Gazebo Gazette

On Saturday, January 20, 2024, members of P.E.O. Chapter B-Long Beach celebrated P.E.O. Founders’ Day at a luncheon and program in Diamondhead hosted by P.E.O. Chapters T and M. This coast celebration included a Mardi Gras theme, complete with a second line dance.

Chapter M presented the program about the original seven members and what P.E.O. has accomplished since its beginning 155 years ago.

P.E.O. was founded on January 21, 1869, by seven students at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Through membership, the P.E.O. Sisterhood has brought together more than a half a million women in the United States and Canada who are passionate about helping women advance through education, while supporting and motivating them. 

P.E.O. is a philanthropic educational organization. True to the mission of promoting opportunities for women, education continues to be the primary philanthropy of the P.E.O. Sisterhood.

Since its inception, P.E.O. has helped more than 122,000 women pursue educational goals by providing nearly $415 million in grants, scholarships, awards, and loans and the stewardship of Cottey College, located in Nevada, Missouri.

Organized in 1930, Chapter B-Long Beach serves as Mississippi’s second oldest chapter and remains very active in the community.

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