Tuesday, June 12, 2007


A few of my Girl's Night Out friends and some of my female family members belong to an secret society called PEO. You ask them what PEO stands for and they cannot tell you! For years they tell of their meetings and some of the things they accomplish at their meetings, and you would be amazed what they come up with...everything from making scrapbook collections to sending underprivledged kids to foreign countries to learn about new cultures and religions. They talk about their accomplishments with passion and purpose and their enthusiasm makes you want to belong to this secret club. Once, I felt I was very close to being invited to join the folds of this secret club, but eluded that I didn't have very much time on my plate, and the invitation was never mentioned again. Something like another biblical story I am reminded of where the farmer loses out on life because he is too busy to attend a celebration because he has married a wife and bought a cow. Recently I had a revelation-the do good club was not a SECRET, it was just like every philanthropic organization in that you can start going and doing at ANY time of your life-whenever you figure out that giving is more divine than receiving. YOU are the recipient when you give. Didn't God give us that knowledge? "To give is more blessed than to receive"-I think there is an old biblical passage that says so (sorry, I cannot always remember scripture at this hour of the nite). Now with this recent diagnosis I am a recipient of showers of presents and giving. To this end I can attest. This is hard for me-being on the receiving end- as I have learned the old lesson many times. So PEO means Philanthropic, Educational Organization-giving, giving, giving-or a great Girls nite out group social-People Eating Out (as I was once told when I asked the meaning of PEO), but whatever-it is a woman's organization that meets regularly to better the world-they are always doing great things. So join one today-there are lots of clubs out there, Rotary, Lions Club, Church-Or start a new one yourself- and spread the good deeds. Pay it forward...


Shmer said...

You have proven you dont need a group to do your charity. You have been there, done that (NCL)--- and you have had time. Everyday you probably do your bit for charity and dont even realize. Like last night-- when you took over papers to a listing to cancel the listing for a couple who was going through their own health battles-- and along with the papers brought fresh home-made cookies, and oil from egypt to rub onto the hands of the man whos fingers were all tensed up--you can see in peoples eyes that you have made a difference....you put him to sleep, he was so relaxed! haha, not many people would be so giving like you are, mom. And that is just ONE example...

Daniel said...

Hi Kerry,

Just a little note, to say thanks for helping me remain positive over the last couple of days since my little accident, just being around you and hearing your progres makes me understand how much impact 'positivity' can have over your mind and the minds of others. Attitude is the only medicine that can't be prescibed but the most effective no matter what the condition. I am now officially one of the many who's lives you've manage to inspire.
The personal trainer has been sidelined for a few games , but will be back up to play on. stay tuned........Miss you all

Debra said...

What your dear shmer said!!! You are the giving-est person I know!

I found this quote in my mailbox today and thought it blended perfectly with your post:

"Of all those people who went before to prepare the way for us, most of those people will not ask us to pay them back. But what they do ask of us is to pay it forward -– that we make this world a better place for those who come after us in just the way that they made this a better place for us." --Naomi Tutu

cosmo said...

I agree that you can certainly give without joining an organization. However, comparing a secret society (PEO) with a civic club is like comparing a firecracker to an atomic bomb.

The actual meaning of PEO is Protect Each Other (Thanks Wikipedia!)

tbreneman said...

The meaning of PEO is very precious to its members. We care very deeply about its mission and meaning. Please do not believe everything you read (especially on Wikipedia!!) I was a little upset that when I Googled PEO, the above comment was tagged. It only fuels speculation about an organization that does everything it can to reach out and help people. Please respect our organization and help us keep the meaning special to those who have cherished it for decades and generations.

Nann said...

P.E.O. has promoted educational opportunities for women since
1869. People respond differently to working in and with organizations, whether fraternal, civic, or religious. Some like the framework, others aren't comfortable with it. I like knowing that my contributions are part of a collective effort and I appreciate the heritage. BTW, P.E.O. has never been a secret organization--its existence has been known--it's an organization with a secret. www.peointernational.org provides more information about our projects.

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