Category Archives: P.E.O.

Day of the Girl / Circle of Sisterhood / Cottey College

I had no intention of writing a post today. However, I knew this morning, while sipping coffee and skimming social media, that I needed to write a post. After walking the dogs and having thoughts spin around in my head, … Continue reading

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A Total Eclipse in the Heartland, About 150 Years Apart

I often remark that I live in the exact center of nowhere. Apparently, I am in error. Carbondale, Illinois, is finally on the map and the hubbub of the upcoming total solar eclipse is at a crescendo. Carbondale is the spot … Continue reading

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Beta, Pi Phi, and P.E.O.

My life has been lived east of the Mississippi, the last half of it just miles from the river. When we first moved to Illinois, it was odd to tell people that we were five hours from Chicago, the only … Continue reading

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A P.E.O. Founder, Kansas State Convention, and a Sigma Chi

My daughter became a P.E.O. during her senior college of college. She was initiated as a member of my chapter. She’d attend a meeting once a year, usually the holiday auction where her salted caramel sauce is a highly prized … Continue reading

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P.E.O.’s Connection to Abraham Lincoln

Bess Truman is the only First Lady who was a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. Her husband, President Harry Truman was considered a B.I.L. (brothers-in-law), the name given to the spouses and significant others of P.E.O. members. However, the organization has a … Continue reading

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A Special 150th Arrow and a Found P.E.O. Connection

In case you have not heard, my arrow wearing sisters are celebrating a very big anniversary on Friday. This issue of The Arrow was sent to all members with a mailable address. Congratulations to Editor Constance Dillon Gibbs, an alumna of … Continue reading

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On Its Founding Day, Alpha Xi Delta and Its Connection to the P.E.O. Sisterhood

Alpha Xi Delta was founded at Lombard College in Galesburg, Illinois on April 17, 1893. Its founders are Cora Bollinger (Block), Alice Bartlett (Bruner), Bertha Cook (Evans), Harriett Luella McCollum (Gossow), Lucy W. Gilmer, Lewie Strong (Taylor), Almira Lowry Cheney, Frances … Continue reading

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Knitting for the Navy League During World War I

For Women’s History Month 2017, I’ve tried to highlight the service of sorority women during World War I. For the women who could not go abroad, there were things to do here at home, as this picture illustrates. The headline … Continue reading

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Get By With a Little Help From My Friends…

My dog walking route includes a mimosa tree. At the end of fall, when the leaves were down, I noticed a branch which was no longer attached to the trunk of the tree, but it was held in place by … Continue reading

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The Knoxville Old Ladies’ Home and Its Connection to P.E.O.

As I was downloading photos from my phone I realized I has not written about the Illinois P.E.O. Home. Last fall, I learned the Knox County Historical Museum in Knoxville, Illinois had an exhibit about the home which one stood … Continue reading

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