P.E.O. Chapter KJ DeKalb is celebrating 50 years in 2014. P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization), was founded on Jan. 21, 1869, by seven students at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Today, P.E.O. has grown to almost 250,000 members in chapters in the United States and Canada. The P.E.O. Sisterhood is passionate about its mission of promoting educational opportunities for women through scholarships, grants and awards.