Members of the Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) had a social gathering Tuesday, Oct. 17 at the house of past president and current treasurer Myrna Whitehead.
The meeting focused on developing the members’ first scrapbook. Each P.E.O. sister will complete a two-page layout, sharing information about herself.
There are no rules. Each member makes her own determinations regarding what will be on her pages and how she’ll creatively display her information.
Once all members complete their pages, the book will then be passed from person to person each month, allowing every member to take time to review the book and gain new knowledge about her sisters.
Additionally, the book will be shared with new members to help them learn about their new friends and add their own pages to ever-growing scrapbook.
Samplings of shared information included quotes, such as, “Plant your own garden, and decorate your own soul instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers,” or hidden talents, such as baton twirling, or jobs held, positions held within P.E.O., family history, places resided, education attained and more.
Participants in the meeting were 10-year member and host Myrna Whitehead, 30-year member Wilma Collins, 19-year member Ella Pennington, eight-year member Barbara Bambrick and three-year member Laura Stebbins.
P.E.O., founded in 1869 in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, -is dedicated to “women helping women reach for the stars.” As stated on the organization’s international website, “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.”
Chapter OK in Perry was organized in 1987 with two of the founding women continuing, 30 years later, to foster sisterhood while supporting the education of women.
If you’re interested in joining P.E.O., speak to a P.E.O. sister for more information.