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Global “ZOOM” Panigyri


Saturday, September 26, 2020

10 a.m. San Francisco - 1 p.m. New York - 8 p.m, Greece - 3 a.m. Sept. 27,  Sydney, AU

                                                KSOCA ZOOM Meeting

ZOOM is able to accommodate people from all over the world via the internet, therefore, we are inviting our global Kytherian & Phylo-Kytherian friends to join us. 

There has been great enthusiasm! Kytherians from Baltimore, New York, Kythera, and Australia have already indicated they want to join us!

If you are not familiar with ZOOM, it’s a FREE video conferencing tool that allows lots of people to gather virtually.  

You will need to download a small application on your computer, smart phone, or tablet, and click a link in the ZOOM Invitation to join our meeting. Super easy. 

Most computers, smartphones, and tablets, now have built in webcams, so we are hoping to SEE everyone who participates.  

We will schedule a few test ZOOM meetings so people can practice.  In addition, our board members are happy to work with individuals who need assistance.  PLEASE let us know if you need help. We do not want anyone to NOT participate because they feel they are not tech savvy enough.  

Go to ZOOM.US for more info.

Watch a short video on youtube HERE

Please NOTE our GLOBAL PANIGYRI is on 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2020 at 10:00 a.m., 

in order to accommodate our friends around the world.

Complete and mail the reservation form to Megan Pearse
by September 12, 2020

We have a special Party Pack for USA attendees that we’d like you to receive prior to the Panigyri. 

If you have not yet paid your dues, or made memorial and scholarship donations, please do so using the same reservation form.

In addition, please RSVP to Vikki @  the Kytherian Society.

This will be a historical event so we hope you will join us!





2020 Kytheraismos Symposium

Kytheraismos Symposium 2019

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Memory Eternal

Eternal Be Their Memory...

Kerry Malliaris

Mar. 23, 1952 - Jan. 16, 2020


Kerry Jean (Gibson) Malliaris, born March 23, 1952 in Oakland, CA to Otis Jean and June Gibson, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 16, 2020. 

Kerry graduated from Skyline High School in 1970, attended Emmaus Bible College, and later received her Bachelor's in Business and Economics from Westmont College (Class of '76). She retired as a Vice President for Bank of America after a 30+ year career in wealth management.

Kerry loved her family, read voraciously, traveled the world, and effectively maintained lifelong relationships with relatives and friends. She is remembered for her beauty, intellect, hospitality, and endurance through adversity. 

She was married to John Malliaris for 29 years. She is survived by her three daughters, Alexandra, Ariel, and Adriana and her five grandchildren. 

A celebration of Kerry's life will be held on Jan. 26 at 2:00PM at Fairhaven Bible Chapel in San Leandro. 

Memorial gifts may be given for the benefit of Set Free Prison Ministries through Fairhaven or to the 

American Cancer Society


Andrew Sam Mousalimos
December 6, 1924 - May 20, 2020

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Andrew Sam Mousalimas, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away peacefully after a full and rewarding life. Born on December 6, 1924 to Sotiros and Paraskevi Caredis Mousalimas in Oakland, California, he was the older brother to Michael, who predeceased him. He traced his California roots to Michael and Bessie Caredis, who arrived in San Francisco from Greece in 1898. Andy was an active parishioner, altar boy, choir member and leader of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption, later Ascension. He loved and celebrated Oakland, the city in which he was born and spent his life.

When attending Salinas Junior College during his freshman year, he lettered in varsity basketball when World War II started. Andrew volunteered on March 31, 1943 into the 122nd Infantry Battalion, known as the Greek Battalion. Andy was one of 200 volunteers to join the Office of Strategic Services (O.S.S) under which he served for two years as a paratrooper, an experience he would later write of in his memoirs, and one for which he received the Congressional Gold Medal in Washington D.C. in 2018. 

When the war ended, Andy returned to Oakland and attended Golden Gate College for one year when circumstance, and his koumbaro, Perry Phillips, introduced him to the love of his life, Mary Kumarelas from Salt Lake City, Utah. On January 4, 1948 they were married and settled in Oakland. They had five children, Sotiros, Eugenia, Paula, James and Andrew. 

Andy threw himself into his passion for his Church, serving as board member and later, in 1955, was elected, at 31, as the youngest president of the Assumption community. In November of 1968, he, Mary and brother-in-law John Kumarelas, opened the Kings X, an Oakland landmark and first sports bar. It was a hub for gin tournaments, fantasy football, trivia competitions, and contributed to local charities. Perhaps most famously, he was a founder of Fantasy Football and inducted into the Toyota Fantasy Football Hall of Fame. 

Andy was predeceased in death by his wife, Mary. He championed his four children, Sotiros, Eugenia Ahlas (George), Paula Gassoumis (Dean) , and James Mousalimas (Diane Georgiou). Most of all he adored and was adored in return by his seven grandchildren, Harry (Victoria) Ahlas, Andrew Ahlas, Zachary Gassoumis, Ria Gassoumis Rossi (Stephen), Ariane Mousalimas (Justin Joseph), Gianna and Paris Mousalimas. He was proud when he became a great -grandfather to Anna and Valarie Ahlas. His generous and larger-than-life personality will be missed by all whose lives he touched. 

Due to current events, private services will be held. We ask for your prayers. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Ascension Greek Orthodox Cathedral General Fund. For further information please call, Harry W. Greer, Funeral Director (FDR-745). Alameda Funeral and Cremation Services, Alameda, 510-522-6020.

2019 Panigyri Review

Photo credit: Adamandia Xlentzou

Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church

20104 Center Street, Castro Valley, CA 94546

10:00 a.m. -  Church Services & Artoklasia

Photo Credit: PhotoCerigo 

Dance Performance

 Back by popular demand, award winning dancers from the Resurrection dance groups performed several dances.

Click here to see their full performance!


Following the opeing prayer, lunch was served. 
Yiannis Varelis once again prepared a fantastic delicious meal.


President Katherine Stathis reminded everyone of the meaning of the Artoklasia and the importance of attending services prior to the luncheon.

Fr. Niko shared the significance of Panagia Myrtidiotissa

Dr. Tikey Zes, renowned composer, director, and hymnographer in the Orthodox, church shared the miraculous story of healing of our beautiful icon, the Most Holy Theotokos of the Myrtle Tree -  Myrtidiotissa, 
and sang the hymn associated with that feast day. Tikey took the hymn in Greek and translated it into English. 

(Click here to read the story of Panagia Myrtidiotissa on our website)


 A moment of silence for those who have passed this past year.

$830 was collected in Memorial donations in honor of loved ones.

Visitors to Kythera

The Mattis Family - Cynthia (daughter of Ted & Cathy Zamenes), 
Tim, & Mathew made thier first trip to Kythera.

Shelley Ankerholtz (Daughter of John Derdivanis) and 
her husband Scott, made their first trip to Kythera.

Shelley & Scott visited the Monastery of Agia Moni
 where her 3rd Great Grandfather, Ioannis Argyri, carved 
the icon template for the alter in 1844.

Kytheraismos Symposium

Vikki Vrettos Fraioli will attend the Kytheraismos Symposim 
Brisbane,  Queensland, Australia in November.

Past Kytheraismos Symposium Attendees:

2016 - Mary & Richard Lind, Lucas Roemer-Cominos - Kythera

2014 - Vikki Fraioli, Cynthia Cavalenes-Sydney, NSW, Australia

2008 - Vikki Fraioli, Terry Panages, Melissa Neofes-Mischak - Kythera

2006 - Vikki Fraioli & Terry Panages - Canberra, NSW Australia
2004 -  Ann Condas - Kythera

Medical Supplies Update

Although it is taking more time than expected, our hope is that it will come to fruition onee all the steps above have been completed.The KSOCA has more than enough in donations to follow through with this project on their own without the help of the KAA.

Notable Kytherians

Who knew that one of our founders John G. Alfiers, was an inventor? 
John, along with Manuel J. Maneas, another Kytherian, invented a swimming appliance to help people stay afloat while swimming!Harry Alfier found this document in an old file cabinet amongst his fathers belongings. 

This invention relates to devices adapted to be worn by a person engaged in swimming, and more particularly to appliances which will not only aid in sustaining the user near the surface of the water and prevent his sinking, but also affort propelling mechanism...

We have our own present day Notable Kytherians to recognize!

Members Cynthia Cavalenes-Jarvis and Katerina Lefteris shared some amazing feats they accomplished this year! 

Katerina has done double this distance - 146.6 and usually
 performs in the top 10-15% in her class for her age group!

2019 Scholarship Awards

The above named offered donations amounting to $475
Below is a list of past recipients

 Scholarship Chairman Melissa Neofes-Michak

 presented the 2019 Recipients

Stephanie Orth accepted the certificate for her daughter Zoie.
Richard Lind accepted the certificate for his grandson Chase.

Honorary Kytherian

Elaine Moulos presents the Honorary Kytherian Award to Tom Panages

Honorary Kytherian was awarded to Tom Panages
Tom is awlays there to lend a hand in any way he can. 
We appreciate all he does!


The Raffle where everyone is a winner!

The Last Kytherians, a film by James Prineas, was played during the raffle


Closing remarks and adjournment at 3:00pm

The Kytherian Society of California Officers and Board

Click here to view PHOTOS from the event

Eternal Be Their Memory...

Emilios Pavlou

Pavlou Emilios

August 1, 1922 - January 2, 2019

Emilios (Emile) Pavlou, beloved husband, son, brother, theo (uncle), nouno (godfather), and friend passed away peacefully on January 2nd at the age of 96. He was born in Washington, DC to the late Michael and Maria Pavlou, immigrants from Poros, Greece. Growing up, his family moved to and from Greece and across the eastern United States. Emile's love for his church was instilled in him at an early age, as he assisted his uncle and priest, Archimandrite Nikiphoros Pavlou, with services and other church duties. He began working at a young age and most loved serving as chief usher in the local movie theater. 

In early 1942, after the United States entered WWII, he enlisted in the US Navy and was sent to San Diego for training. He was proud to serve his country on refrigeration and troop transport ships around the Pacific. He met the love of his life and wife of 70 years, Evelyn Simos, on New Year's Eve (Evelyn's birthday) in 1943. His navy ship had to return to San Francisco due to engine trouble. As he always did when he was back in the states, Emile took the streetcar to his Thea Maritsa's house in San Francisco; it was there that he met Evelyn and the rest was history. After the war, Emile and Evelyn married in 1946 and moved to San Francisco in 1952. He held a variety of jobs throughout the years, primarily managing and selling welding supplies up and down the Peninsula. Upon retiring in 1987, he and Evelyn took many trips to Greece and other locations around the world.  

Emile was an active member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in San Francisco for over 60 years - serving as chanter for Father Anthony Kosturos, Sunday School teacher, parish council member, choir member, and much loved pillar of the church. He was a 33 Degree Mason, serving as Past Master of King Solomon's Seaport Lodge and Inspector General Honoree of the Scottish Rite. He was also active in the Parkside District Improvement Club and the Saint Mary's Hospital Stonestown Mall Walkers (in which he led attendees in the makarena every week).

Emile was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Evelyn; his parents Michael and Maria Pavlou; brothers James, Louis, and Nick Pavlou; sisters Catherine Pagonis and Georgia Newburn; and his beloved in-laws. He is survived by his sister, Tessie Reapsong, and numerous nieces, nephews, godchildren, cousins, and friends both in the United States and in Greece.  

A Trisagion will be held on Tuesday, January 8th, at 7 pm and the funeral service will be Wednesday, January 9th, at 11 am; all services at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 999 Brotherhood Way, San Francisco. Pallbearers will be Marek Pearse, Matthew Pearse, Andy Pagonis, Rick Alejandro, Tim Marinos, Michael Marinos, and Thomas Marinos. Honorary pallbearers are Mark Pearse, James Pagonis, Jeff Kalban, Harvey Berg, James Whelden, Alex Christ, and Patrick Wasley.

Donations may be made in Emile's memory to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church or the charity of your choice. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Tess Miclat, for her unwavering care and support the past three years. May Emile's memory be eternal.

Evelyn Dorothy Simos Pavlou


December 31, 1925  - February 9, 2017

Evelyn Pavlou, beloved wife, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend passed away peacefully on February 9th at the age of 91. She was born in Bakersfield, CA to Demetrios and Iasmia Simos, immigrants from Greece. Growing up, she played violin and took dance lessons, while also helping out in her father's store - the Rex Sweet Shop in Downtown Bakersfield. She met the love of her life and husband of 70 years, Emilios Pavlou, during World War II. It was her 18th birthday and she was visiting San Francisco with her mother and siblings. Emile's ship had to return to San Francisco due to engine trouble. As he always did when he was back in the states, he took the streetcar to his aunt's house; it was there that he met Evelyn and the rest was history. They married in 1946 and moved to San Francisco in 1952. With her sister, Tess and another friend, she opened the Teb's Dress Shop on Taraval Street. After that closed, she was a banker at Bank of America on Taraval for over 21 years. Upon retiring from the bank in 1987, she and Emile took many trips to Greece and other locations around the world. She was an active member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church for over 60 years - she sang in the choir and organized Sunday coffee hours. She was also active in the Parkside District Improvement Club, the Bank of America Retirees Association, and the Saint Mary's Hospital Stonestown Mall Walkers.

She is preceded in death by her parents, sister Zoe Pearse, brother John Simos, sister Despina (Tess) Rhodes, and brother Adam (Steve) Simos. She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Emilios Pavlou, and many other godchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends here in the United States and in Greece.  

A Trisagion will be held on Wednesday, February 15th, at 7 pm and the funeral service will be Thursday, February 16th, at 11 am; all services at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 999 Brotherhood Way, San Francisco.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church or the charity of your choice. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Tess Miclat, for her care and support during these difficult times. 

2019 Panigyri Reservation

It’s Time to Mail in Your Reservation Form!

Submit  reservation form with payment by September 20, 2019

Kytherian Society of California

Panigyri of the Myrtidiotissa

September 29, 2019

10:00 a.m. -  Church Services & Artoklasia

12:00 p.m. - Luncheon

Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church

20104 Center Street, Castro Valley, CA 94546

Menu Selections:

Greek Style Chicken with Olive Oil, Lemon and Oregano

Greek  Lamb Shank with Orzo

Grilled Salmon with Lemon & Butter

Pasta Primavera (Vegetarian)

Salad, Spanakopita, & Dessert - Galaktobouriko

Coffee, Tea or Iced Tea

$40 per person

$15 Children 12 & Under - Chicken Strips

Bring a bottle of wine to share with your table!

Please donate a prize or gift basket for our annual Raffle! 

BRING a FRIEND to help the KSOCA grow!

 For more information contact:

Elaine Moulos

Vikki Vrettos Fraioli

Submit  reservation form with payment by 

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

Meal choices after the deadline date are subject to availability.



Kythera Summer Edition 2019

May 2019 News 


Anastasia Conomos Condas Scholarship

Scholarship applications are due July 1. If you know a student of Kytherian background who might qualify, please encourage them to apply. 

Applicant's must:

  • be a United States citizen of Kytherian descent
  • be a resident of the State of California
  • be between the ages of 17 and 32
  • be accepted or enrolled for the current and/or upcoming school year as a new or continuing full-time student in undergraduate, post graduate or vocational schools leading to an undergraduate degree, post graduate degree or certificate.
  • attach proof of full-time admission and/or enrollment and your Grade Point Average score from the latest quarter or semester
  • attach a photograph of yourself
  • attach a 500-word essay entitled, My Family’s History on Kythera.”
  • attach signed letters of recommendation from two individuals not related to you, providing their names and contact information
  • have an immiediate family member who is an active  Kytherian Society member who has paid his or her $30 dues for the past two years and has attended our meetings and functions.
  • submit your completed application with a postmark no later than July 1, of each year.

 Click to download an application 

This year we have created an online version of the application.

Click to request a link to complete the application online


The Last Kytherians

James Prineas is at it again! This time filiming the Last Kytherians.

I’ve completed the first of 12 of what will be a series of film portraits about some of the remaining families who live a farming life on Kythera, much like our ancestors did. Called "The Last Kytherians", it will document the few farmers left on the island who still live from raising animals, tending fields & market gardens, making honey and even collecting sempraviva on rocky cliff faces. I'll be making a submission to the Kytherian Association of Australia to fund the series, which will be shot all over the island.

Any support which you can offer would be much appreciated!    

Episode 1 of The Last Kytherians: 
The Chlentzos Family of Logothetianika

Does the name Chlentzos sound familiar? That’s because they are cousins to Mary Chlentzos Alfieris, wife of KSOCA co-founder John Alfieris and all their descendants who attend the Panigyi each year!


Mark your calendars!

Panigyri of the Myrtidiotissa

September 29, 2019

Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church

20104 Center Street, Castro Valley, CA 94546

Save the Date

Kytherian Society of California

Panigyri of the Myrtidiotissa

September 29, 2019

10:00 a.m. -  Church Services & Artoklasia

12:00 p.m. - Luncheon

Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church

20104 Center Street, Castro Valley, CA 94546

Eternal Be Her Memory...

Theodora DracosCarvounnis

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July 27, 1924 - Jan 2, 2019

The KSOCA mourns the loss of long-time member Teddi Carvounnis. Teddi was a fixture at the KSOCA luncheons for decades, attending with her devoted husband of blessed memory, John Carvounnis. Teddi was awarded the Honorary Kytherian award in 2007 for her continual support of the society alongside John who will be remembered for running the annual raffle. Teddi will be missed by all.

May her memory be eternal.


Theadora (Teddi) Dracos Carvounnis was born in Hayward, California on July 27th, 1924 and fell asleep in Christ on January 2nd 2019. Loving wife and mother, she was predeceased by her husband John, and son Steve. Teddi resided in the Castro Valley home she and her husband created for decades and she developed an enormous family and friend network spanning the entire bay area. Both Teddi and John were members of the Oakland Greek Orthodox Church and the Castro Valley Greek Church, and both were active members of the Kytherian Society. Teddi was loved and cherished by numerous friends and family, but especially held dear by her cousins Kosta and Jordan, and her 8 godchildren; Helaine, Peter, Elena, Janet, Cynthia, Elaine, Greg and Jordan. Funeral services will be held at the Castro Valley Greek Church of the Resurrection, on Thursday 1/10/19 at 11:00am and the Trisagion will be held on Wednesday evening, 7pm at Santos-Robinson mortuary in San Leandro.

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