Standing (left to right): Nick Graminides, Tom Maglaras, Chris Nicolelis, Past Supreme Secretary Pete Takvorian, Chris Angelopoulos, Past Supreme Governor Mario Harris, John Kostallas, Dean Dimotsis, Past D6 Lieutenant Governor Andrew Keen (holding the 1976 charter), and Gus Pafitis. Seated: Gus Constantine, Past District Governor Gus Lucas, and George Varsam. Not present: Ted Werthmuller, Jim Zaccaria, Cliff Doumas and Bill Candiloros. Photo: Courtesy of SOP
FLUSHING, NY – The Sons of Pericles Golden Nuggets Chapter 274 from Flushing, NY held their annual reunion dinner on June 29. The chapter was chartered in 1976 and in recent years several brothers who remained in touch began locating long lost brothers, some of whom had moved out of state, to rekindle their brotherhood and reminisce about their exploits from decades ago. This reunion dinner was different in that Brother Gus Constantine, who organized the event, along with Andrew (“Drew”) Keen decided to expand the dinner to include, brothers from Sons Altis Chapter 90 of Jamaica, NY. The Jamaica Sons and the Flushing Sons were fierce competitors in the late 1970s in everything from softball to hard-fought football games.
Many of the brothers attending the dinner had not seen each other in more than 40 years. Despite that, the brothers from both chapters, many of whom are now pappoudes, didn’t miss a beat and spent a wonderful evening sharing stories about the past and making plans to remain in touch and to reach out to more brothers for the next dinner. After an opening prayer by brother and Deacon Ted Werthmuller given remotely from Florida there was a moment of silence for fallen brothers, especially for recently deceased Flushing brother Chuck Demas and Jamaica brother George Papazicos. Some of the Flushing brothers wore reproductions (a few sizes larger) of their softball jerseys that were generously donated by Brother George Varsam. At this time, the Flushing brothers are planning a larger reunion including other local chapters and former athletic field rivals for the late fall.
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