Daughters of Penelope

Penelope’s Pen – February 2023  

DOP Antiklea Chapter is looking forward to charitable activities during the Lenten season. Beginning on February 27th, the first day of Holy Lent, we will begin our annual Red Tent for Homeless Women project. For those who are unfamiliar with it, the goal of the project is to collect women’s sanitary products (such as pads, tampons, and sanitary wipes), to be donated to local women's homeless shelters. Our red donation box will be set out to receive donations of these items. It will appear on February 27th in the hall. Those who prefer may donate by check (made out to Daughters or Penelope or DOP with the memo notation “Red Tent”) and those funds will be used to purchase the items mentioned. We will do the shopping for you!  Later on in Lent, we will be getting together to make koulourakia for our Easter Bake Sale, which will include Easter tsourekia as well. More information about this will be forthcoming in next month’s newsletter.

Our next Book Club discussion will take place on February 15th at 7:30 p.m. The book under consideration will be: A Long Walk with Mary: A Personal Search for the Mother of God by Brandi Willis Schreiber. Zoe Mouris will lead the discussion. Please request the Zoom link from Zoe (zmouris@verizon.net), and she or Kathryn Geranios can provide information on how to acquire the book. You do not have to have read the book to participate as this promises to be an enlightening and fulfilling experience.

Sisters, Please Note: Our next regular DOP meeting will take place after church on February 5th at 11:30 a.m. in our regular meeting room. We hope to see you there.

In the meantime, we wish everyone a Happy and Loving Valentine's Day!

Until next time,
Penelope’s Scribe
Shelia Demetriadis



Chapter Officers for 2022-2023

Stephanie Theofanos, President

Zoe Mouris, President

Kathy Bazianos, Treasurer

To Be Announced, Recording Secretary

Board of Governors: Sondra Sealine, Chairman; Loretta Kirk, and Niki Karion

Daughters of Penelope

The Daughters of Penelope (DOP) was the realization of Alexandra Apostolides' dream.  Her desire was to create a woman's organization and because of her perseverance and the encouragement of her husband Dr. Emanuel Apostolides, a devoted AHEPAN, she formed EOS Chapter #1 with 25 charter members on November 16,1929 in San Francisco, California. The objectives of the Daughters of Penelope are to promote Hellenism, Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, and Family and Individual Excellence.     

Who is Penelope?

In ancient Greek legend, Penelope was the wife of Odysseus, King of Ithaca. Odysseus left her and their son, Telemachus when he went to the Trojan War. When the war ended, many mishaps and weary wanderings kept him from returning home. As time went on and he did not return, many suitors claimed her hand and her kingdom. For a long while she put them off with a plea that she must finish weaving a robe for Laertes, her father-in-law. However, every night she unraveled what she had woven by day, thus remaining faithful to the memory 0f Odysseus and steadfast to the sanctity of her home.

Finally, Odysseus appeared after an absence of twenty years to reclaim his wife, his throne, and his home. In the name of our Order, the Daughters of Penelope, the word Penelope symbolizes all the noble virtues, of kindness, tolerance, unselfishness, truth, goodness, beauty, self-improvement, purity, loyalty, and patience, which were evident in the character of Penelope. As her Daughters, we strive to exemplify and uphold these same values in today's world.

Antiklea Projects and Events:

Red Tent Project for Homeless Women

Koulourakia Baking

Holy Land Crafts Booth

Tsourekia, Koulourakia, and Psalms CD Sale

New Year’s Vasilopita Sale

Charities that DOP Supports: 

Daughters of Penelope Foundation, Inc. Scholarships
Penelope House-Domestic Family Violence Center: Mobile, AL
Penelope House-Domestic Family Violence Center: Brockton, MA
Penelopean Foundation Day Care Center: Athens, Greece
University of Miami, Sylvester Cancer Research Center
Saint Basil Academy-Home for young children