NEW YORK – The Hellenic Lawyers Association (HLA) and the Hellenic Medical Society of New York (HMSNY) held their first joint Christmas party on December 18. Entitled "Christmas Cheer" the celebration was held in Manhattan at Ousia restaurant of the Livanos Restaurant Group.
Besides sharing the festive spirit of the season, the purpose of the Christmas celebration is to mark the effort of the two clubs to facilitate networking and interconnection for their members. HLA President Chrisanthy N. Zapantis-Melis spoke with The National Herald at the event, “We tried to organize a celebration tonight for all our members and guests. It was very courteous on the part of the owners of Ousia to host us at their place. I am very pleased that the Hellenic Medical Association is also here tonight. It is an opportunity for everyone to learn more about both organizations and their functions. "
HMSNY President Dr. George Liakeas, who is closing out the last month of his presidency, told TNH, “Dr. Panagiotis Manolas takes over as president at the beginning of the New Year. I am very excited about the prospects of the Medical Society. There will be new blood for the Society with the New Year, not only with the new president but for our whole board. One of the things I learned during my presidency is that it is very important to know how to ask for help when it is needed. I feel grateful, therefore, for the help I received and I am ready to help as well.”
The forthcoming HLA plans are to cut the traditional Vasilopita on January 8th along with HMSNY and the other Hellenic professional organizations, organize training seminars of legal interest throughout the year, and award distinguished members of the judiciary in the spring and scholarships to deserving students at their annual gala in November.
Dr Liakeas said that HMSNY is looking for mentors who can act as role models for young people and for new doctors.
Among those enjoying the relaxed and cheerful atmosphere of the Christmas party, were members and friends of both organizations.
Among them were Dr. Marinos Petratos, George Zapantis, Head of Economic and Commercial Affairs for the Consulate General of Greece in New York Georgios Michailidis, Dr. Lorraine Chrisomalis-Valasiadis, Dr. Helen Gouzoulis-Koutsos
Dr. Ariadna Papageorge, Dr. Joanna Roufos, Nicholas Papain, Thomas Papain, John Zervopoulos, Kalliopi Skevofilax, Gus Lambropoulos, Christina Gotsis, and many others.
More information about the Hellenic Lawyers Association is available online: helleniclawyersassociation.org, and about the Hellenic Medical Society of New York at: hmsny.org.