Philoptochos Chapter 1095: Saint Helen at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthox Church, Newport News VA

Spring 2013 News:

Membership Recruitment Activities:
We primarily recruit new members on a one to one basis by asking our members to network with their friends and family in the Church community regarding Philoptochos. In November, on the Feast Day of SS. Cosmas and Damianos, our chapter holds a memorial service in memory of all deceased members of our chapter. At the conclusion of that service and at the request of our Membership Committee, Father George makes an appeal to the ladies in the congregation to consider becoming members of Philoptochos, while enumerating the various charities that Philoptochos supports. At our Vasilopita Luncheon in January, Father George encourages all ladies in attendance to join Philoptochos and support its work in our community and on the Regional and National level. We also have a membership table at the Vasilopita Luncheon for new and existing members. In addition, on May 20th each year, following Vesper Services for the feast Day of SS. Constantine & Helen, in whose honor our Church is named, our St. Helen Chapter of Philoptochos hosts a reception for the entire congregation. At this reception, all ladies present are encouraged to remain active Philoptochos members if they’re already so, and those ladies who as yet are not members, to seriously consider becoming members and helping us to help those in need. We have stayed strong with approximately 95 members annually for the past several years even though we have lost members due to death. We are in receipt of the Membership Interest Form-Circles of Interest recently sent by Anne Michals and will be incorporating that in our membership materials and distributing it to the community.

Submitted by Elaine Jansen, 2nd VP and Voula Vretakis, 1st VP, Membership Co-Chairs,

for Dottie Andre, President

Our St. Helen Chapter 1095 comprising ladies primarily from Newport News, Hampton, Poquoson and Williamsburg,Virginia has concluded a highly successful year in its philanthropic and outreach efforts. Our major fundraisers continue to be our Vasilopita and Tsourekia baking projects which provide us with sufficient funds to meet our National and Metropolis obligations as well as being able to help those persons in our community who seek our help. This past November, we were happy to be able to contribute to the Metropolis’ Super Storm Sandy relief efforts through a monetary donation as well as sending gift cards and other supplies for those in need. Our efforts in recruiting and keeping members in our chapter have been successful and our membership is currently at 92 members. Among our outreach activities, the one that really stands out is our Cancer Care Project. Under the leadership of Ellie Costulis, a number of ladies in our community prepare and distribute, on a weekly basis, small sandwiches and drinks to patients receiving chemotherapy at the Port Warwick Sentara Center.

Fall 2011 News:

The Saint Helen Chapter of Philoptochos of Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Community in Newport News, Virginia is a vibrantly active chapter of some 100 members from the Cities of Hampton, Newport News and Williamsburg, Virginia.

The officers of the Chapter for the current 2-year term are: President: Dottie Andre;

Vice-President: Voula Vretakis;
Recording Sec: Angela Gionnis;
Corresponding Sec: Georgia Kypriandes;
Treasurer: Flossie Kaligos;
Asst. Treasurer: Tessie Savrides;
Parliamentarian: Tessie Baker.

Among our many activities are the following: Locally our Chapter works with the Hampton City Schools in a Literacy program as well as assisting them financially through the collection of receipts from the Farm Fresh Market, Campbell Soup labels and box tops from products that feature special box tops marked for education.

Under the able chairmanship of Kathy Dermanis, we also work with the local USO sending packages to our troops deployed in Afganistan, Iraq, etc.

Among our charitable activities, in addition to our National and Metropolis obligations, in our annual budget, we include the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk as we as St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. And, of course, we help our Church and those individuals and families who ask for our help to the extent that we are able to.

In addition, we offer two scholarships to deserving young people in our Community.

We finance all these activities through bake sales of “Vasilopites”, “Tsourekia”, Holiday Luncheons and our dues of $25.00 annually.

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