|Καλά Χριστούγεννα kαι Kαλή Χρονιά!
I hope you and your family had a very merry Christmas, and I’d like to wish you all a happy and healthy New Year! As we celebrate this holiday season, I’d like to thank you for your continued support and dedication to the Brotherhood. Your passion and love for Ikaria is our common bond and what drives the Brotherhood to such great heights.
As we narrow our focus on the year ahead, I’d like to share with you a few announcements to ensure you are aware of key events occurring in 2020. While we have been blessed with great success as an organization in the past, we must work together to preserve the Brotherhood for future generations.
2020 Youth Leadership Conference
I’m happy to announce that the 2020 Youth Leadership Conference will be held in Chicago, Illinois on April 3rd – 5th . A special thanks to Chapter Foutrides for hosting the event and for the many conference activities they have planned already!
Our annual youth conference has been a driving force in not only educating the youth on the origins and philanthropic achievements of the Brotherhood, but investing in the future leaders of the Brotherhood. More information on the event will be provided in the coming weeks, but I encourage all youth members who are interested in serving as a delegate, to contact their Chapter President/Officers for more information.
Chapter Officers, please encourage your youth members to participate in this year’s conference!
Annual Membership Drive
Last year’s membership drive was a great success, helping us achieve some of the highest membership numbers in recent years. This year, the 2020 Membership Drive will run through June 1st , with a special award given to the Chapter with the largest increase in their overall membership numbers.
To be eligible, Chapters must submit their per capita payments to Supreme Treasurer Evangelos Fragos by June 1st . As a reminder, you can submit your payments by mail or through our website at https://pan-icarian.commembership/.
2020 National Convention – Toronto, Ontario
The Pan-Icarian Brotherhood’s National Convention is an event that we all anxiously look forward to each year. This year’s convention, which will be held in Toronto, Ontario from September 4th – 7th 2020; promises to be a memorable one!
To make our stay in Toronto even more enjoyable, our hosting Chapter – Nisos Ikaria #21, is planning a series of events, for all ages, which will celebrate our strong heritage and make us feel as though we are in Ikaria attending the panagiria. More details and information can be found on the convention website: https://www.icarianconvention2020.com.
The convention hotel, Sheraton Centre, is centrally located and close to many world class attractions – including Greek Town Toronto! I encourage you to make your reservations early, as we anticipate this to be a highly attended weekend.
Reservations can now be made through by contacting the hotel directly:
Sheraton Centre – 123 Queen Street West, Toronto – Ontario
Call for Reservations: 1-888-627-7175
Conference Code: “Panicarian Brotherhood of America”
To ensure the Brotherhood remains strong, we must actively support and attend our annual conventions. These gatherings not only help us shape the future of the Brotherhood, but help solidify bonds and friendships that continue from generation to generation. I hope to see you all in Toronto this summer!
I look forward to reading about your holiday festivities in the next edition of Ikaria Magazine, which will be published in the coming months. Please remember that submissions are due by January 15, 2020.
Damianos T. SkarosPresidentPan-Icarian Brotherhood of America “Icaros”