ALBANY, NY – On September 21, the 2021-2023 Philoptochos officers took the Oath of Office at their first meeting of the year at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church in Albany, NY. Congratulations to President Maria Sokaris, Vice President Demetra Vann, Secretary Sophia Pallone, Corresponding Secretary Lainie Christou, Treasurer Shalyn Docous, Assistant Treasurer Maria Ziamandanis, and Board Members Diane Cohen, Louise Mabin, Dora Mokhiber and Elaine Sokaris.
“Philoptochos” means “friend of the poor.” For more than 80 years, the women of St. Sophia Church have joined together to work for the church, assist individuals in need, contribute to charitable projects and medical research. The local St. Barbara’s Chapter is part of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc. – the largest Christian women’s philanthropic organization in the United States. Ongoing programs include but are not limited to: Informational Programs, Brown Bag Lunches for the Homeless, Cooking Class, Cancer Fund, St. Barbara’s Day Party, Lenten Luncheon, Nursing Home and Hospital Visitations, Makaria lunches, St. Sophia Feast Day and many Church Events. They offer events/projects of interest to everyone. Because of these efforts, they are able to support local, national, and worldwide charities.