St. Demetrios Philoptochos Society

Love and Service to Church and Community

The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society is an organization unique to the Greek Orthodox Church.  It is the largest women’s organization in the United States and the second largest philanthropic organization in the world.  Each Greek Orthodox Church has a Philoptochos chapter that contributes to charities and responds to disasters on local, national and even international levels.  For over 35 years our St. Demetrios Philoptochos has been able to assist the poor, victims of disease and disasters, and other charitable organizations because of the women who support us by becoming members.  We meet monthly on the first Tuesday of the month with coffee fellowship at 6:30pm and  meeting at 7:00pm.   Please contact us for additional information.


2013 – 2015 Officers
President – Georgia Karnezis
Vice President – Cleopatra Bizoukas
Recording Secretary – Kathy Fotopoulos
Corresponding Secretary – Mia Dellis
Treasurer – Effie Hanes
Assistant Treasurer – Helen Condes
Advisor – Nancy Vlahos

2013 – 2015 Board Members
Antonia Alexiou
Ismine Arges
Georgia Chioros
Mia Delis
Anastasia Giannakis
Helen Kounelis
Patrecia Siavelis
Maria Sirounis
Bessie Stamos
Kathy Zotos


Tuesday, February 3 - Philoptochos Palm Sunday Luncheon
Wednesday, February 25 - Lenten Pot Luck
Friday, February 27 - 1st Salutation Social Hour
Saturday, February 28 - Feed the Homeless
Tuesday, March 3 - General Meeting
Friday, March 6 - 2nd Salutation Social Hour
Friday, March 13 - 3rd Salutation Social Hour
Sunday, March 15 - Holy Cross School of Theology Loukoumades Fundraiser
Friday, March 20 - 4th Salutation Social Hour
Friday, March 27 - 5th Salutation Social Hour
Saturday, April 4 - Saturday of Lazarus - Palm Cross assembly after church
Sunday, April 5 - Palm Sunday Luncheon
Holy Thursday, April 9 - Egg Dyeing - Mediterranean Room
Holy Friday, April 10 - Decorate Epitaphio/Kovouklio
Sunday, April 12 - Great and Holy Pascha
Tuesday, May 5 - General Meeting - Elections


Proceeds from our annual Style Show Event in October, A Night on Broadway:  the Ladies Philoptochos made contributions to the Northwest Indiana Ahlzeimers Foundation.


 Greek American Nursing Home  - Memory Care Unit


On Sunday, October 7, 2012 more than 20 Philoptochos members and their families and friends participated in the Munster Cancer Resource Center Romp N Roll.  Efforts from our team raised over $1,000 for Cancer research!


On Tuesday, October 2, 2012 more than 300 guests attended our annual Style Show, Bella Notte at Andorra Banquets.  Thank you to all the attendees!  A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Behavioral and Learning Solutions school in Merrillville, IN.

Saint Demetrios Philoptochos Society Is Proud To Support These Projects

Autism Assistance Fund
American Heart Association Go Red For Women
Cancer Resource Center, Munster
City of Hammond Fire Safety for Children
Community Hospital Children’s Ward
Greater Hammond Community Services
Ecumenical Patriarchate Charities Fund
Hellenic Fire Relief Fund
Hardship Support for Local Families
Haven House Battered Women’s Shelter
Hellenic College/Holy Cross Seminary Scholarships
Hellenic College/Holy Cross Seminary Building Fund
Hospice of the Calumet Area
Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund
Lake County Cancer Society
Mended Hearts, Inc.
Metropolis of Chicago Junior Olympics
Metropolis of Chicago Oratorical Festival
Metropolis of Chicago Philanthropy Fund (Aid to the Poor)
National Philoptochos Children’s Cancer Fund
National Philoptochos Children’s Medical Fund
Nursing Home Visitations
Orthodox Christian Fellowship College Newsletter
Orthodox Christian Mission Center
Retired Clergy Benevolent Fund
Saint Basil’s Academy
Saint Demetrios Church School
Saint Demetrios Future Fund
Saint Demetrios Poor Box – Monetary Aid to Needy Families
Saint Demetrios Summer Vacation Bible School
Saint Joseph’s Soup Kitchen, Hammond
Saint Margaret McCauley Clinic for the Poor
St. Photios Shrine
Support a Mission Priest Program
United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund