Members attending PEO Chapter GA’s 75th birthday celebration included, front row from left, Nan Woodside, Diane Manikowski, Bonnie Barklow, Diane Olds. Row two, Cynthia Woessner, Eileen Guffey, Michelle Boyer, Carol Frey, Mary Jean Emery, Sarah Wheeler. Row three, Sandy Cornelius, Barb Brierton, Arlene Bicklhaupt, Karen McCarty, Amanda Honchell, Deb Kaczmarski, Trish Joyce. Back, Deb Gallentine, Wendy Major, Karen Greene, Barb Sparboe, Kristi DeMoss, Evelyn Colehour. In back is the Carroll County mural painted in the 1980s by Mount Carroll artist and GA charter member Armella Kneale.

Members of Chapter GA-PEO Sisterhood of Mount Carroll recently celebrated their 75th birthday with a special night at the Bridgewater Inn.

Chapter GA first organized in April 1944 during the time of World War II, in the same place, the former Glenview Hotel in downtown Mount Carroll, where charter members held their very first meeting.

“This connection and the beautiful Carroll County mural now hanging in the Bridgewater Inn lobby, painted by Armella Kneale, a charter member of GA, set the stage for a very special night to remember,” PEO members said.

A night of sharing the chapter's rich history and fond memories, made special by the attendance of Illinois State President Deb Moore of Roseville completed an extra special evening.

Special thanks were expressed to Brian and Maria Krull, owners of the Bridgewater Inn, who have captured the period charm of one of Mount Carroll's landmark buildings, for their exceptional hosting and assistance in re-creating a very special event for the members of Chapter GA.

The Mount Carroll Chapter celebrates along with PEO International, also celebrating 150 years. The PEO Sisterhood was founded in 1869 at Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant, Iowa. PEO supports women needing assistance through educational opportunities, including loans and scholarships. Illinois Cottey College is supported by Illinois chapters as well.