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Epsilon Sigma Omicron (ESO) is an honorary educational society open to all per-capita dues paying GFWC federated clubs. More than 60 years ago, the ESO program became a permanent part of the GFWC Education Community Service Program. Through ESO, clubwomen are given direction in planned reading for self-enrichment and personal growth. Over the years, many GFWC clubwomen have profited from this unique self-improvement program, seen as vital by the members it directly benefits. The purpose of ESO is to provide clubwomen with a structural reading program, which is educational and stimulates a desire for self-improvement.
Following are the goals of the ESO
Mail a check for $10.00 payable to OFWC to Glenda Peters, 8448 SW Chevy Place, Beaverton, OR 97008. Include a completed Pledge Application (see forms below.)
There are many opportunities for ESO members to work their way up through the ESO levels. Clubwomen move to a new ESO level by completing a set of reading list requirements. The reading list is divided into subject categories. To complete a category, a member must read and report on four (4) books from that category. State ESO chapters may have different requirements; please consult your state guidelines.
RECOMMENDED BOOKS ARE DIVIDED INTO CATEGORIES. SEE THE FULL LIST OF BOOKS TO READ AT THE LINK AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE.
Reading is, of course, the main responsibility of an ESO member. Once books are completed, the member is required to complete a “book report”. The book report form (see below) is used by members to express their opinions of the books they read. The report form must be completed by each member once she has completed one category (four books) and sent to state ESO chairman.
Report forms will not be returned. State ESO chairmen will issue certificates and awards based on report forms received.
See the link under forms below for suggested titles in each category.
Check a book out from your local library.
Clackamas County residents are also eligible for a Multnomah County library card. Check their website for current requirements to apply for a card. They also offer online e-books.
Looking for a classic that may be in the public domain? Archive.org, HathiTrust.org, and Google Books have free access to many books printed before 1922.
Visit the Friends of the Oregon City Public Library Used Book Store, 814 Seventh Street. They have a wide variety of new and older books in all of the ESO categories. Check their website for hours.
Laurie's Paperback Exchange
358 Warmer-Milne Rd, Ste 106
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