Washington, DC – February 22, 2013 — The National Hellenic Society Washington region (NHS DC) hosted its second “NHS Third Thursday Luncheon” speaker series featuring Tom Korologos, former U.S. Ambassador to Belgium, senior advisor to four Presidential Administrations, founder of Timmons & Company and consultant to over 300 Senate conferees, including several U.S. Supreme Court Justices, cabinet and federal agency heads and a “Who’s Who” of public servants facing Senate confirmation.
NHS DC Co-Chair Art Dimopoulos welcomed Ambassador Korologos and NHS members and guests and provided an overview of the NHS mission and programs. An alumnus from the NHS’ Heritage Greece Program, Johns Hopkins University student Paul Markakis provided a compelling account of his experience with Heritage Greece and its impact on his life. Developed by NHS and hosted by the American College of Greece, NHS’ partner institution, Heritage Greece is a two-week cultural immersion program for college-age students visiting Greece for the first-time that provides them the opportunity to experience Greece and explore their identity together with students from Greece.
Ambassador Korologos shared his thoughts on the direction of the next generation of Greek-Americans and praised the work of the NHS and specifically the Heritage Greece Program. Ambassador Korologos led a dynamic discussion about the status of the U.S. and world political situation, and the campaign process. He offered in-depth background and anecdotal recollections about his work with the Senate confirmation process supplemented by descriptions of certain high profile nominations.
Held on the third Thursday of each month, the NHS informal luncheons bring together NHS members, prominent members of the Greek-American community and special guest speakers to exchange views on topics of common interest especially on programs and events that advance the NHS mission at the local level