Huron to host 94th annual P.E.O. state convention

The 94th annual convention of the South Dakota P.E.O. Sisterhood will be held June 9 through June 11 at the Crossroads Hotel and Huron Event Center in Huron. The event is hosted by nine local chapters: D, F, R. S, AK, AN, BE, CH and CM.

The event will host hundreds of South Dakota women philanthropists. P.E.O. is a philanthropic organization through which women celebrate the education and advancement of women worldwide. The group creates and supports scholarships, grants, awards and loans for women of all ages. This is all in addition to its stewardship and support of Cottey College, a two-year independent, residential, liberal arts and sciences college for women located in Nevada, MO.

The 2011 convention co-chairwomen are Marilyn Hoyt (Chapter F, Huron) and Rosie Harrington (Chapter CM, Huron). State officers for this 4,000-plus women's organization are Lisa Rasmussen (Chapter CT, Sioux Falls), president; Judith Jencks (Chapter AX, Aberdeen), first vice president; Carol Flynn (Chapter CF, Sioux Falls), second vice president; Catherine Stromberg (Chapter CP, Madison), organizer; Tristin Gruenhagen (Chapter R, DeSmet), treasurer; and Lori O'Keefe (Chapter BK, Mitchell), secretary. International Representative Barbara Hoffman of Iowa will attend. Hoffman is chairwoman of the International Peace Scholarship and past provincial president of Ontario, Quebec.

Members of Honor at Convention will be Sue Gates, South Dakota, International Nominating Committee and past state president; and Barb Legge, South Dakota, International Foundation Board of Trustees and past state president.

The P.E.O. Sisterhood was founded on Jan. 21, 1869, at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Today it is an international organization that supports 5,959 local chapters in the United States and Canada with 246, 585 members who annually support student loans and educational support projects for women totaling more than $70 million dollars.

For more information on this year's convention, contact Hoyt by emailing or calling 605-352-6073 or Harrington at

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