Daughters of Penelope


This candle was respectfully lit in blessed remembrance of and gratitude to our Past Grand President Mary M. Georgiafandis.

September 9th at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom - DOP Meeting

September 15th at 7:30 p.m. - Book Club Discussion via Zoom, for details Click Here

Antiklea Chapter of the DOP has been pretty much in “chill” mode over the summer, taking a step back and enjoying a bit of rest and relaxation.  

In this issue of Penelope’s Pen, we wish to congratulate Sister Sondra Sealine, who was recently elected District Governor of the Daughters of Penelope #3 Capital District. Best of luck in your new role sister Sandra!

Our one activity over the summer has been a continuation of our Book Club. On July 21st, we had as our special guest Anne Conover, the author of our July book, Escape to Flamingo. She gave us insights into the origins of her book and her creative process that resulted in such an enjoyable read. We encourage any women of our Cathedral who love to read to join us in our Book Club readings and meetings. You don't need to have read the book or be a member of Antiklea Chapter to participate, but you may well discover a desire to join once you've gotten to know the ladies in our group. We would absolutely love to have you join us!

Sisters, an in-person social luncheon is being planned to take place at a local restaurant in early August. You will be notified by email once the plans are firmed up. We are hoping this social event will signal a return to in-person meetings for 2021- 22. Let us pray that our long isolation will be over, and we can meet with each other in person again.

Until next month, Penelope’s Scribe, Shelia Demetriadis

Chapter Officers for 2020-2021

Linda Tsironis Caruthers, President

Stephanie Theofanos, Vice President

Linda Axarlis, Treasurer

Shelia Demetriadis, 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