Daughters of Penelope

DOP Zoom Meetings at 7:00 p.m.; May 13th, June 10th

Book Club Zoom, May 19th at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom - click here for details

Future Dates:

July 21st, Read & Greet Author Anne Conover discussing "Escape To Flamingo"

Book Club, September 15th, The Island by Victoria Hislop

Christos Anesti! The Sisters of Antiklea Chapter wish everyone a blessed Easter Season, and a Happy Spring as well. Even though we are not quite back to normal, things are certainly better this year than last.  We wish to thank all those who supported our Lenten Season activities this year. Your support of our Easter Bake Sale will help to increase our scholarship fund so that we can support a young scholar’s education.  Our Red Tent Project collection received excellent support this spring. In addition to providing an opportunity for all of us to give charity during Lent, the donations we provide to the Women’s Shelter are needed now more than ever. A rise in domestic violence during the pandemic has caused more women to turn to shelters for safety and support. Our donations of women's supplies are always welcome and will have an even more positive impact this year.  We invite all women of the cathedral to attend our Book Club Zoom meeting on May 19th 2021, at 7:30 PM. The book under discussion will be Mistress of the Elgin Marbles by Susan Nagel. It is a biography of the wife of Lord Elgin of Parthenon marbles fame, and you don't need to have read the book to join in and enjoy the discussion. Please contact Kathryn Geranios (804-439-2115) and she will provide you with the Zoom link.  Antiklea Sisters, please be reminded that our next meeting will take place on May 13, 2021, at 7 p.m. via Zoom.  See you there!  
Finally, we wish all the Mothers, Grandmothers, Godmothers, and all those who stand in the place of Mothers
when needed a Happy Mother’s Day.
Until next time,
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

Jacqueline Harmon, Corresponding 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