“The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life.” Plato, The Republic.
The Hellenic Paideia of America Organization played an active role through the leadership of President Vasiliki Filiotis in late winter of 2016. The organization recognized the unique ministry of Archimandrite Ierotheos Markopoulos, the parish priest. Sts. Anargyroi Church is located at 1547 St Nicholas Ave, New York City. Over 125 persons attended the 30th Anniversary of Father Ierotheos ministry on Saturday, March 5th at the Lemnian House, 44-15 30th Avenue, Astoria. “Thank you for supporting our church and keeping its doors open,” he said. “The Philoptohos has organized a unique celebration. I would like to thank all the organizations present.” Father Ierotheos is greatly loved for his humility. He helps all. One parishioner said “he tries to make everyone smile and goes out of his way to show kindness.” President Filiotis brought her members, who are from New York City’s boroughs, to the social.
Hellenic Paideia of America co-sponsored with the Hellenic American Educators Association of the UFT, a book presentation. One of the publications presented was the education fairy tale “The Adventures of Aris” by Pauline S. Manos.The education fairy tale inspired the audience. The children’s book is bilingual Greek/English. The book’s plot is about Aris, the teddy bear, who had many adventures. For more information, visit https://paulinemanosbooks.wordpress.com/.
President Vasiliki Filiotis of the Hellenic Paideia of America Organization was recognized on Sunday, February 28th at the Fortieth Anniversary Luncheon of the Greek Teachers Association “Prometheus” at Terrace on the Park, Flushing, N.Y. Educator Filiotis, along with other past presidents of Prometheus, was honored by a certificate from Michael Giannaris, NY State Senator of District 12, Greek Teachers Association “Prometheus” and the Department of Education of Greece for outstanding service as a President of Prometheus. Mrs. Vasiliki Filiotis was President of the Prometheus Greek Teachers Association for five years from 2009-20013. His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios of America, Mr. Stephen Cherpelis, Archon Dikaiophylax of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Dr. Theodosis Pelegrinis, Deputy Minister of Education, Research and Religious Affairs of Greece with staff member George Krikis, Mr. Vasilis Philippou Consul-General of the Republic of Cyprus, Dr. Thalia Chatziagiannoglou, Head of the Office for Educational Affairs of the New York Consulate General of Greece and prominent persons from the education and business communities attended. Over two hundred and seventy persons attended.
“The Hellenic Paideia of America Organization aims to promote Greek language, literature, history, art and science,” explained President Filiotis. A joint cooperation has been created with Greek-American organizations. Our goal is to encourage Greek-Americans and their friends to speak the Greek language.” The Hellenic Paideia of America Organization is a member of the Federation of Hellenic American Teachers.
President Vasiliki Filiotis believes “Greek is important to the languages and cultures of the world. Greek recorded ancient philosophy and is the basis of languages. Every language contains Greek words. The language spread Christianity. We support Modern Greek language studies and urge all youth to enroll. The Hellenic Paideia Organization’s goal is to encourage Greek-Americans and their friends to speak Greek. We must leave an inheritance to the next generation. European culture and civilization, of which our own country is a part, are rooted in ancient Greece. We must transmit to future generations, the knowledge, culture, traditions preserved and passed on to us. The Greek language survives today because it has offered the world a unique contribution.” All interested persons can contact President Filiotis at firstname.lastname@example.org.