Daughters of Penelope Ilion Chapter 135 Cuts Annual Vasilopita

ASTORIA – The Daughters of Penelope (DOP) Ilion Chapter 135 of Astoria, NY held their first meeting of 2023 and cutting of the Vasilopita on January 7. They were honored to have a visit from the Empire State DOP District 6 Lodge.

Ilion President Effie Argyropoulos said: “Today is a significant day for our Chapter. We are honored to have our District 6 Lodge visiting with us. A big thank you to District Governor Lainie Damaskos-Christou, Lt. Governor Marina Patelos, District Advisor to the Daughters of Penelope Cookie Patelos, and District 6 Advisor to the Maids of Athena Sophia Christou for coming to spend the afternoon with us.”

“Not only did we have 26 Sisters attend, but we welcomed and initiated two new members,” she continued. “Also, a big thank you to the Syllogo Kreton ‘Minos’ of New York for welcoming us into their home and for their hospitality.”

Daughters of Penelope Ilion Chapter 135 members at their meeting and cutting of the Vasilopita on January 7. (Photo: Courtesy of DOP)
Left to right: Daughters of Penelope Empire State District 6 Lt. Governor Marina Patelos, Governor Lainie Damaskos-Christou, Ilion Chapter 135 President Effie Argyropoulos and Treasurer Stella Kokalis. (Photo: Courtesy of DOP)

“I am also happy to announce that we presented the District 6 Lodge with a donation from our Chapter on behalf of our past Chapter President, the late Mary Stell for the District Scholarships,” Argyropoulos said. “We have worked tirelessly to turn this Chapter around and I am happy to say that we currently have 47 members and are continuing to grow.”

Left to right: Daughters of Penelope Empire State District 6 Governor Lainie Damaskos-Christou and Ilion Chapter 135 President Effie Argyropoulos. (Photo: Courtesy of DOP)

“I have been asked why we do what we do? The answer is simple; we do what we do to raise awareness, to create positivity, to promote Hellenism, Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility and Individual Excellence,” she noted. “Our membership is our greatest strength and we wear our Filotimo on our sleeve and give back to our community. This does not happen overnight, I call it a labor of love, sweat and dedication. Our goal is to leave a legacy for the next generation of Daughters, for our Maids of Athena Nymphs Astoria Chapter #119.”

Great things are happening at the Ilion Chapter. To inquire about joining, please reach out to the Ilion 135 Board via email: [email protected].


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