Daughters of Penelope

October 14th at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom - DOP Meeting

To paraphrase the poet, the best laid plans of. . . Antiklea sisters. . . oft go awry. So went our plan for a social luncheon in anticipation of resuming meetings in person come September: cancelled due to rising coronavirus numbers. It appears that we will start the 2021-2022 with Zoom meetings as we did a year ago.

Our first meeting of the year will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 9, 2021. The Zoom link will be sent to all sisters by email. Please be with us to give a good start to the year.

We invite all women of the Cathedral to join us as our guests on Wednesday, September, 15, at 7:30 p.m. for our Book Club meeting. We will discuss The Island by Victoria Hislop. This is a fictional family story set against the backdrop of the island of Spinalonga, Crete, which was once Greece’s leper colony. You do not need to have read the book to attend the discussion, ask questions, and just learn more about the book. As you can see by the accompanying photo, those who attended our July Book club meeting became thoroughly involved in the discussion, having the privilege of meeting the author of that month’s selection, Anne Conover. If you wish to attend, RSVP to Kathryn Geranios, email katgeranios@yahoo.com, by September 12th.  Hope to see you there!

Until next month, Penelope’s Scribe, Shelia Demetriadis

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