Daughters of Penelope

Penelope’s Pen – April, 2023

     With Easter well on its way, Antiklea chapter is again offering seasonal baked goods as a fundraiser. We have Easter tsourekia for $18 each and koulourakia for $8 per dozen. This year we also have Easter Lambades (candles) on offer, individually decorated, for $18 each. This is a wonderful Easter gift for your children, grandchildren, and godchildren to use at Easter services and retain as a remembrance afterward. These may be ordered online along with the tsourekia and koulourakia, at doprva.square.site  Orders may also be placed with cash or check during Sunday coffee hour. Pickup of all items will be on Sunday, April 2, during coffee hour.

     Our next book club meeting/dinner will take place in person on April 19th, 6:00 PM, at Greek Taverna, 1903 Staples Mill Rd. We will discuss People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks. Dinner will be Dutch treat, but we will have lots of interesting conversation, absolutely free. You don't have to be a DOP member to participate, but please RSVP to Zoe Mouris (zmouris@verizon.net ) at least a week before the event so she can provide a count of attendees to the restaurant. Sisters, Please note: we will have a brief monthly business meeting of our chapter members after the book club discussion is over. Please plan to stay for this short meeting.

     A reminder that that this year’s Red Tent Project for Homeless Women continues and will end on Palm Sunday, April 9. We hope it will be supported this year as it has been in the past. If you cannot provide actual items to be placed in our donation box, we accept cash donations with which we purchase women’s sanitary supplies to be donated.

     Antiklea is pleased to announce that we are joining the Kroger Points Program. If you wish to support us, please stop by a Kroger’s customer service desk and have your Kroger card connected to us in the points program. Our group will receive a percentage of any amount our affiliates spend at the store, but it does not cost you anything extra.

     On April 20th at 6:00 PM. we will share a potluck dinner with our AHEPA Brothers. Mark your calendars for this trip down Memory Lane—the way things were before COVID forced us to meet by Zoom.  Don't forget to bring a dish to share—a Sign-Up Genius will be sent out shortly for the potluck.

All our sisters wish everyone a Happy Spring and Kali Anastasi!!



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