Nan Stepp, Fran Minter, and Jean Stevenson are pictured at the 124th annual convention of the Missouri State Chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood.
The Missouri State Chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood held its 124th annual convention June 23-25, 2017, at the St. Charles Convention Center, St. Charles, Missouri. More than 330 representatives of P.E.O. chapters across Missouri attended, including Nannette Stepp, President of Missouri Chapter FF in Tarkio, and Fran Minter, delegate, Missouri Chapter DU in Rock Port.
Using the theme “BEE” the One to Grow with P.E.O., convention attendees met and discussed several educational and philanthropic topics and projects. Mila Lowrey of Chapter IO in Mexico, Missouri, presided over the meeting and Kate Kupstas of Chapter GX in St. Louis served as general chair of the convention. Karen Neylon of Chapter KX in Columbia, Missouri, was installed as the new president of the Missouri State Chapter during the convention.
The P.E.O. Sisterhood is a philanthropic organization where women celebrate the advancement of women; educate women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans and stewardship of Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri; and motivate each other to achieve their highest aspirations. There are approximately 6,000 chapters in the United States and Canada with nearly 250,000 members.
The purposes of P.E.O. are educational and philanthropic, accomplished through projects on local, state, and international levels. The six international projects include: P.E.O. Educational Loan Fund, a revolving loan fund at a low interest; P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship that funds graduate study for foreign women; Cottey College in Nevada, a four-year liberal arts college for women; P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education, grant assistance for women to resume educational studies; P.E.O. Scholar Awards, grants for women of the U.S. and Canada pursuing advanced degrees or are engaged in advanced study and research; and P.E.O. STAR Scholarship, scholarships for high school seniors to attend college. In addition, Missouri chapters provide scholarships for women to attend Cottey College and fund the Missouri P.E.O. Outreach Fund, a state project to assist those either aged and infirm or needy and infirm.