The Maids of Athena was founded through the inspiration of Mr. Thomas D. Lentgis, Supreme Governor of the Order of AHEPA, on July 5, 1930 in Tacoma, Washington. At that time Sparta #1 was formed with 12 original members; however, a charter was not granted until November 18, 1937. Charters were also granted to Alethea #2, Seattle, Washington; Diana #3, Portland, Oregon; and Ariadne #4, Vancouver, British Columbia.
The first constitution and ritual were written in 1935. By the end of 1937 there were 20 chapters and a total membership of 444. At the 1950 Supreme Convention in Cleveland, the Maids of Athena officially became the Junior Auxiliary of the Daughters of Penelope. In 1953, the first National Conference of the Maids of Athena was held in Houston, Texas. At the 1954 Pittsburgh Convention, the first Grand Lodge of the Maids of Athena was elected.
When you join the Maids you join a HUGE family! There are over 100 active chapters in the United States and Canada. There’s probably a chapter near you with individuals just like you who are looking for new friendships, chances to travel, and lots of fun.
Our members are encouraged to strive to achieve and embody the ideals of our Order; Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.
Each chapter belongs to a district. There are 26 districts in the United States and Canada with each district being comprised of at least three chapters. There are social events and sports tournaments throughout the Districts all year. That’s even MORE people to meet.
If you are between the ages of 14 and 24 years old, unmarried, and of Greek descent from either parent, contact our National Headquarters for information on the closest chapter to you.
Set One Up
If you are interested in organizing a chapter in your area, please contact:
AHEPA Headquarters 1909 Q Street, NW Suite 500 Washington, DC 20009 (202) 232-6300 Fax (202) 232-2140
Community Serivces & Philantropy
Our sisterhood has always been committed to the betterment of our community through charitable causes. Collectively, throughout the years, our chapters have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in support of such worthy causes as: Cooley’s Anemia Foundation, Deborah Heart and Lung Center, St. Basil’s Academy, Greek Orthodox Churches, Special Olympics, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and the AHEPA Bone Marrow Programs. This year the Maids of Athena, and our brother group the Sons of Pericles, have chosen Muscular Dystrophy as our National Project. Together we plan to donate $15,000 towards the fight for a cure against this terrible disease.
Along with the fun, there is a serious side to our organization. Every year we adopt a National Project, and through fundraisers and social events we raise money to support it. Some of our past projects include; Juvenile Diabetes Association, AHEPA Bone Marrow Registry, Heal the Children, St. Basil’s Academy and many others. This year the Maids of Athena with the Sons of Pericles joined together to expekt-bonus support the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Do you love the thrill of sports competition? The Sons of Pericles and Maids of Athena offer our members a great sports program. There are four Regional Basketball Tournaments with winners competing in the National Tournament. Each District has several sports tournaments such as beach volleyball, softball, and football. Local chapters also have their own inter-sports programs. It’s a great place for competition, fun, and socializing!
Remember, only members can participate in these great events.