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Chapter NZ of the P.E.O. Sisterhood celebrates successful holiday events, looks toward new year goals

Jan 30, 2018

Chapter NZ of the P.E.O. Sisterhood met for their regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 22, at Karen Brimhall’s home with Carol Lauger, Patty Carson, Waunita Hobbie and Pati McClure serving as co-hostesses. President Lana Moeller presided at the 1 p.m. business meeting with 24 members present.

Chaplain Lea McCormick shared the scripture. Recording secretary Jan Lange read the minutes from the previous meeting. Treasurer Deb Mascarenas gave the financial report.

Corresponding secretary Jean Thomson then read a letter from the Iowa State Chapter president regarding goals for the chapter and other information, along with a litter about Cottey Vacation College. She also read several thank you notes, including one from the Sesquicentennial Celebration Committee for Chapter NZ’s donation to the 150 Fund.

It was reported that 43 members and guests had a great time socializing at the Mt. Pleasant Golf & Country Club for the annual Christmas gathering on Dec. 6, 2017. Co-hostesses for the event were Lynn Graf, Brenda McCabe, Nancy Vens, Christine Broeg and Chris Prellwitz.

It was also reported that the Christmas coffee at Sunnybrook Assisted Living, organized by Karen Wenstrand on Dec. 13, 2017, was well attended and especially enjoyed by members and residents Peg Swenson and Vicky Bergstrom. Additional coffees are planned, with the next one scheduled for Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 2 p.m. Members are encouraged to attend.

B&B chairman Joyce Dennison shared that during the month of December, five lunches were served. She thanked many members for their help with serving and providing food. The Sisterhood membership co-chairman Betty Lowe reported that several members were able to attend the Pella Christmas Tour of Homes.

Memory rooms’ chairman Elizabeth Garrels shared that the Iowa State Chapter website (under the Membership category) pictured participants in the Founder’s Day skit presented at the Henry County fall dinner.

Henry County Sesquicentennial committee members Elizabeth Garrels and Karen Brimhall shared two important announcements for the four Henry County Chapters.

There will be eight training opportunities between now and the end of May for Tour Guide Training for the Convention of International Chapter. The next four dates are Feb. 12 at 7 p.m., Feb. 17 at 1 p.m., March 12 at 7 p.m. and March 17 at 1 p.m. For questions, contact Elizabeth Garrels.

There will be a TIP NIGHT fundraiser at Pizza Ranch on Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 5 to 8 p.m. All members are encouraged to eat dinner out that evening with family and friends. Members from all four Henry County chapters will be bussing tables that evening.

Iowa P.E.O. Project Fund reports were given by Carolyn Reid and Karen Wenstrand. Moeller passed around committee lists for updating. She appointed the nominating committee of Bette Lowe, Karen Wenstrand and Moeller and activated the auditing committee.

Vice President Connie Geiser thanked the hostess and co-hostesses and announced that the next regular meeting will be held at Ashford Park Clubhouse on Feb. 26, at 1 p.m. with Jan Lange serving as hostess. Co-hostesses will be Betty Lowe, Amy Lowe and Jean Thomson. The president’s letter will be read and an election of officers for the coming year and a convention delegate will be held.

At the close of the meeting, Garrels gave the program about the impact of Iowa and International Projects. She shared about the Iowa projects — Iowa P.E.O. Project Fund, which is two fold — grants helping people help themselves and providing scholarship for Iowa women attending Cottey college.

The Iowa P.E.O. Centennial Fund provides grants for Iowa women studying in Iowa colleges who have completed 72 semester hours. Garrels then updated the chapter members about facts and statistics concerning the International P.E.O. projects including Educational Loan Fund, International Peace Scholarship with Partner in Peace component, Project for Continuing Education, Star Scholarship and Cottey College P.E.O.’s very own college for women in Nevada, Mo.

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