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2021 Convention of International Chapter Announcement

January 6, 2021

Growing up we all had traditions in each of our families; celebrating birthdays, holidays, graduations and an occasional “once in a lifetime” or perhaps yearly family reunion. As families grew, each new member brought their new traditions
into the mix: special meals with all the fixings, reunion themes, favorite games and family discussions.

At times, our memories of the past bring back a longing for what was. As we enter our 152nd year since the founding of P.E.O., our minds take us back to that family reunion of sisters with the organization of Grand Chapter in 1883. Fresh in our minds, we are swept back to September 2019, the Sesquicentennial Celebration and the 74th Convention of International Chapter held in Des Moines, Iowa.

In December, the Executive Board of International Chapter approved by unanimous vote that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic emergency, the 2021 Convention of International Chapter will be held using a virtual format and in a manner pursuant to which the members of convention with voting privileges have the opportunity to see, read or hear the proceedings substantially concurrent with the occurrence of the proceedings, contemporaneously vote on matters, pose questions and make comments.

The biennial theme “Build Your Legacy! Make History” will guide us as we celebrate our amazing Sisterhood together at the 75th Convention of International Chapter.

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Watch the Announcement Video

Upcoming Events

January 21, 2021

Founders' Day

Celebrate the founding of our Sisterhood on this day in 1869, by wearing your pin !

Winter 2020 - 2021

Local Chapters and Regional Reciprocities

Local chapters and Regional Reciprocity groups celebrate the holidays and Founders' Day (in January).  Whether virtually or in socially-distanced settings, enjoy your time together!

April 30 - May 1, 2021

Convention of NJ State Chapter

This year's convention will be virtual.  Check out the 'Convention Central' page for more details.

“It’s a new dawn … it’s a new day … it’s a New Year … and it’s lookin’ good”

Yes, I did change the lyrics just a bit, but the words are still meaningful.  We just bid farewell to 2020 and turned the calendar to 2021. That one small gesture meant a lot as we look forward to better days ahead and a time when we can enjoy being together in person again. 

Until then, we will continue to stay safe, stay well and keep in touch with each other.  For those chapters meeting virtually, keep up the good work! If you need some help and/or guidance with virtual meetings, let your Board Buddy on the State Board know.  We are here to help!! If your chapter has chosen the option of not meeting during this time, I hope you have found a way to continue to stay in touch with each other.  Again, if we can help your chapter in anyway do reach out to us. 

Plans are underway for State Convention on April 30 and May 1. As you know by now it is a Virtual Convention ~ a “one-of-a-kind” ~ and it is going to be lots of fun.  Just think of it as a time when you can come and go while still at home.  You won’t have to pack a bag, you won’t have to plan for traffic delays, and you won’t even have to think about what to wear!  (only your top will show 😉😉) Makes a virtual convention more appealing doesn’t it? The Convention Committee and I will have lots more information to share as the planning continues.  Stay tuned!  

The Power of P.E.O. ~ Embrace It ∙ Share It ∙ Live It


Just posted ~~ links to International website

on our ‘Members Only’ page.

  • Technology – here you will find a link taking you directly to the page for P.E.O. logos, virtual backgrounds, and cell phone and computer wallpaper. 

  • Membership – on this page, there is now a link which will access the page to update your personal information on the International database.  Your chapter president recently received all chapter member’s information as of October 14, 2020. If you need to make any changes this is the place to do it!!


Keep checking this space ~~ when we have new and important news to share the notice will be posted here.

Stuck at home? 

Visit our new Technology page for information on 12 Famous Museums that offer Virtual Tours you can take on your couch!

Visit Our


page for all the latest

Chapter Fundraisers!

Welcome to our newest Local Chapter

Chapter AZ, Medford - organized on October 5.

For a listing of the new Chapter AZ officers

visit the 'Members Home' page

Enjoy the 'highlight' video of Chapter AZ's organization



With the increased use of digital communication (which we are using more and more now during the pandemic), the 2019-2020 State Board decided to establish a new state committee ~ Technology

Because we could not hold a convention this year, the committee members were appointed by the President and approved by the 2020-2021 Board.


  The members are Beth Staples, PSP, M;

Laura Vriesema, M and Beth Gammie, PSP, W .

These women have already been meeting virtually and setting forth goals for the year. 

You will find a link to Technology on the

Members  Home page

Check it out and discover

what this committee can do for you!

** The Greatest Convention That Never Was**

2020 Convention of New Jersey State Chapter

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to visit a special page featuring videos, reports, financial documents, Golden Girl bios, Time of Remembrance bios, and other items that are a regular part of our annual convention. 

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Cottey College

Creators of Incredible Futures

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the tremendous impact Cottey has

on the lives of young women!






   *Cottey is debt free


   *Cottey is highly ranked in USN&WR in 2020

               and College Consensus in 2019:

       •     #2 Best Regional College (USN&WR)

       •     #2 Best Value School in the Midwest (USN)

       •     #2 Lowest Student Debt Load at Graduation (USN)

       •     #4 Largest Proportion of International Students (USN)

       •     #2 Best College in the Midwest (College Consensus) (CC)

       •     #2 Best College and University in Missouri (CC)

       •     #4 Best Women’s College in the Nation (CC)

       •     #13 Best Small College in the Nation (CC)

For more quick facts about Cottey College

visit the

'P.E.O. Philanthropies' page 

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of our New Jersey

P.E.O. newsletter

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P.E.O. is a philanthropic educational 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.


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