September 14 - Torch Club (Andre Room)
September 19 - General Meeting following Liturgy (Andre Room)
September 21- Leisure Group at 11:30 a.m.
Spirit Sunday was beautiful! With the restrictions having been relaxed, and under the inspiration of Presvytera Vivian, parishioners enjoyed an elegant coffee - box lunch-and celebratory cake after Liturgy on Pentecost Sunday/Father’s Day. It was the first social gathering offered since the Pandemic and thank you to all who made Spirit Sunday possible. What a joy it was for me to look around the Dombalis Hall and see the smiles on peoples’ faces, hearing the laughter and watching the warm and engaged interaction. Those who were there enjoyed the fellowship that they had missed as it had been way too long since we last gathered in person and as families. I am happy to say that we are planning to resume things that we, as a Philoptochos, have enjoyed in the past. Additionally, we look forward to new adventures and fundraisers! My hope is that you will come and join us this year in as little or as great a capacity as you are able to offer. We have many wonderful charities that we support locally as well as nationally. I will be posting a slideshow listing these local charities on our Philoptochos tab of our Cathedral’s website. It is for these causes that we raise money through our various events. I look forward to working with my new Board, along with Fr. Nick.
On September 14th, The Torch Club will, once again, be meeting in our André Room. For those who are not familiar with the Torch Club, they are an organization of professionals with a broad range of experience and knowledge in various subjects. This is a fundraiser. This organization pays to meet and eat once a month. Philoptochos women form committees for each month. They plan and coordinate the meal and bring in ladies that assist in servings the meals. We start with wine and tomato juice as they gather and chat, followed by a meal which includes a salad and dessert. Once the dishes are cleared away, they conduct their monthly meetings, often including a presentation from one of its members. We are always looking for volunteers to serve as the chairmen of the particular month and then ladies who can help in the kitchen, setting up the tables, serving and cleanup. After September, the Torch Club will meet on the first Tuesday of each month.
BINGO is back! Leisure Group will be happening on September 21st! A short prayer service will be offered by Father Nicholas, followed by lunch and then Bingo in the André Room. We are so happy to be able to provide this to the older members of our community as they enjoy their golden years. We will miss Mary Pappas so very much and we will always remember and be grateful for the Leisure Group “greats” before Mary, such as Espie Stames and Helen Parthemos. And, just before COVID, a few of us saw Espie’s daughter Sophitsa, like a magical elf, one evening softly coming in to store Leisure Group bingo prizes! Each one has given their all. Mary Pappas will be missed as a dedicated face of Leisure, along with her right hand, Vangie Varthalamis. Leisure also provides an opportunity for volunteers. We will need someone to lead and a group of volunteers each month. Responsibilities to include planning the meal and getting women to help setup, serve and clear tables. And… did I mention Leisure Group is fun! After September, Leisure Group will be on the second Tuesday of the month.
As we rev up, we will be printing a membership directory again this year. If you have recently changed your address, email account or preferred phone number, please contact Daphne Tsimpris, chairman of the directory, with your changes. I invite all of you to our first general meeting on Sunday, September 19th. If you have anything that you would like Philoptochos to know about, consider doing or wish to step up as a volunteer, feel free to contact me or any of the board members. I pray that you will all stay well and may God bless you and yours!
I appreciate and thank you for your continued support and 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 2021-2022 Executive Board:
Barbara Bambacus - President
Daphne Tsimpris - 1st Vice President
Pam Saunders - 2nd Vice President
Julie Beamer - Recording Secretary
Anita Deligan - Treasurer