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A Young
in Brooklyn
The P.E.O. Record
July–August 2013
Susan Reese Sellers
12014 Flintstone Dr., Houston, TX 77070-2715
First Vice President
Maria T. Baseggio
173 Canterbury Ln., Blue Bell, PA 19422-1278
Second Vice President
Beth Ledbetter
Sue Baker
1961 Howland-Wilson Rd. NE, Warren, OH 44484-3918
Recording Secretary
Chairman, Patricia Brolin-Ribi, P.O. Box 305, Sun Valley, ID 83353-0305
Barbara Legge, 12974 Prairiewood Dr., Aberdeen, SD 57401-8104
Jo Ann Fetterman, 9261 Olympus Beach Rd., Bainbridge Island, WA 98110-3444
Finance Committee
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P.E.O. Foundation
Brenda J. Atchison
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Standing Appointments
Administrative Staff
Chief Executive Officer
Anne Pettygrove
[email protected]
Director of Finance/Treasurer
Kathy A. Soppe
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Director of Communications/Historian
Joyce C. Perkins
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The adminstrative staff has offices at the P.E.O. Executive Office.
Cottey College
President, Judy Robinson Rogers, Ph.D., 1000 West Austin Blvd., Nevada,
MO 64772
Boards of Trustees and Standing Committees
Cottey College
Chairman, Janet Brown, 2505 Lake Shore Dr., Orlando, FL 32803-1315
Vice Chairman, Greg Hoffman, 225 W Austin, Suite 100, Nevada, MO 64772
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Sandra J. Laney, 5440 Leary Avenue NW, Unit 618, Seattle, WA 98107
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P.E.O. Educational Loan Fund
Chairman, Joan Kirk, 3431 Kirkwood Ave., Osage, IA 50461-8568
Vice Chairman, Cathy Allen, 1420 Pleasant Ridge Rd., Rogers, AR 72756-0618
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Special Committee to Study P.E.O. Ceremonies
and Meeting Procedure
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To Reach P.E.O.
P.E.O. Executive Office, 3700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA
peointernational.org (Go to Members Login, enter username
and password, then click Contact Us.)
To Reach Cottey College
1000 W Austin Blvd., Nevada, Missouri 64772-2790
[email protected]
P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education
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P.E.O. Scholar Awards
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P.E.O. STAR Scholarship
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About P.E.O.
P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization)
is passionate about its mission:
promoting educational opportunities for women. Our sisterhood proudly makes a difference in women’s
lives with six philanthropies that include Cottey College, a women’s college with two- and selected
four-year programs, and five programs that provide higher educational assistance: 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 and P.E.O. STAR Scholarship. P.E.O. is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa.
P.E.O. Educational
Loan Fund
P.E.O. International Peace
P.E.O. Program for
Continuing Education
Educational Loan Fund (ELF) is a
revolving loan fund established in
1907 to lend money to qualified
women students to assist them in
securing a higher education.
P.E.O. International Peace
Scholarship (IPS) Fund was
established in 1949 to provide
scholarships for international women
students to pursue
graduate study in the
United States and Canada.
P.E.O. Program for Continuing
Education (PCE) was established in
1973 to provide need-based grants
to women in the United States and
Canada whose education has been
interrupted and who find it necessary
to return to school to support
themselves and/or their families.
P.E.O. Scholar Awards
P.E.O. STAR Scholarship
Cottey College
P.E.O. Scholar Awards (PSA)
was established in 1991 to provide
substantial merit-based awards
for women of the United States
and Canada who are pursuing
a doctoral level degree at an
accredited college or university.
The P.E.O. STAR Scholarship was
established in 2009 to provide
scholarships for exceptional high
school senior women to attend
an accredited postsecondary
educational institution in the United
States or Canada in the
next academic year.
Cottey College is a fully-accredited
private residential liberal arts and
sciences college for women in
Nevada, Missouri, with two-year
and selected four-year programs.
It has been owned and supported
by the P.E.O. Sisterhood since 1927.
Individual donors may make tax-deductible gifts to the above mentioned projects or through the P.E.O.
Foundation. Checks should be made payable to the project or the P.E.O. Foundation and sent directly to the P.E.O.
Executive Office. Donations may also be made online through the website peointernational.org. Look for the “Giving
Opportunities” link on the home page.
All P.E.O. chapters are classified by the United States Internal Revenue Service as exempt from Federal income tax, but
they are not Section 501(c)(3) charities. Consequently, contributions to P.E.O. chapters are not deductible as charitable
contributions for Federal income tax purposes.
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 women to
achieve their highest aspirations.
For more information visit the website peointernational.org. A reprint of this page is available on the website under
The P.E.O. Record
July–August 2013
President’s MESSAGE
It has been my honor to serve as your president
during this biennium. I consider it the pinnacle of
a lifetime commitment that has provided me with
fond memories, joy and gratitude.
During that time I was often asked to share my
convention keynote address; and for that I say
thank you. And while I have incorporated elements
of that address into several of my president’s
messages, for those of you who requested, I offer
here, in this, my last President’s Message, a
condensed version of what you have heard me say.
Our Founders were forward-looking, thought-provoking
young women who possessed unusual strength and ability.
They were a positive force in the lives of women and
society. These seven set an amazing precedence of
greater commitment, service to others, leadership and the
important need of education for women. They created a
movement destined for unlimited potential and growth
in ever broadening fields of service. They gave us a
sisterhood of highest motive, of broadest extent and
of phenomenal achievement.
The real test of any organization though, comes when the
Founders are no more—when the organization must stand
on its own. The responsibility of building on a foundation of
excellence and meeting the challenges of future achievement
then become the charge of those who follow.
If our seven Founders could see us now, what do you
think they would say? What would they think? Would they
be awed—pleased—concerned—confident?
They might wonder how P.E.O. has survived in a world
where lifestyles are so drastically different from theirs.
Yet, evidence of our purpose has only grown—not
diminished. The principles upon which they based P.E.O.
are still relevant and attract like-minded women. The qualities,
on which they placed such high value, hold the same value for
us. P.E.O. would not have lasted if the basic and enduring
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July–August 2013
principles had not been
preserved, strengthened
and carried forward.
Today our membership is
composed of women with
widely differing education,
talents, interests, abilities
and ages. It includes many
different backgrounds,
geographic areas and
varied experiences.
Together we enrich the
lives of each other, bring
strength to the Sisterhood
and are united in a common
purpose. The benefits and objectives of our sisterhood
have convinced each one of us that P.E.O. is worthy of
our truest loyalty and our greatest effort. It is a mission that is
not yet accomplished, but remains a work in progress.
Today, in the 21st century…U.R. setting the future
course of P.E.O.
U.R. what P.E.O. will be.
U.R. what P.E.O. will do.
U.R. what P.E.O. will become.
The benefits and objectives
of our sisterhood have
convinced each one of us
that P.E.O. is worthy of
our truest loyalty and
our greatest effort.
It is a mission that
is not yet accomplished,
but remains a work in progress.
And it all starts with the local chapter. The heartbeat
of our sisterhood is the local chapter; the foundation of
P.E.O. is built at the local level. Every member has the
responsibility for the quality of her chapter, and I offer
you these considerations.
P.E.O. chapters are meant to be self-perpetuating, yet a chapter can be strong and active for many years and not realize it is losing ground until it
is too late. If you don’t know where you are going…
any road will take you there.
When was the last time you assessed the direction
of your chapter? If you are coasting…remember,
you can only coast downhill. Good chapter health
is maintained through periodic evaluation and
commitment and it is the obligation of each Women helping women reach for the stars
member to actively promote chapter fitness.
What are the strengths, weaknesses of your
chapter? What do you need to do differently?
Set your chapter goals and work toward attaining
them. We are all strengthened when chapters are dynamic and growing!
Are we integrating our new members or just
initiating them? Potential initiates must understand
the organization to which they have been asked
to be a part and that they will have responsibilities
as a member. It’s positive to talk about P.E.O.—
about our mission, the philanthropies we
support and the friendships we share with
women a cross North America.
U.R. our P.E.O. projects. Does your chapter
support and contribute to each educational
project? Become involved with learning more
about our philanthropies and teaching our members about them. Understand how this can
impact your chapter and the women in your
communities and around the world.
P.E.O. is an acknowledged responsibility, a lived
loyalty. As P.E.O.s we have all assumed certain
duties and obligations. As a member you become
part of our traditions, the current needs and you
will set the course for the future to follow.
It is a privilege to be a P.E.O. and I can tell you it
is a privilege to serve as an officer at any level of
our organization. With anything that is worthwhile,
you will receive much more from your commitment
than you are ever able to give.
To remain static is not the nature of P.E.O. The status
quo never takes you anywhere. If each member
today will accept the responsibilities of membership and combine it with enthusiasm, laughter, support and care, the opportunities for
our sisterhood are infinite. Be willing to do your
part to ensure that P.E.O. will last longer than we will. Grow in attitudes and ideas as well as numbers and places.
You never know what you can do, or how far you can
go until you try. Gandhi once said:
“If I believe I cannot do something,
It makes be incapable of doing it.
But when I believe I can,
Then I acquire the ability to do it…
Even if I didn’t have that ability in the beginning!”
When I think of P.E.O.—its ideals, traditions, its lasting
quality and the continuity of its strength, I never cease to
be amazed at the seven young women who founded
this sisterhood for us. Their sincerity, thoughtful purpose
and foresight were astonishing.
P.E.O. values its yesterdays and anticipates its tomorrows.
We have inherited a vital sisterhood. The welcome that
awaited us is waiting for others who share our ideals and
our value for the education of women. You may think
of yourself as only one person, but remember the difference
one person can make. U. R. instrumental in the success
of reaching our goal. The challenge is there for every
member—for each one of us—in whatever way we serve.
What a heritage—what a future.
You are that heritage—you are that future.
Remember... U.R.P.E.O.,
Susan Reese Sellers,
President, International Chapter
On behalf of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, I extend
deep appreciation to Susan Santoli, past
president Alabama and Nancy Gwinn, past
president District of Columbia, for their seven
years of dedicated service on the Cottey College
Board of Trustees. Their years of leadership
have enhanced our college.
Dr. Sandra J. Laney, Seattle, Washington
and Christine A. Scheuneman, Chapter VA,
Corona del Mar, California, were elected to
the Cottey Board of Trustees for seven year
terms effective June 1, 2013. We are confident
they will serve our college with distinction.
The P.E.O. Record
July–August 2013
In this ISSUE
The P.E.O. Record Vol. 125 No. 4
7 BIL Corner with Albert Leffler: BILs—Where Did They Come From?
17 Gallery of Presidents
Grace Anderson, Alabama Laurie Cosolito, Arizona Juanita McKee, California Patricia Huff, Colorado Diann McChesney, Connecticut
Barbara Allen, Delaware Kathleen Feldman, Florida Patricia Franzen,
Illinois Marguerite Mech, Indiana Glenda Dixon, Iowa Julie Cahoj,
Kansas Carol Evans, Louisiana Marilyn Gould, Massachusetts
Denise Lenk, Michigan Cathy Manhart, Montana Merikay Theresa
Berg, Nebraska Susan Demler Catalano, New York Nancy Curl, North Carolina Joan Galloway, Northeast District Jean Evans, Ohio Ruth Sandoz, Oregon Midge McClosky, Pennsylvania Gail Olive,
South Carolina Barbara Schlueter, Texas Marjorie Jones, Virginia
Milla Oestreich, Washington Patricia Nordine, Washington, D.C. Linda
Rodgers, West Virginia Alice Kapla, Wisconsin Danese Reed, Wyoming
On the COVER Meet Chapter CO, Brooklyn,
New York
48 A P.E.O. You Should Know: Martha Smither
Special Features
8 Meet Chapter CO, Brooklyn, New York by Holly Ellis and
Kat Vecchio
10 Life on the Great Lakes by Rebecca Hancock
16Did You Know? Savannah Guthrie was a PSA Scholar
International CONVENTION
6Cottey College Chapter Challenge Celebration
P.E.O. Philanthropies and Foundation
12 Tours of Dallas Order Form
15 P.E.O. Foundation—Gifts Held in Perpetuity
13 Southfork Ranch Chuck Wagon Dinner Order Form
28ELF—ELF and P.E.O.s—Essential Ingredients by Joan Kirk
14 Tour Program Terms & Conditions
30Cottey College: A Message from the Cottey President
15 Angela Wrigglesworth, Keynote Speaker
50 Attention Tech-Savvy P.E.O.s!
31 IPS—Putting Dreams into Action by Sandi Webster with Lynne
Briney and Lynn Swenson
32 PCE—Change, Challenge, Commitment by Mary Ann Langston
In every Issue
33 PSA—Identifying Scholars: How Do Chapters Do It?
1 About P.E.O.
2 President’s Message: U.R.P.E.O. by Susan Sellers
5 Your Letters
6 Message from the Editor by Becky Frazier
35 Award Winning Ideas Feature
36 Award Winning Ideas
38 P.E.O. Authors
40 New Chapters
42Centennial Chapters
43 Items for Sale
49 To The Point
The P.E.O. Record
July–August 2013
by Judy Robinson Rogers, Ph.D.
by Kathryn Bayne
34 STAR—STARs Shine with Community Service by Eleanor Huey
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Women helping women reach for the stars
Excited by Online Resources
I love the P.E.O. International and
California websites. We completed
preacceptance and postacceptance
counseling with our newest member
using the PowerPoint programs. I used
the templates and inserted chapter
pictures and information and took
my laptop to the counseling; it was
wonderful. The committee was so
excited we could do such a thing and
the candidate did not seem to be
overwhelmed by all the information.
The PowerPoint allows everyone to
be on the same item and kept us
right on point. Being able to insert
pictures of our local chapter was fun
and personalized the counseling. This
coming year I am going to use the
PowerPoint presentation for the entire
chapter to see—and, I can show it on
my TV! This is so exciting; I love how
P.E.O. is into the 21st century.
Chapter PB has a BIL computer
teacher and he has offered his
computer lab to the chapter. We have
scheduled three one-hour Saturday
sessions for website training. Session
one will be an overview of International
and California websites. Session two
will be about accessing the Projects/
Philanthropies online and session three
will be about membership and program
resources on the web.
Jane Patterson, PB,
Newport Beach, California
P.E.O. in Action
My husband and I went to Alabama
to see our grandson get his pilot’s
wings. I was feeling wonderful
when we got
there but one
evening I fell
ill. My husband
called 911, and
I was taken
to the ER at
Flowers Hospital
in Dothan,
Alabama. I was
so ill that I was Vera Ewers
taken directly to ICU. I asked for my
cell phone and called my P.E.O.
sister in Chapter DW in Cincinnati
and explained what had happened.
She then located two chapters in
Dothan and was put in contact with
Chapter AH.
That afternoon, Janet Angelovich
rushed to the hospital to see me.
Then Tiffany Holloway, president of
Chapter AH, came over and for the
duration of my stay, I was blessed
with visitors everyday. I received
tote bags, magazines, books, lotion,
snacks, flowers and candy, along with
much care and concern for my well
being. I’ve been a member since 1992
and I thought I knew and appreciated
the concepts by which we live, but this
experience proved without a doubt
the full meaning of P.E.O. Chapter AH
sisters were there to say goodbye and
see me off as they put me on the plane
to fly back to Cincinnati and my home
chapter DW.
Because of Facebook, I’m able to
chat with Tiffany and Janet on occasion.
I experienced the true meaning of
the qualities of faith, love, purity,
justice and truth.
Vera Ewers, DW,
Cincinnati, Ohio
Personal Tie to Bess Truman
The article, “Bess Truman, P.E.O. Sister
(and President’s
Wife)” (The
P.E.O. Record,
2013) hit a
personal note.
My grandmother
was a lifelong
friend of Bess
Truman and she
and my mother Bess Truman
were members
of Chapter S in Washington, D.C.,
My grandmother was one of the
original founders of Chapter CW in
Kirksville, Missouri, and as a widow
moved to Washington, D.C., where
she was invited to join Chapter S.
Recently I was sorting through a box
of my parents’ old financial records
left from the 1940s when my father
worked for the State Department
and my mother the FBI. Envelopes
with the presidential seal caught my
eye. In Bess Truman’s handwriting
on White House stationery was a
1945 note congratulating my mother
on the birth of her second daughter
and predicting that she would be too
busy and having too much fun with
me to attend P.E.O. meetings regularly.
What a fun surprise to find after
all these years.
Stephanie Willett, CW,
Kirksville, Missouri
It Pays to Talk about P.E.O.!
My husband Ken and I walk together
every morning, but one Saturday last
May he was walking alone and our
neighbor, Joe, asked where I was. “She’s attending a P.E.O.
convention,” was Ken’s answer. “What’s that?” asked Joe.
Ken proceeded to tell him about
P.E.O. raising money for women to
attend college and mentioned PCE
as an example of the women we
might help.
“That sounds interesting,” said Joe. “Ask Martha to come over and tell
me more about it. I sit on a charitable
board and it sounds like something
we might help with.”
The next day I took Joe some
information about P.E.O. I didn’t hear
from him again until one Sunday this
March when there was a knock at our
door. There stood Joe, check in hand,
made out to P.E.O. for $10,000!”
It’s not only OK to talk about P.E.O.,
it really PAYS to talk about it.
Martha Tobiassen, FY,
Clearwater, Florida
The P.E.O. Record
July–August 2013
Message from the Editor
by Becky Frazier, Editor, The P.E.O. Record
It’s my pleasure
to present the
2013 issue
of The P.E.O.
Record. I am
excited to
share with you
this month’s
cover story, on pages 8-9, about
Chapter CO, Brooklyn, New York.
Many thanks to Holly Ellis and Kat
Vecchio for writing this profile of their
young and vibrant big-city chapter.
I’m happy to report that BIL Albert
Leffler has graciously agreed to stay
on as guest editor into the next
biennium. We will continue to hear from
him and get his unique perspective
as a BIL; speaking of BILs…have you
ever wondered about their history?
Look no further than page 7 in this
issue, where Albert explores the origin
of the name BIL and the role BILs
have played throughout the history
of the Sisterhood.
Good news from Discover Dallas
Tours—the tour company hosting
tours of Dallas for International
Convention—deadlines to register
for all tours have been extended
to Saturday, August 31, 2013.
forms. Tour descriptions are online
and in the March-April Record.
Turn to page 16 to find out which
co-anchor of a popular national
morning show was a P.E.O. Scholar
Award recipient.
Find several more entries in the 2013
Gallery of Presidents—biographies of
state presidents—starting on page 17.
Remember, an electronic version
of The Record is on our website at
peointernational.org and the most
up-to-date information about
Convention can be found online at
Thanks for reading!
See pages 12-13 for tour registration
Time to “Git” Ready!
Are you ready to party? We are! The Defining Moment Campaign
for Cottey College will celebrate throughout all of convention as we
announce and cheer the winners of the Chapter Challenge competition.
After dinner on Wednesday, “get your giddy-up on” and join us as we
throw a dance party to celebrate the successful conclusion of the
Chapter Challenge. So, dust off your cowboy hat and wiggle
into your boots...we are headed for Dallas and
a fun-filled evening you won’t soon forget!
Wednesday, September 25, 7 p.m.
Hilton Anatole Grand Ballroom
$10 registering in advance with International
Convention, $12 at the door
The P.E.O. Record
July–August 2013
Women helping women reach for the stars
BILs—Where Did They Come From?
by Albert Leffler, Guest Editor
One of the interesting emails I recently
received was from Susan Putt, Chapter
O, Ada, Ohio, letting me know about
an exciting chapter meeting they had
with two new sisters who had recently
been initiated. Coincidentally, this was
their chapter’s birthday party and all
were having a great time perusing
scrapbooks from years past. Some of
the pictures were of BILs in a talent
show for the Sisterhood, and those
BILs looked like a wonderful fun-loving
group of men. Of course, the newest
sisters in Chapter O had lots of
questions about BILs to which Susan
and her sisters had no answers.
Susan set out to find the history of
BILs and thought what better place
to start than with the BIL Corner
in The P.E.O. Record? Susan said,
“We are reminded every year of
our Founders of P.E.O. and know
their stories, but we don’t know the
history of our BILs. In fact, there is
even controversy among us as to
what exactly BIL stands for—different
women have different ideas.” She
ended her email with a request for help.
I had to admit that I also did not
know the history of BILs but said
I would take up the cause! Fortunately,
P.E.O. is superbly organized and
it did not take long to find out that
P.E.O. Historian Rosemary A. Wood
wrote a marvelous recap of BILs under
the title “Those Wonderful B.I.L.s”
published in the September-October
1995 issue of The P.E.O. Record.
Following, and with apologies, is
my condensation:
The heart of Rosemary’s research
is that the term BIL has a history of
its own. It began with Lulu Corkhill
who was initiated as one of the first
P.E.O.s in 1869 and went on to become
an important and beloved member
of the Sisterhood. She was involved
in many facets of the organization
and was president of Illinois State
Chapter in 1907. The title of BIL is
credited to her husband, Mr. H.B.
Williams, who explained in later years
that when he lived in Centerville,
Iowa, he was one of a group of several
young men who called themselves
A.O.B.—Ancient Order of Bachelors,
with the object of their group being
“to keep their hearts with all diligence.”
Also in Centerville was a group of
young women who called themselves
A.O.M.—Ancient Order of Maids.
The young men of the A.O.B. kept
their distance from the young women
of the A.O.M. (and their mantraps).
Not so, however, when the first
P.E.O. Chapter was formed in
Centerville, and “…the A.O.B.
fortress began to crumble…and
the A.O.B. was annexed and captured
by the P.E.O.s.”
As many A.O.B.s became husbands
of P.E.O.s, they became brothers-in-law
to each other, so to speak. Mr. Williams
referred to them as such and soon
this became BILs—a name that has
endured for well over a century.
A basis for gathering socially was
needed in that era when Midwest
pioneer towns provided little in the
way of entertainment or recreation.
P.E.O. Founder Mary Allen Stafford
once said she wondered if P.E.O. would
have survived its change from college
to community orientation had it
not been for the social aspects, so
needed at that particular period. Due
credit then must go to the BILs for the
longevity of P.E.O.
While BILs are an integral part
of the social life of P.E.O., BILs also
contribute with moral and financial
support. In addition to setting up
chairs and tables, and disappearing
before a meeting begins (hence
one explanation for P.E.O.—Papa
Eats Out)—BILs have had a tangible
impact on the work of P.E.O. Cottey
College continues to enjoy the benefits
of BIL support. In 1943 BILs purchased
the 33-acre recreational area known
as BIL Hill and the Lodge that was first
built there. In 1956 BILs provided
the beautiful chapel, a prominent
feature of Cottey’s campus. Thousands
of individual gifts to P.E.O. projects
have been given by BILs.
To Susan Putt: thank you for your
questions as we now know a little
of the history of the BILs with that
century-ago beginning with Mr. H.
B. Williams. As a BIL, I am proud to
say those of us in this current century
continue to serve an important role
in the P.E.O. Sisterhood.
Albert Leffler is married to P.E.O.
Kathy Leffler, BA, Scottsdale, Arizona
Send BIL submissions to
Albert Leffler
at [email protected]
or 4251 E Shangri-la Road, Phoenix,
Arizona 85028-2917
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Chapter CO, at their organization, February 5, 2011. First row, from the left: Lori Evanson, Liz Howell, Carol Lang, Meg Maise,
Holly Ellis, Tabitha Tagne Second row: Kendall Karg, Kat Comfort, Karen Conroy, Emily Thiesen, Sarah Cornish, Tara Sadowski, Alex
Dedrick, Margee Khouri, Avis Pohl
Meet Chapter CO, Brooklyn, New York
by Holly Ellis and Kat Vecchio, CO, Brooklyn, New York
P.E.O.! We are Chapter
H ello,
CO of Brooklyn, New York:
organized in February 2011, and
growing in sisterhood ever since!
Like all P.E.O. chapters, we are a
collective of women at all stages of life
and career. What makes us unique to
P.E.O. is most likely our age: of the
23 members of our chapter, 15 are
under the age of 35. What makes us
unique in Brooklyn is precisely what
makes P.E.O. special: we are a group
of varied women with unifying passions
for education and friendship.
We often read in The P.E.O. Record
that it’s sometimes hard to find younger
members who are active in their
chapters. We’d love to offer you a peek
into our chapter, introduce you to a few
of our members, and let them explain
what P.E.O. means to them.
At 32, Meg Maise has already served
as the founding president of Chapter CO
and is now in her second year on the
New York State Board. She says, “I hope
that younger members are empowered
by seeing someone their age on the
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stage at convention and think, ‘Hey,
I can do that too!’ By increasing the age
diversity in our leadership, we can hope
that diversity in our membership will
follow.” Meg also has a thriving career
as a communications professional,
which she believes has helped her in
P.E.O. tremendously. She created and
maintains the New York City Reciprocity
website. It’s a great way for unaffiliates
to find meetings and events!
Kim Janulewicz is the co-owner and
editor of the immensely popular
parenting resource, A Child Grows in
Brooklyn. She is simultaneously holding
down a second full-time job as a
director of business development and
raising two sweet little boys!
Elizabeth Swanson has a Ph.D. in
Music from Northwestern University
and is an assistant professor at Nyack
College. This spring, a few of our
chapter members were treated to an
evening at New York’s famous cultural
institution, Lincoln Center, where
Elizabeth conducted a concert!
Avis Pohl is a grandmother and model
of strength for us. She published her
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first book, “Everywoman’s Money:
Less Debt, More Cash,” while she was
recovering from breast cancer. She
assists each of us with our finances by
donating her book, presenting programs
and giving private consultations.
Sarah Cornish is a Ph.D. candidate at
Fordham University. Sadly, Sarah will
be leaving us at the end of the summer
as she’s just accepted a tenure-track
assistant professorship at the University
of Northern Colorado. We look forward
to recommending her to a Colorado
chapter! Chapter CO sponsored Sarah
for a successful ELF loan—one of two
sisters for whom we’ve done so.
Having the opportunity to sponsor
our own members is an inspiring
way for us to see the immediate
impact of P.E.O.’s efforts.
Kat Vecchio is a Cottey alum and her
first documentary, “This Is How I Roll,”
has screened in theaters and festivals
across the country. Kat’s mother Debbie
Vecchio served for eight years as the
Oklahoma State Cottey chair and was
serving as the Oklahoma State President
when she passed away in 2011. Kat is
now serving as the New York State
Cottey chair, in honor of her mother.
Holly Ellis’ film “Prairie Love” was
a selection of the 2011 Sundance Film
Festival, and won awards at many
others. She became a P.E.O. after
receiving an ELF loan to help her
complete her graduate degree. Holly
has been a chapter officer for six of
the seven years she’s been a P.E.O.
Our membership also boasts a jazz
singer, a fashion designer, a voiceover
artist and a graduate student in
forensic psychology!
When chatting with P.E.O.s outside
of New York City—and at our own
state convention—we’re often greeted
with surprised queries about what
it’s like to have a P.E.O. chapter in
New York City (how do you squeeze
a meeting into a one-bedroom apartment?! Answer: we sit on the floor!).
More than that, we’re asked how it’s
possible for young women living busy
lives in the big city to make time for a
traditional group like P.E.O.
We asked our sisters to tell us what
they most valued in P.E.O. Sarah Cornish
said, “As an educator, it’s important
for me to impart a feminist ethos to
my students, especially my female
students who come from limited
resources and access. P.E.O can
provide a channel to both resource
and access, so I feel compelled to
stay involved.”
Elizabeth Swanson conducted a concert at
Lincoln Center
Photo by Nyack College
Kat Vecchio and Holly Ellis, authors of this article, are both accomplished filmmakers
Margee Khouri, one of our “guiding
light” members told us, “I have always
found P.E.O. to have a very warm, loving
and accepting atmosphere. In 1999,
I had colon cancer and everybody
came to see me and called me a lot. We
also rejoice in each other’s victories.”
Hearing the responses, it became
clear that the opportunities for service
and community speak to women of
all walks of life. As Kate Hogan, one
of our new transfers affirmed, “Now
that I’ve turned 30, I’m realizing more
and more how important good friends
and service are.”
We have found great benefits in
inviting women of diverse backgrounds
into our chapter. Our president Kerstin
Johnson observed, “There will always
be some differences among sisters and
it can feel risky accepting someone
who you know differs greatly from you
in valued areas.” So, when introducing
a potential member to the group, we
recall our Objects and Aims and ask,
“Will she express a loving concern?
Does she use her talents to radiate
all light possible?” With these
principles as our guides, we have
found that including a variety of
women enriches our relationships
with each other and our connection
to the community.
One fun way we’ve attracted
potential sisters is with unofficial,
casual gatherings. For example,
Holly hosted a movie night at
her apartment. We watched the
documentary “Miss Representation,”
which addresses the way women are
portrayed in the media. The film’s
message goes hand-in-hand with
P.E.O.’s mission to emphasize education and character over superficiality.
It made for a lively discussion after
the film and many non-members
walked away asking “What is P.E.O.?
Can I come to a meeting?”
Lastly, in the occasionally jaded and
inward-looking world we live in,
P.E.O. offers sincere connections
among compassionate women. We
were told by one of our newest
members that what she found most
comforting when she met us was the
profound sense of sincerity she felt,
especially when contrasted with the
callousness we sometimes confront
in our daily lives. Kerstin Johnson also
shared that “during a period between
jobs the P.E.O. community decreased
my social isolation in a rural community
where I otherwise did not feel I had
a peer group.” So, don’t be afraid
to invite young women to join your
chapter. P.E.O. may be just what
they’re looking for!
We hope that this will encourage
you to reach out to more diverse
women in your community. We’re
sure it will lead to mutual benefit.
We would also love to hear from you,
as we’d love to attract more senior
members for our chapter! You can
reach us at [email protected]
and [email protected]
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n 2010, Rebecca Hancock, a member of the
Merchant Marine, was initiated into Chapter
EH, Traverse City, Michigan. Rebecca is a
valued and valuable member of her P.E.O. chapter
in spite of the fact that she spends much of her
time aboard the Stewart J. Cort, a 1,000-foot lake
freighter where she is permanent Second Mate
and relief First Mate.
Rebecca is a second-generation P.E.O.—her
mother, Virginia Hancock, AX, Poughkeepsie,
New York, traveled to Michigan to attend
Rebecca’s initiation ceremony.
Rebecca and her chapter recently had another
reason to celebrate—on February 8, 2013, Rebecca
was installed as the Grand President of the
International Shipmasters’ Association—the first
woman ever to hold this office. Several members
of Chapter EH attended her installation ceremony.
“We are excited and so proud of Rebecca,” said
Chapter EH sister Karen Conaway.
A native of Poughkeepsie, New York, Rebecca
enjoys the outdoors and staying active. She loves
camping, kayaking, hiking, running, snowshoeing,
photography and swimming. Her other interests
include playing Irish music on clarinet and enjoying
all that food has to offer.
Rebecca recently wrote the following article,
outlining the evolution of her career for Grand
Traverse Woman magazine. We are pleased to
share Rebecca’s story with the P.E.O. Sisterhood.
Life on the Great Lakes
by Rebecca Hancock, EH, Traverse City, Michigan
Reprinted with permission from Grand Traverse Woman, January/February 2013
From a very young age, I have had a
connection with water. I’m told when I
was about five, my family and I were at
a vacation on a lake. A hill led down to
the water, then a dock. As my parents
were getting out of the car, unpacking
it and setting things down on the grass,
off I went—down the hill, to the end of
the dock and right into the water.
Not a stranger to water, I had some
skills at that point. Parent and tot, guppy,
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various other sorts of fish-level swim
lesson—I’m sure I had all the confidence
in the world. Despite all this, I had to be
plucked out by the lifeguard moments
after my big entrance.
I grew up in Poughkeepsie, New York,
which is on the Hudson River. Middle
school and high school brought similar
exploits. I was a member of the swim
team for a couple of years, and a rower/
coxswain all through high school.
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My college years were spent in Bar
Harbor, Maine. I earned my bachelor’s
degree from a tiny liberal arts school,
College of the Atlantic. It was during
this time I had the opportunity to
spend my first night aboard the
Clearwater Sloop.
For five weeks, I was part of the crew
on this lovely sloop, a replica of the
cargo-carrying ships of the 17th and
18th centuries. I found life aboard a
working sailboat to be extremely
rewarding as much as it was exhausting.
The experience gripped my soul
completely; I was powerless to resist
my new obsession. I awoke to singing
and the smells of breakfast cooking on
a wood stove. I fell asleep to the gentle
sounds of waves lapping at the hull.
Following college, I worked a winter
season at the USS Arizona Memorial
in Hawaii as a park guide. I learned
about the history surrounding the attack
on Pearl Harbor, but, more relevant
to me, I saw a number of Navy ships
since the memorial shares its grounds
with the Naval Base at Pearl Harbor.
I wondered one day, while looking
up at the extreme curve of the bow
on the Carl Vinson (an aircraft carrier),
what would it be like to be on one of
those big ships?
Less than a year later, I was enrolled
in the Deck Program at Great Lakes
Maritime Academy (GLMA).
Now, I am completing my seventh
year as Second Mate (relief First Mate
if the permanent one goes on vacation)
aboard the Stewart J. Cort, a 1,000-foot
freighter. The Cort sails on a dedicated
run, loading taconite pellets in Superior,
Wisconsin, and taking them to the
Mittal Arcelor Steel Mill in Burns
Harbor, Indiana.
My duties include navigating the
ship while underway although the
GPS is interfaced with our steering
system and the ship effectively steers
itself when we’re out in open water.
As we enter river systems and other
“confined waters,” the wheelsman
steers the ship while the mate (me)
tells him where to start turns, how
fast or slow to make them, and then
what to steer on.
When we are tied up at our loading
or unloading dock, the mate on watch
is also in charge of overseeing this
operation. This involves communicating
by radio with the dock, working the
controls that unload the ship, as well
as managing ballasting (which is done
by the engineers).
To give an idea of our overall
operation: We are a crew of 23. The
round trip is an average of six days,
which includes four to six hours of
loading and 16 or so hours to unload.
The normal rotation is two months on
the ship, with a month off at home, or
on “vacation.” During an average year,
I am sailing about seven months.
Upon becoming a merchant mariner,
I entered an environment that is almost
entirely male dominated. Fortunately
for me, my brand of humor is coarse
and my skin thick. Aside from one other
woman, who works in the galley, I am
the only woman on board; it is an
environment wildly different than most.
Going back and forth between being
on the ship and being at home is an
odd transition. It takes a bit to get back
into the swing of things on both ends.
Holidays and other special occasions
are never celebrated at the time they
occur. Bills are paid online. Loved ones
are kept close through email, texting
and phone calls.
Association (ISMA). The ISMA exists
for a number of reasons—first and
foremost to be an organization that
speaks for and supports just mariners,
not the interests of the companies or the
union. It was an opportunity to network
with the people I would eventually be
working for and with; ISMA is made up
primarily of captains and mates on the
Great Lakes.
It was great for me to be able to meet
these people in a more informal setting,
where the boundaries of authority aren’t
as formal and we have the chance to
converse more freely than a work
environment often allows.
Several years ago I was elected
president of Grand Traverse Lodge 23
(Traverse City’s Lodge of ISMA). I still
happily hold that position and in
February will become the first female
grand president in the history of the
ISMA. I am excited to use that position
to raise awareness of women working
in non-traditional and male-dominated
occupations as well as promoting the
ISMA and its mission.
I am excited to use [my] position
to raise awareness of women
working in non-traditional
and male-dominated occupations
as well as promoting the ISMA
and its mission.
People often wonder what I do in
my off time on the ship. I have a TV
in my room that is hooked up to satellite
TV. There is also internet access
available when we are close enough
to a tower to pick up a signal. Along
with chatting on a cell phone, texting,
working out and sleeping, the days
move along pretty quickly. Two cooks
prepare all our meals and laundry
facilities are available on-board as well.
While I was a cadet at GLMA, I
became a member of an organization
called the International Shipmasters
Becoming a merchant mariner
represents the culmination of a
dream, although I didn’t realize it until
I recalled the memory of crewing on a
schooner in Bar Harbor. Little did I
know that these idle conversations
on hot summer days would eventually
define my existence.
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Angela Wrigglesworth
Keynote Speaker, International Convention, 2013
Angela Wrigglesworth will present the keynote address on Friday
afternoon, September 27 at the 71st Convention of International
Chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood in Dallas, Texas.
A native Texan, Angela graduated from Texas A&M University in 1999. She is
a fourth grade reading and language arts teacher at Klenk Elementary School
in Klein Independent School District where she was the district’s Elementary
Teacher of the Year in 2012. Angela also received the Houston Chronicle 2004
Crystal Award in which she and five other educators were chosen out of 1,600
nominees in the Gulf Coast region for their positive impact on the lives of their
students. In addition to teaching fourth grade, she also gives her time to Camp-For-All,
a barrier-free camp for children and adults suffering from chronic illnesses and
disabilities such as asthma, head injuries, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy,
spinal cord injuries and AIDS by serving on their board of directors.
Angela is an active volunteer for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).
Her involvement with MDA began when she was 16 months old and newly diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy.
At age 8, she was well known in Texas as the state poster child for MDA. She toured the state, explaining the research
advances MDA has been able to make as a result of telethon donations. Since then, she has continued her involvement
with MDA through participation in various fundraisers and events and now serves as a member of the National Task
Force on Public Awareness. In 2004, she was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Texas and was third runner-up for the
title of Ms. Wheelchair America 2005. Angela was honored for her contributions to the community by then Houston
Mayor Bill White who proclaimed October 12 as Angela Wrigglesworth Day.
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Did You Know?
avannah Guthrie, co-host of
“The Today Show” on NBC, was
a P.E.O. Scholar Award recipient!
Sponsored by Chapter BQ, Tucson,
Arizona, Savannah was a 2001-2002
Scholar. She used her award to attend
Georgetown University Law Center,
where she earned her juris doctorate
degree and graduated magna cum laude.
After working as an on-air reporter
for Court TV, Savannah joined the
NBC News team in 2007. In 2011 she
won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding
Morning Program as part of “The
Today Show” team.
Savannah became co-anchor of
“The Today Show” in July 2012. She
also serves as NBC News’ chief legal
correspondent and has appeared
on “NBC Nightly News” and “Meet
the Press.”
The P.E.O. Sisterhood congratulates
Savannah on her success and is
proud of her accomplishments as a
PSA recipient.
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Grace Anderson
Laurie Cosolito
Grace Anderson
grew up in
Sheffield, Alabama,
but has since
lived in Nashville,
Tuscaloosa and
Alabama, and Fort
Collins, Colorado.
The gift of P.E.O. was given to
Grace in 1991 by Chapter DR,
Loveland, Colorado.
After graduating from Sheffield
High School, Grace attended Stephens
College in Columbia, Missouri. Upon
graduation Grace married her BIL
James in 1964 and they moved
to Nashville, Tennessee, while he
attended Vanderbilt University.
Grace is a member of the First
United Methodist Church, Sheffield,
Alabama, where she serves as the
financial administrator. She is a
member of the United Methodist
Women, a member of the In-Home
Agape Ministry and a member of
the Chancel Choir. She also attends
several weekly Bible Study groups.
She is a member and treasurer of
the Shoals Chapter of the Order of
Saint Luke, a member of the Shoals
Emmaus Community, serves as a
team member on the Kairos Prison
Ministry, a member of the Salvation
Army Women’s Auxiliary and a
member of the Colbert County
Medical Alliance.
When she is not working on P.E.O.,
Grace enjoys playing golf, bridge,
traveling, reading and needlepoint.
She especially enjoys spending time
with family and friends.
Born and raised in
Boise, Idaho, Laurie
Cosolito was
initiated into
Chapter AY, Boise,
Idaho, in 1983.
Laurie’s mom
Audrey was also
a member of
Chapter AY. After
graduating from the
University of Idaho in 1985, Laurie
began an 18-year retail management
career with Kmart and Best Buy.
In 2003 she became the site supervisor at the Harley Davidson Testing
Facility on the GM Proving Grounds
in Mesa, Arizona.
Laurie met her BIL Vince while on a
church singles retreat in 2003. Vince
is retired from the US Navy Reserves
and is currently employed by Verizon
Wireless. Laurie’s stepdaughter and
son-in-law, Alicia and Jon Griffiths, live
in Bellingham, Washington, with their
daughter Alexa.
As a result of 12 job relocations and
marriage, Laurie is a former member
of Chapter AY, Boise, Idaho; Chapter
AH, Alliance, Nebraska; Chapter BA,
Pocatello, Idaho; Chapter U, Logan,
Utah and Chapter DK, Tempe, Arizona.
Laurie’s current chapter is AT,
Flagstaff, Arizona.
Laurie is a member of Kappa Alpha
Theta and she enjoys collecting vintage
textiles and china, paper crafting and
gardening. Laurie and Vince are active
in their church. Laurie also enjoys
traveling and her biggest adventure was
when she rode a camel around the
pyramids in Egypt during sunset.
Sharing the Gifts of P.E.O.
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P.E.O. Garden of Stars
Women helping women reach for the stars
Juanita McKee
HOPE (Helping Others,
Promoting Education)
Juanita McKee was
given the gift of
P.E.O. in 1994 by
co-worker Linda
Rea, NP, Fresno,
California. Juanita
lives in Clovis,
California, with her
BIL Jim and their
two dogs George
and Gracie. Family
members include mother-in-law, Jeri
McKee, 100 years young, JQ, Santa
Monica, California; sister-in-law Jean
Hayes, MP, Los Angeles, California,
and sister-in-law Betty Jackson, who is
looking for a new chapter after a recent
move to Atlanta.
Juanita works as a senior account
manager for Arthur J. Gallagher Risk
Management Inc. She’s thankful for a
boss that supports P.E.O. and for the
support and love of board members
and sisters. She’s a long-time member
of La Comida Guild, serving Children’s
Hospital Central California.
Born in Montreal, Canada, Juanita
has spent most of her life in the golden
state and in the Central Valley,
graduating from Antelope Valley
College. She enjoys bridge, cross
stitch and travel.
Her hope is that we all nurture our
current sisters, and realize the need to
make P.E.O. relevant to today’s women.
Patricia (Pat) Huff
P.E.O.—A Lifelong Gift of
Sisterly Love
Patricia (Pat) Huff
was born and
raised on the
Western Slope of
Colorado, graduated Montrose
High School and
Western State
College. In 1968
she was initiated into Chapter BL,
Montrose, and married Kenn Huff.
In 1969, they moved to Coeur d’Alene,
Idaho, as first-year teachers and stayed
until 1975 when they moved back to
Colorado. Pat taught elementary band
and orchestra in the local schools.
Kenn is a retired teacher and coach.
They have one son, Matthew.
Pat’s P.E.O. life has been in three
chapters. Besides BL, she transferred
to AG, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and
transferred to Chapter GR, Littleton,
Colorado, in 1975. She served on the
Colorado Membership Committee and
chaired the Denver Area Cottey Club
and co-chaired the 1989 Colorado State
Convention. She has served on the
Altar Guild at her church and chaired
the quilt group who made quilts for
charity. Kenn and Pat moved in the
fall of 2012 back to Montrose, after
living in the Denver area for 38 years.
Pat’s mother, sister-in-law and niece
are P.E.O.s. Pat had the honor of acting
as president at the initiation of her
niece. Pat enjoys reading, quilting,
sitting in front of the fireplace in the
cabin and spending time with family
and friends.
Diann McChesney
Providing Opportunities,
Options and Hope
Diann McChesney
was born and
raised in Texas,
and lived in the
Dallas area for 22
years before marrying her husband
Jeff, who whisked
her away to a life
as an Air Force
fighter pilot’s wife. They lived all over
the world, and shared their adventures
with their two children (now adults),
Lauren and Marc.
Diann was initiated into Chapter G,
Washington, D.C., in July 1998. She
immediately embraced—and was
embraced by—her strong, educated,
witty and unique P.E.O. sisters. In 2000,
Jeff retired from the military and his
first corporate job took the family to
Ridgefield, Connecticut. There, Diann
was welcomed by the wonderful women
of Chapter G, Ridgefield, Connecticut.
Diann attributes her growth from
a timid, fearful woman to her current
position as president of Connecticut
State Chapter to the opportunities,
options and hope provided by P.E.O.
Besides working full-time as
a certified financial planner and
investment adviser, Diann enjoys lawn
work, reading, gardening and spending
time with Jeff, Yoda (a pug) and
Ramone (a Chihuahua). Diann’s sister,
Karin Ozowski, is a P.E.O. in Chapter
IA, Coppell, Texas.
Barbara N. Allen
P.E.O. Stars Light the Way
Barbara Allen was
born in Lyndonville,
Vermont, and
moved to
Delaware, in 1963.
Her summers were
spent in Vermont
at Willoughby
Lake. She graduated from Salisbury
State College with a B.S. in
elementary education.
She taught for several years and
retired after marrying her husband
“Chick,” in 1987. She then became
a mom to his two boys. In 1999
Barbara was initiated into Chapter J,
Seaford, Delaware.
Upon the death of her father in 2002,
Barbara took over the family business
located in Lyndonville, Vermont. The
company that makes Bag Balm was
started by her grandfather more than
100 years ago and she and Chick
continue to operate the business.
Whenever possible they go to their
home in Vermont at Willoughby Lake,
not only for pleasure, but to tend to
the business.
In 2004 Barbara became co-chair
of the capital campaign to build a new
district library in Seaford, Delaware.
She has also been actively involved
with the American Heart Association
and Relay for Life fundraisers.
Today she and Chick are thoroughly
enjoying their family and two granddaughters, Emily and Kelsey. Along
with her husband, she enjoys golfing,
horseback riding, snowmobiling and
traveling. Barbara also enjoys reading
and gardening.
Kathleen Feldman
Kathleen Feldman
was born and
raised in San
California. When
she was 12 years
old the family
moved to Seattle,
Washington, where
she finished school
and then went on to Central
Washington State College and later
the University of Washington. After
finishing school she worked for the
school district in the reading and
math curriculum departments. As the
years went on she developed an
extensive resume with a background
in sales and marketing. She has done
everything from being an admissions
director for a proprietary art school,
financial aid director for another,
marketing for an oil company and sales
director of a corporation. She even sold
cosmetics for a company that had those
pink Cadillacs. Are you wondering if
she had one for sales excellence? Yes,
she did! Her favorite job, however, was
her time as the development director for
an artist series of a community college.
Kathleen grew up with two younger
brothers who made sure she wasn’t
such a girlie girl all the time. She swam
competitively throughout school and
taught skiing when she was in her 20s.
She now enjoys golf and bowling as
well as swimming.
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Kathleen was introduced to P.E.O.
by her friend Carol Andrews, Chapter
BR, Everett, Washington. She was
initiated into Chapter EV, Jacksonville
Beach, Florida, in 1982. Three weeks
after being initiated, the military moved
the family once again. Reciprocity has
always been a very important part of
the P.E.O. picture to Kathleen because
she has been a member of four chapters
in different states and helped form a
new chapter in Rhode Island. Besides
EV in Florida, she has been in Chapter
AU, Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania; Chapter
AR, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and now
Chapter GG, Lake Mary, Florida.
Kathleen has been very active with
each chapter, holding all chapter offices
many times. She has lived in California,
Washington, Texas, Connecticut, Rhode
Island, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and
three different times in Florida. There
are only three states in the union she
has not seen. She has also traveled
some of Europe, Mexico and Canada.
She likes to explain all this by saying,
“I am a gypsy at heart and would
rather move than clean closets!”
Kathleen and her husband Al have
been married eight years. Their
combined families include Kathleen’s
two grown daughters who are P.E.O.s
and three grandchildren and Al’s two
grown children and two grandsons.
Kathleen has a distinct passion
for the empowerment of women
through education.
Patricia (Pat) Franzen
The Nature of P.E.O.
Born and raised
in Wisconsin, Pat
Franzen moved to
Monticello, Iowa,
as a junior in high
school. There she
was initiated into
her mother’s P.E.O.
chapter, FP. As a
20-year-old she
wondered, “What
have I gotten into?” Now after six
corporate moves with her husband
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and family, and a loving P.E.O. home
in every town, she acknowledges the
amazing gift she received back in 1967.
Since her initiation, Pat has belonged to
eight chapters in four Midwest states.
Pat graduated from the University
of Dubuque majoring in biology and
English. Later she received a master
in education degree from National
Louis University. While teaching middle
school science for nearly 20 years, Pat
founded Wild Enterprises, Inc.,
specializing in standards-based/
inquiry-based science curriculum and
professional development. She has
written curriculum for Fermilab,
Brookfield Zoo, Wilderness Classroom
and Bill Kurtis’ New Explorer video
series. She also teaches graduate
level classes for Aurora University
through Fermilab and lab science
courses for pre-service teachers at
Bradley University.
She and her BIL Dick enjoy time
with their three sons, daughters-in-law
and, particularly, four granddaughters
and one grandson. Pat is active in
the Presbyterian church. She serves
on the boards of Fermilab Friends
of Science Education and Heartland
Festival Orchestra. She is an avid
hiker, cyclist, classical music lover
and prairie advocate.
Pat’s two greatest joys in P.E.O.
include the organization of her current
Chapter OC, in Metamora, and serving
as convention chairman for the 2007
Illinois State Chapter Convention.
Marguerite “Mimi” Mech
Keys to the Future: Striking
the right note for a new song
Mimi Mech was
initiated into her
mother’s chapter,
Chapter HI, Urbana,
Illinois, in 1980.
She is currently a
member of Chapter
AW, Terre Haute,
Indiana, which she
joined in 1987.
Women helping women reach for the stars
Mimi started life in Allen Park,
Michigan, but grew up in Urbana,
Illinois, where, after high school, she
attended the University of Illinois. She
earned bachelor and master’s degrees
in music education as a piano major
and choral specialist. She taught
public school music in Danville, Illinois,
for six years before moving to Terre
Haute. Mimi has continued to serve in
music ministry since high school days.
Currently she serves as choir director,
pianist and the traditional worship coordinator for World Gospel Church.
She met her husband Andy in an
Urbana church choir and they have been
married 34 years. Andy is a professor at
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
They have two grown children—
daughter Rebekah, AW, Terre Haute,
Indiana, living in Manila, Philippines,
and son Stephen, working and living
in Indianapolis.
Mimi has been privileged to serve
for many years as a leader in Bible Study
Fellowship. She also enjoys her piano
students, reading and time with family.
For relaxation, she’s always ready
for a ride in her husband’s convertible
and when possible, a beach vacation!
Glenda Dixon
P.E.O. Shining Stars
Glenda Roberts
Dixon is an Iowa
native, born in
Iowa City, raised in
Grinnell and Fort
Dodge. She earned
business, economics
and computer
science degrees
from Wartburg
College in Waverly,
and has lived in Cedar Rapids for
30 years. A third-generation P.E.O.,
Glenda was initiated into Chapter OP,
Cedar Rapids in 1999, the same year
her twin sister Gaye joined Chapter OP.
Mother Ruth Roberts is a member of JT,
Cedar Rapids; grandmother Alice Reel
Charter was a member of three Iowa
chapters before joining Chapter Eternal
in 2000. Glenda has been married to
Jeff for 25 years and greatly appreciates
his support of her P.E.O. activities.
Glenda has held every chapter office
and served on several committees.
Chairing the state committee that
produced “History of P.E.O. in IowaVolume III” ignited her interest in state
committee service. Terms on the Cottey
Committee and Finance Committee
preceded her election to the executive
board in 2008.
A senior project manager for Dell
Computers, Glenda manages global
IT projects for such companies as Apria
Healthcare, Boeing Aircraft, the
Pasadena (California) School District,
La Quinta Hotels and Owens and Minor.
After earning certification from the
Project Management Institute (PMI®),
she developed and taught project
management classes for Perot Systems
throughout the United States and
Europe. Locally, she served as
membership chairman and then
president of the local PMI Eastern Iowa
Chapter. Wherever business trips took
her, Glenda always found a P.E.O.
chapter meeting or social to attend.
Glenda is a member of the First
Congregational Church, and was
once active in church choir, community
theater and the Cedar Rapids Concert
Chorale. She is a volunteer at Miracles
in Motion-Handicapped Horsemen,
a certified scuba diver and frequent
organizer of charity golf tournaments.
She enjoys quilting and quilt shows,
vacations that include P.E.O. Bed and
Breakfasts, Couples Golf League and
spending time with family, friends
and P.E.O. sisters.
Julie Cahoj
Carol Evans
Julie Cahoj is a
native Nebraskan,
but has adopted
Kansas as her home.
She graduated
from Wayne State
College, Wayne,
Nebraska, in
1980, with a
Bachelor of Arts
degree in elementary
and special education. Upon graduation,
she moved to Kansas to begin her
33-year career as a special education
teacher. Julie earned her master’s
degree in special education from Fort
Hays State University in Hays, Kansas,
in 1985.
While teaching in Atwood, Kansas,
Julie was introduced to a wonderful
woman who, in 1986, proposed her
name for membership in Chapter AX.
This woman was just the first of many
wonderful, memorable and remarkable
women Julie has met during her years
in P.E.O.
Julie’s husband Greg operates his
own construction company. In the
summer, when not teaching school,
Julie can be seen on the construction
site, hard hat on and shovel in hand.
Greg and Julie have four grown
children. Stephanie and Mark Dozler
live and work in Kearney, Nebraska.
Kristy and Norman Miller reside and
work in Atwood, Kansas. Ethan lives
and works in Lawrence, Kansas, and
their youngest son, Gregory, is a senior,
attending Kansas State University in
Manhattan, Kansas.
Julie shares the P.E.O. bond with
Stephanie and Kristy, both members
of Chapter AX, Atwood, with her sisters
Kris of Chapter L, Minneapolis,
Minnesota, and Terri, Chapter EA,
Randolph, Nebraska, and with her
mother Lucille, Chapter GP, Grand
Island, Nebraska.
In her spare time, Julie enjoys
gardening, road trips with Greg,
sewing and reading.
Reared in
Oklahoma, Carol
Evans received a
B.S. and found her
true love, Richard,
at Oklahoma State
University in
Stillwater. After
graduation in
1967 the couple
moved to Freeport,
Texas, then to Houston before settling
in Baton Rouge with their sons in 1973.
Soon Carol began the first of 36 years
working in political campaigns. When
Richard started his own company, she
became the office manager. Retired
now, she is involved in General
Federation of Women’s Clubs, the
Methodist Church and genealogy.
In 1998 the Evans purchased a home
in Montana where they spend their
summers and are involved in the local
community and the Lutheran Church.
Carol joined Chapter E, Baton Rouge,
Louisiana, in 1979 but went inactive
in 1990. After she retired from the
business world in 1998, she reinstated.
Aside from being active at the local
and state levels, she also held the
charter during the organization of
Chapter CC in Montana. Her belief
in the importance of sharing P.E.O.
is evident in that she has introduced
nearly 30 ladies to P.E.O. including
her mother who joined Chapter DS,
Tulsa, at age 87 and served as an officer
two of the last four years of her life.
P.E.O. Be the Spark
On the Go with P.E.O.
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Marilyn (Lyn) Gould
Wise, Wild, &
Wonderful P.E.O.s
Marilyn (Lyn)
Gould was given
the gift of P.E.O.
by her mother
and initiated into
Chapter AH,
in 1987.
Lyn was born
and raised in Coronado, California. She
graduated from San Diego State
University in 1968, earned her Ph.D. in
bacteriology from the University of
California at Davis in 1975, was a
postdoctoral researcher at Temple
University in Philadelphia, and became
an assistant professor at Douglass
College (Rutgers University) in 1977.
She moved to Falmouth in 1980 as a
director of a company that manufactures
a laboratory reagent from the blood of
horseshoe crabs. Lyn retired in 2002 to
consult for the pharmaceutical industry.
John, Lyn’s BIL, is a retired physician
who is an avid tornado chaser. Lyn has
been his driver on these springtime
adventures through Tornado Alley for
the last eight years. She is also a licensed
ham radio operator active in emergency
communications, in the U.S. Coast
Guard Auxiliary, and a past president of
the Cape & Islands Council, Boy Scouts
of America. She loves to sew especially
for her grandchildren, son and daughterin-law; and enjoys gardening and
reading. In the last few years, her focus
has been on designing and building a
home in New Mexico and on P.E.O.
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Denise Lenk
Cathy Manhart
Denise Lenk was
born and raised
in Mount Pleasant,
Michigan, the
youngest of three
girls. She was
initiated into
Chapter DN,
Mount Pleasant
in 1989. She later
transferred to
Chapter CE, Midland in 1992. It seemed
only natural that Denise would serve
on the state board as her two sisters
are past state presidents of Michigan
and Ohio. Denise’s mother is also a
P.E.O. This past December, Denise was
able to initiate her daughter into her
chapter. Denise served as local chapter
recording secretary and president and
served on the Michigan Cottey College
and Scholarship Committee.
Denise received her registered nurse
degree from Oakland Community
College and her bachelor of science in
nursing degree from Excelsior College.
She has worked as a nurse for 38 years
and is still working full-time in the
recovery room at MidMichigan Medical
Center. During her 16 years working
in the emergency department, she
received special training as a sexual
assault nurse examiner.
Denise and her husband Chuck make
their home in Sanford, Michigan. They
have a son, Adam, an engineering
student at Central Michigan University
and a daughter, Abbey, a student at
MidMichigan Community College.
Denise attends the First United
Methodist Church where she plays in
the handbell choir and where she and
her BIL volunteer as cook and servers
for the Friendship Lunch, a lunch offered
every Sunday for those in need.
In her spare time Denise loves to play
golf, read and collect sock monkeys. She
also has a passion for pets—she has
three dogs and one cat.
Cathy Manhart is
a third generation
P.E.O. She was
initiated into her
mother’s chapter,
KX, Peoria,
Illinois, in 1980.
Her maternal
Marjorie Benfer is
in Chapter Eternal;
her mother Judy Phillips, is an active
member of Chapter S, Cheyenne,
Wyoming; and her sister, Sharon Klotz,
is a member of Chapter IO, Broomfield,
Colorado. Cathy is happy to call many
of her aunts and cousins sisters as well.
Cathy has been an active P.E.O. in
Minneapolis, Minnesota; Gallup, New
Mexico; and Lincoln, Nebraska. She
was also a regular visitor while living
in Dayton, Wyoming, and Rapid City,
South Dakota, before moving to
Montana and transferring her membership to Chapter BG, Billings, in 1995.
Prior to serving on the state board,
Cathy held all local chapter offices
except vice president, was an
International delegate in 2001; and
was active in the city Reciprocity
Bureau and Cottey Committee. She
also served on the state ELF, Cottey,
finance and budget committees; and
was on the state convention executive
steering committee in 2008.
Cathy holds a B.S. in business
education from the University of
Wyoming and a M.Ed. from the
University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She
has taught in high school, junior college,
VoTech and university environments.
Currently she is teaching business and
computer courses for the Billings Public
Schools’ Adult Career Advancement
Education program and provides office
management assistance for her
husband’s practice.
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Women helping women reach for the stars
Climbing to New Heights…
Shoot for the Stars
Her BIL of 30 years, Scott, is a
periodontist in Billings. Cathy and Scott
have two grown children. Katie, a
Cottey and University of Montana
grad, is currently working for an
energy company while advancing
her studies. Kenton will graduate
this spring from Concordia College
in Moorhead, Minnesota, in exercise
science. Prior to serving on the state
board, Cathy was active with her
children’s activities through PTA,
church youth program, Girl Scout
leader, Cheer squad mom and
traveling hockey team mom.
In her spare time, she keeps in
shape through daily trail walking
and exercise with her two dogs. She
enjoys managing her active life with
her P.E.O. life on a daily basis.
Merikay Theresa Berg
Share the Joy
Merikay Theresa
Berg was thrilled
to become a P.E.O.
in 1975. Chapter
CE, Arapahoe,
Nebraska, shared
their joy of P.E.O.
with her. She later
moved to Lexington,
Nebraska, and
was joyfully welcomed into Chapter
FS. Her daughter, Laura Barber, and
granddaughter, Annastasia Barber, are
also members of Chapter FS.
Merikay grew up in Bismarck,
North Dakota, where she was taught
to love and respect her fellow man,
animals, history and the land. She
is a graduate of three Nebraska
schools; Central Community College,
LPN, University of Nebraska Medical
Center, College of Nursing, BSN, and
University of Nebraska at Kearney, BSBA
Business Comprehensive. She had a
dual career in farming/agribusiness
and nursing for more than 30 years.
She is an Oncology Certified Nurse and
a Wound Care Specialist. Merikay has
retired from the farming enterprise and
her position as a Clinical Nurse Manager.
She continues to work part time at
Lexington Regional Health Center. Her
greatest professional joy is helping
people. Eppley Cancer Center, Cattle
Man’s Ball has recognized her twice
with grants for her work in oncology
and wound healing.
Merikay is an award-winning quilter
and enjoys all types of needlework. She
has served on several educational
boards at the state level. She has been
a religion teacher and community
volunteer and helps many immigrant
families navigate the educational and
health care systems in her ethnically
diverse community.
Merikay has two children—Chad
Neuens (wife, Julie) an attorney in Tulsa,
Oklahoma, and Laura Barber, a banker
in Lexington, Nebraska. The best part
of her life is her grandchildren.
Merikay always enjoys hearing and
telling a good joke. She is an avid
reader and enjoys walking her dogs.
Summers find Merikay at the lake
enjoying outdoor activities.
Susan Demler Catalano
New York
The Quiet Light of P.E.O.
Susan Demler
Catalano was
initiated into mother
Jacqueline Barker’s
P.E.O. Chapter AU,
Tucson, Arizona, in
1987. In 1992 she
was lucky to join
P.E.O.’s Chapter
R, New York, New
York, and, in 2012,
transferred to New York’s Chapter C.
A proud native of Tucson, Arizona,
Susan moved to Manhattan’s upper
west side in 1990. She is currently a
director of Kirshbaum Demler &
Associates, Inc., an artist representation
and public relations agency for classical
music, where she has worked since
1991. The firm represents a small roster
of artists and specializes in campaigns
and programs for the arts, particularly
those supporting classical musicians,
ensembles and institutions. She
attended the University of Arizona in
Tucson and Eastman School of Music
in Rochester, New York.
Susan and husband Anthony, a
senior vice president at UBS, live in
Manhattan with 17-year-old son Jack
Demler, two dogs and a cat. Her family
also includes Anthony’s children,
Michael, Jessica and Daniel Catalano.
Susan’s interests outside of music
and P.E.O. include politics, reading
and cooking as well as following the
New York Giants, Phoenix Cardinals,
New York Yankees and University of
Arizona Wildcat sports teams.
Nancy Curl
North Carolina
Share the Stories of P.E.O.
Nancy Curl was
given the gift of
P.E.O. by friends
in Chapter LV,
Missouri, in 1994,
and has been a
member of Chapter
E, Charlotte, North
Carolina, since 1998.
She was born in
Detroit, Michigan, and lived in various
cities in Michigan and Illinois, before
graduating from high school in Elkhart,
Indiana. Nancy graduated from the
School of the Ozarks in Missouri in 1974
with a bachelor of science in business.
Nancy met her husband Greg while
working for a bank in Saint Louis,
and they moved to Washington,
Missouri, where they raised their two
children. During those years, Nancy
volunteered in the school system and as
president of the school parent-teacher
organization, as well as serving on
various committees in their church.
She accepted the challenge of serving
as the corresponding secretary of her
chapter as a relatively new P.E.O. and
continued to serve in several chapter
offices and as the North Carolina State
IPS Chairman after moving to Chapter
E in Charlotte.
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In recent years Nancy’s husband
retired from banking and then promptly
failed retirement as he went back to
work for a firm in Singapore. Around
the same time, their son Tim also
transferred to Singapore. International
travel has become an important part
of her life as she visits at least twice
a year. Daughter Sarah and her family
have recently moved from the midwest
to Raleigh, North Carolina, so Nancy is
delighted to find excuses to travel up
the road for frequent weekend visits
and the pleasure of babysitting her
two grandchildren.
When not on the road or in the air,
Nancy enjoys strength training, walking,
reading and visiting with friends.
Joan Galloway
Northeast District
P.E.O.s—Stars of a
Championship Team
Joan Galloway was
initiated in 1980
into Chapter A,
Providence, Rhode
Island, transferred
and was a charter
member of F,
Providence, in 1994,
and then G, Lincoln,
in 2005. She has
served in most local chapter offices
and as historian of the Northeast District
for four years before joining the
executive board. Her sister, Linda
Larson, is a member of Chapter D,
Newport, Rhode Island.
Joan graduated from the University of
Rhode Island with a B.S. in nutrition
and completed a dietetic internship
in Detroit, Michigan. As a registered
dietitian, she spent most of her career
as a clinical dietitian at hospitals in
Rhode Island until she retired in 2006.
She’s been married to her husband
David for 44 years, and they have
three children: Jana Osborne (John),
a teacher in Georgia; Taryn Galloway
(Matthias Kolberg), an economist in
Norway; and Ian Galloway, a small
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business owner in Texas. She has two
granddaughters—SuSu in Georgia and
Anna Linnea in Norway. She hopes
all her family will be present at her
convention in 2014.
Joan has been a member of the
Scituate Scholarship Foundation for
20 years and is currently vice president
and a member for four years and
currently vice president of the Friends
of Saint Elizabeth Home, the latter at
which she and her husband volunteer
weekly. She is active in her multicultural church, Saint Paul’s Evangelical
Lutheran in Providence.
She enjoys traveling in the U.S.
and Europe, needle work, cooking,
exercising and staying healthy. She
tries to set an example to all those
around her. She especially enjoys
spending time with her family, and
with P.E.O. sisters on the local,
district or International level.
Jean Evans
The Gifts of P.E.O.
Jean Evans was
born in Dayton,
Ohio. Her family
moved to Columbus
in 1963 where Jean
completed her
middle school
and high school
education. After
graduation from
Michigan State
University, East Lansing, Michigan, in
1972, Jean moved back to Columbus
and was initiated into her mother’s
chapter, Chapter BA. In 1980 she
transferred to Chapter EF.
Jean’s working career included
employment with Ashland Chemical
Company, a small insurance agency
and 10 years in commercial banking.
In all positions, her work revolved
around staff management and employee
development. Jean is active in her
church having served as deacon, elder
and trustee. She enjoys playing in the
handbell choir and singing with the
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chancel choir. She is a member of
Kiwanis Club of Columbus where she
has chaired many committees and
helped with fundraising events. She
has also volunteered as a literacy tutor.
Spare time interests include reading,
travel, cooking and swimming.
Ruth Sandoz
Let’s Take a Ride with
P.E.O. Virtues
Born in Liberal,
Kansas, at the
beginning of WWII,
Ruth Sandoz’s family
moved to Portland,
Oregon, and never
went back. Ruth
attended Oregon
State University
in Corvallis and
then continued at the Oregon Health
Sciences University and received a
degree in radiologic technology. Ruth
went back to Portland State University
in 1982 and pursued her love of the
piano and received a bachelor’s
degree in piano. Ruth started judging
women’s gymnastics and became
a Brevet judge in 1996 and judged
gymnastics throughout the United
States and several other countries.
Ruth was delegation leader for the
United States Gymnastics Federation
to foreign competitions.
Ruth married her BIL Ivan and
had two children—Michael and
Michelle. She enjoys spending her
time with her four grandchildren—
Leah, Mitchell, Sarah and Claire.
Ruth is a third-generation P.E.O.,
preceded by her maternal grandmother
Ada Tucker, Chapter Eternal, and her
mother Ruby Harris, AK, Portland,
Oregon. Ruth was initiated into Chapter
AK, Portland, Oregon, in 1998. Ruth’s
Aunt Ruth is a 64-year-member of
Chapter DH, Cherryvale, Kansas.
Active in the West Hills Christian
Church in Portland, Ruth has been
playing the organ or piano since
1970. Currently Ruth is serving as a
deaconess and also church treasurer.
During the week Ruth and Ivan spend
many hours riding their tandem bike
or walking their Havanese dogs, Rudy
and Kobie. Traveling in their RV is
also a joy of their life.
Time spent bicycling on the
back of a tandem with her husband
throughout Oregon, Washington,
Idaho and Montana has been one
of the greatest joys for Ruth.
Midge McClosky
P.E.O. Mission Possible
Midge McClosky is
a first generation
P.E.O. despite the
fact that she was
born and raised
in Iowa! She first
learned of the
Sisterhood as
a high school
freshman while
volunteering at
Hillcrest Care Center when she was
given a Cottey brochure by a fellow
volunteer. Midge graduated with honors
from Cottey College in 1991 and then
moved to New York City to finish her
studies at the American Musical and
Dramatic Academy (with the help of an
ELF loan). Upon graduation, Midge
began a professional career as a stage
actress who occasionally crossed over
into film, television and commercials.
In 1996, only a few weeks after
marrying her long-time sweetheart,
Midge was initiated into her Cottey
suitemate’s chapter, AH, New York, New
York. While in New York City, Midge
served as chapter treasurer and as the
New York City/Long Island Reciprocity
Chairman for Cottey College.
Midge and her husband Chris
relocated to Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania,
in 2000 to start a family. Chris is a
paramedic supervisor for the New
York Presbyterian Hospital and
commutes into New York City for
work. Since there was no chapter
in the Stroudsburg area, Midge
started laying the groundwork for
a new one and in 2003, organized
Chapter CK. Since that time, Midge
has served as both CK’s president
and vice president.
Theater remains the driving passion
in Midge’s life. She works full-time as
the executive director of the historic
Shawnee Playhouse, a professional
year-round theater where she also
created the STARS acting program for
children. She contributes to the
community by serving on several
non-profit boards including the
Worthington Players, the Shawnee
Preservation Society and the Smithfield
Elementary PTA. She is also active in
the Shawnee Presbyterian Church
where she serves as an elder, coordinates the children’s curriculum and
sings in the choir. She teaches aerobics
at the local YMCA and performs on
stage as often as she can when not
chasing after her boys Bobby and
Billy, ages 9 and 8.
Gail O. Olive
South Carolina
Building Bridges from
Yesterday to Tomorrow
on to direct a developmental disabilities
agency in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
All these experiences led Gail to
accept a position as executive director
of Habitat for Humanity of Horry County
in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The
nonprofit and church world met at
Habitat in a profound way and has been
Gail’s passion for more than 12 years.
Gail has two adopted children and
a new grandbaby. Gail’s husband
George is retired from AT&T and
as a United Methodist licensed local
pastor. George has two daughters
and four grandsons.
Gail was initiated into Chapter AO,
Scranton, Pennsylvania, in 1978,
organized Chapter BR, Wilkes-Barre,
Pennsylvania, and is currently a
member of Chapter S, Myrtle Beach,
South Carolina. Gail met her Chapter
S sisters when Habitat engaged
Chapter S to run a concession stand
at a local golf course.
Gail enjoys golf in the golf capital of
Myrtle Beach and is an avid reader.
Retirement is in the near future!
Barbara Schlueter
Strike Up the Band
Born and raised on
a farm in Delaware,
Gail Olive received
her B.A. from the
University of
Delaware in
Newark, Delaware,
and completed a
master’s program
in management
and supervision from the University
of Scranton in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Gail’s nonprofit career began in
directing a domestic violence shelter
and continued as director of planning
and allocations for the United Way
of Wyoming Valley in Wilkes-Barre,
Pennsylvania. She was also a
conference associate council director
for the United Methodist Church in
Pennsylvania and New York and went
Barbara Schlueter
was initiated into
P.E.O. in 1990, and
has held various
offices in Chapter
DZ, Odessa. She
also was the state
chairman for the
International Peace
Scholarship prior to
being appointed
to the board in 2008.
Barbara was born and raised in
Mount Airy, Maryland, where she was
the fourth generation to live in the
family home. She attended Shenandoah
College and Conservatory of Music
in Winchester, Virginia, and graduated
with a bachelor of music education
degree. Barbara moved to Odessa,
Texas, and taught elementary music
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for 22 years. After a year’s hiatus,
Barbara worked at Odessa College as
the secretary to the dean of nursing
and Allied Health for four years.
Barbara and her BIL Michael were
married in 1986. They enjoy having
his two daughters Melissa and Meagan,
sons-in-law Chet and Michael and six
grandchildren Shelby, Bronte, Gabriella,
Oliver, Agatha and Theodore, close by.
Barbara was thrilled to preside at the
initiation of stepdaughter Melissa into
Chapter DZ in 2009.
Barbara enjoys playing the piano at
Bethany Christian Church each Sunday
she is in town. Barbara has accompanied
many high school students at the
district and state solo and ensemble
contests. She is happy to volunteer
to play for events and was honored
to play at the Time of Remembrance
service at the convention in 2010.
Barbara has enjoyed playing in the
community band at Odessa College as
well as serving on the board of the
Midland-Odessa Symphony.
When not spending time with
family or traveling to Maryland to be
with her mother, Barbara enjoys
playing the piano, reading, scrapbooking and cross-stitching.
Marjorie S. (Suzy) Jones
Sisters, the Heart of P.E.O.
Army brat and
wife, Suzy Jones
lived in various
posts but grew
up in Sarasota,
Florida. Suzy met
BIL Richard at
Sarasota High
School. She
graduated from
Florida State
University in 1962. She and Richard
were married at Fort Benning, Georgia,
the first of three assignments there.
Postings included: Colorado, Tennessee,
Alaska, Germany and Nebraska.
During this time, Richard Jr., Caroline
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and Daniel joined the family. Retirement
brought four years in Kentucky where
Suzy was initiated into Chapter Z. They
moved to Gig Harbor, Washington,
where she spent six years with Chapter
GS. Family ties dictated Virginia
become home in 1997. There, Suzy
joined Chapter BH, Whitestone.
Now retired, Suzy stays busy with
her involvement with the Episcopal
Church, Daughters of the American
Revolution, American Legion,
Nursing Home Auxiliary, Master
Gardeners and wonderful friendships
in a small community.
In 2006, Suzy helped organize
Chapter BT, Mathews, was president
of the new chapter and then joined
the Virginia state board. Suzy has eight
grandchildren—the oldest granddaughter is a third-year student at
West Point; Army life and family
P.E.O. are continuing.
Milla Oestreich
Let’s Get Growing for a
Fruitful Tomorrow
Milla Oestreich
received the gift
of P.E.O. in 1994
from her sisters of
Chapter B, Shelton,
Washington. Soon
appreciating the
richness of this gift,
Milla sent long-distance introductions
for her sisters Julie
and Barbie in Tennessee and Texas,
where they accepted the invitations
of Chapters G, Oak Ridge, and HT,
New Braunfels, respectively. All have
served as presidents of their chapters,
and Barbie is currently Organizer of
Texas State Chapter.
Milla was born in Shreveport,
Louisiana, and grew up in Belleville,
Illinois, and San Antonio, Texas, where
she earned a degree in math and
English from Incarnate Word University.
The math interest predominated in
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her early career as a mathematician
at White Sands Missile Range, New
Mexico, and Bell Labs, Madison, New
Jersey, where Milla met her husband
Mark, who had recently moved there
from the Pacific Northwest.
Following their marriage in 1973, they
moved to Washington state where they
settled in Shelton and raised two sons.
When “the boys” were both in grade
school, Milla earned her teacher
certification and began a second career
as an English teacher at Shelton High
School, eventually also earning the
M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction
from Western Washington University.
Leadership in Cub Scouts and Boy
Scouts and active enjoyment of the
great outdoors characterized those
busy years.
Now retired, Milla and Mark’s greatest
joy still is spending time with their
family, all of whom live in the Puget
Sound area: Nathan, his wife Diana (EF,
Enumclaw) and their six-year-old son;
and Adam, his wife Justine, their fouryear-old son and one-year-old daughter.
Milla also finds delight in reading,
solving cryptic-style crossword
puzzles, knitting and gardening.
Patricia Nordine
Washington, D.C.
Making Dreams a Reality
Patricia Nordine was
born and raised in
the Washington,
D.C., area. She
attended many
P.E.O. social
functions at a
very young age,
but the major
P.E.O. highlight
was attending her
mother’s convention banquet in 1964.
Her mother, a past state president, was
always an inspiration to her, but that
night helped motivate her to enjoy
P.E.O. for all of its gifts. She became
a third generation P.E.O. following
her grandmother, aunt and mother
when initiated into Chapter D in
December 1970.
Patricia and her mother made a
lateral transfer to a night chapter,
Y in D.C., in 1992 so they could
become more active. Before joining
the D.C. State Board, she held all
officer positions in Chapter Y.
Patricia graduated from Texas
Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas,
with a double major in political science
and sociology. Coming back to her
hometown, Patricia started working
at a stock brokerage house and later
moved on to an advertising agency, a
global trade management firm and now
is at the American Society of Clinical
Oncology, an organization that supports
oncologists and oncology researchers
internationally. She has held positions
in facility management and human
resources. She especially enjoys
working with architects and building
out space to accommodate a new
sustainable working environment.
Patricia attends church at
Trinity United Methodist Church in
Alexandria, Virginia, and ushers
when she can. In her free time, she
enjoys swimming, traveling, opera
and attending the theater.
Linda K. Rodgers
West Virginia
P.E.O. Hands of Love
Linda Rodgers has
been a member
of Chapter V,
Lewisburg, West
Virginia, since 1982.
She has lived in
Greenbrier County,
West Virginia, all
her life.
Linda attended
Morris Harvey College, Charleston,
West Virginia; West Virginia University, Morgantown
and Dabney Lancaster College,
Lowmoor, Virginia. She now works
as a real estate agent and volunteers
with the Greenbrier County Arts
and Recreation Committee, the
Chapel Church, Weight Watchers
and the Greenbrier County Historic
Landmarks Commission.
Linda is married to Robert. They
have three sons—Thornton, Bob and
Brian, two grandchildren and two
step-grandchildren. In her free time
she enjoys bicycling, knitting, sewing
and reading.
Alice Kapla
We Be Jammin’ for P.E.O.
Alice Kapla was
initiated into her
aunt’s chapter, CX,
Iron Mountain,
Michigan, in 1979;
she is currently
a member of
CY, Marshfield,
Wisconsin. Her
mother was and
her two daughters are P.E.O.s.
Alice was born and raised in
Stambaugh, Michigan; her family
moved to Hibbing, Minnesota, before
her eighth grade year. She married
her high school sweetheart Paul in
1974. After receiving her physical
therapist assistant degree from Saint
Catherine’s College in Minneapolis,
Minnesota, she and her husband
moved numerous times. Alice worked
in various physical therapy settings.
She has belonged to Chapters B,
Aberdeen, South Dakota; CL,
Owatonna, Minnesota and ED,
Marshfield, Wisconsin. She has
served in all chapter offices several
times, on a state committee, as a
delegate to state convention in three
different states and a delegate to
the 2005 International Convention.
Alice provides physical therapy
services in the Marshfield School
District. She coached the Marshfield
High School speech and dance teams.
Her other passions besides P.E.O. are
attending hockey games, reading,
knitting and travel.
Alice and Paul have three children—
Jane, a speech pathologist in
Sheboygan, Wisconsin; John, an
engineer in Houston, Texas and Anne,
an elementary teacher in Madison,
Wisconsin. Alice and Paul have
three grandchildren.
Danese Reed
Surf’s Up…Catch the
P.E.O. Wave
Danese Reed’s
P.E.O. life began
in 1989 when she
was initiated into
Chapter I, Lusk,
Wyoming. She has
served in every
office. Danese also
served on various
state committees.
She initiated her daughter Kristen
into Chapter I.
Being raised a country girl, Danese
loves the faster pace of town, but
appreciates the nature and the
balance of life on the ranch. She was
born and continues to live in the
least populated county, in the least
populated state. She and her husband
Jeff were married in 1985 and raised
their three children, Kaylee, Kristen
and Jordan on the Reed Ranch which
is 67 miles north of Lusk.
Danese was involved and participated in the various activities of
her children. She served as Bethel
Guardian for Job’s Daughters and on
the council. Danese was also a 4-H
leader and instrumental in starting
a new 4-H club, Cheyenne River 4-H.
She became an administrative
assistant for the Niobrara County
School District.
Danese is currently enjoying
working alongside her husband.
When she finds the rare moment
to relax, she enjoys cross-stitch,
travel, Facebook and spending
time with her family.
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ELF and P.E.O.s—Essential Ingredients!
by Joan Kirk, Chairman, P.E.O. Educational Loan Fund Board of Trustees
between classes that I decided to
pursue working in food media. It was
the perfect way for me to combine
my degree in telecommunication
arts with my love of cooking. It didn’t
take long for me to identify the
Culinary Institute of America as the
premier school for me to learn the
art of baking and pastry.
Sarah Balke
The P.E.O. Educational Loan Fund
(ELF) and the support of members
in Chapter N, Atlanta, Georgia,
were essential ingredients in
helping Sarah Balke realize her
dream of working in the food
television industry. Sarah wanted
to merge her bachelor’s degree
in telecommunication arts from
the University of Georgia with an
associate’s degree in baking and
pastry arts from the Culinary
Institute of America (CIA)—
described as the “Harvard of
culinary schools.” We spoke
to Sarah about her career and
how her ELF loan helped her
achieve her goals.
What inspired your
nontraditional career path?
I’ve always loved working
with food, especially baking but
it wasn’t until my freshman year
at the University of Georgia when
I watched the Food Network
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Describe your experience at the
Culinary Institute of America.
Earning my degree at CIA was
mentally and physically demanding.
We had to wear perfect, pristine
uniforms, answer our chefs quickly
and without question and never,
ever be late. I would sometimes
be on my feet for eight hours at a
time—starting at 5 o’clock in the
morning! I was graded on how
quickly I moved, my attention
to detail and of course extreme
cleanliness. It’s hard to express
just how much I learned in 22
months—not just the details of
how to make a pastry cream or
the science behind tempering
chocolate, but how to work hard
and think creatively about food
based on the classic fundamentals.
How did the ELF loan and your
association with P.E.O.s in
Chapter N, Atlanta, help you
achieve your goal?
CIA’s prestigious education comes
with a fairly hefty price tag and
although I was fortunate to have
parents willing to pay part of it,
the balance was my responsibility.
The ELF loan provided the funds
I needed at the time, with a
reasonable interest rate and
reasonable length of time to repay
the loan. It was such a relief to be
awarded this loan, and it helped
motivate me to work even harder
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in school knowing that I had
the support of such an incredible
group of women.
Chapter N has been a part of my
life ever since I attended meetings
as an infant sitting on my mom’s lap.
When I was interviewed by members
of Chapter N for the ELF loan, I
remember feeling humbled and
grateful at how interested and
encouraging they were. As I left the
interview, I realized that I wasn’t
doing this alone—I had the entire
P.E.O. Sisterhood behind me. The
sisters of Chapter N have been
so loving toward me, repeatedly
checking in and letting me know
that they all wish me the best.
When I needed to find an apartment
for my final two semesters at CIA
in New York, a P.E.O. happened
to be friends with a landlord in
Poughkeepsie, and through her
I found the perfect apartment. It
seems to me that at every turn,
P.E.O.s have been there to guide and
support me. I am beyond thankful
for these wonderful women.
Following your graduation from
CIA in November 2012, you
interned at Food Network. What
were your responsibilities?
I first started as an intern in the test
kitchen for Food Network Magazine.
Every recipe that gets published
in the magazine comes out of this
kitchen: either developed there or
cross tested and edited. It’s amazing
how many recipes are developed
within just one day, and I certainly
learned a lot working alongside the
recipe testers.
After almost three months in the
test kitchen, I moved to the editorial
department. I work for the culinary
producers who produce the shows
for the Food Network and the
Cooking Channel. I’ve gotten to
research show topics, edit recipes,
write breakdowns (a recipe and script
hybrid), develop recipes and be
on-set assisting the producers and
food stylists. It’s been pretty surreal
walking into a kitchen and chatting
with Bobby Flay, or developing a
recipe that I know I’ll see on TV in a
few months. I’ve learned so much
in a very short period of time, and
truly feel like I found the career that
I want to pursue.
What are your future plans?
My time interning at Food Network
has only solidified my desire to one
day become a culinary producer.
However I understand that producing
a show requires experience, so I’m
hoping to do some freelancing in
the future to build my resume. This
may include food styling, recipe
editing and recipe testing. I may try
to work in a bakeshop again while
pursuing freelance opportunities
so that I can continue to expand
my baking abilities.
Reap Div
ELF loans can be
used for a variety of
educational programs at
accredited institutions.
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Salted Caramel Bites with Rum Ganache
Recipe courtesy Sarah Balke
1 1/2 cups graham cracker pieces
/3 cup dark brown sugar
/4 teaspoon salt
/3 cup toasted macadamia nuts,
coarsely chopped, plus extra
for garnish
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup granulated sugar, divided
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons heavy
cream, divided
/4 teaspoon fleur de sel
3 ounces dark chocolate, melted (not chocolate chips)
/2 teaspoon dark rum
Cook’s note: Kosher salt can be substituted for the fleur de sel, and
vanilla extract can be substituted for the dark rum.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a 9x13 glass or metal casserole
dish with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick spray.
Put graham crackers, brown sugar and salt in a food processor and
blend to get fine crumbs. Transfer crumbs to a large bowl and stir
in macadamia nuts. Pour the melted butter over top and mix in until
all of the crumbs are moist, then press the dough into the bottom
of the lined pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until browned around the
edges. Cool slightly on a metal rack.
In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring 1/2 cup of heavy
cream to a simmer. Keep warm. Heat a large pot over high heat. Put
/4 cup of granulated sugar and the corn syrup over the bottom of
the hot pot in an even layer. Once the sugar begins to melt, stir in
another 1/4 cup of sugar with a wooden spoon. Continue to slowly add
the remaining sugar this way. Once all sugar has melted, bring it to a
dark, reddish-brown color, swirling the pan and stirring to distribute
the color. Remove from heat and pour in the hot cream while stirring;
be careful as the mixture will bubble and froth. Pour the caramel over
the crust, spreading to the edge. Once slightly set, sprinkle with the
fleur de sel and cool in the refrigerator.
In a small saucepan, bring 2 tablespoons heavy cream and the dark
rum to a boil. Carefully pour the hot cream over the melted chocolate,
stirring with a rubber spatula until it emulsifies and becomes smooth.
It will appear to be broken at first, but continue stirring and the
ganache will come together. Drizzle or pipe the ganache over the top
of the caramel and sprinkle with additional crushed nuts, if desired.
Refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes. Remove the bars from the
dish and foil, cut into 1 1/2 -inch squares and enjoy!
Yield: 52 squares
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A Message from the Cottey President
by Judy Rogers, Ph.D., President, Cottey College
May 19, 2013,
was an
historic day
for Cottey
The first
class of
graduated with
baccalaureate degrees. Candidates
for the baccalaureate degree walked
proudly and confidently across the
platform, wearing brilliant blue regalia.
This first class completed degrees
in English, environmental studies and
international relations and business.
This day was the culmination of five
years of careful planning, consulting
and creating among faculty, students
and administrators.
It was a day of significant change
for the College, yet it was also a day
that maintained the traditions of our
distinctive 129-year-old College. There
were some students who graduated
with an associate of arts degree, an
associate of arts music degree, an
associate of science degree, or an
associate of fine arts degree who
plan to transfer to another college
or university to complete their
education. Cottey has a strong
transfer program to assist these
students. Others will declare their
Students who are referred
by P.E.O.s are the most likely
students to matriculate and
become Cottey graduates.
majors at Cottey and enter one
of Cottey’s new baccalaureate
programs. The faculties are
continuing to develop baccalaureate
programs in the humanities and
social sciences to meet the interests
and needs of students. There is
a growing array of majors available.
The first class of Cottey students to graduate with baccalaureate degrees
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The news of Cottey’s accreditation
to offer selected baccalaureate
programs has not spread to all
prospective students. Please talk
about Cottey to high school students,
counselors, parents, grandparents—
anyone who influences students’
decisions about their education. It is
also important to tell students that
they can transfer from other colleges
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or community colleges to Cottey
and complete their education here.
A Cottey education offers many
distinctions. Cottey’s strong focus
on women’s leadership is clearly a
distinction. The fact that all of Cottey’s
baccalaureate programs are
interdisciplinary and inter-related
is also a distinction. All Cottey
programs emphasize critical thinking,
communication, and the use of
technology to gather and analyze
information. These are the essential
skills sought by employers. They are
the skills best acquired through a
distinctive liberal arts education. And,
of course, there is the distinction that
Cottey guarantees all second-year
students an international trip and
pays airfare and lodging.
Students who are referred by
P.E.O.s are the most likely students
to matriculate and become Cottey
graduates. Please spread the news
about Cottey and suggest that
prospective students view our
website, www.cottey.edu, or contact
the enrollment management office.
You can change a young woman’s
life by referring her to Cottey.
Putting Dreams into Action
by Sandi Webster, Chairman, International Peace Scholarship Board of Trustees with Lynne Briney and Lynn Swenson,
CK, Janesville, Wisconsin
Yuhong He was born into a
working class family in China’s
Guangdong Province during
the One Child Policy. Since she
was a girl her parents might
have decided not to keep her,
but they loved her and encouraged
her education. Her mother wanted
Yuhong to have a career, unlike
most women in China. Her father,
a school teacher and guidance
counselor for 25 years, first
exposed her to a helping
profession. Now doing a
postdoctoral fellowship at the
Counseling and Psychological
Services of the University of
Pennsylvania, Yuhong’s goal is
to help improve lives through
work on the faculty of a Chinese
university. She hopes to teach
and conduct research on career
development of women.
In 2008 Yuhong was awarded
an IPS scholarship to support her
Ph.D. studies at the University
of Missouri. She was matched
with Wisconsin’s Rock-Walworth
Reciprocity through the former
Designated Award Program. This
reciprocity group often donates
to the IPS program now known as
Partners in Peace. The six chapters
of the reciprocity took turns sending
small gifts and notes of encouragement that year, but Lynn
Swenson, CK, Janesville, Wisconsin,
formed a special bond. Lynn had
traveled to China with her daughter
to bring an adopted child home,
and she wrote a congratulatory
letter when Yuhong received the
scholarship. Lynn was interested in
learning more about life in China.
A friendship blossomed through
correspondence, each woman
recognizing the
importance of
their special
Lynn states,
“A Chinese
legend says that
Chinese gods tie
an invisible red
cord around the
ankles of those
that are to meet
one another in a
certain situation or
help each other
Yuhong He visited Chapter CK, Wisconsin, in the winter of 2012
in a certain way.
that have such great impact on
I am continually
my life when I first applied to the
reminded of this legend…it has
P.E.O. scholarship.”
proven to be a truism for me.”
Speaking of Lynn, Yuhong said,
In 2012 a dream came true—a
“This wonderful woman makes the
generous gift to Lynn became
United States feel like home…it is
seed money to Chapter CK and
meaningful to know that someone
they raised enough to invite
out there cares about me.”
Yuhong to Wisconsin. During a
This brief visit and encouragement
potluck dinner Yuhong shared
of Yuhong He exemplifies the joys
stories of Chinese life and told of
of support for international women
her dreams. The opportunity
through IPS, discovering friendships
to meet other P.E.O.s came the
with women the world over.
next evening after Chapter CK’s
regular meeting and annual
Christmas luncheon. A local
newspaper representative
covered the happy occasion
and published the story.
As Yuhong has written, “I feel truly
blessed that so many people enter
my life to support and influence
me to become who I am today…
I am reminded of all the in-person
meetings and mail correspondence
with P.E.O. sisters and how much
that has meant for me. Many times
I was in tears as I was reading the
sweetest notes from everywhere in
the country…I didn’t expect all these
Yuhong He and Lynn Swenson
precious and meaningful connections
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Change, Challenge, Commitment
by Mary Ann Langston, Chairman, P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education Board of Trustees
At its heart, the P.E.O. Sisterhood
is about change—specifically
changing women’s lives through
education—and all P.E.O.s are
involved in these transforming
activities by adjusting to changes
made throughout the Sisterhood.
The recent changes to the P.E.O.
Program for Continuing Education
can serve as a microcosmic
example of what is happening and
how P.E.O.s adapt and flourish
with all that’s new.
PCE made a significant change
two years ago when the online
application procedure was introduced. Wow! No more paper, no
more mailing, no more essays, but
also requiring all chapters to learn
new procedures. In January 2013
additional changes were made to
simplify the PCE application process
at the local chapter level. While the
change could result in the chapter
having a bit less one-on-one
time with the applicant, it in
no way removes the need
or opportunity for personal
involvement nor does it
absolve the chapter of the
same responsibility that has
been expected since 1973
when PCE came into being.
Now the challenge: the
chapter PCE committee
must diligently make sure
they are well prepared for
interviews with the applicant,
because they might not see
her final application before it
goes to the Executive Office in
Des Moines. They must be sure
to have all interview documents
handy and use them to ask sufficient
questions so that a successful
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application is completed and
submitted. Does the applicant fully
understand all the questions on the
application form? If she doesn’t
have the information needed to
complete the application with her,
can she obtain it? Does she have a
plan for covering what a PCE grant
won’t, especially if she doesn’t get
a full grant? Has she applied for
other scholarships, grants or loans?
Are her employment plans well
thought out? Is there a market or a
career path that will be open for her
when she completes the current
course of study? Can she get a good
job with this new degree/certification
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without additional study? Many
questions challenge the sponsoring
chapter because it is their duty to
help this applicant make the best
impression she can, showing that
she can successfully complete her
studies and find employment.
The commitment to the applicant
really begins once the chapter votes
to propose her for a PCE grant.
The chapter must be committed
to follow through with her during
the entire procedure, aiding and
advising when needed. There’s still
the responsibility of writing a detailed
and well-thought-out Chapter
Recommendation Form and Letter.
The letter is of utmost importance
in helping the trustees understand
the needs of the applicant—why she
needs to go back to school NOW,
what has changed in her life, the
details of her financial situation
and her immediate career plans
described in such a way that the
trustees know she can get a job.
In accepting change,
challenge and commitment,
the chapter takes the next
step in assuming their role
in A Partnership for
Change: You and PCE as
this partnership has now
become a three-way relationship between the applicant,
the chapter and the trustees.
Identifying Scholars: How Do
Chapters Do It?
by Kathryn Bayne, P.E.O. Scholar Awards Board of Trustees
It is a highly rewarding experience
for a chapter to nominate a
successful applicant for a P.E.O.
Scholar Award! Some chapters
have developed such a strong
pipeline of candidates that they
have successful nominees year
after year! So you may have
wondered: how do local chapters
find potential applicants?
Students taking the initiative
As PSA has become more established, word has spread within
colleges and universities about this
prestigious award. Sometimes a
former Scholar recommends that
a fellow student look into PSA or
makes a recommendation to a
local chapter to follow-up with a
specific colleague. Occasionally, a
professor or adviser who trained a
former Scholar (or was a Scholar
herself!) encourages other students
to apply. Students also learn about
Scholar Awards through internet
searches or their financial aid office
on campus. Some academic
departments have bulletin boards
where PSA information, such as the
P.E.O. Projects poster, is displayed.
Chapters taking the initiative
Chapters have discovered a
variety of ways to identify
potential Scholars. They often
receive leads from family, friends
and acquaintances. Sometimes,
chapters have known a bright,
motivated young woman for many
years and nominate her for a
Scholar Award when she is far
enough along in her educational
endeavors that she meets the
eligibility criteria. They may hear
about a potential Scholar through
community service organizations,
church or their workplace.
Keeping an eye out for possible
candidates during routine errands
and activities can result in the
discovery of talented candidates.
For example, a chapter member
may encounter a potential Scholar
when taking the dog or cat to the
veterinary hospital and meeting
a vet student who is doing an
internship; at the doctor’s office, as
the medical student is shadowing a
physician; or at a music recital. As
chapter members meet with a variety
of professionals in their lives, they
take these opportunities to inquire
about interns, law clerks, research
assistants, etc. Many chapters have
the opportunity to develop a
relationship with professors or
deans at universities who, in turn,
recommend the top students in
their department, school or college.
Chapters may place materials
(including the P.E.O. Projects
Poster received from International,
listing a chapter contact) about
Scholar Awards in graduate school
offices to generate inquiries from
interested students.
Role of State/Provincial/
District PSA
Project Chairman
Some states/provinces/districts
(s/p/d) have effectively used their
PSA Project Chairman as the focal
point for the sharing of candidates,
especially when one chapter has
more than they can handle.
Occasionally the PSA Project
Chairman has a contact within
a university and she shares the
names of the women that have
been recommended to her by
that contact with the chapters in
her s/p/d. Your s/p/d PSA Project
Chairman is a valuable resource,
and you should feel free to seek
her advice and guidance.
The legacy your chapter creates
when you nominate a successful
Scholar Award recipient is one that
is life-long for the young woman and
one that will be impactful for society.
These young women are our future
and they uniformly express a sense
of gratitude for the support they
receive from P.E.O. So, as you
go about your daily lives, always
keep an eye out for eligible women
who are reaching for the stars!
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STARs Shine With Community Service
by Eleanor Huey, P.E.O. STAR Scholarship Board of Trustees
P.E.O. STAR Scholarship recipients
are as diverse as the stars in the
firmament. They hail from every
part of North America. Their food
preferences, interests and tastes
are all individual. One thing that
these outstanding young women
do have in common is their desire
to improve the quality of life for
others. The typical applicant,
although busy with school
responsibilities and extracurricular activities, devotes many
hours to community service. Take
a few minutes to learn about three
superior volunteers.
At age 12, Mary Brent Brown of
Covington, Louisiana, recommended
by Chapter AS, cofounded
KidsWannaHelp ®, a non-profit
organization designed to give youth
an opportunity for meaningful input
in fundraising for non-profits. Through
these programs, young people
have raised and donated more than
$115,000 to local, national and
international non-profits. Her
organization was awarded “2012
Foundation of the Year” by the
Association of Fundraising
Professionals, Louisiana, Greater
Northshore Chapter and was
selected in 2011 as a Certifying
Organization for the United States
President’s Volunteer Service Awards.
KidsWannaHelp® developed two
programs—Lemonade Brigade® and
a self-confidence fashion show
fundraiser for leukemia patients.
Both programs aim to give youth an
opportunity to raise money for
charity through fun activities that
build confidence, character and
a commitment to life-long giving.
Another STAR making a huge
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impact is Maren Johnson of
Watertown, South Dakota, recommended by Chapter BI. What
sets her apart is her commitment to
global health and her amazing efforts
to recycle used hotel soap. As a result
of her drive and ambition, the Global
Soap Project, headquartered in
Atlanta, Georgia, named her its only
student ambassador in 2011. About
two years ago, Maren convinced six
hotels in her hometown to recycle
used hotel soap. Since then she
has built a network of more than
130 hotels across four states and
Canada and this group has recycled
more than 15,000 pounds of used
hotel soap.
She has engaged more than
500 volunteers of all ages to arrange
for the collection and shipment of
soap to the Global Soap Project
headquarters, where it is reprocessed
into new bars of soap. These bars
then are distributed by international
aid agencies to the vulnerable and
needy population around the world.
This effort has led to the creation
of more than 60,000 new bars of
soap—enough to serve about
5,000 people for an entire year.
People around the world are being
given the opportunity for a healthier,
longer life because of Maren’s efforts
to recycle what is commonly
considered trash in our hotels.
The members of P.E.O. Chapter
HG in Vinton, Iowa, found Megan
Ternus to be an exceptional young
woman who doesn’t just participate,
but excels at all her activities. This
past year Megan organized a
community service project through
her church. Her initial goal was to
make 300 pillow case dresses for
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Haitian girls who belonged to her
church’s sister parish.
Since beginning the project, Megan
has involved her community in
providing materials and sewing skills
to make more than 1,625 dresses.
Students in Haiti who don’t have
a uniform are not allowed to attend
school. Megan increased the scope
of her project to include the production of 300 school uniforms. She
recently received the Archbishop’s
Youth Ministry Award for her service
to others less fortunate.
These 2013-14 STARs are
representative of the outstanding
young women who are developing
their sense of self-worth and building
their leadership skills while improving
the lives of others. Their stories are
both touching and inspiring.
The names of the 2013-14 P.E.O.
STAR Scholarship recipients
were posted May 1 on the
STAR page of International’s
website. Named Scholarships,
revisions for the scholarship
application and recommendation
and application timelines/
deadlines are also posted.
Beginning this year all chapter
recommendations must be
submitted online only between
September 1 and November 1.
Each recommended applicant
will have only 30 days from the
date she receives the link
to set up her online account
to complete and submit her
online application.
Books & Brunch Events Raise Funds
for Projects
by Barbara Green Martin, FP, Wheat Ridge, Colorado
For years, sisters in Chapter FP,
Wheat Ridge, Colorado, discussed
how to earn more money for our
P.E.O. projects by enticing people
outside the chapter to support us. We
felt we had found a winning formula
with our Books and Brunch idea.
Excitement built in October 2008
as we prepared for our first Books
& Brunch fundraiser. We reserved
a small church’s fellowship hall for
the brunch and its 200-seat sanctuary
where three female authors read
from and signed their books for
our guests. The first year we raised
$2,900; we were ecstatic!
We have held a Books & Brunch
event every year since and each year
built upon our successes. Professional
leadership, good ideas and commitment
to a quality event is behind our success.
Many participating authors have national
standing including Temple Grandin,
Margaret Coel and Helen Thorpe.
Another major plus is that our
entire chapter participates. Each year
members handcraft bookmarks for
our guests, bake cinnamon rolls and
cookies for the brunch, decorate tables
and design a P.E.O. Projects table
exhibit. We give local high school
culinary students experience by
hiring them to prepare the box lunches.
In 2012, the fifth year of our Books
& Brunch event, we used a larger
church space with a seating capacity
of 300. Chapter FP once again
surpassed our expectations and
raised $7,000.
We charge $35 for tickets
and advertise by sending press
releases to local papers and
distributing flyers to our county’s
public libraries and local book
clubs. We’ve also used email to
send save-the-date notices to our
friends and repeat guests.
Authors Margaret Coel, Paula Reed, Temple
Grandin and Dyana Furmansky participated in
Chapter FP’s Books & Brunch event in 2012
News of our successful Books
& Brunch fundraiser traveled and
Chapters DM, Litchfield Park, and
Chapter Y, Prescott, Arizona, have
produced similar events.
As P.E.O.s we are proud to say that
we put into action the third paragraph
of our Objects and Aims: “To seek
growth in knowledge and in culture
and to obtain all possible wisdom from
nature, art, books, study and society,
and to radiate all light possible by
conversation, by writing, and by
the right exercise of any talent
we possess.”
As we take a reflective breath before
preparation for our sixth Books &
Brunch event, resonating for us is the
increased income for our projects—we
doubled our donations to the P.E.O.
philanthropies within four years—
but close behind are the accolades
Chapter FP, Wheat Ridge, Colorado
from our guests, one of which was,
“It is clear that the women who put
it together devote a lot of time and
energy for the very worthy cause
of educating women.”
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Award Winning IDEAS
Bunco Bash
Senior Residence Gatherings
The Blessing of the Scarves
Chapter MS, Warrenton, Missouri,
recently held a Bunco Bash fundraiser
for Cottey College’s A Defining Moment
campaign. More than 60 women
participated in this event which included
a spaghetti dinner and prizes for most
Buncos, highest scores and lowest score.
$1,000 was raised at the event.
The Tulsa P.E.O. Reciprocity Group
has hosted gatherings for P.E.O.
sisters at three senior residences.
The coffees were an opportunity for
active and inactive members to meet
each other and in several cases, find
out that someone they already knew
is a P.E.O. One sister was overheard
saying, “I should have known that you
are a P.E.O. because you are so nice!”
Margaret Rice, president of Tulsa
P.E.O. Reciprocity Group, and Rebecca
Hutchens, immediate past president
of the group, planned the events.
This was the culmination of an idea
they discussed when they served
together on the executive board of
Oklahoma State Chapter. The sisters
at the senior residences also had the
opportunity to meet Tricia Bitsko,
executive assistant of Oklahoma State
Chapter and treasurer of Tulsa P.E.O.
Reciprocity Group.
On the suggestion of a visiting
member of chapter BX, Yakima,
Washington, who told them about
their successful fundraiser, Chapter
IH, Hays, Kansas, started making and
selling scarves. This sparked interest
in many members, especially avid
knitter Jean Berger who saw this as a
way she could serve P.E.O. Jean and
Chapter IH took on the challenge and
in four months raised almost $6,000.
Bunco Bash winners, from the left: Karen
Bade, Betty Halbeisen, Barb Woodruff,
Janet Meier, Mary Dee Kluge, Carolyn Frick,
Nancy Shilharvey, Sue Brewer, Jan Coons
Chili Cook-Off
Each fall, Chapter BY, Wabash, Indiana,
participates in what is touted as the
largest chili cook-off east of the
Mississippi River.
Chapter BY members decided
to take part in the cook-off to help
reach their goal of making P.E.O.
better known. The cook-off is hard
work, but members also have fun.
P.E.O. Gathering at Methodist Manor in
Tulsa. First row, from left: Doris Combs,
Roberta Hairston, Barbara Westervelt, Jerri
Brownlee Second row: Margaret Rice,
Betty Sue McNabb, Lou Ann Dale, Donna
Cartwright, Norma Kramer
Members of Chapter BY work the P.E.O.
tent at a chili cook-off
People come to the P.E.O. tent and
ask “What’s P.E.O?” Members of
Chapter BY working in the tent happily
and eagerly answer their questions.
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Coffees were held at the Methodist
Manor, Inverness Village and Montereau
in Warren Woods. The residents of
Inverness Village were so enthusiastic,
a second coffee was held. Additional
coffees will be scheduled at all three
residences and, hopefully, other
senior residences in Tulsa.
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Members of Chapter IH model some of the
scarves they knit to raise funds for P.E.O.
This project has amazed and excited
Chapter IH. The hidden unexpected
blessings are deepened friendships,
a chance to serve the chapter in new
ways, community exposure for P.E.O.
and making new friends.
The chapter is excited that they’ve
been able to use the money to increase
donations to P.E.O. projects, become
an IPS Designated Chapter and
complete their commitment to the
Defining Moments Campaign.
Nut Sales
Since 2001, Chapter HO, Ames, Iowa,
has been successful in raising funds
for P.E.O. projects with their annual
nuts sales. A committee of four sisters
is responsible for getting this project off
the ground every year. They create an
order form with the current nut prices
and distribute them to the chapter
members. Most members take orders
from neighbors and friends. The nuts
are delivered in 25- or 30-pound
boxes, and a group of sisters gathers
in the committee chairman’s home to
bag the nuts into 1-pound bags. The
bagging process is followed by filling
each order and getting them ready
for delivery.
After a morning of working
industriously, the sisters celebrate
by enjoying a salad lunch together.
The proceeds for the 2012 nuts
fundraiser was about $2,200, and
was divided among all the P.E.O.
projects. This project is labor intensive
for a couple of months, especially for
the committee members, but then it
is over until the next year. A benefit
of this fundraiser is the camaraderie
that the sisters enjoy while working
on this project, and the best benefit
of all is the amount of funds that are
raised for the P.E.O. projects!
Chapter HO’s Nut Sales Committee
Members: Jean Watson, Lynn Zwagerman,
Sylva Williams, Eileen Tramp
Snowbird Gatherings
Dorothy Buhrle, FG, Bonner Springs,
Kansas, is a snowbird for five months
during the winter in a senior park,
Caliente Casa De Sol, in Florence,
Arizona. The park has about 1,000
winter residents who come from
many different states and Canada.
Although Dorothy had been a
snowbird for 10 winters, she didn’t
think about finding P.E.O. sisters
there until she saw a P.E.O. sticker in
to have socials with sisters while in
Arizona. Dorothy hopes the group
will grow now that the word is out
and encourages other snowbirds
to look for P.E.O. sisters in their
winter homes.
Peace, Love and P.E.O.
P.E.O. snowbirds from around the United
States and Canada met at Caliente Casa
De Sol, in Florence, Arizona
Chapter CJ, Pittsburg, Kansas, hosted
a reciprocity dinner with the theme
Peace, Love and P.E.O. Five local
chapters gathered at the Pittsburg
Country Club where a Volkswagen
bus, painted by committee members,
was parked outside with music from
the 1960s and 70s playing.
Pat Waltrip, CJ, Pittsburg, Kansas,
and Karen Wegener, EP, Lamar, Missouri,
created a quilt that incorporated
material used at the reciprocity dinner
and at the 2012 Kansas State Convention
using the Peace, Love and P.E.O. theme.
The quilt was raffled off at Chapter
CJ’s Christmas party and raised $492
for P.E.O.
the car window of the woman who
sits next to her in church choir. She
put a small notice in her monthly park
newsletter inviting P.E.O. sisters from
the park to come to her patio for a
salad luncheon. She wasn’t sure if
she would get much response, but 10
women attended and she heard from
four more who were unable to come.
Dorothy discovered that
she was in the church
choir with three P.E.O.
sisters, had quilted with
one, exercised three
mornings a week with
one, played golf with one,
had been on a cruise with
one and knew all of them!
All of the women were
surprised to see each
First row, from the left: Jo Farabi, Audrey Tewell, Sharon
other at the luncheon.
Harper, Lauren Werner, Dorothy Baker, Lynn Martin, Betty
Although most knew
Parr, Pat Waltrip, Christa Weber, Pat Jones, Kathy Stuckey,
Amanda Minton, Marti York, Corene Stroup, Susy Hammons
each other, they didn’t
Cris Elliott Second row: Karen Bowen, Nanette Krumsick,
know any of the others
Natalie O’Neal, Beverly Tustin, Betsy Oehme Wilson, Barbara
belonged to P.E.O.
Sims, Virginia Lawrence, Babs Tims, Grace Powell, Susie
These women were from Tims, Marty Sours
Washington, Colorado,
Nebraska, Kansas and Arizona. They
enjoyed the salads provided by the
attendees and had a wonderful
time sharing ideas about programs,
moneymaking projects and procedures.
All agreed that even though they
miss their home chapters, it’s nice
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Marnie O. Mamminga, EA, Batavia,
Illinois, wrote
“Return to Wake
Robin: One Cabin
in the Heyday
of Northwoods
Resorts” in which
she recounts her
family’s more than
60-year history
vacationing on
Big Spider Lake in Wisconsin’s
Northwoods region. Her story centers
on Wake Robin, their 1929 cabin,
and the camaraderie and friendships
among resort workers and vacationers.
By tracing the history of one cabin
and resort, Marnie recalls a time and
experience that will resonate with
anyone who spent their summers
Up North—or wishes they had.
Marnie is a freelance writer and
columnist. She earned undergraduate
and master’s degrees in English
from the University of Illinois at
Auntie LuLu (aka Mary Lou
Moeller), AZ, Racine, Wisconsin,
wrote “Pearl’s
Wisdom,” her first
book, about a
pumpkin named
Pearl. In the
Pearl tells her life
story, living with
three other
pumpkins outside
a small house in Wisconsin from
October to January. She survives
adversities, but never loses her smile.
Auntie LuLu graduated from
Macalester College in Saint Paul,
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Malissa Wood, E, Concord,
wrote “Smart at
Heart,” a study
indicating the need
to address both the
body and mind to
provide complete
health. Earlier in
her career as a
cardiologist, she
found herself
taking care of many young women
with low income who had two
cardiovascular strikes against
them—a generic history of heart
disease and unhealthy lifestyles.
Realizing that simple education
could truly change their lives, she
worked tirelessly to show them
how to lead healthier lives. These
experiences convinced her that
she should focus her career on
non-invasive cardiology—focus on
preventing disease before it occurs.
Malissa has developed a useful
methodology to help people have
a healthier heart by connecting the
physical, emotional and spiritual
aspects of life.
Malissa is a second-generation P.E.O.
A single mom with four children—
three now in their teens—she follows
her own advice on exercise. Swimming
and running are her favorites and she
has participated in the Boston Marathon.
Torena O’Rorke, HQ, Kennewick,
Washington, wrote “The Duet
Letters.” Based on
more than 300 real
and intimate
letters of First
Lady Eleanor
Roosevelt and Jane
Brett, the story
of an unlikely
friendship between
two very different
women unfolds
in a dramatic and
magical way. Duty, love and courage
are put to the test against the
backdrop of American politics.
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Torena is a mental health therapist
who works with high-risk teens. She
assists her clients with the discovery
of their life’s passion through positive
motivation and reinforcement. When
Torena is not teaching and writing,
she enjoys hiking with her husband
and her dogs, reading a good book,
sailing and spending quality time
with family and friends.
All net proceeds from the sales
of this book will be donated to
Cottey College.
Frances Traxler Greiff, R, Atlanta,
Georgia, wrote
and illustrated
“Printer Lady,” a
book for young
people. It is the
true story of Sarah
1763-1831, a real
heroine, as brave
as any male heroes
of her time. She
moved from
Massachusetts to Washington, Georgia,
the first town in the nation to be named
for President George Washington.
When her husband died in 1803,
Sarah stepped in and took over the
operation of his newspaper and
the printing press. She was the first
female newspaper editor in Georgia.
Frances was an English and journalism
teacher for 26 years in an Atlanta high
school. She earned her master’s degree
in journalism from Northwestern
University’s Medill School of Journalism.
Marjorie Jackson, EN, Clinton,
Missouri, wrote
“Night of the
Children ages
3 to 8 are invited
to take a peek
inside the busy
nighttime world
and meet some
of the creatures who live there. Who
can move as fast as a speeding car?
Who stockpiles food underground?
Who can jump 10 feet off the ground?
Children can discover these and many
other interesting facts about nocturnal
animals in easy-to-understand text
with rhyming verse and bright, joyful
illustrations. This book is the first in a
series entitled “Moonlight Critters.”
Marjorie is a retired educator, having
served as middle school language arts
teacher, adjunct professor of English,
and elementary school librarian. She
and her husband live in the country
where they regularly observe most
of the critters in the book.
Evelyn Rodewald, D, Whitefish,
Montana, is
the co-author of
“The Indian Way:
Indians and the
North American
Fur Trade” with Neil
Van Sickle, BIL of the
late Faye Van Sickle
of Chapter AB,
Kalispell, Montana.
The authors emphasize the role of
Native Americans in the fur trade
for three centuries. The sophisticated
trading networks of the indigenous
tribes unlocked the secrets of the
New World, creating a vibrant economy
and complex working relationship
between their societies and those
of the new white settlers. Native
women traded their goods, sewed
moccasins and gardened produce
in the Missouri River Valley and
elsewhere. Often as wives, they
provided diplomatic success as well
as the labor and skills critical in life
from the sub-arctic to the desert.
Evelyn Rodewald grew up in
Montana and earned her master’s
degree in American history from
Washington State University and
lives in Whitefish, Montana. Neil
Van Sickle was raised in North
Dakota and graduated from the
United States Military Academy
at West Point.
Mary Brooke Casad, HL,
McKinney, Texas,
wrote “Bluebonnet
at the Ocean Star
Museum.” Mary
Brooke created
Bluebonnet the
armadillo to teach
kids about Texas
state history. In this
story, Bluebonnet
travels to the Ocean Star Offshore
Drilling Rig and Museum in Galveston,
Texas. She learns about offshore
history, life on a drilling rig and rig
safety through the tour guide and the
knowledgeable pelican, Red.
Mary Brooke is the director of
missions for the United Methodist
Church in the Dallas area and is
secretary of the board of directors of
the Texas Methodist Foundation.
Camille Riner, AW, Custer,
South Dakota,
Yesterday &
Today,” a unique
look at the
grandeur of
Yellowstone that combines historic
photos with modern images of the
same locations today. “Yellowstone
Yesterday & Today” (co-authored by
Paul Horsted and Bob Berry of Cody,
Wyoming) contains more than 100
photo pairs, the result of two years
spent tracing the locations where early
photographers placed their cameras at
well-known locations like Old Faithful.
Camille used artifacts from the late
1800s to the early 1900s like postcards,
souvenir spoons, and tickets on the
chapter openers and scanned the backs
of old documents, stereo cards and
newspapers to use as backgrounds
on all the pages. “Yellowstone
Yesterday & Today” will delight anyone
who enjoys the beauty and history of
Yellowstone National Park, whether
they plan to visit in the future or simply
want to continue the experience
from afar.
Camille has been designing books
with her husband since they started
Golden Valley Press 10 years ago.
They have published four other
photographic books.
Diane Worthen, HH, Englewood,
Florida, wrote
and illustrated
Wish: A Tale from
the Garden.”
Oliver, a tall, pink
painted wooden
flamingo, lives
in a garden. All
day he stares
into the sky day dreaming and wishing
he could fly. When, at last, his wish
comes true, he is propelled into an
adventurous and sometimes frightful
flight filled with misadventures, but
in the end, he learns where it is he
really wishes to be and learns to
accept just what he is.
Born and raised in Rhode Island,
Diane studied fine art at the Rhode
Island School of Design. She and
her husband Don are full-time
residents of Florida and have a
large blended family.
Norma Christian, AQ,
Raymondville, Texas, wrote
“A Christmas
Mouse,” a
Christmasthemed poem
about a
gluttonous little
mouse who goes
on an eating
binge after finding a plate full of
cookies and cheeses. The mouse then
meets Santa, who teaches him the
meaning of Christmas. The book was
illustrated by Katherine Croll, a STAR
Scholarship recipient.
Norma is a retired junior high
school English teacher. She lives
in Raymondville with her husband
and dedicated her book to her
grandchildren Camden and Kyle.
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Chapter AO, Lexington, Kentucky
Organized: February 16, 2013
Chapter XW, Los Angeles, California
Organized: January 27, 2013
First row, from the left: Andrea S. Bales, Betty Gabehart, Carol
Raitz, Candace Boldrey, Elizabeth S. Sands, Susan Byars Second
row: Sally Turney, Linda Yates, Felicity Biladeau, Janet Marshall,
Anna Jarvis, Carol Morgan, Lee Carroll, Patricia P. Huffman, Hazel
M. Combs, Sandra Faye Snyder, Donna A. Hall, Carolyn S. Looff
Chapter FJ, Mesa, Arizona
Organized: February 16, 2013
Chapter JD, Broomfield, Colorado
Organized: February 23, 2013
First row, from the left: Dayna Roberts, Jan Gordon, Barbara
Payne Aerni Second row: Alexandra Katen-Narvell, Cheryl Miller,
Laura Coggin, Edith Gibson Third row: Karina Lindsey, Karen
Treaccar, Roberta Craig Fourth row: Elizabeth Gonia, Gina Young,
Kimberly Jindra, Rowena Zirbel, Lisa Warrick, Lauren Azeltine
First row, from the left: Molly Collins, DeMaris Hochhalter,
Giovanna Richardson, Meg Lemmon, Marilyn McDaniel, Dareen
Stucke Second row: Carol Korver, Donna Smaha, Jayne Rolf,
Margie Little, Marge Stofferan, Cindy Oakes, Thelma Menning,
Janine Mullinnix, Helen Biteman, Darla Martin, Carla Jensen,
Denise Schmallen, Marilyn Baldner, Jan Zabel, Linda Carey, Linda
Borders and Edith Bryant
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First row, from the left: Lynn Wolfe, Kim Jones, Shelley Davis,
Nancy Brown, Mary Haas Second row: Jan Sindelar, Mary
McCauley, Karen Mosakowski, Carol Scolari, Karen Vasey, Sally
Strom, Sheri Sarno, Heather Redabaugh, Jeanne Parsons Third row:
Jennifer van de Kamp, Angela Carlson, Pamela von Reckers, Joyce
Robb, Meredith Flynn, Lorraine Green, Katherine Yaddof
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Chapter JB, The Villages, Florida
Organized: February 23, 2013
Chapter JC, The Villages, Florida
Organized: February 23, 2013
Chapter AO, Salisbury, Maryland
Organized: March 16, 2013
Chapter AD-BG, Superior, Wisconsin
Merged: March 16, 2013
First row, from the left: Diane Kupchak, Joyce Christie, Marilyn
Hanson, Fran Fuller, Linda Roth, Jean Klinkenberg Second row:
Kathryn Reed, Jean Fyffe, Marion McClarin, Jann Sharp, Sarah
Hamdorf, Jan Douglas, Karen Mooty, Noreen Pyle, Barbara Gearhart,
Sharon Palansky
First row, from the left: Jenny Hastings, Nicole Hastings,
Nancy Stephens, Amanda Bryan Second Row: Sara Sprouse,
Jennifer Doyle, Debbie Day, Vicki Purkey, Morgan Helfrich, JoEllyn
Norman Third Row: Marcy Ryan, Lea Wimbrow, Kay Flem, Anne
Lawton, Betsy Becker, Linda Lugo, Erin Carrington, Kim Ward
First row, from the left: Donna Easlick, Nancy Brown, Linda Lambie,
Linda Briggs, Nita Phillips, Peggy Gottshall Second row: Joyce
Gilette, Rise Segur, Patricia Farleigh, Connie Brown, Deanna
Stranghoner, Barbara Abbott, Marlene Madison, Karen Sheasley,
Gerri Piscitelli, Hedy Durante, Patricia Hill
First row, from the left: Mary Manion-Bick, Susan Hutter-Howard,
Bonnie (Manion) Leland, Kathy Empie, Gretta O’Brien, Debi
Gilbertson, Gail Johnson Second row: Louise Manion, Barbara W.
Mattson, Millie Score, Jean Laskee, Bev Gee, Dolores Hutchinson,
Kay Anderson, Ellie Skelton, Phyllis Ellis Third row: Kathy Nelson,
Mavis Moran, Mary Paquette, Lynne Hoff, Joanne Johnson, Deb
Krieg, Jean Till, Kathy Matushak, Ann Borich, Marie Peterson,
Beth Arnson, Barbara Porter, Carolyn Sweeney, Sandy Thompson
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Chapter H, Eugene, Oregon
Date of organization: April 11, 1913
Date of celebration: April 8, 2013
Chapter AH, Glendale, California
Organized: January 19, 1912
Celebrated: March 21, 2012
Front row: Mary Wickser, JoAnne Klosterman,Carol Meyers, Reah
Carmichael, Susie Cross, Marian Corbett Downstairs standing:
Mary Barber, Betty Swift Downstairs standing back: Betty
Stanfill, Nancy Dohran, Pat Bauer, Rita Dundee, Diane Russell
Front Stairs: Jan Ashford, Marilyn Butler Next Stairs: Joan Cole,
Anna Brewer, Barbara McCullough, Mary Boger, Sally Perkins
Next Stairs: Leni Richardson, Chloe Ross, Diane Johnson, Holly
Donaldson Top of Stairs: Ginny Campbell, Merle Hollywood Top
railing: Jackie Carlos, Anny Ways, Terri Hassenmiller, Shirley Knauf
Chapter EH, Des Moines, Iowa
Organized: May 2, 1913
Celebrated: May 2, 2013
Chapter Z Okmulgee, Oklahoma
Organized: April 23, 1913
Celebrated: April 20, 2013
First row, from the left: Dana Sigmon, Donna Perry, Mary Lou
Bailey, Bernice Moore, Margaret Robinson, Patricia Miller, Sherry
Conrady, Jodie Marriott Second row: Margaret Hess, Deb Path,
Debbie Hess, Lawana Giddings, Marilyn Sulivant, Renee Dove,
Linda Moore, Diane Cockburn, Jan Slamans, Carol Cable, Mary
Lewellen, Kellie Harlan, Connie Goedecke, Karen Mabrey, Marge
Bemis, Martha Robinson, Lynda Barksdale
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First row, from the left: Pat Getz, Kim Olson, Barbara Olson, Jill
Niles, Kristin Forrest, Vicki Olson, Wanda Hamilton Second row:
Betty Knox, Mary Sheffer, Pat Dark, Janet Martin, Carol Hammons,
Sandy Kribs, Jan Whitty, Patty Jacobs, Kathleen Johnston Third
row: Jane Pubols, Cleve Boehi, Barbara Gates, Sheri Hammerstad,
Joane Butler, Sharon O’Brien, Kay Hanson, Kathy Houck, Shirley
Lowe, Judi Jackson Fourth row: Jan Oberlink, Sally Green, Sharon
Hirons, Terry Wilson, Nichol Rauch, Jean Names, Gail Nelson,
Suzette Malkasian, Joanne Miksis, Phyllis Lund, Linda Pompel,
Marni Reinmuth, Becky Lamont
First row, from the left: Denise Geoffredi, Kathryn Callahan, Lynn
Oxenford, Diane Gillotti, Ann Robinson, Garnet Maxwell Second row:
Diane Johnson, Sally Patton, Jean Ely, Jean Caster, Pat Sorensen,
Judy Smith Third row: Mary Marshall, Marge Langbehn, Anna Belle
Wonders, Marilyn Browne, Jan Mitchell, Karen Kowalsky Fourth row:
Sally Sampson, Kay Pritchard, Susan Webb, Sally Long, Sarah Stewart,
Barbara Lancaster, Sandy Stuck
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Items for SALE
Ads are limited to those for
fundraising projects for P.E.O.
or for items and services directly
relating to the organization,
which are not available elsewhere.
Payment shall be made to
sponsoring chapter, not to an
individual. Reader ads are
available to members only
and must include chapter
identification. Send all information
to [email protected] three
months preceeding the month
of issue.
Rates and
$5 per line, per insertion,
to be billed after publication.
Chapters running insertions for
a year or longer may submit a
digital photo to appear on the
website with the information at
an extra cost of $10 per year.
identifies ads
with photographs on
the members’ side of
Lapel pin!– Small, circular monogram, cutout
letters, 24K gold plate on post w/spring back.
We also have monogram as CHARM for bracelet
or neck chain (chain not included). Either LAPEL
PIN or CHARM sells for $8. (MN res. add $.50
sales tax per pin/charm.) Write check to Ch. AA
c/o Norma Bloomquist, 7250 Lewis Ridge Pky
#106, Edina, MN 55439. Write on check - LAPEL
Marguerite pin guard– for P.E.O.
pin; sold by Chapter LJ since 1981; remove chain to
wear as lapel pin. 18K gold plate, 3/8” diameter,
with enameled white petals. $20 ppd. Make check
payable to Chapter LJ. Mail to Marge Steenson,
1235 11th St #307, West Des Moines, IA 502652100. 515-225-2731.
Gold marguerite bookmark–
22-karat gold plate w/gift card. $10 ppd. Ch.
MQ, Box 257, Lake Forest, IL 60045.
P.E.O. recognition pin–the familiar
block letters on the slant, our project since 1959,
in 14K gold plate at $12+$1.50 shipping. Ch. ES,
10905 176th Circle NE Redmond, WA 98052.
[email protected]
Marguerite bridge tallies & note
cards, beautifully boxed...lovely gifts…featuring
original artwork (see peochapterdo.webs.com). Tallies can be used 25 times. 2 table tallies-$13.50,
3 table tallies-$16.50, box of 8 note cards-$12.50
(S&H incl) Ch DO, 2137 St. Andrews Dr,
McMinnville, OR 97128.
CD of newest opening ode–vocal
and piano alone; includes initiation piano background music; also available in cassette. $12
ppd. Check to ch. Em c/o beverly koch, 2808
burlwood dr, arlington, tx 76016.
Sterling star pendant– $15 ppd.
also available 20” SS chain - $15 ppd. Ch. CK
c/o Sue Ann Graves, 44 Bretagne Cir, Little
Rock, AR 72223. 501-821-5303, [email protected]
White gavel block or paperweight with
Long handled baby spoon
Stainless, engraved w/ P.E.O. including a
certificate for further engraving. $18 ppd. (MN
residents add 7.275% tax). Ch. CX c/o Anne
Westman, 10712 Garden Cir, Bloomington, MN
55438. Allow 3-4 wks.
Permanent yearbook binders
Yellow 2-ring vinyl binder, with informal P.E.O. logo.
Visit www.peoyearbookcovers.org for more
information. $7.50 per binder + shipping (1-2
binders $3; 3-10 $9; 11-49 $12; 50+ $18). IL
residents add $.62 per binder for sales tax.
Send checks payable to P.E.O. Yearbook Covers,
Ch DE, c/o Lee Haas, 5713 W Roscoe St,
Chicago, IL 60634.
Yearbook binders & paper– Since
1981, over 3,000 chapters have used our pursesize, six-ring white vinyl binder, personalized
with their chapter letters, city/state, and date
organized—now with a choice of traditional star
emblem or marguerite logo! Set of four index tabs
sold separately. Our prepunched paper fits any
copier or printer and allows chapters to print only
new pages each year. Approved in all states, this
is a project of Ch. AN in Dayton, Ohio. Contact
Jenni Allard for brochure/paper sample at P.E.O.
YEARBOOKS, 4720 Burnham Lane, Dayton, OH
45429-1104; phone: 937-293-8912; email: [email protected]
peoyearbooks.com. Or visit us at our website:
P.E.O.s love it!– Gold Recognition
Pin with tie tack closure. Original design by former
International P.E.O. president. $12 ppd., Ch.
BC, Carolyn Jacobs, 3128 59th St South #201,
Gulfport, FL 33707.
Original recognition pin with
BLING! We’ve updated our 1955 gold classic P.E.O.
lapel pin with a crystal stone set inside the ”O”. $12
ppd per pin. (IN residents add 7% sales tax.) Make
check to Ch. I, Box 390, Greencastle, IN 46135.
Grave marker or garden ornament–Brass
6” star on 24” rod. $40 ppd. Also avail w/o rod.
Ch. HV c/o Pam Hedger, 1 Willow Green Dr, Butler,
MO 64730. [email protected]
P.E.O. tiles feature yellow and white
marguerites tied with blue ribbons. Gift-boxed,
heatproof, colorfast. 6” x 6” square. $14 plus
$6 s&h. $1 postage per each add’l tile to same
address. Ch. Jk c/o carolyn payne, 4829 n antioch
rd, kansas city, mo 64119.
the star and letters P.E.O. in center. $12 ppd.
Ch. CV c/o Ann Buck, 3048 Locust Camp Rd,
Kettering, OH 45419.
P.E.O. sticky notes 50-sheet yellow
pad w/marguerite & P.E.O. letters. Great gift
idea. Ea. pad costs $2. Min. 6 pads per order.
Add $4 postage to ea order. Checks to Ch GE c/o
Carol Wright, 10132 N Highway 54, Weatherford,
OK 73096, 580-772-2383.
Cross–stitch chart Daisy-entwined
star with P.E.O. in center. Send a SASE with $5
check to Ch. BL c/o Sue Jobe, 1922 Rosepointe
Way, Spring Grove, PA 17362.
Protect your robes– 54” white
breathable and water-repellent garment bags
decorated w/ marguerite. $80 ppd. for 7 bags
sent to street address only. Ch. FR c/o Diann
Rockstrom, 211 S 78th Ave, Yakima, WA 98908.
[email protected]
New, colorful marguerite stickers—
perfect for notes, nametags, etc. 1” size.
Packaged 30 for $5.50 ppd. Checks to ch.
Gx c/o jan peterson, 904 north lincoln,
fredericksburg, tx 78624.
Attractive address folder for purse
or pocket. Credit card size; magnetic cover holds
it closed. Brushed chrome cover with gold
marguerite. Lovely for gifts, $4 ppd. Ch. Bk c/o
fran ray, 14078 powder dr, carmel, in 46033.
Delicious marguerite mints–
Long time favorites. White “chocolate” with yellow
centers (1-5/8”, ¼ oz.). Elegant P.E.O. mints for gifts,
B&B or meetings. Gift box of 20 or plain box of 30
mints $24 ppd. (Add’l boxes to same address $21.)
Pat Alesse, Ch J, 4825 Alderson Rd, Birch Bay, WA
98230. 360-371-2070.
Hand-colored daisy notes–
original art folded note cards (5-1/2” x 4 1/4”) by
fritzi klopfenstein. Great gift! Package of 8 with
envelopes–$8 ppd–5 packages for $35. Checks
to p.e.o. Ch. P/ct. Send to betsy ready, 155
steephill rd, weston, ct 06883.
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Items for SALE
P.E.O. calendar reminder stickers!
20 yellow 1/2” printed circles/page. $.50/page
plus $1 s&h/100 pages. Checks to ch. Cv c/o
karen hendrickson, 1824 bayview, albert lea,
mn 56007.
P.E.O. yellow binders 6-ring binder.
Gold star on cover, 4-1/2” x 6-1/2”. $6 + shipping.
Call 801-487-7602 or ch. E, 1808 mohawk way,
slc, ut 84108.
Walnut pin box, handmade with
star on top. Large with removable top will hold pin
back, 3”, $21. Small w/ drawer, 2”, $19 ppd. Ch
AL c/o Trine, 82825 559 Ave, Madison, NE 68748.
[email protected]
Beautiful P.E.O. jewelry– rings,
bracelets, pendants, pins, earrings – many P.E.O.
items. Free brochure. MC/Visa. S/H $4. Ch Y,
P.E.O., POB 81410, Las Vegas, NV 89180. 702341-8641.
Marguerite’s mail– 8 full-color
note cards and envelopes from original watercolor;
$8 per pkg includes P&H. Checks to Ch. NQ c/o
Glenda Drennen, 401 N Lynn, LeMars, IA 51031.
Fingertip towels embroidered w/
marguerites. Perfect for gift or guest. White
velour. $12/pair. Ch VG c/o Karen DeSoto, 18050
Mark, Yorba Linda, CA 92886.
Pewter P.E.O. star ornament–
3-1/4” handcast pewter star with raised letters
p.e.o. in center. Perfect for weddings, christmas,
special occasions; suitable for engraving; $18
ppd. Ch. Au c/o kathy baylor, 427 state route e,
fayette, mo 65248.
Official reciprocity chairman’s
pin– 14k gold plated gavel on marguerite w/
guard ring. $95 to Ch. Hb, c/o margaret a.
Lamb, 4331 e. Linden cir, greenwood village, co
80121. 303-771-1452.
Chapter letter pin guard
gold-plated with chain $25 ppd. Ch. QB c/o Marty
R. Francis, 7832 Kentwood Ave, Los Angeles, CA
90045-1151. 310-670-4796, [email protected]
P.E.O. gold foil star stickers 1” in dia.
Similar to official emblem. Ideal for conventions,
reciprocity, correspondence, nametags, &
place cards. 50/$8 ppd. Checks payable to Ch.
DA, Eileen McHill, 555 Dodge St, Lebanon, OR
97355 [email protected]
Grave marker:
P.E.O. Star Emblems
(exact replicas) in 2 sizes: 3”­­­–$60 + S/H and
5/8” (cremation urns)–$35 + S/H. Solid bronze.
Officially approved. MC/Visa accepted. Free brochure. Ch. Y, P.E.O., P. O. Box 81410, Las Vegas,
NV 89180. 702-341-8641.
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White pen for initiation or gift. P.e.o.
letters on a star background in the dome. $25
ppd. ch. Z c/o sandy houpt, 9620 tai tr, dayton,
oh 45458.
P.E.O. founders photos—complete
set of lovely 8”x10” color photos of our p.e.o.
Founders, with biographies, $30. Ch gg. Marty
ferry, 2750 hwy 5, new franklin, mo 65274; ph
660-537-0670 or email [email protected]
License plate frame– black with gold
letters: “p.e.o. Educating women” $7 ea. ($6 ea.
for 10 or more to same address). Ch. Dk c/o
kristine dillon, 12525 se 210th ct, kent, wa
98031, 253-630-3893.
Ornament with star & marguerites–lightweight “gold-finish brass” (tuck
in greeting card, display in window, or hang on
christmas tree). $8 ppd. Gift box included. Ch.
Fx c/o sue pritchett, 1015 perkins, richland,
wa 99354. Order form or photo:
[email protected]
New garden/window flag–11”
x 13”, 7 marguerites, 7 gold stars on royal blue.
$20 ppd. to ch. Cc c/o l. Lampkin, rfd 3–box
179, montrose, mo 64770.
P.E.O. star magnets for your car–
bright yellow, 8” magnetic stars, $11 ppd. Ch. Al
c/o claudia demaggio, 1809 morgans mill way,
high point, nc 27265. 336-884-0444. [email protected]
Spread the news with our 3” static
decal–a shaded-gold star with p.e.o. across the
center. Adheres to your car window, letting the
traffic know you are a proud p.e.o. member. $1
ea. Incl. a sase to ch. Gy c/o beverly hurst, 1413
grand ave, fillmore, ca 93015. Ph. 805-524-3980
or [email protected]
P.E.O. pens in red, black or blue
with letters in gold. $6 ea. ppd. to Ch. OX c/o
Wanda Miller, 805 E Burky Ln, Mt. Pleasant, IA
52641. [email protected]
P.E.O. officer’s pinafore
pattern—Easy, wrap-around floor length
pinafore, $20 ppd. Ch. CB Jane Swanson, 2615 E
Fox St, Mesa, AZ 85213-5334 husker [email protected]
The original magnetic
namebadge/pin holder! This is the one that over
5,000 sisters have and love! White nametag w/
custom engraved daisy & your name (& chap if
desired) with nice white ribbon to hold your pin,
gavel, etc. (Pin option avail) Includes storage bag
that fits in your PEO yearbook binder. 1-line $15,
2-line $17(ppd). Handsome BIL tags and regular
nametags also available. Chap IQ, PO Box 621699,
Littleton, CO 80162 Andi 303-947-8650. Samples/
order forms at: www.peonamebadge.org.
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Elegant suncatchers now
available! Diamond-shaped, beveled glass, 7” x
4” etched marguerite, $20; etched, hand-painted,
$25; Ch. DS c/o Marilyn Warrens, 2190 North Ave,
Chico, CA 95926. 530-342-6731, email:
[email protected]
Crocheted pin back– White w/
magnetic back or jewelry clasp. $11 ppd. Ch AL,
c/o Trine, 82825 559 Ave, Madison NE 68748.
[email protected]
Radko ornaments “My P.E.O. Star”
and “My Santa is a BIL”. Star - 4¾” in glistening
gold/white daisies. “P.E.O.” scripted in center.
Santa - roly-poly 5” holds a present wrapped in
gold icing/glittered stars. “BIL” embossed on belt
buckle. Small “P.E.O.” scripted on back. View
at www.peotexas.org. Each $42 + $6 S/H. TX
res. add 8-¼% tax. ppd. P.E.O., Ch. IN, P.O. Box
92866, Southlake, TX 76092. Info: 817-251-8342
or [email protected]
Never struggle with your pin again!
Embroidered nametag/pin holder and magnetic
back. $16 ppd. Quantity price from $12. Inquire
at [email protected] or write Ch HF c/o Sue
McCallister, 15125 Ave 312, Visalia, CA 93292.
Recipe cards– hard-to-find 3x5
cards featuring the new P.E.O. daisy logo in color.
25/pkg, lined front & back, tied in raffia. $10/pkg
ppd. Pay “P.E.O. Chapter FD”. Send to 16629
Howard Cir, Omaha, NE 68118. [email protected]
Sparkling P.E.O. bracelets –
Stars,Swarovski crystals and sterling letters/spacers
with easy-fasten toggle. $27 + S/H to Ch. MW.
Barbara Turcan, 630-584-3780 or [email protected]
Never stick P.E.O. pins through your
blouse again. Strong gold or silver plate magnetic clasp holds pins/necklaces/bracelets. $10
ea or $8 ea for 5 or more. Contact Ch. SR c/o
Betty Breeze, 250 Corte del Cerro, Novato,
CA 94949, 415-883-6182 or view photo at
[email protected]
Custom name badge with
magnetic fastener. Attractive gold laminate,
black engraved name & ch. Add your ribbon to
hold pin. $11 ppd. Contact Sheila Barnette, Ch
HA for order form. [email protected]
com 904-343-9923
Original art. Full color, 6 different
marguerite designs on 6 notecards with envelopes.
$7 per pkg of 6. You pay postage. Choose Dancing
with Daisies series or Butterfly series. Send
requests to Carol Holdhusen, Chapter AV, 3864
East Vallejo Dr, Gilbert, AZ, 85298. 480-986-2639
or cell 480-250-6546 or [email protected]
Items for SALE
Magnetic marguerite pin
holder–1 ½” daisy, white petals with yellow
center. Holds emblem, no more pinholes in
your clothes. $8 plus $2 postage for 1-5 holders. Ch. Gd c/o gudrun gegner, 3040 pawnee dr,
bremerton, wa 98310. 360-373-3611
Tervis tumblers w/marguerite.
Insulated, shatterproof tumblers for hot or cold
drinks. Micro & dishwasher safe; no condensation
rings. Lifetime guarantee; made in usa. Several
sizes available. For prices, shipping, & order form–
email chapter fe at [email protected]
Crystal nail file w/ hand painted
daisy. 3 sizes, $7-$11. Ch AN c/o Connie 12420
NW Barnes Rd #259, Portland, OR 97229.
P.E.O. scarves. Beautifully imprinted
with metallic P.E.O. letters and stars, 14” x 60”. Black/silver print, ivory, red, yellow, navy/gold
print. $20 + $2 s/h. Check to Ch. IO, Lynn
Hooker, 1815 Newport Rd, Weatherford, TX
76086.405-642-0390. [email protected]
Magnetic star pin to hold your
emblem. White embroidered star on bright yellow
backing. Pins are $8 ea + $1.50 s/h. Contact Ch M/
TN, Lisa Burns, email: [email protected] for
order information.
Sister, forever, friends bracelet
by Ch L sisters. Order form w/ color chart: AZ Daisy
Trading Post www.azpeo.org or email [email protected]
cox.net. $22.00; w/ earrings $30 +$1 shipping.
Magnetic daisy pin back– 2”
yellow and white daisy to hold your P.E.O. emblem.
$9 payable to Ch JO c/o Mary Ellen Sims, 13750
Kenny Ln, Neosho, MO 64850.
Marguerite zipper pull in
silver-tone. Use on luggage, purse, backpack,
jacket. $5.50 each ppd. Ch DQ, Anne Anderson,
900 University #1804, Seattle, WA 98101
P.E.O. sun catcher–This sparkling
beveled glass ornament presents a beautiful
etching of our star. A great gift for the Christmas
tree or a sunny window. $15 incl. shipping. Ch.
BH c/o Jane Lennox, 665 BF Goodrich Road,
Marietta, OH 45750 [email protected]
Official USPS postage
stamp– Original copyrighted art featuring the
P.E.O. star & white marguerites on blue background.
One to nine sheets of 20—46¢ stamps for $21.95
ppd per sheet. Ten sheets or more $18.95 ppd per
sheet. Please send orders to P.E.O. Ch. O, c/o Marie Kall, P.O. Box 6504, Helena, MT 59604-6504.
Questions? [email protected]
P.E.O. chef’s apron– in golden
yellow cotton, embroidered with marguerites on bib.
Extra long ties, adjustable neck strap, three pockets.
$20 ppd. Ch. N. Nancy vest, 1230 forest dr, sand
springs, ok 74063. [email protected]
Handcrafted P.E.O. trivet–
Original American pewter trivet hangs or sits
on a counter, 9.5 x 5.5”. $35 ppd. Checks
payable to Ch EH, Terry Kercheval, 18219 E
Weaver PL, Aurora, CO 80016. 303-766-2300.
[email protected]
Daisy tote, umbrella, hatbox
Chapter F/NH. Please visit PEO-FNH.org.
P.E.O. aprons– a one size fits all,
washable, heavy royal blue polyester twill, no
pockets bib apron; highlighted with monogrammed
“marguerites and p.e.o.” and individual name, if
desired. $20 ppd. Make check payable to chapter
hv and send to: carol heath, 3306 deer trail,
georgetown, tx 78628 or [email protected]
Exquisite sterling silver bell
necklace. Exclusively designed handcrafted
sterling silver bell necklace embracing the P.E.O.
Sisterhood. A very special gift for that very special
P.E.O. $99 ppd. Checks to Chapter BK c/o
Jenny Gehl, 24 Jimmy Green Road, East Helena,
MT 59635 [email protected]
Portable podium:
www.peomississippi.org $50 + $20 S&H.
601-650-6599 for Joyce. Ch V.
w/ P.E.O. star on a field of marguerites, yellow
interior. $10 ea + shipping. Orders to Ch. M. c/o
Betsy Fitzgerald, 1496 Log Cabin Rd, Milford, DE
19963 or [email protected]
Laminated P.E.O. Founders bookmarks Artist/Member Betty Hubbard designed
this colorful, “one of a kind” bookmark. $1.25
ea. ppd. Ch. AN c/o Angela Bridge, P.O. Box 541,
Chandler, OK 74834 [email protected]
P.E.O. “Wild Women” pin,
whimsical pin of acrylic resin, star on white dress,
marguerite in hand, gold hair, yellow
high heels. $20 + $5 s/h 1 or more. Ch U,
308 Mallet Hill Rd, Columbia, SC 29223
[email protected] 803-699-6398.
Whimsical notecards
sister-designed, “Thanks A Bunch/Note to My
Sister”. 8 for $10 ppd. Ch. JA, Kristin Hersh,
19675 Salt Lick Way, Monument, CO 80132.
[email protected]
Oval P.E.O. Car Magnets Euro
car magnet for sale $6.00 each. Leaves no sticky
residue on your car. S&H free! Send check to Ch
Z, 11324 Oakcroft Dr, Raleigh, NC 27614.
Daisy magnets for car, mailbox and fridge!
7” round white and yellow daisy w/ P.E.O. in center.
$11 ea + 5.15 shipping for 1-10 magnets. Ch AN,
c/o L. Black, 220 Holly Dr. Easley, SC 29640.
[email protected]
Classy 1.5” x 1.5” daisy
pendant in stainless multi-tone silver/ gold
color. Long-lasting luster. Large bale. Nice on any
length chain or black cord. $12 per pendant ppd.
Chapter C/NH: Margo Pennock, 11 Earle Drive,
Lee, NH 03861; [email protected]
P.E.O. Byers’ choice caroler—
custom designed Caroler holding a star, P.E.O. books
and marguerites. Allow 4 weeks for shipping. Mail
$80 check payable to P.E.O., Chapter O to Andrea
Dolph, PO Box 11, Wayne, PA 19087. Questions to
[email protected]
P.E.O. nametags– Custom designed,
with self-adhesive that “really sticks”! 24 ea
$3.50 ppd, 48 ea $6 ppd. Ch BB, Barbara
Papalia,3203 Country Club Pkwy, Castle Rock, CO
80108-8300. [email protected]
P.E.O. lotion bars are unique gifts
for P.E.O.s and friends. Created by a P.E.O.
and Cottey alumna, our lotion bars are a solid
light-yellow bar of all natural lotion nestled in a
decorative tin. The beautiful labels and fragrance
were blended exclusively for P.E.O. Choose from
Daisy Bouquet fragrance or naturally unscented.
$10 each or 5/$40 plus $5 shipping. Chapter
MR, Springfield, MO 417-459-9334 or email
[email protected]
Original magnetic daisy pin
holder attaches pin with a strong magnet. Pin
your star to our 2 1/2” daisy and never struggle
with that tiny fastener again. $7 plus $.50
shipping ea on orders less than 10. Checks to
Chapter IT, send to Janet Burmeister, 1818 Ohio
Parkway, Rockford, IL 61108.
Star ornament– etched with “Wish”
accented by a magic wand, surrounded by stars
and daisies, tucked in a velveteen pouch. $17 ppd.
Ch. FZ-GR, c/o Kate Scruggs, 2419 S Joplin Ave,
Tulsa, OK 74114-3825 [email protected]
Past president’s gavel guard–
14K gold-plate with 7 clear Swarovski crystals.
Perfect size for our star. $25 ppd. to Ch. OO, P.E.O.
c/o Pat Walton, 8008 Pinot Noir Court, San Jose,
CA 95135.
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Items for SALE
Pewter ornament elegant 2.5”
heirloom quality, 2-sided ornament with
marguerite and P.E.O. in an open-work star.
US made. Great gift for out-going officers.
$18 ppd. Chapter FF, PO Box 59, Frankfort,
MI 49635. Information or order form:
[email protected]
Cross stitch kit, easy to stitch
P.E.O. design. Kit includes all materials except
frame. $19.95 + $3.95 S/H to Ch AW, c/o Mary Fisk,
2012 Hwy 9, Osage, IA 50461. [email protected]
P.E.O. daisy key rings– Handcrafted by local forge. $15.00 ppd. Ch AY, Megan
Smith, 506 Oak Hill Dr, Grove City, PA 16127.
Pandora like nametag holder
P.E.O. colors w/star & daisy. 30” chain w/magnet
clasp. $14 ppd. Ch. DJ, c/o Trisha Tibbits, 465
Janes, Dr, LHC, AZ 86406. 928-486-3364 or
email [email protected]oo.com.
P.E.O. garden banners – with
gold star & 7 marguerites on blue background. 3
sizes incl. garden banner, 12”x18”-$25; small flag,
2’x3’-$50; all ppd. Mark a mtg, garden décor or
gift. See photos & order forms with current prices
at: www.PEOChapterHV.org or email [email protected]
gmail.com or call Sarah at 303-594-2455.
P.E.O. blk nylon garment bag 46 x
22”. Monogrammed daisy, ch, st. Send check to
Ch E, S. Wilson, 4820 Rapidan Dr, Baton Rouge,
LA 70817 225-964-7227. $40 /bag ppd + S&H.
[email protected]
Murano glass daisy heart pendant–
Each handmade pendant is a unique piece
of art that you will treasure for years to come.
Perfect gift for a special sister. Each 1x1” pendant
includes a silver tone neck wire. $20 ppd. P.E.O.
Ch. AA, Carol Chaires, 1381 Clydesdale
Avenue, Wellington, FL 33414.
Delightful marguerite coffee
New: Informal recognition pin
and tea sugar cubes. Dainty coffee and tea sugar
cubes, hand-decorated with our yellow-centered
marguerite and green leaves. A touch of elegance
for P.E.O. meetings, special occasions and gifts.
Box of 24 $15 ppd. Ch. BH c/o Kam Matray,
0174 Iron Bridge Place, South Fork, CO 81154.
719-849-0349. [email protected]
1-1/4” wide. Burgundy cloisonné w/ daisy.
Tie-tack fastener. $10 each ppd. Great gift or
treat yourself. Wear with pride and promote
P.E.O. Send checks to: P.E.O. Chapter FQ; P.O.
Box 75, Florence, OR 97439. Email questions
to [email protected]
Handcrafted pewter
marguerite pin/necklace. Designed for
Ch AR, Ruidoso, NM, size 1 1/8 x 1 1/2, $17 ppd.
S Komara, PO Box 2017, Ruidoso, NM 88345.
“Star” keychain – engraved with
P.E.O. for just $10 each (includes S/H). May be
worn as a necklace too! Be creative! Check payable
to Ch DO, C/O Lenore Jones, 10820 Nutmeg
Meadows Dr, Plymouth, IN 46563. [email protected]
License plate frame–”Sisters
A Gift of P.E.O.” blk w/ gold; $6 ea/$10 for 2
plus ship; AK(NV); Brenda Miller 702-739-7172
[email protected] Sterling silver pin guard for
P.E.O. pin. 1” x 1 ¼” magnetic clasp. Handcrafted,
unique piece of wearable art. $30. Ch IH, Jes
Raintree, 15648 Colorado Central Way, Monument,
CO 81032. 719-488-8300.
New ornament: Porcelain ornament
with 24k gold trim. $12 ppd. Contact: Karen
Ulfers [email protected] or 757-565-5197;
3309 Oxmor Court, Williamsburg, VA 23188.
Checks payable to Ch AP.
Silver plated bookmark hook of
Luggage tags– prices & designs
email [email protected] Ch DT.
Swarovski crystals interlaced with pewter
P.E.O.letters; finalized with a hand-painted
pewter daisy $9 ea or $8 ea for 3 or more ppd.
Checks to Ch. EK c/o Donna LaValle, 25 Fore Dr,
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
7-Sister’s Notecards as pictured
in the Record, p 35, Jan/Feb, 2013. Perfect
for Founder’s Day invitations. Checks to
P.E.O., Ch. CC, c/o Connie McConaughy, 5787
Cliftmere Dr, Newburgh, IN 47630. Or email
[email protected] $15 ppd.
Get P.E.O. magnetism! 4” square
car magnet spreads word about P.E.O. Black
backgrd, large lovely daisy w/ letters P.E.O. $6 ppd
to Ch AJ c/o Bev Shaw, 83A Grouse Hill Rd.
Glastonbury, CT 06033 [email protected]
Order 5 or more – only $5 each! (free ship).
Celebrate P.E.O.! Darling oval car
magnet for $6 each, S&H free. Reads “P.E.O. Educating Women”. Send check to Ch OA, c/o Colleen
Miller-Owen, 422 Austin Ave, Geneva, IL 60134.
Founders’ Day musical–
Swarovski pin guard– Crystals,
beads & pearls, 2 ¼”. $15 ppd to Ch FE, Jill Gipson,
36003 Cortona Ct, Murrieta, CA 92562. See photo
and specify “pearl” for guard on left or “gold” for
guard on right. Questions: [email protected]
Join hands with your P.E.O. sisters
16 oz travel tumbler, created for us by Suzy Toronto.
$17 check to Ch BN, Millie Bergman, 2802 Cane
Field Dr, SugarLand, TX 77479. [email protected]
Discounts for orders of 5 or 10.
The P.E.O. Record
July–August 2013
CD of script, sheet music, ideas. $15
[email protected]
Women helping women reach for the stars
Scarf– silk P.E.O. “Power of Our Words”
in butterscotch yellow, black and white. 10” x
60”. Please mail $26 check, plus details to: Chapter KQ, c/o Connie Funk, 4779 Dryden Ct., Iowa
City, IA 52245
Seven heavenly Founders–15 min
DVD Cottey College Tour – 10 min DVD. Great
for programs & new members. $15 ppd each or
2 for $25 ppd, Ch BF, Phyllis Sandmann, 9301
Lansbrooke Ln, Oklahoma City, OK 73132.
Marguerite nametags–w/Chap
ID, magnet, 1 ½ x 3” plstc. $13 + S&H Ch JB c/o
Jaima DiMartino, 720-690-7499, [email protected]
P.E.O. engraved silver star
letter opener. Chapter FQ $25.00 + $6 S.H. ppd.
Lovely for gifts. Gift-boxed. c/o Heidi deLisser
3470 NW 7th St., Miami, FL 33125, [email protected]
P.E.O. logo bridge cards
Our high quality boxed sets are a lovely gift or recognition. 1 black & 1 yellow deck each include the
P.E.O. letters & marguerite. $20+ shipping, Chapter
HB Fl. [email protected] or 772 -567-0287
Best bag for your bucks!
Yellow embroidered P.E.O., daisy, ch, city, st,
on durable 600 denier polyester, zippered,
large front pocket, adjustable web handles, 2
pen loops, 2 side bottle pockets. 15x13x5. $38
ppd, payable to Ch FS, Sue Mechem, 729
Maple Lane, Clarion, IA 50525. 515-532-2228
or [email protected]
Counted cross-stitch redesigned
collage with all six projects. Mail check for $10 to
Ch. DU, c/o Mrs. John (Kitty) Schirm, 11180
Brentwood Ln., Chardon, OH 44024
Express your pride in being a
P.E.O. & Cottey College supporter. This window
decal is the perfect way to do just that. $5 ea.
Volume discounts. Order form & add’l info at
www.peoagga.com Ch. AG/GA.
Newsletter template
w/holiday & P.E.O. approved images. $10. Order
info at www.peoagga.com Ch. AG/GA.
Items for SALE
P.E.O. chapter garden flag—
Oregon P.E.O. Pin–1” white enamel Oregon
waterproof 14X20” flag with your chapter letters!
$25 ppd. Checks payable to Ch JP, mail to:
Melinda Fish, 1105 Williamsburg Pl, Lawrence,
KS 66049.
shape, gold plate edge, gold P.E.O. letters, gold
daisy with yellow center. Post w/ yellow easy grip
back. $7 ppd. Check to: Ch. CT, c/o Becky Ferguson,
32720 NW Hornecker Rd, Hillsboro, OR 97124
New classy gold 3”X 1” namebadge
pin/magnet, st, chap & polkadot ribbon; yrbk pg
pin storage; 337 280 5779; [email protected]
$15/pin + s&h, Ch AT/LA
Yellow 4 GB USB flash drive with daisy
P.E.O. logo. $10 + S/H. Email Ch Z for order form
[email protected]
Myrtlewood daisy pin Stunning,
laser carved, open-work, Oregon myrtlewood
pin. 1 1/2 x 2 with safety clasp. Ideal gift for your
favorite P.E.O. or outgoing officers. Send $13 ppd
to EL, Shirlee Moore, 91223 Cape Arago, Coos
Bay, OR 97420. [email protected]
Insider’s guide to London– this 70+
page guide has been lovingly created by the UK
P.E.O Group sharing our most useful tips for those
travelling to London. To download your copy of
the London Guide for Sisters by Sisters for only
$10, visit http://cognitusuk.com/uk-peo-group
Play Daisy Bingo—Facts about
our Founders instead of #s, $22 ppd. Also,
Bee Smart about the P.E.O. Constitution and
CA state bylaws, $22 ppd. Each set has 100
cards. Great for programs! Check to Ch. DO,
12214 Heacock St, Moreno Valley, CA 92557.
Marguerite windsock—Flowers
embroidered on yellow body. 8” x 31” $25 ppd
Ch BZ c/o MaryLee Long, 543 Cedar Park Dr,
Port Angeles, WA 98362
Necklace/purse fob: puzzle
piece I am PEO with star, daisy & sisters
charms. $20+$2.50 S/H. Chapter FP, c/o Marj
Lubben, 18774 Stonebridge Rd, Monticello,
IA 52310
Embroidered kitchen towel—
100% cotton flour sack w/ original P.E.O. design.
BRIGHT set (pink, turquoise, green), $25 ppd.
WHITE, $8 each ppd. Ch FL, c/o Joan P, 15604
Acacia Road, Oklahoma City, OK 73170
[email protected]
CD of piano solos honors Founders.
Composer, performer Jill Kremer BL/WA CONTACT
Sandy Keefe ph 425-582-7146 [email protected]
gmail.com $15+3.50 S&H Checks payable to Ch. BL
Candle– Original design in soft yellow
w/lemongrass scent features star, P.E.O. and
daisy motif. Interior burns 50+ hrs. Use votive
for continued enjoyment. Oval 4¾”x 3¾”x3”. $22
ppd. ($20 ea. for 10 or more to same address). Make
checks to Ch CH, P.O. Box 430, Bartlesville, OK
74005. Email: [email protected]
The P.E.O. story on DVD–A
30-minute dramatization of the origin of P.E.O.
This delightful and entertaining movie is perfect
for your Founders’ Day program. $25 plus $3
S/H to Chapter ET, Joanne Gravelle, 11360 W.
76th Way, Arvada, CO 80005.
P.E.O. garden flag!
12x18” garden flag features the letters P.E.O.
& watercolor marguerites. Artwork is by P.E.O.
member & well-known artist, Ellen Diederich.
Printed on both sides of heavy vinyl, flag is to
be used with your own flag stand. Photo can be
viewed at www.sgofargo.com. $20, plus $3.95
postage. Send check to Chapter AE, PO Box 8,
Christine, ND 58015.
Portable president’s lectern
Folds flat, featherweight, only 8.5 oz, made from
durable foam core-STURDY! Lovingly crafted.
$45 ppd. Includes sturdy storage box. Make
check payable to: Chapter CP, c/o Mary Lou
Troyer, 249 E Woodland Rd, Lake Bluff, IL 60044
Royal blue t-shirts screen printed
with spray of 3 marguerites and 7 stars. 100%
pre-shrunk cotton, Ladies sizes M,L,XL. Long
($25) or short ($20) sleeve. Great for casual
chapter events! Free shipping! Ch. AY; c/o
Joanna Branvold, 922 Spyglass Dr, Eugene, OR,
97401. 541-688-8251; [email protected]
Colorado P.E.O. Chapter
House– in Colorado Springs offers suites with
bedroom, living room, dining area, bathroom, and
kitchenette. Smaller single room apartments with
bath are also available. All have a private entrance,
patio, and garden area and are single-level. No entry
fee, small deposit, month-to-month leases include
three daily meals. The common area consists of
living and dining rooms, library, and exercise room.
Chapter House is located in a private park where
nature and wildlife provide enjoyment. Eligible for
residency are members of P.E.O. and P.E.O.sponsored individuals. For more information,
contact the Executive Director at 1819 W Cheyenne
Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80906. Ph: 719-473-7670
or email [email protected] Its website at
www.peochapterhouse.org provides further information, more detailed descriptions, and photographs.
At the Nebraska P.E.O. Home,
Two laminated colorful “one of a kind” styles to
choose from. Both designs created by local artist.
$1.50 each ppd. Ch. AN c/o Angela Bridge,
P.O. Box 541, Chandler, OK 74834 [email protected]
licensed as an assisted-living facility, TLC is the
secret ingredient-whether it’s in the home-cooked
meals, the private room with bath, the beauty
salon, the Daisy van trips, or the very attentive
staff. Active members of P.E.O. and P.E.O.
sponsored relatives are eligible for residency.
Contact Tracy Magill, Administrator, Nebraska
P.E.O. Home, 413 North 5th St, Beatrice, NE 68310
or call 402-228-4208 to check on your room.
NEW–P.E.O. daisy logo magnet for
your car. 6” circle $9 ppd to Ch JE c/o Bev Jaeger
692 Hwy 603, Chehalis, WA 98532 [email protected]
comcast.net or 360-748-8205 for questions
in a P.E.O. community. Explore the Idaho P.E.O.
Chapter House at www.peochapterhouseidaho.org
or call 208-459-3552.
P.E.O. Founders bookmarks–
P.E.O. inspirational stones
Independent retirement living
& tokens–Gifts for P.E.O. sisters, friends, and family.
Six polished custom-engraved river stones: star
logo with P.E.O. in center, Faith, Love, Purity, Justice,
and Truth. $20 per set or $4 ea. Trinket dish (yellow)
$8. Eight pocket tokens or blessing coins including
Friend, Sister, Love, and Loyalty. $22 per set or
$3 ea. Small trinket dish $6 - large one $7. Order
form/shipping info at www.peochapterhouse.org
(Fundraising). Sponsored by Chapter C-CO. Janet
719-473-7670 or [email protected]
P.E.O. in Texas, 1902-2013.
Recipes for Success– cookbook
era music (see May/June issue of Record) sung by P.E.O. sister Nora Martin
Janik with the great Les Paul and the Claude
Sweeten Orchestra. $20. ppd Checks payable to
Chapter A and mailed to 16223 SW Dekalb St.
Portland, OR 97224
history book celebrates the 85th Anniversary of
Texas State Chapter - early years to the 2013
Convention of International Chapter. Pre-order
by November 15. Info at peotexas.org.
Founders’ Recipes
plus 295 tried and
true favorites from Mark Twain’s Hannibal, MO.
$15 ppd. Ch LZ, Chris Hackamack, 420 Timberline,
Hannibal, MO 63401 or [email protected]
of over 200 recipes, from sisters, BILs and
treasured friends. $12 ea ($11 ea. if 10 or more
to same address). Ch DK, Diane Lake, 916
Stadium Way, Tacoma, WA 98403, 253-370-3054
[email protected]
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July–August 2013
Martha Smither
Chapter DE, Hot Springs Village, Arkansas
Initiated: April 21, 2010
Martha Smither is passionate about
music. She leads a team of volunteers
who prepare written materials to
inform teachers and students about
the connections between classical
music and what they are learning in
math, science, literacy and social
studies classes. Her team develops
lesson plans, teacher manuals and
student journals and lead in-service
training for teachers to make
them more comfortable with the
interdisciplinary approach. Martha
said, “We have known for years that
integrating the arts into the core
curriculum can inspire children to
learn successfully in all fields; the arts
help to flip on the learning switch.”
For the past five years, Martha has
brought the Children’s Concert of
the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
to more than 3,000 elementary
students in the greater Hot Springs
area. She was named Hot Springs
Village Citizen of the Year in 2012.
What inspired you to bring
the Arkansas Symphony
Orchestra to children in
Hot Springs?
When I lived in Dallas, I volunteered
for 20 years with an organization
called Big Thought; we brought the
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arts to public schools. After I moved
to Arkansas, I kept thinking I wanted
to do something similar here so I
started a new not-for-profit called
Arkansas Learning Through the Arts.
We partner with the Symphony Guild
to fundraise so the symphony can
perform for students every November.
So many schools signed up last year
we had to add extra concerts.
Themes of the concerts appeal to
children and are relatable to their
classroom curriculum. Two years ago
the theme was “Symphony Safari,”
which was science-oriented. Last
year we did “American Odyssey”
about cultures moving to America—
bringing their arts, cultures and
customs together and how those
cultures bumping up against each
other created a unique America.
We also develop workshops and
programs, including a summer camp
program going on right now in
conjunction with Hot Springs public
schools. Fifteen artists in different fields
will present workshops. It’s fun and
exciting and being very well-received.
Volunteering has always been a
big part of my life—even while I
was working. Now, in addition to
working with Arkansas Learning
Through the Arts, I’m also involved
with the Symphony Guild of Hot
Springs Village.
Where did you go to school?
I graduated from Duke University
with a degree in economics and
earned my MBA in accounting at
Southern Methodist University.
How did you become
a P.E.O.?
My mother Betty Mossman was a
P.E.O. for 70 years. She received her
Women helping women reach for the stars
70-year certificate right before I was
initiated. She was so happy when I
joined. She passed away shortly after.
Part of the draw for me was so many
members of P.E.O. were also on the
Symphony Guild board.
What do you like about
being in P.E.O.?
The people—the association with
such a lovely bunch of ladies. I, of
course, agree with the intent of
helping provide education for women.
I think that’s a very important thing.
Everyone in our chapter is a go-getter.
We’re an energetic bunch. I enjoy it a
great deal. I’ve given programs about
the children’s concert and the Hot
Springs Village Community Foundation.
One of the artists who’s coming to
teach at the summer camp was talking
about finding lodging and mentioned,
“I’m part of an international organization that has a bed and breakfast
program.” I smiled and said, “And
what organization would that be?”
It turns out she’s a P.E.O. too and is
staying with one of my sisters just
up the road. This is the first year
our chapter has hosted a B&B.
What do you like to do in
your free time?
I play the piano—I have all my life.
I also like to golf, needlepoint and read.
My husband Wilbur and I love to
travel. We have 23 great nieces and
nephews so we like to visit family.
Other than that, we hardly ever
take a repeat journey. I especially
like Europe. We recently took a
cruise around South America; we
spent five days in Antarctica where
there were great lectures. It was a
smaller ship and we got to know
people from all over the world.
To The
International Convention
If you are at Convention Wednesday
morning, September 25, be sure
to stop in at one of the Tech Talks
featuring the new P.E.O. Convention
Mobile Site and Frequently Asked
Questions about the Online Applications. No tickets needed. All
members and BILs are welcome
to attend.
Already Registered for
International Convention? Make sure you sign up for some
Thursday workshops. Topics
include Leadership, Planning for
the Future, Texas Wildflowers and
Presidential Libraries. Come hear
engaging speakers such as Jean
Chatzky or Colleen Walker.
Jean Chatzky is the financial editor
for NBC’s TODAY show and an
award-winning personal finance
journalist, best-selling author, AARP’s
personal finance ambassador and
host of “Money Matters with Jean
Chatzky” on RLTV.
Colleen Walker is CEO of Girl Scouts
of Northeast Texas who reflects on the
remarkable life of Girl Scouts founder
Juliette Gordon Low and her impact
on female leadership in this country.
Helping to develop female leaders is
a cause Colleen has worked on and
advocated for since college.
Email Ahn Hargens at [email protected]
peodsm.org with your name, chapter
letters and which workshops you
want to add.
Don’t forget your BILs! If your BIL
would like to add any of the listed
workshops to his registration,
email Ahn Hargens at [email protected]
If you have not registered yet,
there’s still time. Registration fees
are going up, but you can also
register on-site if you don’t need
meals or housing.
Advanced Registration Rates
• Through July 12–$40 ($10 for
spouse or volunteer)
• July 13 through August 2–
$65 ($10 for spouse or volunteer)
• August 3 through August 16–
$100 ($25 for spouse or volunteer)
• August 17–Advanced
Registration Closed
On-site Registration Rates
(No Meals or Housing)
• One-time registration fee valid
for the duration of Convention
• Wednesday & Thursday,
September 25 & 26–$30
($10 for spouse or volunteer)
• Friday, September 27–$20
($10 for spouse or volunteer)
• Saturday, September 28–
$10 for all attendees
Facebook and Social
Media Sites
Websites such as Facebook or Twitter
provide networking opportunities
for P.E.O.s joining these groups.
International Chapter recognizes that
many groups have been started by
individual members and/or chapters.
While these groups provide networking
with other P.E.O.s, they were not
started, nor are they monitored or
supported by International Chapter.
Social media guidelines can be
found on the website by clicking
on Resources and then going to
Communication Tools. Questions
regarding Facebook and social
media can be forwarded through the
Contact Us link on the P.E.O. website.
IRA Charitable Rollover
The American Taxpayer Relief Act
of 2012 allows tax-free treatment
of certain distributions from IRAs
to qualified charities, such as P.E.O.
projects and the P.E.O. Foundation.
This provision applies to charitable
IRA distributions received in 2013.
In order to qualify for this tax-free
distribution to P.E.O., the following
provisions must be met:
1. You must be at least 70 1/2 at the
time you make the gift.
2. The contribution must be made
directly from your traditional or
Roth IRA.
3. The distribution may not exceed
As always, discuss any planned
giving strategies with your attorney or
financial planner to take advantage of
the opportunities that are right for you.
Gifts and Contributions
Our P.E.O. projects can only succeed
with the continued support of our
membership. Local chapters and
individual donations to these projects
determine the number of women who
are helped each year and the amount
that is available to award. Every dollar
counts—our projects depend almost
entirely on P.E.O. support.
Continue to make your donations
as listed below and remember
individual gifts to P.E.O. projects
and P.E.O. Foundation qualify as
a charitable deduction for United
States income tax purposes:
• Chapter gifts to projects and
P.E.O. Foundation are payable to
your state/provincial/district chapter
and should be sent directly to your
s/p/d treasurer or paid assistant.
• Individual gifts should be made
payable to the intended project or
P.E.O. Foundation and sent directly
to the treasurer of International
Chapter in Des Moines.
• Individual gifts for Cottey College
are to be sent directly to Cottey.
• Online donations may also be
submitted to the project of your
choice through the P.E.O. website.
The P.E.O. Record
July–August 2013
Send completed form including your former address printed
in the upper right corner (or give address at which magazine
was last received) six weeks in advance of your move.
Membership Dept., P.E.O. Executive Office
3700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312-2899
Fax: The P.E.O. Record, 515-255-3820
Call: 800-343-4921 (automated line available 24 hours a day. May not be available in all areas of Canada.)
Email: [email protected]
Web: p eointernational.org (click on address change form)
Automatic Address Change: The P.E.O. Record may be
mailed to two different addresses if the same seasonal
address is used at the same time every year.
Address or Name Change (please print)
Chapter letter(s)
Date Address Effective
Street or Box Address
Zip/Postal Code
International Convention
Tech-Savvy P.E.O.s!
Scan the QR code with your smart phone or tablet
to access P.E.O.’s new mobile website for Convention.
There you will find:
a schedule of Convention events
a personalized list of your registered activities
a list of lost and found items
the Convention blog
general updates about the on-goings at Convention
And more!
Dallas, Texas • September 26-28, 2013

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