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I hope many of you were able to attend New Jersey's first ever virtual State Convention!  We are thankful for the service of all those who worked behind the scenes to make it possible and successful.   “P.E.O. Brings Happiness”! 

The Star is still shining!

The light of the Star envisioned by our P.E.O. founding sisters more than 150 years ago shines bright rays of Purity, Justice, Faith, Truth and Love on all of us today.  In P.E.O. we build happiness by what we do and bring to others, by our contributions to their greater happiness through loving service. This dedication becomes our happiness. I encourage all of you to continue building a loving legacy toward happiness!    ~ Robyn Burns, Q, NJ State President


P.E.O. is Happiness

Words by Rebecca Raines, Chapter Q, Montclair

Sung to Happiness from You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, music by Clark Gesner


“Happiness is, finding a Chapter

Being invited to share in their bond.

Happiness is, meeting new sisters

Reading our pledge for the very first time!


Happiness is hearing their stories and sharing ours too

And happiness is P.E.O., it’s true.


Happiness is, raising some money

Supporting projects,

Cottey College too.

Happiness is, having a sister

A bunch of sisters

Think Reciprocity!


Happiness is making the star shine throughout the land

And happiness is working hand in hand.


Happiness grows morning and evening,

Daytime and nighttime too.

For P.E.O. is happiness and we can all agree we’re sisters true!”

Upcoming Events

Virtual Tea & Conversation

Saturday, June 12, 2021at 2:00pm

via Zoom

Join us for the first Virtual President's Tea!

A President-to-President Tea & Conversation between PSP Helen Wolfmeyer and newly installed President, Robyn Burns.  A pre-recorded event that will be broadcast via Zoom. Watch your Inbox for the link.


Saturday, October 16, 2021

West Side Presbyterian Church, Ridgewood

Join us for a Celebration of our Silver Sisters, a program on Women in the Civil War and luncheon.  Details on the Reciprocity page.

2021 Convention of

International Chapter *Virtual**

Week of September 20, 2021

Be sure to check the International website and your P.E.O. Record magazine for all the details.



Installed on May 1, 2021

at the New Jersey State Convention

at the Bridgewater Marriott


Robyn Burns (Q)


Vice President

Lois Johann (Y)


Anne Meyer (AB)


Rosemary Segatoleslami



Terri Brennan Lashley (AQ)

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.

Read more.....                        

Watch the Announcement Video

* Keep checking this space *

when we have new and important news to share

the notice will be posted here.



    LC Officer Info 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!!

The Story of Our Seven Founders

Check out this great video located on

the International website.

Makes a perfect Founders' Day program

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!

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 




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 and the committee members were appointed by the President and approved by the 2020-2021 Board.

With the passing of an amendment at the 2021 Convention, this committee is now a ratified Standing Committee for the state of New Jersey.


  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!

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.

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