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Penelope Statue-de Young Museum, San Francisco July 20, 2006

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TO:

Diane B. Wilsey, President, Board of Trustees

John E. Buchanan, Jr, Director of the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco

Judy Gough, Secretary to the Museums

AHEPA Family Brothers & Sisters-

Nothing that I heard prepared me for the vision of Penelope. This statue by Franklin Simmons that now graces the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco is beautiful. Captured in stone, like the beauty and silent mystery of the Mona Lisa.

It is with gratitude that I thank EOS 1, Daughters of Penelope, for this generous gift to the Museum and most especially to Mary Chicos, Penelope of the Year (2004) for her tireless effort to locate and acquire this Penelope Statue.

Although my brother has been a long time member, I became a member of the Museum after seeing this Statue. However, I was disappointed, that the description for Penelope was not near the Statue, but on the wall across the room. To find out if this was the Penelope Statue, I took this picture with flash, that brought a Docent as security, admonishing me for the flash but also verified that this was the Statue of Penelope.

The other disappointment was not finding anything available on Penelope in the Museum Store. This Statue is probably the most important modern art work of Hellenism in perfect condition. This is unfortunate since much is available to purchase in the way of books, cards and replicas of art, of lesser importance.

The Hellenic woman’s Organization, Daughters of Penelope (DOP), which carries her name, was founded in 1929, in San Francisco and is an affiliate of the largest Greek Organization in the world, the Order of AHEPA. The DOP is a very active organization, addressing woman’s and Hellenic issues. One project is “Penelope House,” a facility for battered woman.

With this email, we hereby request that Diane B. Wilsey, \nPresident, Board of Trustees and John E. Buchanan, Jr, Director of the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco take action to correct this problem. We would be Englad to assist in this manner. Thank you.

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It is understandable that she had so many men seeking her hand. What was Odysseus thinking?

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OK, so I took two pictures. Isn’t she beautiful?

In addition, the Order of AHEPA stands ready to assist, support and work with the Government of Greece in obtaining traveling Exhibits of Hellenic Artifacts and Treasures for the de Young Museum and the people of San Francisco.


Kostas Gus Hazifotis

Supreme Governor &

Chairman, Center for Hellenic Studies

Order of AHEPA

(American Hellenic Education Progressive Association www.ahepa.org )

5875 Meander Drive

San Jose, CA 95120

San Jose, California 95120

(408) 268-0503

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District 6 Convention-New York July 20, 2006

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Western Regional Leadership Conference & DOP Founders Day Luncheon July 20, 2006

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Yes, San Francisco for the West Coast Leadership Conference combined with the DOP Founders Day Luncheon!

SAVE THE DATE: November 17-18, 2006

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                                Plan your weekend in San Francisco

We are in final negotiations with ….

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport

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Front Entrance

Delight in the unexpected when you select Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport. This luxurious AAA Four-Diamond hotel near San Francisco airport surpasses every standard with a pampering array of amenities and services. Perfectly located on San Francisco Bay

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Atrium Interior with restaurants and cocktail lounge

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Banquet facilities

Rooms & Amenities

  • 789 Spacious Guestrooms & 26 Suites
  • Plush Hyatt Grand Bed in Every Room
  • T-Mobile Wireless Internet Access
  • Bay View, Business Plan, Regency Club Rooms

Guest Services

  • Complimentary Shuttle to BART at SFO Airport
  • 24-Hour Business Center
  • Free Trolley to Downtown Burlingame
  • T-Mobile Wi-Fi Access in all Public Areas

Dining & Entertainment

  • Knuckles Historical Sports Bar
  • Swiftwater Cafe & Deli
  • Cascades Wine Cellar Lounge
  • Award-Winning Sunday Champagne Jazz Brunch

Activities

  • Complete Health Club
  • Heated Outdoor Pool & Whirlpool
  • 27 Plasma Screens & Pool Table in Knuckles
  • Wine Pairings at Cascades

Local Attractions

  • Burlingame Shops, Restaurants & Cafes
  • Downtown San Francisco / Union Square
  • SBC Park (SF Giants) & Monster Park (Home of the 49er’s)
  • Napa / Sonoma Valley Wineries

We are working out the details and developing an agenda for the Leadership Conference.  Any suggestion?  Also email me if you plan to attend.  This is a tentative list. No commitment.  It will help the Committee planning this event.

Kostas Gus Hazifotis

Supreme Governor

MAY HIS MEMORY BE ETERNAL July 19, 2006

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NEW YORK

June 11, 2006

Mr. AHEPA, Tom Demopoulos. It is almost 2.5 years since his passing. May His Memory be Eternal! The AHEPA Organization is failing to keep in contact with the widows of our AHEPANS. AHEPANS that gave so much of themselves, neglecting business and families because their first commitment was to AHEPA. How can we say that we are an AHEPA Family if we don’t look in and take care of our own.

We need a list of our departed AHEPANS and Widows and have a newsletter that goes out and keeps them connected and informed. We can offer assistance and provides valuable information whether it be, nutrition, health tips, health benefits, etc. We owe it to our AHEPA Family to let them know that they are not forgotten.

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Sayed Houssein with Angie Demopoulos. We prayed, held hands and cried together. The remembrance of happier days.

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Kostas Gus Hazifotis and Cathy Demopoulos, daughter of Tom Demopoulos.

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Sayed Houssein and Cathy Demopoulos visiting the Grave of Tom Demopoulos.
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Tom Demopoulos was one of the first people that Houssein, a runaway youth, met in New York. Houssein was fortunate in walking into his cobbler shop. Living on the subway, hungry and looking for a job, Tony bought Houssein a sandwich and arranged an appointment for Houssein to get a job. That started a lifelong friendship and Houssein was Angie’s and Tom’s extended family and a member of the AHEPA Family.

Kostas Gus Hazifotis, SG

IF YOU WOULD LIKE YOU NAME TO BE REMOVED FROM THIS LIST, PLEASE SEND ME AN EMAIL TO THAT EFFECT.

The Student and the Plebe July 19, 2006

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Nicholas Sterghos, West Point and Gust James II, AHEPA Supreme President 

 

The Student and the Plebe

 

In attendance for this Biennia Banquet was a College Student from Virginia Tech and a Plebe from West Point.

 

The Plebe. Nicholas Sterghos (GA), a Pleb at West Point with his father Ignatius, Lt Cmdr. Ret., and a product of the Citadel, were invited to attend the Biennial Weekend and learn about AHEPA and the work we do in our communities and learn more about their Hellenic Heritage. Nicholas is on the Deans List and holds many records as a distance runner.

 

Nicholas was given a great welcome by the AHEPA Family at the Biennial Banquet. Dressed in his well pressed uniform and spit shined shoes, took photograph with most of the Dignitaries and AHEPA Leadership. He especially enjoyed meeting the Archbishop and hearing about St. Basil’s Academy that is across the river from West Point.

 

They attended all the events of the Biennial Weekend. They particularly enjoyed the Salute to Women and the Capitol Tour. To be in the halls and Chambers where the Congress and Senate Govern was impressive. To think of all the great Leaders of Democracy that have walked  those stairs and halls…to sit where they sat…now that is living history. To look at the art in the Capitol and look, the pictorial history of our nation in the Rotunda and the contribution and genius of the Greek-Italian Artist, Constantine Brumidi, in the Senate Building again shows another contribution of our Hellenic Heritage.

 

After the Capitol Tour, a great dinner was hosted by St. Kathryn’s at Falls Church, VA. Their hospitality was warm and gracious. There, Ignatius was reunited with a classmate from the Citadel who was the Chef that evening. 

 

In his spare time, Nicholas ran at the Capitol Mall. That has to be one of the most inspiring place on the planet to run.    

 

I believe we have the makings of a new AHEPA Family recruited. 

 

The Student. William Wolf (LA), a Sophomore at Virginia Tech. A SOP and an AHEPA Brat that has been to many AHEPA Functions. He agreed to attend, even though he would have to wear a tux. William a Computer Science Major was on Spring Break. (No one told him about Miami)

 

William made friends with some of our younger AHEPANS (Demetri Kirkiles, President of the Ft. Lauderdale, AHEPA Chapter), where they discussed bringing AHEPA more into the Digital Age and Internet.

 

The Capitol Tour was a highpoint for William and dinner at St. Kathryn. Well, he is a teenager and you know about their appetite. The night before, Phili-Cheese Steak sandwiches, smuggled into the Hilton were a big hit. And this after the Banquet. William invited his College roommate to attend the Capitol Tour and Dinner. This is an impressive private tour that very few ever experience. Visiting places not normally open to visitors made this tour very special. 

 

After Dinner, William and his friend drove back to Virginia Tech. Spring Break was over.  Did William think that the trip to Washington was worth coming to? The pride in his Mother’s eyes made this trip for him worth it. Even though there was a scarcity of young people, he was happy to spend time with his Mom, had his laptop, magazines and an opportunity to discuss technology and the next step for AHEPA’s Digital needs. He was glad to be asked and he is willing to help.  Now, that is the way we bring along our youth to be part of the Organization. Having common ground and a better understanding, bridges the generation gap.

 

How many of us have asked our kids or grandchildren that we ask to program our cell phones and computers. And they comply effortlessly. They are glad to help. By asking, we bridge the chasm of the Digital Divide and now have more in common with our Family. Lets not fear or be intimidated by technology. You don’t have to be a mechanic to drive a car. I just want to get from point A to point B. I don’t care how it works. Remember our Fathers and Grandfathers, who never made the effort to learn to drive. Please don’t become them. Keep your mind alert and thinking. 

 

Create and develop the bond and understanding that holds you closer with your children and our youth.

 

Kostas Gus Hazifotis, SG

San Jose, CA

Angelo, My Best Friend July 19, 2006

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Monday, February 20, 2006

Today, I buried my brother and my best friend. A double loss that will be with me for a long time. For those that knew him, understand. Those who met him have an idea. And those who didn’t know him can only try to understand ANGELO, the Man, the Brother, the Friend.

A Hellene, always the gentlemen. He was ready to give encouragement, a kind word, or pass on his knowledge. I was fortunate to have him as an associate in business for a few years. One of the few times when I worked with someone, where we worked in harmony and it was said, “one and one was greater than two.” I admired his ability, integrity and sincerity in dealing with people. His ability to take a difficult subject and break it down to its smallest component and make it understandable. His artistic and creative ability shall last forever. I was hoping to find someone who would say something other than, what a great person, neighbor, and uncle he was. So, he shall be missed.

And what is the measure of a man?  By how much he is missed!  It was a rainbow that called him a couple of months ago.  And now he is over the rainbow in the arms of the creator and those that went before him that made a place for him.

Thank you all for your e-mails, phone calls, prayers and well wishes. He is now at peace.

May his memory be eternal.

Angelo’s Brother,

Kostas Gus Hazifotis

SONS OF PERICLES AWARD INTERNSHIP SCHOLARSHIP July 19, 2006

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NEW YORK

June 10, 2006

 

SONS OF PERICLES, INTERNSHIP SCHOLARSHIP.

 

This Scholarship was granted to an Intern that accepts a nonpaying Internship to assist them in covering part of their expenses while gaining valuable experiences in their field.  This was the first time this kind of Scholarship was Awarded.  The Sons of Pericles are evaluating the benefit of such assistance in addition to their regular Scholarship Program for their Membership.

 

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Award of  the Intern Scholarship to Sayed “SAK”  Houssein, second year Law Student, University of Indiana, by Andy Livaditis, Treasurer, Sons of Pericles.  Houssein is assigned to Hon. Judge Nicholas Tsoucalas, US Court of International Trade, New York, as his Law Clerk for the summer. 

 

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Andy Livaditis, Supreme Treasurer, Sons Of Pericles ,  Sayed  “SAK” Houssein an AHEPAN, member of the Nick D. Mousmoules Chapter #521 \n and Kostas Gus Hazifotis, \n Supreme Governor, Order of AHEPA.

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Honorable Judge Nicholas Tsoucalas, United States Court of International Trade, and Delphi Chapter  #25 for over 50 years is approaching his 40th year on the bench as a Judge.  A remarkable career for a son of a Greek Immigrant.  Hon. Judge Tsoucalas offers opportunities to Law Students to gain valuable experience as his Law Clerk in the Law Profession. 

 

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               THE WARRIOR-POET, THE JUDGE AND THE ENGINEER

 

Sayed Houssein Afghani, PSG, AHEPA Chapter 531  President, Hon. Nicholas Tsoucalas of Delphi # 25 and 

Kostas Gus Hazifotis, Supreme Governor.

Long time friends meet and break bread.  AHEPA friendships are forever.  

Kostas Gus Hazifotis

Supreme Governor

Order of AHEPA

Epiphany Weekend Celebration July 19, 2006

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Brothers & Sisters-

I have attended several Epiphany Celebrations in Tarpon Springs. But this one with the Patriarch is almost beyond words. The entire weekend was wonderful and the City of Tarpon Springs made us proud. Besides Epiphany in Tarpon Springs, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Archbishop Dimetrios and the Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta, visited the Parish of New Orleans and the surrounding area to view first hand the devastation.

Money is still coming in to AHEPA. Be assured that all monies collected will continue to be forwarded to our AHEPA and Hellenic Brothers and Sisters. Enclosed is a copy of one of the articles. I understand we made the front page of the Sunday New York Times.

Kostas Gus Hazifotis

‘Your pain is ours,’ Greek Orthodox leader tells N.O.

Sunday, January 08, 2006 – New Orleans Times-Picayune
By Bruce Nolan

Staff writer

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, leader of a quarter-billion Eastern Orthodox Christians from his seat in Istanbul, clutched his flowing black robes and trudged up the side of the broken Industrial Canal levee Saturday “to answer the need of our soul.” Surveying the wreckage beneath him, he prayed for the more than a thousand lives lost to Hurricane Katrina.

“The city of New Orleans will be rebuilt,” he later assured a crowd of more than 1,000 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral.
“Damage will be restored. Life will blossom,” the pontiff said. “Let us build our personal lives according to the will of God; then, we will find happiness and be truly at peace.”

His remarks came in a cathedral prayer service attended by New Orleans clergy from many denominations, as well as Mayor Ray Nagin, Gov. Kathleen Blanco and U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu.

Bartholomew’s five-hour visit to the city, home of the oldest Greek Orthodox congregation in North or South America, was planned before Katrina, but given special urgency afterward.

In the wake of the storm, Greek Orthodox charities sent money and supplies into the storm area. About a quarter of the Greek Orthodox community lost their homes, said the Rev. Anthony Stratis, dean of Holy Trinity. Their cathedral was filled with three feet of water for two weeks.

Standing by Nagin

But the world was watching, even in Istanbul, the patriarch said.

“We witnessed your personal anger,” he told Nagin, referring to the frustrated mayor’s broadcast tirades against federal relief officials in the first terrible days after the storm.

And, more broadly, to all New Orleanians: “Your pain was and is our pain. It was felt by all humanity,” he said. “May the grace and abundant mercy of God be with you all.”

Bartholomew is spiritual leader of about 250 million Christians in Greece, Eastern Europe and Russia whose forebears split with Rome in the 11th century.

He remains the spiritual leader for 500 or more Greek Orthodox families in the New Orleans area.

So there was no question about coming to see him — not for Lenna Koroaminas or her four children, she said , even though some worked late at the Acropolis, their Metairie restaurant, last night.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event,” she said.

The patriarch and a retinue of high-ranking Greek Orthodox officials from Istanbul and several U.S. cities arrived in New Orleans shortly before 9 a.m. aboard three chartered jets from Tarpon Springs, Fla. He had celebrated the feast of the Epiphany with the large Greek Orthodox community there and returned to Florida from New Orleans.

‘War with no war’

Leaving the airport, the motorcade headed to the Lower 9th Ward, toward the same stretch of levee that officials opened to Britain’s Prince Charles and Camilla in December to show the royal couple Katrina’s effect on New Orleans. A few hundred yards away a huge barge lies incongruously on high ground, beached atop a crushed school bus. Nearby, homes are piles of gray rubble; some have vanished, leaving behind only slabs.

Accompanied by Catholic Archbishop Alfred Hughes, Bartholomew was briefed on Katrina’s damage by officials from the Army Corps of Engineers and FEMA. They prayed together, and the pontiff left a bouquet of red flowers to mark the site.

At the base of the levee, he turned away from his limousine and walked a short distance through the rubble of ruined houses, past discarded dishes and scattered vinyl LP records.

He stopped near a Chevrolet sedan flipped over on its top, its tires exposed to the sky.

“God protect us all,” he said.

Church officials traveling with the pontiff, including some Americans, said later they were stunned by the extent of the damage, even though they were completely familiar with all of television’s images of Katrina.

Metropolitan Nicholas, the Detroit-based leader of Greek Orthodox Christians in the Detroit area, said the desensitizing effects of 24-hour television cable news left him unprepared for the reality of New Orleans.

“Seeing it actually frightened me: the searchers’ graffiti on the houses. All of it,” he said. “It’s like there was a war here. You had a war, with no war. Unbelievable.”

A community’s effort

Yet the cathedral they arrived at a few minutes later was freshly scrubbed, sanitized and partly re-roofed. Although it sits in a demolished landscape of wrecked and uninhabited homes, weeks of preparatory work by the Greek Orthodox community erased virtually all traces of storm damage.

A crowd of more than 1,000 waited, some inside, and 100 or more waving Greek and American flags on the bank of Bayou St. John as the motorcade approached.

Among them were Polixeni Stavron, her daughter, Carrie David, and 5-year-old granddaughter, Jimmie Rose David. They had driven three hours from Alexandria to see the spiritual leader, they said.

Although Bartholomew was accompanied by diplomatic security from the State Department, crowds were allowed to come close. An apparently healthy 65, the patriarch waded into delighted families, chatting among them as he made his way to the cathedral door. Many genuflected and kissed his hand.

At one point, he encountered 8-year-old Eleni Korominas, carrying her camera phone. The pontiff took it and held it at arm’s length to snap a picture of himself. He handed it back, gave her a smile and a pat, and moved on.

After the service, the Greek Orthodox patriarch, the other clerics and guests withdrew to a sit-down lunch at the nearby Hellenic Cultural Center.

Their last taste of New Orleans was not the split and swaybacked houses ruined by Katrina, but a plastic plate lunch catered by Mother’s restaurant: gumbo, jambalaya, and roast beef and ham po-boys, with bread pudding for dessert.

Goodby Senator Alquist July 19, 2006

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SENATOR AL ALQUIST

 

Railroad Man to California State Senator. From a humble beginning as a dispatcher to yardmaster for the Southern Pacific Railroad and onto an amazing career of Public Service, spanning thirty four years. Senator Alquist reached one of the most powerful position in the State Legislature. Senator Al Alquist died Monday, March 27, 2006 at the age of 97. 

 

I was fortunate to have business with the State of California at a time when State Politics was very colorful. The year was 1986, when tax reform was going to change tax exempt funding, for public purpose projects, forever. We did our own lobbing and I had to deal with Jess Unruh, State Treasurer, Lou Pappan, Assemblyman, Willy Brown, Speaker of the House, Senator Alquist whose District I lived in (without his approval, nothing got done) and Vascncellos. It was the last of an era. What a privilege to work and get to know the last of this endangered political species. My experience was positive. What I remember most of Senator Alquist was that he was powerful, yet a quite gentleman and diplomat. They dedicated the new State of California Building in San Jose in his name…in the 1980’s. That is also where his offices were in his last years a Senator. 

 

At an AHEPA Function where Senator Al Alquist attended and I was Chairman, I had a seat reserved for him at the Head Table. Seeing only one chair open, he asked me where was his wife Elaine, was going to sit. I motioned to a table in front of the Head Table. He thanked me, stepped down from the Dais and told me that he was going to sit with his wife. Startled at the love and devotion this man had for his Bride, was indeed a lesson for me.   

 

Al Alquest married Elaine Kontominas, of St. Louis, a daughter of Greek Immigrant parents. Following in her husband’s footsteps, Elaine was elected to the State Assembly and later as a member of the State of California Senate. Elaine was the first Greek-American woman to be elected to the State Senate. She continues the family legacy of Public Service. Her most recent act for the Hellenic Community was on March 25th, a Senate Proclamation recognizing the Order of AHEPA for its service to the community, on the date celebrating Greek Independence Day, an event that is an inspiration to free people throughout the world. Elaine is a member of the Daughter’s of Penelope and former Miss AHEPA. Lately, Elaine has shunned travel and public appearances to be at the side of her husband. 

 

All aboard!   Senator Al Alquist, you are going home!  May your memory be eternal!  

 

A Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Cathedral of Faith, 2315 Canoas Garden Avenue, San Jose. Donations to the AHEPA Educational Foundation has been requested in lieu of flowers. Send to AHEPA, 5875 Meander Drive, San Jose, CA 95120. 

 

Kostas Gus Hazifotis

Supreme Governor

Order of AHEPA

(American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association)

MOA Testimonial Dinner, San Francisco, 4-29-06 July 19, 2006

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Brothers & Sisters-

 

The Testimonial Dinner for Maria N. Mastrokyriakos, Grand President of the Maids of Athena, was held on Saturday, April 29, 2006, at the Monaco Hotel, San Francisco. The event was well attended by members of AHEPA, Daughters of Penelope, Sons of Pericles, Maids of Athena and other guests.


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Sitting at the Dais, Kostas Gus Hazifotis, SG, AHEPA; Foula Vasilogiorgis, President, EOS #1, Chapter President; Connie Aretos-Banis, District Governor #21, DOP.

 

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Dianna Rakus, MOA Grand Advisor,  relaying her year of working with the Maids of Athena Grand Lodge.  Seated, honoree Maria Mastrokyriakos and Nikol Delentas, Past Chapter President MOA.

 

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The gracious Connie Aretos-Banis, District Governor #21 (also PGP DOP) giving her remarks.

 

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Mike Panayotou, Supreme President, Sons of Pericles, recanting his experience working with the “General”,  Maria Mastrokyriakos.
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Seated – Dianna Rakus, MOA Grand Advisor; Mike Panayotou, SP SOP; Mary Filou, GP DOP; Maria Mastrokyriakos GP MOA; speaking- KG Hazifotis, SG AHEPA.

 

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Maids of Athena, through a Father’s Eyes.

 

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Presentation of the State of California Proclamation, from Senator Elaine K. Alquist, Honoring Maria Mastrokyriakos

 

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 WHEREAS: Maria N. Mastrokyriakos has served the AHEPA Family (American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association) as Grand President of the Maids of Athena in 2005-06;

 

 WHEREAS: The Maids of Athena is a junior order of the Daughters of Penelope, and the young women’s affiliate of AHEPA;

 

 WHEREAS: The Maids of Athena is an international young women’s organization with over 2,500 members throughout the United States, Canada and Greece. The Maids of Athena founded 75 years ago, are dedicated to promoting Hellenism by strengthening Greek Culture through educational and artistic activities. The Maids of Athena sponsor and support philanthropic projects, Leadership Conferences, scholarship and athletic programs.  The Maids also have the opportunity to travel and meet the leadership in the Government of the United States, Greece and the Hellenic Community;

 

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WHEREAS: Maria N. Mastrokyriakos, reflects her family\’s love and \nHellenic upbringing and is an inspiration and role model for today\’s youth, and \nas a citizen of San Francisco, has made contributions for the betterment of the \ncommunity;

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BE IT RESOLVED BY SENATOR ELAINE K. ALQUIST, That Maria  N. \nMastrokyriakos is hereby commended for her service to the Maids of Athena, the \nAHEPA Family. the Hellenic Community and the greater community at large and best \nwishes are extended to Maria N. Mastrokyriakos on this special day of her \nTestimonial Dinner.

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Member \nResolution
\nDated this 29th of April, \n2006.                  \n

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\nHonorable Elaine K. \nAlquist
\n13th Senatorial \nDistrict
\nState of California"

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Dianna Rakus, Maria Mastrokyriakos, Mary Filou, DOP Grand President, \nBarbara Stavis Wolf, DOP Grand Treasurer & Mary Pazeotopoulos, DOP \nGrand Governor IV.”,1] ); //–>

 

 WHEREAS: Maria N. Mastrokyriakos has excellent communication, organizational and negotiating skills that have helped her in planning events, workshops meetings, conferences and the organizations National Conventions;

 

 WHEREAS: In her young career her achievements include a Masters in Public Administration, specializing in Human Resources and Organizational Development.  Currently Director of Training for a non-profit organization. Past experience includes, Executive Assistant to the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco, Project Coordinator for a construction company and Internship for a United States Senator.

 

 WHEREAS: Maria N. Mastrokyriakos, reflects her family’s love and Hellenic upbringing and is an inspiration and role model for today’s youth, and as a citizen of San Francisco, has made contributions for the betterment of the community;

 

 BE IT RESOLVED BY SENATOR ELAINE K. ALQUIST, That Maria  N. Mastrokyriakos is hereby commended for her service to the Maids of Athena, the AHEPA Family. the Hellenic Community and the greater community at large and best wishes are extended to Maria N. Mastrokyriakos on this special day of her Testimonial Dinner.

 


Member Resolution
Dated this 29th of April, 2006.                 

 

                 Honorable Elaine K. Alquist
13th Senatorial District
State of California”

 

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Dianna Rakus, Maria Mastrokyriakos, Mary Filou, DOP Grand President, Barbara Stavis Wolf, DOP Grand Treasurer & Mary Pazeotopoulos, DOP Grand Governor IV.
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Mary Chicos, PDG and 2002 National Penelope of the Year;  Linda Rigas, \nPast MOA Grand Secretary  & Barbara Stavis Wolf, Past GP MOA and \n2003 National Penelope of the Year.

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Mary Pazeotopoulos, Dianna Rakus, Connie Aretos-Banis and  Barbara \nStavis Wolf, DOP

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A gathering of DOP revisiting their days as Maids of Athena. Mary Filou, \nDOP Grand President, in the background.

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Also in attendance but not shown Reverend Stephen Kyriacou, the Honorable \nXenia Stefanidou, Consulate General of Greece and Karen Delakovias, \nPresident Maids of Athena Chapter 95.

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This was a celebration of the accomplishments of a young woman who was \ngiven an opportunity and accepted the responsibility. \nShe committed the resources necessary and using all her \norganizational skills, planning and interpersonal abilities to accomplish the \nimpossible. Maria is an inspiration and role model for all young women. \nRecognizing early that this was a "gem" she was also given project \nresponsibility with the DOP (Chairperson of the 75 Anniversary Founder\’s \nDay Luncheon for the DOP), responsibility generally reserved for more \nexperienced members. Nice going EOS #1.

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This is the trend of our Junior Orders (MOA & SOP). Many are students \nor young professionals with responsible positions. They are our pride and \nKAMARIA.  The Junior Orders offer our youth an opportunity to develop "Life \nSkills" that gives them confidence they take with them throughout their \nlives. The challenge for us is to utilize these young and enthusiastic \nindividuals with fresh ideas, energy and place them into responsible positions \nwithin the AHEPA Family.”,1] ); //–>

 

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Mary Chicos, PDG and 2002 National Penelope of the Year;  Linda Rigas, Past MOA Grand Secretary  & Barbara Stavis Wolf, Past GP MOA and 2003 National Penelope of the Year.

 

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Mary Pazeotopoulos, Dianna Rakus, Connie Aretos-Banis and  Barbara Stavis Wolf, DOP 

 

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A gathering of DOP revisiting their days as Maids of Athena. Mary Filou, DOP Grand President, in the background.

 

Also in attendance but not shown Reverend Stephen Kyriacou, the Honorable Xenia Stefanidou, Consulate General of Greece and Karen Delakovias, President Maids of Athena Chapter 95.

 

This was a celebration of the accomplishments of a young woman who was given an opportunity and accepted the responsibility. She committed the resources necessary and using all her organizational skills, planning and interpersonal abilities to accomplish the impossible. Maria is an inspiration and role model for all young women. Recognizing early that this was a “gem” she was also given project responsibility with the DOP (Chairperson of the 75 Anniversary Founder’s Day Luncheon for the DOP), responsibility generally reserved for more experienced members. Nice going EOS #1.

 

This is the trend of our Junior Orders (MOA & SOP). Many are students or young professionals with responsible positions. They are our pride and KAMARIA.  The Junior Orders offer our youth an opportunity to develop “Life Skills” that gives them confidence they take with them throughout their lives. The challenge for us is to utilize these young and enthusiastic individuals with fresh ideas, energy and place them into responsible positions within the AHEPA Family.
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Throughout their lives, they will join many organizations…but if we do \nthis right…they will always be active members of the AHEPA FAMILY.

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Maria N. \nMastrokyriakos…AXIA!    AXIA!    AXIA!

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Kostas Gus Hazifotis

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Supreme Governor

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Order of AHEPA

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Throughout their lives, they will join many organizations…but if we do this right…they will always be active members of the AHEPA FAMILY.

 

Maria N. Mastrokyriakos…AXIA!    AXIA!    AXIA!

 


Kostas Gus Hazifotis

Supreme Governor

Order of AHEPA