FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – Daughters of Penelope Narcissus Chapter 289 held their Installation Ceremony of the 2021-2022 Board on May 22 at the Lighthouse Point Yacht Club with 48 in attendance. Members of the Philoptochos, PAP Corps and AHEPA attended. According to a news release from the Chapter, “we were all very excited to hold our first in-person event since COVID-19 began and celebrate together as one big family!”
The Chapter continued: “We were honored to have Eftyhia Kirkiles, Lt. Governor of Citrus District 2 present to install our newly elected Officers and Board that were in attendance: President Stella Copulos Stringer, Vice President Erin Ryan, Recording Secretary Arlene Touris, Corresponding Secretary Diane Paxinos, Treasurer Irene Tsingelis, Priestess Mona Monezis Kapakos, Warden Mindy Speck Wierzbecki, Sentinel Dimitra Karchalios, Chairman of the Board of Governors Judie Pappas, Board Member Christina McGuirk, and Board Member Antonia Hyland.”
Marshall Lea Planakis and Board Members Mary Carratt and Danielle Smith were unable to attend and will be installed at a later date.
The Chapter recognized Katherine Kourakos in 2020 for her 70 years of Membership and Service in the Daughters of Penelope with an article in the Penelope Scroll and was finally able to present her with a beautiful broach in recognition of her many years of being a Daughter. In addition, the Chapter recognized Mary Carratt (70 years), Alice Aspras (65 years), Mary Pascal (65 years), Antonia Hyland (40 years), and Christina McGuirk (35 years). They will be presented with their pins in the fall.
The Chapter was honored to have Stella Copulos Stringer as their Penelope of the Year. Stella attended all the Virtual Meetings, including District and National Conventions, and virtual Bingo Events. She also led the National Junior Honor Society at Falcon Cove Middle School in raising over $5,000 for the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. They also delivered 300 hand-made Valentine’s cards and 200 Art Supply packages for the patients. Sponsored two catered lunches for the COVID-19 Unit nurses and the Pediatric NICU Ward. The event has been publicized across the Broward County School District, Weston community, and the South Florida Hospital News.