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 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:
February 10, 2021
Chapter Presidents and Secretaries,
Dear Chapter Presidents and Secretaries,
🎉 HAPPY NEW YEAR! 🎉 We hope the new year brings peace, hope, health and special moments! 🎉
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.
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/
you will find information about our chapters, officer information, forms,
Thank you all in advance for your help. Should you need any further information, please feel free to contact me via email @ email@example.com.
well. Stay safe.
Pan Arcadian - Western District Secretary
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.
Joanne Saltas, PFA WDGovernor
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.
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)
March 20, 2020
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.
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.