Chapter ML, Waverly

Emily McClimon, ML, Waverly, Iowa, initiated and continues to chair a fundraising project, Flags for US, that provides a U.S. flag on five patriotic holidays a year to local residents who purchase an annual subscription. Now in its fourth year, the project has grown to more than 250 subscriptions. Through Emily’s guidance, Flags for US, along with other chapter fundraisers, have enabled Chapter ML to increase scholarship giving almost tenfold, from $980 a year to more than $9,000 last year. During her six years in P.E.O., Emily has given birth to two daughters and worked as a librarian at the Waverly Public Library. She also completed her master’s degree in library science with help from a P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education grant and recently was promoted to head children’s services librarian. Emily was a scholarship athlete at the University of Iowa, where she was coxswain on the women’s crew team, and now helps lead the Cedar Valley Rowing Club. She was recognized in 2018 on the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier newspaper’s annual list of “20 Under 40.” Her commitment to P.E.O. and scholarships for women, along with her work in the community as a librarian and leader, exemplify her as rising star in our organization