Visit our special Covid-19 page (click here)

for the latest information on

impacts/policies for local chapters

Our thoughts and prayers are with our P.E.O. sisters in Iowa and Illinois, where the recent derecho (violent straight-line windstorm) went through their states the week of August 10. 


Des Moines was especially hard hit with numerous power outages and many trees down.  As a result, the P.E.O. office was without power & internet for several days and it continues to be somewhat sporadic.  


This may cause a delay in the ability to provide all P.E.O.s with printed guidelines for re-opening business meetings in September.  Please visit our Members Home page for more information from Kathy Soppe, Executive Director of P.E.O. International.

Finally, the month we have all been waiting for ~ when local chapters can “get down to business” and have a chapter meeting! It has been great to stay in touch socially but P.E.O.s everywhere agree that there is nothing like working together in our mission of empowering women through educational opportunities.  That work begins in our local chapters. 

Check out the COVID-19 link on our State website for all the updated pages for the President’s book for chapter meetings.  All 3 forms of meeting are there along with appendices for each method of meeting. You will find it easy to read and printed in the same format as the President’s Book. Please reach out to the State Board officers (your Board Buddy is your best officer resource) if you have any questions or guidance. And, have a great meeting!!

  • All pages for the 3 meetings available from our website on the COVID-19 link (see above

  • Remember ~ Cascading Goals worksheet is NOT required for Local Chapters

  • State website is your “one-stop shopping” location~ all International and State information is available here!!

"The Power of P.E.O. ~  Embrace It, Share It, Live It" !

                                                                         ~Helen Wolfmeyer

                                                           President, NJ State Chapter

*** Local Chapter Presidents and officers ***


The Local Chapter Cascading Goals worksheet for 2020-2021 will not be  required this year. International is working  toward establishing goals for 2021-2022 and has determined that due to our inability to meet we will not ask for you to submit your goals.  Kudos to you if you have done them; relax if you haven't!
LIPEO, Helen 

Know what's great about September

besides crisp apples & fall colors?

P.E.O. is re-opening !!

Stuck at home? 

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

Upcoming Events

A Message from International

Chapter President, Brenda Atchison

Friday, June 12, 2020

Our beloved meaning of the letters P.E.O. is crying out to me.

Our values and virtues of faith, love, purity, justice and truth are crying out to me.

You, my sisters, our nations and this sisterhood are crying out to me.

Racism, bigotry, bullying, hate and societal inequities have absolutely no place in our Sisterhood or in this world.

We condemn the acts of social injustice still present in our nations.

P.E.O. must be a part of the solution.

Reach out to your sisters.  They need you.

Educate yourself and your chapter.  Learn more about history and people that are not like you.

Think before you speak or act.  Be positive.

What will your legacy be?

I see you.  I hear you. I am listening.


Brenda J. Atchison
President, International Chapter

Oct 15, 2020

STAR Scholarship Deadline

October 15 is the last day to submit your

STAR Scholarship Recommendation form

Oct 17, 2020


Fall 2020 Reciprocity

Saturday-October 17, 2020                  

**CANCELED due to Covid-19 Restrictions**

Fall Reciprocity Meeting

10:00am - Registration    

11:00am - Silver Sisters Celebration &

                   Program 'Women of the Civil War'

          followed by Lunch

West Side Presbyterian Church

Ridgewood, New Jersey 07450

Nov 20, 2020

Scholar Award Deadline

November 20 is the last day to submit your

P.E.O. Scholar Award Nomination form

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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!

Visit Our


page for all the latest

Chapter Fundraisers!

Meet your 2020-2021

NJ State Executive Board


Our 2020-2021 State Board officers were installed via Zoom on May 2, 2020

by the

Representative of International Chapter

Cheryl Denslow

Member of Cottey College Board of Trustees


Helen Wolfmeyer, AU -  President

Robyn Burns, Q - Vice President


Lois Johann, Y - Organizer



Rosemary Seghatoleslami, AK - Treasurer



Anne Meyer, AB - Secretary


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.


To learn more about our sisterhood and the projects we support, please follow the links on this page.

** The Greatest Convention That Never Was**

2020 Convention of New Jersey State Chapter

Click here

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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Find the latest edition

of our New Jersey

P.E.O. newsletter

on the



Cottey College

Creators of Incredible Futures

Click here to view a video that shows

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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