FALLBROOK – The Santa Margarita Reciprocity of P.E.O. recently had its spring social and installation of the new board members for 2017-2018. Many members of the five local chapters of Fallbrook attended as well as the president of the Palomar Coast Reciprocity and two representatives from Chapter FE of Temecula.
The event was held April 23 at the Golf Club of California and the theme was patriotic. The audience was treated to an entertaining performance by Gay Storm who portrayed “Lady Liberty – the Lady Speaks”.
Storm’s portrayal was based on everything anyone wants to know about the Statue of Liberty but were afraid to ask. It was informative, funny, and yet quite serious. Storm reminded us that she, the “Lady”, has always been a symbol of welcome for immigrants coming to this country for a better life since the late 1800’s. This certainly is a timely topic. Her program was a moving and thought provoking experience.
The new Santa Margarita Board Officers (SMRB) for 2017-2018 are co-presidents Connie Tognoli and Sheila Risser (UH); vice president Judy Gillespie (WK); recording secretary Arlene Eyerman; treasurer Lisa Warbrick (WM); and historian/philanthropy Barbara Hartloff.
Other members include all the presidents of the five local chapters, Mary Mack (fundraising), and Genie Summers (past president 2016-2017). The next social meeting for all SMRB members is scheduled for Sept. 16, at SonRise Christian Fellowship. The plan for this day is a Town Hall meeting where new and creative ideas will be explored and acted upon to further the organization’s goals.
P.E.O. is a philanthropic educational organization that has been in existence for 150 years. Its main goal is to help women realize their educational dreams and to serve their communities in a positive manner because of its aid. They have provided financial aid for many women and are happy to have been able to do this.
They have a small college (Cottey College) in Nevada, Mo., and several Fallbrook girls have attended and graduated from this fine institution. All of these accomplishments make the ladies very proud of their organization.