Daughters of Penelope
Erato Chapter | Calgary, Alberta, Canada
The Order of the Daughters of Penelope was founded through the inspiration and dedication of Dr. Emanuel Apostolides, a memberof the Order of AHEPA, on November 16,1929. At the time, the EOS Chapter No. 1 was formed with 25 charter members, including founder Alexandra Apostolides Sonenfeld, who in 1931 became the first Grand President. EOS Chapter No. 1 is known as the “Mother Chapter” of the Daughters of Penelope and is located in San Francisco, California.
Mrs. Apostolides envisioned a new beginning for the Greek American women. She drafted the basic principles of the organization. The Daughters of Penelope is the women’s organization of the AHEPA Family (American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association) with headquarters in Washington, D.C., and today is the leader in philanthropic, educational and cultural activities with over 350 chapters in the United States, Canada, Greece and Cyprus with sister chapters in Australia.
The objectives of the Daughters of Penelope are to promote Hellenism, Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, Family and Individual Excellence. The Daughters of Penelope encourage and promote loyalty to the country in which they live; cultivate the ideals and traditions of Hellenism; promote opportunities of education; and promote the spirit of cooperation and work closely and in harmony with the whole AHEPA Family. The Daughters of Penelope is non-partisan and non-denominational.
Daughters of Penelope in Canada
Daughters of Penelope Headquarters
Daughters of Penelope Foundation, Inc.
Theta & Pi
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COMMUNITY EDUCATION EXCELLENCE
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The Order is identified by a symbol portraying the HEAD OF PENELOPE in ancient headdress symbolizing friendship and womanhood, which is significant of the very foundation of life, home, and country. Encircling the head of Penelope is the OLIVE WREATH, which was the only prize, awarded the victors participating in the Olympic Games. The CROSS is significant of our Christian faith, and the CROSSED SABERS are from the Shield of Greece. The EAGLE symbolizes the United States. The letters THETA and PI (Theta Pi or Theghateres Tis Pinelopi) translated means “The Daughters of Penelope.”
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AHEPA Family in Canada
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