Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

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Daughters of Penelope

dop 1947

 

dop 1975

dop 1970s

 

Our Mission

 

The objectives of the Daughters of Penelope are to promote Hellenism, Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, and Family & Individual Excellence. The Daughters of Penelope encourages and promotes loyalty to the country in which they live, cultivates the ideals and traditions of Hellenism, promotes opportunities of education, and promotes the spirit of cooperation and works closely and in harmony with the whole AHEPA. 

 

 

Our History 

The Daughters of Penelope of 

Holy Trinity G O C Bridgeport

 

T he Daughters of Penelope was founded in 1929, by Alexandra Apostolides. Her desire
was to create a woman's organization for the purpose of helping women and families of immigrants of Greek descent to assimilate into early 20th century American society. Because of her perseverance and the encouragement of her husband Dr. Emanuel Apostolides, a devoted member of AHEPA, she formed EOS Chapter No.1 with twenty-
five charter members. Alexandra Apostolides was elected as the first Grand President in 1931.


Today, the focus of the Daughters of Penelope is to promote the social, ethical, philanthropic, cultural, and intellectual interests of its members while promoting the ideals and traditions of Hellenism in each of the communities where they are located. In 2009, the US House of Representatives passed Resolution 209 honoring the significant achievements of DOP and commemorating its 80th Anniversary. The resolution also recognized the significant contributions of Greek Americans and the DOP to the US. In 2010, a similar resolution was passed by the US Senate. There are DOP chapters throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, Greece and Cyprus.


The Daughters of Penelope encourages and promotes loyalty to the country in which they live, cultivates the ideals and traditions of Hellenism, promotes opportunities of education, and promotes  the spirit of cooperation, and works closely and in harmony with the whole AHEPA Family, which includes AHEPA , Daughters of Penelope, Maids of Athena, and Sons of Pericles. The Daughters of Penelope is non-partisan and nondenominational.
The charter for Hermes Chapter 41, Bridgeport, CT was issued in 1935, and was originally called the AHEPA Ladies before they were renamed as the Daughters of Penelope, four years later. Meetings were held at AHEPA Hall on Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport. There were thirty-two charter members, and the chapter colors chosen were blue and white. The charter officers were Electra Halioris Young, President; Helen Papaconstantinou, Vice-President;
Eva Politis Zambettas, Secretary; and Angeliki Argiriades, Treasurer. The chapter remained active until 1984 when it, unfortunately, became dormant.


Hermes Chapter 41 was reactivated in ceremonies in Bridgeport, CT on April 24, 1993. Twelve sisters were initiated by the team of the District Governor, Ellen Anagnostos. They were Athena Argiriades Morici, Past District Governor; Helen Bousios, District Treasurer; Ann Dorozinski, Past District Governor; Mary Tzimoulis, Past District Governor; Nikitoula Menounos, District Marshall; Helen Matsikas, Past District Governor. Following the initiation, the election of officers was held with Toula Louloudes, President; Athena Argiriades Morici, Vice President; Georgia Hedgis, Secretary; Kathy Zorzy,Treasurer; Libby Kanatas, Marshall and Sentinel; Marian Demas, Warden; Ann Dorozinski, Priestess; Stella Capiris, Chairman of the Board of Governors; Helen Linardakis, Vivian Christian, Maria Agortsas, Board Members. 


Currently, Hermes Chapter 41 is an active and vibrant group made up of women of all ages, who are continuing to honor the objectives of promoting Hellenism, education, philanthropy, civic responsibility, and family and individual excellence through community service and volunteerism. The chapter has been active with philanthropic causes in our community such as the Let’s Keep Them Warm Drive, and in supporting national causes such as Penelope
House and Penelope Place, WIN Hellas, the University of Miami Sylvester Cancer Center, and many more. The Daughters’ home is Holy Trinity , where they also help the church community with scholarships for Holy Trinity’s youth, helping those in need, and donating towards and supporting the many needs of the Parish.


To honor and acknowledge our history as Daughters of Penelope, here is the honor roll of all
those who served as President since 1935: Electra Halioris Young—1935 to 1936; Sophia Trifiatis- 1937; Helen Papaconstantinou-1938; Helen Harlow Laropoulos - 1939; Julia Maltas - 1940; Catherine Harrison Tishliss-1941 to 1942; Bessie Pappas— 1943; Electra Halioris Young-1944 to 1945; Julia Maltas-1946; Arta Pappas -1947; Athena Argiriades (Morici)- 1948; Electra Halioris Young-1949; Ann Don Bullion (6 months)-1950; Sophie Yerontakis
Capucci-1950 to 1951; Christine Georgas-1952; Catherine Koteas-1953 to 1954; Helene Karpenko- 1955 to 1956; Effie Zieckas-1957; Athena Argiriades (Morici)-1958 to 1959; Effie Zieckas-1960; Ann Dorozinski-1961 to 1962; Elizabeth Argeropoulos- 1963 to 1964; Effie Zieckas– 1965; Elizabeth Argeropoulos-1966; Athena Argiriades (Morici)-1967 to 1968; Mary P. Koteas-1969 to 1971; Ann Dorozinski-1972; Athena Argiriades (Morici)-1973; Ann Dorozinski-1974; Estelle Hawie- 1975 to 1976; Connie Forkiotis-1977 to 1984; Toula Louloudes -1992; Athena Morici-1993 to 1994; Helen Linardakis-1995 to 1996; Alexandra
Koulouris-1997-1998; Helen Spyrou-1999-2003; Barbara Tsoupas-2004-2008; 2009-2013-Helen Yeotsas; Kathy Yiannoulis— current

 

 Board Members
2014-2015
President Kathy Yiannoulis

daughters@holytrinitybridgeport.org 

Vice President Theodora Fatibene
Recording Secretary. Stella Capiris
Corresponding Secretary Connie Gorzelany
Treasurer Kathy Santella
Sunshine Secretary Janice Bouloubasis
Board of Governors
2014-2015
Chairman Helen Yeotsas
Barbara Tsoupas
Tina Morici
Carlie Centrella
Cindy Waldron
Ann Stevens 
Priestess Alexis Koulouris
Honorary Priestess  Marge Ellis
Marshall  Viola Skenderis
Warden. Mary Patsiarikas
Sentinel Pauline Halkias
Parliamentarian Evelyn Balamaci

 

Useful Resources & Forms

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Penelope House Family Violence Center

Membership Application

DOP Manual of Instruction

The Daughters of Penelope Foundation

The Daughters of Penelope - Washington

Meetings start promptly at 7:00 pm. Try to arrive a few minutes before 7 so we can start on time. We serve refreshments at each meeting, so please feel free to volunteer to bake or bring something to share with our AHEPA brothers. 

Sunday  Service Schedule  

Orthros: 8:45am 

Divine Liturgy: 10:00am

 

 

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