Important Upcoming Dates!
Saturday, December 13 – Annual Philoptochos Brunch and Christmas Ornament Exchange – 11:30 followed by Hope and Joy caroling with our Senior Members.
Sunday, January 11 – Vasilopita Luncheon to benefit St. Basil’s Academy
Annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction
Following a highly successful silent auction in September at the Hellenic Center, we are pleased to announce that most of the proceeds will go to support COPE, a program that combats childhood obesity with a threefold approach – nutrition, education, fitness & behavioral health (www.copeforchange.org) and Camp CoDiaK, a camp for kids with Diabetes, a program of St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital (www.sjchs.org/CampCodiak).
In addition we are also again supporting the Mystery Santa Program!
This fall, we have already launched our annual fund drives for other local charities. Please drop off items at the Hellenic Center!
Savannah Second Harvest – canned and packaged goods
Backus Children’s Hospital & Outpatient Clinic – books for all ages; children’s books and books for their parents/family members as they wait during treatment sessions
Union Mission – hats, coats, sweaters, blankets in good condition
Other Supported Charities at the national and international levels:
Orthodox Christian Mission Center
The Hellenic College
Sisterhood of St. Basil Academy
The International Orthodox Christian Charities
The 75th Anniversary Founders Fund
Orthodox Christian Fellowship.
Additional support is given at the diocesan level in support of clergy education, youth/camp, and the Agape Fund of Atlanta
Philoptochos will host a Memorial Coffee Hour for church members – please notify Betsy Varlagas @ 897-9708, Gabrielle Franklin@850-819-1271, or Peggy Pittas @ 912-376-6193. We also reach out to individuals and families in our church community and local Southeastern Georgia who are in special need.
We invite all ladies of the Eastern Orthodox faith over 18 yrs. of age and in good standing to join. We have associate memberships for non-Orthodox ladies. A larger membership willing to help in our many worthy causes makes our association stronger!
For Membership renewals and new memberships, please contact Kay Litchfield @ 912-665-4279
2014 Board of Directors
Betsy Varlagas, President
Peggy Pittas, First Vice President
Sia Choko, Secretary
Gabrielle Franklin, Treasurer
Kay Litchfield, Membership
Marie Danos, Jamie Newman, Vanessa Jones, Mary Ann Gonis, Stamata Karfakis
St. Barbara’s Philoptochos Society Chapter 5019
Philoptochos is the largest organization of Greek Orthodox women that supports many charities while spiritually enriching its members through their participation in its philanthropic work. Established in 1931 by the late Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras I, we can proudly state that Philoptochos is the second largest women’s philanthropic organization in the United States in terms of money donated to charitable causes. It is second only to the Sisterhood of Hadassah, the Jewish women’s charitable group. Philoptochos functions at the local, diocesan, national, and international levels and is open to all women over 18 years old who are of the Greek (Eastern) Orthodox faith.