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1998 St. Basil Board of Trustrees discusses Initiatives for Future Ministry of Academy

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Feb 20, 1998


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For Immediate Release:


New York, NY - His Eminence Archbishop Spyridon, Chairman, presided at the first meeting of the newly appointed Board of Trustees of St. Basil Academy on February 12 at the Archdiocese. Led by Dr. Steven Gounardes, president, the Board includes: Dr. Dean Vafiades, vice president; Dr. H.S. Kostakopoulos,treasurer; Mrs. Carol Contos, secretary and Nicholas Chahalis, William Chirgotis, the Rev. Basil Gregory,Nicholas Hatzopoulos, Peter Kakoyiannis, Mrs. Georgia Kaloidis, Elias Kulukundis, Mrs. Aspasia Melis, Presvytera Margaret Orfanakos, Panicos Papanicolaou, Mrs. Fannie Petallides-Holliday, Mrs.Irene Philip, Dr. Nicholas Rallis, the Rev. Dimitrios Recachinas, the Very Rev. Savas Zemibllas and the Very Rev. Sylvester Berberis, Executive Director of St. Basil Academy.

St. Basil Academy currently provides a “home away from home” for 23 children and anticipates the arrival of two more in the near future. Board members voiced their support of the continuing effort to encourage all parish priests and Philoptochos chapters to refer the names of children to the Academy who are in need of love and support .

Reports presented to the Board confirmed that the children of the Academy are enjoying family life on campus, while at the same time receiving professional assistance regarding their academic work. The students of the Academy continue to attend public school off campus, and the Board was pleased to hear that two of the Academy children had been elected as “student of the month”.

Newly hired staff include a full time Clinically Certified Master of Social Work and a full time professional responsible for all programs and activities for the children. The staff also includes part time teachers who specialize in art, drama, Greek dance and music, as the Academy strives to instill in its students a love and appreciation for their Greek Orthodox faith and Hellenic traditions and values.

His Eminence Archbishop Spyridon, Father Berberis and Dr. Gounardes gratefully acknowledged the constant and generous support offered by the Philoptochos Society in order to secure and develop the ministry of this most crucial institution of our Church in America. It was also reported that many individuals and groups work with great dedication to advance the mission of Saint Basil’s , including, for example, the children of the Transfiguration parish of Corona,NY who collected over $400 for the Academy from Christmas Caroling.

In closing, Father Sylvester noted that “the financial support, love and assistance pouring into the Academy from across the country are good reason for the Board of Trustees to be confidant and enthusiastic about the future of the Academy”.


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