Daughters of Penelope

Penelope’s Pen –- September 2023

 We find ourselves once again at the beginning of a new Ecclesiastical Year. DOP Antiklea Chapter will have its first meeting of the new year on the evening of September 14th at 7:00 p.m. in our meeting room at church. Additional details will be forthcoming and will be provided by email.

 This first meeting is all important and will help us set the tone for a successful year. We urge all our sisters to attend this meeting. We also invite any ladies who wish to explore or apply for membership with us to attend. Please look for the additional information emails from the office or speak with one of our officers (President Stephanie Theofanos, Vice-President Jackie Harmon, Secretary Zoe Mouris, or Treasurer Kathy Bazianos) or any of our sisters.

 The members of Antiklea Chapter look forward to a great year of service, charity, spirituality, and fun. Watch this space each month for news of our activities.

                                                           Until next month,

                                                            Penelope’s Scribe

  ** October Book Club is scheduled for October 18th at 6:00 p.m. at  Jason’s Deli in Willow Lawn.  Click here for details.      



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