Chapter CE P. E. O. held its monthly meeting at the St. John Lutheran Church, Vandalia, Tuesday evening, April 21 with Dotty Cahill and Anne Barnes as hostesses.
Refreshments of strawberry filled angel food cake and beverages were served from a table covered in a spring green cloth with a white lace overlay and accented with pots of white petunias.
President Cindy Pirch conducted the business portion of the meeting. The 2015-2016 program books, chaired by Muriel Beshears and published by Joy Davis, were distributed to the 23 members present.
A new member, Susan Wilburn, was welcomed into the chapter.
Outreach Project Chairman Jean Barnes gave an interesting report on the ways the Sisterhood assists those in need with help for dental work, eye glasses, etc. She urged the membership to contact her if they knew of someone who could use the assistance.
Jean Trower reported from the auditing committee that the 2014 treasurer’s books had been found in good standing.
A letter of congratulations was read from the state P. E. O. board congratulating Chapter CE on the celebration of Chapter CE’s 100th anniversary as a chapter. Correspondence was also read from Chapter DA Bowling Green thanking CE for the invitation to the anniversary celebration, stating how much they were looking forward to coming.
Chapter CE will be honored, along with 14 other chapters, at the State P. E. O. Convention held in Cape Girardeau on Saturday, June 6. Loralee Adam reported on the chartered bus plans for Chapter CE to take 26 of its members to this event. Members will wear the marguerite aprons with black slacks and white shirts that they fashioned for this state meeting.
Ladies of the Vandalia and surrounding communities have been invited to Chapter CE’s celebration of the 100th anniversary with a tea on Sunday, May 3 at 2 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church. The ninety minute program will feature a short power point of the history of the chapter presented by Ruth Nation. Loralee Adam will conclude the afternoon tea with a presentation on a Victorian tea. Muriel Beshears is chairman of the tea celebration, and Michelle Talbert and Janie Zimmer will display and announce the winning bids for five needlepoint items commemorating Chapter CE’s 100 years. A quilt made by Jean McConnell, two framed marguerite cross-stitch works by Joy Davis, a pillow fashioned by Joy Davis and Jean McConnell, and a framed cross stitched work done by Ann Carter will have silent bids with the proceeds benefitting chapter projects and the 100th anniversary celebration. Anyone desiring more information is invited to contact Muriel Beshears at 594-3308.
The next business meeting of Chapter CE will be June 2 at 7 p.m. at Vandalia First Presbyterian Church with hostesses Ann Carter and Ruth Nation. The program will be Musical Selections from 1915 presented by Ruth Calcaterra and Ruth Nation.