The local chapter of the Spring Hill P.E.O took time the morning of July 4 to deliver cookies to first responders in Spring Hill. From firefighters to police officers dispatch, they covered them all.
Cristi Graham, local Spring Hill chapter President said, “We have much to be proud of as we continue to give the gift of membership and advance women’s education by donating to our educational projects and identifying potential recipients. Our chapter’s theme this year is Living and Giving the Gift of P.E.O. By honoring our First Responders we are also honoring the spirit of giving that is the heart our Sisterhood.”
The organizer for this year’s cookie brigade was once again Linda Harrison.
“This is our special way of thanking Spring Hill’s First Responders for all they do,” she said. “They work around the clock, often during holidays, birthdays and wedding anniversaries. It’s an important responsibility taking care of the citizens of Spring Hill and we don’t ever want them to be taken for granted. It’s a stressful job and our intent is to relieve their stress with cookies!”
According to the press release, P.E.O. is an international philanthropic organization that promotes educational opportunities for women. At almost 150 years old, today it is a contemporary organization where women celebrate the advancement of women; educate women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans, and the stewardship of Cottey College; and members motivate each other to achieve our highest aspirations.
P.E.O. came to Tennessee with the organization of Chapter A in Memphis in 1934. As of April 2017 the Volunteer State has 56 local P.E.O. chapters and over 2,279 active members. Spring Hill’s local chapter, BC, was organized in 2017 and will celebrate their 10th anniversary in October.