Northwest and Pacific Notes – July 2017

Seattle AHEPANS honored for their many years of membership
(Photo by George Apostolou)

AHEPA CONCLAVE: The 86th Annual District AHEPA Convention of Firwood District 22 covering Oregon and Washington States was held June 23, 24, & 25 at the Silver Reef Hotel and Casino in Ferndale, WA. Highlights were the meetings of the individual AHEPA family groups, the Scholarship Awards Luncheon, and Greek Night Dinner Dance—all on Saturday. Sunday Divine Liturgy was at St. Sophia Church in Bellingham.

GREEK FESTIVAL: The Church of the Assumption in Seattle held its annual springtime “Bite of Greece” at the church on June 2-4, with food, dancing, marketplace, and church tours.

The 125 honorees at the Greeks in Washington recognition dinner
(Photo by Clifford T. Argue)

RECOGNITION DINNER: One hundred twenty-five Greek-Americans gathered at Seattle’s Church of the Assumption community hall at a dinner given by The Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State (aka Greeks in Washington) to honor and thank them for sharing their family stories and photos in the online “museum without walls.” The event was given jointly with AHEPA. Museum Treasurer Nick Diafos, in chairing the event, presented gifts of appreciation to the museum founders and interviewers John and Joann Nicon, and to editor Helen Georges for their ongoing devotion to the project. Ted Maroutsos also has given copious hours as web administrator. An active board of directors and advisors supports the work. A gift of appreciation also was presented to the Nicons by John T. John of the Hellenes of the Northwest which is the founding body of the Hellenic Studies program at the University of Washington. See www.greeksinwashington.com for the vast array of interviews and exhibits.

Honoring the founders of Greeks in Washington (Photo by Clifford T. Argue)

At the dinner, 16 AHEPANS of the Juan de Fuca Chapter with 35 or more years of membership received certificates. Those recognized were Ted Christou (54 years), George Constantine (38), Jerry A. Costacos (71), Christos Dagadakis (43), Petros N. Farmasonis (55), Terry N. Karis (54), Dean A. Lentgis (56), John A. Limantzakis (45), Louis Malesis (45), Jim Markezinis (55), Thomas Rakus (44), Arthur G. Saridakis (68), George S. Serpanos (54), John A. Stavros (69), Harry Tourekis (45), and John Tziotis (35) – a combined total of 831 years of AHEPA service!

Professor and Author James Kakalios

EVERYDAY PHYSICS: James Kakalios, the Taylor Distinguished Physics Professor at the University of Minnesota, came to University Book Store in Seattle for a lively discussion about his brand-new book, The Physics of Everyday Things: The Extraordinary Science Behind an Ordinary Day. Therein, Kakalios reveals the mind-bending science behind the seemingly basic things that keep our daily lives running, from our smart phones and digital “clouds” to x-ray machines and hybrid vehicles. Kakalios, a dynamic storyteller and author of several bestselling books, is a consultant to the movie and comic book industry regarding the feasibility of what superheroes are shown doing.

Scouting Medal recipients James (left) and Luke Hillhouse with their parents Fr. Vasilios and Presvytera Maria Hillhouse
(Photo Credit: Mihaela Bratulescu)

SCOUTING AWARDS: At Holy Transfiguration Church in Anchorage, Luke Hillhouse earned the Boy Scout Chi-Rho Medal, and James Hillhouse, the St. George Medal. The boys are the sons of Fr. Vasilios and Presvytera Maria Hillhouse. The awards, unique to the Orthodox faith, require robust spiritual and philanthropic activities set by the Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting (www.eocs.org) in cooperation with both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts organizations. It is a meaningful way for our youth to learn more about their faith and at the same time witness to the faith to others both in the parishes and to their peers in general.

LECTURERS: The Letters of St. John Chrysostom to St. Olympia were recently translated from the original Greek by Dr. David Ford, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Church History at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Johnstown, PA. He and his wife, Dr. Mary Ford, Ph.D., Associate Professor of New Testament at St. Tikhon’s, both internationally known authors and speakers, were at St. Nicholas Church in Tacoma, WA, on June 16. In that St. John’s message is just as meaningful today as it was centuries ago, David Ford spoke about the seven methods St. John gave to St. Olympia for rising above despondency.

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