On April 15, the four Newton PEO Chapters met for an evening of dinner, fellowship, chapter updates and entertainment.
PEO is an international Philanthropic and Educational Organization that enhances opportunities for women worldwide with a special emphasis on education including owning and administering Cottey College in Missouri.
The event was at McCann Center and was began by Charlotte Townsend, AO vice president, with her welcome to all the participants. An Invocation was given by Jan Lewis, ME chaplain. The local chapter presidents introduced new members and mentioned others for honors or memories. The theme of the evening was “Celebrating Musical Sisters,” which was carried through by table decorations of a huge variety of bells, sheet music and cake plates.
The programs for the evening were bell-shaped and made tribute to many women’s musical acts such as The Lennon Sisters, Three Brox Sisters and Wilson Phillips. Dinner was served by Chapter AO.
Cathi Fouts, PEO officer at the state level, reminded the group about the funds that the four local chapters have under their control that help support Dollars for Scholars and offer young women PEO scholarships. She also reminded the group that there is financial help available for non-traditional students as well. She challenged the members to nominate and inform interested and qualified people.
The evening concluded with entertainment by Tintinnabulation, directed by Glenda Duffus. They performed many songs of spring as well as patriotic music such as Yankee Doodle, gospel music including Amazing Grace and Swing Low Sweet Chariot, and contemporary favorites The Rose, Over the Rainbow and Grandfathers Clock.
If you are interested in learning about PEO or the scholarships available, contact any of the following chapter presidents: AO Ila Mae Hanisch, HS Anne Gerken, LC Jane Ann Cotton and ME Joy Lane.