Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Sun Valley woman elected to P.E.O. board

Organization promotes higher education for women


By ERIC AVISSAR
Express Staff Writer

Patricia Brolin-Ribi

Sun Valley resident Patricia Brolin-Ribi was elected recording secretary of the Philanthropic Educational Organization’s International Chapter at the biennial convention in Dallas held from Sept. 26-28.
    “When I found out that I had been elected, I felt a combination of excitement and joy,” Brolin-Ribi said. “It is truly an honor to serve the international chapter.”
    The P.E.O. is an international organization dedicated to promoting higher education opportunities for women. Brolin-Ribi has served with the P.E.O. for 36 years.
    Brolin-Ribi lives in Sun Valley with her husband, Nils Ribi, a Sun Valley city councilman. She has worked as an attorney in private practice for 28 years. As recording secretary, Brolin-Ribi will be responsible for recording meeting minutes, maintaining the organization’s historical records and providing leadership for the organization as a whole.
    She will serve a two-year term as recording secretary, while serving on the international board for 10 years total. In her final two-year term, she plans on serving as president.
    Brolin-Ribi also volunteers with the Sun Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Boulder Mountain Tour. She is also a trustee emeritus of the University of Montana Foundation.
    Since its founding in 1869, the P.E.O. has awarded nearly $235 million in financial assistance to more than 90,400 women with grants, loans, awards and scholarships. The P.E.O. currently has more than 250,000 members in nearly 6,000 local chapters in the U.S. and Canada.
Eric Avissar: eavissar@mtexpress.com




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