Beth Ledbetter of Fall Branch was elected second vice president of the International Chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood at the organization’s recent biennial convention in St. Louis, Mo.
Ledbetter, a native of Jacksboro, Texas, lives in Fall Branch with her husband, Howard. Beginning her P.E.O. journey 30 years ago in Chapter FP in Chadron, Neb., Ledbetter became a charter member of newly organized Chapter AE, Johnson City. She served as general chairman of the Tennessee State Convention, president of the Tennessee State Chapter and chairman of the board of trustees for the P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education.
She graduated magna cum laude from East Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and opened her own real estate appraisal firm in Johnson City in 1985.
P.E.O., Philanthropic Educational Organization, was founded in 1869 at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. With executive offices now in Des Moines, P.E.O. has almost 250,000 members in nearly 6,000 local chapters in the United States and Canada. One of the oldest organizations for women, P.E.O.’s mission is to promote higher educational opportunities. To date, P.E.O. has awarded almost $210 million in financial assistance to more than 85,000 women in the form of grants, loans, awards and scholarships. In addition, approximately 8,300 women have graduated from Cottey College, a two year women’s college in Nevada, Mo., owned and supported by P.E.O. since 1927.