NORTHEAST DISTRICT CHAPTER OF THE P.E.O. SISTERHOOD (NEDC)
The Northeast District Chapter (NEDC) is made up of four states; Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. It was the first district chapter organized in the P.E.O. Sisterhood. Convocation was held in Rockport, Maine on November 3, 1990, where Shirley Hall, Chapter I-Maine was elected as the first president of the Northeast District. Today, the “district” has grown to 40 chapters with over 1300 members. P.E.O. is an international organization with almost a quarter of a million members in over 6,000 chapters across the United States and Canada and is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. We are proud to be part of this international sisterhood that promotes the education and betterment of women worldwide through scholarship, grant, and loan programs.
In 1935, P.E.O. came to the Pine Tree State with the organization of Chapter A in Bangor on July 22nd. This was the first P.E.O. chapter to be organized in the four states that would eventually comprise the Northeast District Chapter (NEDC). Since then, Maine P.E.O. has grown to 11 chapters with over 400 members.
The first P.E.O. chapter organized in New Hampshire was Chapter A in Hanover. It was organized on May 13, 1963. From this original chapter grew more chapters. There are over 450 members in 16 chapters across the Granite State.
The Green Mountain State received the gift of P.E.O. when Chapter A in Burlington organized on February 26, 1942. P.E.O. membership in Vermont comes in at just under 175 members thriving in 6 chapters.
The Ocean State is the home of P.E.O. Chapter A in Providence which was organized on March 16, 1953. Rhode Island may be the smallest state, but it is strong in P.E.O. spirit with over 150 members spread among 6 chapters.