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GOCSA honors volunteers at annual Christmas dinner


January 2018

The Greek Orthodox Community of S.A has secured a $65,000 grant towards the Community for further renovations at Olympic Hall.

According to an announce-ment sent to the Greek Tribune by the General Secretary Dimitri Dimopoulos, Labor Candidate for the Seat of Adelaide Jo Chapley announced the grant on behalf of the Premier of South Australia Hon Jay Weatherill during the Community’s Annual Volunteers Christmas dinner on 14 December at Olympic Hall.

This follows a $200,000 Government grant to the Community which was announc-ed during last year’s Christmas Volunteers dinner by the State Treasurer Tom Kouts-antonis.

"Our Government feels obliged to help those Com-munities which strive and make progress while helping the wider community through their services," said Ms Chapley.

President of the GOCSA Bill Gonis said he was grateful to the state government for its show of support and generosity.

Amongst the official guests who attended the Christmas dinner was The Hon Chief Justice Christopher Kourakis, Ms Jo Chapley, Labor Candidate for the Seat of Adelaide on behalf of the Premier of S.A Hon Jay Weatherill and the Minister for Multiculturalism Hon Zoe Bettison, Ms Rachel Sanderson, State Member for Adelaide and Shadow Minister for Child Protection, Mr Steve Georganas, Member for Hindmarsh, Mrs Irene Pnevmatikos, Candidate Member for the Legislative Council, Mr Peter Ppiros on behalf of the Hon. Grace Portolesi, Chair of the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission, Mr John Trainer, Mayor of West Torrens, Ms Angela Evans, Mayor of City of Charles Sturt.

The annual Christmas dinner gets the Community together and expresses its gratitude to its invaluable volunteers who work tirelessly throughout the year for the success and progress of the organisation.

Following a brief introduction by Mc Theo Panagopoulos, the President, Mr Gonis delivered his Christmas message.

Mr Gonis thanked all volunteers for their tireless contribution for the last 12 months and of course their general support throughout the decades.

"This evening is an oppor-tunity for the Committee of Management (who are also volunteers) to formally thank you and to join with you in reflecting upon the achievements of our Community. " Mr. Gonis said.

The event continued with The Con Marinos Awards, presented to students who have achieved excellence in their thesis as well as undergraduate studies in their chosen field of study at Flinders University.

The first Award was presented to Stamatina Halikias for her Thesis (Dionysios Solomos: Free Besieged and the Quest from Freedom)

The second award went to Yiannis Matsis for his essay Giannis Ritsos: "Helen", Tragic or Fatal Woman?)

Two of the Community’s many volunteers were presented with honorary plaques during the formal part of the night.

Mrs Vasiliki Kounias from the Koimisis Theotokou Church Women’s Fellowship and and Mr George Leonardos from Sts Constantine & Helen Church Committee both received their awards for their invaluable contribution to the Community.

Awards of excellence were also presented to students of the Community’s Greek schools.

Student Eva Lucas received an award for excellence in Greek and the award was presented by Mr Paul Demetriou, chair of the GOCSA Schools Committee.

The George Tramountanas "North" Association also presented awards to students Dionysus Frangos, Paraskevi Vossou and George Zaharias respectively for excellency in the Greek language. Ms Denise McEvoy from the George Tramountanas "North" Association presented the awards.

Furthermore, the Greek Women Society of S.A "Taxiarchis" presented Awards to students Sophia Georgakopoulos and Roxani Poulis respectively. Mrs Roula Soumas, President of the Society presented the awards.

The Greek language teachers were also acknowledged on the evening for their hard work and dedication to the preservation of our mother tongue.


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