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Chapter News - June 2024

Updated: May 31

Christos Anesti!

On behalf of the Anthousa Chapter, we would like to thank our loving St. Spyridon community for your continued support. On Great and Holy Friday, our lovely Kouvouklion (Epitaphios) was adorned with gorgeous flowers, sprinkled with rose water, and prepared for the community’s reverence; all made possible by the loving and humble hands of our Philoptochos members with the outpouring of support from our St. Spyridon community. A special thank-you to Melanie Anastopulos for overseeing this endeavor – it was truly spectacular, and I hope you all had a chance to see it in person.

Through one of our many community outreach programs, this spring we supported “Operation Classroom” where we chose a school in desperate need of our assistance. Dewey Elementary School in Point Loma, where a large majority of the students are from military families, was the beneficiary of this assistance. Approximately 85% of the 300 students have parents serving in the military. In hopes of offsetting some of the personal expenses teachers often must incur, we requested a “Wish List” from the school for needed supplies. In mid-April, committee members Linda Farrell and Paulette Gallanis visited classes at Dewey Elementary and distributed gift bags containing books, science and math tools, and art supplies. Teachers and their young students were overwhelmed and very appreciative for the assistance we were able to provide!

In the coming weeks, we are excited and honored to be host city of the 2024 Biennial Philoptochos Conventionheld in conjunction with the National Clergy Laity Congress. Showcasing all that San Diego has to offer, this gathering promises to be a celebration of community, compassion, and commitment to service. With engaging workshops and inspiring keynote speakers, the convention provides a unique opportunity for members of many Philoptochos chapters to come together, exchange ideas, and renew their dedication to making a difference in the lives of those in need. Join us as we unite in our shared mission to embody the spirit of philanthropy and create a brighter future of Philoptochos and the parishes we serve.

Sunday Fellowship: Please consider sponsoring a Sunday Fellowship Hour with your friends and family by providing simple refreshments (donuts or bagels, fruit and juice). You can honor family members or celebrate special occasions. To sign up, please contact Christina Frangos

Agape Meals: Philoptochos continues to provide meals to St. Spyridon community members in need, following hospitalizations, the death of a family member, or the birth of a child. Please reach out to Marian Dougenis (619) 520-3660 if you or someone you know is in need.

College Connection: Do you have a college-aged student in your family? Our Anthousa Chapter keeps your child connected with their faith and home church. Please send contact information to Bill Navrides

We invite you to join our Anthousa Philoptochos Chapter! We welcome all -- adult ladies and gentlemen--to help us make a difference in the lives of many. If you cannot actively participate, your membership pledge helps us to continue to support many charitable endeavors within our parish as well as local, national, and international communities.To join, please click on the Membership tab above. The National and Metropolis Philoptochos treasuries each receive $15 of every membership donation; so any amount over $30 remains in our local chapter’s treasury. Please contact Melanie Anastopulos or Kalliopi Samouris with any questions.

Look for chapter updates throughout the summer.

In Christ,

Sofia Samouris

Anthousa Chapter President


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