- The Daughters of Penelope & Our Mission
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- District 23 Lodge 2020-2021
- Grand Lodge 2020-2021
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The Daughters of Penelope is an International Women’s Organization and affiliate organization of the AHEPA Family (American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association). The Order of Daughters of Penelope was founded by a remarkable woman, Alexandra Apostolides Sonenfeld on November 16th, 1929 in San Francisco, California. With her perseverance and encouragement of her husband Dr. Emanuel Apostolides, a devoted Ahepan, she created a Greek Women’s Organization and established the first Chapter of the Daughters of Penelope, Eos Chapter #1 with 25 charter members, whose husbands were AHEPA members. She was elected the first Grand President of the organization in 1931. Today, the Daughters of Penelope is proud to claim more than 400 Chapters in the United States, Canada, Greece, the Bahamas, Germany, Cyprus, Belgium, England and sister Chapters in Australia.
The Mission of the Daughters of Penelope is to promote the ancient Hellenic ideals and traditions of education, philanthropy, civic responsibility, integrity, and family and individual excellence through community service and volunteerism.
The Daughters of Penelope promote the social, ethical and intellectual interests of the members; cultivate good citizenship and patriotism for the countries in which they live; promote the spirit of cooperation and work closely and in harmony with the whole AHEPA Family. The betterment of humanity is a unifying theme of the Daughters, and members are encouraged to participate in worthwhile projects both nationally and in their respective countries.
Over its history, the Daughters of Penelope has achieved remarkable accomplishments. It has strengthen the status of women in society, sheltered the elderly and abused, educated the youth, promoted Hellenic heritage, raised funds for medical research and many others.
The Order is identified by a symbol portraying the HEAD OF PENELOPE in ancient headdress, which symbolizes FRIENDSHIP and WOMANHOOD, and is significant as the very foundation of LIFE, HOME and COUNTRY. Encircling the head of Penelope is the OLIVE WREATH, the only prize awarded to victors in the ancient Olympic Games. The CROSS is a symbol of our Christian Faith and a NATIONAL SYMBOL in the GREEK FLAG, and the CROSSED SABERS are from the SHIELD of GREECE. The EAGLE symbolizes the UNITED STATES. The letters ΘΠ (THETA PI) stand for ‘ΘΥΓΑΤΕΡΕΣ ΤΗΣ ΠΗΝΕΛΟΠΗΣ’, which translated in English means ‘The Daughters of Penelope’.
DISTRICT LODGE (2020-2021)
Dr. Xanthe Vafopoulou
Liaison Chapter: Meandros, Montreal
66 Houseman Crescent, Richmond Hill, ON, L4C-7R8
Tel: (647) 382-1388
DISTRICT LT. GOVERNOR & MARSHAL
Liaison Chapter: Mycenae, Toronto & Orpheus, London
48 Darlington Dr., Hamilton, ON, L9C-2L7
Tel: (905) 520-9470
Roula Maginas Koumoutsidis
Liaison Chapter: Philomela, Hamilton
19 Toohey Ln., London, ON, N6G-4Y2
Tel: (519) 433-1285
Zambetoula (Betty) Drakontaidis
2550 Berthon Street, Lonqueuil, QC, J4M-1M7
Tel: (514) 996-2317
DISTRICT ADVISOR to the MOA
Liaison: Maids of Athena District Lodge
126 Trinnell Blvd, Scarborough, ON, M1L-1S7
Tel: (416) 451-9478
DISTRICT ADVISOR to the DOP
Liaison: DOP District Lodge
602-730 Wonderland Rd N, London, ON, N6H-4Y9
Tel: (519) 200-9769
VP of SCHOLARSHIPS and PUBLIC RELATIONS
Liaison Chapter: Euphrosyne, Ottawa
1575 Barre Street, St-Laurent, QC, H4L-4M5
Tel: (514) 778-8966
GRAND LODGE (2020-2021) GRAND PRESIDENT Celia Kachmarski 829 Canfield Way SW Calgary, AB, T2W-1K2 Canada Cell: (403) 880-6029 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Liaison to Australia, Greece, and Europe GRAND VICE PRESIDENT Kathy Bizoukas 1932 Somerset Drive Munster, IN 46321-5158 Phone: (219) 313-7005 Email: email@example.com Liaison to all Districts- Membership/Growth & Expansion GRAND SECRETARY Georgette Boulegeris Heatherwood Lane Bedminster, NJ 07921 Cell: (908) 342-4433 Email: GiGiBoulegeris@gmail.com Liaison to Districts 1, 2, 13 GRAND TREASURER Marianthi Treppiedi 5008 W Navaho Spokane, WA 99208 Cell: (509) 879-7415 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Liaison to Districts 5, 8, 9, 17 GRAND GOVERNOR ZONE V Margaret Dritsas 904-134 York Street Ottawa, ON, K1N-1K8, Canada Cell: (613) 297-2401 Email: email@example.com Liaison to Districts 23, 24, 26 GRAND ADVISOR TO THE MAIDS OF ATHENA Kathy Leles 1223 Pyrenees Ct Tracy, CA 95304 Cell: (209) 835-7414 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Liaison to all Maids of Athena Chapters
DISTRICT LODGE AND DELEGATES AT THE 84TH ANNUAL BEAVER DISTRICT 23 CONVENTION, MAY 2019