Dayton’s GAPA (Greek American Progressive Association) has been active since 1923. It offers fellowship to women of the community with the Church being the main benefactor of community fundraisers. We welcome all women of our community to join us in fellowship and helping with worthwhile projects accomplished each year.
Its original primary goal and purpose then was to perpetuate the Greek Orthodox Faith, keep alive the language and our cultural heritage. This is something we still cherish today. Our customs and traditions remain an important part of modern life. At that time, we were affiliated with a national organization and had men’s, women’s, young men’s, and young women’s chapters. Now we are an independent organization and focus only on local community interests.
Today our women’s chapter is primarily social and emphasizes fellowship. GAPA Women have hold fundraisers and donate the proceeds primarily to the church. The newest being the Bake/Craft sale and Silent Auction held the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Through the years, the organization has donated major items including the stage curtains, an oven for the kitchen and most recently the remodeling of the Athenagoras Room. In addition to hosting several Coffee Hours after church each year, we host an annual Young At Heart gathering and take the responsibility for preparing the Pastistio for our Greek Festival.
GAPA holds its monthly meetings at 1 pm. Meetings are held the third Tuesday for September, November, February and March. In January, April and October, our monthly meeting is held the third Saturday. During the summer, we have a family picnic and December is our annual Christmas luncheon.
Although many of us in today’s world work outside the home, we continue to enjoy being involved, devoting our time and talents in many ways to benefit our church and community and foster its growth for the next generation. Our mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers before us lead the way—we follow in their footsteps.