THE EPISTLE November-DECEMBER 2017
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! GREEK ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL OF SAINT PAUL 1
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ALEX ORPHANOS………...................................Editor-in-Chief JOAN PRIESTON………………………..............Chairperson GEORGE K. LAVAS.............................................Photographer
Volume LXXX, November-December FR. CHRISTOPHER CONSTANTINIDES, Presiding Priest FATHER CONSTANTIN URSACHE, Presbyter DEACON MATHEW KAKIS ALEX ORPHANOS, Pastoral Assistant
SUNDAY EPISTLE & GOSPEL READINGS November 5 November 12 November 19 November 26
Galatians 6:11-18 Luke 16:19-31 II Corinthians 9:6-11 Luke 10:25-37 Ephesians 2:14-22 Luke 12:16-21 Ephesians 4:1-7 Luke 18:18-27
December 3 December 10 December 17 December 24
Ephesians 5:8-19 Ephesians 6:10-17 Colossians 3:4-11 Hebrews 11:9-10; 32-40
Luke 18:35-43 Luke 13:10-17 Luke 14:16-24 Matthew 1:1-25
Parish Council Officers GEORGE A. VORKAS…….…..............................President GEORGE P. MARINOS...…………......................Vice President FRANCES LUTFY, Esq..........................................Secretary STEPHEN MAKRINOS.....………........................Treasurer JAMES GINIS..........................................................Financial Secretary GEORGE VASILAKIS...........................................Financial Secretary HARRY RAPTAKIS, Esq.……..............................Legal Counsel
Regular Schedule (Beginning Memorial Day One Liturgy until September)
CHURCH FEAST DAYS November 1 November 6 November 8
Orthros 8:15 a.m. Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m. November 13 Ορθρος 8:15 π.μ. Θεία Λειτουργία 9:30 π.μ. Emergency Telephone Numbers Father Constantin Ursache
Pastoral Assistant Alex Orphanos
Stewardship Secretary Hermea Drivas
Chanter James Tsimis
December 4 December 6
Cathedral Secretaries Nicole Rousakis Mary Marcella
Music Director & Organist Adrienne Stamatas-Borbely
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Cosmas and Damian the Holy Unmercenaries of Asia, and their mother Theodota Paul the Confessor, Patriarch of Constantinople Synaxis of the Archangel Michael & the other Bodiless Powers: Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Salaphiel, Jegudiel, & Barachiel John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople Philip the Apostle Matthew the Apostle & Evangelist The Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple. Catherine the Great Martyr of Alexandria Andrew the First- Called Apostle Barbara the Great Martyr Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra The Conception by St. Anna of the Most Holy Theotokos Spyridon the Wonderworker of Trymithous Eleutherios the Hieromartyr, Bishop of Illyricum The Nativity of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ Synaxis of the Holy Theotokos Stephen, Archdeacon & First Martyr
CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST On the 25th of this month we celebrate the Nativity according to the flesh of our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ. God Himself is born; His Mother is a virgin. The whole creation has never seen a greater wonder. On the twenty-fifth, God became the Son of the Virgin, and a cave became His dwellingâ€?. Taken from the Commemoration of Christmas Day. Christmas is a time for all of us to be thankful for the many wonderful blessings we have received from our Lord, Jesus Christ. It is an opportunity for all of us to reflect on the past year and not to worry about what we did not have, but rather to praise our Lord for what we did have. Christmas brings about a wonderful change, not only in the weather outside, but also in the depths of our hearts, souls and minds. It brings about a wonderful realization of how truly blessed we are for all the gifts we have received, and to return them one hundred fold to Him and His Church whose glorious birth we celebrate. Receiving is wonderful, but giving emulates and characterizes Christ living within every one of us, who address ourselves as Christians. As a parish with sincere love in our hearts, I express my heartfelt thanks to all those who willingly gave of their time and talents for the mission of the Church, without expecting anything in return. Allow the light of the Star which led the wise men to our Lord, to guide you and direct you closer to His will, to become a beacon of faith on His behalf, and to return to our Lord the precious treasures He has so abundantly bestowed on all of us. May your Christmas be filled with the Glory of His Birth in all your homes, and may the joy that He brings to all the world dwell in your hearts. With Love and Respect, Fr. Christopher Constantinides
PARISH COUNCIL PRESIDENT GEORGE VORKAS
Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year to all! I hope this reading finds all of you well. As we embark on a new calendar year, it is a great opportunity to take advantage of what modern culture has given us. The chance for a new beginning, resolution, whatever you want to call it! The popular ones are easy and can be found all over media. “Losing weight” is often the one you hear the most. Let’s face it, losing weight, for those of us who need it, is not a bad thing if handled properly – it normally leads to better health and lifestyle. I am going to add that one to my list. How about “stop smoking”? I don’t smoke (besides the occasional cigar), but for those that do, please add to the list! “Stop using bad language” is another one I hear a lot, especially in business. I am going to add that one to my list. That’s two so far for me. How about “being a better person”? That one is too general. “Treating people the way we want to be treated” is a much better way to say it. Lets add that one too! That’s three for me! Another one I hear a lot of is “do more exciting things”. I guess that one encompasses things like travel, bungee jumping, spear fishing, whatever makes you feel alive. I will add that one, but will skip out on the bungee jumping. Being that the largest enrollment in gyms is in January, am going to add “exercise more” to the list. Yes, I need to exercise more! Wait, am I forgetting something? Of course! We are Orthodox, and while we all feel we do enough, sometimes we may fall a little short. Many of you come to church every Sunday, and that’s great, but what does being a better Orthodox Christian mean? Actually, that one is out of my hands, and only God can guide you there. Ok, then, let me dial it down a bit from there. Let’s focus on our church, the Cathedral of Saint Paul. What resolution can you add to help make our community a better place?
Be more active (yes, please, we need more volunteers for the many projects and ministries we have). Increase Stewardship (yes, please, we are heading into a year where finances will be tight because of the various repair projects to help keep us up to date). Make a new friend (yes, please, we are a community after all and what better way to show how we are worship together is to go up and strike a conversation with someone new during Fellowship).
Ok, that is 8 for me. How many do you have? How many did you add that are not here? Grab me next time you see me so I can hear them. Now, let’s boil down what happens after people make the resolutions. Inevitably, we all fall short. I am going to make absolutely sure I will stick to the resolutions related to our church. I will also do my best to remember to keep the one related to treating people the way I want to be treated. Unfortunately, while I made the resolution to eat better above, while I was typing this, I just finished a bag of Milano cookies. Oh well. Let us all be better stewards of our parish in 2018!
GREEK SCHOOL CHRISTMAS KALANTA DECEMBER 17, 2017
SACRAMENTS FOR OCTOBER 1 THRU DECEMBER 31, 2017 Weddings Laura Paloubis & Johnny Quinn Fanya Demaria & Spyridon Dimitropoulos Nicoletta Kosteas & Dionisios Georgatos Elena Tringa & Thomas Bregianos Maria Loizos & Richard Hannafey LaQuitta Cherie Jefferson & Dominick Galluccio, Jr. Elyssa Pascarella & Gary Bent Baptisms Daughter of Robert & Serena Graustein Son of Robert & Kalliopi DeAngelo Daughter of Father Constantin & Presvytera Alexandra Ursache Daughter of John & Stamatina Karkas Daughter of Panagiotis & Meghan Dafnos Daughter of John & Evgenia Kazianis Son of Kevin & Evagelia Zanzonico Son of Matthew & Michelle Castro Daughter of Nicholas & Georgia Vlavianos Daughter of Robert & Nicolette Wihnyk Son of Poseidon & Lisa Marie Klippel Son of Constantinos & Stacy Wilensky Son of Minas & Brittany Avlonitis Son of Angelo & Connie Scarantino Son of James & Katrin Angelos Funerals Diane DeFilippis Mary Alchas Xanthipi Spanopoulos Peter Michael Laskas Spyridon Tsoukalas Frances Englis Speros G. Lellos Christos Nanos Connie Collins Diane Pangarliotas 9
Annual Christmas Trisagion Service
Grief and Bereavement Support Group By Anna Dounelis THE GRACE OF GRIEF “There is sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.” ~ Washington Irving The following thoughts are those of a young woman whose father fell asleep in the Lord over a year ago. We thank her for sharing them with us: “For someone who believes in living in the moment, facing reality and not dwelling in the past, I did a poor job of managing my own emotions. I didn’t realize I had slipped behind a veil of denial. I didn’t realize my grief had lodged itself in my chest. It had layered and twisted into an invisible but painful knot. I felt as if I’d been caught in an undertow, the current pushing on my chest and stifling my breath. I had vowed to stay strong which might have been my undoing. I wouldn’t allow myself to fully feel, and I couldn’t cry. I lived in only what I can explain as a bubble of fear. I’m not quite sure what I feared except the changes in life, in our family unit. I have no idea how I pulled this off. Needless to say, when it hit me months later, I wasn’t just sad but felt the emptiness and a pain so deep it gnawed my soul. It has been a year today since my father’s death. The emptiness has quietly taken a seat at the table. Though some days it speaks and I listen. There are days sadness wraps around me like a thin shawl and my soul can’t be warmed. Other days, memories warm my heart and a smile spreads across my face. And there are moments I see those wise eyes looking back at me from a photo and I feel tears well in my eyes. Beneath whatever identifiable feelings, gratitude rises. I am thankful to have had a father who loved me and taught me that I am equipped to deal in this lifetime. I am grateful, for I know without his influence my life would not be what it is, and I am truly blessed. I miss him more than words can convey. He was a gifted storyteller who held attention with his personal flair and humor. While he was a talker, he reserved within undeniable power and wisdom. To those who loved him, he was larger than life; and through us, he lives on.”
The Grief & Bereavement Support Group meetings are held three times each month throughout the year, on the second and fourth Wednesday evenings at 7:30 PM and on the third Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 PM. All are welcome.
St. Anna’s Philoptochos—By Kelly Hadjoglou Haass The Blessed day of Christmas is quickly approaching and the New Year 2018 is at our doorstep. I would like all of you to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas and the joyous times each and every one of us has had in our lives. By the end of 2017 we will be able to have donated almost 25,000 dollars to help individuals with their needs because of all the continued support that we receive from you. The recent natural disasters made it necessary to help such organizations as the I. O. C. C. Along with GOYA and the Girl Scouts we prepared 245 health kits which we shipped out. Our wreath sale was on December 3 and all the wreaths and preordered grave blankets were bought. They were beautiful each one different and were sold out quickly. During the week of December 3 – 9 we had a coat drive and brought about 450 donated coats to the Mary Brennan Inn. The annual St. Anna’s Christmas luncheon was held on December 14 and was quite successful. There was a touch of snow but everyone had a wonderful time. Part of the proceeds will go to St. Michael’s Home and to St. Mary’s Health Care System for children. We presented the Director of Income Development with a 1,000-dollar check. Three days later our ladies were busy baking for the Bake Sale. Homemade Greek pastries which were delicious and Vasilopites which were ordered from Ayia Skepi Monastery, were sold. On January 7 we will pass a tray in honor of St. Basil, and will send the money that we will collect to benefit the children at St. Basil Academy. Last year we did something new. At our General Membership meeting we had an opasize trainer and again, by popular demand we will have another opasize fun night on January 16th. As you see we have been quite busy and I would like to inform you about some upcoming events:
February 24th Third Saturday of the Souls St. Anna’s will be hosting a Psychosavato brunch in memory of our deceased members. A light breakfast will be served.
March 15th there will be a reception in the Cathedral Center following the Vespers to celebrate the tearing Icon of the Lamentation of the Mother of God.
March 16th we also invite you to a light reception after church.
March 25th our annual Nistissimo Luncheon to honor the Evangelismos tis Theotokos will be held on Sunday right after church.
Again I would like to express my sincere thanks to all of the Cathedral of St. Paul family for always opening up your hearts to St. Anna’s Philoptochos because without you, we would not be able to fulfill our philanthropic mission. Merry Christmas and a Happy 2018 to our beloved Cathedral of St. Paul and to all parishioners and their families.
ST. ANNAâ€™S PHILOPTOCHOS
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Newly Initiated Members of the Sons of Pericles Lord Byron Chapter #233 with their New Advisor Alex Orphanos (Right) and Supreme Secretary Chris Tavantzis (Left) 14
AHEPA CASSIS CHAPTER #170 Initiation of New Members
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Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Paul Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting of Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Parish Council Members Absent Harry Demiris, Chris Katehis, Fran Lutfy, Tony Pantelides, John Papachristos, George Vasilakis, Peter Menoudakos Past Presidents Absent Bill Kallinikos, Bill Pappas, George C. Possas, George P. Possas, Harry Raptakis, Constantine Zografos The meeting was called to order by President George Vorkas at 7:50 p.m. and Father Constantin blessed the food and led all those in attendance in an opening prayer. President Vorkas asked if there were changes to the meeting minutes of March 16, 2017. As there were none, Dean Mavrovitis made a motion to accept the minutes; seconded by Lou Patrickakos. Motion carried. Opening Remarks by President Vorkas President Vorkas reviewed the following items: Thank you to the Georges, Tonys, and Elizabeth for providing the delicious food. Report on the state of the Bishop Place property. Congratulations to George and Callie Papazicos on the birth of their new granddaughter. Congratulations to Joan Prieston on the birth of her new great grandchild. His Grace Bishop Andonios is working hard on identifying a new Proistamenos for the parish. The new date for the upcoming General Assembly meeting is May 25 th. Thank you to everyone that helped with the Greek Independence Day Parade. Thank you to everyone that helped with Holy Week. Thank you to Niko Kontoleon and Chris Katehis for their work with the Anastasi dinner. Upcoming events: AHEPA Glendi is tomorrow night Philoptochos dinner is on May 18th AHEPA Byzantine dinner is on May 7th The next PC Meeting is scheduled for May17th Correspondence President Vorkas continues to meet with organizations to provide updates. Stewardship President Vorkas presented the following report as of March 30, 2017. Clergy Report Father Constantin reported: On the installation of the Candelia for the iconostasis Everything is working great with Father Chrysostom help and we very grateful. Thank you to Alex Orphanos for all his hard work. Thank you to Jonathan's Restaurant for providing the food for lunch with his Eminence on Palm Sunday. Thank you to the Daughters of Penelope Pasithea Chapter for dying the eggs for Easter. John Hajisava made a motion to provide Father Chrysostom with a honorarium for his assistance with Holy Week services. Lou Patrickakos seconded the motion. Motion carried. Youth Committee Father Constantin reported: The Gurlides Comas Dinner is coming up in May GOYA is going to Washington DC this weekend GOYA lock in is Friday May 12th Registration for the Olympics is on going JOY and HOPE are planning their end of year party for Friday May 12 The Greek Orthodox Soccer League would like to use one of the churchâ€™s grills Treasurer's Report No treasurer's report due to computer issues. Motion to approve the invoices was made by Stephen Makrinos, seconded by George Zakos. Motion carried.
Stewardship Committee Liz Comack reported: The pen reminders went over well, over a dozen stewards pledged again and 2 new stewards pledged Thank you to everyone for helping out with Holy Week. Liz Comack made a motion to approve the purchase of five banners at approximately $350 each not to exceed $1,700, four to be hung outside on the light posts and one in the Cathedral Center, seconded by George Zakos. Motion carried. Scouting Committee Lou Yeostros reported: Lucas Demas Eagle Scout ceremony is scheduled for May16th . Made a motion to approve the Eagle project for Georgios Cosmas to improve the Vestry, seconded by Dean Mavrovitis. Motion carried. The Eagle Scout Annual Golf Outing is scheduled for June 21 at Towers. Bookstore Harry Monioudis reported the bookshelf in the PC office will be installed in 1 to 2 weeks. Festival Gus Kratsios reported: The Festival begins in 5 weeks Corporate and tent sponsorships are in high gear The Cathedral Center will be closed beginning May 15 th to reopen after the Festival The tents will start to go up Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend Gala Sweepstakes Jim Ginis reported 200 tickets were sold so far. Luminary candles Stephen Makrinos thanked everyone that helped out and $3,685 was received so far. Church Committee George K. Lavas reported: Thank you to Father Constantin and Father Chrysostom for a great job during Lent and Holy Week. Thank you to Alex Orphanos for his help with the Lamentation Booklets $1,400 was collected for flowers Duty rosters for the second-half of the year were distributed A number of wrap-up comments were received during Holy Week Sunday School Report George K. Lavas reported: Sunday School Stewardship program is being planned Sunday School dinner is May 22 Sunday school graduation is June 11 Choir Report George K. Lavas reported: The Choir dinner is September 18 Greek School George Hadjoglou reported registration is underway.
Public Relations Committee John Hajisava reported the group met a few weeks ago and a high-level survey is planned to go out to solicit feedback from the community. House Committee President Vorkas reported that pot holes in the parking lot were filled before Holy Week by Blacktop Unlimited and we are expecting three bids in June for the HVAC systems. Old Business Saint Michael's Home Committee Bill Lembo made a motion to raise over $50,000 to donate towards St Michael's home in Uniondale, Lou Patrickakos seconded the motion. Motion carried. George Zakos made a motion to adjourn at 10:33 p.m., seconded by Jim Georgakis. Motion carried. Respectfully submitted, Fran T. Lutfy Esq. Secretary Parish Council Minutes Parish Council Meeting May 17, 2017. Meeting commenced at 8:16pm. PC Members absent: Chris Katehis, Michael Lazarakis, Peter Menoudakos, Harry Monioudis, Anthony Pantelidis, James Rigano Past Presidents not present: James Georgakis, Michael Gurlides, William Kallinikos, Antonia Kourepinos, William Pappas, Lou Patrickakos, George C. Possas, George P. Possas, Peter Xanthos Opening Prayer: Father Constantin led the Parish Council in an opening prayer. Approval of Minutes: George Zakos moved to approve the February 16, 2017 and March 16, 2017 Parish Council minutes. Harry Raptakis seconded the motion. The motion carried. Opening Remarks: On behalf of the entire Parish Council, President Vorkas wished Dean, Dino, Constantines, Gus, Bob happy name day and thanked them for dinner. President Vorkas reported that the Archdiocese did provide us with two or three possible new clergymen to be assigned to our Parish. The Executive Committee would begin the process of meeting with the first of the clergymen under consideration. The Archdiocese would permit our Cathedral some discretion with the selection of new clergy. President Vorkas thanked George K. Lavas for coordinating Holy Week assignments and the Parish Council for its service. President Vorkas advised the Parish Council of the upcoming events: Saint Anna’s Philoptochos Spring Dinner on May 18, 2017. He encouraged the Parish Council to be in attendance. Greek Language Program graduation on May 21, 2017. Parish Assembly meeting on May 25. He noted that a Town Hall would be conducted separately on a different date. Annual Festival will be held on June 1 through June 4, 2017, along with our Gala Sweepstakes. Sunday School graduation on June 11, 2017 The next Parish Council meeting will be held on June 15, 2017. 22
Meetings attended: President Vorkas noted that he is still attending organization and ministry meetings, particularly at Fellowship Hour, to update groups of developments concerning Father Luke and to answer questions. Stewardship Report as of April 30, 2017: President Vorkas reported the following: Year
Correspondence: President Vorkas noted the following correspondence received: Thank you note from Lucas Demas for the Cathedral’s assistance in his elevation to Eagle Scout. President Vorkas congratulated Lucas on his achievement. The Orthodox Christian Fellowship (“OCF”) requested donation from our Cathedral. The last donation was given three years ago. The donation is under consideration. Clergy Report: Father Constantin reported that the upcoming Sunday is the last Sunday of two Liturgies. Father Chrysostomos will be requested to come to our Cathedral one day a week on Father Constantin’s day off and on an as needed basis. Father Constantin noted that the Sunday of our Festival is Pentecost. Father Constantin thanked the Parish Council for its service during Holy Week. He especially thanked George K. Lavas for his coordination and excellent organization. Youth Report: Father Constantin noted that the Gurlides-Comas award dinner on May 8, 2017 was well-attended. He congratulated Gillian Demetriou and Grace Yeostros, the recipients of the Comas Award and John Marsh for the Gurlides Award. He reported that Nicole Rousakis was also honored for her many years of service on behalf of the youth and organizations of the Cathedral for their support of our Youth groups. Father Constantin advised that twenty four GOYAns recently traveled to Washington D.C. Father Constantin also reported that GOYA enjoyed a Holy Week lock in. Father Constantin reported that JOY/HOPE had their end of year party. Father Constantin reported that the Olympics were upcoming on May 26 through May 28, 2017. Father Constantin congratulated the JOY Girl J2 team for winning the championship in basketball. Father Constantin reported that Romanian School graduation would take place this Saturday. He noted that the School did not do a fundraiser. Tony Pantelidis moved to permit a gift to the teacher in the amount of $50 and a bouquet of flowers. Dean Mavrovitis seconded the motion. The motion carried. 23
Treasurerâ€™s Report: George Marinos provided the following Treasurerâ€™s Report as of April 30, 2017 was presented and will be considered for approval once reconciled, as follows: 4/30/2017
Current Cash Assets
Net Available Funds
Month of April 2017
Month of April, 2016
Less Decorations & Renais-
Net Operating Surplus (Deficit)
Stewardship Collected YTD
Financial Report: The Financial Secretaries presented the Financial Report. After discussion, Joan Prieston moved to pay the outstanding amounts reflected in the Report. Elizabeth Comack seconded the motion. The motion carried. Festival Report: Fran Lutfy reported the planning is well underway. She reported that the Town of Hempstead has requested that it be permitted to have an information desk for residence at our Festival. She so moved. George Hadjoglou seconded the motion. The motion carried. Golf Outing Committee: George Marinos reported that the Golf Outing will be held on September 19, 2017 at the Engineers Country Club and that the Committee was in the process of reviewing contract. He noted that lunch will be held at 11 am; golf will begin at approximately noon. The charge for golf is $350, including dinner. The charge for dinner alone is $100. Sunday School Committee: George K. Lavas reported that Sunday School graduation will be held June 11, 2017. A luncheon will follow graduation for the graduates and their families. An end of year Staff dinner would take place this coming Monday. Church Committee: George K Lavas reported that 2nd Liturgy and Sacrament Duty rosters for the second half of the year were forwarded to the members of the Parish Council and asked that everyone review and handle conflicts in a timely fashion.
He noted that St. Paul Vespers would be held on June 28, 2017 at 7:00 pm. There will be several Hierarchs attending. He stressed that Parish Council attendance was needed. Choir Committee: George K. Lavas reported that the Adrienne and the choir thanked the parish for replacement of the pew cushions in the choir loft. George K. Lavas informed that due to scheduling issues, the End of Year Choir dinner will be postponed until September. Greek School Committee: George Hadjoglou reported that graduation would be held this coming Sunday at 3pm. He noted that all are welcomed to attend. He reported that registration is in progress and appears to be on par with last year in terms of number of students enrolled. Those who do register during the scheduled registration will be assessed a penalty. Public Relations Committee: John Hajisava reported that a general survey was currently being set up on Survey Monkey. It will ask the members of our parish thirteen basic questions about the community. Stewardship Committee: Elizabeth Comack reported that Fellowship Sunday five weeks ago was well-attended. She noted that the Committee will attempt new initiates throughout the year. Legal: Harry Raptakis reported that Kay Pamas estate disbursed 20,000 bequest to the Pamas League and $20,000 to the Seminary Trust Fund. George K. Lavas recommended that an Epistle article recognize Ms. Pamas’ generosity. Gala Sweepstakes: James Ginis reported that he is still in the process of collecting tickets. He encouraged the Parish Council to submit tickets as soon as possible. Technology Committee: George Marinos reported that a meeting would be held with James Stephens, Cyprian and himself relative to transitioning work to Cyprian relative to the Cathedral’s computer systems. Cyprian works in the technology department of Jet Blue. House Committee: Tony Pantelidis reported that George Vasilakis would have the potholes in the parking lot repaired in preparation for Festival. Tony reported that quotes to repair the front exterior stairs at 100 Cathedral were being solicited. Plans to repair the interior would be secured in the future. Tony reported that the Parish Council office was in the process of being set up as a bookstore for Deacon Mathew. Holy Week Report: Steve Makrinos submitted a financial report concerning Holy Week. Old Business: President Vorkas reported that the St. Michael’s subcommittee was continuing its assessment on how to raise funds and would report back to the Parish Council. New Business: President Vorkas encouraged the Parish Council to purchase the 25 raffles for the Greek Independence Day parade of the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York sold for $20 each. 25
George Zakos moved to adjourn the meeting. Carol DePietto seconded the motion. The motion carried, and the meeting adjourned at 10:21pm. Respectfully submitted, Fran T. Lutfy, Esq. Secretary Parish Council Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting June 15, 2017 Meeting convened at 8:00 pm Members absent: Billy Demas, Chris Katehis, Triphon Kollitides, Michael Lazarakis, Evan Lizardos, Fran Lutfy, Stephen Makrinos, Harry Monioudis, George Vasilakis; Past Presidents not present: Andy Andron, Toni Kourepinos, William Pappas, Louis Patrickakos, Peter Xanthos, Constantine Zografos; President Vorkas opened the meeting at 8:00p.m. Opening Prayer: Father Constantin led the Parish Council in an opening prayer. Approval of Minutes: No meeting minutes were presented. Opening Statement: President Vorkas began by thanking all Parish Council members with respect to responding and managing around the Priest issues during the last few months. President Vorkas thanked the Co-Chairs for the successful Church Festival, Co-Chairs Fran Lutfy, Carol DePietto, Gus Kratsios, and George Marinos. He thanked them for all their tireless work. He also thanked all the Parish Council members for their work on the Festival. He impressed upon all the need to take the lead to ensure all parishioners remain involved and active to ensure its continued success. The president also thanked the Chair of the Gala Sweepstakes - Jimmy Ginis & Harry Demiris Upcoming Events: President Vorkas announced the following upcoming events: June 21, 2017 – Troop 568 Scout Golf Outing June 28, 2017 – St Peter & St Paul Vespers – Archbishop Demetrios will be here. Philoptochos will host a post service fellowship June 29, 2017 – St Peter & St Paul Liturgy- Philoptochos will host a post service breakfast. Next Parish Council meeting will be on July 20, 2017. Correspondence: President received a letter from Callie Papazicos, President of the Philoptochos, who requested approval for funds to host the breakfast not to exceed $500.00 for each post service refreshments and breakfast. Louis Yeostros motioned for approval of funds NTE $500.00. Joan Prieston seconded the motion. Motion passed. Stewardship Report: President Vorkas advised for the month ending on May 31, 2017, the following Stewardship information;
Amt of Pledge
President Vorkas indicated that we have been experiencing Pay pal issues and the current Pledge numbers are actually higher. Elizabeth Comack indicated the Stewardship Banner, ordered from the Archdiocese was received and will be hung in the Father Magoulias Cathedral Center. Additional Stewardship Banners “You are the Church” are being designed and will eventually be displayed in the parking lot all year. The next Stewardship Committee meeting will be held in July. Clergy Report: Father Constantin reported that Archbishop Demetrios will be with us for the St Peter St Paul Vesper Services on Wednesday June 28, 2017. He requested, as done in the past, that an honorarium for the Archbishop and each deacon be approved. George K. Lavas made the motion. John Hajisava seconded the motion. Motion passed. Fr Constantin also stated that traditionally we have visiting Clergy participating in the Vespers Feast Day services. He requested we provide a small gift to them. George K. Lavas made the motion. George Hadjoglou seconded the motion. Motion passed. Fr Constantin reminded us that Fr Chrysostom has been serving weekly since January 2017. He recommended that we offer him a gift such as a religious item for his services. George Papazicos made the motion. Tony Vaccari seconded the motion. Motion passed. Father Constantin indicated he would be on vacation from July 2 beginning after Sunday Liturgy through July 22, 2017. Youth Report: Father Constantin indicated Sunday School graduation was held Sunday. Little Angels will continue thru next Tuesday June 20, 2017. Fr Constantin spoke briefly about YAL and stated we need more involvement to make it more robust and to revitalize our young people’s organization. President Vorkas also added that we had 15 promotions in the Romanian School.
Fr Constantin stated that Vacation Church School will be held July 3 to July 22, 2017. He stated we need to fully support that program. Auditing Committee Bill Lembo indicated that the committee held their meeting today and sent the allocation work sheets to the Archdiocese. Invoices We conducted a review of the invoices presented. A subcommittee will be assembled to review the invoices. Stephen Makrinos is currently looking at suitable companies to review the utility bills. House Committee will assess the effectiveness of the cleaning services and evaluate the option of hiring one full time staff. George Hadjoglou motioned to pay the invoices George Zakos seconded the motion. Motion passed. Sunday School Committee George K. Lavas indicated we had 12 graduates of the Sunday School. Registration for Sunday School will continue to be done on line this September. Choir Committee George K. Lavas stated that Adrienne Borbely will be out for knee surgery for four Sundays. Kathy Camesas will cover her wedding duties. James Tsimis and Alex Orphanos will also cover in terms of chanting for services. Greek School Committee George Hadjoglou stated 14 students graduated the program. Registration for the upcoming 2017/2018 school year is ongoing. John Papachristos presented the Greek School Financial Report. Total Income $117,000.00 Expenses $113,000.00 Tuition was not raised this year. 2016/2017 â€“ 194 students 2017/2018 - 124-134 have registered. Anticipate another 50 to register before classes begin in September. John Papachristos also stressed the following key points Do not need any new hires for 2017/2018. There is a penalty for late registration. All teachers are interviewed and background checks are completed before they begin teaching any classes. Nursery School There is a summer program. The program will run Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Fall Nursery School Can only accommodate 8 in a room presently. We have 6 more students We require space for more classrooms. URGENT NEED This is a critical program for our young families who will become our future leaders and Parish Council members.
GALA SWEEPSTAKES Jim Ginis stated 1480 tickets were sold. Net Income on the Sweepstakes is about $82,000.00. Harry Demiris is in the process of notifying prize winners to determine whether they want cash or the prize (where applicable). John Papachristos stated he won the second-place prize and will donate the prize money back to the Cathedral for the HVAC repair/replacement. The President and the Parish Council thanked John and his family for their generous donation. Public Relations John Hajisava stated he worked with Fr Constantin to prepare the survey questions. About 1500 surveys will be conducted. The committee is using Survey monkey application. Scouting Louis Yeostros indicated there is another Eagle Ceremony on Saturday. On June 21, 2017, the Annual Eagle Scout Golf Outing will be held at North Shore Towers. Festival Gus Kratsios congratulated the Clergy, Custodial Staff, the Office Staff, the Parish Council and the parishioners who made it successful and for the good weather. Technology The Technology committee indicated we need a new laptop for Larry. John Hajisava motioned to purchase a new laptop NTE $500.00. Tom Flouskakos seconded the motion. Motion passed. House Committee List of Repairs: Repair Front Steps of 100 Cathedral before September HVAC repair replacement needs bids; Festival Repair of pot holes to be done in July. Emergency lights need repair; Custom Rug for Narthex Door review â€“ Door to office, doors entering gym, and inner door to cathedral. Buzzer included. Human Resources Execute summer Fridays Cathedral will be open until 3p.m. for the month of July. Dean Mavrovitis made the motion Bob Donus seconded the motion. Motion passed. This will be disseminated and published. There is a 3p.m. wedding on July 14. New Business Contingent upon his acceptance, we should have a small reception for Father Chris Constantinides on his first day NTE $1200.00. The date is tentatively August 6, 2017. George K. Lavas made the motion. George Hadjoglou seconded. Motion passed. Joan Prieston mentioned that the heat in the 100 Cathedral is unbearable. 29
Joan Prieston motioned that we purchase two (2) AC units NTE $800.00. George Zakos seconded. Motion passed. Adjournment: George Zakos motioned to adjourn the meeting at 10:45p.m. Carol DePietto seconded. Motion passed. Respectfully submitted, Elizabeth Christakos-Comack Acting Secretary Parish Council Parish Council Meeting Minutes July 20, 2017 Meeting convened at 8:06 pm Past President not present: Bill Kallinikos, Antonia Kourepinos, George K. Lavas, William Pappas, Louis Patrickakos, George C. Possas, George P. Possas, Dino Zografos Parish Council members absent: Billy Demas, Demetri Demetriou, Harry Demiris, George Hadjoglou, John Hajisava, Chris Katehis, Stephen Makrinos, Harry Monioudis, Michael Lazarakis, Anastasios Stampolis Opening prayer: Alex Orphanos led the Parish Council in an opening prayer. Opening comments: President Vorkas made the following opening comments: He wished all those named Elias and Louis a Happy Name Day. He thanked the Parish Council for its continued support during our clergy transition. He advised that Father Christopher will officially commence his ministry at the Cathedral on September 1, 2017. Father Chris will perform his first Liturgy at the Cathedral on September 3. He noted that George K. Lavas and Steven Pontickio had accompanied Father Chris on a tour of the Cathedral proper and the facilities. He thanked all those who participated and assisted during the Cathedralâ€™s Feast Day. He especially thanked St. Annaâ€™s Philoptochos He advised that Father Constantin is returning from vacation on July 22. During his absence, Fathers Dennis Strouzas, George Anastasiou and Josiah Pappas celebrated services. He thanked the Gala Sweepstake Committee for their work this year. Upcoming events and meetings: President Vorkas noted the following: Stewardship: July 27, 2017 Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos: August 15, 2017 Next Parish Council meeting: August 17, 2017 Approval of Minutes: Joan Prieston moved to approve the May minutes of the Parish Council. Evans Lizardos seconded the motion. The motion carried. 30
Liz Comack moved to approve the June minutes of the Parish Council. Joan Prieston seconded. The motion carried. Stewardship: President Vorkas reported as of June 30, 2017: Year
Clergy Report: President Vorkas noted that Father Christopher would begin his service to the Cathedral on September 1, 2017 with his first Liturgy on September 3. On September 3, the Cathedral will hold a small reception with a larger reception to follow on September 10. President Vorkas noted that there would be a small welcoming committee that will include the Executive Committee upon Father Christopher’s commencement. Alex Orphanos noted that the Clergy has made strides to welcome Catechism converts. He noted that last week, Father Constantin had baptized a new convert and that there was an upcoming baptism scheduled. Alex Orphanos noted that a wonderful Liturgy was celebrated today with Father Josiah Pappas for the Feast of Prophet Elias. Youth Report: Alex Orphanos reported as follows: He noted that all programs are doing well, and he thanked our wonderful volunteers who run or assist in these Programs. He noted that the Vacation Bible School saw some improvements and that in the future, it would be expanded to two or three weeks. He noted that for the upcoming year, he hopes to improve the Cathedral’s social media presence with help from GOYAN internships. He noted that the Clergy is working toward rebuilding and growing our young Adult programs. Recently, a senior GOYAN dinner was held at the Clergy’s expense. During the dinner, the GOYANs were surveyed regarding their future involvement in our young adult programs. Father Constantin also had some of the older young adults over his home. Both groups stated that they will remain involved. Nursery School: Alex Orphanos reported that the 2, 3 and 4 year old Programs are now essentially full and that there are now more 4 year old's enrolled in the full day Program. Treasurer’s Report: Given our continued efforts to repopulate our data after our computer crash, President Vorkas noted that a full report would not be forthcoming this month. President Vorkas noted that Stephen Makrinos would be scheduling the mid-Year Budget review. Financial Report: The Financial Secretaries presented the Financial Report and the invoices to be paid. After discussion, George Zakos moved to approve payment of the invoices and the Financial Report reflected therein, and 31
Dean Mavrovitis seconded the motion. The motion carried. Festival Committee Report: Fran Lutfy reported that interim numbers reflect that gross earnings from the Festival were $351,000 and net earnings are expected to be approximately $133,000. She noted that a Final Report would be delivered during our next Parish Council meeting. She thanked the members of the Parish Council and the parishioners that worked very hard for the success of the Festival. She noted that the next Epistle article would provide detailed acknowledgement to the leaders of this effort. Fran Lutfy moved to hold a 2018 Festival on May 31 to June 3, 2018. She requested a budget of $15,000 to start. George Zakos seconded the motion. The motion carried. She noted that at this point in time, Andrew C. Andron II and she will be chairs but that additional chairs will be requested. Fran Lutfy informed the Parish Council that the Fall Festival is approaching on October 1, 2017 and that a new chairman must be named. The Church office was instructed to mail out a Save the Date flyer. Golf Outing: George Marinos reported that preparation for the golf outing are well underway. The Outing will be held on September 19th at Engineers Country Club. He noted that the Parish Council should encourage people to attend. Organization meeting: George Marinos noted that the meeting was held on June 27th. Several issues were discussed, including scheduling conflicts. He noted the following topics: A new calendar will be distributed Use of the foyer of the Reverend Nicholas J. Magoulias Cathedral Center as a meeting room was discussed. Most organizations were amenable. The Vasilopita Dance was discussed and how it can be changed and improved. Multiple meeting should be held with the next shortly after Father Chris begins. Seminary Trust Fund: Andy Andron informed us that John Crokos has resigned his position on the Seminary Trust Fund Committee. He nominated William Lembo to replace him. Michael Gurlides seconded. No other nominations were made and the nominations were closed. The Secretary was directed to cast one vote for the unanimous election of Bill Lembo. St. Michaelâ€™s Benefit Subcommittee: Bill Lembo reported that the Committee determined that an effective fundraiser was to hold a reverse raffle (limited ticket sale raffle) with 50% of the proceeds earmarked for prizes, and 50% or portion thereof would go to St. Michael. The ticket price would be $150. The ticket would include a cocktail reception and reverse raffle with the last ticket winning monies and 4-5 last ticket drawn winning prizes. The event would be held for next 5 years and is projected to take place late November or early December. Bill Lembo noted that anyone from the Cathedral who pledges to St. Michael should be asked to do so in the name of the Cathedral. House Committee: Tony Pantelides noted the following projects are to do done or are underway: August 21, 2017 the gym floor will be resurfaced. Meeting with AC companies to give us bids for replacement of unit (s), namely the Hellenic Room unit. It was noted that the 2nd prize Gala Sweepstake winner donated the $10,000 specifically toward the replacement of a unit. 32
He is still working on securing additional quotes for replacement of stoop at 100 Cathedral. AAA Tent must come over and fill in holes made by tent stakes. We are withholding $5,000 until the holes are filled Gala Sweepstakes: James Ginis noted the following: Total sweepstakes sold:
Donations consisted of $3,000 from 1 st prize winner, $15,000 from second prize winner (John Papachristos) who earmarked the donation for the AC replacement and Early Bird prize from Fran Lutfy of $1,000. Credit card sales totaled $12,000, which was 24% greater than last year and 44% less than 2015. Preliminary expenses were $54,827.80. Preliminary net income $113,197.20. The final number will be reported in August. In 2016, we sold 1558, 1704 in 2015, 1585 in 2014 1595 in 2013 and 1704 tickets in 2012. Top ticket seller was Harry Demiris who sold 131 tickets and second highest seller was Bill Lembo with 116 tickets. Contributing factors: less sales from big ticket sellers many of whom had health issues and some PC members who sold less tickets. Several non Parish Council members should be acknowledged for their strong sales: Nick Eliopoulos, Elaine Cassimatis, Dino Zafiris, John Crokos, John Leondis, Kathy Boulukos, Jamie Spanopoulos, Adrian Doburn, Dina Minucci, George Michelis, Mary Bassias and Hermea Drivas. Thirty-two PC members sold 10 or more tickets. A suggestion was made that the list of winning tickets and who sold the ticket be distributed. The Committee thanked all for their participation. Greek School Committee: John Papachristos reported that registration was going well and is on par with last yearâ€™s registration numbers. John Papachristos noted that the Committee interviewed candidates to fill teaching positions. He explained that while no teachers were leaving, a teacher was needed due to an extra class to be held on Monday. Two teachers may also be needed for classes on Tuesday and/or Saturday. John Papachristos moved that the Committee be permitted to hire up to three candidates. He moved that the salary be calibrated based on experience level from 25.70 to 36.50, with the level likely at the entry level. Insurance Report: Fran Lutfy reported that two incidents at the Festival were reported to our insurer. At this time, it did not appear that any actions would be asserted. Nominations Committee: Fran Lutfy reported that a Committee meeting is scheduled for September 6, 2017. Reservation Committee: George Marinos reported that AHEPA has requested use of the Hellenic Room for a District Lodge meeting. Harry Raptakis moved to waive the fee. Michael Gurlides seconded. The motion carried. New Business: President Vorkas reported that a different financial control was being formulated for the bookstore. Harry Monioudis would develop a spreadsheet for an accurate accounting of stock and sales. George Papazicos moved to permit the Pamas League to hold open basketball nights to the end of the summer on Tuesday and Thursdays until Tony Pantelides finishes the floors. Bill Lembo seconded the motion, and the motion carried. President Vorkas noted that Stephanie Moratti is pursuing her Girl Scout Silver Award. She is seeking 33
permission to place recycling bins in various parts of the Cathedral, namely the copier room, office, kitchen, Reverend Nicholas J. Magoulias Cathedral Center and the Hellenic Room. George Papazicos moved to approve the Project, and Lou Yeostros seconded. The motion carried. There being no further business, Michael Gurlides moved to adjourn the meeting. Carol DePietto seconded, and the motion carried. The meeting adjourned at 9:37pm. Respectfully submitted, Frances T. Lutfy, Esq. Secretary Parish Council Parish Council Minutes August 17, 2017 Meeting commencement: 8:12 pm Members absent: Billy Demas, Demetri Demetriou, Thomas Flouskakos, Spyro Georgopalis, John Hajisava, Chris Katehis, Evans Lizardos, Stephen Makrinos, Dean Mavrovitis, Peter Menoudakos, Harry Monioudis, Michael Lazarakis, Anthony Pantelides, John Papachristos, George Vasilakis Past President not in attendance: James Georgakis, William Kallinikos, Antonia Kourepinos, William Pappas, George C. Possas, George P. Possas, Constantine Zografos Opening Prayer: Father Constantin led the Parish Council in a prayer. Minutes: Peter Xanthos moved to approve the draft minutes of the Parish Council July 2017 meeting. George Hadjoglou seconded the motion. The motion carried. Opening Remarks: President Vorkas thanked the Parish Council for the support during the transition after Father Luke’s departure. He congratulated the Parish for its patience during this time. He noted that Father Christopher officially starts his ministry at the Cathedral on September 1, 2017. The Parish will hold a mini-reception for Father Chris’ first Sunday Liturgy on September 3, 2017. A formal reception for Father Chris and Presvytera Angie will follow services on September 10, 2017. Upcoming events: President Vorkas advised the Parish Council of the following future events: September 3, 2017- Informal reception to celebrate Father Christopher's First Liturgy. September 10, 2017- Formal reception to welcome Father Christopher and Presvytera Angie. September 17, 2017 – Ministry Registration Sunday September 19, 2017 – Golf Outing September 19, 2017 – Blood Drive September 21, 2017 – Parish Council meeting October 1, 2017 – Fall Festival Correspondence: President Vorkas reminded the Parish Council that a request has been made by New Line Cinema for a movie shoot to take place at the Cathedral. The date of the shoot is not yet determined. President Vorkas will be communicating with New Line Cinema and will report back to the Parish Council the terms of their proposal. Clergy Report: Father Constantin received a request from the Archdiocese to host at the Cathedral the DAD Clergy syndesmos (meeting) on October 12, 2017. Normally, this entails breakfast before Services followed by lunch. Expected attendance is approximately 40-50 Clergymen. The cost of meals is normally borne by the hosting Church. After discussion, Harry Raptakis moved for a budget of not to exceed $2,500, with breakfast served at the Cathedral and lunch at Jonathan’s Restaurant. Lou Patrickakos seconded the motion. The motion carried.
Romanian School: Father Constantin reported that registration of families is now underway. An email was sent out parents and a reminder will be sent out tomorrow. He reported that some families will not be returning because they moved out of the area. Based on the number of students, the need for an assistant teacher will be assessed. Youth Committee Report: Father Constantin advised that the Committee is working to improve the structure of our youth meetings. Father Constantin reported that the DAD Soccer League has forwarded a request for use of grassy field for games and practices from September 9, 2017 to November 18, 2017 from 11 am to 6pm, subject to blackout dates and pending production of a certificate of insurance naming the Cathedral as an additional insured. This request was previously approved, and we are awaiting insurance certificate. The Youth Committee will be meeting in early September. Stewardship: President Vorkas presented the following report as of July 31, 2017: # Pledges
Treasurerâ€™s Report: Steve Makrinos provided the following Treasurerâ€™s Report as of July 31, 2017 as follows: 7/31/2017
Current Cash Assets
Liabilities Net Available Funds
Month of July 2017
Surplus (Deficit) Less Decorations & Renaissance (net) Net Operating Surplus (Deficit)
Month of July, 2016
Joan Prieston moved to approve the report. George Hadjoglou seconded the motion. The motion carried. 35
Financial Report: The Financial Secretaries presented the report for review by the Parish Council. After discussion, Joan Prieston moved to approve. George Hadjoglou seconded the motion. The motion carried. Nursery School: George Hadjoglou moved for an amount not to exceed $1,500 for supplies and $ 2,700 for the purchase of furniture and cabinet required. Anastasios Stampolis seconded the motion and the motion carried. George Hadjoglou reported that the two-year old program currently has 9 students enrolled. This requires that there are two teachers. The Committee promoted Karolyn Frangiadakis to fill the position. This results in the need to find a substitute teacher. The Committee has placed an ad on Orthodox Jobs. George Hadjoglou advised that in the past, the teachers taught the children Greek. To improve the Program, the Nursery School wishes to hire a Greek teacher. They identified Ms. Rizou, a teacher at our Greek School. George Hadjoglou moved that we retain Ms. Rizzo to teach Greek one hour a day three days a week. Triphon Kollitides seconded the motion. The motion carried. George Hadjoglou reported that the Director of the Nursery School would be sending families an electronic newsletter designed to inform parents of not only school events but also Cathedral-wide events. The newsletter will explain the concept of stewardship and what being a member in good standing means. George Hadjoglou moved that the Parent Teacher Organization be permitted to sell coupon books on Registration Sunday and for the next two Sundays as a fundraiser. Bill Lembo seconded the motion. Motion carried. Technology Report: President Vorkas noted that there are audio problems in the Cathedral that must be addressed, namely dead spots within the Cathedral. The retention of an expert will likely be required. House Committee Report: President Vorkas advised that a sub-Committee relative to our HVAC system was formed consisting of himself, Steve Makrinos, Evans Lizardos, Carlos Jorge and James Ginis. Three quotes for the Cathedral and upper level AC units were procured. The Subcommittee will meet with the subcontractors to qualify their bids. President Vorkas advised that we have quotes to repair the stairs and to install a ramp at 100 Cathedral. The repair completion date is projected to be September 15, 2017. George Hadjoglou moved to authorize the project for a cost not to exceed $15,000 including permit costs. Lou Yeostros seconded the motion. The motion carried. The motion was tabled pending further investigation with possibly just repairing the stoop and not installing a costly ramp. President Vorkas reported we are still analyzing solutions for door replacements, including the Rixon doors in the Cathedral Narthex and the double door in close proximity to the office. President Vorkas reported that the House Committee is in the process of readying our classrooms for the Fall term. Entertainment Committee Report: Niko Kontoleon reported that the Committee has met several times. He discussed the Committeeâ€™s plan for the September 3 and September 10 events. The September 10 th reception will be catered by Yevma. He moved for a budget of $3,000. George Zakos seconded the motion. The motion carried. Golden Leaves Ball Report: George K. Lavas reported that reservations for the Ball would start to be taken in early October. Pursuant to the Committeeâ€™s recommendation, George moved that admission cost should be set at $125 per person with a discounted rate for young adults between 18 and 35 years of age of $100. Bill Lembo seconded. The motion carried.
Golf Outing Report: George Marinos urged attendance on September 19th at Engineerâ€™s Golf Club. He noted that the cost is $350 per golfer and $100 for the dinner only. Human Resources Report: Bill Lembo reported that a subcommittee consisting of himself, Anthony Vaccari and James Georgakis priced vehicles for purchase for Father Christopher. The Parish Council previously approved an expenditure of not to exceed $26,000. The Subcommittee believes that the best option of the vehicles considered was a KIA Sorento SUV. Under the terms of the purchase, to secure discounts, Bill Lembo advised that we are required to finance the vehicle for three months. The cost associated with the finance agreement is $150. Reservation Committee report: AHEPA has requested use of the Reverend Nicholas J. Magoulias Center for a dinner on Sunday, October 15, 2017 from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The kitchen will be used for onsite cooking. Attendance of 60-70 people is expected. Anastasios Stampolis moved the waive the rental fee. George Hadjoglou seconded. The motion carried. Gala Sweepstakes report: James Ginis reported that gross revenue of $167,000 and costs of 71,000 for a net profit of $94,000. Old Business: Lou Yeostros moved to permit the Girl Scout Silver Award recipient to promote a recycling program at the Cathedral during Registration Sunday by dissemination of a flyer about the Program. Triphon Kollitides seconded the motion. The motion carried. New Business: Joan Prieston proposed that the Cathedral hold an in-house New Yearâ€™s Eve party. Anthony Vaccari moved that an amount not to exceed $700 be approved to purchase a replacement for broken windows in the Cassis attic, the main kitchen and the Sunday School office. George Zakos seconded the motion. The motion carried. Lou Patrickakos moved for the approval of an amount not to exceed $1,000 to rent a dumpster to throw out clutter throughout the Cathedral grounds that will be parked at 100 Cathedral for a few days before September. Lou Yeostros seconded the motion. The motion carried. There being no additional business, George Zakos moved to adjourn the meeting. Carol DePietto seconded the motion. The motion carried, and the meeting adjourned at 10:56pm. Respectfully submitted, Frances T. Lutfy, Esq. Secretary Parish Council Parish Council Minutes September 21, 2017 Meeting commencement: 8:10 pm Members absent: Spyro Georgopalis, Evans Lizardos, Stephen Makrinos, Dean Mavrovitis, Harry Monioudis, Michael Lazarakis, George Vasilakis Past Presidents not present: Michael Gurlides, William Kallinikos, William Pappas, George C. Possas, George P. Possas, Peter Xanthos, Dino Zografos Opening Prayer: Father Christopher led the Parish Council in an opening prayer. Opening Remarks: President Vorkas welcomed Father Christopher to the Parish. 37
President Vorkas thanked Father Constantin for his exemplary “above and beyond” service during this difficult period. President Vorkas thanked the Parish Council for its support during the transition. He reminded the Parish Council that it is time to look to the future and that we should embrace the future. President Vorkas stated that 2018 Parish Council and Executive Committee schedule has been set, and the dates will be disseminated. He noted that updated Committee rosters will be disseminated. Upcoming events: President Vorkas noted the following events: Visit by Archbishop Demetrios this Sunday, September 24, 2017. Liturgy will commence 9:30 am. All persons having Memorials and Baptisms have been advised of the change of schedule due to His Eminence’s visit. There will be a light reception to follow. He urged that the Parish Council to attend and help. Fall Festival October 1, 2017. He noted that there will be one liturgy and a didactic service for our Sunday School. He noted that the DAD soccer league will play in our fields that day and will be encouraged to attend the Fall Festival. LIACA Dance on October 7, 2017 St. Anna’s Philoptochos Membership Tea on October 10, 2017 Greek Language Program Dance on October 12, 2017 Laconian Dinner on October 14, 2017 AHEPA Dinner on October 15, 2017. They will request a table for reservation for October 1 later in the meeting. Executive Committee meeting on October 18, 2017 Parish Council meeting on October 19, 2017 Golden Leaves Ball on November 5, 2017 to honor Anthony Vaccari, John Mavrikis and a special recognition to Father Constantin. St. Michael’s Home Gala on November 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm. Harry Raptakis moved that six tickets for the Clergy and their wives and the President and his wife be paid for a total of $1,500 or $250 each. John Hajisava seconded the motion. The motion carried. Correspondence and Communications: The following correspondence was received by President Vorkas: Eleni Pitzel letter requesting use of the Reverend Nicholas J. Magoulias Cathedral Center for painting and arts and craft classes to be held on Wednesday afternoons. Demetris Demetriou moved to approve use and Joan Prieston seconded the motion. The motion carried. Hermea Drivas’ card thanking us our the Honor Guard during Gus’ Memorial Presentation of Award by OXI Federation to George C. Possas for his service during WWII in Washington D.C. on October 26, 2017. We thank Mr. Possas for his service to our country and to our parish. Blood Drive George Papazicos noted that our Blood Drive was successful. He noted that 56 people came to donate. Four persons were deferred and five people doubled their donation for a total of 57 pints. He thanked Erika Palmer for spearheading this effort and her Committee. The next Blood Drive will most likely take place on the first or second Tuesday in February 2018. The date will be confirmed. Stewardship (as of August 31, 2017): # Pledges
Stewardship Report: Liz Comack reported that the Committee has sent out reminders. Liz Comack reported that there has been an uptick recently due to Registration Sunday.
She reported the Committee met last week. She thanked Father Christopher for his attendance and sharing of his ideas. She noted it was a robust discussion. She reported that she put together trends to show how pledges are coming in per year and month. The next Stewardship meeting will focus on the amount of pledges. She requested that Hermea send out invoices/statements. She noted that there are several outreach efforts, including banners, sign in sheets and a small welcoming Committee for new stewards. Clergy Report: Father Christopher expressed his thanks and that of Presvytera Angie for the receptions that were held to welcome them to the community. He is currently meeting with ministries and organizations to acclimate himself and looks forward to working with the members of the community. He thanked everyone who volunteers to benefit our Cathedral. He noted that we can conquer all when we work together. Father Christopher noted that on September 17, Archbishop Demetrios is celebrating his 50 th Anniversary as a Hierarch and on September he is also celebrating his 18 th year as Anniversary as Archbishop. He recommended that we have a cake to celebrate. Anthony Vaccari moved to approve an honorarium for the Archbishop and for the two Archdeacons. Carol DePietto seconded the motion. The motion carried. George Vorkas reminded the Parish Council that the District Clergy meeting will take place at our Cathedral on October 12, 2017. He noted that he is working with Father Chris and Father Constantin and the House Committee for future improvements to the vestry. Youth Report: Father Constantin thanked the Cathedral for the gift of a fruit basket for the birth of his daughter. Father Constantin noted that the soccer season starts this Saturday. He noted that we have three teams in total: 1 G3, 1B2 and 1B3. He noted that there is no coach in place for the G3 team and that the team may not be able to play, if we do not find a coach. Father Constantin noted that new children were added to GOYA, including three children from Father Christopherâ€™s former assigned Church. Father Constantin noted that there are 12 students in the Romanian Language School. One of the older children has volunteered to assist during class. A new student may join. He noted that the School needs a new assistant to replace Carmen, who cannot help this year. He proposed Pana Goga to be used as a volunteer monitor. GOYA held a Welcome Back Barbeque. JOY and HOPE will commence the following Friday. The Greek Archdiocese Soccer League requested use of our soccer fields for dates that we cannot accommodate for their Tournament. Father Constantin requested use of the Reverend Nicholas J. Magoulias Cathedral Center for Sophiaâ€™s baptism on October 28, 2017 at 3pm. Lou Patrickakos moved to approve usage of the Cathedral Center on October 28, 2017. Liz Comack seconded the motion. The motion carried. President Vorkas thanked Father Constantin for his efforts in building the Romanian Language Program.
Treasurer’s Report: James Ginis provided the following Treasurer’s Report as of August 31, 2017 as follows: Current Cash Assets Less Decorations Liabilities Net Available Funds
8/31/2017 497,191 (69,154) 0 428,037 Month 2017
Revenues Expenses Surplus (Deficit) Less Decorations & Renaissance (net) Net Operating Surplus (Deficit) Stewardship
8/31/2016 439,717 (93,986) 0 345,731 Aug
30,718 (64,674) (33,956) 0
8/31/17 1,243,308 (1,092,786) 150,522 0
Month of Aug., 2016
62,075 (76,800) (14,724) 0
1,397,574 1,223,869 173,705 0
George Zakos moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report. Lou Yeostros seconded the motion. The motion carried. President Vorkas noted that the initial Archdiocesan Assessment was received of approximately $135,000 that represents an 11% increase over last year. President Vorkas reported that the Finance Committee will meet on October 17, 2017. We did not get the formal request at this time. Bill Lembo reminded Committee chairs to submit their budgets. Sunday School Report: George K. Lavas noted that 110 children were registered to Sunday School at Ministry Registration Sunday. He noted that this is the second year of the Cathedral’s Youth Stewardship. He noted that in its first year, 20% of students were enrolled but the program did not start until October. Choir Report: George K. Lavas, on behalf of the Choir, thanked the Parish Council for the Choir dinner. Golden Leaves Ball Committee Report: George K. Lavas noted that sales of tickets started on October 8 during Fellowship Hour and would continue through October. George Lavas reported that the Committee met at the North Ritz Club. He noted a Greek station with lamb was added and that the venue has gone up and beyond expectations. St. Michael’s Home Subcommittee: Bill Lembo reminded us that the Parish Council had previously approved a start date of December 3. He noted that the Committee was now looking for a date in January, 2018. He noted that more will be announced. Scouting Report: Lou Yeostros reported that the Souvlaki Sunday went well last Sunday. Lou Yeostros noted that current enrollment is 21 Cub Scouts and 23 Boy Scouts. He noted that a fishing trip out of Freeport is scheduled for Friday, September 22 nd at 7:00pm. 40
Lou Yeostros noted that part of Alexander Menoudakosâ€™ Eagle Scout Project is related to the Souvlaki Pit. He has one more phase to finish. Another project involves the vestry. He noted that he will be reaching out to the House Committee as he has two more Scouts looking to perform projects. He noted that pursuant one of our Girl Scouts earning her Silver Award. It involves placing recycling bins throughout the Cathedral. Fall Festival Report: Anastasios Stampolis reported that plans are underway, and he encouraged the community to support this event. We added a hayride, and Loukoumades are back. Bookstore Report: Deacon Mathew reported that Harry Monioudis is currently working on a spreadsheet to quantify inventory and sales that should be completed in October. Deacon Mathew noted that four new bookshelves were purchased for use in the Parish Council office, which will function as a bookstore during Sundays. He requested that a sign be made for the Bookstore to be posted by the Parish Council office door. Deacon Mathew reported that prior to the Festival, new purchases of books were made from two distributors. Anastasios Stampolis moved for an amount of a budget of $800 for purchase of new books. He then moved to amend the motion not to exceed $800 to purchase books at this time with a further review in two months after receipt of a full report. Bob Donus seconded the amended motion. Upon discussion, Anastasios Stampolis moved to withdraw or table his motion. Bob Donus seconded. The motion to table carried. Once the spreadsheet is prepared and a meeting take place between Father Christopher and Deacon Mathew, a report will be presented at a future Parish Council meeting with a request for funding, if needed. House Committee Report: Anthony Pantelides reported on projects completed as follows: Father Christopherâ€™s office was painted. Shelves and coat hooks were added to the basement classroom area. As well, brown inset cabinets in the classrooms were painted bright colors. All classroom floors and the floors of the Reverend Nicholas J. Magoulias Cathedral Center were striped and waxed. Chairs stored at 100 Cathedral were disposed. The dog houses were removed from the backyard. During the summer, Larry and Isaac performed patchwork and painting in our buildings. Anthony Pantelides reported that the HVAC Subcommittee will present a proposal from engineering consultants who will assess our systems. President Vorkas reported that the Committee is securing proposals regarding the repairs and/or replacement of the stairs as well as whether a ramp or an elevation chair for wheelchair access to be added at 100 Cathedral Avenue. President Vorkas reported that the cost of purchasing a single rug in the narthex is cost prohibitive. President Vorkas noted that there are rusting doors on the backside of the Cathedral that must be replaced. The Committee secured a quote and is in the process of securing two additional quotes. George Marinos noted he spoke to a door distributor regarding the installation of fiberglass doors. The Committee will meet to assess and will report back to the Parish Council. George Vorkas reported that he discussed with the outside cleaning company our concerns regarding the quality of their services. The Committee will assess improvements and will come back to the Parish Council with recommendations. Financial Report: James Ginis presented the report for review by the Executive Committee. After discussion, Chris Katehis moved to approve the payment as reflected in the Financial Report. Lou Patrickakos seconded the motion. The motion carried with one against.
Technology Report: President Vorkas noted he has assembled a new Technology Committee. He noted that Ciprian Acatrinei is guiding us toward a new cloud based system. He secured non-profit pricing for applications from Google’s library and unlimited cloud data storage. President Vorkas reported that Ciprian Acatrinei is in the process of transitioning our email system and will be transitioning our software shortly. Our system will be updated automatically because it is will be cloud based. President Vorkas noted that Father Christopher, Father Constantin and George Marinos are working on a new website. We will move away from HTML and this will allow us to update the website easily. The Committee is communicating with WebTwo Systems, who designed several Greek Orthodox Churches and the Archdiocese’s website to assess whether the Company will develop our website. President Vorkas noted that Tony Vaccari and other Parish Council members are working to improve the sound system in the Cathedral, particularly on the north side where there are dead zones. Under consideration is working with an acoustic consultant. Planning Committee: President Vorkas reported that Spyro Georgopalis and his co-chairs John Papachristos and George Michelis are set to meet with Father Christopher and Father Constantin to kick off our Project. Entertainment Committee: President Vorkas thanked Niko Kontoleon and Anastasios Stampolis and their Committee for the work on the receptions welcoming Father Christopher and his family. Niko Kontoleon thanked Carol DePietto, Demetris Demetriou and Tina Vasilakis and all the volunteers who helped execute the receptions. He thanked the Parish Council who he noted performed very well and was praised by the community. He noted that we had 34 tables. He noted that there is another reception this Sunday for the Archbishop’s visit. He noted that St. Anna’s Philoptochos will assist. Niko Kontoleon moved for an amount not to exceed $1,500 for the reception this Sunday during the Archbishop’s visit. Lou Yeostros seconded the motion. The motion carried. Golf Outing Report: George Marinos noted that due to rain, the Golf Outing had to be postponed. The Committee determined that the best alternative date was October 12, 2017. Discussion was held regarding a potential conflict with the Greek School PTA Dance that evening. Harry Demiris moved to hold the Golf Outing on October 12, 2017. Carol DePietto seconded the motion. The motion carried with three Parish Council members voting against. Reservation Committee Report: George Marinos noted that AHEPA requested use of the Reverend Nicholas J. Magoulias Cathedral Center for their Thanksgiving Party on November 9, 2017 at 4:00pm. Anastasios Stampolis moved to approve waiver of the rental fee for use by AHEPA of the Reverend Nicholas J. Magoulias Cathedral Center on November 9 for their Thanksgiving Party. Joan Prieston seconded the motion. The motion carried. George Marinos reported that the series “Billions” requested use of the Reverend Nicholas J. Magoulias Cathedral Center and our parking lot for Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 11 am to 7 pm for the service of meals for their staff and parking of their vehicles. Chris Katehis moved that we authorize George Marinos and his subcommittee to negotiate a fee of no less than $2,500 for the use of Reverend Nicholas J. Magoulias Cathedral Center and parking lot, subject to legal review and proper insurance certificate naming the Cathedral as an additional insured. Anastasios Stampolis seconded. The motion carried. Old Business: President Vorkas noted that based on several requests, once the new website is up, we must post our Sweepstake winners in the future.
New Business: President Vorkas noted that in the past, we got two dumpsters to dispose and clean out the Cassis Building and 2 Kensington John Hajisava moved to secure a third dumpster for an amount not to exceed $1,000. Lou Patrickakos seconded the motion. The motion carried. President Vorkas inquired as to why no one claimed the television raffled off at the Festival. Harry Demiris will advise the winner. President Vorkas requested that John Papachristos, Peter Menoudakos and Steve Makrinos form a subcommittee to explore the purchase of 129 Hilton Avenue, which borders the Cathedralâ€™s northeast corner. The Golden Leaves Ball Subcommittee assessed what an appropriate gift to Father Constantin would be at the Ball for his special recognition. It was recommended that an icon of St. Paul and a Mont Blanc pen would be presented. George K. Lavas moved for approval to purchase the Mont Blanc engraved pen and a St. Paul icon with inscription. Liz Comack seconded the motion. The motion carried. George K. Lavas noted that there was a red color bleeding from the five and seven day candles. He noted that the Church Committee has moved to a plastic lined red votive candle which look exactly the same and they do not have the red color transferring to anyone holding the candle. John Hajisava inquired on the necessity of two different size votives that we offer. He asked why we cannot use a single size. The issue was referred to the Church Committee for consideration. President Vorkas noted that LIACA, AHEPA and Laconians asked for permission to publicize their events at a table during Fellowship. Liz Comack moved to permit LIACA, AHEPA and Laconian Association permission to promote their events during Fellowship Hour. Andrew Andron seconded the motion. The motion carried. There being no other new business, George Zakos moved to adjourn the meeting at 10:48 pm. Carol DePietto seconded the motion. The motion carried. Respectfully submitted, Frances T. Lutfy, Esq. Secretary Parish Council Parish Council Minutes October 19, 2017 Meeting commencement: 8:14pm Members absent: Bill Demas, Harry Demiris, John Hadjisava, Evans Lizardos, Michael Lazarakis, John Papachristos, George Vasilakis Past Presidents not present: Bill Kallinikos, Antonia Kourepinos, George K. Lavas, William Pappas, Lou Patrickakos, George P. Possas, Joan Prieston, Peter Xanthos Opening Prayer: Father Christopher led the Parish Council in an opening prayer. Upcoming events: President Vorkas noted the following events: Golden Leaves Ball on November 5, 2017 to honor Anthony Vaccari, John Mavrikis and a special recognition of Father Constantin. St. Michaelâ€™s Home Gala on November 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm. Recent events: President Vorkas noted that the LIACA dance, Laconian Association dance and AHEPA dinner where Father Constantin was the chef were very successful. Stewardship (as of September 30, 2017):
Clergy report: Father Christopher reported that the kandilia were installed today and look wonderful. He thanked Father Constantin for his efforts. Father Christopher reported that the District Clergy meeting took place with his Eminence and Bishop Andonios in attendance and went well. His Eminence did address the Archdiocese financial issues. He assured the clergy that this issue involved deficit spending and not misappropriation of funds. Father Christopher wishes to do all he can to help the situation and not feed negativity. Father Christopher is continuing to meet with ministries and organizations. Father Christopher reported that the Boy Scouts painted the vestry last week, and it looks great. Father Christopher noted that the Clergy is meeting with new couples and making sure that we personalize our services during sacraments. Father Christopher noted that we are changing the wooden shelf where votives are placed in the chapel to a marble shelf to avoid a fire hazard. The House Committee will handle this project. Father Christopher noted that in the shrine we currently have the two marble stands and one wooden stand holding our tearing icons. We are looking to replace the three stands with one larger marble stand to house all three icons. President Vorkas referred this project to the Decoration Committee who will report back. Youth Report: Father Constantin noted that the JOY and HOPE costume party is this Friday 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Father Constantin reported that there is a Youth Committee meeting on November 1, 2017. He noted that there is a coaches meeting on September 27, 2017. There are currently eight teams in the GOBL. There are three teams for GOYA and five teams for JOY. George Papazicos moved to approve the expenditure of $7,350 to pay Church GOBL entry fees for our basketball teams. Harry Monioudis seconded the motion. The motion carried. Father Constantin noted that two years ago, the Parish Council approved the expenditure of $1,500 to purchase costumes for children participating in Parathosi that represented 50% of their cost. The reimbursed was not requested or released to GOYA. Father Constantin advised that we have we have 30 GOYANs participating this year. George Hadjoglou moved to approve an expenditure of $2,600 that is 50% of the cost of purchasing 18-20 costumes for use by GOYA dance troop for Parathosi. Liz Comack seconded the motion. The motion carried. Father Constantin noted that storage problems for Little Angels, HOPE, JOY and GOYA persist. Currently, there are storage cabinets that are deteriorated beyond proper use. Father Constantin noted that the Committee would like to purchase four cabinets from Home Depot at a cost of $169 each or $676.00 total plus shipping. George Zakos moved to approve purchase of new storage cabinets for an amount not to exceed $1,000 to replace the old ones used by our Youth organizations. Anastasios Stampolis seconded the motion, and the motion carried. Treasurerâ€™s Report: President Vorkas noted that no report was presented because the Finance Committee was focused on the budget. Financial Report: The financial officers presented the report for review by the Executive Committee. After discussion, Dino Zografos moved to approve payment of the bills. Andrew Andron seconded the motion. The motion carried. Bookstore Report: Harry Monioudis reported that he is attempting to implement certain control mechanisms. He is putting together a starting inventory and working forward from September 1, 2017. Thereafter, a monthly sales
report will be generated. He will come up with a roster of what is being sold and give the Parish Council monthly report. George Zakos posed that doors should be installed on the shelves housing the books for security purposes. Fall Festival Report: Anastasios Stampolis reported that the Fall Festival went well. He noted the following: Festival income: $10,905.05 Donations: $340.00 Gross income $11,245.05 Expenses: $8,805.00 Net income $2,449.00 President Vorkas thanked Anastasios Stampolis for chairing this event. Planning Committee: Spyro Georgopalis reported that his Committee will meet with Father Christopher in November. He noted he wanted to give Father an opportunity to learn how we work and the past work of the Committee. Stewardship Committee: Liz Comack noted that the Committee had a couple of meetings with Father Christopher who provided some great ideas to strengthen our program. She advised that the Committee has sent out reminders to stewards who did not recommit and those who owe money toward their pledges. She noted that November 19th is Stewardship Sunday and this is the date we will be handing out the 2018 Steward packages to our Stewards during Fellowship Hours. She noted that during Stewardship month she will have advocates speak in the Cathedral about what Stewardship means. She noted that the Committee wishes to encourage some younger members of the community to speak. She stated that feedback on the sign in book in the narthex has been positive with more people signing the book. Liz noted that a tri-fold will be developed about the community and the Committee will post parables about Stewardship in the bulletin. Acoustics Report: Anthony Vaccari reported that he contacted four vendors, two of which were eliminated. One of the vendors that we will meet with gave us an estimate that he will honor for $3,900 to replace six speakers underneath the eaves in the sanctuary and to disconnect the speakers in the ceiling that are causing reverberation. He reported that Lou Yeostros. Father Christopher and he will meet with two of the contractors, and he will report back with their analysis. Seminary Trust Fund Report: Bill Lembo reported that he is the only member of the trust fund whose terms extends beyond December 31, 2017. He nominated Michael Gurlides, Andrew Andron, and Dino Zografos who have agreed to serve another four year term. President Vorkas requested other nominations. Being none, Bill Lembo requested that a unanimous ballot be entered for the nomination of Michael Gurlides, Andrew Andron and Dino Zografos to the seminary trust fund for a four-year term. The motion carried. Greek Independence Day Parade Report: Lou Yeostros reported that the upcoming parade is April 22, 2017. He will meet with his cochairs Niko Kontoleon and Liz Comack to organize. The Committee will attempt to get more active with the Federation to secure better placement in the Parade. He noted that we have put in bid to host the Evzones. Seminary Trust Fund Dino Zografos reported on the status of the Trust. He noted that the Trust Fund was started by four stewards on September 19, 1985. The four members, George Possas, Gus Cassis, Peter Dion and Michael Gurlides contributed $500 each to get the Fund started. Since then, through donations from the Parish Council, the 45
community and Fundraisers, like the wine-tasting at Jonathan’s Restaurant, the fund has grown to $262,000. He noted that at the last meeting, the trustees recommended a pledge of $10,000 to the Cathedral’s expansion project and $10,000 for the St. Michael’s Home through the Cathedral to help fulfill its pledge. George Papazicos moved to approve the recommendations of the trustees to pledge $10,000 each toward the Cathedral Building Project and in assisting the Cathedral to meet its pledge to St. Michael’s Home and Bill Lembo seconded the motion. The motion carried. Golf Outing: George Marinos noted that the Outing went well. There were 28 golfers and 9 people joining us for dinner. He noted total revenue of $25,730, expenses of $11,350 and net profit of $14,380. He thanked everyone that helped and in particular, Bill Lembo, Tony Vaccari, Carol DePietto, Harry Demiris and all those who generously donated. Reservations: George Marinos noted that Billions series paid us a fee of $2,500. He thanked Harry Raptakis and Fran Lutfy for their assistance. On November 11, 2017, he noted a Parishioner requested use of the Hellenic Room for a fundraiser in memory of her deceased child to raise money related to a rare birth defect. Anastasios Stampolis moved to waive the rental fee. Dean Mavrovitis seconded the motion. The motion carried. The family requested permission to distribute a flyer that they can put in the bulletin. Steve Makrinos moved for permission to circulate a flyer and to place the flyer in the bulletin. Triphon Kollitides seconded the motion. The motion carried. Nominations Report: Fran Lutfy reported that the following members are up for re-election: James Ginis, Chris Katehis, Niko Kontoleon, Steve Makrinos, George Marinos, Dean Mavrovitis, Mike Lazarakis, Tony Pantelidis and James Rigano. Triphon Kollitides has elected not to run for reelection. There are three new nominees: Edgar Ciar, Michael Georgakis, George Kakalos. Lou Yeostros moved to approve the slate of Parish Council nominees recommended by the Committee. George Zakos seconded the motion. The motion carried. She reported that three Board of Auditors that the Committee is recommending Dina Minucci, Tom Pinou and John Crokos who will be nominated off the floor. George Papazicos moved to accept the report. James Georgakis seconded the motion. The motion carried. Technology Report: President Vorkas noted that Father Christopher and he are working on updating our phone system and the voice message. He reported that the Committee is waiting on a proposal on website migration. He noted that the new laptops approved at our last meetings were received and are being updated by Cyprian. Romanian School: Father Constantin noted that there are 10 students enrolled with an additional student to possibly enroll. Our teacher is paid at the same rate as last year and her assistant/monitor will be paid $10 an hour. House Committee Report: Tony Pantelides reported as follows: Larry installed additional carbon monoxide detectors. Kandilia were successfully installed and unpaid pledged donations will be collected New lights will be installed in the vestry. President Vorkas reported as follows: A mechanical engineer will evaluate whether our HVAC system needs to be repaired or replaced because it is underpower. A report of a 100 Cathedral stair will be furnished at a future meeting. George Marinos and he undertook on behalf of the House Committee to get quotes on the repair and/or replacement of the Rixton doors in the narthex. Insurance Report: 46
Fran Lutfy reported that our insurance company has reimbursed us for cost of our cyber-attack in the amount of $7,300 and that she will pursue more reimbursements. Epistle Report: President Vorkas noted (at several meetings), the cost of the Epistle can be cut from its current level of $18,000 by relying on online circulation. James Georgakis moved to cut our printed version from 1200 to a limited print run of 150 and an online version posted. Steve Makrinos seconded the motion. The motion carried with one against. St Michaelâ€™s Fundraising President Vorkas reported that we are proceeding with the Project and the Committee will be meeting soon. Budget Report: Steve Makrinos reviewed the budget with the Parish Council in detail. After discussion, George Papazicos moved to approve the budget. Niko Kontoleon seconded the motion. The motion carried. Assessment by Archdiocese: President Vorkas reminded us that the current assessment for our Cathedral was projected to increase by 11% to 135,000. However, he noted that developments as reported to the Parish Council by Harry Raptakis means that our assessment will not be increased by 11% this year further to a Synod meetings held at the Archdiocese. The DAD will be increased overall to 7.4%. Our Cathedralâ€™s assessment will likely increase by $3,500 only. Old Business: President Vorkas advised that Niko Kontoleon is organizing a Midnight Run for the Parish Council to take place on January 29, 2018. There being no new business, George Zakos moved to adjourn the meeting at 11:14 pm. Carol DePietto seconded the motion. The motion carried. Respectfully submitted, Frances T. Lutfy, Esq. Secretary Parish Council
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