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The Pontian Greek Society of Chicago with the support of the Pan-Pontian Federation of USA and Canada has re-printed Twenty-Three Years in Asia Minor (1899-1922), which was originally published in 1969.
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The Pontian Greek Society of Chicago's
38th Annual Dinner Dance
Saturday October 10,2015
Meridian Banquets 1701 W Algonquin Rd, Rolling Meadows, IL
$35 children (12& under)
Our organization is honored to be hosting the 22nd Convention of the Pan Pontian Federation of USA & Canada during the weekend of October 9-11, 2015.
Live Pontian Music – musicians from Greece, Boston & New York!
Schedule of events*
Friday, October 9, 2015
7:30 pm - Welcoming Glendi at the Cultural Center of the Hellenic-American Community of Greater Chicago, 5941 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL - (Closed event - open only to Xeniteas paid members, Convention delegates and out-of- town guests.)
Saturday, October 10, 2015
9:00 am - Delegate Registration
10:00 am - 11:45 am - Morning Session of Convention at Meridian Banquets, 1701 W. Algonquin Rd., Rolling Meadows, IL
12:00 pm - Lunch (free for out-of-town delegates and out-of-town guests)
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm – Afternoon Session of Convention at Meridian Banquets
6:00 pm Cocktails – 7:00 pm Dinner - 38th Dinner Dance of the Pontian Greek Society of Chicago - $80 for adults, $35 for children 12 and under – Open Bar and appetizers
Sunday, October 11, 2015
10:00 am - Convention delegates and participants may attend the Divine Liturgy at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 2350 E. Dempster Street, Des Plaines, IL, or go sightseeing
1:00 pm - Lunch at Meridian Banquets
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm – Federation Elections/Resolutions and meeting of newly elected Board at Meridian Banquets
*Schedule is subject to minor changes.
We invite delegates from the member associations of the Pan Pontian Federation of USA-Canada to the 22nd Convention to be held from Friday, October 9 through Sunday, October 11, 2015. The Convention will take place at the Meridian Banquet Hall, 1701 W. Algonquin Road, Rolling Meadows, IL.
We have blocked a number of rooms at the following hotel:
Courtyard Chicago Arlington Heights South
100 W. Algonquin Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Tel. #: (847) 437-3344
The discounted room rate is $89-$109 (depending on the type of room), which includes breakfast. Please note that the block room rate expires on Friday, September 25, 2015, therefore reservations must be made by calling the hotel by that date. The rooms are reserved under the name Pan-Pontian Federation Convention Room Block.
The Pontian Greek Society of Chicago held a memorial service for the victims of the Ottoman Greek Genocide on May 17, 2015 at the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago. His Grace, Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, officiated at the memorial and delivered an eloquent sermon about the Genocide and the need to remember the victims. Members of the Society were joined in attendance by the Consul General of Greece in Chicago, Ms. Ioanna Efthymiadou.
Later in the day, the Hellenic Link Midwest presented a lecture by Savvas Koktzoglou, the President of the Pontian Greek Society of Chicago. The lecture titled “The Genocide of the Ottoman Greeks, 1914-1923: American Accounts Documenting the Deportations and Massacres against the Greeks of Asia Minor in 1921” was cosponsored by the Pontian Greek Society of Chicago, the Macedonian Society of Greater Chicago and the Hellenic American Leadership Council. The lecture was held in front of a full house at the Cultural Center of the Hellenic American Community of Chicago on the northwest side of the city.
In their war diaries the Commanders of American Navy ships in the Black Sea documented with astonishing detail the deportations and massacres against the Greeks in the Pontus region of Asia Minor. Koktzoglou presented documents from the war diaries, dating back to 1921 that he had photographed during his visit to the U.S. National Archives in Washington D.C. in 2013. The documents, which had not been published before and were being presented for the first time, provided additional evidence that the Turkish nationalists coordinated a centralized plan to eliminate the local populations from their homeland. The lecture was followed by a lively question and answer session from an engaged audience.
“The feedback and comments from the audience were very positive,” Koktzoglou stated. “I felt a duty and responsibility to find the truth of what happened, since my own grandparents were also affected by these tragic events. I’m hoping to return to the Archives soon to continue my research.”
Pontian Greek Society of Chicago
P.O. Box 6127
Bloomingdale, IL 60108-6127
Tel: 630 123 1234
Email: info at pontiangreeks.org