Charlotte, N.C., a city noted for its southern hospitality, hosted the 2017 PEO International Convention Sept. 28-Oct. 1. Traveling as a voting delegate for Colorado State Chapter was Claudia King from Chapter GT/Delta. Forty-five delegates from Colorado represented 244 local Colorado chapters. Currently, there are 243,296 PEO members in Canada and the United States.
Sharon Clark, president of Chapter GT, introduced King at a tea for some 30 women from Chapter GT/Delta and Chapter BK/Delta. The event was held at the Delta United Methodist Church on Oct. 5. Hostesses were Nancy Hunter, Nelda Barnes, Lucky Cox, Dorothy Dunfelder and Lynnette Reed.
King's main premise was that PEO provides education for women and PEO does it well! She then spoke about some of the scholarship recipients featured as speakers at the international convention, remarking that these outstanding women will become the leaders of the future.
International Peace Scholars must return to their country of origin to help their country. Scholar award 2017 recipient Katherine Rowan Arar, a displaced Jordanian refugee, will study for a doctorate in the United States. She plans to return to Jordan to help her people. Star scholarships support graduating high school girls with the goal of attending college. (Graduating high school girls in Delta County are eligible for this scholarship.)
The program of continuing education offers financial assistance for further education to women already working or joining the work force, while the educational loan foundation offers assistance for education through low interest loans. (This assistance is available for women in Delta County who meet stated criteria.)
King traveled to Chapter JJ/Rifle on Oct. 9 to speak about the international convention and will be speaking at Chapters IW and IP/Battlement Mesa and Chapter BA/Meeker in November.
Earlier this summer, both Chapter GT and BK sent members to the Colorado State Chapter PEO Convention at the Marriott Denver Tech Center, June 9-11. Chapter GT sponsored Nancy Dillon as its delegate, with Diane Thaemert representing Chapter GT as the alternate. Kathy Kolman and Crystal Dunivan were a part of the chorus at state convention. Rita Sussman was in charge of personal badges for the convention and also was alternate to the international convention.
Colorado State Convention delegate from Chapter BK was Sue Hicks; alternate was Tracey Klaver. Others from BK serving on state committees were Cheri Kent, page; Lana Kevan, yearbook check-in; Carol Phelps, minutes; and Kathy Hall, chorus.
The reason for so many attending from Chapter GT and BK was that Dottie Ruth from Grand Junction was state convention president.