Dear brothers, I hope this bulletin finds you all well. I would like to invite you to our chapter meeting and social gathering which will be held at the Birreria Itali.co located at 3131 Boul Cote Vertu on Monday March 5th at 6:30 pm.
On January 24, 2018 the cutting of the Vasilopita and our first joint meeting with the Daughters of Penelope, Maids of Athena and Sons of Pericles was held at the Saint Michael Greek Orthodox church where Father Andreou was also in attendance and provided the blessing for the Vassilopita.
In addition, our chapter attended the Ottawa Comedy night fundraiser on January 26, 2018 and on January 28 2018 we attended the Saint Georges restoration fundraiser held at the Hellenic community of Greater Montreal center where we also provided the $1000 donation to Filia that was raised during the AHEPA Family Christmas party.
The Annual Valentines Ball that was held on February 9, 2018 was I great success with $76,000 raised and donated to the Summit School. On behalf of the chapter I would like to thank brother James Hutchison and Sister Maria Pilarinos and the rest of the committee for their hard work on organizing such a successful event and continuing the chapter’s tradition in helping children’s causes.
I would also like to highlight that the end of my two year term as chapter president is approaching and elections will be held in the May 2018 chapter meeting. I am encouraging any brother who wants to run for executive positions including the presidency to please come forward.
On February 10 a meeting was held with the Supreme President of AHEPA Carl Hollister and AHEPA Canada President Bro. Chris Argiriou where various topics including the Macedonia issue were discussed. Our executives also accompanied the AHEPA Canada President brother Chris Argiriou at the February 11, 2018 mass that was held at the Saint Michael Greek Orthodox church.
Over the course of the next three months various important events will be occurring. Please see below for more information.
The 2018 chapter dues will be sent out over the next few weeks. Please do not wait until you receive the invoice to pay your dues, be pro-active and send them in. Please contact me or Bro. James Hutchison for details on how to pay your dues. Please help us in this area as this is very time consuming process.
2018Monday, March 5th, 2018
3131 Boulevard Cote-Vertu Ouest Montréal, QC
6:30 p.m. Call to Order
Reading of Minutes
Business Arising from Minutes Correspondence
Adjournment of the Meeting
and start of dinner
Dear Brothers, I would like to thank this year’s 19th Annual Valentine’s Ball Organizing Committee for all their help and the endless hours of their time that they devoted towards this year’s success. I would also like to thank all the Brothers who attended the Ball and those who contributed to the amount raised for Summit School through their businesses, sponsorships and personal donations. The raising of $76,000 is by no means an easy task.
Our committee strived from early September to reach out to new and continued sponsors and organized an Opa-cize exercise event and a school tour/ luncheon for our sponsors. The committee saw new faces this year and welcomed new ideas. The Ball was blessed with 280 guests in attendance and with the focus of keeping the speeches to a minimum, everyone was dancing with KEFI the whole night long. Before we noticed, guests started to leave without the raffle prizes drawn or the cheque to Summit unveiled. The funds raised this year, add to the $52,000 raised in 2016 for a total of $128,000 raised on behalf of all our sponsors and donors for Summit School’s Sports complex. We were blessed to have with us our Supreme President Brother Carl Hollister and his wife Cynthia from Ohio, Grand President of the Daughters of Penelope Sister Eva-Jean Fomalont from New Mexico, Canadian President Brother Christos Argiriou from Winnipeg, District 23 Governors Brother Emmanuel Constas and Sister Xanthi Vafopoulou as well as Lt. Governor Brother Tassos Moussas and his wife Effie from Toronto. Also in attendance was Dannis Koromilas, screenwriter of the film Greece Year Zero.
This year’s campaign was beneficial not only for Summit but for AHEPA as well. The publicity and promotion of our ball allowed for the Montreal AHEPA Family to be recognized for its many years of helping and supporting causes in the Greater Montreal Area. We had commercials posted around the clock on MIKE FM, interviews on Breakfast Television, Odyssey, MIKE FM, CFMB Tellides, and TSN690 while our colorful Ball poster was seen by many on Facebook, the web, and in the papers with Greek Times, TA NEA, BHMA and the Russian Community Newspaper. Family and friends and people outside our organization reminded us everywhere and every time we met throughout the campaign that they heard of our ball somewhere or the other. Next year will be our Valentine’s Ball 20th year celebration and we are excited and already planning for it to be bigger and more successful once again. We are proud that our event’s grand total now stands at $887,000 given to children’s causes in the Greater Montreal Area. This could not have been achieved without your help. We stand closer than ever to the ONE MILLION DOLLLAR mark and will need all of your help with next year’s Valentine’s Ball as we aim to get past it.
Many thanks again!!
AHEPA Montreal Executive
President: Ioannis Panagiotou,
Vice-President: James Hutchison,
Treasurer: Nicolas Sigounis,
Secretary: Ulysses Pamel,
Chairman of the Board of Governors:
Jimmy Dionissopoulos P.P.
Frank Antoniou P.C.P.
Lazarus Kalipolidis, P.C.P.
Peter Papas Sr.
Demetris J. Yantsulis,
P.P. Director of Public Relations
The Hellenic Community of Greater Montreal has invited me as the Chapter president to attend the March 25 festivities which include the annual Wreath Laying at the unknown soldier in Laval, the Official Dinner, the Doxologia and finally our Chapter has been invited to attend the annual parade. I will be honored to attend all above events to represent our chapter. As in every year, our chapter has been asked to reserve a table for the March 25 Official Dinner which will take place at the Hellenic Community center in Wilderton at 6:30pm on March 23. The cost of each ticket is $25. I would appreciate all the brothers support to fill the table and show a strong presence for this event.
The Greek Independence parade will take place on Sunday March 25 and will start at 1pm. I would appreciate all brothers can make an effort to attend the Greek Independence parade in order to show our support to our Greek customs and honor our ancestors on this sacred day. Brothers because as the chapter President I will be attending various events on that weekend, I would appreciate if some volunteers can assist me and the executive in coordinating the Sunday parade including picking up the flags and other banners from the office and assembling everyone before the parade on the corner of Hutchison and Jean Talon. In addition each year we visit a Greek Association near the parade location to partake in the annual luncheon and I would appreciate if someone can undertake the coordination of this as well. Unfortunately I will not be able to coordinate all this on my own.
Below is a list of all the events taking place to celebrate our Greek Independence day:
– Official dinner : Friday March 23 at 6:30 pm at the Hellenic Community Center of Montreal on 5757 av. Wilderton. Cost of each ticket is $25.
– Wreath laying at the unknown soldier : Saturday March 24 at 1pm at 1 Place du Souvenir, Laval
– Doxologia (church service): Sunday March 25 at 10:30 am at the Evangelismos Tis Theotokou church on 777 St. Roch in Montreal.
– Greek Independence Parade: March 25 at 12:30 assembly in the corner of Hutchison and Jean Talon streets.
Our treasurer brother Nick Sigounis has accepted to coordinate a movie day and fundraiser in support of the Saint Georges Cathedral where the documentary Greece Year Zero will be showed. More information on this event will follow.
Brother Byron Yankou, District 23 VP Hellenism, is helping to organize the District 23 Hellenic History Tournament. The history tournament`s purpose is to assemble high-school students from the various cities within the District 23 area to compete in a Jeopardy type of tournament where teams of three students are asked various Hellenic History trivia questions with the first, second and third place winners will be awarded cash prizes. Each AHEPA chapter within the district 23 is asked to contribute a cash donation of $500 for each team and that a minimum of two teams be sponsored. The funds will be used to fund the cash prizes to be awarded to the winners of the tournament. Each chapter will also be asked to find teams to send to the Tournament which will be held at the York University. During the last chapter meeting held on December 18, 2017, our chapter agreed to contribute $1000 towards this project.
In addition to the financial support, with the great efforts from Brother James, our chapter will be sending at least one team to the tournament, the CCI squad, during the April 28, 2018 tournament.
Brother Emmanuel Christofidis has once again accepted to co-chair this year’s Golf Tournament with our very own Chairman of the Board of Governors, Brother Jimmy Dionissopoulos. The Golf Committee is actively organizing the Golf Tournament and we are happy to announce that it will be held on Sunday August 26, 2018 at Club de Golf Atlantide on 2201 Boulevard Don-Quichotte, NotreDame-de-l’Île-Perrot, QC J7V 7P2.
AHEPA members are proud of the contributions the ancient Greeks gifted to Western Civilization. As AHEPANS, we share many of the values put forth by them: civic responsibility, philanthropy, education, family and individual excellence, and the ideals of democracy.
We are dedicated to improving our communities through Philanthropy and Civic Responsibility. The pursuit of excellence in Education and Athletics helps stimulate and prepare tomorrow’s Leaders. These ideals comprise the goals that every member of the Sons of Pericles strives to achieve.
The objectives of the Daughters of Penelope are to promote Hellenism, Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, and Family & Individual Excellence
The Maids of Athena is an international philanthropic and fraternal organization, and the junior auxiliary to the Daughters of Penelope. Founded in 1930, our sisterhood quickly grew among young Greek women and today claims chapters across the US, Canada, and Greece.