Local PEO members attend state convention
PEO members Lesa Fitzpatrick of Chapter Original A, Mt. Pleasant; Connie Pederson, Elizabeth Garrels and Karen Brimhall of Chapter NZ, Mt. Pleasant; Janice Jones, Pat Coe and Jane Nyswonger of Chapter OX, Mt. Pleasant; Janet Hesler and Sue Aanes of Chapter EV, New London and Robyn Willham of Chapter GT, Winfield attended the 121st annual Convention of Iowa State Chapter PEO Sisterhood held June 1-2 in Des Moines.
With the theme “Love Binds Together the Patterns of our Lives,” Barbara Moore, Chapter DT, Mt. Vernon, presided over 700 delegates and visitors.
Attendees participated in workshops and heard from recipients of PEO’s six philanthropies and the Iowa PEO Project Fund, Inc.
Karen Bappe of Mt. Pleasant was a recipient.
The convention concluded with the installation of the five 2013-2014 executive board officers.
PEO is a philanthropic organization where women celebrate the advancement of women; educate women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans and stewardship of Cottey College; and motivate each other to achieve their highest aspirations.
PEO was founded on Jan. 21, 1869 by seven young women at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant. Originally a small campus friendship society, PEO soon blossomed to include women off campus.
Today, there are approximately 6,000 chapters in the United States and Canada with nearly 250,000 members.