L100 in Action - Issue #6 (June 2009)

June 2009 | Issue #6

News In Action

Grant Distributions
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The Leadership 100 Board of Directors at its meeting in New York City on May 29, 2009 voted unanimously to fund its grant commitments for 2008, 2009 and 2010 for a total of $2 million. Total grant commitments since the inception of the organization in 1984 will now reach $30 million in 2010, an average of $1.2 million a year.

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Leadership 100 News

Peter J. Pappas, right with Angelo and Christine Coutris

New York Membership Event

Leadership 100 members and prospects, 60 in all, were hosted once again at Kellari’s Parea in the Gramercy Park section of New York City on Thursday, May 28, to continue the 25th Anniversary Membership Campaign into 2009, with a goal of 50 members. Last year, a similar event helped the 2008 goal reach 50 new members. Peter J. Pappas, Membership Chairman for the Direct Archdiocesan District and co-owner of the restaurant with James, George and Peter Pantelidis (who, together with Pappas, co-hosted the event), served as Master of Ceremonies for the evening.

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Archbishop Demetrios Blesses New OCMC Building

OCMC Dedicates New Building

The new Orthodox Christian Mission Center’s (OCMC) Archbishop Anastasios and Archbishop Demetrios Missionary Training and Administration Building was dedicated during the two-day festivities of May 20-21 in St. Augustine, Florida. The new building was named in honor of Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana, Durres, and All Albania and Archbishop Demetrios of America, who led the ceremonies. Archbishop Demetrios presided over the service along with Archbishop Anastasios and Metropolitan Jonah, the leading hierarch of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA). Leadership 100 assisted in the start up funding of the OCMC, providing a total of $791,000 in grants, according to Paulette Polulos, Acting Executive Director of the organization, who attended the ceremonies. In addition, Lou Nicozisis, a member of the Leadership 100 Executive Committee, and Helen Nicozisis, a member of Leadership 100 and former President and current member of the OCMC Board of Directors, along with L100 members John Daskalakis and Cina Daskalakis, also a member of the OCMC Board of Directors, were recognized for their untiring efforts in raising funds for the new building and coordinating the ceremonies.

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Member News
John & Margo Catsimatidis with the Holy Trinity Award

Cathedral Honors Catsimatidis Couple
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York presented John and Margo Catsimatidis, long-time members of Leadership 100, with the 25th Holy Trinity Award at the 74th Annual Cathedral Gala on June 7. Noted for their business and charitable leadership, John and Margo, received commendations of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, U.S. Representative Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe of Maine, Governor Edward G. Rendell of Pennsylvania and many other notables and organizations.
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Thomas L. Demakes
Demakes Elected to Board of Trustees
Thomas L. Demakes of Swampscott, MA, National Membership Chairman of Leadership 100, was elected to the Board of Trustees to fill the vacancy of George D. Behrakis, who was designated a life-time Chairman Emeritus joining his predecessor as Chairman, John A. Payiavlas, and the five life-time Founders, Andrew A. Athens, Arthur C. Anton, George K. Chimples, Peter M. Dion and Michael Jaharis (Payiavlas and Behrakis replaced two of the deceased founders, George P. Kokalis and Thomas A. Athens). » Read More
Peter P. Parthenis
Parthenis Named Chairman of Strategy and Planning Committee
Peter P. Parthenis of Inverness, IL was appointed Chairman of the newly-formed Strategy and Planning Committee by Stephen G. Yeonas, Leadership 100 Chairman. The new committee will develop a five-year strategic plan for the institutional advancement of Leadership 100 in all areas, including membership growth, finances, organization and management and communications. » Read More
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