Membership Moment

How Does Your Chapter Imagine, Create and Inspire? 

Each year our chapter uses the President’s theme to guide our planning for programs.  Here are some ways 2 chapters used Carol’s theme!

Chapter DF, Toledo was “Inspired by Others” and had a guest speaker Tieranny Keahna present her work on Native American History.

In October our theme was “Inspiring Healthy Beginnings.”  We had a presentation by Penny Tyynismaa on “The Nest.” The Nest is our county’s Stork’s Nest, a program for young mothers.  Our chapter donated supplies for their program.

In December our theme was, “Creating Christmas Magic.”  We had our annual cookie exchange.  Each member brings 2 dozen cookies and a container to take some home!  We also make plates for our homebound members.

In June we will be “Inspired by our Leaders” when we meet to hear our state convention report.

In July we will be “Imagining Our Future” as we plan our next year for P.E.O. and set goals for our chapter.

Chapter FT, Postville was inspired by 1 of our members in March who with her husband went to El Salvador under the organization ‘Tools for Opportunity’.  She helped teach sewing skills to a class of 20 women & her husband helped teach woodworking to the men.  At the end of the classes the women were given a sewing machine, cloth, scissors, an iron, thread, etc. to continue using their skills.

In April we had 2 meetings to inform.  1 was a Jewish woman who spoke about Jewish family life & answered any questions we had about their culture.

The other presenter was the editor of our local newspaper who talked about all the organizations she has worked with in the world, 1 being ‘Open World Cause’ which provides humanitarian aid.  She was teaching, listening, educating & also evaluating educational systems in different countries.   Some of the countries she worked in with these different organizations & students she brought along were Sudan, Kenya, Nepal, India, & the Middle East  to name a few.  She was definitely making a difference & inspiring us all that night!!

Perhaps you were inspired to try a new program or sisterhood activity. We can’t wait to hear about your exciting year at the Iowa P.E.O. State Convention, June 4th!