The Daughters of Penelope (DOP,) a pre-eminent international women’s organization, elected Joanne Saltas of Salt Lake City, Utah, as Grand President for the 2012-13 administrative year. Elections were held July 25th at the 90th Annual AHEPA Supreme Convention in Las Vegas.
“It is an honor and a great thrill to be elected Grand President,” said Saltas, who is a member of Charai Chapter 79, Salt Lake City. “I look forward to working with the Grand Lodge and the membership to take our existing successful programs in education, philanthropy, and social services to greater levels to the benefit of the community.”
Saltas, a 38-year member of the group, has served all the major positions at the national, district, and chapter levels within the organization, including Grand Vice-President (2011-12) and all offices at the Grand Lodge level. In 2007, she was selected as National Penelope of the Year. Saltas’ theme for the administrative year is “Achieve.” She challenged the membership to reach new heights of tolerance, respect, and patience and to achieve more in the way of programs, events, and outreach in the community.
“I believe strongly in the philosophy of our organization’s founder, Alexandra Apostolides,” noted Saltas, who was born and raised in Salt Lake City. She is a graduate of the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education and a Master’s degree in Computer Science. Although Saltas is now retired after a 30-year teaching career, she currently does part-time work for the University of Utah School of Medicine. She is also active in other community organizations, including the Philoptochos, and a past president of the local Pan Arcadian chapter.
Founded in San Francisco in 1929, the Daughters of Penelope is the first women’s organization of its kind established in the United States. It is an affiliate organization of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA.) The mission of the DOP is to promote the ancient Greek ideals of Hellenism, Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, and Family and Individual Excellence.
2012-13 Daughters of Penelope Grand Lodge
Elected to the Daughters of Penelope Grand Lodge were: Grand Vice President Anna-Helene Grossomanides, Westerly, R.I.; Canadian President Aspa Kostopoulos, Ontario, Canada; Grand Secretary Demi Thomas, Ridgewood, N.J.; Grand Treasurer Connie Pilallis, Boca Raton, Fla.; Grand Governor Zone I Maria Cookie Patelos, Albany, N.Y.; Grand Governor Zone II Kathryn Tripodis, Parma, Ohio; Grand Governor Zone III Barbara Maligas, Spring, Texas; Grand Governor Zone IV Jan Spanos, Sacramento, Calif.; and Grand Advisor to the Maids of Athena Niki Pallas, Chandler, Arizona.