2016 January

The Archaeology of Kythera Event

hosted by the KSOCA on Saturday, January 9, 2016 was a huge success. Aproximately 60 people, gathered at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church to hear Dr. Lita Tzortzopoulou Gregory & Dr. Timothy Gregory share their research  and new book, The Archaeology of Kythera.

Members and friends had the opportunity to mingle and enjoy refreshments offered by the KSOCA.

Tim and LIta shared a powerpoint presentation of slides as well as leading a delightful discussion of archaeoogical sites on the island. The audience was engaged in the conversation as many questions and points of view were shared in the hour long event.

Following the event several KSOCA members enjoyed a wonderful dinner with Lita and TIm at the Boulevard Cafe in Daly City.



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The Archaeology of Kythera is availalbe through Sydney University Press 

by clicking on the following link  Purchase HERE


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Dr. Lita Tzortzopoulou Gregory

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Dr. Timothy Gregory

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Melissa presents Lita & Tim with a small token of our appreciation - See’s Candies


To see more photos from the event click HERE


If you missed out on the presentation, you may watch it below.




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Bessie Gianakos

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1938 - 2015

Our dear friend and KSOCA member Bessie Gianakos, passed away on December 25, 2015. Funeral services were held on Monday, January 4, 2016, at St. Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church in Covina, CA, with cemetery services following at Oak Park Cemetery in Claremont.

Bessie was born in Fall River, Massachusetts. She  lived in Claremont, in Southern California. She never married and had no children.   Education was important to her. For decades  she worked at Honnold Library, which is a part of the Claremont Colleges

Bessie often joined us for outings in Southern California including our KSOCA gathering when George Poulos visited from Australia in 2007, trips to the Getty Villa, and dinner get togethers. She was a member in good standing and faithfully contributed to our scholarship fund.

Bessie’s Kytherian background stems from her mother’s side of the family which was Zantiotis from The Vouno. To’ Vouno is a very small hamlet of about 5-6 homes which lies just out of Karava on the Agia Pelagia Road. She also had Panaretos and Neofotistos on her family tree and was pleasantly surprized to discover she is probably related in some way to our Secretary Melissa Neofes-Mischak.

Bessie was one of the nicest people you could know. She always had a smile on her face and never complained about anything. She will be dearly missed by all  who knew her.

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Alhambra, CA KSOCA Gathering in 2007

From left to right: Nick Samios, Terry Chlentzos Panages, Peter Clenzos Jr., Eunie Alkman, Cynthia and Ron Jarvis, Vikki Fraioli, Peter Bellecy, George Poulos, Pan Coukoulis, Bob & Connie Constant, Bessie Gianakos, Geogia Pine

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Terry Chlentzos Panages, Cynthia Jarvis, George Poulos, 

Georgia Pine, and Bessie Gianakos

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Bessie & Georgia

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Getty Villa 2012

Left to right: 

Kate and Cynthia Jarvis, Candace Weiss, Bessie, Melissa Mischak, Terry Panages, Nicholas Aloizos, Vikki Fraioli and Georgia Pine in front

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Lunch at Taverna Tony in Malibu



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Dinner in Monrovia 2013



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Dinner after another Getty Villa outing in 2014 


   © KSOCA 2012