P.E.O’s 150th anniversary observed at Founders’ Day Luncheon


Six local chapters of the Philanthropic and Educational Organization for Women (PEO) gathered Saturday, Jan. 26 at First Presbyterian Church for their Founders’ Day Luncheon, celebrating the 150th anniversary of P.E.O.

Chapter AU hosted the luncheon, catered by Connie Jones and the members of Chapter BG. Reciprocity President Kathy Guin (Chapter AU) presided and Rosie Finical (Chapter AU) gave the invocation. Louisiana State Organizer Arleen Mayeux (Chapter AU) addressed the group and each chapter president introduced her chapter’s members. The Founder’s Day program was presented by Chapter BG under the direction of Vicki Parrish. Table decorations and nametags were provided by Chapter I.

Founded in 1869, P.E.O. is a U.S.-based international women’s organization of about 230,000 members with a primary focus on providing educational opportunities for female students worldwide. Among other projects, it owns and supports Cottey College, an independent college for women in Nevada, Mo.

P.E.O. has given over $321 million dollars in financial assistance to more than 105,000 women. There are currently six chapters in Natchitoches. For more information, contact Mayeux, at arleendm@bellsouth.net, Bette Maroney at bettemaroney@gmail.com or visit www.peointernational.org.