Goals for the Year Include Strengthening Education, Civic Responsibility in the Community
Washington, D.C.- The Daughters of Penelope (DOP), a preeminent international womenʼs organization, elected Karen Stamatiades, Atlanta, Grand President for the 2007-08 administrative year. Elections were held July 14 at the 85th Annual AHEPA Family Supreme Convention in Denver.
“I am humbled by the honor of being elected Grand President of such a dynamic organization by my peers,” said Stamatiades, who is a member of Menelaos Chapter No.53, Atlanta. “I look forward to the challenge of leading the Daughters of Penelope as we approach our eightieth year and I am committed to strengthening the core elements of our mission, especially civic responsibility and education, for the betterment of the community.”
Stamatiades, a 31-year member of the Daughters of Penelope, has served all major positions at various levels within the organization, including Chapter President, District Governor, and Grand Vice-President.
Stamatiades is a graduate of Hollins University, Roanoke, Va. In the community, she is an active member of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of The Annunciation, Atlanta; served as PTA president and on the County PTA Council, and has volunteered for Hospice Atlanta. She was married to the late John C. Stamatiades and the mother of two daughters, Becky and Connie, and a new son-in-law, Scott.
2007-08 GRAND LODGE
Elected to the Daughters of Penelope Grand Lodge were: Grand Vice President Barbara Stavis Wolf, Covington, La.; Grand President of Canada Eleni Inglis, Hamilton, Ontario; Grand Secretary Elaine Sampanis, West Chester, Ohio; Grand Treasurer Christine Constantine, Vernon Hills, Ill.; Grand Governor, Zone I Anna-Helene Panagakos, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Grand Governor Zone II Nicky Stamoulis, Seminole, Fla.; Grand Governor Zone III Helen Santire, Houston; Grand Governor Zone IV Lois Kotzambasis, Tucson, Ariz.; and Grand Advisor, Maids of Athena Joanne Saltas, Murray, Utah.
“We are fortunate to have an experienced Grand Lodge to support our goals,” said Stamatiades. “I am excited about the wealth of knowledge, drive and determination that the officers of the Grand Lodge possess and bring to our association.”
Founded in San Francisco in 1929, the Daughters of Penelope is the first womenʼs organization of its kind established in the United States. It is an affiliate organization of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA). The mission of the DOP is to promote the ancient Greek ideals of Hellenism, Philanthropy, Education, Civic Responsibility, and Family and Individual Excellence.
For more information about the DOP, or any of its programs or projects, please visit www.ahepa.org/dop.