I hope you and your family had a blessed Easter and enjoyed the many traditions practiced during this special time of year. I wanted to provide you with some information and updates from the Brotherhood, to help us all stay aware of recent Brotherhood news.
2019 Membership Drive – Final Days
As the 2019 Membership Drive comes to a close, I ask that all members submit their per capita payments as soon as possible. A strong membership base is key in ensuring the Brotherhood remains strong and sustainable for future generations. To participate in this year’s drive, you still have until April 30th to submit your memberships either by mail or through our website:
Northwest Indiana “N’Ikaria“ Supreme Lodge Meeting
Our final Supreme Lodge meeting of the fiscal year will be held in Northern Indiana on May 18 th and will be in conjunction with the Foundation’s directors meeting. I’d like to thank Chapter N’Ikaria, for hosting us and I am looking forward to visiting with the Chapter members from Indiana! If you or your Chapter have any topics that you would like discussed during our meeting, please let me or your District Governor know in advance, so we can include it on our meeting’s agenda.
A few months ago, the Brotherhood initiated a fundraising drive to support the firefighters of Ikaria and I’m happy to report that our response and participation has been strong. Thank you to the Chapters and individual members who have already supported this drive. We will be ending the drive in the coming weeks, but there is still time to donate. Donations can be made by mailing checks to Supreme Treasurer Evangelos Fragos or through our website at: https://pan-icarian.com/product/donate/
I always enjoy reading the Ikaria Magazine, and learning of the Brotherhood’s news and events from around the continent. Our magazine is a unique and important publication that sets us apart from other organizations, and it’s success depends on us.
I encourage all chapter leaders to submit more content to help our publication grow. The “Icarian Spotlight” section is a great way to highlight an individual or family and share their accomplishments or history with the rest of the Brotherhood.
Since the reintroduction of the fourth issue of the Ikaria Magazine it is important that we all submit content for publication on time to ensure editions are distributed on schedule – as opposed to “Ikarian time”. Please note that the next magazine submittal deadline is May 1st. Content submittals can be made by emailing our Ikaria Magazine editor at: Ikariamag@tampabay.rr.com
Finally, this Pascha season I found myself going through a series of family albums and memorabilia, where I uncovered pictures and other documents related to my family tree and Ikarian heritage. I’m sure many of you have very similar treasures of your own, and I encourage you to rediscover these memories and preserve them.
Let’s do our part by supporting our national archives center and submitting our memorabilia, photos, and other documents (both new and old) to the archives, so they can be preserved and shared for generations to come. Originals can be mailed directly to me, or scanned copies can be sent to me electronically, for processing.
Damianos T. Skaros
Pan-Icarian Brotherhood of America “Icaros”