Several local PEO members were among the more than 260 delegates who attended the 108th annual convention of Kansas State Chapter of the PEO Sisterhood, held June 11-13 in Wichita.

The theme for the convention was “Wild, Wonderful Women Making a Difference.”

Presiding was Karla Jo Farmer, Kansas State Chapter president. She is a member of Chapter CA, Fort Scott.

Local members attending included Vicki Adame’, Barbara Bunting, Kay Ediger, Ginny Humphrey, Sue Ice, Susan Koehn, Sally Long, Donna McAnulty, Betty Lou Richert, Nancy Schlup, and Marge Warta, all from Chapter IA.

PEO is a philanthropic educational organization with local chapters in the United States and Canada whose mission is promoting educational opportunities for women.

Six philanthropies are sponsored by the international organization.

They include the PEO Educational Loan Fund, which makes loans to qualified women who wish to pursue a higher education; Cottey College, a fully accredited two-year liberal arts college for women in Nevada, Mo.; PEO International Peace Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships for international women students to pursue graduate study in the United States and Canada; PEO Program for Continuing Education, which provides need-based grants for women who need to resume their educational studies to support themselves and/or their families; and PEO Scholar Awards, which assist high school senior women who wish to pursue a post-secondary education.

In addition, the Kansas State Chapter sponsors two state projects.

They are Sunflower Grants, which provide one-time grants to any Kansas resident who needs financial assistance and may be unable to secure it from other sources, and Kansas Cottey College Scholarships for Kansas women who attend Cottey College.

Kansas PEO members in 265 chapters across the state gave more than $250,000 to state and international projects during 2009-2010.

The convention program included an address by Sue Baker, Warren, Ohio, recording secretary of the International Chapter, as well as a Golden Girl luncheon honoring 50-year members, election and installation of officers, exhibits and project reports.

Sue Harper Ice was celebrated as Newton’s “Golden Girl.” Sue was escorted by her two daughters, Nancy Ice Schlup and Laura Ice.