PEO Chapter EN was organized in Pender in 1938. The twelve charter members were Pauline Moseman, Marcella James, Frances Boughn Meyer, Nellie Fuhrman, Genevieve Owens Beerman, Mae Bensen, Nellie Craven, Edna Mittelstadt, Hattie Mutz, Mary Surber, Anna Biles and Dora Carlberg.
P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization), one of the pioneer societies for women, was founded on January 21, 1869, by seven students at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Originally a small campus friendship society, P.E.O. soon blossomed to include women off campus. Today, P.E.O. has grown from that tiny membership of seven to almost a quarter of a million members in chapters in the United States and Canada. The P.E.O. Sisterhood is passionate about its mission: promoting educational opportunities for women. Our sisterhood proudly makes a difference in women’s lives with six philanthropies that include ownership of a two-year women’s college, Cottey College, and five programs that provide higher educational assistance: P.E.O. Educational Loan Fund, P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund, P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education, P.E.O. Scholar Awards and P.E.O. STAR Scholarship. P.E.O. is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa.
Currently PEO Chapter EN has thirty-nine members and 9 non-resident members. They include: Mary Biles, Gail Brondum, Rita Brehmer, Mary Bruns, Connie Bruns, Bonnie Busch, Debbie Christiansen, Fran Connealy, Connie Felber, Jeannie Gaer, Joan Hansen, Carol Hilker, Jean Karlen, Shauna Kinning, Janet Kruse, Sydney Kruse, Emma Kubik, Linnea Kubik, CoraLynn Malmberg, Mylet McGath, Janyce McQuistan, Sandra Miller, Lori Minert, Dee Moeller, Georgia Munderloh, Linda Nitzschke, Bev Novak, Margaret Olson, Betty Puckett, Patricia Samuelson, Pat Sharp, Claudia Simonsen, Linda Simonsen, Robin Spoeneman, Susan Strahm, Debra Welsh, Maureen Wenke, Nancy Wichman, Patty Witte, Amy Cogswell, Patricia Dinklage, Tanya Jelsma, Kris Levine, Shanna Simonsen, Abbey Strahm, Heidi Thummel, Peggy Welsh and Nicole Wenke-Given.