P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) was founded at Iowa Wesleyan College in 1869 by seven young friends who believed in the importance of women’s education. P.E.O. is dedicated to continuing and promoting their vision of fellowship and philanthropy. The organization now has close to 6000 chapters throughout North America and over 240,000 members.
From it’s inception P.E.O. has taken an active role in promoting educational opportunities for women. To date more than $264 million has been awarded to over 96,000 women from our organization's six educational grants, loans, awards, and stewardship of Cottey College. P.E.O. has awarded Educational Loan Fund (ELF) dollars totaling more than $143.6 million, International Peace Scholarships (IPS) are more than $29 million, Program for Continuing Education (PCE) grants are more than $43 million, P.E.O. Scholar Awards (PSA) are more than $16 million and P.E.O. STAR Scholarships (STAR) are more than $2.6 million. In addition, 8,500 women have graduated from Cottey College.
The official P.E.O. flower is the Marguerite; It's daisy-like blossoms form in a group, representing the team nature of our organization.
This Marguerite was found growing in the gardens of the Thompson Rivers University campus in Kamloops, BC during the 2013 BC Provincial convention
P.E.O. IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
P.E.O. became an International organization on August 28, 1911 with the formation of Chapter A, in Vancouver, British Columbia. There are now 34 chapters in British Columbia with over 700 members located in the following areas:
|Lower Mainland||Sunshine Coast||Fraser Valley|
The official 'flower' of British Columbia is the Pacific dogwood. The showy, white flowers (bracts) are actually four to six modified leaves that surround a cluster of 30 to 40 small, green flowers. When these bracts first open on different trees they may be peach, pale green, mauve, pink or even red before maturing to white.
The shade-loving Pacific dogwood tree grows best on deep, coarse, well-drained soils, often underneath Douglas-fir, grand fir, and western hemlock. The fruit is part of the diet of pigeons, quail, grosbeaks, hermit thrushes, and waxwings. Bears and beavers enjoy the fruit and foliage, and deer eat the twigs but generally they are not a major food source due to their high concentration of tannins and, therefore, bitter taste. The bark contains quinine and was occasionally used as a treatment for malaria.