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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 09 June 2018
COMMUNITY 4 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 9 JUNE 2018 New board for the Lemnian Community of Victoria Phillip Diamataris elected president The Lemnian Community of Victoria elected a new committee on Sunday, at the organisation's Annual General Meeting. Two days later the new committee, consisting of 11 members: Penny Angelidis, Jim Karambourniotis, Phillip Diamataris, George Giannaros, Nick Siderellis, Con Tamvakis, Nick Kydas, Sophie Siderellis, Michael Tamvakis, Harry Constandaras and Angelo Tsaptsalis, convened to elect their executive officers. Phillip Diamataris was elected president and treasurer, with Jim Karambourniotis becoming vice-president and Penny Angelidis secretary. This new committee represents a generational shift for the organisation, one of the staples of the broader Greek Community. Following the election, Mr Diamataris, who is also known for his role as match commissioner for the Football Federation of Australia, said: "We have been given an incredible vote of confidence by the record number of members who came [to] the clubrooms to vote on Sunday. With that honour comes an enormous responsibility to ensure we deliver on our promise to make the Lemnian Community of Victoria great again." He then went on to present his vision for the organisation: "A key to our vision is to reconnect with the 'lost generation of Lemnians' and also open our arms to the wider community," he said. “We must re-establish the Lemnian Community of Victoria as the leading Greek Community organisation and ensure that is survives well into the future." DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM 90-year-old yiayia receives Local Legend Award in Australia Kyriakoula Kontakos was acknowledged for her tireless contribution to the community over 40 years THEODORA MAIOS It was a once-in-a-lifetime moment for yiayia Kyriakoula Kontakos when Federal Member for Port Adelaide Mark Butler awarded her his annual Local Legend Award in acknowledgement of her extraordinary contribution to the community during her 40 years of service. "I am overwhelmed with joy when I help people around me," the 90-year-old told Neos Kosmos. Kyriakoula was born in 1928 in a small village outside of Neapoli in the prefecture of Lakonia in the southeastern Peloponnese. While she didn't have the opportunity to obtain any formal education, she says she has learnt a lot through her life experiences. "I learned the biggest and most important lesson; to be kind and generous towards people, particularly those in need," she says. Philip Diamataris, newly elected president of the Lemnian Community of Victoria, is also match commissioner for the FFA. "My family back in the village was really poor. I was one of eight siblings and had to work very hard from a really young age to contribute to the household and support my family, until my parents decided it was time for me to get married," she revealed. "My husband then convinced me to move to Australia because in those post-war years in Greece the conditions were incredibly difficult. Years of occupation had resulted in extreme poverty and high unemployment, which deprived us from any real opportunities." Kyriakoula Kontakos with two young volunteers who also received Local Legend Awards. Yiayia Kyriakoula married in Greece in 1949 and migrated to Australia in 1954, and recalls spending her first few years here working day and night as a cook in restaurants around Adelaide. "[I worked] with the sole purpose of providing my three children with an education and a more promising future. At the same time, I promised myself that as soon as my children stood on their own two feet and managed their future, I would dedicate the rest of my life to charity," she said. "Work doesn't scare me. If anything, it makes me feel alive and strong and I take offence when people tell me to slow down. "I don't want to slow down. I just want to connect with people, learn about their stories and assist in any way I can because I know that the one thing that matters in the life of a human being is to be able to experience love and care." Interestingly, yiayia Kyriakoula, whose humanitarian work extends across Australia, Africa and Greece, believes work isn't what makes people tired, but on the contrary it energises them making them feel alive and strong. "It's loneliness, sadness and heartache that makes people Women’s festivals in the Hellenistic Period As part of the weekly Greek History and Culture Seminars series at the Greek Centre, Dr Kate McLardy re-examines ancient women’s rituals, and their importance Local historian Dr Kate McLardy is fascinated by the Thesmophoria and the Adonia: two women's festivals that took place in the Hellenistic Period. The Thesmophoria was an annual autumn festival in honour of the goddess Demeter, and was celebrated by married Athenian women citizens. The Adonia was a festival more widely celebrated by women from all backgrounds and statuses, and was an an- nual event involving dancing and singing, the planting of quick-growing plants, and other rituals in honour of Adonis, the short-lived consort of Aphrodite. On Thursday 14 June, Dr McLardy will present a lecture at the Greek Centre focusing on how these festivals can be reconstructed. She considers both their evolution over time and place and, crucially, the impact that these festivals would have had on the women who celebrated them. She utilises surviving literary as well as epigraphic, archaeological and iconographic evidence. Dr McLardy stresses the importance of recognising that rituals such as the Thesmophoria and the Adonia were multifaceted and require broad study in order to comprehend how ancient women's rituals really worked within their historical contexts. Her research draws from a number of different disciplines in order to shed new light on these festivals by considering them from different perspectives. Her theoretical model emphasises the experience of the ancient participants, and through the functions of the festivals she seeks to identify the effect such events had on ancient Greek women and their broader communities. The Greek History and Cul- ture Seminars series is organised and hosted by the Greek Community of Melbourne, and provides the opportunity for everyone to experience the long and fascinating history of Greece and Greek culture in its various forms and stages. All seminars are free and open to the general public. *Dr Kate McLardy recently completed her PhD at Monash University. Although a Classicist, her MA was in Ancient History and she did honours in Egyptology as well as Classics which sparked her interest in interdisciplinary methods of examining the Classical evidence. ‘Women’s Festivals in the Hellenistic Period: An Interdisciplinary Approach’ When: Thursday 14 June at 7.00 pm. Where: Greek Centre (168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, VIC) Find out more at greekcommunity.com.au get sick and feel tired, therefore, I encourage everyone to get involved in their community and become a volunteer so that they can feel useful and offer their assistance to those in need. We can all make a difference if we want to," she said. To this day, Kyriakoula chooses to wear second-hand clothes and leads an extremely humble life, and says that she lives on the bare minimum so she can save and then "give away my money to those less fortunate". She has demonstrated this philanthropy as one of the longest serving volunteers at the Greek Orthodox Community of Port Adelaide, with 26 years of service under her belt. "Our own Kyriakoula is a daily inspiration to all of us," Port Adelaide Greek Community president John Douvartzidis told Neos Kosmos. "Her selfless deeds and attitude drives us all to be better people for our community. "We are truly blessed to have her amongst us and we will miss her now as she embarks on her three month holiday." Yiayia Kyriakoula has already packed her suitcases and is ready for her next adventure, heading back to Greece to visit her extended family. "Nothing scares me," she says. "I am strong and healthy and even if something was to happen to me and I fell down, I would do what I have learnt to do all my life; brush myself off, get back up and keep going."
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