National Philoptochos Society
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Archbishop Demetrios Reappoints
Maria Logus National Philoptochos President
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, and Chairman of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society announced the reappointment of Maria Logus of New York to a second term as National Philoptochos President at the inaugural meeting of the 2016-2018 National Philoptochos Board held on October 14 at the Marriott Marquis in New York. Archbishop Demetrios praised Miss Logus for her deep commitment to Philoptochos and the Church and commended her first term as President.
The members of the new Executive Board are: Jeannie Ranglas, First Vice President; Evangeline Mekras Scurtis, Second Vice President; Joanne Stavrakas, Third Vice President; Barbara Pasalis, Secretary; Martha Stefanidakis, Treasurer; and Georgia Vlitas, Assistant Treasurer. In advisory positions are Deana Balahtsis, Legal Advisor; Maria Stavropoulos, Protocol Officer; and Irene Steffas, Parliamentarian.
Continuing in their role on the Executive Board are Jennifer Constantin, Direct Archdiocesan District President; Pam Argyris, Metropolis of Chicago President; Frances Levas, Metropolis of Boston President; Barbara Vittas, Metropolis of Denver President; Dee Nicolaou, Metropolis of Atlanta President; Margaret Yates, Metropolis of Detroit President; Crystal Thomas, Metropolis of Pittsburgh President; Jeannie Ranglas, Metropolis of San Francisco President and Anastasia Michals, Metropolis of New Jersey President.
To read the full press release, click here.
2016 Convention Issue
This year’s Philoptochos Voice has been designed in electronic format to enrich the experience of our readers. Please click on the headline above to access our convention newsletter, which contains a recap of the 2014-2016 term, as well as direct links to videos and presentations from the 2016 Biennial Convention. We hope that you enjoy it!
Philoptochos Chapters Made a Difference
on October 22
MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY!
Philoptochos chapters across the country participated in MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY with acts of kindness and projects that involved families and youth. Please continue to post on the Philoptochos Community Facebook page or @Philoptochos1 Twitter account, or send your photos and updates to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 31.
Please mark your 2017 calendars with MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY on October 28, 2017.
Be the Bee #106
DO MORE DOING from Youth & Young Adult Ministries
Watch this video that features Philoptochos women as role models for hands-on philanthropy.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) for anonymous/ confidential help, referrals and local programs, 24/7.
For more information, please go to the Social Services Department at the top of this page> Fact Sheets & Resources from the drop down menu> Domestic Violence section.
Philoptochos Supports UNICEF
On Aug. 3, Philoptochos UNICEF Committee Co-Chair Ourania Soumas (right), presented $50,000 to Caryl Stern (left), President and CEO of UNICEF USA Fund, earmarked for work to end child trafficking. Stern's office was filled with gifts and mementoes from children around the world.
Click here for an article on the UNICEF website about the donation.
An Important Message on
the Recent Floods in Louisiana
September 1, 2016
Dear National Board Members, Metropolis Presidents and Boards, Chapter Presidents and Stewards of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society,
On behalf of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, I extend heartfelt greetings to you as we commemorate the Feast of the Indiction, the first day of the Ecclesiastical New Year. September marks a time of new beginnings, an opportunity to revisit our commitment to our mission and to look ahead with refreshed vigor and enthusiasm. As stewards of Philoptochos, we are sustained by a calendar of recurring efforts and ongoing projects. And, when galvanized by unpredictable and unanticipated events, we respond, steadfast and strong in our resolve to offer comfort and solace to all those in need.
On August 11, torrential downpours occurred in areas surrounding Baton Rouge and Lafayette, Louisiana causing unimaginable devastation. The Washington Post noted that, “the ‘no-name storm’ dumped three times as much rain on Louisiana as Hurricane Katrina. It dropped the equivalent of 7.1 trillion gallons of water or enough to fill Lake Pontchartrain about four times.” The distress and needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ and the Church of the Holy Trinity Church in Baton Rouge is immense. Many have been displaced from their homes and have lost most, if not all, of their physical belongings.
To read the rest of the message and learn how you can help, please click here.
Listen to: Dee Nicolaou, Metropolis of Atlanta Philoptochos President and Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Committee Chair discuss aid to victims of floods in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on OCN Now Radio
National Philoptochos Ministry Commitments
The National Philoptochos Ministry Commitments are the heart and soul of Philoptochos. All chapters are urged to continue their generous support for these vital national ministries.
The Commitment for October is as follows:
NATIONAL PHILOPTOCHOS EMERGENCY FUND
The National Philoptochos Emergency Fund was established to help those in the U.S. and throughout the world affected by natural disasters such as blizzards, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes and wild fires. This discretionary commitment enables Philoptochos to respond quickly and efficiently with compassion and aid. Through the generosity of our faithful chapters, we have been able to offer comfort, hope and monetary assistance totaling $298,100 since the Fund’s inception in 2007.
In 2015 we distributed $20,000 for the Nepali Disaster Relief Fund as first response aid to assist those affected by the devastating earthquakes.
At the 2016 National Biennial Philoptochos Convention, $25,000 was donated to International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) for victims of the West Virginia Floods. Subsequently, even more flooding occurred in the South, and $35,000 was donated to the Metropolis of Atlanta to cover urgent needs while the Louisiana Floods Relief drive was being established.
Thank you to those who have contributed and who will contribute this month..
2016 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention
July 3 - 8, 2016
Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center
A Successful Convention in Nashville!
Philoptochos Convention in the news:
The Tennessean, July 1, 2016
The Tennessean, July 5, 2016