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Penelope of the Year
Vasilia Kachmarski

Vasilia Kachmarski
Penelope of the Year

The Penelope of the Year program of the Daughters of Penelope was instituted in 1958. Through this program members at the Supreme Convention each year, select a recipient who is recognized as an outstanding Daughter of Penelope, who excels in contributions and service to the Daughters of Penelope throughout her many years of service, as well as having participated significantly in the Greek Community, to civic and charitable organizations, to various civic endeavors, and has served and provided unselfish assistance to the Daughters of Penelope and her community

An application form for a qualified member is submitted by a chapter to the District Committee or Chairman. At the District Convention of each District, delegates review and select a District Penelope of the year. A pin is presented to recognize this outstanding award in the District. The District Penelope of the year is then submitted to the Supreme Convention Penelope of the Year Committee Chairman for consideration. At the Supreme Convention delegates on the Penelope of the Year Committee select one member for recognition as the International Penelope of the Year, who represents outstanding and distinguished service to the Daughters of Penelope and her community.

The 2016-2017 Penelope of the Year recipient is Vasilia Kachmarski of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

About Vasilia Kachmarski

Membership: 48 year member
Initiated into Telemachus Chapter #69,
Saskatoon, Sask.
Transferred to Erato Chapter #295, Calgary, Alberta
Chapter Offices: Chapter President, 3 years
Chapter VP, 3 years
Chapter Secretary, 10 years
Chapter Marshall, 3 year
Committees Chaired: Entertainment, Convention, AHEPA Ball, Education Bazaar
District Offices: District Governor, 4 years
Lt. Governor, 2 years
District Secretary-Treasurer, 10 years
District Marshall, 2 year
District Advisor, Maids of Athena, 3 years
District Advisor DOP, 4 years
Convention Offices Convention Chairman, 12 years Vice-Chairman, Secretary
Committees Chaired: Scholarship, Budget, Penelope of the Year, Maids of Athena, Legislation
Grand Lodge: Grand Vice-President, Canada, 5 years
Maids of Athena Advisory Board, 5 years
Supreme Convention: Convention Secretary, 1 year
Convention Vice-Chair, 1 year
Convention Chair, 1 year
Committees: Chairman of Canadian Affairs, Grievance, Penelope of the Year and Projects (2 years)
Member of Legislation, Budget and Finance, Maids of Athena, Credentials, Scholarship,
Daughters of Penelope Foundation, Inc. President, 4 years
Secretary, 5 years
DOP Foundation Inc. Secretary, 5 years

AHEPA Family Charitable Foundation of Canada: Secretary 12 years

Other: Folk Arts Council
Puppets for Peace Board of Directors
Elections Committee, Hellenic Community of Calgary
Family: Married to Ron Kachmarski
Son, Sean along with his wife Wendy and children Ross
and Tasha live in England.

Highlights of Celia’s Daughters of Penelope Career

  • Chairing the AHEPA Ball honoring Special Olympics
  • Chairing the AHEPA Ball and hosting Nicholas Gage the author
  • Hosting a member of the International Olympic Committee when the Winter Olympics were in Calgary in 1988
  • Accompanying the Maids Basketball team on their tournaments in California in the early days.
  • Hosting the Erato Chapter 50th Anniversary Tea with the first District Governor, Celia’s mother, Cleo Girgulis in attendance.
  • Speaking at the Parliamentary Banquet in Ottawa, Ontario in 1988 during my tenure as Grand Vice President of Canada
  • Hosting many Grand Presidents and Supreme Presidents at numerous District Conventions.
  • Being honored by her sisters with the National Penelope of the Year award