Left to right: Maids of Athena Grand President Maria Ana Pantelous, AHEPA Supreme President Jimmy Kokotas, Daughters of Penelope Grand President Georgette Boulegeris, and Sons of Pericles Supreme President Ryan Marinos. Photo: Courtesy of Daughters of Penelope
ORLANDO, FL – The delegates of the Supreme Convention of the Daughters of Penelope (DOP) elected Georgette Boulegeris, Grand President for the 2022-2023 administrative year. Elections were held July 21, at the AHEPA Centennial Supreme Convention, Orlando.
Grand President Boulegeris has been involved in the DOP for over 40 years, serving the organization at the local, district, and national levels.
Boulegeris has embraced the theme, “The Power of We” to lead the DOP Sisterhood. Seeing the potential in women and the power of collaboration, Boulegeris is promoting “The Power of We” to engage women and strengthen the organization. She identified three fundamental areas that will be targeted this year: membership growth, financial growth, and the expansion of program initiatives. She is confident that this will be an outstanding and productive year for the DOP Sisterhood.
Nationally, she chaired many committees, including Scholarship, St. Basil Academy, and Penelope House for Battered Women, Mobile, AL. She served as chair of two Supreme Convention business sessions and served as the President of the DOP Educational Foundation 2004-2006.
Boulegeris is a member of Tethys Chapter 229 New Brunswick, NJ. This chapter is a part of the Fifth District, comprised of New Jersey and Delaware. At the District level, Boulegeris’ contributions to the Sisterhood include instituting a biennial Salute to Women reception recognizing and honoring women who have achieved at the highest level in their professional careers. This biennial event mirrors the national celebration of women held at the Supreme Conventions. She also was the first DOP member to serve as chair of the Fifth District AHEPA Cancer Research Foundation. The foundation has awarded over $1 million in grant funding to cancer research. She was recognized by the Sisters of her District for her contributions by being named District Penelope of the Year twice (1999 and 2011).
Locally, she has, and continues to, serve Chapter 229 in all of their initiatives. She is a communicant of the St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Piscataway, NJ. Her efforts on behalf of the church community currently include being a member of the St. Barbara Ladies Philoptochos Society, serving on the St. George Greek School Committee, and on the Rutgers Football Parking committee.
Professionally, Boulegeris is a retired educator serving the Somerville, NJ school community for 37 years as a teacher and school principal. Recognition of her professional contributions include being named Teacher of the Year in 1996 and being recognized as a New Jersey Best Practice in 2006 for a middle school transition program initiative that she developed and implemented. As principal, her middle school was named as a National Title 1 Distinguished School in 2010. She retired in 2019.
She currently serves on the New Jersey Hellenic American Heritage Commission after being appointed to the commission by Governor Phil Murphy in 2019. She has chaired the March 25th Essay Contest for the Commission for the past two years.
She is the daughter of George (deceased) and Mary Karnounpakis Boulegeris, and the sister of the late Michael G. Boulegeris, of Atlanta, GA. She calls herself a “Jersey Girl with Buckeye Roots” since her grandparents, when immigrating to the United States, established the family roots in Monessen, PA, and Weirton, WV. She lives her life and strives to serve her community while keeping the four cornerstones of her family’s foundation prominent in her mind- Faith, Service, Family, Education.
2022-2023 Daughters of Penelope Grand Lodge
In addition to Grand President Boulegeris, the following individuals were elected to the DOP Grand Lodge:
Grand Vice President Marianthi Treppiedi of Spokane, WA; Grand Secretary Margaret Dritsas of Ottawa, Canada; Grand Treasurer Antoinette M. Zachariades of Brick, NJ; Grand Governor Zone I Marianne Boutsioulis of Cheshire, CT; Grand Governor Zone II Patty Didik of Hudson, FL; Grand Governor Zone III Tina Bullock of Albuquerque, NM; Grand Governor Zone IV Robbie Jackson of Spokane, WA; Grand Governor Zone V Nicki Douklias of Manitoba, Canada; and Grand Advisor to the Maids of Athena Effie Kirkiles of Oakland Park, FL.
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