On September 5, 2023, a bucket list dream came true when I visited my  50th state capitol in Boise, Idaho. It was made possible with the help of two P.E.O. sisters, far from my home in Illinois. While vacationing in the state of Oregon, I contacted a chapter in Boise to see if any member would be willing to be my tour guide in the city. In true P.E.O. spirit, two ladies from chapter BC, Boise, Idaho, readily volunteered.

On the big day, I drove from Ontario, Oregon, and met my new sisters, Janet Hayes and Marcia Rausch, at an exit off I-84. Janet drove us into the city. Our first stop was at the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, thought to be the only one in the country that honors this Holocaust victim.

After that moving experience, we proceeded to the beautiful, classical Idaho capitol building with a marble rotunda and an interior view of the dome. The legislative chambers were closed that day, but we were invited into the governor’s reception room by Marcia’s friend, who serves as the governor’s administrative assistant.

Finally, an employee in the gift shop graced my Capitol Collection Stamp Book with the official stamp and date of my visit to my 50th state capitol. She seemed almost as excited as I was.

We topped off the day with lunch at a sidewalk cafe and a visit to a nature preserve. Boise is a beautiful tree-filled city with many parks, all named for women. The gestures of caring and helpfulness from women who are my P.E.O. sisters were also beautiful. I couldn’t be more grateful.

This is an example of the true meaning of sisterhood. Two sisters I had never met helped me achieve the goal of visiting my 50th state capitol. In addition, I now have two new friends.

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Bonnie Mueller, IU, Oregon, Illinois

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