Bowling Green, Missouri’s P.E.O. Chapter DA is celebrating its 100 year anniversary. The chapter was organized on May 13, 1918 by Chapter CE, Vandalia. There were 11 charter members in Chapter DA. Those women were: Mary V. Hostetter, Margaret Campbell, Annie Porter, Medora Purnell, Zelda Porter, Emma McCune, Ella McCune, Blanche Jones, Esther Hawkins, Effie Wilcoxen, and Edna Campbell.
The P.E.O. Sisterhood is a philanthropic educational organization, founded in 1869, where women celebrate the advancement of women; bring women increased opportunities for higher education through scholarships, grants, awards, and loans; maintain stewardship of Cottey College in Nevada, Mo.; and motivate each other to achieve their highest aspirations. There are approximately 6,000 chapters in the United States and Canada with more than 250,000 members.
After 100 years, Chapter DA, in Bowling Green, remains a very active group consisting of 35 enthusiastic, kind, inspirational, unique, and caring women. The chapter has chosen “A Century of Women Supporting Women” as its’ theme for the 2018-2019 year.
Scheduled programs consist of learning about a century of the chapter’s history, the P.E.O. projects, after school YMCA programs, family fun experiences, novels, women’s progress, and Christmas traditions. Additionally, Chapter DA will be celebrating 100 years by participating in “100” giving projects during the year. These projects consist of collecting 100 washable markers and pencils for The Learning Center and Head Start, placing 100 Facebook posts about good things happening in our community, collecting 100 disinfectant wipes and diapers for Home Health, collecting 100 food items for school food boxes, writing 100 thank you notes to those who serve others, and sending 100 valentines to shut-ins.