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2018 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention

“All things are possible to the one who believes in Christ.” …Mark 9:23 

July 1 – 5, 2018

Boston, Massachusetts

Delegates of the 2018 National Philoptochos Convention participating in Rise Against Hunger – contributing 10,000 meals towards hunger relief internationally

From left to right: Convention Co-Chair Elaine Zetes, AGAPE Award Co-Chair Jeannie Ranglas, and

Convention Co-Chair Barbara Pasalis

AGAPE Award Breakfast

“She extends her hand to the poor, yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.” …Proverbs 31:20

Pictured from left to right (top row): Maria Logus, Elaine Cladis, Martha Stefanidakis, and Jeannie Ranglas; bottom row: Cassandra Rinaldi, Bessie Papigiotis, Evangeline Bozikis, Theone Dickos (accepted award for Cynthia Hackett), His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America, Klea Kappos, Assimo Kitsos, Stella Wacker, Kathy Bastas, and  Andrea Despina George Tiggas

On Wednesday, July 4, nine women were honored as part of the 2018 AGAPE Awards.  The Award stands for All Generations Accomplishing Philanthropic Endeavors. These women are an inspiration, giving of their time and talent to help those most in need and going above and beyond in their humanitarian endeavors. Please join us in congratulating this year’s AGAPE Award winners! Click on the names below for each woman’s biography of philanthropic works.

To see more pictures of the 2018 AGAPE Awards on the National Philoptochos Facebook page, please click here.

Guest Speakers

Denise Garlick, MA State Representative

Spoke about the Opioid Epidemic

JoNell Efantis-Potter, PhD., Program Director, THRIVE Clinic, Miami, FL

THRIVE Clinic  treats the health care needs of survivors of human trafficking

Tim Tassopoulos, President and COO of Chic-fil-A

Presented an interactive talk on servant leadership, encouraging delegates to think about what skills are needed to grow as a leader themselves and to grow other leaders within Philoptochos.

Tim Tassopoulos’ presentation: Dare to Serve

Tim Tassopoulos’ Dare to Serve handout

Despina Kartson, author of Last Night’s Soup Run: Feeding the Hungry and Homeless

Presented personal reflections of her experiences feeding the needy and congratulated Philoptochos for its Feed the Hungry program.

Amy Sarma, MD, Corrigan Women’s Heart Health Program, Massachusetts General Hospital

As part of the National Philoptochos Women’s Health Initiative, she educated delegates on the causes, symptoms and treatment of heart disease, as well as the differences between heart disease in women vs. men.

Part One:


Part Two:

Rev. Nicholas Louh of Ancient Faith Radio’s “Healthy Minds Healthy Souls”

Educational Initiatives

  • Stop Bullying in Your Community
  • Be Safe, Be Smart- Using Technology Safely
  • Women’s Health Initiative
  • Alzheimer’s Disease: Awareness, Understanding, Support & Care
  • Inclusion MinistriesTo learn more about these Educational Initiatives, please visit: http://philoptochos.org/outreach/educational-initiatives/

Chapter Challenges

2018 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention Agenda

National Philoptochos Society Awards Program

National Philoptochos Society Chapter Awards

Click here for the PDF version of the above presentation.

National Philoptochos Society Chapter Awards for 100% Commitment

Click here for the PDF version of the above presentation.

Feeding the Hungry Initiative: Superman & Millionth Meal Winner

Click here for the PDF version of the above presentation.

Interactive Discussion Sessions


National Philoptochos Society

2016 – 2018 Metropolis Presidents’ Reports

Social Services


Please share your videos and pictures of the 2018 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention using the hashtag: #PhiloStrong

We will be using this hashtag throughout the Convention and believe it will be a great way for us to connect on social media. It’s also a great way to share your experience with those who couldn’t make it.

2018 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention Committee List



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