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Chapter CE P.E.O. celebrates 100 years

Posted on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 9:07 am

MTG-MIN---CEOTwenty members of Chapter CE P. E. O. Vandalia enjoyed a chartered bus trip to Cape Girardeau, Mo., on Saturday, June 6, to attend the Missouri State P.E.O. Convention. Guest, Jane Heim, Chapter EC Wellsville, accompanied the group. Loralee Adam, chairman of the chartered day, provided banana nut muffins on the coach.
During the morning travel, Michelle Talbert and assisted by Felicity Goodpasture, led several games that all enjoyed. Those receiving prizes of either embroidered Chapter CE Bags or Founders’ Bookmarks were the following:  Sharon Lewton, Jean Trover, Felicity Goodpasture-Culwell, Debbie Ray, Jody Bauman, Carla Burnett, Beth Motley, Ruth Calcattera, Ruth Nation, Loralee Adam. Ann Kohl and Beth Motley judged the golden star crowns fashioned by the travelers.
Upon arrival at the Osage Convention Center in Cape Girardeau, the President and delegate to state convention of Chapter CE, Cindy Pirch, welcomed chapter members.
Wearing the 100th anniversary marguerite aprons that had been fashioned by members, CE was recognized at the noon honors’ luncheon for its 100th anniversary.  During the recognition, member Janie Zimmer let CE in a welcome chant.  The group received compliments and posed for many photographs in their apron attire and attended the afternoon business session.  The late afternoon concluded with travel to Kimmswick, Mo. to enjoy the annual strawberry festival and dinner at The Blue Owl before returning home. The travelers recognized Loralee Adam, chairman, with a cookbook from The Blue Owl.
Those attending other than mentioned above were the following: Marcella Bauman, Muriel Beshears, Shirley Morris, Jan Albright, Sheila Ennis, and Ann Foreman.

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Chapter CE P. E. O., continuing its celebration of its 100th year anniversary, met at the Vandalia First Presbyterian Church Tuesday evening, June 2.
Ann Carter and Ruth Nation served refreshments of cake and assorted beverages after the musical program of songs from 1915. Ruth Nation accompanied Ruth Calcaterra at the piano.  She sang three selections with the last one being a group sing along.
Cindy Pirch, President, conducted the business portion of the meeting. Reports were given on the successful anniversary tea held May 3 at St. John Lutheran Church. Ladies of the community had been invited to attend the anniversary tea chaired by Muriel Beshears with assistance from Jean Trower, Loralee Adam, and chapter members. Beautifully decorated cupcakes, punch, marguerite mints, sandwiches, and tea had been served.
Recognition was given to Paige Dameron and Claire Motley, granddaughters of members Michelle Talbert and Muriel Beshears, for the decorated anniversary cupcakes. Ruth Nation had prepared a power point of the history of Chapter CE and the seven projects it supports. Recognition was given to 70-year member, Elenore Schewe. The tea concluded with a program on “A Victorian Tea” by Loralee Adam.
The corresponding secretary read congratulatory letters on CE’s 100th anniversary from Charlotte Clinton Vilce, Anchorage, Alaska; Chapter DA, Bowling Green; and acknowledgement was made of the lovely marguerite bouquet sent to Chapter CE from Chapter EC Wellsville to the anniversary tea.
Other business was a reminder of the chartered bus trip by 26 members to Cape Girardeau, Mo. on Saturday, June 6 to attend the Missouri State Chapter of
P.E.O. Convention-CE will be honored at the noon honors’ luncheon for its 100th anniversary as a chapter. Ann Foreman reminded members of the social trip to Arrow Rock to view the musical production South Pacific on Wednesday, June 24. The group will carpool and leave Vandalia at 9 a.m. from the parking lot across from The Vandalia Leader office.
Sharon Lewton gave a report on Cottey College, Nevada, Missouri.  P.E.O. owns the liberal arts college that was a gift from Alice Virginia Cottey in 1927.
Annual membership dues of $6 from 250,000 P.E.O. members support the college.
The next business meeting of Chapter CE P.E.O. will be held on Tuesday, July 7 at 7 p.m.  Co-hostesses are Shirley Morris, Elayne Gore, and Grace Wortman with the program on the History of Chapter CE by Ann Foreman; the report of state convention by Cindy Pirch; and The Educational Loan Fund report by Ruth Nation.