Margaret McKay, president of Chapter JH, Hannibal, served as a delegate.
The St. Charles Convention Center recently hosted the 124th Missouri State Chapter P.E.O. Convention with the theme "BEE the One to Grow with P.E.O." There were 1,021 registered delegates, past state presidents, state committee members, hostess group volunteers and visitors. Margaret McKay, president of Chapter JH, Hannibal, served as a delegate. In addition to attending all general business sessions, workshops, receptions, project displays and the Time of Remembrance, McKay participated in the Cottey Walk to raise funds for Cottey College and the State Membership Committee Phonathon.
P.E.O. is a philanthropic educational organization celebrating the advancement of women by providing educational opportunities through scholarships, grants, awards, loans and Cottey College. There are approximately 6,000 chapters in the United States and Canada with nearly 250,000 members.
Chapter JH supports the following six P.E.O. International Projects: Educational Loan Fund, a revolving loan fund at low interest; International Peace Scholarship, a program for graduate study for foreign women; Program for Continuing Education, grant assistance for women to resume educational studies; Scholar Awards, grants for women of the U.S. and Canada pursuing advanced degrees or advanced study and research; STAR Scholarship, scholarships for high school senior girls to attend college; and Cottey College, a four-year liberal arts college in Nevada, Missouri.
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 the aged and infirmed or the needy and infirmed. Chapter JH also donates to the GED program in Hannibal.
Other members representing Chapter JH at the convention were Cathy Riney, State Finance Committee, and Jeanne Thomas, State Membership Committee.