Greetings, and may the beauty of this joyous Season be with you always. Philoptochos ladies have received many blessings in their lives, but our biggest blessing is the ability to assist those who are less fortunate.
We thank God for all things that are good. Philoptochos ladies wanted to meet in person to enjoy the camaraderie and exchange ideas with our Philoptochos sisters at the 2020 National Philoptochos Convention in Cleveland, OH, but God had other plans for us. On August 21 and 22, over 600 delegates and observers participated in the first Virtual National Philoptochos Convention. All business was conducted with innovation technology and social distancing. Our beloved Metropolitan Nicholas participated in both days of the convention, and thanked the Philoptochos for their kindness that is extended to all especially to those who are in need.
One of the highlights of the Convention was the Agape Awards Presentation. Philoptochos has many dedicated women who have devoted decades in serving their church, the Philoptochos Society and the less fortunate. Congratulations to Margaret Manos who is the Agape Award winner from the Metropolis of Detroit. Margaret attends Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Buffalo, NY. Even at age 84, Margaret is a source of inspiration for all the chapter members with her tireless energy, outgoing personality and broad knowledge of all things Philoptochos. We recognize the seven other nominees from the Metropolis of Detroit who also serve as role models for all generations. They are as follows: Harriet Ellis, Annunciation, Dayton, OH, Theodora Bageris, Nativity of the Virgin Mary, Plymouth, MI, Christine Encelewski, Annunciation, Muskegon, MI, Catalina Gianakouros, Annunciation, Vestal, NY, Georgene Ochadleus, Saints Constantine and Helen, Westland, MI, Liberty Pasyanos, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Carmel, IN, Asimina Sideris, Holy Trinity St. Nicholas, Cincinnati, OH. We thank all these special ladies for their dedicated service.
In October of 2020 Archbishop Elpidophoros appointed the new Philoptochos Executive Board and National Board Members. Congratulations to our own Harriet Stoukas becoming Assistant Treasurer. Congratulations also go to the following ladies who were appointed to the National Board: Cindy Crosson, Theone Dickos, Andrea Feles-Katsimbaris, Debbie George, Katherine Kotsis, Maria Stavropoulos, Evanthia Valassisades, Margaret Yates, and honorary National Board Member Anne Feles.
The Detroit Metropolis Philoptochos Chapters continue to find ways to extend a helping hand during this most unusual time. The chapters continue to embrace the National Philoptochos Operation Classroom Initiative. Ann Arbor, MI , Dayton, OH, Fort Wayne, IN, Muskegon, MI, and Vestal, NY chapters just to mention a few have provided school supplies, coats, toiletries, and shoes to impoverished students. The chapters also continuously support the Feeding the Hungry Initiative providing assistance and help at Soup Kitchens. Meals are packaged for the safety of the patrons.
The Metropolis of Detroit is honored and excited to be the Host Metropolis for the 18th Biennial National Philoptochos Children’s Medical Fund Luncheon on November 6, 2021 in the city of Indianapolis. His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros will be in attendance, so be sure to keep this day open on your calendars. The Children’s Medical Fund Luncheon was established in 1989, and has impacted the lives of children throughout the United States and throughout the world by donating 4.2 million to medical programs and facilities that offer care, treatment, innovative research and cures.
Wishing you a blessed holiday season.
Benevolence through Partners in Philanthropy - $1,853
Food Gift cards from National Philoptochos - $2,000
Detroit Rescue Mission - $1,000
Friends of the Metropolis - $2,000