May 5, 2020
WOW, what an amazing five years this has been. Serving on this board with Nancy, Shirley, Becki, Lisa, Linda, Denise, Wendy and Cindy has been an extraordinary experience. We have had a wonderful time and I am so thankful to have served with them. They have blessed me beyond measure and I am forever grateful. While getting to know Elaine over the last few months, I am confident she will be a great asset to the new board.
P.E.O. is a sisterhood. It’s also a place you meet the best sisters and make the best of friends. It’s a place to use your personal gifts and talents and a place to grow and understand more about so many things. It’s a place to bring your grandmothers, mothers, daughters, granddaughters, sisters and friends and watch them flourish in their P.E.O. places. It’s a place that supports women in all areas of life and provides education for many women across the world.
In all the wonder and work of P.E.O., it is also a place to listen. A place to hear what others say and a place to realize everyone has worth and blessings to offer. During the last five years, I have learned more by listening than talking, received more blessings by listening to sisters’ life stories and sharing our joys, sorrows and everyday events. These are the things I will remember most when reflecting in times to come.
Alabama sisters, you are doing very well! Alabama State Chapter is strong and our future is bright! We initiated 46 members this year, received 7 reinstatements, and 28 out of state transfers. During this year two prospective chapters began working toward organization. Each local chapter has a uniqueness about it that complements all other chapters. Alabama has dedicated members serving at the local and state level who are extremely busy with careers, families, education, and other worthy activities, yet, they make time for P.E.O. meetings, fundraisers and social gatherings. May we always acknowledge our sisters for their contributions to P.E.O.
Our new state officers, Linda, Denise, Wendy, Cindy and Elaine are ready and more than willing to lead us toward 2021. They are hardworking women who love P.E.O. with a passion. They are moms, grandmothers, daughters, wives, sisters, friends, volunteers and employees.
My thanks and appreciation goes to each one of you, to Grace Anderson for nudging me serve on this board and to Carol Westbrook for nominating me as a board member. Thanks to my family for being a wonderful support system. My sister, Cecelia, two of my daughters, Erin and Emily, as well as many friends are now P.E.O.s through the organization of Chapter AN in August
2018. Thank you again to Denise Williams and Chapter U for sponsoring a new chapter and to Jenny Carothers and Grace Anderson for your support! Thank you to Nick and Shane for holding down the home front and taking care of my eight grandchildren during Chapter AN meetings and helping with chapter activities. You are appreciated.
In closing, I discovered these words spoken by Alice Bird Babb at the 1900 Supreme Convention during my organizer year and they struck me as so touching and relevant to today. My hope is that they bless you as much as they have blessed me.
“May nothing happen to check or prevent our marvelous growth. May we not be too wise in our own conceit, but modestly, enthusiastically and wisely, go on to help a world which does need so much… God bless us all, and envelop us with love toward each P.E.O. and toward each one with whom we associate.”
Thank you all for an amazing five years, even during the COVID-19 Pandemic of 2020.
Love and blessings to all.
Many thanks for everything the Alabama State Board did this past year!
Janice Alcorn, president; Linda Kottmeyer, Vice President, Denise Williams, Organizer;
Wendy James, Treasurer; Cindy Fry, Secretary
2020 Convention is Cancelled
Dear Alabama P.E.O. Sisters,
About 7:00 p.m. tonight, we received an email from Brenda Atchison, President of International Chapter, cancelling all State, District and Provincial Conventions for 2020. In part it says:
As we send this message, it is with loving concern for P.E.O. members, their families, and for the many P.E.O. communities across the continent that may already be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
We have made the very difficult decision to cancel all 2020 Conventions of State, Provincial and District Chapters.
We ask for your patience while the path forward is determined. We are so blessed to have our International Officers and Leadership Team guiding the way. Alabama State Board members send their love and prayers to each of you.
Love and blessings to all,
Alabama State Chapter
Alabama State Chapter
Apr 30, 2020 - May 2, 2020
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