The Order of the Daughters of Penelope just celebrated its 83rd year. It was founded in San Francisco, CA on November 16, 1929 to help women of Greek descent and the families of early immigrants adjust to the American way of life, in order to become productive citizens. There are chapters throughout the United States, Canada, Greece and Australia.
Today, the Daughters of Penelope focus on promoting Education, Philanthropy, and Civic Responsibility. They address the Family and Intellectual interests of members, and preserve the ideals and traditions of Hellenism.
Our major and mandatory charity projects are:
Daughters of Penelope Foundation: Established in 1983, the Foundation promotes educational, cultural, scholarship and civic programs, and fosters research in art, education, science and public affairs. It promotes education through the Children’s Literacy Program and has submitted Greek Immigrant Oral History Study tapes to the Library of Congress. In addition, it sponsors symposiums which enlist the services of prominent authors, sociologists, musicians and historians to explore subjects of contemporary interest.
Penelope House Family Violence Center: The Penelope House was founded in 1978 as the first shelter for battered women and children in Alabama. It was one of the first such shelters in the nation and has served as a model for other shelters. The 24-hour crisis lines provide counseling, information and referral services to families in abusive situations.
Penelope’s Place Family Violence Center: Penelope’s Place is a collaboration between the Daughters and Health Imperatives. It is a 24/7 emergency residence in the city of Brockton, MA for women and children fleeing domestic violence.
University of Miami, Sylvester Cancer Research Center (Papanicolaou): This dedicated, comprehensive cancer center is a world leader in the search for a cure for cancer. The Daughters of Penelope are members of the Grand Founders of the Giving Societies of the Sylvester Cancer Center. Part of the Center, formerly the Papanicolaou Cancer Center, was named for Dr. George Papanicolaou, whose research resulted in the life-saving “Pap Smear” test for women.
Daughters of Penelope Laodice Chapter #246
President Terri Contoris-Stasen 610-299-5201
Vice President Rena Gianakopoulos
Corresponding Secretary Kathy Brown Mudrick
Recording Secretary Barbara Angelus
Treasurer Helen J. Beldecos
Board of Governors
Chairman Pagona Contoris
Our National website is http://daughtersofpenelope.org