For it is in giving that we receive.”      –  St. Francis of Assisi

Letter from the President:

Amen! Giving back to the community, being the philanthropic arm of the church and helping those in need.  That is what Philoptochos should aim to achieve.  Our hope is that we will be able to go forth this year and accomplish the goals of our sisterhood.  I am inviting you to come with us on our journey.

We kicked off the new Ecclesiastical year with our first Leisure Group and enjoyed seeing those who were able to attend.  My sincere gratitude to Vangie Varthalamis and her committee for setting up, planning and serving such a nice meal and for getting Leisure going again.  As always, I appreciate everyone’s help.  Thank you, also, to Sophitsa Brooker for keeping us stocked with Bingo prizes.  Our next Leisure get together will be on Thursday, October 13th.  Please note that Leisure is moving from the 2nd Tuesday of the month to the 2nd Thursday of the month.

The Torch Club is back, and I wish to thank those of you who came to help set up and served.  Thank you, Tom Kirk, for cooking a wonderful meal and keeping me calm.

We had our first general meeting on the 18th and hosted coffee hour that Sunday as well.  Thank you to all the ladies who brought goodies to share with the community.

I hope that by now you have heard that we are hosting a Homecoming Dance this month.  Please plan on purchasing a ticket and coming out for a night of dancing and fellowship.  It is time to get together and have fun again.  Achilles and His Band will be providing us with Greek music, and we will also play some American music of the 60’s.  Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for high school and college students.  We have an opportunity to make this a great evening of fun so why not come and be a part of this with us?


Mark your calendars:

Tuesday, October 11 – Torch Club
Thursday, October 13 – Leisure Group
Thursday, October 13 – Philoptochos Board Meeting - 6 pm Andre Room
Sunday, October 16 – Philoptochos General Meeting – Andre Room
Saturday, October 22 – Homecoming Dance – 7 pm – 11 pm Dombalis Hall

As always, I appreciate and thank you for your continued support!

With a grateful heart I remain your sister in Christ,

Barbara Bambacus

Philoptochos President

The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, is the duly accredited women's philanthropic society of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The mission of the Society shall be:

■To aid the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, the handicapped, the victims of disasters, to undertake the burial of impoverished persons and to offer assistance to anyone who may need the help of the Church through fund raising efforts; and

■To promote the charitable, benevolent, and philanthropic purposes of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, through instructional programs, presentations, lectures, seminars and other educational resources.

■To preserve and perpetuate Orthodox Christian concepts and the Orthodox Christian Family, and through them, to promote the Greek Orthodox Faith and traditions, in accordance with its doctrines, canons, discipline, divine worship, usages and customs.

■To promote participation in the activities of the Greek Orthodox community, with the cooperation of the Parish Priest and the Parish Council.

The charitable work of the Society shall be performed with discretion, courtesy and kindness.

Philoptochos 2022-2023 Executive Board:

Barbara Bambacus - President
Daphne Tsimpris - 1st Vice President
Pam Saunders - 2nd Vice President
Jackie Harmon - Recording Secretary
Anita Deligan - Treasurer
Irene Calos - Assistant Treasurer