Education for women chief aim of group
This spring marked the beginnings of the California/Oregon Chapter XV P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) in Crescent City with membership of 22 ladies from Brookings, Smith River and Crescent City.
Throughout the region, five active P.E.O.'s began the process of organizing, and on April 14, the California State Officers officially organized the new chapter. P.E.O.s from chapters in Oregon and California attended the celebration.
Educational opportunities for women is the primary philanthropy of
the P.E.O. and the organization is clearly making a difference in the
lives of women all over the world.
More than 85,000 women have benefited from P.E.O. educational grants,
loans, awards, special projects and stewardship of Cottey College.
To date, P.E.O. has awarded Educational Loan Fund dollars totaling
more than $130 million, International Peace Scholarships of more than
$27 million, Program for Continuing Education grants of more than $38
million, Scholar Awards of more than $14million and P.E.O. STAR
Scholarships of more than $1 million.
In addition, approximately 8,300 women have graduated from Cottey
College, which is located in Nevada, Mo. Each state offers many other
scholarships and grants to the women of their state.
One week after organization, Chapter XV sponsored its first
social/fundraiser when the Tall Ships arrived in the Crescent City
More than 70 guests from Curry County, Josephine County and Del Norte
County toured the Tall Ships and then gathered at the Chart Room
restaurant for a pirate-themed Mystery Dinner Theater and silent
Chapter XV is eager to recruit qualified women candidates for
scholarships. For information please contact Education Chairman Cheryl
Leonard at 707-464-0015 or President Linda Ging at 707-464-6938.