The Daughters of Penelope

The Daughters of Penelope was the realization of Alexandra Apostolides Sonenfelds' dream to create a woman's Christian organization for the advancement of women, devoted to the idea of Hellenism, education, philanthropy, civil responsibility and family and personal excellence. Because of her perseverance and the encouragement of her husband Dr. Emanuel Apostolides, a devoted AHEPAN, she formed EOS Chapter#1 with 25 charter members on November 16, 1929 in San Francisco, California. She was elected the first Grand President of the organization in 1931. From that promising beginning, the Daughters of Penelope has grown into a leader in philanthropic, educational and cultural activities with hundreds of local chapters and thousands of members throughout the United States, Canada, Greece and Cyprus. The Pasithea Chapter #141, which is the Hempstead-chartered Chapter officially housed at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. Paul, has been in existence for over 65 years, making it one of the oldest and respected Chapters in existence. It participates in many of the philanthropic, educational and cultural activities, including the Penelope House for victims of domestic violence and many programs promoted through the National Organization. We hold many events, including an Annual Tea Party and "Honey Party" in which we have successfully raised funds to benefit many charitable organizations over the years. Information about Daughters of Penelope and its many programs that our Chapter actively supports can be found at If you wish to join Daughters of Penelope, please contact the Pasithea membership chairperson, Fran Lutfy or the Pasithea president, Pauline Alexander or you can also pick up an application from the Church office.