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See’s Fundraiser

See’s Candies Valentine’s Fundraiser
January 9 - 28, 2022

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Everyone loves See’s so why not order it through your favorite non-profit (KSOCA) and as my mother always used to say, “Kill two birds with one stone!" Contribute to the KSOCA and enjoy fabulous candy at the same time. It’s a win-win situation!

 Order your candy between now and January 28th and have your candy delivered right to your door, or the door of your sweetheart,  just in time for Valentine’s Day!

 CLICK  HERE to purchase all your Valentine favorites and beat the rush at the See’s Candy Store.

Feel free to share the link with your friends and family!




Celebration of Life

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Join us Saturday, January 22, 2022 from Noon to 1pm as we honor our members who passed since our last in-person Panigyri in September 2019. 

We hope you will join us for an hour of reflection and philoxenia. 

Please CLICK here to request the ZOOM link as it will not be posted publically.

2021 Global ZOOM Panigyryi

October 9, 2021

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The second KSOCA Global Zoom Panigyri took place on October 9, 2021.  Over a span of almost 8 hours, 78 attendees from USA, Australia, and Greece joined in on the virtual event, which marked the fifth Global Zoom gathering of Kytherians from around the world.

The KSOCA business meeting included an opening prayer from Fr. Niko Bekris of Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church in Castro Valley, CA, and the Kytherian Hymn sung by Dr. Tikey Zes, Honorary Kytherian and husband of the late Theodora Chlentzos Zes.  A moment of silence was observed for the passing of five KSOCA members:  Andrew Stathis, Marie Cominos, Fawaz Khanachet, Theodora Zes, and Elaine Kasimatis.

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President Vikki Vrettos Fraioli introduced the KSOCA Board and noted the KSOCA has 37 paid members for this year. She shared a brief update of activities, noting that despite being the second year of not having an in-person luncheon, five Global Zoom gatherings have been held!

Scholarship Chair Melissa Neofes Mischak presented two $1500 scholarships to Hannah Moore, daughter of Cynthia Moore and granddaughter of Pan Coukoulis, and Grant Gallaway, son of Kate and Wally Gallaway and grandson of Mary (Alfieris) and Rich Lind. Both recipients spoke briefly on their studies and interests. Hannah was accompanied by her sister Julia Moore, a 2017 scholarship recipient, and Grant zoomed in during sports practice on the lacrosse field.  The KSOCA has awarded $22,000 in scholarships since 2008.

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Kytherian Brotherhood of Baltimore President Diane Homberg, Kytherian Association of Australia, Sydney President Emmanuel Alfieris, and Elias Marsellos, Director, Institute of Kytheraismos offered brief presentations on their respective organizations. 

President Homberg noted that an Artoklasia service was offered, and that the annual luncheon for the small membership did not take place because of COVID.  Baltimore Kytherian Titsa Capsanis Bronstein shared a beautiful photo of the Myrtidiotissa Icon at Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation in Baltimore, MD. 

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Myrtidiotissa Icon in the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the  Annunciation  in Baltimore, MD

George Souris, treasurer of the Kytherian Brotherhood of St. Louis, reported on various donations by the Brotherhood, adding that the group’s luncheon was unable to be held because of COVID.  The St. Louis chapter consists of about 50 members. 

President Alfieris noted that the Sydney Kytherians, inspired by the KSOCA, are now awarding scholarships.  Other activities by the Sydney branch include the Kytherian Ball; chapels dedicated to Myrtidiotissa built within the church; the upcoming 100-year celebration featuring a book and a limited fundraiser of 100 commemorative coins, with Aphrodite on one side and Kythera on the other.  The coin’s winning design is by Zoe Sofios.  Finally, the Migration Statue project, slated to be unveiled in Agia Pelagia’s new vista area across from the wharf in September, continues with an upcoming competition for the statues design.  KSOCA will be part of the committee to choose the design. 

Manos Vassilakis, representative of Dynamo Kythera, gave a presentation on the wind turbine situation, emphasizing that legal and social fronts against the wind turbines are ongoing.  The Kytherian Society presented a check for $1000 to KIPA to aid in the fight against the large wind turbines, which are almost as tall as the Eiffel Tower and produce 90 times more energy than the island needs.

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Director Elias Marsellos announced the ninth Kytheraismos Symposium would take place on Kythera in 2022, likely in July.  The Centennial Celebration of the Kytherian Association of Australia takes place in Sydney in November 2022, Director Marsellos plans to participate, holding the tenth Kytheraismos Symposium during the Centennial Celebration, and creating the Kytheraismos Research Center in Sydney. 

Helen Tzortzopoulos, President, Friends of the Museum (FMK), noted that an architect and building design has been selected for the Migration Museum, which will be a focal point in Agia Pelagia.  A special meeting will be held for Australians and Americans to introduce the architect and design.  Helen noted the museum is for all families who left or arrived on Kythera, with an emphasis on Digital Form.  

The business portion of the KSOCA meeting concluded with a drawing and raffle by spinning a wheel of names.  All registered participants were entered in the drawing, for a chance to win movie codes, donated by James Prineas.   Winners of the movie prizes were Matina Mottee, Matina Zervos, Maria Capsanes, and Hannah Moore. 

KSOCA Vice President Elaine Moulos noted the organization’s main fundraiser is a yearly raffle, held at the annual Panigyri.  Members and attendees bring wrapped prizes, which go to the winning ticket holders. For 2021, the KSOCA voted to forego its usual raffle revenue by holding a 50/50 raffle, with half the profits to be donated to the fight against the Wind Turbines, and the other half to one lucky winner. Raffle sales, generous donations from other individuals, and a contribution by the KSOCA resulted in a $1,000 donation to KIPA. 

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The Wheel of Names was spun to choose the lucky winners!

In the end, Vice President Elaine Moulos won the $500 raffle prize, which she graciously donated back to the KSOCA. It was a win win situation!

After concluding business, participants shared conversation in breakout rooms.  Themes for the breakout rooms were Wind Farms; Migration Museum; Genealogy: Kytherian History; Travel on Kythera; Kytherian Cooking; Preserving our Family History; Travel in the time of COVID; and Open-Ended Conversation.

After almost eight hours of Kytherian Zooming, the remaining participants Zoe Skiathas, Helen Warner, Andrea Simmers, Tony Zaglas, and Vikki Vrettos Fraioli closed the books on another smashingly successful Zoom, uniting Kytherians around the Globe.  We can't wait until the next one!



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Eternal Be Her Memory...

Elaine Ann Kasimatis
May 25, 1952 - September 7, 2021

The Kytherian Society of California mourns the sudden loss of Elaine Kasimatis. Elaine first joined the KSOCA in 2016 when she attended the Panigyri Luncheon where her father, long time member Armandus Kasimatis, was among those being memorialized. She immediately befriended everyone and even discovered one of her past CSU Sacramento students was a member. Everyone joyfully welcomed her to the KSOCA and looked forward to seeing her at future events. She will be dearly missed by all. Eternal be her memory.

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Elaine Kasimatis was born in Bakersfield. She passed away unexpectedly at the age of 69.

In 1955, Elaine’s family moved from Bakersfield to Davis, where she grew-up and made her lifelong home.

From a young age, Elaine was passionate about mathematics. She persevered and overcame many challenges to earn a Ph.D. in pure mathematics as well as a M.A. in Mathematics Teaching along with elementary and secondary teaching credentials in both math and multiple subject. Her breadth of expertise in mathematics and education made her a unique mathematician. Elaine was a faculty member at CSU Sacramento for over 30 years, where she continued teaching until her passing.

Elaine dedicated her career to supporting future teachers of mathematics. She co-developed and revamped CSU Sacramento’s curriculum for remedial mathematics, created professional development programs for faculty teaching remedial mathematics, and co-developed a course to support undergraduate and graduate tutors and instructors.

She also played a major role in developing the first undergraduate mathematics degree program in California to integrate mathematics content with teacher preparation. Since the program’s inception in 2001, she carefully mentored and supervised over 40 student teachers. Elaine influenced mathematics education nationally and internationally as one of the three co-creators of the innovative “College Preparatory Mathematics: Change from Within” program, which was designated one of three Exemplary Mathematics Programs by the US Department of Education.

In 2021, the Mathematical Association of America awarded Elaine the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics. Her thoughtful and careful work efforts have profoundly influenced not only her students, but also generations of mathematics teachers and students.

Elaine’s generous nature, endless energy, and positive outlook impacted anyone that knew her. She advocated for the unhoused community through her support for Davis Community Meals. She was also an active member of her church, which led her and her daughter to move to Eastern Province, Rwanda in 2008 to help establish a secondary school. Elaine had a great appreciation for immersing herself in new cultures and lived in Australia, Germany, and Rwanda. She enjoyed being outdoors, whether hiking in the mountains, playing on the beach, or digging in her yard.

Elaine was a loving sister and mother. She is survived by her daughter, Katja Kasimatis, and her brothers, David Kasimatis, Andrew Kasimatis and Paul Kasimatis.

A celebration of life is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at Lutheran Church of the Incarnation. The service will be outdoors, masked, and socially-distanced.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Elaine’s honor to Paul’s Place through Davis Community Meals, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, or the Pacific Crest Trail Association

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Elaine at the 2019 Panigyri luncheon with Katerina Lefteris
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Global ZOOM Panigyri - September 26, 2020


JOIN US

KYTHERIAN SOCIETY OF CALIFORNIA

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CHECK YOUR LOCAL TIME ZONE

Saturday, October 9, 2021

1 p.m. San Francisco
3 p.m. Chicago / St. Louis
4 p.m. Baltimore / New York / Boston/Toronto
 9 p.m. Dublin / London
10 p.m. Berlin / Paris / Cape Town
11 p.m. Athens  

Sunday, October 10, 2021, in Australia 

4 a.m Perth
6 a.m Brisbane
6:30 a.m. Adelaide
7 a.m. Sydney/Melbourne 

* ZOOM FROM HOME, VIA COMPUTER, SMART PHONE  or TABLET

* CONNECT WITH KYTHERIANS & PHYO-KYTHERIANS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

* RECEIVE UPDATES ON CURRENT EVENTS DIRECTLY FROM KYTHERA 

* MEET 2021 KSOCA SCHOLARSHIP AWARD RECIPIENTS

PLEASE REGISTER BY COMPLETEING  THE REGISTRATION FORM:

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50/50 RAFFLE 
(For USA attendees only)

50% of money collected will go to one GRAND PRIZE WINNER

50% of money will go toward the legal expenses to 
fight against the installation of wind farms on Kythera

To purchase RAFFLE TICKETS: 

download the Membership/Donation Form, and MAIL it in by Oct 1.
Need not be a member of the KSOCA to purchase raffle tickets 

Need not be present to win)

For International donations visit their website below:

KYTHERA WIND TURBINES:  http://kythira-windturbines.com/en/


Click to download a Global “ZOOM” Panigyri Flyer


Questions? Email us


Eternal Be Her Memory...

Theodora Chlentzos Zes
February 28, 1933 - July 23, 2021


The Kytherian Society of California has lost another legend. Teddi Chlentzos Zes passed away July 23 with her family by her side. She will be dearly missed by all. 

Teddi was the daughter of Angelo Chlentzos and Stamatina Mavromatis both from Christoforianika, Kythera. Both of her parents were active in the KSOCA and Teddi helped out since she was a teenager. Eventually, she would serve as secretary for many, many years. Our Panigyri’s will never be the same without her bubbly personality and infectious smile.

Our sincere condolences go out to her husband Tikey and the entire family.

May her memory be eternal.

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Teddi, as she was affectionately known, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family. Born in San Francisco, she was the first of two daughters of immigrant parents, Angelo and Stamatina Chlentzos. A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, Teddi dedicated time and service to her community for many years, teaching Sunday school and serving as secretary at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Ascension in Oakland and later by singing in the Choir at the St. Nicholas Church in San Jose. She was also active in the Kytherian Society of the Bay Area. Teddi worked as a teacher’s aide in the San Jose Unified School District for many years and especially loved her yard duty responsibilities where she was known for blowing her loud whistle while patrolling the playground. Teddi was loved by all who knew her because of her wonderful personality and sense of humor. She always knew how to work the room in social settings, spreading joy everywhere she went. She is survived by her husband Tikey Zes, her three children, Athan , Evan and Anna, and two grandchildren Alex and Evan. Teddi was an amazing mother in law and woman who exemplified grace, compassion and kindness for all. I learned so much from her and I am forever changed by knowing her and loving her. The boys had a fun loving Yiayia who loved to play board games and eat chocolate & waffles. They adored her and She will be missed beyond comprehension. We will honor you Teddi by remembering to lean into joy and appreciate our life as you have in all your days. Thank you for the example you have set and we hope to make you proud. Family and friends are invited to attend the Trisagion at 7:00 PM Wednesday August 4th and Funeral Services Thursday August 5th at 12:30 PM. Both services will be held at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church located at 1260 Davis Street San Jose CA 95126. Teddi loved flowers and the Philoptochos. Flowers or donations to the Philoptochos Society of The Greek Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas San Jose are welcomed. May her memory be eternal.

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Come ZOOM with US!

Join the KSOCA for our Global ZOOM IV!

May 22, 2021 (May 23 in AU)


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Saturday, MAY 22, 2021

 1:00 p.m.   San Francisco / Los Angelos 

 3:00 p.m.   Chicago / Little Rock / St. Louis

 4:00 p.m.   Baltimore / Boston / New York / Toronto 

 9:00 p.m.   Dublin / London

10:00 p.m.  Berlin / Paris

11:00 p.m.  Athens / Cape Town  


Sunday, MAY 23, 2021 - Australia

 4:00 a.m.   Perth 

 6:00 a.m.   Brisbane    

 5:30 a.m.   Adelaide 

 6:00 a.m.   Sydney / Melbourne


To participate, please complete the registration form:

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GLOBAL ZOOM III

Saturday, March 20

 1:30 p.m.   San Francisco / Los Angelos 

 3:30 p.m.   Chicago / Little Rock / St. Louis

 4:30 p.m.   Baltimore / Boston / New York / Toronto 

 8:30 p.m.   Dublin / London

 9:30 p.m.   Berlin / Paris

10:30 p.m.  Athens / Cape Town  

Sunday, March 21

 4:30 a.m.   Perth 

 6:30 a.m.   Brisbane    

 7:00 a.m.   Adelaide 

 7:30 a.m.   Sydney / Melbourne

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The Kytherian Society of California hosted the third successful Global Zoom on March 20/21, 2021.  Over the course of almost seven hours, 80 participants from seven countries received updates on Kytherian happenings.  

Helen Tzortzopoulos, president of the Friends of the Museum of Kythera offered an update on FMK projects and noted the bi-monthly Creative Kythera Zoom presentations featuring artists from are increasing in popularity.  Helen also spoke about the new Migration Museum in Agia Pelagia.  KAA president Emmanuel Alfieris presented a PowerPoint  on the proposed Migration Memorial Statue  and bench in Agia Pelagia, and requested feedback from Zoom participants on the location of the statue. The Zoomers unanimously and enthusiastically recommended the statue should be placed by the entry to the Agia Pelagia pier.  In addition, participants also heard updates on the wind turbines; COVID-19 on Kythera; and Vana Argyris spoke about the Panhellenic International Theater Festival for Young People. 

 It was a special treat to hear from 98-year old George Souris from St. Louis, Missouri.  Participants received the opportunity to meet new people and make new family connections in the Zoom breakout rooms.

 36 participants were from USA; 26 from Australia; 12 from Greece—including 5 from Kythera; 3 from United Kingdom; and one each from Canada, Germany, and Ireland.    


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SAVE THE DATE FOR ZOOM IV

MAY 22, 2021

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Eternal Be His Memory...

Fawaz Khanachet
March 21, 1943 - March 4, 2021

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It is with extreme sadness we report the passing of beloved KSOCA member Fawaz Khanachet. Fawaz attended all of our luncheons with his wife Connie Vrettos Khanachet, as well their daughters and grandchldren. On occasion he baked the Artoklasia bread and prepared luncheon meals for our Panigyri’s. Fawaz was always there to lend a hand. He will be dearly missed by all.

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Fawaz Khanachet passed away peacefully on March 4, 2021 in his home in Danville, CA, surrounded by family. He was called to the Lord after fighting a long, valiant battle with pancreatic cancer over the past two years. He was just a couple weeks shy of his 78th birthday.

Fawaz was born on March 21, 1943 in Damascus, Syria to Rizkallah and Julia Rizk Khanachet. Fawaz received his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Damascus in 1967, and then moved to San Francisco, CA. He worked for a couple of years before attending graduate school at Stanford University, where he received his Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering in 1971. He met his beloved wife, Connie Vrettos, in 1968 soon after moving to San Francisco. They were married in 1970 and had two daughters, Julianne (Julie), born in 1973, and Dina, born in 1977. Fawaz worked as a civil engineer for various companies in the private sector, ending his career as a Senior Project Manager for the Alameda County General Services Agency where he worked for 15 years until he retired in 2013.

Fawaz was a born leader, and always lived to serve others, whether it was at church, or helping out in the classrooms of his wife and his daughter Julie, who were both teachers. Fawaz was a very active member at the Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church in Castro Valley, where he served in many leadership roles over the years, as a member of the Parish Council, helping at the annual Greek Festival, as well as spearheading the church’s building project capital campaign.

Fawaz was as talented as he was pragmatic. He was an intensely creative spirit and expressed his artistry in the dozens of intricate mosaics he lovingly crafted, many of which were nostalgic scenes of his cherished homeland of Syria, as well as meaningful icons and religious scenes. He was a gifted chef, at his happiest when entertaining friends and family, feeding tremendous meals to everyone lucky enough to visit his kitchen. He was a devoted family man, and thrived when surrounded by people he loved, especially his four grandchildren, Alex, Mary, Ewan, and Ellie. He was adored by everyone who knew him, and he had an unparalleled warmth and welcoming quality that drew people to him instantly. He set the example for everyone around him by epitomizing love, patience and respect, and he will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Fawaz is survived by his wife of 50 years, Connie; daughters Julie (Gavin) Reid, Dina (Scott) Taylor; grandchildren Alex, Mary, and Elena Holton and Ewan Reid; his brother Ramzi (Ragheda) Khanachet, sisters Hind (Fariz) Demetree, Samar Walters; sisters-in-law Evonne (Nikos) Yfantis, Vikki (Thomas) Fraioli; as well as numerous nieces and nephews in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, and Jacksonville, Florida.

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Eternal Be Her Memory...

Marie Cominos
August 19, 1928 - December 25, 2020

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The KSOCA mourns the loss of long-time member Marie Cominos. Marie was a devoted member of the KSOCA for many years. After retiring and moving to Oregon several years ago, even though she was unable to attend our luncheons, she continued to make generous donations to our memorial & scholarship  funds. 
Her father George was one of the founding members of the KSOCA and the first president from 1950-1951.
Her sweet demeanor will be missed by all. Our sincere condolences to the Cominos family. Eternal be her memory.

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On December 25th, 2020, Marie Cominos, loving daughter and mother, passed away at home. Marie was born on August 19,1928, in Salinas, California, to George and Helen Cominos. She attended school in Salinas as well as Hartnell College. Marie worked for the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office in Salinas for 30 years.

Marie was an active and devoted member of the Salinas community especially St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church. She participated in all aspects of the community’s spiritual life and volunteered at various events. Within the community she served as Troop Leader for Girl Scouts of America and volunteered with the Monterey County Hospice Foundation and the Monterey County Historical Society. Marie was considered the historian of the Cominos family. She loved her family, their history and their Greek heritage. She worked hard to preserve the history of the Cominos Hotel and it’s role within the Salinas community.

After retirement, Marie moved to Oregon to be closer to her daughter and granddaughter. She has been a lifelong supporter of the Greek Orthodox faith and a lifelong member of St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Salinas, Holy Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church in Salem, OR, and St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Northridge, California. 

Marie was preceded in death by her mother and father, George N. and Helen Cominos, her brother Nick, and her sister Bessie. She is survived by her daughter Eleni, son in law Nick and granddaughter Geneva as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Marie always kept a smiling face, a kind demeanor, showed abundant enthusiasm and commitment to events/charities that she supported and had a kind word for everyone. She had a gentle, sassy and independent spirit. She would want to thank all of you for your friendship and support of her and her family over the years.

Donations may be made to: Holy Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church in Salem, Oregon; Monterey Historical Society in Salinas, CA; Willamette Valley Hospice in Salem; OR Horses Adaptive Riding & Therapy (HART) in Independence, OR.

The funeral service was held at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Eugene, Oregon on December 29, 2020.



See also:

The Cominos Brothers and the Hotel Cominos

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