Rosalie Denton and Connie Purdum, delegates from Chapter LG and AZ, attended the 121st annual Convention of lowa State Chapter P.E.O. Sisterhood held June 1-2 in Des Moines.
With the theme “Love Binds Together the Patterns of our Lives,” Barbara Moore, Chapter DT, Mount Vernon, presided over 700 delegates and visitors. Twenty-three chapters from northwest Iowa served as the hostess group for the convention. This committee was headed by Bethany Larson, NM, Storm Lake; Gretchen Bartelson, CE, Sibley; and Jenny Hirschman, GS, Kingsley.
Attendees participated in workshops and heard from recipients of P.E.O.’s six philanthropies and the Iowa P.E.O. Project Fund Inc. The convention concluded with the installation of the five 2013-14 executive board officers headed by President Glenda R. Dixon, OP, Cedar Rapids; Vice President Elizabeth A. Bunnell, 00, Fairfield; Organizer Kathy WiIke, DS, Odebolt; Treasurer Catherine Fouts, AO, Newton; and Secretary Pat Shipley, CH, Villisca.
P.E.O. 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. There are approximately 6,000 chapters in the United States and Canada with nearly 250,000 members. Iowa is the second largest state chapter with 391 chapters and more than 18,000 members.
P.E.O. is one of the pioneer societies for women and was founded Jan. 21, 1869, by seven young women at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant. Originally a small campus friendship society, P.E.O. soon blossomed to include women off campus. Today, P.E.O. has grown from that membership of seven to almost a quarter of a million members in chapters in the United States and Canada. The P.E.O. Sisterhood is passionate about its mission; promoting educational opportunities for women. The sisterhood makes a difference in women’s lives with six international philanthropies: P.E.O. Educational Loan Fund; P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund; P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education; P.E.O. Scholar Awards; P.E.O. STAR Scholarship, and the ownership of Cottey College in Nevada, Mo. The International headquarters of the P.E.O. Sisterhood is in Des Moines.