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Andrew G. Saffas

1922 - 2017


The Kytherian Society mourns the loss of long time member Andrew G. Saffas on July 21, 2017. Andy and his wife Niki (Andronikos) have been long time supporters of the Kytherian Society and have attended their annual Panigyris for many years. 

As an extremely talented artist and sculptor, Andy shared his talents and works of art on many occasions. His giclee  prints of Naos Agias Tridadas in Kythera, and a framed photograph were auctioned off to the highest bidders at our Panigyri’s.  In addition, he designed beautiful note cards with scenes from Kythera and a boy and girl in traditional Kytherian costume. We owe our thanks to Andy for his dedication and thought that went into the creating the LOGO for the Kytherian Society of California. The distinction of "Honorary Kytherian" was bestowed upon him in 2010.

Andy will always be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor and warm and generous heart. He will be dearly missed by all. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Niki and all of his family. 

Eternal be his memory.






Read Andy’s thoughts on the creation of: 

The Kytherian Society Logo in 2010


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Niki presenting the logo to the members of the board

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Beautfiul photograph donated by Andy & Niki for our auction.


On two separate occasions Andy and Niki donated this gorgeous giclee  print of Naos Agias Tridadas in Kythera for our auction.

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Naos Agias Tridadas - Ναοσ Αγιασ Τριαδοσ - Kythera 2007


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Note cards of Kytherian girl and boy in traditional dress.


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Andy and Niki at the 2014 Panigyri


Visit Andy’s website SaffasArt to see some of his amazing artwork and sculptures, including the Soldier Memorial Monument  "in honor of the volunteers - Greek Americans, Greek Immigrants and Americans - of Company C, 2671st Special Reconnaissance Battalion, U.S. Army, who, together with Greek Resistance Forces in 1944, fought for the Liberation of Greece, the occupied land of their forebears."



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Read Andy’s REFLECTIONS on the PAA website.

"The sculptor reflects on the origins of his art and on the vitality of dance, and remembers his parents".




Kythera Summer Edition 2017

Hot off the press for your reading pleasure, the Kythera Summer Edition!

Click on the photo below to read the newspaper.



Eternal Be His Memory...

George A. Paris

May 2, 1921 - May 11, 2017

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The Kytherian Society of Calfiornia mourns the loss of long time member George A. Paris who passed away on May 11, 2017 at the age of 96.

George was born in Oakland, CA to Alex and Rose Paris. He lived in Hayward for the last 60 years.

During WW II, George served for five years in the U.S. Merchant Marines. Afterward, George had a career in sales and retired from Speidel-Textron in 1982. He served as a docent on the S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien in San Francisco until he was 86. 

George enjoyed fishing and golfing, volunteering for many different golf and charity events. George was the host of the "Paris Invitational" for 25 years at Edgewood Lake Tahoe.

George was married to his loving wife Sophia for 69 years. She preceded him in death 6 months earlier. Their love grew sweeter with every year. 

George is survived by his devoted children, Alex Paris of Walnut Creek, and Elena Milan (Richard) of Arnold, and grandchildren, Lisa Paris Repice (Joey) of Los Angeles, Marc Paris of Concord, Matthew Milan of Los Angeles, Alex Milan of Austin, TX and Aaron Milan of Los Angeles. 

George is also survived by his loving sisters Harriet Prongos and Helen Redgrave (Richard) and preceded in death by sisters Pauline Jouthas and Jenny Anderson.

Thank you to everyone who touched his life.

Donations can be made to: 

Ascension Historical Society, 

4700 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland, CA 94602


Our sincerest, heartfelt condolences to the Paris Family.


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Sophia and George at the 2015 Panigyri

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The Anastasia Conomos Condas Scholarship

Scholarship applications are due and must be received no later than July 1, 2017

Time is quickly running out so if you know of anyone who may qualify, please encourage them to submit their application. 

Please read the guidelines carefully to assure that your application meets all the requirements. 

This scholarship is created for students of Kytherian descent in honor of Anastasia Conomos Condas long-time president of the Kyhterian Society of California and member of the Modern Greek Studies Foundation. Her dedication and love of her Greek heritage inspired many Greek Americans to study the rich history of the modern world. The Kytherian Society of California believes that education embodies the spirit of all Kytherians. and this scholarship stands as a legacy of all members..

Applicant's must:

  • be a United States citizen of Kytherian descent
  • be a resident of the State of California
  • be between the ages of 17 and 32
  • be accepted or enrolled for the current and/or upcoming school year as a new or continuing full-time student in undergraduate, post graduate or vocational schools leading to an undergraduate degree, post graduate degree or certificate.
  • attach proof of full-time admission and/or enrollment and your Grade Point Average score from the latest quarter or semester
  • attach a photograph of yourself
  • attach a 500-word essay entitled, “My Family’s History on Kythera.”
  • attach signed letters of recommendation from two individuals not related to you, providing their names and contact information
  • have a parent or grandparent who is an active  Kytherian Society member who has paid his or her $30 dues for the past two years and has attended our meetings and functions.
  • submit your completed application with a postmark no later than July 1, of each year..


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2017 Panigyri Save the Date


Kytherian Society of California

Panigyri of the Myrtidiotissa

October 1, 2017


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

12:00 p.m. - Luncheon


Hope to see you there!


2017 Panigyri -  Save the Date


Kytherian Society of California

Panigyri of the Myrtidiotissa

October 1, 2017


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

12:00 p.m. - Luncheon


Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church

20104 Center Street, Castro Valley, CA 94546


Menu Selections:

Greek Style Chicken with Olive Oil, Lemon and Oregano

Greek  Lamb Shank with Orzo

Grilled Salmon with Lemon & Butter

Pasta Primavera (Vegetarian)

Salad, Spanakopita, & Dessert - Galaktobouriko

Coffee, Tea or Iced Tea


$39 per person

$15 Children 12 & Under - Chicken Strips


 For more information contact:

Katherine Stathis

Elaine Moulos

Vikki Vrettos Fraioli


Bring a bottle of wine to share with your table!

Please donate a prize or gift basket for our annual Raffle! 

Complete and mail your reservation form by September 22, 2017

BRING a FRIEND to help the KSOCA grow!


Click to view:

Panigyri Flyer

Panigyri Reservation Form


Kytherian Genealogy


Do you have any old photos lying around of your relatives born in the District of Potamos prior to 1917? 

If so, the Kytherian Genealogy Club in Sydney, Australia can use your help!

Amalia Samios and Kalie Zervos run the Kytheirian Genealogy Club for the Kytherian Association of Australia. They have more records on Kytherian genealogy in one room than anywhere else in the world, including Kythera! They compile family trees for people as well as help people with their own research. 

At the moment they are compiling the entire family tree for all the villages in the Potamos district, which include all the top part of the island. It will include everyone born between about 1630 and 1917! 

This is a huge project that they have been working on for the last 2 years. When it is completed it will include nearly 20,000 people. They are hoping to print it into book form and possibly have an online version so that everyone can trace their island ancestors.

Here is where you can help!

If  you have any photos of people born in the Potamos district before 1917  please submit them to the project. 

They would like a photo of the persons face and head  and would like you inculde any information you may have on that person so they can try and locate their birth certificate. 

Include any or all of the following 

                            *  Birthdate and Place
                            *  Immigration Year and to what country (if applicable)
                            *  Occupation
                            *  Place and Date of Death

Submit your photos and info by sending an email to: Amalia Samios at

Kytherian Genealogy Club

Already, almost 300 photos have been submitted. 

They are expecting this number to increase to at least 500!

Villages that will be incuded are:

Christoforianika, Farodulianika, Gerogiadika, Guria, Karavas, Katsoulianika, Kominianika, Kroroniadiadika, Kousounari, Logotherianika, Melitianika, Potamos, Priniadika, Trifilianika and the small villages near these locations.

Don’t let your family be left out!

They already have almost 300 submissions 
and that 
to reach at least 500!

Submit your photos today!


Below is an example of what they are looking for: 



March 2017 News


Dear Members and Friends,

We are sad to report the passing of Dr. Peter Notaras from San Francisco. Peter was a long time member of the Kytherian Society and attended our luncheons annually up until a few years ago when his heath no longer permitted him to attend. Peter suffered from dementia and more recently had suffered several strokes. He passed away peacefully in his sleep.As per Peter’s wishes there will be no funeral or memorial. Our hearts and prayers go out to his wife, Carol. May his memory be eternal.

On our website is a paper written by Yiannis Mavromatis in 2001, entitled, Kytherian-American Immigrants where he mentions Peter.

PETER NOTARAS settled in San Francisco in 1965 and is an orthodontist in the suburb of Lafayette, California. He grew up in Wisconsin where his father, George Notaras (Belagienias) from the village of Friligianika, had settled in 1910. George Notaras operated a candy store business. In memory of Peter's mother, Kiparisoula, the family made a donation of $25,000 to the Gerokomio.


Below is a photo of Peter and Carol at the last panigyri he attended in 2013.

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Kythera Mon Amour

Have you seen Kythera Mon Amour?

If not you can rent it online for $3.00 by following this link:

https://www.reelhouse.org/kythera/kythera-mon-amour

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It is a fun movie to watch and James is now working on a sequel that he will be shooting in Kythera this summer so if you are on the island this year,  keep a look out for him. Our very own Mary and Richard Lind were there last year for the shooing and are extras at the ending of the film when everyone is waving goodbye.

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James Prineas submitted the film to several Independent Film Festivals where it has received special recognition.

Most recently, James was at TROPFEST in Sydney, Australia where he was a finalist and also winner of the Best Original Score for The Beekeepers of Kythera,
(a short segment of Kythera Mon Amour).

Congratulations James!

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Kythera Weather

Kythera has had quite a winter! In Januray the island was covered in snow and they have had an abundance of rain as well.

(Pictures below from the Facebook Page: Avlemonas, the beauty of Kithira)



Happy 107th Birthday to our very own 

Penelope Benardos Conomos 

on March 25, 2017!



If you have not seen the BLOG entries written by her granddaughter Alexa Conomos, you are missing out!

You can follow her story right here on our website by clicking the link below:

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Our best wishes to Penelope for many more happy and healthy years!

You are an inspiration to ALL of us!


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A Kytherian friend from the east coast has asked that I pass on this information about the American Farm School in Thessaloniki, Greece. Please share this information with anyone you think might be interested. If applicants or parents have any questions about the program, they can contact the Greek Summer staff at greeksummer@afs.edu.gr


SAVE THE DATE:

Panigyir of the Myrtidiotissa

October 1, 2017

Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church, Castro Valley


November Updates

Kythera Mon Amour DVD


The Kythera Mon Amour DVD is now available for $20

In addition to the movie, it includes hightlights from the 

Kythera from the Air DVD

Order your copy today by sending an email to the Kytherian Society.

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Penelope Benardos Conomos


Long time KSOCA member, Penelope Benardos Conomos, will be celebrating her 107th birthday in March 2017! I don’t know about you, but I don’t know anyone who has reached that age! God Bless her! As a tribute to her grandmother, Alexa Conomos,  daughter of John T. Conomos, will be sharing stories and photos from Penelopes life that will be posted here on our site for all to read. 

You can follow her story by clicking the Notable Kytherian link at the top of the page, and scrolling to Penelope Benardos Conomos.

Penelope is an inspiration for all and we are so fortunate and thrilled to have her as a member and friend of our Kytherian Society of California.

Click here to follow her story: Penelope Benardos Conomos


Lucas Roemer (Cominos)

We were very proud to learn that Lucas Roemer, son of KSOCA member, Eve (Cominos) & Daniel Roemer, spoke at the Kytheriansmos Symposium in Kythera this past August. Lucas received a trip to Kythera as a graduation present this year. He is now in his first year of college at Lawrence University in Wisconsin.

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Lucas with his sister Anya
Grandchildren of Nicholas & Joan Cominos


Below is a copy of Lucas’ Presentation

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Kythera Mon Amour


You will definately want to see James Prineas’ epic film 

Kythera Mon Amour!

Filmed in the summer of 2015 and 2016, Kythera Mon Amour is a romantic comedy about love, migration and longing for hope. It is set in some of the most beautiful locations Kythera has to offer. Starring the local talent Maria Logotheti, Myrto Petrochilou and Athenian act Giorgos Papageorgiou as well as the unforgettable Poppy and Georgos Koroneos, the film jutaposes the protagonist’ love of the island with the tempation of migration.


Read all about the movie and the charactors here:

http://www.kytheramonamour.com


It is now availabe for your viewing pleasure!

Download a copy for $7.99 or rent it for $3.00

at the link below.

https://www.reelhouse.org/kythera/kythera-mon-amour 

If you would like to purchase a DVD you may do so here:

http://www.kythera-books.com



James recently learned that his film has won a Silver Award in the Narrative Film Competition at the Oregon Film Festival.

Congratulations to James!


Two premiers were recenly held in Sydney and Brisbane, Australia, with over 1000 Kytherians in attendance! 



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James has now begun crowdfunding for Kythera Mon Amour 2!

If you would like to help support this wonderful endeavor visit

www.kytheramonamour.com

1000 Kytherians can't be wrong! After sell-out premieres on Kythera, in Berlin, Sydney and Brisbane, to enthusiastic audiences young and old, bold and beautiful, Greek and non-Greek, we are now on path to produce Kythera mon Amour 2, "An Island Named Desire". It will be filmed in mid-2017 and in the cinema in this coming October! All your favourite stars from the first film will be back, and new unique island characters will also be on hand to reveal the spices of Kytherian life. 

 

But we need your help to achieve our goals! You can support the production of the sequel by sponsoring one or more of the packages at http://www.kytheramonamour.com and you'll receive special rewards including free DVDs, streaming rights and tickets to the premieres. Indirectly you'll be supporting the island of Kythera as well: the new film will reach a wide audience, many of whom will be inspired to visit the island thus helping the local economy. 


Remembering...

Sophia (Cominos) Paris



1925 - 2016

The Kytherian Society mourns the loss of long time member Sophia Paris who passed away gently in her sleep on November 1, 2016 at the age of 91. She was a devoted member of the Kytherian Society for many many years and always attended our luncheon Panigyri’s and functions. Sophie’s father Harry Cominos, was one of the founding members of the KSOCA, and partner in the renowned Hotel Cominos in Salinas, CA. She will be dearly missed by all. May her memory be eternal.

Sophia was born in Salinas, CA., and lived in Hayward for last 60 years. She is survived by her husband George of 69 years; their children Alex Paris of Walnut Creek, CA and Elena Milan (Rich) of Arnold, CA and grandchildren, Lisa and Marc Parisas as well as Matthew, Alex and Aaron Milan. She is also survived by her loving brothers Theodore and Andy Cominos. Preceding her in death were her brothers Nicholas and George Cominos. She was adored by all her many nieces and nephews. Sophia was filled with joy to the day she passed. All who knew her, loved her. Her joy will shine in our hearts forever.

Funeral arrangements:

 Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church

20104 Center Street, Castro Valley, CA 94546

Thursday, November 10, 2016

11:00 a.m.

Burial to follow at Lone Tree Cemetery in Hayward.


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2016 Panigyri Review

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On September 25th, 71 Kytherians gathered with friends at the Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church in Castro Valley for our annual Panigyri of the Myrtidiotissa.

Father Niko Bekris celebrated the Divine Liturgy, offered our Artoklasia blessing, and joined us for lunch. 

Tikey Zes led the attendees in the Lord’s Prayer and then sang the Kytherian hymn in English. 


Katherine Stathis then offered opening remarks followed by a delicious lunch prepared by Yannis Varvelas.

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Father Niko was surprised to be named our 

2016 Honorary Kytherian 

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Members memorialized those who passed away this past year by offering a few words in their memory.

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Elaine Kasimatis, daughter of Amandus Kasimatis, spoke a few words about her late father who had been a long time supporter of the KSOCA. She hopes to continue his tradition of supporting our organization.

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Katherine announced our newly appointed 

Treasurer, Megan Pearse.

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We are excited to have Megan on board!

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This year’s scholarship recipient, Emily Nickolas,  was announced by Vice President,  Elaine Moulos. Unfortunately due to a sudden illness, Emily was unable to attend the luncheon. Emily’s parents, Jennifer & Sam Nickolas accepted the award in her absence.

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Vikki Fraioli shared highlights from the Archaeology of Kythera Event in January.

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Melissa Neofis Mischak presented Lita and Tim with a small gift as a token of our appreciation.

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Several attendees enjoyed dinner following the lecture at the Boulevard Cafe.

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On June 8, 2016 Vikki & Tom Fraioli dined with a group of Kytherians from New York at Theo’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar in New York City. Executive Chef Nicholas Poulmentis, from Kapsali, Kythera prepared a amazing meal for all. It was wonderful to join together with other Kytherians who mostly had never met before!

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Kythera News

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John Tasso Conomos shared news from Kythera

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Mary and Richard Lind  represented the KSOCA  at the Kytheraismos Symposium in Kythera in August 2016. They shared highlights of  their presentation, "Kythera Connections through Future Generations.

The next Kytheraismos Symposium will be held in Brisbane, Australia in 2018.


Vikki talked about the reopening of the Archaeology Musium of Kythera

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Did you know Kythera has it’s own phone App?

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We watched the new film trailor for Kythera Mon Amour, 

produced by James Prineas


James recently learned that his film has won a Silver Award in the Narrative Film Competition at the Oregon Film Festival.

Congratulations to James!

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Two premiers were recenly held in Sydney and Brisbane, Australia, with over 1000 Kytherians in attendance! 

The film is available for purchase or rental online at the link below:

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or you may purchase a DVD 

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The afternoon ended with our Annual Raffle 

Video by Ted Zamenes



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