Daughters of Penelope Elect
Georgia A. Psichogios Grand President

Fort Lauderdale, FL. --The delegates of the Daughters of Penelope elected Georgia A. Psichogios, Westmont, IL, Grand President for the 2006-2007 administration at their National Convention in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Diplomat Hotel, on July 29, 2006. President Psichogios, a member of the Daughters of Penelope for over 22 years, was installed along with the Daughters of Penelope Grand Lodge Officers and the entire AHEPA family at installation services on Sunday morning surrounded by well-wishers.

Ms. Psichogios stated "I never dreamed that I would get this involved, I usually see myself as follower, and it looks like I followed myself right into a leadership position, and I couldn’t be more honored."

She went on to say: "I belong to an all AHEPA Family, and together with my parents have lived the Daughters Experience."

"I am looking forward to serving our organization this year. I am especially impressed with how the entire Grand Lodge and membership pulled together to create this wonderful convention for the common good, despite challenges faced at headquarters. I look forward to continuing next year united and reaching together our common philanthropic mission."

Last year as Grand Vice President and Growth and Expansion Chair, she implemented a successful membership program -- "Reach Out and Ask a Friend" - that resulted in the chapters initiating and/or reinstating over 300 members. This brought the total national membership numbers of the Daughters of Penelope to over 10,000 +.

Grand President Psichogios has held numerous elected offices during her membership as a Daughter of Penelope at the chapter, district and national levels. She is a member of Dione Chapter 316, which is a part of District 13.

The Grand President is a college graduate and received her B.A. in Education from Northeastern Illinois University and holds a teaching certificate in elementary education and taught for several years before entering the business world. Professionally, she is Vice President of The Inland Human Resource Services, Inc., which handles the payroll and benefits of approximately 1,300 employees of The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, a real estate management and investment company. The Grand President and her family are life-long members of The Assumption Greek Orthodox Church of Chicago. She was a member of the Assumption Women's Club and had served as the President of the Women’s Club for two years and she currently is a member of the Parish Council.

Daughters of Penelope Grand Lodge Officers elected:

Georgia Psichogios, Grand President;
Eleni Inglis, Canadian President;
Karen Stamatiades, Vice President;
Barbara Stavis Wolf, Esq., Secretary;
Elaine Sampanis., Treasurer;
Sherry Dingas, Grand Governor, Zone I;
Nicky Stamoulis, Grand Governor, Zone II;
Christine Constantine, Grand Governor, Zone III;
Lois Kotzambasis; Grand Governor, Zone IV;
Dianna Rakus, Grand Advisor - Maids of Athena.
Penelope of the Year, Elaine Rice, of Zelia Chapter #120, District #8 in Salem/Peabody, MA.

Georgia is looking forward to an exciting new year and hopes to visit with as many chapters as possible during the upcoming term.

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Established in 1929, The Daughters of Penelope is the women’s organization of the AHEPA Family (American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association) with Headquarters in Washington, D.C.; and is a leader in philanthropic, educational and cultural activities with over 350 chapters in the United States, Canada, Greece and Cyprus, and Australia. Each chapter of the Daughters of Penelope makes a difference in its community by devoting countless hours to volunteer work in hospitals, retirement homes, women’s centers and daycare centers; and by organizing educational seminars, helping the less fortunate, supporting their local church and making monetary contributions to local charities and scholarship funds.

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