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. The objectives of the Daughters of Penelope are to promote Hellenism, Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, and Family &
Who is Penelope?
Penelope in ancient Greek legend was the wife of Odysseus, King of Ithaca. Odysseus left her with 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 when on and he did not return home, many suitors, claimed her hand. For a long while she put them off on a plea that she must finish a robe for Laertes, her Father-in Law; but every night she unraveled what she had woven by day. Thus remaining faithful to his memory and steadfast to the sanctity of her home.
Finally, Odysseus appeared after an absence of twenty years and thus, the name of our Order, the Daughters of Penelope, in which the word Daughters symbolizes all the noble virtues, of kindness, tolerance, unselfishness, truth, goodness, beauty, self-improvement, purity, loyalty, and patience, which made up the character of Penelope.
Antiklea Projects and Events:
Red Tent Project for Homeless Women
Holy Land Crafts Booth
Tsourekia, Koulourakia, and Psalms CD Booth
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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Effie Fotopoulos, President