PEO ~ Philanthropic Educational Organization

Retirement has given me more time to make new friends and find ways to give back to the community. I was asked to join a wonderful organization called P.E.O. Since joining I’ve made several wonderful friends. The whole point of the group is to raise money to support women’s education. Here’s the official description:

“P.E.O. is a philanthropic organization for women. Founded in 1869 as a small friendship society, P.E.O. quickly grew into a diverse, widespread sisterhood with one mission: promote educational and personal growth opportunities for women.”

“Today, P.E.O. is a source of friendship and support for over a quarter million chapter members throughout the United States and Canada. Our sisterhood proudly offers educational opportunities with six philanthropies, ownership of a women’s college, and five programs that provide educational assistance.” (www.PEOcaliforniastate.org)

In February our chapter met and made Valentine cards for sisters who are older or ill and can’t make meetings. It is a nice way to keep in touch with them and a fun time of crafting for us. I don’t know many of the gals we made cards for, but it gave me the chance to make greeting cards. And I am all over that! I brought lots of craft paper, stamps, ribbons, and “stuff”  to the meeting. Two other gals brought stamps too, so we had a plethora of materials to get our creative ideas flowing!

I feel very blessed to have met these women and look forward to many activities together. Any of you belong to P.E.O?

PEO Mardi Gras Bunco

Fundraising for our PEO Chapter! It’s springtime and we are ready to party-Bunco style. Our theme was Mardi Gras and there were beads flowing, dice rolling, shouts of “bunco”, and raffle tickets sold for

opportunity baskets. All  of this fun went to support women who need a loan or scholarship to start their education or continue it.

Bunco is a dice game where absolutely no skill is involved. You roll three dice at the same time and hope a predesignated number come up. If you are lucky enough to roll three of a kind you win a bunco or baby bunco. Of course, there are other rules, but it’s a fairly simple game. And because it is so simple, there is lots of laughing and shouting going on as players roll the dice .

For refreshments we had yummy cake pops decorated in Mardi Gras colors. Yes, I made them for the cause. Someone else made a King Cake and a decadent bread pudding with hot rum sauce!

In order to raise money for our philanthropy, we designed baskets full of all sorts

Ready to play a three minute round.

of goodies. Each basket had a value of approximately $50. Tickets were drawn and 10 lucky winners went home with baskets. We made a great little profit and proceeds were sent to support scholarships.