Philoptochos News from Chrisi Hopper, Former President
Charitable Donations for the Year Total $26,836.00
For new members of the Annunciation Church let me take this opportunity for a brief explanation of the Philoptochos organization. The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society is the philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and provides philanthropy through a multitude of programs. The programs make a difference in the lives locally of people as well as throughout the United States and all over the world. The Philoptochos mission is to “help the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, those with disabilities and the victims of disasters through its National, Metropolis and local chapters, nationwide. His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America called Philoptochos, “an army of nobility and the jewel of our Church”. Please consider becoming a member offering your gifts, talents and whatever amount of time you can spare to serve and assist the needy.
In order to perpetuate the good works of Philoptochos …this year a Mentoring Program was established for our youth. Philoptochos made the commitment to instill, teach, equip and motivate our youth with the skills to continue the mission statement not only with people…, but with animals as well. The program has proven effective and we thank all of our church family who lovingly supported the youth efforts.
There is no better time of year than the holiday season! Philoptochos took on the task of decorating the church and the church hall for Christmas. We also hosted a “new parish membership” luncheon which included small Christmas gifts in honor and to show our gratitude to our growing Annunciation church family. These remarkable people embraced the Greek Orthodox faith and embodied the culture, vision and soul of the church. What better way to celebrate the birth of Christ than with our new church family with whom we have grown to love.
Provided for your review is the outline of the disbursement of Philoptochos funds for 2015-16. The Philoptochos donations are broken down into local, Metropolis and National categories.
Northside Neighborhood House - $1,500.00
Chambliss Center and Home providing children with food on the weekends and summer months -$1,500.00
Chattanooga’s Neediest Cases -$500.00
Wounded Warrior Project
Monetarily donated $1,500.00
Purchased pots and pans; dishes; glass wear; and blankets for an additional $105.00
Chattanooga Room in The Inn - $500.00
Children's Advocacy Center of Hamilton County - $1,500.00
Chattanooga Community Kitchen
Monetarily donated $1,250.00
Year-round collection of clothing
Provided requested zip lock bags filled with lotion, soap, shampoo, personal hygiene items
Provided liquid Detergent for an additional $100.00
McKamey Animal Shelter
$176.00 donations in blankets; dog/cat food and dog/cat treats; chicken broth and peanut butter
Wedding Gift for brides $55.00
Visa Gift Cards were distributed totaling $2,100.00. The Visa cards were used for those in need in the community; Christmas gifts; and Thank You’s.
Youth mentoring supplies for Christmas ornaments, thinking of you handmade cards, and Valentine’s gifts for our seniors totaled $55.00. Sponsored a youth bowling party totaling $350.00 as a reward and thank you for a “Job well done”!
Gifted the Annunciation Church to assist in meeting their obligations $8,000.00
LOCAL DONATIONS TOTAL: $19,086.00
Partners in Philanthropy (offering assistance to those in need in our
Metropolis) - $100.00
Metropolis of Detroit Scholarship Fund (providing financial assistance to
persons from Metropolis of Detroit attending HC/HC - $100.00
3. Summer Camp Programs (Rose City, MI; Upstate, NY; Nashville, TN)-$100.00
4. Saint Spyridon Fund (Philoptochos offering in honor of Saint Spyridon Feast
day) - $100.00
5. Emergency Fund - $500.00
6. Friends - $500.00
METROPOLIS DONATIONS TOTAL: $1,400.00
1. Vasilopita - $800.00
2. Social Services/Cancer Fund - $25.00
3. Autism- $25.00
4. Saint Photios Shrine - $25.00
5. Support A Mission Priest - $100.00
6. OCMC (Orthodox Christian Mission Center)- $100.00
7. HC/HC Lenten Event - $25.00
8. Sisterhood of Saint Basil Academy - $25.00
9. IOCC - $200.00
10. 75th Anniversary Founders Fund - $200.00
11. OCF (Orthodox Christian Fellowship)- $25.00
12. HC/HC Scholarship Fund- $25.00
13. Retired Clergy/Widowed Presvyteres Benevolent Fund- $50.00
14. National Philoptochos Emergency Fund- $200.00
15. Ecumenical Patriarchate - $50.00
16. National Sisterhood of Presvyteres Benevolent Fund - $200.00
17. UNICEF - $25.00
18. General Medical Fund - $25.00
19. Saint Nicholas Shrine $2,700.00. Chattanooga Philoptochos was recognized
at the Metropolis of Detroit Clergy Laity as being the 1st chapter in the
Metropolis of Detroit to meet its financial obligation.
20. Aid to Greece and Cyprus - $500.00
21. Father Matthew Baker fund (family in need) – donated $1,000.00.
22. Other Major Illness Fund - $25.00
NATIONAL DONATIONS TOTAL: $6,350.00
Our total disbursement of money came to $26,836.00. I am proud to announce this year Philoptochos put in place an Emergency Fund of $3,000.00; and is in the process of establishing the rules for an Endowment College Scholarship Fund. In addition the Philoptochos books were audited by Jefferson Wells, CPA….a firm not affiliated with parties belonging to the Annunciation church. Our Philoptochos membership grew with six new members joining our “special” family….amazing!
The time has come to pass the mantle of leadership. Club officers play an important role in helping a club become and remain active and successful. It is my hope those of you who have the heart to come forth and self-nominate …taking an officer position. Betsy Corum, a new member, has volunteered to be Vice President; Connie Lee has volunteered to be Corresponding Secretary…thank you! Positions available are President, Recording Secretary, and Treasurer.
For those in our church family who are not members… we invite you to become a member of Philoptochos. There are awesome benefits to making a commitment to God in joining the right-hand arm of the church. We welcome new ideas and would look forward to working with you to advance the goals and programs of Philoptochos. It is our goal to broaden our assistance in the Chattanooga community. Please consider offering your gifts and talents to Philoptochos…….we appreciate whatever time …great or small…you are able to offer.
I want to thank the Philoptochos membership and committee chairs for the support, encouragement and information offered over the year to me. A special thank you and much admiration to my board members…Faye, Callie, Presvytera Thea and Donna for a splendid job in everything you undertook!!! Philoptochos had a successful year primarily due to your organizational abilities, creativity, and interpersonal skills.
I will think of my year as president with affection and gratitude to all. Your suggestions were as helpful as they were welcome; thank you. It was a very successful, busy and fun year!
With love and affection,
Floros & Lauros the Monk-martyrs of Illyria; Hermos the Martyr; Leontus the martyr; John & George, Patriarchs of Constantinople; Relics of Arsenios the Righteous of Paros; Afterfeast of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary; Constantine the New Martyr of Capua; Matthew the New Martyr of Gerakari