PEO hosts convention

The Hattiesburg and Meridian chapters of PEO, a philanthropic organization where women CELEBRATE the advancement of women, will host the 50th statewide convention April 21 and 22 at Hattiesburg’s Lake Terrace Convention Center.

Currently, there are 24 chapters in the state of Mississippi, with another one ready to organize in Tupelo. This year the state is home to 748 members. Internationally, there are nearly a quarter of a million members and more than 6,000 chapters.

 P.E.O. was founded on Jan.21, 1869, by seven students at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. This circle of kindred spirits – bonded by their enthusiasm for women's opportunities – eventually expanded to include women off campus, as well. Today, P.E.O. has grown from that tiny membership of seven to nearly a quarter of a million members in chapters throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Friendship is the cornerstone of P.E.O. – it is the legacy left by the Founders and it thrives in a unique sisterhood. P.E.O. exists to be a source of encouragement and support for women to realize their potential in whatever worthwhile endeavor they choose.

True to the mission of promoting educational opportunities for women, education continues to be the primary philanthropy of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. In fact, the P.E.O. Sisterhood proudly sponsors six international philanthropies, or projects, designed to assist women with their educational goals.