The 82nd Convention of Texas State Chapter of the Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) Sisterhood will be held May 3 through 5 in Tyler.

P.E.O. is an organization that focuses on advancing women in academics and leadership through scholarships, grants, awards and loans.

More than $120 million in financial assistance has been awarded to more than 85,000 recipients within eight projects, according to the written release.

P.E.O. was founded in 1869 by seven college students and has grown to almost 250,000 members in the United States and Canada.

More than 900 women representing 247 chapters in Texas will gather in Tyler, including the president of the international chapter, Susan Sellers.

Other highlights will be a Saturday luncheon that will honor recent P.E.O. project recipients and a Saturday evening dinner where attendees will be entertained by the Apache Belles Elite and guest speaker Steve Ruel, husband of Barb Ruel, president of the Texas state chapter.

Presiding over this convention is Mrs. Ruel, of Southlake; Barbara Schlueter, vice president, of Odessa; Susan Penrod, of San Antonio; Barbie Earthman, of New Braunfels; and Karen Brooks, of Spring.

Hostess chapters for this year's convention are from the following Northeast Texas communities: Commerce, Daingerfield, Emory, Longview, Lufkin, Mineola, Paris, Sulphur Springs, Texarkana, Tyler and Waco.


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