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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

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.

February ~ the month we all love to love!   It brings us joy, love notes, happy greetings and often CHOCOLATE! What’s not to love about February?? Too bad it is only 28 days long…

February is also one of the busiest months for the P.E.O. Sisterhood as we wind down another program year in our local chapters.  Time to get those dues in, time to get the annual reports done and sent to the State Board officers, and time to prepare for a new program year with a new slate of officers.  Please note: if a local chapter is not meeting in March 2021 due to COVID-19 pandemic emergency, those officers may continue in their office until a chapter business meeting is held. (from International office 1/29/21)

This year we have an addition to the newness element and that of a “once-in-a-lifetime” Virtual State Convention! I read this phrase recently, “I prefer precedented times!” Don’t we all? These unprecedented times have led us into making decisions that we have never dealt with before. I can assure you that the State Board along with the Hostess Chapters for the 2021 convention are hard at work planning for this event.  I have met with most of the local chapter presidents to answer questions and share information.  Please reach out to me if there are still questions regarding convention ~ we will share updates on convention as they happen.  Our goal is to make our virtual convention as much like an in-person convention as we can.  This is unchartered territory for all of us; together we will make it a memorable time for everyone. 

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


Zoom Reimbursement Form Local chapters wishing reimbursement for the Zoom Pro account used for chapter virtual meetings, may use this form.  Go to the 'Members Home' page and click on the 'Documents and Forms' button.

ANNUAL LC PRESIDENT'S LETTER:   Details on the Members Home page



The 2020 State Membership Directory is now available on our 'Membership' page.  Find member info listed by Chapter or by Last Name of members.  The Directory is taken from information on the International database, as of Nov. 13, 2020.

Links to International website (on our ‘Members Only’ page.)

  • Technologyhere 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.

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

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!

The Story of Our Seven Founders

Check out this great video located on

the International website.

Makes a perfect Founders' Day program



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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