The 121st annual convention of Iowa State Chapter P.E.O. was June 1-2 in Des Moines.
Those attending from Fairfield were Liz Bunnell, Chapter OO, Iowa State Executive Board; Jane Dooley, Chapter OO, History Committee; Barb Foss, delegate Chapter C; June Lowenberg, delegate Chapter MB; and Janice Hyde, delegate Chapter OO.
With the theme “Love Binds Together the Pattern of our Lives,” Barbara Moore, Chapter DT, Mount Vernon, presided over 700 delegates and visitors.
Attendees participated in workshops and heard from recipients of P.E.O.’s six philanthropies and the Iowa P.E.O. Project Fund Inc.
The convention concluded with installation of the five 2013-14 executive board officers headed by president Glenda R. Dixon, OP, Cedar Rapids; vice president Elizabeth A. Bunnell, OO, Fairfield; organizer Kathy Wilke, DS, Odebolt; treasurer, Catherine Fouts, AO, Newton; and secretary Pat Shipley, CH, Villisca.
P.E.O. is a philanthropic organization where women celebrate the advancement of women; educate women through scholarship, grants, loans and stewardship of Cottey College; and motivate each other to achieve their highest aspirations.
There are approximately 6,000 chapters in the United States and Canada, with nearly 250,000 members. Iowa is the second largest state chapter with 391 chapters and more than 18,000 members.
Since the inception of the first project in 1907, P.E.O. has given more than $235 million in loans, grants and scholarships to 90,367 women.