This Month’s Selections

Exciting news!! The Book Club of the Daughters of Penelope Foundation, Inc. has a new look and feel! From now on we will feature book selections recommended by our members. And our Grand President is launching the new book club with her recommendation. 

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Grand President, Demi Thomas

What book does our Grand President recommend for your book club discussions?

The Grand President of the Daughters of Penelope, Demi Thomas, is currently reading a great book: the title is Donovan: America’s Master Spy and it is written by Richard Dunlop. GP Demi Thomas is reading this book “because my father in law was in the OSS during WWII. He was recruited, trained in Colorado Springs and was parachuted into the mountains above his home town of Trikala, Thessaly, Greece.

The Army decided to recruit immigrants who were living in the US, train them and drop them in their home towns to fight with the underground against the Nazi’s. The Greek government didn’t find out that the soldiers were there until 50 years after the war when the survivors held a reunion and visited Greece to celebrate their success. These units were sent all over Europe and the man in charge of these units was Donovan. He was quite a character but very good at what he did. I have always loved intrigue and stories of WWII. I loved listening to my father in law share his stories.”

What other books does our Grand President read?

Our Grand President is an avid reader. As she so nicely explains: “I read almost anything if it has to do with history both fiction and non fiction. I also love FBI stories of suspense. My summer reads are usually Catherine Coulter, James Patterson or David Baldacci. That doesn’t mean I don’t like to read fun mysteries like Joanna Fluke who includes recipes in all her books.  I’ve tried many of her recipes and they are great, especially the cookie recipes!”

Find out a little more about our Grand President

Grand President Thomas, joined the Amphitrite Chapter #175 in San Bernardino, California in District 20, transferred to Cadmus Chapter #165 in Paramus, New Jersey, and is now a member of Agape Chapter #336 in Wyckoff, New Jersey.

She has been a member of the AHEPA family for more than 40 years since joining the Maids of Athena at the age of 14. She has served numerous leadership positions with the Daughters of Penelope, including most recently, Grand Vice President. In addition, she has served on the Boards of the District 5 Cancer Foundation and District 5 Educational Foundation; the latter as its chairman. Moreover, Grand President Thomas participated in writing the Holocaust in Greece, New Jersey Curriculum.

Demi and her husband, Sammy, have two daughters, and a granddaughter. They are members of Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Wyckoff, N.J. There, Thomas has served as director of Religious Education, has chaired the local and district Oratorical Festival, and is a member of the Philoptochos Board.

Demi is a teacher and teaches Social Studies at Teaneck Community Charter School (TCCS), a middle school in Teaneck, N.J., where she serves as the Department Chair. She is a former board member of Friends of TCCS. Thomas also is active civically. She has held leadership positions with the Home and School Association of Somerville Elementary School, having served as its president; and the Federated Home and School Association. Thomas is also a past board member of ABC Cancer.

Anna Argyris
Foundation Book Club Chairman
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