Philoptochos Newsletter

June & July 2017

Dear Philoptochos Members & Parishioners:

It is that time of the year for many of you to relax from the daily requirements of your children’s school year.  Congratulations to all our high school graduates as they get ready for a new chapter in their lives.   

On May 7 our Philoptochos chapter elected the following Board members:  Dina Goodson,   Maria Kanos,   Renee Lane,   Katherine Fasul,   Karen Koukies,   Haroula Karmazyn,   Helen Hasapis,   Litsa DaRosa &  Debbie Malahias 

As soon as the election results are ratified by National Philoptochos the elected Board will meet to select the new officers of our chapter.  On behalf of the current officers I offer our sincere thanks for your support and continuous assistance during the past four years.  It is our hope that your support will continue as our new elected officers assume their duties.

As your Philoptochos president I would like you to know that my job was easy because the elected officers did their jobs with strong love for our church and the mission of Philoptochos.  Mrs. Melba Poulos, our vice president, was always ready to give advice based upon her experience as a previous president and member for many years.  Our secretary, Mrs. Debbie Malahias, did a wonderful job in addition to being a full-time teacher, student for advanced studies, wife, and mother of 3 children.  Mrs. Christine Samanis, our treasurer, did an excellent job handling our finances, making sure our obligations to national and metropolis were paid on time and all our funds were properly accounted for.  Her thorough written reports are a testament to the seriousness of her responsibilities.  Mrs. Helen Hasapis has been our corresponding secretary and our brownie maker.  She never asked for reimbursement for postage and stationery.

May God bless all our officers, their families, and all the other members who have donated so much of their time making the koliva, baking for the memorial services and the coffee hour, setting up for coffee hour, etc.  Please remember to always help as much as you are able and always remember the Philoptochos board is a group of volunteers and open to your suggestions.   

On November 11, the 2017 Children’s Medical Fund Luncheon will take place in Garfield, New Jersey.  The fund’s committee is asking for our support by purchasing raffle tickets, $10 each or 3 for $25.  If you are interested in supporting this fund, which provides medical assistance to critically ill children, please let me know and I will get you tickets.   

I would like to thank Father Alexander for attending our meetings and our church secretary, Litsa Da Rosa, for her assistance.  It was a pleasure for me to serve as your president for the past four years and I look forward to continuing my support for this wonderful organization. 

Irene J Bantsolas