Chapter CE P.E.O. met at the home of Loralee Adam Tuesday, November 19 at 6 p.m.
Seventeen members enjoyed several courses of fondue.
With help from Loralee’s co-hostesses, Carla Burnett, Sheila Ennis, Ann Carter, and Ruth Calcaterra.
Cheese fondue was served with French bread and fresh vegetables of mushrooms and red, yellow, and green pepper slices for the first course.
Cheese fondue pots were exchanged for the second course of sirloin tidbits and shrimp.
Three sauces accompanied the meats.
A dessert bar of caramel fondue and chocolate fondue was dipped with choices of strawberries, pretzel sticks, pumpkin marshmallows, minced pecans, pineapple squares and apple slices.
Loralee explained fondue was a French word meaning melted that originated in Switzerland and France in the 1700’s.
The Swiss needed a means to eat their hardened bread in winter so they dipped their bread in melted cheese.
French workers dipped their lunch in hot oil in the fields while they worked in the vineyards.
Chocolate fondue is an American tradition dating to 1964 when a chef in New York City found dieters were not eating his desserts so he made smaller portions and had his diners dip the bite size pieces in chocolate.
After the dining portion of the meeting, Sharon Lewton, President, presided at the business meeting.
Members present for the Van-Far “Blessings in a Bag” program collected $200. Anne Barnes reported on the Sisterhood’s project of the International Peace Scholarship started in 1947.
Scholarships of $3,000-$10,000 may be awarded to female foreign students in countries other than the United States and Canada.
Recipients use the grant to study in the United States and must promise to return to their country to use that education.
It was decided the $750 profit from the October garage sale would be given to the seven international P.E.O. projects with $100 given to each, and Cottey College to receive the excess.
It was announced the P.E.O. Book Study group would meet Tuesday, December 10 at 7 p.m. at the home of Helen Thompson to discuss the non-fiction book “The Necklace.”
The next meeting of Chapter CE will be Tuesday, December 3. Members will meet at Tri-County Nursing Home at 5 p.m. to Christmas carol and then enjoy a light supper at the Vandalia bowling alley with dessert at Janie Zimmer’s.
Muriel Beshears will have a Christmas reading to conclude the evening meeting.
Members may still make a contribution to the Van-Far “Blessings in a Bag” program in lieu of a Christmas gift exchange.