the 1 p.m. business meeting with 25 members present.
Chaplain Carole Lauger read the scripture. Recording Secretary, Jan Lange, read the minutes from the previous meeting and Corresponding Secretary, Jean Thomson, read the correspondence, which included a letter stating that Lori Alberts-Clancy has transferred her membership to Chapter EK in Oregon.
The chapter voted to sponsor a Partners In Peace scholarship through the International Peace Scholarship. Carolyn Reid gave a report on our Iowa P.E.O. Project Fund recipient.
Appointed as County Representatives from our chapter for the sesquicentennial celebration are Janet Roederer, Joyce Dennison and Karen Brimhall. The first meeting of this committee will be Feb. 6. President Betty Lowe activated the budget committee. Assisted treasurer, Deb Mascarenas, will serve as chairman.
Ways and Means Chairman, Kathy Schimmelpfennig, introduced two new items for our chapter to sell. A decision was made to order these items and it was passed unanimously. Elizabeth Garrels, Memory Room Chairman, announced that the P.E.O. Sisterhood International Executive Staff will visit on May 11, and the Heritage Tour for President’s and Organizer’s across the USA and Canada will be July 13.
At the close of the business meeting, Garrels shared the program about the six international projects and the one Iowa state project…Iowa P.E.O. Project Fund. Garrels hit on some of the highlights of the projects. Cottey College is primarily funded by a dues component, other donations and the rest of the five projects, including Educational Loan Fund, International Peace Scholarships, Program for Continuing Education, Scholar Awards, and Star Scholarship. These projects are funded by chapter contributions allocated in the budget from fundraisers and other donations from individual members. The Iowa P.E.O. Project Fund is backed by a dues component and additional donations. P.E.O. is passionate about its mission: promoting educational opportunities for women.
At the close of the meeting, the co-hostesses served refreshments. Vice president, Lana Moeller, announced that the next meeting would be in the home of Karen Brimhall, with Marcia Kentner, Mary Beth Young, Judy Miller and Joann Sankey serving as co-hostesses. There will be election of officers and a delegate to state convention. Lowe will also share her president’s letter.