The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) and the Daughters of Penelope Districts 12 and 13 will be hosting a joint conference at the Ramada Inn & Conference Center in Hammond Friday, May 30, through Sunday, June 1.

According to Lt. Governor of District 12, Irene Kolozenski, the joint convention is expecting around 50 attendees from chapters in Merrillville, Hammond, South Bend, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Schererville and parts of Illinois.

"We have it (the conference) jointly to exchange ideas, for fellowship and camaraderie," explained Kolozenski. "Different areas come in and we get new and fresh ideas."

The mission of AHEPA and the Daughters of Penelope is to promote Hellenism, education, philanthropy, civic responsibility, family and individual excellence.

AHEPA is noted for their philanthropy and volunteerism. They also provide scholarships locally and nationally, as well as donate for disaster relief and life-threatening diseases. The Daughters of Penelope is known as a leader in philanthropy and cultural activities. They promote educational, cultural, scholarship and civic programs.

"Anybody is welcome to join (AHEPA or Daughters of Penelope) who is willing to volunteer and do charitable work," stated Kolozenski.

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