Daughters of Penelope

  Penelope’s Pen – June, 2022 

Antiklea Sisters were pleased to participate in the AHEPA Annual Community Awards Banquet on Sunday, May 22nd, by preparing the tables and adding some beauty to the room. In addition to that, however, we had our own individuals to recognize during the proceedings. First, we announced our scholarship recipient for 2022. We are happy to award this year’s scholarship to Dori Mouris, a scholarly and accomplished young woman who is the daughter of our Sister Zoe Mouris. Congratulations, Dori, and may you go on to greater things!   

Secondly, but no less important, is our Sister of the Year designee. Try as we might, it was impossible to choose between two sisters who have contributed so much to the well-being of our chapter despite obstacles that came up from all sides. Therefore, this year, our President designated two sisters of the year: Sister Linda Axarlis, and Sister Kathryn Geranios. Each of these wonderful ladies has contributed her unique talents to the success and even long-term continuation of our chapter. Congratulations, sisters, for doing such a wonderful job!

On the evening of May 18th, several of our sisters and guests had a lively and enlightening discussion of our most recent Book Club selection: Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson. In addition to enjoying a stirring piece of historical fiction based on the life of Mary Lumpkin, we learned more about the history of Richmond, where most of the novel is set. We recommend it very highly, even if you did not participate in our book club discussion. A related, well-researched nonfiction book has been published entitled The Devil’s Half Acre by Kristen Green. These two are an excellent pair to read for an increased understanding of slavery and how it affected women in Richmond pre-1865.

Our June 15th Book Club meeting has been tentatively rescheduled for the 3rd Wednesday of October, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. More details will be provided later. The July 20th Book Club discussion of David Sedaris's "The Best of Me" remains as scheduled. We regret any confusion this change may cause. Any questions may be directed to Kathy Geranios (katgeranios@yahoo.com).

Finally, our next regular meeting will take place on June 9th at 7 p.m. President Linda will send out the Zoom link by email as usual. Sisters, this will be our last meeting for this year until we resume in September. Please bring any great ideas that you have for our next year’s activities to this meeting so that we can all mull them over during the summer.

June 9, 7:00 p.m. DOP Meeting - Zoom

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