Pan Arcadian Federation of America West District

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200 Anniversary of the Greek War for Independence of 1821 – A Virtual Celebration March 27, 2021

March 22, 2021

The Pan Arcadian Federation of America (PFA) is organizing a virtual event to commemorate the 200 Anniversary of the Greek War for Independence of 1821.

This event, “200 Anniversary of the Greek War for Independence of 1821 – A Virtual Celebration”  is to be held in cooperation with:


  • The Greek Orthodox Archdioceses of America - Department of Greek Education
  • The East Mediterranean Business and Culture Alliance
  • The Hellenic Cultural Center of the SW & the World Hellenic Diaspora
  • The Hellenic Congress of America

 

The Greek War for Independence of 1821 was a pivotal event not only for Greece but for the entire region of the Balkans and South-Eastern Europe and the beginning of the end of the Ottoman Turkish Empire.


Defying the odds and the adverse geopolitical conditions, the revolutionaries managed to become the first national movement that successfully established an independent country.

This year the Hellenes around the world commemorate the 200 Anniversary of the Hellenic Revolution of 1821 with a series of events, mostly online due to the restrictions of the pandemic crisis.


The current virtual celebration of March 27, 2021, includes keynote speeches by Dr. Maria Efthymiou of the University of Athens, who is going to speak on “ The Peloponnesus as the Anchor of the 1821 Revolution“ and Dr. Alexander Kitroeff, of the University of Haverford in Pennsylvania, who will speak on “ The Role of the American Philhellenes in the Greek War for Independence “.


The other panelists are:

Lou Katsos, President of the EMBCA

Prof. Manos Papadakis of the University of Houston,  Vice President of HCC-SW"

Dr. Anastasios Koularmanis, Hellenic Education Director, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Evangelia Sourounis,  3rd Vice President Pan Arcadian Federation of America 

Dr. Anastasia Giannakidou, Chancellor of University of Chicago

Athena Cromida chairman of the Archdiocesan Higher Council of Hellenic Education

Demetris Filios, Journalist & Past President of Pan Arcadian Federation will act as Master of Ceremony



The event is going to take place on Saturday, March 27, 2021, at 2:30 pm EDT  (11:30 am PDT, 12:30 pm MDT, and 1:30 pm CDT). 


Additional information and registration information can be obtained at the following link:


https://www.hcc-sw.org/events/timeline/hcc-events/169-200-anniversary-of-the-greek-war-for-independence-of-1821-a-virtual-celebration


PFA Western District Scholarships

February 10, 2021


Chapter Presidents and Secretaries,

Happy February!


This is the 3rd in a series of announcements you will be receiving from the PFA Western District. It has information about the Pan Arcadian Federation of America WESTERN DISTRICT SCHOLARSHIPS that we are happy to announce will be awarded this year (2021). It is important to distribute this information to qualified applicants. Please share this with your chapter members. It asks for action, so please take appropriate steps.

Karen Anastasopoulos chairs the scholarship committee. Attached is the scholarship application as well as information about the WD Scholarship. If you have questions she can be reached at: karenanast@gmail.com

 

Please submit news of your chapter to DG joannesaltas@gmail.com   Events and updates will be posted on WD Website. http://www.panarcadianwest.org

You are being encouraged to stay in touch with chapter members by the method that is most efficient and convenient to you.

Contact us at the District with questions, or suggestions. Thanks for all you do for the continuing success of the Pan Arcadian Federation.

Stay safe
Thanks
Joanne, Nick L, Kathy, Nick T, Jan, Karen, George



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PFA Western District Election Information

January 13, 2021

Chapter Presidents and Secretaries,

Happy New Year 2021

Please click on the image to the right to download this announcement regarding PFA WD District Elections. This is the 2nd in a series of announcements you will be receiving from the PFA Western District. Please share them with your chapter members. If it asks for action, please take appropriate steps.

The first was the announcement on procedure for chapters to fulfill the financial obligations to District. Hopefully, you are able to get this submitted.

Announcements will be ONE-TOPIC focused and sent out as needed. You will also be getting other information of interest. Everything will be posted on WD Website.

Please submit news of your chapter to DG joannesaltas@gmail.com  Events and updates will be posted on WD Website.

You are being encouraged to stay in touch with chapter members by the method that is most efficient and convenient to you.

Contact us at the District with questions, or suggestions. Thanks for all you do for the continuing success of the Pan Arcadian Federation.

Stay safe
Thanks
Joanne, Nick L, Kathy, Nick T, Jan, Karen, George

 

2020 Western District PFA Per Capita Dues Deadline is January 31, 2021

January 8, 2021

Dear Chapter Presidents and Secretaries,


🎉 HAPPY NEW YEAR!  🎉  We hope the new year brings peace, hope, health and special moments!  🎉


Its that time of year again!  I would like to remind all chapters that although many of our chapters were not able to have meetings and/or events in 2020 due to the pandemic, annual membership dues still need to be remitted to our Western District Pan Arcadian Federation. 


With that, a completed per capita form and check for your chapter must be sent to our Western District treasurer, Nick Tsolis, no later than January 31, 2021. 


The per capita form can be downloaded here.  Western District dues are $12 per member.


Lastly, another reminder...did you know that we have a Western District website? http://www.panarcadianwest.org/


Here you will find information about our chapters, officer information, forms, events, etc.


Thank you all in advance for your help.  Should you need any further information, please feel free to contact me via email @ kpapadimi@hotmail.com.


Be well. Sta​y safe.


​Kathy ​Papadimitropoulos

Pan Arcadian - Western District Secretary


PFA 1st Vice President George Anastasopoulos on Hellenic Public Radio Cosmos FM

December 27, 2020

PFA 1st Vice President George Anastosopoulos (Salt Lake City Chapter-Theodoros Kolokotronis #90) was on Hellenic Public Radio Cosmos FM on Sunday, December 27th. He offered Holiday Wishes to all from the National PFA. He also gave an update of the support given to the Arcadian Hospital in Tripolis, Greece from the PFA.

You can click on the link below to hear a recording of the broadcast:


At the 2:00:53 mark of the recording, George is introduced by Demetrios Filios.
At the 2:02:27 mark of the recording, George delivers his message.

Best Wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year!


PFA WD Officers
Joanne, Nick L, Kathy, Nick T, Jan, Karen, George

Fall/Winter 2020 Pan Arcadian Newsletter Published

December 17, 2020

The Supreme Lodge has produced a Fall/Winter Newsletter which you may have received by e-mail or mail, but if not, it can be viewed on their website or by clicking on the image to the right.

Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!

November 22, 2020

Thanksgiving will look and feel a little different for us all but hopefully you find a SAFE way to celebrate and are surrounded by good vibes. 

Happy Thanksgiving

PFA Western District Officers
Joanne, Nick L, Nick T, Kathy, Jan, Karen, George

Western District Contributes $10,550 for the Pan Arcadian Hospital in Tripolis

July 19, 2020

Hello Western District PFA Members,

 

A check in the amount of $10,550 has been sent to Pan Arcadian Federation of America National Headquarters. This Is money the PFA Western District collected from the chapters and will be used toward the purchase of much needed medical equipment for the Pan Arcadian Hospital in Tripolis, Greece. 

 

HISTORY:  The WD had requested each chapter to give a donation toward the Food Bank in Tripolis, Greece. When it was discovered that there was not an organized food bank to give this money to, the delegates decided to re-allocate this money and give it to the hospital in Tripolis.  

 

The Hospital is an ongoing project of the PFA and money is always needed.  Donations from chapters, individuals, church, and community groups are essential. A current National Fundraising letter has been sent to all chapter Presidents and Secretaries to share with members.  

Thank you for your support and commitment to the Hospital and the PFA. 

 

Hopefully you are all doing well. 

Take care. 

Stay safe. 

 

Joanne Saltas, PFA WDGovernor


Click on the above image to read the Pan Arcadian Hospital donation thank you letter from PFA headquarters

75th National PFA Convention in Chicago Postponed until Summer of 2021

May 27, 2020

The 75th PFA National Convention had been planned for Chicago on October 15-18, 2020.  However, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of Directors and Trustee Officers have decided to postpone the 75th National Convention until the summer of 2021.

Please download the letter to the right for additional details.

Mezzo-soprano Christina Alexopoulos Performing Maurice Ravel’s “Five Greek Folk Songs”

April 5, 2020

Fellow Arcadians,

 

I hope that you and your loved ones are doing well during these very difficult times.

First, we must have the discipline to follow the recommendations of the "health experts" for taking the right precautions so we can stay healthy.

 

Second, we must have the strength to fight this pandemic and take the time to appreciate and value our families and friends. We are fortunate that our Arcadian ancestors organized the Pan-Arcadian Federation of America (PFA) and gave us this opportunity to continue our cultural connections across the globe. One such connection is the talented young lady of Arcadian descent, Mezzo-soprano Christina Alexopoulos, who is the daughter of Dr. Nicolaos and Susie  Alexopoulos, residing in Southern California.  Many of you have met Dr.  Alexopoulos at the last Alosis tis Tripoleos (September 2019) at Saint John's in Anaheim, CA  where he was our keynote speaker.

 

The site below takes you to a youtube video where, Mezzo-soprano Christina Alexopoulos, accompanied by pianist Cheryl Lin Fielding, performs Maurice Ravel’s “Five Greek Folk Songs” (Cinq mélodies populaires grecques) at St. James‘ concert of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 on Oct. 27, 2019 in Newport Beach, CA.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTnMwLXIw-w&list=RDCTnMwLXIw-w&start_radio=1  

 

I hope you take the time to enjoy this beautiful performance by Christina Alexopoulos and pass it to your friends as well.

 

With American-Arcadian pride and best wishes for staying healthy,

 

Konstantinos V. Kapogianis

Past PFA President (2014-2016)

(714)726-7383

Important Letter to all PFA WD Chapters

March 20, 2020


PFA Western District Chapter Presidents and Secretaries,

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic spreading throughout the communities where we all live and work, the PFA Western District Convention scheduled for May 1-3, 2020 in Tracy, California has temporarily been postponed.  A date for rescheduling the District Convention will be determined.

All administrative business conducted at the District Convention is being postponed. 


Accepting Scholarship applications and the awarding of these Scholarships will be moved to a later date.


The District Lodge will monitor the advice and recommendations from the government and public health officials in making decisions on how we will move forward.  


The only goal is to protect the health and safety of the PFA members, our families, friends, and the community at large. 


Thank you for being part of this great Arcadian Family.  Please take the recommended steps to protect yourself and others from contracting this virus and to mitigate its spread.


Please share this decision with the members of your chapter 


Stay safe. Be well.


PFA WD Officers 


2020 Western District Scholarship Application Forms are now available

Note that 2020 scholarships were not awarded due to the COVID-19 pandemic

February 19, 2020

 

The 2020 Western District scholarship application forms can be downloaded here.  Note that the completed application forms must be submitted and postmarked by Monday, April 13, 2020. 

 

If you have any questions please contact Scholarship Chair Karen Anastasopoulos, 801-913-2414, karenanast@gmail.com  

Congratulations to our WD PFA Scholarship Chair Karen Anastasopoulos!

December 19, 2019

Our Western District Scholarship Chair, Karen Anastasopoulos was recently featured in the University of Utah College of Humanities official magazine called Perspectives. You can read the article by clicking on the link below:


Congratulations to our 2019 WD PFA Scholarship Recipients!

October 17, 2019


This year the Western District PFA Scholarship Committee received applications from seven outstanding students by the May 15, 2019 deadline.  These were reviewed and ranked by a panel of three professional non-Arcadians.  After careful review, the Scholarship Committee has decided to award a $2,000 scholarship to each of the following top three applicants:

 

Maritza Helena Kelesis - will continue her graduate studies at the University of Nevada School of Medicine—Las Vegas; Las Vegas Chapter

 

Vickie Konstantinos Louras - will continue her undergraduate studies at the University of Utah majoring in Psychology; Salt Lake City Chapter

 

George Gregory Papadeas - will begin his undergraduate studies at Butler   University in Indianapolis majoring in either Biology or Business; Denver Chapter


You can read the complete 2019 report of WD Scholarship Chairman Karen Anastasopoulos here. You can also read the complete 2018 WD Scholarship report here.


Thanks again to all of the WD Chapters for their support of our scholarship program, and for helping to get the word out to so many well qualified applicants.