His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, has issued an Encyclical on behalf of the Holy Eparchial Synod commemorating the eighth observance of National Leadership 100 Sunday on October 23, 2016, the actual Feastday of Saint Iakovos. It was designated in 2009 in honor of Archbishop Iakovos of Blessed Memory, the Founder of Leadership 100, to be observed on the Sunday nearest the Feastday. This year’s celebration falls three days prior to the Feastday of Saint Demetrios.
Parish Priests throughout the nation will read the Encyclical at the Divine Liturgy. Many parishes are also planning a program during the coffee hour. Members of the Leadership 100 Board of Trustees will coordinate with Parish Priests across the country to develop awareness of the support provided by Leadership 100 for the critical ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, as well as for ministries in every Metropolis.
George S. Tsandikos, Chairman of Leadership 100, has named Theodore K. Zampetis of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, a prominent business leader and a member of the Executive Committee of Leadership 100, as 2016 Chairman for the observance. He will serve in that role for the fifth consecutive year. Zampetis also serves as Chairman of the National Membership Committee. “National Leadership 100 Sunday continues to be a national day of recognition for the role of Leadership 100 in our Church and our Community, generating support attracting new members from across the country,” Tsandikos said.
Leadership 100 has now reached a milestone of 1,000 members from a broad spectrum of Greek Orthodox leaders, men and women of all ages from every field of endeavor, including young professionals. Over the 32 years since its founding, Leadership 100 has distributed close to $46 million in grants to support the National Ministries and institutions of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the Metropolises, advancing Orthodoxy and Hellenism and meeting human need in the nation and around the world.