P.E.O. chapters celebrate Founder’s Day

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Program participants at the P.E.O. Founder’s Day event on April 8 were from left to right: Becky Deimerly, Marsha Bristley, Hollis Cassidy and Gena Graglia.

The six Marshalltown area P.E.O. chapters celebrated Founder’s Day April 8 with a brunch at Hope United Methodist Church with 43 attending. The invocation was given by Chapter NU, from Marshalltown. The tables were decorated with various bird houses and name tags were cut out bird houses. Chapter NU also provided the program which was “The Butterscotch Affair,” “Girls Just Want To Have Fun;” “Post Civil War Era – Women’s Lives in 1869” including “Who Were The Seven Sisters?” With DVD produced by Chapter DW, Gresham, OR of “What was Life Like in 1869?” This was a fun and informative program.

P.E.O. is a Philanthropic Educational Organization which has projects available to women in the United States and Canada. In addition, some projects are for foreign graduate students to study in the United States or Canada. They include the Educational Load Fund, International Peace Scholarship, Program for Continuing Education, Scholar Awards and the Star Scholarship. P.E.O. also owns and sponsors Cottey College for Women in Nevada, Mo. Information can be found on any of the scholarship or loan programs at www.peointernational.org.

The six Chapters include five chapters in Marshalltown of BB, JU, LT, MJ and NU plus CF in State Center. The P.E.O. Sisterhood, founded Jan. 21, 1869, at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, is interested in bringing increased opportunities for higher education to women. There are approximately 6,000 local chapters in the United States and Canada with nearly a quarter of a million active members.