Daughters of Penelope

Penelope’s Pen –- October 2022

Greetings, everyone! It is great for all of us to be back for another year of Sisterhood in activities and in service. We kicked off our year even before our first meeting with a Saturday tour of the artwork in the gardens at the Virginia Museum. Our very capable tour guide was our very own Sister Kathryn Geranios. It was a wonderful day of art appreciation, a sample of which is pictured here, and good fellowship over lunch.

The next day, Sunday September 11th, we had our first official meeting of the year, in person after church. We were happy to be together again after so long meeting only online, and we thank Zoe Mouris for providing the tasty lunch snacks that day. We initiated two new sisters: Anna Woolard and Charlotte Nichols. Welcome, ladies, to our Sisterhood!

Our next meeting will take place on Sunday, October 9th, after church services. At that meeting, we will officially install our officers and discuss our participation in the mini-Greek festival in November, among other things. In a bit of a change of pace, we will then adjourn to Brambly Park at 1708 Belleville Street in Scott’s Addition for a lunch social. Sisters, please make a point of being there, it is sure to be a fun time.

Looking forward into October, on Wednesday, October 19th, we will be participating in the Pink Chair RVA Bowling Event at River City Roll, 939 Myers St. Antiklea will have a team participating in this worthy event to support the Pink Chair charity that was founded by our own past president Linda Caruthers. Whether you are a member of Antiklea or not, you may register in advance to bowl, or stop in for dinner or a drink. The Prink Chair will receive a percentage of the refreshments sold as well as fees from bowling. You don’t have to bowl, or even to like bowling. You just have to want to support this worthy cause that helps breast cancer patients in their recovery. Hope to see you there!

Last but not least, we will be participating in the AHEPA Wine Tasting to take place on the evening of October 29th. See the article from AHEPA for further details.

October starts the run of holidays to the end of the year, so have fun with the Halloween holiday.

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