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.”
Daughters of Penelope Narcissus Chapter 289 Chairman of the Board of Governors Judie Pappas recognizes Stella Copulos Stringer as Penelope of the Year. Photo: Emily Stella Stringer
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.
District 2 Lt. Governor Eftyhia Kirkiles conducts the installation of Daughters of Penelope Narcissus Chapter 289 President Stella Copulos Stringer as her husband, Scott Stringer holds the Bible. Photo: Emily Stella Stringer
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.
Daughters of Penelope Narcissus Chapter 289 members at the Installation Luncheon on May 22. Photo: Emily Stella Stringer
Daughters of Penelope District 2 Lt. Governor Eftyhia Kirkiles conducts the installation of Narcissus Chapter 289 Board Members with President Stella Copulos Stringer holding the Bible and (left to right) Erin McGuirk, Diane Paxinos, Arlene Touris, Irene Tsingelis, Mona Monezis Kapakos, Mindy Speck Wierzbecki, Dimitra Karchalios, Judie Pappas, Nina McGuirk, and Antonia Hyland. Photo: Tom McGuirk
Narcissus Chapter 289 previous and new Board Members: (Left to right, front row) Katherine Kourakos, Mona Monezis Kapakos, Stalla Androutsopoulos, Nina McGuirk, Antonia Hyland, and Betty Athanasakos. Back row: Alice Aspras, Irene Tsingelis, Erin McGuirk, Judie Pappas, Stella Copulos Stringer, Arlene Touris, and Diane Paxinos. Photo: Emily Stella Stringer