Two Wilton chapters of Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.), an organization that promotes the advancement and education of women, are celebrating two very good examples of their organizations mission. They recently announced the naming of a Wilton resident as the president of P.E.O.’s CT State Convention as well as selecting the recipient of their Star Scholarship.

Chapter W’s long time member and Wilton resident, Mary Jane “Mj” Fitzgibbon will be installed as the president at P.E.O.’s State Convention in Cromwell, CT on May 14. Fitzgibbon has spent the past four years on the executive board serving in all positions leading up to president. She will be representing the 33 chapters in the state.

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Mary Jane Fitzgibbon

“It is a true honor to receive this designation and Ch. W’s members are extremely proud of Mj’s dedication and devotion to the sisterhood,” said the president of Chapter W, Mimi Houska.

Chapter AL in Wilton has announced Wilton High School senior, Jessica Kobsa, has been selected as a Star Scholarship winner. This is the organization’s newest scholarship created in 2009 to provide for exceptional high school senior women in the United States and Canada to attend an accredited post-secondary educational institution in the next academic year.

“We are honored to be awarding Jessica this highly competitive and prestigious scholarship. She is an outstanding student and community volunteer with high aspirations going into her college career,” said Carol Kaelin, the president of  Chapter AL.

P.E.O. is a philanthropic organization where women celebrate the advancement of women; educate women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans and stewardship of Cottey College; and motivate women to achieve their highest aspirations. “We are women helping women reach for the stars,” explains Houska.

The P.E.O. Sisterhood, founded in 1869 at Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant, Iowa, brings women increased opportunities for higher education. There are approximately 6,000 local chapters in the U.S. and Canada with nearly a quarter of a million active members. The educational and philanthropic purposes of P.E.O. are accomplished through international, state and local projects. Local P.E.O. chapter fundraisers are the primary means of supporting these projects.

Two local businesses are supporting the Wilton P.E.O. chapters’ efforts this spring, by holding shopping events and contributing proceeds of sales to the local chapters. Earlier this week, Signature Style held a shopping event and the organization has scheduled another event at Open House all day Thursday, May 19. Refreshments will be served, and when shoppers identify their support of Wilton P.E.O. chapters, a percentage of the proceeds for their purchases will be included in the fundraiser. P.E.O. members will also be present from 5-7:30 p.m. to answer questions and meet anyone interested in learning more about the organization.