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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 22 December 2018
6 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 22 DECEMBER 2018 NEWS The Greek Community of The Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) held Melbourne (GCM) held its 121st Annual General its 121st Annual General Meeting at the Andriana- Meeting at the Andrianakos Centre at its Alphin- In a meeting attended by approximately 150 mem- financial year of operations of the GCM. kos Centre at its Alphington Grammar School last Sunday 16 December. gton Grammar School last Sunday 16 December. In a meeting attended b approximately 150 members, the Board of Manage- ment reported on the past financial year of operations of the GCM. Hon Secretary Costas Markos, read the 2017 minutes followed by the Com- munity's financials and reports. ports. Meanwhile, Treasurer bers, the Board of Management reported on the past Hon Secretary Costas Markos, read the 2017 minutes follo ed b the Community's financials and re- Meanwhile, Treasurer and Associate Professor and Associate Professor Marinis Pirpiris, flanked the new Auditor's rep- resentative from the wellregarded firm of Price aterhouse Coopers, pre- ing the rigorous audit that the GCM had just been sub- Marinis Pirpiris, flanked by the new Auditor's representative from the well- regarded firm of Price Waterhouse Coopers, presented the financials not- President Bill Papastergiadis then tabled his report some of the highlights and initiatives of the GCM in Community continued to lead in education, cultural content and advocacy. We increased our investment in culture and educa- ""We increased our invest- ment in culture and education," he said highlighting tion," he said highlighting the outstanding outcomes the outstanding outcomes in the recent VCE results es at Narre Warren, Point Cook and South Morang. He then took the oppor- Dallas and under the management of Manos Tzim- agement of Manos Tzimpragos. in the recent VCE results and the success of the and the success of the Community's new campus- Community's new campuses at Narre Warren, Point Cook and South Morang. He then took the opportunity to congratulate the Education team led by Theo Markos and Nick Dallas and under the man- tunity to congratulate the Education team led Theo Markos and Nick pragos. With regard to cultural activity, Mr Papastergiadis the initiatives of the past year which included:ear which included: -The exceptional productions staged b The exceptional productions staged by the Community's Centre for Drama the Com- munity's Centre for Drama and Arts and Arts -The 2018 Lonsdale Street Greek festival that played The 2018 Lonsdale Street Greek festival that played GCM elections to be held on 20 January 2019 The Electoral Committee of the GCM elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the members of the GCM met on Monday evening at the Greek Centre, to set the date and the details for the elections for the new Board of Management. The Committee decided that the elections will be held on Sunday 20 January 2019 at the Andrianakos Centre, Alphington Grammar School. PHOTO: KOSTAS DEVES The Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria held its Annual Christmas party on Thursday at the Greek Centre on Lonsdale Street. The event was attended by the Greek Consul General in Melbourne Dimitrios Michalopoulos and several Greek Community officials. The evening culminated with an award ceremony seeing ith regard to cultural activity, Mr Papastergiadis went on to stress a f w ofent on to stress a few of the initiatives of the past sented the financials noting the rigorous audit that the GCM had just been subjected to.jected to. President Bill Papastergi- adis then tabled his report on behalf of his Board and initiatives of the GCM in 2017/18 noting that the on behalf of his Board and proceeded to run through proceeded to run through some of the highlights and 2017/18 noting that the Community continued to lead in education, cultural content and advocacy to o er 100,000 people and eatured Giannis Haroulis bourne International Comedy Festival at the Greek Centre – Australia's largest cultural e nt that had em- its key venues. -The regular Live at the edy Festival at the Greek Centre – Australia's largest cultural event that had embraced the "Greek" as one if to over 100,000 people and Greek presentations celefeatured Giannis Haroulis and the Momogeroi Greek presentations celebrating Greek music and the Momogeroi -The staging of the Mel- brating Greek music -The 25th Greek Film Fes- The staging of the Mel- tival which in itself no bourne International Com- braced the "Greek" as one if its key venues. eatures the much-heralded Student Short Film Festival and the Short Film festival -The exceptional lectures and seminars that are The regular Live at the out the year staged weekly all throughout the year The Annual General Meeting outlines 2018 achievements and goals for 2019 -The live Skype inter- an community, such as the The live Skype inter- an community, such as the view with acclaimed Ira- The 25th Greek Film Festival which in itself now features the much-heralded Student Short Film Festival and the Short Film festival The exceptional lectures and seminars that are staged weekly all through- view with acclaimed Iranian journalist and refugee e have created an organisation that has become a major player in the Greek community, offering ser- community, offering services for all Greeks as well special e ent for the refu- nian journalist and refugee Behrouz Boochani from Behrouz Boochani from Manus Island Manus Island "W"We have created an or- ganisation that has become a major player in the Greek vices for all Greeks as well as for the wider Australi- special event for the refugees in cooperation with tion institutions and cultural organisations," added tural organisations," added Mr Papastergiadis. as for the wider Australi- has become a touchstone fact that the Community has become a touchstone gees in cooperation with Australia's higher educa- Australia's higher education institutions and cul- Mr Papastergiadis. Moving forward, the GCM Moving forward, the GCM president underlined the fact that the Community DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM 121st year of operations GCM reports on its for state and Federal govederal ministers and ernments. "F"Federal ministers and politicians, such as most recently Alan Tudge, visited the Greek Centre and congratulated the GCM f its achie ements and activities, while others, in- or state and Federal governments. politicians, such as most recently Alan Tudge, visited the Greek Centre and congratulated the GCM for its achievements and ac- tivities, while others, including the Prime Minis- before tabling two of the declared items for consid- declared items for consideration. eration. The first, saw the Board The first, saw the Board tasked with establishing a tasked with establishing a Committee to review the GCM Constitution and the second was an undertaking to examine how the GCM can incorporate the history Committee to review the GCM Constitution and the second was an undertaking to examine how the GCM can incorporate the history of the GCM in its Educa- of the GCM in its Education programs. tion programs. The meeting then turned to the procedural matters that occupy it every three ears with Mr Markos reading the names of the members that had nomi- members that had nominated for the GCM Board. These were: Tas Sgardelis, Georgina P, president underlined the Costas Markos nated for the GCM Board. These were: Tas Sgardelis Georgina Pattas Bill Pa-attas, Bill P, pastergiadis Nikos Koukouvitakis, Theo Markos, mmy pastergiadis, Nikos Kouk, ouvitakis, Theo Markos, Costas Markos, T, Tammy Iliou, Marinis Pirpiris, Iliou, Marinis Pirpiris, Philip Vassiliadis, Leoni- das Vlahakis, Angela Georgalis, Vasso Zagalis, Voula tris Bossinakis, Nick Dallas, Spiros Papadopoulos, oumis, Michalis Houdalakis and Christos Tsirkas. Given that there were Kallianis, Michael Karamitos, Alexis Costa, Dimi- Philip Vassiliadis, Leonidas Vlahakis, Angela Geor- galis, Vasso Zagalis, Voula Kallianis, Michael Karam- itos, Alexis Costa, Dimitris Bossinakis, Nick Dal- las, Spiros Papadopoulos, Christos Sikavitsas, Stella apas, Christos Fifis, Nontas Tsitas, Kostas Tsak- Christos Sikavitsas, Stella Papas, Christos Fifis, Nontas Tsitas, Kostas Tsak oumis, Michalis Houdala- kis and Christos Tsirkas. Given that there were more nominees than Board positions an election was triggered and as such nom- inations were called for an Electoral Committee to be ormed with Paul Mav- more nominees than Board positions an election was triggered and as such nominations were called for an Electoral Committee to be formed with Paul Mavroudis (President), Nikos oulakos (Secretary), Makis Hatzilepos, Chrysoula Stamopoulos, Costas K, roudis (President), Nikos Poulakos (Secretary), Makis Hatzilepos, Chrysoula Stamopoulos Costas Kyritsis, Anastasios Kalamovra- sis, Anastasios Kalamovrakas, Christos Kalavrytinos, Cathy Alexopoulos and Savvas Grigoropoulos all being appointed. the students that excelled in Modern and Ancient Greeks receive distinctions and prizes. The meeting then turned to the procedural matters that occupy it e ery three years with Mr Markos reading the names of the cluding the Prime Minister, Premier and Ministers are always present at our ents," he stressed, ter, Premier and Ministers are always present at our major ejma or events " he stressed before tabling two of the rit- kas, Christos Kalavrytinos, Cathy Alexopoulos and Savvas Grigoropoulos all being appointed.
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