Metropolis of Boston Philoptochos Board, Meeting Minutes

Saturday May 12, 2012

 Meeting called to order @10:10 AM

Opening prayer: Philippa Condakes

 Members in attendance: Philippa Condakes, Kiki Feldmar, Helen Argeris, Alexandra Dimou, Eleni Giannakis, Eleni Glaropoulos, Vicki Helali, Georgia Lagadinos, Frances Levas, Frances McInnis, Diane Miminos, Barbara Orlando,  Diane Stamatopulos.

 Motion to wave reading of 3/10/12 minutes

A motion to approve the minutes was made by Frances McInnis, and seconded by Frances Levas

 Correspondence: Eleni Pantelis- Hope Found News letter will be joining forces with Pine Street Inn, Thank You From Mike Sintros for 3/30-3/31 Metropolis Retreat, News letter from Holy Trinity Church,  Archon letter regarding Ecumenical Patriarchate.

 Treasurer’s Report –Diane Stamatopulos

Checking Balance- $26,340.84

Faith + Heritage- $4,286.36

Philoxenia House - $4,242.23

Committee Reports:

Philoxenia House- There had been approximately 17guests.   Fairly empty at the moment.

Faith & Heritage Center- Barbara Orlando /Eleni Giannakis

                                                Weeks are filling up for summer

FOS-Frances Levas- Nothing new to report.

 Social Services Update:-Georgia Lagadinos

On April 26 Georgia, Frances McInnis (her daughter helped) and Eleni Pantelis visited the Pine Street Inn and served the meal.

The Bedford Veterans Administration Hospital has been contacted. The goal is for every chapter to adopt a VA near them.

Georgia L. requested $300 to be budgeted for a book donation for the Italian Home for Children-this will be addressed at next meeting.

Donations of clothing, toiletries and clothing are still welcome.

 Website update –Philippa has been updating and working on some new information.

 Unfinished Business:

  • New Directories are available and have been mailed out all Chapter Presidents.
  • Chapter Ratifications- Chapters not ratified:

            Norwich, CT           Peabody

            Portland, ME          Pittsfield

            Cambridge           Braintree

            Fitchburg                Newport, RI

            Marlboro                 Pawtucket, RI


Philippa asked for help with contacting these chapters.


Lenten Retreat Wrap Up (held 3/31/12) we are going to try to accommodate more attendees next year.

Discussion of Biennial Fund raiser- committees will be formed to choose venue, etc.

National Convention July 1-4, Phoenix, Arizona: Philippa encouraged board members to attend and also invite their individual parishes to attend.

Philippa informed all present that the Metropolis President and up to five representatives may attend.

There will be many awards, and a small chapter to be sponsored was discussed.

This is the 80th year anniversary of Philoptochos.

Several groups from the Metropolis have applied for the grants from the Autism Awareness Fund.

A special presentation called the faces of Philoptochos will be shown.

 Important Dates:

  • May 12 2012-Oratorical Festival & Philoptochos Board Meeting.
  • May 12, 2012 – Hellenic College/Holy Cross 75th Anniversary at the Boston Pops
  • June 10th 2012 – Metropolis Laity Awards Dinner
  • June 13th, 2012 – St. Methodios Vespers & Reception
  • July 1-4, 2012 – Philoptochos Biennial Convention, Phoenix, AZ


 Respectfully Submitted,

 Barbara A. Orlando

Acting Secretary