On Monday, March 18th, following The White House’s Greek Independence Day celebration, the National Hellenic Society’s Washington, DC Chapter hosted a reception at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel. Co-chairs Mike Manatos & Louis Courembis welcomed attendees to the annual celebration of heritage and culture as well as introduced some of the night’s honored guests to give their remarks. Congressman Chris Pappas (D-NH), Foreign Minister George Koumoutsakos, AHEPA Past Supreme President Carl R. Hollister, New York State Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, NHS Chairman Drake Behrakis, and NHS Executive Director Art Dimopoulos were among those who spoke during the evening. The event also promoted the “Cliffs of Freedom” film produced and written by NHS Members Dean and Marianne Metropoulos, as well as the National Hellenic Society’s Heritage Greece program.
Marianne Metropoulos' screenplay and beautiful story set within the prism of the Greek War of Independence in 1821 is now a star-studded feature film playing at AMC Theaters nationwide (see list below). The film is produced by NHS members, the Metropoulos family. NHS urges our members, their respective families and friends to see & share the film especially with the next generation. The Greek spirit and quest for freedom is captured within the context of the impressive feature film that will teach and inspire all.
The story is simple: a young Greek village girl falls in love with a handsome Turkish officer. The couple is besieged by conflicts posed within the context of the Greek War of Independence following four centuries of Ottoman Rule. We taken for granted the herculean efforts and sacrifices of our forebears. Share the story and film especially with the next generation. Their story is our story--one that we celebrate every March 25th that resonates with all free people.
America's eloquent statesman and orator, Daniel Webster (Webster's Dictionary) was so moved by the Greek War of Independence he issued an epic addresses on the floor of the House of Representatives applauding the Greeks and their quest for freedom. The NHS echo's Daniel Webster's sentiments and urges our members to see Cliff's of Freedom! Znto Ellas & Kudos to Marianne, Dean, Evan & Daren!
This past Wednesday, February 27th, the NHS Boston Chapter got together for a meet and greet networking mixer for NHS members, Heritage Greece/Heritage America Alumni and friends. The mixer took place at the Harpoon Brewery and was a well attended event. A great kickoff to a year of celebrations for NHS's 10th Anniversary of the Heritage Greece Program®.
The National Hellenic Society was invited to speak at the behest of The Hellenic University Club of Wilmington at the beautiful Holy Trinity Church for Greek Letters Day. Our members Mr & Mrs Mistras and Mr & Mrs Caras were in attendance where they also serve on the board at Holy Trinity in Wilmington.
The Hellenic Journal recently featured an article by Heritage Greece Alumnus Elizabeth Tzagournis highlighting her experience as a member of the 2017 Heritage Greece Program's excursion.
Click here to read the full article!
This past Thursday, the National Hellenic Society's New York Chapter alongside the American School of Classical Studies at Athens hosted a luncheon in honor of Mr. Malcolm H. Wiener. Wiener is an Aegean prehistorian who has written extensively about the Eastern Mediterranean world in the Bronze Age.
He is a major benefactor of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and serves as Chairman Emeritus of the ASCSA Board of Trustees. During his term, he proposed and funded the Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Agricultural Science at the school. Mr. Wiener spoke at the well attended event held at NERAI in Manhattan.
This past Saturday, December 15, many of our Heritage Greece Program alumni attended the Mistletoe Gala in New York, NY. The gala was hosted by the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church at the Harvard Club in New York City, and created the opportunity for a miniature Heritage Greece reunion. The NHS is proud to see that the life long friendships created through this program continue to be lasting and continue to show signs of living on forever!
New York - On Wednesday, December 5th, NHS Members Dennis & Karen Mehiel sponsored a meet and greet dinner at their home. NHS members, along with Heritage Greece alumni were present. This was the second event that the National Hellenic Society has hosted to connect students with prospective mentors who will be able to provide guidance and advice that will help them in the future. The event was incredibly successful and both NHS members and HG alumni in attendance are motivated to continue to foster the mentor/mentee relationship. We look forward to many more events like this as we launch this new phase of our Heritage Greece and Heritage America programs. Thank you Karen and Dennis Mehiel for sponsoring this event to enrich this wonderful program!
Washington, DC - On Sunday, December 2nd, NHS Members Ted and Demetra Argeroplos sponsored a meet and greet luncheon at the il Canale restaurant in Georgetown. NHS members, along with Heritage Greece alumni and Pan-Hellenic scholars were present. The purpose of the luncheon was to connect these students with prospective mentors who will be able to provide guidance and advice that will help them in the future. The National Hellenic Society is excited that the first of many events designed for fostering the Mentor/Mentee relationship between our members and our program participants was a success. We look forward to many more events like this as we launch this new phase of our Heritage Greece and Heritage America programs. Thank you Demetra and Ted Argeroplos for sponsoring this event to kick off this exciting new chapter!
The National Hellenic Society helped sponsor the Hellenic American Women's Council (HAWC) at their annual conference, held November 2-3, 2018 in Washington, DC. The conference featured panel presentations by the Honorable Barbara S. Pope, Former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Navy & Assistant Secretary of the U.S. State Department, and the Honorable Andrew Natsios, Former Director of US Agency for International Development, & Director of World Vision. The panel presentations were moderated by Paul Glastris, Editor in Chief of The Washington Monthly. The keynote speaker for the weekend was Ms. Thalia Assuras, former television journalist, CBS, who was also honored with the prestigious Aristeon Award.