New York.- By Catherine Tsounis
“The 2nd International Day of Greek Language and Culture” on March 4th, Sunday afternoon, at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity cultural center on 319 East 74th St., New York City. Over two hundred persons attended to support the continuation of the Greek language, culture and Greek Orthodox faith. Mrs. Stella Kokolis President of Hellenic American Educators and Cultural Associations of America and Mrs. Vasiliki Filiotis, President of Hellenic Paideia of America in cooperation with Dr. Ioannis Efthimopoulos, Director of the Hellenic Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and keynote speaker, honored Dr. Georgia Filiotis, Mrs. Christina Tettonis and Mr. Jim Logothetis for their contribution to the Greek language, culture and Greek Orthodoxy.
The Program consisted of the following persons: M.C. Dimitris Filippidis, reporter HELLAS FM; National Anthems; Invocation by his Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela representing His Eminence Archbishop Geron Demetrios of America; Welcome, Mrs. Vassiliki Filiotis, President of the Hellenic Paideia of America; Honored Guest Greeting by UN Ambassador Dionysios Kalavrezos; Performance by Students of the Hellenic Charter School-Brooklyn; Luncheon; Introduction of Keynote Speaker, Dr. Ioannis Efthymiopoulos, Director of the Office of Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and Mrs. Stella Kokolis President of Hellenic American Educators and Cultural Associations of America: Keynote Address, “Greek Language: The Language of Homer, the Ancient Greek Language, the Language of Macedonians and of Romiosyni”; Musical Interlude: Mrs. Anna Tsoukala and Mr. Gregory Post; Awards and Citations to the Honorees and Responses of the Honorees: Dr. Georgia Filiotis, Mrs. Christina Tettonis and Mr. Jim Logothetis; Closing Remarks, Mrs. Stella Kokolis and Benediction by His Grace, Bishop Sevastianos of Zela, assisted by Rev. Fr. John Vlahos, Dean of the Holy Trinity Cathedral.
Dr. Georgia Filiotis is known in international circles as a member of the United Nations. Her pioneer blazing work in intellectual circles has impressed young professional. She is a mentor to young women who are attempting to follow in her footsteps. Her generosity, kindness and working as a team player devoid of jealousy is remarkable. The Hellenic Paideia of America Organization success through the leadership of President Vasiliki Filiotis was made possible with the help of Adriana Filiotis and Georgia Filiotis. The Filiotis family is well known in Astoria, New York for their community activist services.
Mrs. Christina Tettonis is principal of The Hellenic Classical Charter School (HCCS) since 2007. his recognition was earned because of her school’s high student progress and increase in student achievement and closing the gap in student performance. It ranks among the top charter schools (Pre-K to 8) in New York City for exceeding targets in student achievement, school environment and student progress.1
Mr. Jim Logothetis was born in the village of Karatoula Kynourias. Arcadia.
He joined Ernst & Young in January 1979 in Chicago where he currently serves as a senior partner and a member of the leadership team.
The honoree serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Hellenic American Academy since its founding in 2004. The Academy opened its doors on September 6th with an enrollment of nearly 500 students between the day school Socrates, evening school and the Saturday school programs. He has received many honors and awards and was named Archon of the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in 2004.”3
I understand the great love Arcadians have for Greek civilization. The first visit of a Patriarch to the Peloponnese took place in September 21st-22nd, 2009. His Holiness, Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople visited Tripolis, capital of Arcadia. Andreas Lykourentzos, Deputy Prime Minister of Education, welcomed the Patriarch by saying “from the heart of Morea and the capital (Tripolis) of Arcadia, the homeland of Modern Martyrs, we show our great love for the Patriarch of Constantinople, leader of the Christian Church. I welcome you first as a Tripolitsiotis and as an Arcas, representing our people of Arcadia. Our citizens are dedicated to the trades, professions and sciences. We are your supporters in Greece and Overseas. The Arcadians remain loyal to the traditions and sacrifices of our Nation on behalf of the Christian Faith and for the freedom of our country. In the 21st century, The Light of the Phanar shines in our hearts and the world.” This is where Mr. Jim Logothetis comes from. There is hope for Hellenism. Arcadian-Americans, from Chicago, a center of genuine patriotism for America and Greece.
The M.C. Dimitris Filippidis, reporter of HELLASFM had a strong influence in the background. In a time when persons are selling off their country of Greece, one person is standing in their way: Dimitris Filippidis. In his broadcasts, he says” We are lucky in the US to have the church’s support through the leadership of Archbishop Demetrios, who is backing the March 18th rally outside the United Nations at 12 p.m. to protest the naming of FYROM to Macedonia. We are giving Macedonia to our children. The holy soil of Macedonia is Greece and Greece is Macedonia. Turkish military boats are cruising illegally in the Greek Aegean. Greece is being threatened.”4
February 9th, 2018, is the 2nd International Greek Language Day. It is celebrated on the national poet Dionysios Solomos (8 April 1798 – 9 February 1857) Commemoration Day. The idea for an International Greek Language Day had been pushed through the General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad with the cooperation of several Greek Diplomatic Missions, as well as Greek Associations and Communities.
The Ecumenical Patriarchate together with the Senior Patriarchates and the Archdioceses which support schools or Greek-language classes have also been requesting the establishment of the International Greek Language Day which is expected to greatly contribute to the spread of Greek culture.