Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I hope you and your family are having a wonderful Thanksgiving! The holiday season is always a special time of year as we reflect on our many blessings and surround ourselves with family and friends. I am personally thankful for our great organization, the strong history and culture that we all share, and your constant support and dedication to the Brotherhood. These are all reasons why the Pan-Icarian Brotherhood of America has not only remained active since its creation but thrived throughout the years.
Supreme Lodge Meeting
Since I last wrote you, the Supreme Lodge held its first meeting in Cleveland, Ohio. I would like to thank the Cleveland Chapter members for hosting us and commend them on their preparations for the 2021 Supreme National Convention. I am confident that the weekend events and activities will be thoroughly enjoyed by all. I hope you all plan on attending and make our annual event a family tradition each and every year.
Youth Leadership Conference
I am happy to report that the 2021 Youth Leadership Conference will be held in Chicago, Illinois this spring! I would like to thank Chapter Foutrides for hosting this year’s conference, which will bring our youth members together to learn more about the Brotherhood and how they can become more actively engaged.
More information on the conference’s dates and agenda will be provided shortly by our Youth Governor Yianni Fragos, but we encourage individuals interested in becoming a youth delegate to contact their local chapter for details.
Our annual Youth Leadership Conference has been a driving force in not only educating the youth on the origins and philanthropic achievements of the Brotherhood but has also invigorated them to take on more leadership roles within their perspective chapters. Many of our current lodge members have served as youth delegates, so I ask chapters to promote and encourage their members to participate. This truly is a way of investing in the future of the Brotherhood!
The season of giving is upon us, and I’d like to thank all of our members for the generous support that they’ve provided throughout the years. Your contributions have provided the Brotherhood with the ability to successfully promote our strong Icarian heritage and assist in countless philanthropic endeavors both domestically and abroad. The philanthropy of the Brotherhood has long been one of the elements that I am most proud of.
As a reminder, you can donate to the Brotherhood in two ways, through our website (https://pan-icarian.com/product/donate/) or by mailing a check to Supreme Treasurer Evangelos Fragos. Please remember, in order for the received checks to be deposited, they must be written out exactly to: “Pan-Icarian Brotherhood of America”.
I’d like to close by wishing you and your family a safe and healthy holiday season and thank you for your continued support and dedication to the Pan-Icarian Brotherhood of America. I’d also ask that you keep me and the rest of the Supreme Lodge officers aware of any upcoming meetings, gatherings, or events that you and your Chapter will be hosting in the coming months, as we are always wanting to visit you.
Damianos T. Skaros
Pan-Icarian Brotherhood of America “Icaros”