Daughters of Penelope

January 19th at 7:30 p.m. - Book Club, click here

February 6th - 20th - DOP/AHEPA Food Drive, click here for details, List of items Needed

Happy New Year to all from the sisters of Antiklea chapter! We hope your Christmas was blessed and full of joy. Let’s hope that this New Year will find us all healthier, happier, more prosperous, and finally back to spending time with friends and loved ones in person, doing the activities we love.

We thank everyone who supported our annual Vasilopita sale this year. It is a major fundraiser for our chapter, supporting various activities including our annual scholarship. Best wishes to all those who found the lucky coin in their slice!

Many thanks to the sisters who supported our Vasilopita Chairperson, Niki Karion, in preparing the loaves for distribution and handing them out to the various purchasers. We ask for God’s special blessing on Sister Niki, who does a heroic and outstanding job each year for this and for our Easter tsoureki sale as well.   

We had an enjoyable Chew ‘n Chat session in mid-December, and now look forward to our next Book Club meeting on January 19, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. We will discuss New York Times inspirational bestseller The Comfort Book by Matt Haig. Prolific reader Zoe Mouris will lead the discussion. RSVP to katgeranios@yahoo.com by January 10 if you are interested in participating as a guest of Daughters of Penelope.

In March, we will choose a book recommended by a book discussion participant, whether a DOP member or not. If you have a recommendation for a great book to discuss, please let Kathryn Geranios know by emailing at the above address. We will be collecting potential book titles in January and announce the March selection in February’s Penelope’s Pen so everyone will have time to read it. 

Sisters, we are still accepting dues, so if you haven’t sent yours in to Stephanie Theofanos, please do so ASAP. Our next regular meeting will be on January 13, 2022, at 7 p.m., via Zoom. Please call or email President Linda if you need her to send you the link. See you then!

The Richmond, VA District 3 chapters of Daughters of Penelope (Antiklea #68) and A.H.E.P.A. chapter #83 are teaming up to sponsor a special canned food drive called “A Gift from the Heart”. The first Sunday in February 2022 is February 6, the official kickoff of the food drive. It will conclude on the third Sunday, February 20th.  These three pre-Lenten weeks will be involve giving heart-healthy canned foods to the Chesterfield Food Bank in recognition of American Heart Association Month. Locations of bins for the food drive will be in the hallways opposite the Andre Room and in designated classrooms. We thank all Cathedral organizations and parishioners in advance for contributing from your hearts during the February heart-healthy food drive.

Until next month, Penelope’s Scribe, Shelia Demetriadis 

Daughters of Penelope Sponsored Programs 2021-2022

Chapter Officers for 2021-2022

Linda Tsironis Caruthers, President

Stephanie Theofanos, Vice President

Linda Axarlis, 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  

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Daughters of Penelope Antiklea Chapter 68 - Richmond, VA