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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:

https://forms.gle/eYe7ZzvaWNBvSp857



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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PHOTOS FROM GLOBAL ZOOM II

JANUARY 21, 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

Eternal Be His Memory...

Andrew John Stathis
December 16, 1942 - October 19, 2020


The KSOCA mourns the loss of long-time member Andy Stathis. Andy was a dedicated member of the KSOCA for many years, attending and working along side his wife and president, Katherine Alfieris Stathis. His home was always open for board meetings and other events.. Andy was awarded the Honorary Kytherian award in 2005 for his continual support of the society. Andy will always be remembered in our hearts. He will be missed by all. Our thoughts and condolences to his wife Katherine and family.

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Born to Peter and Sophia Stathis on December 16, 1942 in Minot, North Dakota, Andy spent his young years deeply embedded in Minot’s Greek Orthodox immigrant community. He adored Minot and the people he knew there; he returned to visit many times in his adult life, most recenty in 2018.

In 1952 his famiy moved to Oakland. During his middle and high school years, Andy worked four routes as an Oakland Tribune paperboy. He was in high school ROTC at Cal and graduated from Oakland High School in 1961. Andy served Oakland’s Ascension Cathedral as an alter boy for many years. He actively particpiated in the church community’s events and ministries. His deep faith has consistenty supported Ascension’s parish as wel as Resurrection’s parish in Castro Valley. 

Andy earned Master’s degrees in Political Science and Histroy at Cal State. He loved learning. He loved debate. He would talk history and politics for hours if you let him. For 26 years he served our country and rose in U.S. Army ranks to Lieutenant Colonel. He served in the 519th Maintenance Company at Ft. Ord, and in the 91 USA MTC. He taught the Command & General Staff College Course for 2 years.

Katherine, Andy’s wife of 42 years, wishes to thank the ICU staff at John Muir, Concord, who gave him extrordinary support for six days before he passed.

His funeral will take place at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, October 28, at Ascension Cathedral, 4700 Lincoln Avenur in Oakland. Internment will immediately follow at Mt. View Cemetery in Oakland.



Global “ZOOM” Panigyri

Saturday, September 26, 2020

10 a.m. San Francisco - 1 p.m. New York - 8 p.m, Greece - 3 a.m. Sept. 27,  Sydney, AU

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Like many of us in 2020, we found that COVID concerns changed our lives. We couldn’t travel to our beloved Kythera during the summer, and were unable to hold our in-person annual Kytherian Society of California (KSOCA) Panigyri of the Myrtidiotissa Luncheon. Not letting a pandemic stop us from getting together, we decided to hold a virtual, worldwide panigyri and invite our relatives and friends!

We are delighted to report that our first ever Global "ZOOM" Panigyri, held on Sept. 26, 2020, was an outstanding success! About 120 Kytherians and Philo-Kytherians from around the world took part in this historic event, meeting with old and new friends and relatives in real time from the comfort of our own homes.

Within the USA, attendees participated from Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois Indiana, Maryland, Connecticut, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, and Pennsylvania.
Our international Zoomers joined us from Sydney and Brisbane, Australia; Paris and Plottes, France; Berlin, Athens, Kythera, Dublin, and various UK locations including London, Birmingham, and Hertfordshire. We applaud the Aussie Kytherians, who unflinchingly woke up to join us at 3 am local time!

Highlights of the meeting agenda included:

    • Opening and welcome remarks from outgoing KSOCA President
      
Katherine Stathis      

    • Prayer by Fr. Niko Bekris, Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church, Castro
      
Valley

    • The Apolytikion of the Miracle of the Theotokos, sung by Dr. Tikey Zes
       
in the English translation 

    • Introduction of KSOCA Board, and newly-elected President Vikki
     
Vrettos Fraioli, by Katherine Stathis 

    • Brief history of the KSOCA, by Vikki Vrettos Fraioli

    • 2020 Anastasia Conomos Condas Scholarship award presentation by
      
Scholarship Chair Melissa Neofes Mischak to Elle Scandalios 

    • Updates from presidents and representatives from additional Kytherian
     
associations were received from: 

       ✴ Diane Homberg, President, Kytherian Brotherhood of Baltimore,
            
Maryland 

       ✴ Tina Dapontes Damiris, President, Kytherian Association of New York

       ✴ Emmanuel Alfieris, President, Kytherian Association of Australia, 
            
Sydney, NSW 

       ✴ Victor Kepreotis, Past President Kytherian Association of Australia,
           
Sydney, NSW 

       ✴ Elias Marsellos, Director, Kytheraismos Institute, Athens, Greece.

       ✴ Stratos Charchalakis, Mayor of Kythera


    • Mini Presentations on Kytherian topics of interest by:

       ✴  Lita Tzortzopoulos Gregory: Kythera News

       ✴  Helen Tzortzopoulos: the Migration Museum in Agia Pelagia

       ✴  Jean Marie Stratigos: Wind Turbine Update

       ✴  James Prineas: www.kythera-family.net, purekythera.com

   • Raffle - Even a raffle can be held via ZOOM! Selling raffle tickets in   advance  raised almost $800, with the proceeds benefiting the KSOCA Scholarship Fund! Raffle Chair Elaine Moulos called out the winning names of USA participants, who received gift cards and other prizes. Elaine decorated the raffle station with the flags of all the countries represented in the ZOOM Panigyri, lending a festive air. The KSOCA would like to warmly thank all who donated prizes for the raffle as well as those who purchased raffle tickets.

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     • Breakout Rooms - The highlights of the Global ZOOM Panigyri were the breakout sessions, allowing participants to chat with each other in small groups.

Originally slated for 90 minutes, the ZOOM Panigyri call ended after 3 pm PDT, more than five hours later! We continued our conversation in the Main Room, and a few Sydney Aussies joined us at the respectable hour of 6 am local time. Kudos to George Poulos from Sydney,whodeterminedlyheldonforthreehours. AntonyZaglas,fromSydney,wonthe Endurance Award for ZOOMING from beginning to almost the very end!

The KSOCA plans to hold more Global ZOOM chats in the future, allowing Kytherians and Philo-Kytherians worldwide the opportunity for fellowship, conversation, and connection. 

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To watch Part I of the ZOOM click below:

 

Party packs sent to USA participants
courtesy of the KSOCA

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Click here to see more photos from our Global ZOOM


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Saturday, September 26, 2020

10 a.m. San Francisco - 1 p.m. New York - 8 p.m, Greece - 3 a.m. Sept. 27,  Sydney, AU

                                                KSOCA ZOOM Meeting

ZOOM is able to accommodate people from all over the world via the internet, therefore, we are inviting our global Kytherian & Phylo-Kytherian friends to join us. 

There has been great enthusiasm! Kytherians from Baltimore, New York, Kythera, and Australia have already indicated they want to join us!


If you are not familiar with ZOOM, it’s a FREE video conferencing tool that allows lots of people to gather virtually.  

You will need to download a small application on your computer, smart phone, or tablet, and click a link in the ZOOM Invitation to join our meeting. Super easy. 

Most computers, smartphones, and tablets, now have built in webcams, so we are hoping to SEE everyone who participates.  

We will schedule a few test ZOOM meetings so people can practice.  In addition, our board members are happy to work with individuals who need assistance.  PLEASE let us know if you need help. We do not want anyone to NOT participate because they feel they are not tech savvy enough.  

Go to ZOOM.US for more info.

Watch a short video on youtube HERE

Please NOTE our GLOBAL PANIGYRI is on 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2020 at 10:00 a.m., 

in order to accommodate our friends around the world.

Complete and mail the reservation form to Megan Pearse
by September 12, 2020

We have a special Party Pack for USA attendees that we’d like you to receive prior to the Panigyri. 

If you have not yet paid your dues, or made memorial and scholarship donations, please do so using the same reservation form.

In addition, please RSVP to Vikki @  the Kytherian Society.

This will be a historical event so we hope you will join us!

REGISTER ONLINE HERE 

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GLOBAL PANIGYRI INVITE CLICK HERE

RESERVATION FORM CLICK HERE




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