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New England Federation Elects New Board

BOSTON – A new Board of Directors was elected by the General Assembly of the Federation of Hellenic-American Societies of New England that was held the evening of May 22 at the Maliotis Cultural Center in Brookline, MA. It is notable that the Board, which consists of eleven members, the majority of whom are women, now includes several younger individuals.

The new Board includes the following officers: Eleni Vidalis, President, George Panagiotopoulos, First Vice President, Vasiliki Rammos-Tsichlis, Second Vice President, Georgia Mavridis, Treasurer, Michael Terzakis, Assistant Treasurer, Olga Fotou, General Secretary, Maria Spiridopoulou, Assistant Secretary

The other members are: Georgia Psycharakis, Nikos Psycharakis, Marilena Mitkonis, and Christina Mitkonis.

Twelve associations and societies and twenty-four representatives participated in the general assembly and elections. The newly elected president, Eleni Vidalis, had previously served as president and succeeds Vasilis Kafkas, who held the presidency for seven years. The pandemic and the inability to elect a new Board, despite four unsuccessful attempts due to a lack of interest from association and society officials, contributed to that situation. However, this changed on the evening of Wednesday, May 22, as there was an expression of interest, especially from new and younger members, and a significant number of women joined the board. Everything proceeded in a smooth and orderly fashion.

The newly elected president of the Federation of Hellenic-American Societies of New England Eleni Vidalis. (Photo: TNH/Theodore Kalmoukos)

During the General Assembly, a financial report was presented about both the general financial status of the Federation and for its parade and dinner. Specifically, the checking account (Checking Account – ‘adelfopoisis’) has a balance of $22,100, the account for the evzones division has $2,816, and the closed account (CD) has $22,094.

An extensive discussion was held about the general account of $22,100, which is essentially the amount left over from the twinning of the cities of Lowell and Kalamata two years ago. This amount, as was mentioned and announced both in the U.S. and in Kalamata, was intended for providing scholarships to children from both sides of the Atlantic and not for general use, as was pointed out by Dimitris Mattheos, whose idea and project the twinning was.

Former president of the Pan-Macedonian Association, George Papadopoulos, spoke extensively about the issues that have arisen at the Alexandrion Foundation in Litohoro, Pieria, where the local administration and management had to resort to Greek justice. They are seeking financial assistance from the Federation and compatriots to cover legal expenses in Greece.

The president of the General Assembly former Federation president Dimitris Tsoumpanos, who oversaw the proceedings. In his report, the outgoing president Vasilis Kafkas mentioned, among other things: “In January, we cut the Vasilopita here at the Maliotis Center, which included a meal and approximately 135 attendees. Thanks to the commendable efforts of Vice President George Panagiotopoulos, we published the Federation’s 2024 calendar, which was highly sought after when presented during the Vasilopita cutting. We then did our best to promote the Federation and its members by attending dozens of events, meetings, and celebrations for Associations/Societies, Communities/Parishes, Schools, and at City Halls in Lowell, Somerville, Brockton, Boston, and elsewhere, as well as at the statehouses of Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.”

The general assembly of the Federation of Hellenic-American Societies of New England, which elected a new Board. (Photo: TNH/Theodore Kalmoukos)

He added, “I participated in a meeting with the Minister of the Interior, Ms. Niki Kerameos, regarding the Postal Vote, and pointed out that associations and federations have more access and appeal to Greeks who have or can have the right to a postal vote” and thus could have been helpful in the registration process.

In her victory speech, the newly elected president Eleni Vidali stated: “We are at a difficult moment for Hellenism in America. I will serve with the same enthusiasm, will, honor, and dignity… I ask for two things: work and support,” while seeking the help of all.

Some departing Board members present spoke with kind words and gratitude for the outgoing president, Vasilis Kafkas.

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