L100 in Action - Issue #5 (Fall 2019)
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Fall 2019| Issue #5

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His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros cuts cake presented for his Name Day at Leadership 100 Executive Committee meeting.

Archbishop Elpidophoros Inspires Leadership 100 Executive Committee and Board of Trustees As it Elects Officers and Members

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, meeting for the first time with the Leadership 100 Executive Committee and Board of Trustees, November 7 and 8, 2019 in New York City, inspired both groups with his forthright manner and his vision for the future of the Church. Formally welcomed by Leadership 100 Chairman Argyris Vassiliou, the Archbishop praised Leadership 100 for perpetuating the legacy of Archbishop Iakovos and providing generous support of the Archdiocese for 35 years.

“Your dedication to the legacy of Archbishop Iakovos of Blessed Memory, your Founder and my inspiration, gives me great hope in taking up the awesome responsibilities of leading the Church in America. I want to assure you that the Ecumenical Patriarch and I are both aware of the generous support Leadership 100 has offered to the Archdiocese and to the National Ministries. We should always be mindful that we are ONE Archdiocese here in America working together for the perpetuation of our Orthodox Faith and Hellenism. Leadership 100 continues to play a vital role,” His Eminence stated.

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National Leadership 100 Sunday Chairman Ted Zampetis addresses parish of St. Nicholas Church, Troy, Michigan as Fr. Stratton Dorozenski looks on.
 

National Leadership 100 Sunday Observered For Eleventh Year

National Leadership 100 Sunday was observed across the country for the eleventh year on October 20, 2019. The celebration is held on the Sunday closest to the Feast of Saint Iakovos on October 23, in honor of the Founder of Leadership 100, Archbishop Iakovos of Blessed Memory.

“National Leadership 100 Sunday continues to demonstrate the essential role of Leadership 100 in our Church and Community, consistently providing support for our Archdiocese for the last 35 years,” said Argyris Vassiliou, Chairman of Leadership 100. Theodore K. Zampetis, a member of the Executive Committee and Chairman of the National Membership Committee served as National Leadership 100 Sunday Chairman for the eighth consecutive year.

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Tim Tassopoulos.

 

Tim Tassopoulos, President and COO of Chick-fil-A, To lead Business Forum at Leadership 100 Conference

Tim Tassopoulos, President and Chief Operating Officer of Chick-fil-A, Inc. will lead the Business Forum on Thursday, February 20, at the 29th Annual Leadership 100 Conference, February 20 to 23, 2020, at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida.

Tassopoulos began his 40-year career at Chick-fil-A as an hourly restaurant team member and was appointed as President and Chief Operating Officer in 2016. He has served as Director of Field Operations, Vice President of Operations, Senior Vice President of Operations, and, most recently, Executive Vice President of Operations.

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Fr. Jim Kordaris.

 

Fr. Jim Kordaris, Director of Stewardship, Outreach and Evangelism, to lead Opening Forum at Leadership 100 Conference

Fr. Jim Kordaris, who serves the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America as Director of Stewardship, Outreach & Evangelism, will lead the Opening Forum on February 20, at the 29th Annual Leadership 100 Conference, February 20 to 23, 2020, at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida.

Fr. Jim was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. At St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis, under the spiritual leadership of Fr. Anthony Coniaris, he served in many capacities. In his youth he attended Sunday School and served as altar boy. As an adult, Fr. Jim served on the parish council including two years as president. He also served the parish as Bible Study leader, camp counselor, IOCC coordinator, Festival Co-Chair and Stewardship Committee Chair.

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Archbishop Elpidophoros at Investiture of Archons 2019.

Archbishop Elpidophoros Presides at Investiture of Twenty-Four New Archons

The Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, in the presence of His Beatitude Metropolitan Epiphaniy of Kyiv and All Ukraine, presided at the Investiture of twenty-four new Archons from throughout the United States, following the Divine Liturgy at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, on Sunday, October 20, 2019. Nine of the new Archons are members of Leadership 100.

His Eminence in his address to the new Archons, stated: “Today is truly a day of rejoicing in the Church, for we embrace new Archons of the Ecumenical Throne – new defenders of the Faith, who have committed themselves to the Great Church of Christ with all their heart, soul and mind. As you wear the Archon cross, the insignia of your devotion, so you will be called to bear the Cross of the Lord, and to live sacrificially for the Mother Church of Constantinople.”

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Archbishop Elpidophoros and National Commander Dr. Anthony J. Limberakis present The Nicholas J. Bouras Award to John Zavitsanos.

John S. Zavitsanos Presented with The Nicholas J. Bouras Award for Extraordinary Archon Stewardship

John S. Zavitsanos, Archon Ekdikos and a prominent member of Leadership 100 was presented with The Nicholas J. Bouras Award for Extraordinary Archon Stewardship for his outstanding service to the Orthodox Church as an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople on October 18, 2019 by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America and the National Commander of the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Dr. Anthony J. Limberakis. The ceremony at the New York Metropolitan Club was part of the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle’s annual three-day assembly, Archon Weekend.

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(L-R) John P. Calamos Sr., Angelo and Sophia Tsakopoulos, Dean Metropoulos, Dr. George Korkos, Drake Behrakis and Aris Halikias.

National Hellenic Society Honors Angelo and Sophia Tsakopoulos and Dr. George Korkos

The National Hellenic Society (NHS) honored longtime Leadership 100 members Angelo and Sophia Tsakopoulos and Dr. George Korkos, a co-founder of the NHS, at its 10th Annual Heritage Weekend and Classic Conference, October 10 to 13, in Santa Monica, California. The Tsakopoulos couple and Dr. Korkos were honored for their efforts in promoting Hellenism at the NHS awards gala.

Besides honoring important members of the Greek American community, NHS members also celebrated the NHS Heritage Greece program, which has sent more than five hundred Greek American students to Greece.

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(L-R) Lily Bentas, WWII Veteran Tim Bentas and Sister Therese Antone..

Oxi Day Foundation Presents Courage and Service Awards At National WW II Memorial in Washington

The Washington Oxi Day Foundation presented Courage and Service Awards at the National WWII Memorial in Washington, DC on October 24, 2019. Vasilios S. Haseotes, founder of Cumberland Farms, was honored posthumously for his service to the country in WWI with the 2019 Oxi Service Award. Alex G. Spanos was also honored posthumously for his service to the country in WWII with the 2019 Oxi Service Award, and John P. Calamos, Sr. was honored for his service to the country in the Vietnam War and to the Greek American community with the 2019 Michael Jaharis Service Award.

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George Behrakis & Dean Metropoulos Honored on Greek Postage Stamp

George Behrakis & Dean Metropoulos Honored on Greek Postage Stamp

Congratulations to Leadership 100 Chairman Emeritus George Behrakis and longtime member Dean Metropoulos on being honored on Greece's newest postage stamps! Both Behrakis and Metropoulos received this honor in appreciation of their vast contributions to Greece and Hellenism over the years.ity for setting an example not only of professional excellence but of selfless service to others, which is the ultimate definition of the ideals of Hellenism,” AHI President Nick Larigakis said.

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