The Founders’ Day celebration for the Glendale Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) Reciprocity came off without a hitch. The 200-plus members and guests present should be proud. P.E.O., founded in 1869, is based on providing opportunities for women. “Our Star Spangled Sisterhood” was the patriotic luncheon theme, carried out through American flags and red, white and blue balloons. The Pickwick Gardens’ Terrace Room in Burbank was the setting on Saturday’s (Feb. 4) sunny afternoon.
President Christine Ruygrok and Vice President/Event Chairman Pamela Brett introduced the Founders’ Day committee, the program chairmen and 50- and 60-year members. Glendale resident Doris McKently of CJ Chapter was recognized for her lengthy membership of more than 50 years.
Honest Abe took it from there. Abraham Lincoln, played by the ever-genial J.P. Wammack, gave the keynote speech. He also played the harmonica and noted that Lincoln was the first president to play a harmonica. He led a sing-along to “Oh Susanna.” Proud aunt and loyal P.E.O. member Mary Margaret Smith provided the most enthusiastic applause.