Supreme Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada
The delegates of the Supreme Convention of the Daughters of Penelope (DOP) elected Marianthi Treppiedi, Grand President for the 2023-2024 administrative year. Elections were held July 27th, at the 101st Annual AHEPA Supreme Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Meet Grand President Marianthi Treppiedi
Grand President Marianthi Treppiedi is a member of Parnassus Chapter No. 115 and resides in Firwood District 22, the Evergreen State of Washington, from the beautiful City of Spokane. She has been married to her husband, Rocky, for 49 years and has three married children and seven wonderful grandchildren, four grandsons and three granddaughters. Her first son, Nicky, died of SIDS in 1980 at 9 months old.
Treppiedi was born and raised in Queens, New York. Her father, Athanasios Tsiatis, immigrated from Northern Greece, and her mother, Anna Tsiatis, immigrated from Athens. She attended the Greek American Institute for elementary school, William Cullen Bryant High School and graduated from Queens College of the City University of New York in 1975 with a major in Education. In 1969 she joined the AHEPA Family by becoming a member of the local Maids of Athena Chapter.
In 1974 she married her husband, Rocky, and a year later moved to Spokane, Washington where he graduated from Gonzaga University Law School. She loved Spokane and decided to stay to raise a family. Treppiedi worked in accounts receivable and payable for a company in Spokane for 30 years and retired in 2019.
Grand President Marianthi Treppiedi has been involved in the Daughters of Penelope over 33 years, serving the organization at the local, district and national levels. She also served on the Northwest AHEPA Family Educational Foundation from 2005-2019, serving as chairman from 2011-2019. Nationally, she served on the Daughters of Penelope Foundation from 2015-2017, was Convention Vice Chair, Convention Secretary, Chairman of the Legislation Committee, and the Education Committee and Secretary on the Projects Committee. Treppiedi was elected to the Grand Lodge of the Daughters of Penelope in 2017 and has served in all Grand Lodge positions.
Treppiedi now serves as Vice President of her Philoptochos Chapter at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church and previously served on the Parish Council. She has served on the boards for United Way of Spokane, the Junior League of Spokane, the Spokane Symphony, and Spokane Interplayers Ensemble. She also served on the SIDS Foundation of Washington as President, Shadle Park High School Site Council, the Senior All-Nighter as Chairman, and on the Spokane Public Schools Levy and Bond Election.
Treppiedi has embraced the theme, “The Power of We…CommUNITY” to lead the Daughters of Penelope Sisterhood. Unity promotes collaboration and teamwork. “When we work together towards a common goal we can achieve anything. Unity helps to build stronger relationships between people, and when we feel like we are part of a community we are more likely to support and help each other. I will promote a sense of unity that every member-every one of us-needs to be valued and acknowledged. I will keep the lines of communication open so we can work together for the good of the order. My values include treating everyone with respect, kindness, and integrity. I believe in giving back to my community and my passion is my Greek Heritage through the Daughters of Penelope,” said Grand President Marianthi Treppiedi.
2023-2024 Daughters of Penelope Grand Lodge
In addition to Grand President Marianthi Treppiedi, the following individuals were elected to the Daughters of Penelope Grand Lodge:
Grand Vice President Margaret Dritsas of Ottawa, Canada;
Grand Secretary Antoinette M. Zachariades of Brick, NJ;
Grand Treasurer Gretchen Holtsinger of Wimberley, TX;
Grand Governor Zone I Marianne Boutsioulis of Cheshire, CT;
Grand Governor Zone II Patty Didik of Hudson, FL;
Grand Governor Zone III Christie Finch of Aurora, CO;
Grand Governor Zone IV Linda Belba of San Jose, CA;
Grand Governor Zone V Xanthe Vafopoulou of Richmond Hill, ON, Canada;
and Grand Advisor to the Maids of Athena Effie Kirkiles of Oakland Park, FL.
L to R Front Row: Grand Treasurer Gretchen Holtsinger, Grand Vice President Margaret Dritsas, Grand President Marianthi Treppiedi, Grand Secretary Antoinette Marousis Zachariades, and Grand Governor Zone I Marianne Boutsioulis. L to R Back Row: Grand Governor Zone III Christie Finch, Grand Governor Zone IV Linda Belba, Grand Governor Zone II Patty Didik, Grand Governor Zone V Xanthe Vafopoulou, and Grand Maids of Athena Advisor Effie Kirkiles.