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PARISH INFORMATION

 

 

ADULT RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES

 

Contact: Fr. Christos (frchristos@atlgoc.org) at 404-633-5870

 

Participation open to: All adults and young adults are invited to attend.

 

Classes are held:  As part of the Wednesday Nite Life series, Bible classes are on Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. in the Board Room, while the Our Life in Christ Series meets in Meeting Room II.

 

Fee: None

 

Purpose: To join together in fellowship for Bible Study and Catechism

 

Activities: The Bible Study group sponsors the Paraklesis services on Wednesday Evenings and other prayer services during Lenten periods of Christmas and Easter.

 

 

"ROAD TO ORTHODOXY" INQUIRER/CONVERT CLASS

 

 

Contact: Fr. Christos (frchristos@atlgoc.org) at 404-633-5870

 

 

Participation open to: Those interested in converting to Orthodoxy and parishioners interested in furthering their knowledge of the Orthodox faith.

 

 

 

Meetings are held: As part of Wednesday Nite Life Series there are thirteen classes conducted in two sessions on Wednesday evenings at 7:15 p.m. in Meeting Room I.  Individual consultations may also be scheduled if the need arises.

 

Fee: None

 

Purpose: To prepare a Candidate for conversion to the Orthodox faith and to further enhance the spirituality of our parishioners.

 

Activities: An introduction to the Orthodox faith through presentations, readings, video presentations, and discussions along with a church tour.

 

 

"JOURNEY TO ONENESS" PRE-MARITAL SEMINAR

 

Contact: Fr. Christos (frchristos@atlgoc.org) at 404-633-5870

 

Participation: Required for all couples planning to be married at our Cathedral.

Seminars are held: Periodically throughout the year.  Registration takes place by calling the Cathedral Office or by contacting Fr. Christos.  Individual couple consultations may also be scheduled if the need arises.

Fee: None

 

Purpose: To prepare couples for marriage in the Orthodox Church.

 

Activity: Seminars consist of an explanation of various aspects of married life from Church to the relationship with each other.  Emphasis is on making the Lord Jesus Christ the third party of their relationship.  Sessions are about one and one-half hours long.

 

 

GODPARENT SEMINAR

 

Contact: Fr. Christos (frchristos@atlgoc.org) at 404-633-5870.

 

Participation open to: Required of all prospective Godparents, parents are invited also.

Meetings are held: Periodically throughout the year. 

Fee: None.

 

Purpose: This seminar helps prepare the prospective Godparents and parents for the upcoming Baptism, by providing an explanation of the basics of the Orthodox faith and the theology of Baptism. The seminar gives an explanation of infant Baptism, the biblical significance of Baptism, and the symbolism of the service. Also, at this time, an explanation of items needed for the Baptism is offered.

 

 

EPISTLE READERS

 

Contact: Fr. Christos (frchristos@atlgoc.org) at 404-633-5870

Participation open to: 6th thru 12th Grade girls and boys.

Meetings are held: Once a semester in August and January at the Cathedral.

Purpose: To read the Epistle during Church Services throughout the year.

 

ST. ROMANOS YOUTH CHOIR

 

Contact: Danielle Zervakos at 770-490-7699

Membership open to: Kindergarten to 5th grades.

Practices are held: Every Sunday after Church in the Music Suite.

Fee: None, except for outings.

Purpose: To learn the hymnology of the Church and basic understanding of the Divine Liturgy.

 

Activities: Meets weekly for practice. The Youth Choir sings at the Divine Liturgy on a regular basis (schedule to be determined and distributed.) They also participate in the Christmas Pageant in December, and sing at the Friday Night Salutation Services during Great Lent, as well as the Saturday of Lazarus Divine Liturgy.

 

 

CULTURAL PROGRAMS

 

 

HELLENIC COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA

 

Contact: Peter Zervakos, Director at 770-490-7699

 

Participation open to: All Orthodox Christians in the Metro Atlanta area 6th grade through senior citizens.

Fee: None

 

Meetings are held: Practices are held periodically throughout the year usually on Sunday afternoons at the Cathedral from September to December (2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.) and February to May. (TBA)  New members are always welcome.

 

Purpose: To provide an opportunity for fellowship and service to the Metropolis through the performance of music.

 

Activities: Two concerts per year, one on Mother’s Day and the other around Christmas, as well as periodic performances upon request.  Past activities have included: Archangel Michael awards dinner, Visits by the Patriarch and Archbishop, March 25th Celebration, Philoptochos Tea, Metropolis Clergy-Laity Congress

 

Other Information: The orchestra was founded in 1997 and has consistently maintained a roster of approximately 45 members.  It is an organization in which children, teenagers, young adults, parents, and senior citizens all participate equally.

 

 

ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM ORATORICAL SIGHTS & SOUNDS YOUTH FESTIVAL

 

Contact: Susan Marinos (smarinos@atlgoc.org) at 404-633-5870 or Fr. Christos (frchristos@atlgoc.org) at 404-633-5870

 

Participation open to: Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade.

Parish Festival Date:  February 28, 2010
Central Conference Date:  March 13, 2010 at St. Philothea Athens, Georgia
Metropolis Festival Date:  April 16-18, 2010 at Holy Trinity Clearwater, Florida

Fee: None

 

Purpose: Allows young people to express their faith, talents and God-given gifts through speeches, and iconography as well as music through instruments, singing, art, and photography according the guidelines indicated in the handbook of the Archdiocese.

 

Activities: The Oratorical Festival is held in February.  Winners are honored on the Sunday following the Oratorical Festival

 

 

SOCIAL SERVICES

 

 

HOSPITAL / NURSING HOME / SHUT-IN MINISTRY

 

Contact: Fr. Christos (frchristos@atlgoc.org) at 404-633-5870.

 

Purpose: To reach out and offer God's healing touch to the ill, infirm and aged. Visitations are made by the clergy on a regular basis and also periodically by our various organizations.

 

 

WITNESS TO CHRIST'S LOVE

Contact: Ginnie Roglin (ginnie@atlgoc.org) at 404-633-5870.

Membership: All are invited to participate.

 

Purpose: To complement our Hospital / Nursing Home / Shut-in Ministry by visiting, helping, befriending and caring for those who are in nursing homes or are home-bound.

 

 

HELLENIC TOWER

 

Contact: John Kalinoglou, Chairman (kalinoglou@aol.com) 770-491-3322

Membership open to: All senior citizens age 62 and up.

 

Purpose: The Hellenic Tower is low-income senior apartment living, located in north Sandy Springs, with 125 one-bedroom apartments, convenient to grocery stores, shopping centers and MARTA. The Hellenic Tower offers activities, a wellness clinic, library, beauty shop, laundry rooms on each floor and transportation to grocery stores & shopping, as well as 24-hour staffing, emergency pull cords smoke detectors and sprinklers.

 

 

ENDOWMENT FOUNDATION

 

Contact: Ron Canakaris at 404-836-7113

 

Purpose:

 

 

ORGANIZATIONS

 

O.Y.P.—Orthodox Young Professionals

 

Contact:  Despina Damianides, President (orthodoxyoungprofessionals@gmail.com) at 847-436-2672 or Fr. Christos (frchristos@atlgoc.org) at 404-633-5870

 

Membership open to: Everyone ages 23-40 years old

Meetings are held:  At various times and locations.  Contact the President for more information

Fee: None except for outings.

 

Purpose: This organization which began in November, 2008 has a mission to serve Christ and His Church by providing a means for all Orthodox Christians Married and Single in the Atlanta area to meet.  The group’s goal is to create an environment that fosters friendship, fellowship, and spiritual growth between Orthodox Christians of all backgrounds. (i.e. Greek, Russian, Romanian, etc.)

 

Activities: Activities in the past have included: Game nights, Iconography workshop, professional sporting events, hiking, religious services, pot lucks, book club, BBQ, brunches, rafting, Retreats, community plays, Christmas Caroling, helping the Homeless, and other great events.

 

 

O.C.F.—Orthodox Christian Fellowship

 

Contact:  Mari Shoji, President or Fr. Christos (frchristos@atlgoc.org) at 404-633-5870

 

Membership open to: College Students (undergraduate and graduate) and high school seniors wanted to know more about O.C.F.

Meetings are held:  Biweekly on Tuesdays from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Contact the President for more information.

Fee: None

 

Purpose:  O.C.F. serves as a fellowship for Orthodox Students interested in Orthodoxy to interact with other Orthodox students while spiritually growing in the faith.

 

Activities: Activities include Clergy and speakers leading discussions at regular meetings, retreats in the Southeast region, alternative spring breaks around the world, community service, and social activities.  Past activities have included a corn maze, a Thrashers game, bowling, and a work retreat at the Diakonia Center.

 

 

WEDNESDAY NITE LIFE

 

Contact: Fr. Christos (frchristos@atlgoc.org) at 404-633-5870 for ideas on classes.

Ginnie Roglin (ginnie@atlgoc.org) at 404-633-5870 for help with food preparation.

 

Participation: open to all Parish Families and individuals from Pre Kindergarten through 99 years of ages

Fee:  None except for a free will offering

 

Activities:  Dinner and fellowship followed by classes on our faith on Wednesday evenings in the Kartos Ball Room.  The first semester of Wednesday Nite Life begins on the first Wednesday after Labor Day in September and goes until the second week in December.  The second semester beings on the first Wednesday after Epiphany and continues until the Wednesday before Memorial day, with time off for the first week of Great Lent, Holy Week and Bright week.  There are many classes scheduled including Bible Study, Our life in Christ, “Road to Orthodoxy” Inquirer/Convert class, a class for married couples, Thank God it’s Wednesday: The Parables of Christ are the Reality of Christ (6th to 12th Grade).  Arts and Crafts session with all of the young children (Pre-K to 5th Grade).

 

 

MARRIED COUPLES FELLOWSHIP

Contact: Fr. Christos (frchristos@atlgoc.org) at 404-633-5870

Participation: open to all Parish Families

Purpose:  To reach out to married couples, to help them meet other couples within our parish, to explore their Orthodox Faith, and to learn ways to incorporate their faith into their family's daily lives.

 

 

ANNUNCIATION CATHEDRAL GREEK SCHOOL PARENTS TEACHERS ASSOCIATION

 

Contact:

Membership open to: All parents of Greek School students and other interested persons.

Fee: $10 per family (42 families for 2009-2010 school year)

Meetings are held:  Two times a year (September and April).

 

Purpose: The GS PTA is an organization that works with the Greek School Board, Church leaders, staff and parents to achieve and maintain educational excellence for children enrolled in the Greek School program.  The PTA also provides financial support for many supplemental activities such as Greek culture events, art projects, religious Holiday activities and special preparations for the GS's various programs held throughout the school year.  Through fundraisers and volunteerism, the PTA is able to provide the school with supplemental support to the teachers and staff for the students.  Parental membership in the PTA is critical and gives parents a voice in their child's Greek School educational experience

 

Activities: Annual GS Christmas party, Kathara Deftera picnic & kite-flying, Valentine's Day Bake sale, Greek Novelty items sale, “Welcome back to school” picnic, “Baking Koulourakia with Yiayia”, PTA meetings, GS Parents end of the year social, decorates for all GS programs (OXI Day, Christmas program, Three Hierarchs Day, Greek Independence Day & Celebration of the Annunciation Day Program, Exetasis/Graduation day), various arts & crafts projects such as masks for Apokrees & “OXI” Day necklaces/bracelets.

 

Past Activities:  In addition to the ongoing above activities: Apokreatiko Glendi (with Arcadian & Laconian Societies), Fernbank IMAX field trip for movie “Greece: History of the Past”, Carlos Museum Greek Mythology workshops.

 

 

PHILOPTOCHOS SOCIETY—YPAPANTI CHAPTER

 

Contact: Joanna Snider, President (jsnider44@aol.com) at 404-378-2826

 

Membership open to: Women of the Greek Orthodox faith, at least 18 years old who are members of a Greek Orthodox parish who love to promote love and charity.

 

Fee: Annual Stewardship with $10 going to the National Philoptochos and $7 going to the Metropolis.

 

Meetings are held:  Once a month on Thursdays, September through May at the Cathedral unless otherwise noted.

 

Purpose: Philoptochos is a nationally chartered organization assisting the needy and the poor on an international, national, and local level.  The Cathedral’s Ypapanti Chapter supports the many activities within the parish, both through member volunteer time as well as financial means. The organization is active primarily in charitable programs and activities.

 

Activities: Activities in the past have included a membership dinner, Gifts of Love, Bake sales, pastry preparation for the Annual Greek Festival, Socials Services Activities, Raffles, Membership Tea’s, Christmas Charity, Epitaphion collection, Coordinating Sunday Coffee Hour, and various outings and events throughout the year.

 

 

GARDEN CLUB

 

Contact:

Membership open to: Everyone

Fee: None

 

Purpose: The Garden Club meets at the Cathedral to help beautify the grounds, by planting flowers, removing trash and debris, and keeping the over-all look of the flower beds in pristine condition.

 

 

PAREA

 

Contact: Stella Vaughn at 404-296-7532

Membership open to: All Ladies of the Parish

Fee: None except for outings.

Purpose: PAREA meets once a month for lunch at various venues to engage in Christian Witness and Fellowship.

 

 

G.O.O.F.’s—Greek Orthodox Old Fellows

 

Contact: Mike Balsamides at 404-321-4492.

Membership open to: Everyone

Fee: None

Meetings are held:  In the Kafenion on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and every other Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with a full breakfast offered.

 

Purpose: G.O.O.F.’s is an organization that meets to engage in Christian witness and Fellowship.

 

Activities:  Besides the breakfast that is offered the G.O.O.F.’s also have the opportunity to play games in the Kafenion as well as watch television from around the world, usually from Greece.  The G.O.O.F.’s have also gone on many tours such as CNN and Chick-fil-a.  They also have special cook outs throughout the year.

 

 

ATHLETIC PROGRAMS

 

 

YOUTH BASKETBALL

 

Contact: Ginnie Roglin (ginnie@atlgoc.org) at 404-633-5870

 

Participation open to: Boys age 7-14 years old and Girls age 7-14 years old by September 1st of that School year.

 

Games are held: Games played on a 7-game per season schedule with a tournament. Game days are Saturday mornings, from January to February.  Practices are on Sunday afternoons from Mid-November thru February.

Fee: $115.00 per child (2009)

 

Purpose: To learn the virtues of good teamwork and the fundamentals of the game as well as winning and losing well, in an atmosphere of fun and fellowship in Christ.

 

 

WINTER YOUTH RALLY—Metropolis of Atlanta Sponsored Event

 

Contact: Presbytera Marilisse Mars (youth@atlmetropolis.org) at 404-634-9345 for Metropolis-wide concerns or Fr. Christos (frchristos@atlgoc.org) at 404-633-5870 for Local Parish concerns.

 

Participation open to: 7th thru 12th graders who participate in and meet the requirements of GOYA

Fee: (Parish registration / Hotel / Food / T-Shirt Fee)

 

Purpose: The WYR encourages athletic competition and fellowship on a Metropolis-wide scale. The program has the participation of over 15 Parishes on average with about 500 participants each year and consists of three days of sporting, social, and spiritual events.

 

 

ADVENT RETREAT—Metropolis of Atlanta Sponsored Event

 

Contact: Presbytera Marilisse Mars (youth@atlmetropolis.org) at 404-634-9345 for Metropolis-wide concerns or Fr. Christos (frchristos@atlgoc.org) at 404-633-5870 for Local Parish concerns.

 

Participation open to: Children 6th thru 12th Grade Goya.

Dates: Usually 2nd week of November

Fee: 

 

Purpose: To promote the Orthodox Christian way of life in an informal camp-like setting.

 

Activities: The Retreat in South Carolina includes Learning Sessions, free time for athletics, and diakonia.  Chapel is also part of everyday life at the Retreat.  The Event is held at the Diakonia Retreat Center.

 

 

LENTEN RETREAT—Metropolis of Atlanta Sponsored Event

 

Contact: Presbytera Marilisse Mars (youth@atlmetropolis.org) at 404-634-9345 for Metropolis-wide concerns or Fr. Christos (frchristos@atlgoc.org) at 404-633-5870 for Local Parish concerns.

 

Participation open to: Children 6th thru 12th Grade Goya.

Dates: Usually in March depending on when Great Lent Begins

Fee:  $85 (2010)

 

Purpose: To promote the Orthodox Christian way of life in an informal camp-like setting.

 

Activities: The Retreat in South Carolina includes Learning Sessions free time for athletics, and diakonia.  Chapel is also part of everyday life at the Retreat.  The Event is held at the Diakonia Retreat Center.

 

 

H.D.F.—Hellenic Dance Festival—Metropolis of Atlanta Sponsored Event

 

Contact: Gerry Clonaris, Chairman at 704-574-6179 or Presbytera Marilisse Mars (youth@atlmetropolis.org) at 404-634-9345

 

Participation open to: Dance groups 9 years to adult

Dates: February 2011 (President’s Day Weekend)

Fee:  $160 for full participant package + Hotel Accommodations (2010)

 

Purpose: To develop an awareness and appreciation for Hellenic and Orthodox Culture and tradition.  To inspire youth to understand the concept that a healthy body leads to a healthy mind.  To establish the principles of this Diakonia utilizing the same spirit of Hellenism used for the original Olympics.

 

 

SUMMER PROGRAMS

 

 

ANNUNCIATION SUMMER DAY CAMP

 

Contact: Fr. Christos (frchristos@atlgoc.org) at 404-633-5870

 

Participation open to: Children 4 to 14 years old by September 1st of that School year.

Dates: Usually first two weeks of June

Fee:  $115 for ages 4 to 12 years old
$130 for ages 13-14 years old (Adventure Camp)

 

Purpose: To promote the Orthodox Christian way of life in an informal camp-like setting.

 

Activities: Worship, Orthodox life, arts and crafts, recreational activities, swimming, and snacks, are all part of the program.  Adventure Camp is for the 7th and 8th graders, who not only do the above activities, but also participate in offsite field trips.

 

 

ANNUNCIATION CATHEDRAL SOCCER CAMP

 

Contact:

Participation open to: Children 5 to 14 years old.

Dates: Usually 3rd week of June

Fee: 

 

Purpose: To learn the virtues of good teamwork, along with the virtues of sportsmanship, in an atmosphere of fun and fellowship in Christ.

 

Activities: Sponsored by the Atlanta Silverbacks, children work on improving their soccer skills.

 

 

ANNUNCIATION CATHEDRAL BASKETBALL CAMP

 

Contact:

Participation open to: Children 6 to 14 years old.

Dates: Usually 4th week of June

Fee: 

 

Purpose: To learn the virtues of good teamwork, along with the virtues of sportsmanship, in an atmosphere of fun and fellowship in Christ.

 

Activities: Sponsored by Top of the Key, children work on improving their Basketball fundamentals.

 

 

ST. STEPHEN’S SUMMER CAMP—Metropolis of Atlanta Sponsored Event

 

Contact: Presbytera Marilisse Mars (youth@atlmetropolis.org) at 404-634-9345 for Metropolis-wide concerns or Fr. Christos (frchristos@atlgoc.org) at 404-633-5870 for Local Parish concerns

 

Participation open to: Boys and girls, 1st -12th grade.

Fee: $350.00 per child by March 31st
$375 per child by April 30th
$400 per Child by May 31st
Second Child is $25 less per month
(Fees for 2009)

 

Purpose: St. Stephen’s Camp brings together children in fellowship, as well as social and athletic fun. The Christian experience through the many programs is “deeply rewarding and a source of spiritual enrichment…St. Stephen’s is a camp of people reaching out, feeling, caring for everyone who takes part...”

 

Activities: The weeks of Camp in South Carolina includes time for swimming, boating and athletics, Orthodox Life, Hang Time, and diakonia.  Chapel and meditation are also part of everyday life at the camp. The Event is held at the Diakonia Retreat Center.

 

 

IONIAN VILLAGE—Archdiocese of America Program in Greece

 

Contact: Fr. Christos (frchristos@atlgoc.org) at 404-633-5870 or Presbytera Marilisse Mars (youth@atlmetropolis.org) at 404-634-9345

 

Participation open to: Boys and girls, 7th -12th Grade.

Fee: $3900.00 per child (2009) includes everything except airfare to New York City.  Fundraising and Scholarship opportunities are available.

 

Purpose:  Ionian Village is an Orthodox Christian ministry.  The mission of Ionian Village is to teach the Gospel and instruct young people in Christian living.  This is done by providing a safe, Christ-centered and fun environment in which campers and staff members can more fully discover the joys of our Christian tradition: interacting as a community of Orthodox Christians; gaining a greater appreciation for the Orthodox faith as well as Greek culture and building friendships based on Christian love.

 

Activities:  In working towards this mission, the young people will live at the camp along the Ionian Sea.  They will interact in daily camp activities that include: Aquatics, Arts & Crafts, Athletics, Music and Greek Culture, and Orthodox Life.  They will participate in daily prayer services and travel to significant religious and cultural sites of Greece.  They will walk in the footsteps of the Apostles as well as venerate the relics of saints, such as St. Dionysios and St. Nektarios.

 

For More Info:  www.ionianvillage.org

 

CROSSROADS—Archdiocese of America Program

 

Contact: Fr. Christos (frchristos@atlgoc.org) at 404-633-5870 or Presbytera Marilisse Mars (youth@atlmetropolis.org) at 404-634-9345

 

Participation open to: Boys and girls, high school juniors and seniors.

Fee:  Cost of Airfare to Boston and Spending Money

 

Attention high school juniors and seniors, before you decide what to do with the rest of your life, decide what to do with your summer!  CrossRoads is an engaging 10-day summer institute for Orthodox Christian high school juniors and seniors of all jurisdictions that takes place every summer on the campus of Hellenic College/Holy Cross in Brookline, Massachusetts.  Students from the United States and Canada are invited to take part in an exciting summer vocations exploration program designed to help them discern their life callings and match their God-given gifts with the needs of the world.

 

For More Info:  crossroad.hchc.edu

 

 

COMMUNITY CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS

 

 

AGIA EKATERINI FRATERNITY

 

Contact: Elias Papanikolopoulos, President (kpoulos@bellsouth.net) at 404-248-1111 or 404-226-9401

 

Participation open to:  Everyone

Fee: $35 per year

Meetings are held:  Bi-monthly dinner meetings on Sunday evenings at 6:00 p.m. in Carlos Hall.

 

Purpose: The Fraternity was founded in 1917 by parishioners from the village of Nedousa, near Kalamata, Greece.  It was established to provide for the restoration and improvements of the village church in Nedousa, and assistance to fellow “patriotes” from this area of Greece.

 

Activities: Annual bake sale in March, a November banquet on the feast of Saint Katherine, an annual May picnic.  Past activities include a donation to help rebuild the monastery of Mardaki (near Nedousa), construction of a road from Nedousa to other villages, relief funds for the victims of the 1986 Kalamata earthquake, and other charitable contributions over the years, both in the United States and Greece.  The mosaic icon of St. Katherine, in the Cathedral narthex, was donated by Agia Ekaterini Fraternity.

 

 

A.H.E.P.A.—American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association

 

Contact: William Simitses, President (wsimitses@yahoo.com) at (404) 847-9416

Participation open to:  Men 21 years of age or older

Fee: $80 per year ($60 per year for Seniors 65 years of age or older)

Meetings are held:  On the 3rd Thursday of every month except in July at the A.H.E.P.A. Apartments #1.

 

Purpose:  To promote Hellenism, Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, and Family and individual excellence with projects in the community and surrounding areas. 

 

Activities: Monthly meetings, annual Fellowship Dinner to raise money for scholarships, preparing dinner for the Metropolis of Atlanta Winter Youth Rally, the Empty Stocking Fund, Guardian Angel for the Metropolis Diakonia Center, and ongoing church support.  Activities in the past have included Project Faith, Twin Pillars, Statue Tribute for the 1996 Summer Olympics and various charitable contributions to I.O.C.C., Greek School, and R.O.T.C.

 

 

AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR HELLENIC STUDIES

 

Contact: Dr. George Kleris at 404-255-3456

Participation open to: 

Meetings are held: 

Purpose:

Activities:

 

 

ARCADIAN SOCIETY

 

Contact: Anna S. Plagianis, President (nikolesi@comcast.net) at 770-242-8722 or Spyros Kontoes at 404-636-7890 or George Skoufis (gskoufis@comcast.net) at 770-491-0592

 

Participation open to:  Everyone who has origin, ancestry or descent from the prefecture of Arcadia, Greece.

Fee: $30 per year

 

Meetings are held:  The society holds board meetings every 2 months, on varying days, and general membership meetings 4 times a year.  Members are notified of meetings and other events by mail.

 

Purpose: the purpose of the Society is to bring together individuals with a common background to discuss issues that concern the region, to celebrate and commemorate events that took place in Arcadia, perpetuate customs and traditions, and work for philanthropic causes for the community in Atlanta, the Church and Arcadia.

 

Activities: The Society holds the annual “Macaronada” with the Laconian Society and Greek school, sponsors a Spring Picnic, commemorates the “Allosis tis Tripolis” in September and co-sponsors a Christmas Party with the Danaos Society.  A January general membership meeting celebrates the cutting of the Vasilopita.  Additionally, we hold various other fundraising activities to contribute to our Church and various other causes, such as volunteering at Greek Festivals of other area parishes,
including Athens, Cumming and Peachtree City.  The Society has supported the Medical Fund of SAE, and has sent funds to Greece after the devastating Arcadian fires of 2007.  It has bought Bibles for the Annunciation Day School, and sent funds to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and various other causes, totaling more than $38,000 in the last 10 years.

 

 

ATLANTA HELLENIC LIONS CLUB

 

Contact: Romilos Ioannides (romilos33@bellsouth.net) at (404) 377-8066

Participation open to:  Everyone

Meetings are held:  The third Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m.

 

Purpose: To collect and provide prescription glasses for the needy. Also helps with the summer camp for the Blind, aids the Leader Dog Program, and Light House for the Blind of Greece.  The organization currently has about 14 members.

 

DANAOS SOCIETY

 

Contact: Nicholas C. Jones, President (nickcjones@comcast.net) at 770-436-6242

Participation open to:  Any adult of the Orthodox Faith

Fee: $35 per year

Meetings are held:  4 times a year the year.

 

Purpose: Originally one of the main purposes was establishing dowries for the marriage of poor and orphaned girls of Greece, but Danaos has evolved into a society that supports the Cathedral and Youth of the community.

 

Activities: Annual Membership Dinner on May 3rd, the Feast of St. Peter of Argos, the patron saint of Danaos, as well as serving a meal to the Golden Group, and sponsoring the Sunday Coffee hour.  Fundraisers including a golf tournament, raffle, etc. to support the Cathedral youth.

 

Other Information: In 2008, The Danaos Society celebrated its 100 year anniversary.  The Danaos Society was also the the first fraternal organization connected to the Annunciation parish family  The Society has also made two major contributions through its history: one to rebuild the Church of Living Springs of the Most Holy Virgin Mary, southwest of Argos, Greece, which was destroyed by and explosion. The second was to the Atlanta Greek Orthodox community, where generosity on the part of the Danaos Society’s leaders, combined with that of other Cathedral organizations and individuals, led to the purchase of the original Hellenic Center on Cheshire Bridge Road, which was later donated to the Annunciation Cathedral parish.

 

 

DAUGHTERS OF PENELOPE—MENELAOS CHAPTER

 

Contact: Carrie Pribas (gjp2333@comcast.net) at 770-552-0843

Participation open to:  Women 21 years of age or older.

Fee:  Initiation fee is $60 and annual dues are $45

Meetings are held:  On the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the A.H.E.P.A. One House

 

Purpose: This is the Women’s Auxiliary of A.H.E.P.A.  The mission is to promote Hellenism, Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, and Family and individual excellence with projects in the community and surrounding areas.  Currently the national projects are Penelope House, St. Basil’s Academy and A.H.E.P.A. educational scholarships

 

Activities: Baking Kourambiedes for the Greek Festival; hosting Fall Carnival for the children of the parish family and surrounding communities to raise money for national and local projects; Operation Christmas Child; Annual Bake Sale to raise money for national and local projects; Ronald McDonald House; Golden Group Luncheon, and Annual Christmas party and Spring Luncheon.

 

 

EVRYTANIAN ASSOCIATION—CHAPTER 17—“O AETOS”

 

Contact: James Caras, National Board Member and Chapter Representative to National Board at 404-633-2119

Participation open to:  All Evrytanians and friends ages 18 years and older

 

Purpose: A strictly philanthropic association with a membership of 80 members, which continues to support the Annunciation Cathedral and its many projects, organizations and clubs. In addition, the Evrytanians also support Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Macon, GA, and the Diakonia Center in Salem, SC.  Along with local concerns, the Association also contributes annually to special-needs children in Evrytania, Greece.

 

Activities: Cooking and serving at Golden Group events, and serving at coffee hour after Divine Liturgies.  Sponsoring the Panayia Prousiotissa Celebration every August at the Annunciation Cathedral, and at Holy Cross (Macon) with a Vespers Service, an Artoclasia and community luncheon.  Other events include the Annual Evrytanian-Laconian Dinner Dance and the Annual Christmas and Easter bake sales.

 

 

GEORGIA FEDERATION OF HELLENIC ORGANIZATIONS

 

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HELLENIC ACADEMIC SOCIETY

 

Contact: Christos Kiriazis (ckhellas@aol.com) at 770-391-0908

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HELLENIC WOMEN’S CULTURAL ASSOCIATION

 

Contact: Mary Panos

Participation open to:  Everyone

Meetings are held:  Monthly

Purpose: To promote the Greek language and culture in America.

Activities: Besides the monthly meetings, guest speakers are invited to attend.

 

 

LACONIAN SOCIETY OF ATLANTA, GEORGIA

 

Contact: Gus Plagianis, President at 770-242-8722

Participation open to:  Anyone who is of Laconian origin, ancestry, or descent, whether by marriage or direct ancestry.

Meetings are held:  General Assemblies are held three times a year.  Board meetings are held every six week or as called by the president.

 

Purpose: The purpose of the society is purely social and benevolent in nature.  It provides the opportunity to unite Laconians in the Atlanta area and neighboring states to create a forum to socialize, exchange information on major events in Laconia, Greece, and encourage, cultivate and promote social interaction among the Laconians, especially the youth.

 

Activities: Annual dinner dance with the Evrytanians, the Apokreatiki Makaronada with the Arcadians and the Greek School, an annual Artoclasia and memorial service for St. Nikon “Tou Metanoite”,  patron saint of Laconia and for the 118 Spartans who were executed by the Germans in Monodendri; assistance in making pastries for the Atlanta Greek Festival.  The Society usually goes on one or two field trips a year.  It also remains active with the Atlanta-wide community by providing financial support and assistance to local churches, schools, and various other charitable organizations and individuals in the U.S. and Laconia, Greece.

 

Other Information:  The Society was organized and established in 1984.

 

 

LYKION TON ELLINIDON

 

Contact: Margo Alexander at (Alexander.margo@gmail.com)

Participation open to:  Anyone 5 years of age and older interested in learning about Greek Folk Dance

Meetings are held:  Mondays at 6:30 p.m. at the Cathedral (August to May).

Fee: $120 per child per year

 

Purpose:  The program educates the youth in areas of Dance, Music, Costume, Art, Language, History and Geography, to help keep the Greek culture alive.  It currently has approximately 75-100 young people.

 

Activities: Atlanta Greek Festival, Greek Independence Day Celebration, H.D.F. (Hellenic Dance Festival), F.D.F. (San Francisco Dance Festival), dance recital, school performances, local Atlanta festivals.

 

 

MAIDS OF ATHENA

 

Contact: Victoria Pavlopoulos (Victoria.pavlopoulos@gmail.com) at 770-367-5743

Participation open to:  Young ladies of Hellenic descent between the ages of 14-27.

Meetings are held:  Once a month.  Dates and times TBD.

Fee: $20 Annual membership fee.  $7 one-time initiation fee.

 

Purpose: To promote Hellenism, Education, Philanthropy, Civic responsibility, and family and individual excellence.

 

Activities: Meetings, various fundraisers, fun events such as ice skating, bowling, going for coffee, dinners and lunches.

 

Other Information:  Through our philanthropy, we have made numerous contributions to charities such as St. Basil’s Academy, Cooley’s Anemia, Penelope House, Make-a-Wish Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Association.  Scholarships are available for academic and financial purposes.

 

 

PAN-CRETAN ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA—SAMARIA CHAPTER

 

Contact: John Doulgerakis, President (samaria.president@gmail.com) at 770-246-0669

 

Participation open to:  Everyone with Cretan lineage and their families.  Friends of Cretans are welcome to join as associate members

Fee: $20 per year ages 18 and older, Free to those under 18 years of age

Meetings are held:  As deemed necessary.

 

Purpose: To promote and preserve the Cretan culture, customs and heritage

 

Activities: Besides holding social events throughout the year there is an Annual Cretan Glendi and a children’s dance group.

 

Other Information: Qualified students who are active members in good standing may apply for educational scholarships.

 

 

PAN-IKARIAN SOCIETY

 

Contact: Bill Androutsopoulos at 770-339-4064

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PAN-MACEDONIAN SOCIETY—PELLA SOCIETY OF GEORGIA

 

Contact: Eftichia Macris, President at 404-255-2315

Participation open to:  Anyone interested to learn, share stories or news about Macedonia.

Fee: $25 per year for adults and $5 for students.

Meetings are held:  In various homes

 

Purpose: To promote friendships, share experiences and keep the new of Macedonian importance alive.

 

Activities: The annual celebration of Clean Monday.  Past activities have included: lectures, dinners, exhibits of books and pictures of the Macedonian struggle.

 

 

SONS OF PERICLES

 

Contact: Michael Hadjisimos (mhadjisimos@yahoo.com) at 404-550-5161

Participation open to:  Men 18 years of age and younger.

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Purpose: The young men’s auxiliary of the A.H.E.P.A.

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