It is a joy to bring greetings from Ch EM in Colorado Springs. I was honored to serve my 2nd year as chapter president during this 150th year of P.E.O. These sisters have left an imprint forever on my heart.
Our program theme for this sesquicentennial year was “Then and Now”. Three of our sisters presented programs about their personal stories and life in P.E.O. over the years. They all brought us through emotions of tears and laughter. One sister took us through the fabulous history of the actual Chapter House building and grounds here in Colorado Springs. The stories and photographs were amazing. A sister whose father was an integral part as the Air Force Academy as it came to Colorado Springs presented its journey through the years. Our vice president gave a fun program on the ABC’s of P.E.O. etiquette. We also had a wonderful presentation of the International Convention in Des Moines by Susan Carzoo. One of our goals this past year was to sit by a sister you did not know very well during the meetings, and we instituted a practice that every sister was greeted at the door for meetings and socials. I feel our chapter at all times shows a loving concern for each sister. Our quarterly newsletter continues to be filled to the brim with information, bios, event pictures, and “where is the Record” photos.
Ch EM once again had a successful year of fundraising. We raised over $4,000 for our projects. The Broadmoor Hotel Weekend, peach sales, and the BIL Christmas Party continue to be our main fundraisers. Ch EM also feels committed to helping the women of domestic violence in our community. We collect in kind donations for the Dream Centers of Colorado Springs. Our socials were all a great success filled with fun and fellowship. The diversity of our sister’s interests came through as we attended a self-defense class, cooking class, breakfast at Denver Biscuit Company, tour of the Chapter House grounds, a walk & talk through the bent trees in Black Forest, tea with 2 of our sisters that live at McKenzie Place, BIL Christmas party and summer bunco, and brunch at the Broadmoor. We also organized a “150th Celebration Tea” that included 5 other chapters here in Colorado Springs. This was attended by 50 sisters on August 24th. The tables full of P.E.O. memorabilia and history dated back to the early 1900s.
This year our average business meeting attendance was 18-20 sisters. We were thrilled to initiate four new sisters,
Linda Rains, Pam Chaffin, JoAnn Knechtel, and Sherri Anderson. We look forward to these women joining in our commitment to helping women reach for the stars. Ch EM was responsible for the program at our Founder’s Day this February. The committee followed State Convention and presented four project success stories. Each woman was amazing. Ch EM continues to offer our year book digitally and well as in print.
Thank you, sisters of Ch EM, for helping me to grow and learn in P.E.O., know you as loving sisters, and learn about myself.
Cassie Nelson Lawless
Chaptr EM – Colorado Springs