By Catherine Tsounis
The Cutting of the Vasilopita, a Greek luncheon, and general elections was held Sunday, January 22, 2023, at the Geros Tou Morea, New York Chapter #1 of the Pan Arcadian Federation of America. The event was held Sunday afternoon, at their center at 27-02 39th Avenue, Astoria. A gold coin was won by former President/William Spyropoulos School of St. Nicholas Shrine Church activist Gregory Michelis. A second raffle for a gold coin was won by Michael Catsimalis, an officer of the parish council. The 2023 newly elected Board was sworn in by the President of the Arcadian Federation of America. For more information, contact President Evangeline Sarafoglou and Demetris Filios on Facebook.
The “Geros Tou Morea” chapter, New York, was the first chapter and dominant force in the Pan Arcadian Federation of America Athanasios Angelopoulos, Nick Bakopoulos and Alexander Sioris were the founders. The “Geros Tou Morea” chapter held socials, created journal books, held meetings, dinners and picnics as part of its network. Prominent persons have attended. Constantine Karamanlis, former Prime Minister and President of Greek Democracy attended a dinner at the Astor Hotel on august 17th, 1946. The Pan Arcadian Federation was the largest Greek-American organization after AHEPA in its first twenty-thirty years of existence.
The Pan Arcadian Federation of America realized the necessity of forming a hospital in Arcadia, Greece. The building of the Pan Arcadian Hospital in Tripolis began in the spring of 1947. The Hospital was completed in May 1950. The building project cost was about three and a half million dollars with two hundred and fifty-six beds. It was considered to be the foremost and largest hospital of the Balkans in this time period. The Pan Arcadian Hospital has rendered medical care to all for six decades. Dr. John G. Siolas Board member/Archivist of Geros Tou Morea supplied the historical information.1