Panigyri 2018 Review

Kytherian Society of California

Panigyri of the Myrtidiotissa

August 26, 2018



10:00 a.m. -  Church Services & Artoklasia

12:00 p.m. - Luncheon

Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church

20104 Center Street, Castro Valley, CA 94546



The beautiful Artos was prepared by Fawaz Khanachet.

Many thanks to Fawaz for preparing this wonderful bread each year.

This year for the first time ever, 

board member Cynthia Cavalenes-Jarvis 

live-stremed our luncheon on 

FACEBOOK LIVE!

Just CLICK the blue FACEBOOK LIVE links 

to see different portions of the program.

If you are NOT on FACEBOOK, you can still tune-in by 

clicking   the “not now” arrow on the screen that pops us.

FACEBOOK LIVE -  Social Hour


Dance Performance

Following church services & Artoklasia, our Panigyri began with a wonderful performance by the Resurrection Greek Dance group, Nea Arxi, who were the FDF First Place winners in the Advanced Junior   category. Among those dancing were two of our very own young Kytherians, Alex and Mary Holton, grandchildren of Connie and Fawaz Khanachet.

FACEBOOK LIVE - Dance Performance


Welcome and Opening Prayer

After the dance performance all stood for the opening prayer,  and a moment of silence in honor of those who have passed, followed by a wonderful lunch prepared by Chef Yanni Varelas.


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Lunch


FACEBOOK LIVE - Lunch

Introductions

After lunch Vikki Vrettos Fraioli began the program with an introduction of Officers, Board Members and our new Sunshine Chairperson, Joanne Kavalaris.


Memorials

We memorialized two long-standing members who passed away this year: Penelope Conomos, who passed away just two weeks shy of her 108th birthday, and John Sofios.

Chrys Conomos came to the podium and shared memories of Penelope’s wonderful life.

Eternal be their memory….




Visitors to Kythera 2018

Vikki shared photos of several of our members whose families went to Kythera this summer. 

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Richard and Mary Lind and Family

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 Julie and Gavin Reid and Family
(Daughter of Connie and Fawaz Khanachet)

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Athan and Christine Zes and Family
(Son of Tikey and Teddi Zes)

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Julia Moore
(Granddaughter of Dr. Pan Coukoulis 
and last years scholarship recipient)


Monument Unveiling

On July 8, 2018, at the Alexandros Aristotelos Onassis Airport in Kythera, they had the unveiling of the Alexandros Aristotelos Onassis statue and monument commissioned by George Hatziplis in memory of his late wife Helen, who passed away in 2009.


Kytherian Genealogy

 Vikki discussed the progress that has been made by the  Kytherian Genealogy Club in translating Kytherian records and creating a huge family tree for the Potamos District. She shared several family trees, revealing photos and information those families have submitted. Amalia adds these photos and information to genealogical history discovered in birth, baptism, marriage, and death  certificates. 

In many cases, the report will go back at least one generation prior to the family that was submitted. Often people are surprised to discover additional people on their tree that they were unaware of, including photos of those people submitted by other Kytherians. 

Vikki shared several examples of family trees illustrating how many of the California Kytherians are related.  


Cominos Family Tree

Several descendants of the Nicholas Cominos (Vlastaras) family were in attendance including  his great great granddaughter Anya.

Many thanks to Marie Cominos and family for submitting photos.


Megaloconomos (Conomos) Family Tree

Several descendants of Theodoros Megaloconomos were in attendance including his great great great granddaughter Angelica!

Many thanks to Chrys Conomos and Alexa Conomos Anderson for submitting photos.

This tree revealed that the Alfieris’ are 7th cousins with the Conomos’! 

A few more examples were shown  to illustrate how important and rewarding it is to get involved in this project. If you haven’t done so already, please dig through those old boxes and send your photos to: genealogy@kytherianassociation.com.au.



Kytherian Youth Tour

A committee will be formed to work on plans to initiate a Kytherian Youth Tour. KSOCA board member, Richard Lind, shared ideas that were discussed with Sydney Kytherians, George Poulos and James Prineas, while he was in Kythera this summer. Below is one example that was put forth by the Kytherians in Sydney. Members will be updated on the progress of this plan.


Medical Supplies to Kythera Project

Excellent progress has been made on this project that will send $650,000 worth of medical supplies to Kythera. The IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities) gathers the supplies, the KSOCA pays AHEPA National for the cost to ship the container (approximately $20,000.00), and the container is shipped to Kythera. The KSOCA has received over $15,500.00 in pledges and donations at this time so $4,500.00 is still needed. The KSOCA will set up a GoFundMe campaign to collect the remainder of the funds. A representative from the IOCC is working directly with the hospital representative in Kythera.


Scholarship

The Kytherian Society of California has provided scholarships for students in the amount of $11,500 since 2004! At this year’s lumcheon we awarded two additional scholarships making it a grand total or $14,500 in scholarship awards!

This year members contributed an additional $452.00 to the Anastasia Conomos Condas Scholarship Fund.

Many many thanks to all who continually donate to this important fund every year.

Please encourage your qualifying students to apply for our scholarship by July 1 of each year.



Recording Secretary and Scholarship Chairman, Melissa Neofes-Mischak, presented certificates to this years scholarship winners: Rachel Larsen and Marek Pearse. Melissa shared just a small portion of their essays to the group before each one was invited to come forth to receive their scholarships. Congratulations to Rachel and Marek!

You can read their essays by clicking the links below:

Rachel Angelus Larsen

Marek Pearse

Honarary Kytherian Award

Vice-president, Elaine Moulos, presented the Honorary Kytherian Award to Andrew Sam Mousalimas. Andy has always been a supporter of the KSOCA and has many close family ties with his Kytherian Cominos cousins. 
Andy shared some of his experiences with Co C 2671 Special Reconnaissance Battalion  Office of Strategic Services (OSS) Greek US Operational Group, World War II, the predecessor of the CIA.

In March, a group of World War II veterans, including Andy, were awarded  the Congressional Gold Medal for their efforts in the OSS. The medal is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. Congress. Many thanks to Andy for his service to our county!

Mousalimas now 90 something years old has written his memoirs of his WWII service. The fascinating book offers insights into the top secret missions in Greece and elsewhere in Europe that helped defeat the Nazis.

The book, entitled Memoirs, offers a unique look into the day to day experience of these extraordinary young men who served in the Greek U.S. Operational Group (USOG) created by the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) the precursor of the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency). The opening is powerful with Mousalimas and his childhood friends in the choir at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption in Oakland, CA when they heard rumors that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor on that Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, one day after Mousalimas’ 17th birthday. Most of the community’s young men, ages 14 and older, who were in church that day, Mousalimas noted, either volunteered or were drafted into the U.S. Armed Forces.


The National Herald, September 10, 2018


Watch Andy’s Presentation on YouTube by clicking below


FACEBOOK LIVE - Andy Mousalimas


John Carvounnis Memorial Raffle

Our Panigyri concluded with our famous John Carvounnis Memorial Raffle. Many thanks to all those who donated prizes. 


See you all again next year!


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