Chicago.- The 72nd National Convention of the Pan Arcadian Federation of America was held in October 15 – 19, 2014 at the «Hilton Harbor Island Hotel» in the beautiful city of San Diego, California with the participation of 61 delegates representing all three P.F.A. Districts. Kostas Kapogiannis from “Nea Mantineia” Chapter of Los Angeles was elected as the new Supreme President.
The Convention was hosted by “Tegea” Chapter # 101 of the Western District and the Organizing Committee was co-chaired by Constance Mastorakos – Ralph and Fred Georggin who welcomed the delegates along with the Tegea President James Rigopoulos, the Western District Governor, Cathy Giouzelis and the Supreme President George Reveliotis.
At the first business session Dr. Peter Evangelou, past President, was elected as Chairman of the 72nd Convention, George Anastasopoulos as co-chairman, George Toumbekis, past President, as parliamentarian and Marios Georgiou as Secretary.
George Reveliotis, the Supreme President, presented his report followed at the podium by most of the Officers of the outgoing Supreme Lodge and Board of Trustees. Andreas Papadoniou, the Treasurer, presented the Financial Report and George Sourounis, the Chairman of the Board, has presented the Financial Report of the Plaza owned by the P.F.A.
Three important panel discussions were held on Thursday and Friday: A. “The future and the mission of the P.F.A.” moderated by past President Dr. Peter Evangelou with the participation of the Supreme President George Reveliotis, past President Demetris Filios and Mrs.Jeanette Rigopoulos of the Western District. B. “The next generation” moderated by George Reveliotis with the participation of Midwest District Governor Constantine Tzamouranis, Eastern District Governor Nicholas Kontoleon and Western District Governor Cathy Giouzelis. C. “Pan Arcadian Hospital” moderated by Pan Arcadian Hospital Committee Chairman Demetris Filios with the participation of George Sourounis and George Reveliotis.
On Friday morning the well known author and researcher Petros Sarantakis made a very impressive special presentation on the history of the Arcadian immigration to America and the contributions of the Arcadians of the U.S.A. and to our homeland. Mr. Sarantakis was introduced by Demetris Filios, past President and Chairman of the “Arcadian History Project”.
The Convention business concluded on Saturday October 18, with the adoption of most articles of the proposed new Constitution, presented by George Anastasopoulos and the adoption of a series of resolutions, most importantly, the reaffirmation of P.F.A.’s decision to establish a Pan Arcadian Endowment Fund and the expression of the total and unequivocally solidarity of the 72nd Convention of P.F.A. to Greece and Cyprus in the midst of the worst crisis of recent years. The resolutions demand respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of both Greece and Cyprus, support a just and viable settlement of the Cyprus issue, condemn the attempt of FYROM to hijack the history and the Hellenic name of Macedonia and express our solidarity with the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Greek minorities of Constantinople as well as of Northern Epirus.
Finally the Convention approved the P.F.A.’s participation in the World Pan Arcadian Council.
The “Theodoros Kolokotronis Award” was presented to the distinguished businessman and philanthropist of Arcadian descent, Angelo K. Tsakopoulos, for his passionate advocacy of Hellenism and his significant contributions to the Greek American community, Arcadia and the Hellenic American community at large. The award was received by his daughter, Ambassador Eleni Tsakopoulos- Kounalakis who was introduced by past P.F.A. president Alex Rigopoulos.
The new Supreme Lodge:
Konstantinos Kapogiannis, President,
John Hilaris, 1st Vice President,
Athanasia Syrengelas, 2nd Vice President,
Marios Georgiou, 3rd Vice President,
John Bournazos, Secretary,
Tasos Giannikopoulos, Treasurer.
The new Board of Trustees:
George K. Sourounis was reelected as Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
George N. Reveliotis, Esq., past President, (ex officio)
Evangelos Potakis, past President, (ex-officio)
Dimitris Panagos (Eastern District),
Kostas Lambrakis (Midwest District)
George Syrengelas (Western District).
Nicholas Kontoleon, Governor, Eastern District
Kostas Tzamouranis, Governor, Midwest District
James Rigopoulos, Governor, Western District.
Demetrios A. Filios, Chairman, Pan Arcadian Hospital Committee
The newly elected Supreme President, Kostas Kapogiannis thanked the delegates for their support and promised to work closely with the new administration to ensure the unity and the progress of our historic Federation.