Holy Trinity-Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Detroit

 Daughters of Penelope

 
  About Us
 
       The Daughters of Penelope is the largest international Christian women's organization.  It is the women's Order of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA).  The mission of the AHEPA Family is to promote Hellenism, Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, and Family and Individual Excellence.   In addition to AHEPA and Daughters, the AHEPA Family also includes the Sons of Pericles and the Maids of Athena.

       The focus of the Daughters of Penelope has expanded in recent years to all issues involving women, especially those involving domestic violence.   As a result, Penelope House in Alabama (a first for Alabama) and Penelope's Place in Massachusetts were established to aid abused women.   In addition, many chapters provide housing for abused women in their local communities.  The Daughters support legislation that benefits women at all levels of government.  Women are encouraged to become involved in all apects of citizenry in their respective communities, to cultivate the ideals and traditions of Hellenism and to promote education.  The Daughters are members of the General Federation of Women's Clubs.

       The Daughters of Penelope was founded on November 16,1929 by Alexandra Apostolides Sonenfeld in San Francisco, California. She became the first Grand President of the Daughters of Penelope in 1931.   Penelope was selected as the name of the organization as Penelope symoblizes friendship and womanhood, and is significant of the very foundation of life, home and country.

       Calypso, our local chapter, is the thirteenth chapter of the 300 Daughters chapters, to be established.  We are fortunate to have had many of our sisters elected as District Governors.   At the present time we have five living Past District Governors.  We also have a District Penelope of the Year which is the highest award that can be bestowed on a member at the District level. 

       Education opens many doors and to that end, Daughters award scholarships at the local, state and national levels to deserving applicants.  Calypso awards the Viola Christopher Scholarship.  Numerous scholarships totalling up to $35,000 are awarded each year through District #11 Buckeye Scholarship Foundation.   In addition, scholarships are awarded at the national levels of both Daughters and AHEPA. 
 
 Officers
Jay Williams - President
Melody Dargis - Vice-President
Mary Morgan - Recording Secretary
Angela Storch - Correspondence Secretary
Patricia Neuendorf - Treasurer
 
Upcoming Events
Name
Date
Description
Wine Tasting
 October 17, 2015
An enjoyable event of wine and food.  Taste great wines and partake of our fabulous gourmet appetizers.  Truly a feast for all your senses!  Bid on wines and other items at our Wine Related Auction.
Baklava Sale by the pan
Orders taken beginning in October
Get some of the best tasting homemade baklava for your family and friends for Thanksgiving and Christmas. We sell by the pan and by order only.   The small pans are attractively packaged for gift giving.   Contact us at daughters.penelope13@gmail.com for more information. 
Tsourekia Sale
Order March 1 to March 31
Order your tsourekia for Easter at daughters.penelope13@gmail.com.  Pick up April 5 at the Church.   Orders will also be taken after church in March.
Mothers' Day Memorial and Artoklasia
May 10
Remember or honor your mother or other female family member on Mothers' Day by submitting her name for the memorial and artoklasia services. Only $5.00 donation per name.  
Cystic Fibrosis Walk 
May 16
Daughters participate in the Sawyer Pointe Walk.  Register under Daughters of Penelope.
Fathers' Day Memorial and Artoklasia
June 21
Remember or honor your father or other male family member on Fathers' Day by submitting his name for the memorial and artoklasia services. Only $5.00 donation per name.    
Sponsored Charities
Penelope House for Abused Women in Alabama.  Penelope's Place in Massachusetts. St. Basil's Children's Orphanage.    Buckeye Scholarship Foundation.  University Children's Hospital Cincinnati.   Holy-Trinity St. Nicholas Church.  Cystic Fibrosis.  Sylvester Cancer Center.   NAMI.  Lerner Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine.  Sjogren's.  Disaster Relief.  I.O.C.C.  Dress for Success.  Youth & Shelter Services.   W.I.N. HELLAS.  Maids of Athena.  Penelopean Day Care Center.  DOP Foundation.  Fredreich's Ataxia Research Alliance.  Mathew 25 Ministries.  St. Nicholas National Shrine.  And numerous others.