On March 10th, 2019, our society held its first Board elections following the Society’s establishment on May 15, 2016. Following deliberations of achievements accomplished in the last 3-year term, the election process started and the new elected President of the Society is Anna Noti.
In serving as president of the Himarrioton Society in New York for the last three years, I want to thank all the board members that served and all the society members that contributed in laying the foundation of this society. There were enough achievements made that we should all feel proud for the work that was done, to name a few:
• Annual participation of our Society with its own float on the Greek Independence Day Parade. • Publishing of society’s annual calendar with photos and historical information about Himarra. • Monetary assistance to the 8-th Grade Greek School (Omiros) • Purchase of 5 traditional costumes (paradosiakes stoles) • Annual Kopi tis Pitas Event and multiple other events that have elevated the name of our region in the Greek-American Community
Going forward, I want to wish the newly elected Board Members and the new President the best of luck to maintain their focus and efforts in the unity of our community in New York and Himarra and the well-being of its members. As a member of the Society and a patriot of Himarra, I will throughout strive to contribute as much as I can where needed.
The NY Chapter of the Himarrioton Society of America hosts an informative meeting on the ancestral and community property issues affecting the region of Himarra with guests local representatives from Himarra.
HSA – NY Chapter Board Members welcome all Himariotes during the festive October 29th Grand Opening Event organized in New York.
On October 29th, 2016, the New York Chapter of The Himarrioton Society of America (HSA) held its Grand Opening Celebratory Event in New York City at the Ipirotiko Spiti. It was the first such event organized in New York that brought all Himariotes together to enjoy each other’s company and enjoy a nostalgic evening in the midst of klarina and Epirotic music. The society thanks everyone for their presence, especially our brothers and sisters who traveled from out of state, from places such as Boston, Maryland, & Florida. We hope going forward that all Himariotes will stay united to help and support each other wherever they might be. It is also our responsibility to show care and interest for our homeland, Himara for the preservation of our culture and history and for the voice of Himariotes to be heard. The scheduling of the event happened to coincide with “OXI Day”, and with the opportune time, we would like to resonate our “OXI” to all entities that do not respect the culture, history, and right to ancestral properties of Himariotes.
Honorary guests, Petros Galatoulas, President of the Federation of Hellenic Societies along with George Patoulis, President of the Central Union of Municipalities (KEDE) in Greece give a speech of support for Himariotes.
HSA NY Chapter Board members and the President of Federation Hellenic Society Petros Galatoulas meet the Consul General of Greece, Dr Konstantinos Koutras in the Greek Consulate General in New York, July 18th, 2016. Dr Koutras was very welcoming during the meeting and congratulated us in creating our society and becoming a voice in bringing to light the issues concerning Himarriotes in our homeland, Himara. The Board members brought to his attention the most immediate and crucial issues facing our community in Himara, such as the right of property and secondly, the establishment of a Greek High School. In regards to the right of property, Himarriotes are faced with a number of perplexing laws by the Albanian government that bars them of their right to inherit their ancestor’s property.
Dr Koutras showed awareness on many of the issues and advised that the only way to triumph in this struggle is to be united and active participants in resisting the unjust practices applied to our community. The Consul General promised upon his means to be supportive of Himarriotes, whether that is here in New York or in Himara for the issues affecting our community there.