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2022 Kytheraismos Symposium
17-20 November, Sydney, AU


President, Vikki Fraioli participated via ZOOM

KSOCA Presentation Slides 


2022 Panigyri Review

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This year due to concerns with COVID-19, we held 
our Panigyri outdoors in the parking lot of the Resurrection Church. 

Video by Tom Coroneos

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Eternal Be Her Memory
Genevieve Marie Moulos

October 15, 1934 - September 16, 2022


The KSOCA mourns the loss of long time member Genevieve Moulos. Ginger was active in the KSOCA for many years, aways attending our luncheons with her children and grandchildren who always helped out by passing out the raffle prizes. Her daughter Elaine, served as president from 2005-2011 and currently holds the position of Vice-President. Our sincere condolences to the  family. 
May her memory be eternal.

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Genevieve Marie Moulos (aka Ginger) a long-time resident of Sacramento, died peacefully of natural causes at the age of 87 on Friday, September 16, 2022.
Ginger was a Fulbright Scholar with a master’s in Psychology and enjoyed 35 years teaching High School for the San Juan School District where she taught Home Economics, Foods, Psychology, Economics, World History, Civics and Typing.  She also worked alongside her husband, Jim Moulos at the family restaurant, Souperb Salads from 1980-1992.  After retiring in 2000, Ginger was a Deacon and Elder and served tirelessly in the Women’s ministry and Food bank at Arcade Baptist and Christ Community Church.  She also volunteered for Strategic Renewal International (SRI – Leading prayer mentoring) for 5 years.  She is survived by: sister Jeanne Ward, children Elaine and Greg Moulos and Stacey Larsen and five grandchildren, Rachel and Sophia Larsen and Nick, Jacob and Natalie Moulos.

Services will be held on:
Friday, November 4th at 1:00 p.m. 
Arcade Baptist Church
3927 Marconi Ave., Sacramento, CA 95821


THE MIGRATON MUSEUM OF KYTHERA


Saturday, September 17, 2022 / Sunday, September 18, 2022 (AU)

Many thanks to all who attended our GLOBAL ZOOM and a special thank you to FMK President, Helen Tzortzopoulos, and Stefano Tavlaridis, Museum Archetect, for their wonderful presentations. 

In addition, Amalia Samios, from the Kytherian Genealogy Project by Amalia & Kalie, gave an update on her trip to Kythera this summer where she visited all of the cemeteries on the island and took over 7000 photos. She is slowly uploading them to her website: www.kytheriangenealogy.com.

If you would like to be added to the contact list to be notified of future 
GLOBAL ZOOMS, contact the Kytherian Society of California.




Eternal Be His Memory
Prof. Basil Peter Leftheris, PhD
May 11, 1930 - November 28, 2021

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The KSOCA mourns the loss of Vasilis Leftheris, the father of one of our KSOCA members, Dr. Katerina Leftheris. Our sincere condolences to the  family. May his memory be eternal.

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Prof. Vasilis P. Leftheris passed away on November 28, 2021 at the age of 91 from complications due to the COVID virus.

Prof. Leftheris was born on May 11, 1930 in Kythira, Greece. At a young age, he showed an aptitude for mathematics and physics, graduating 3rd in his high school graduating class.

With the help and understanding of his father, a seaman with the Greek Merchant Marines, Vasilis emigrated to Montreal Canada where he worked and attended McGill University. He obtained his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering.

While at McGill, he met his wife, Isobel while working at the Niagra Falls hydroelectric plant.

After finishing McGill, Basil married Isobel and obtained a scholarship to study thermodynamics and engineering of internal combustion engines at the University of Birmingham in the UK. After he obtained his advanced degree, he returned to Petersboro Canada where he began his engineering career working on atomic energy projects for General Electric.

As part of the US effort to advance space programs, Vasilis was recruited by Republic Aviation on Long Island, NY to work on protecting satellites from micrometeorites. During that time, Vasilis obtained a second Master’s degree in civil engineering from Brooklyn Polytechnic University (now part of NYU). After this project concluded, he was recruited by Grumman Aerospace Corp to work on the Lunar Module project in conjunction with NASA. Following the success of the Apollo program, he worked on fighter plane technology where he invented a new device for riveting the wings of high-speed aircraft to prevent wing failure due to microcracks. This was the subject of a PhD thesis Dr. Leftheris earned from Princeton University. There are over 23 patents covering the invention of the Stress Wave Riveter mechanism. A form of this device is used to assemble most high speed military aircraft today.

Soon after, Dr. Leftheris was asked to work on the US government sponsored TOKMAK project at the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab (PPL). He oversaw the diagnostic engineering team.  This was part of the effort to design a containment device to harness the energy released from hydrogen fusion. Today, there is an international team in France (International Energy Thermonuclear Reactor (IETR)) continuing this effort.

Dr. Leftheris retired from PPPL and moved back to Greece in 1989 to take a faculty position at the Technical University of Crete. There, he taught earthquake engineering and built a laboratory focused on material testing. After 12 years as a professor, he finally retired to the Island of Kythira.

Dr. Leftheris is survived by his wife Isobel, his daughter, Dr. Katerina Leftheris, his son Peter Leftheris, 4 grandchildren (Averil, Hannah, Samantha and Alexander) and one great grand child (Julian Constantinos).


2022 Panigyri

Kytherian Society of California

Panigyri of the Myrtidiotissa

October 2, 2022

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

12:00 p.m. - Luncheon with outdoor seating

Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church

20104 Center Street, Castro Valley, CA 94546

Menu Selections:

Chicken Piccata with lemon, butter, & capers

Grilled Salmon with lemon & butter

Vegetarian by request

Salad, & Dessert - Galaktobouriko

Coffee, Tea or Iced Tea

$50 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! 

Click here to download the reservation form. 
Please complete and mail in by Sept.  23

 For more information email us


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THE MIGRATON MUSEUM OF KYTHERA

Join us for  our next GLOBAL ZOOM to hear exciting new developments about the Migration Museum of Kythera in Agia Pelagia!

PLEASE CHECK YOUR TIME ZONE CAREFULLY

Saturday, September 17, 2022 / Sunday, September 18, 2022 (Australia)

Saturday, September 17, 2022
 1:00 p.m.   San Francisco / Los Angeles 
 3:00 p.m.   Chicago / Little Rock / St. Louis
 4:00 p.m.   Baltimore / Boston / New York / Toronto / Asuncion
 9:00 p.m.   Dublin / London
10:00 p.m.  Berlin / Cape Town /Paris
11:00 p.m.  Athens 

Sunday, September 18, 2022
 4:00 a.m.   Perth   
 5:30  a.m.  Adelaide 
 6:00 a.m.   Brisbane / Sydney / Melbourne

Now that the plans have been approved, Helen Tzortzopoulos, Friends of the Museums of Kythera (FMK) President, and several of her committee members, will join us from Kythera to detail plans for the museum.

In addition to detailing the architectural plans, Helen will explain each area's function, and will include a video and slide presentation. 

Since the  memorandum with the Academy of Athens has been signed, the FMK can officially begin collecting  family histories, documentation, and other information for the museum. 

We thank Helen and her committee for their dedication and hard work on this project. It is a huge undertaking and our support is vital.

After the presentation, we hope you will stay on to enjoy conversing with  participants as in previous ZOOMs.

If the time is too early or too late for your time zone, check in later as participants tend to continue chatting for several hours. You are welcome to come and go as your schedule permits.

The presentation will be recorded and made available for those unable to attend.

ClICK HERE TO REGISTER HERE


READ THE ARTICLE IN THE GREEK HERALD:

Eleni Tzortzopoulou: "Kythera Migration Museum may be ready in three years"

 



Kythera Summer Edition 2022 

welcome to the sounds of silence

As any visitor to Aphrodite's island will agree, the island has that something special about it. If you could bottle it, you’d make millions. But silence is uncatchable. Because that’s what it is. This fragile, beautiful sense of absolute silence that sits in harmony with the natural world. A silence that now is at risk.

The island has been known by many names throughout history. The Minoans called it Porfyroussa, the Venetians Cythera, while the locals affectionately refer to it as Tsirigo. Today it is known as Kythera.
This deep silence that pervades everything. The migratory birds fly through it, the sounds of the winds amplify it while the ancient rock walls absorb and reflect it. Kythera's silence bears witness to the natural world. It keeps our inner and outer worlds in balance.

Regardless of whether we are short term visitors or long-term residents, we are all custodians of this majestic silence. Tread lightly and enjoy your summer. 

This years newspaper includes an article about the KSOCA Global ZOOMs


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Eternal Be Her Memory
Elly (Psaltis) Condos
June 10, 1926 - May 14, 2022

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The KSOCA mourns the loss of long time member, Elly (Psaltis) Condos.  Elly was the daughter of Dimtrios (James) & Panagiota Psaltis. Kytherian born Dimitrios, and Elly’s brother Arthur (Athanasios), were among the founding members of the KSOCA in 1950. She will be dearly missed by all.

Our sincere condolences to her family. 
May her memory be eternal.

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Elly Condos was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and friend. She passed away of natural causes on 14 May 2022 at the age of 95 in the comfort of her home surrounded by family.

 Elly was born June 10, 1926 to Greek immigrant parents from Mitata, Kythera and Demeni, Peloponnesus. She was born in Los Gatos, CA and was raised in San Francisco. Her parents were involved in building the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in San Francisco, the oldest Greek Orthodox church west of the Mississippi, and were charter members of several Greek support clubs that still exist to this day. She was an active member in the Kytherian Society and met her husband Anthony “Tony” Condos at a dance in her Greek community.  He proposed to her at the Cliff House in San Francisco, and the rest was history. They were married in 1954 and had the best life together, traveling to various places around the world: Australia, Belgium, Greece, France, England, Mexico, to name a few. They made lifelong friends with people from their travels, and were active members of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in San Jose. Elly was also an accomplished artist, pianist, and seamstress, studying art in college and learning to paint from her mother. Her paintings, as well as her mother’s, are still cherished by her family. She made dresses for her niece, helped sow Greek dance costumes for her grandchildren, and enjoyed knitting gifts for loved ones. 

 Elly and Tony had three children: after marriage she had her first son, George, who passed away at one year old, her second son James born in 1957, and third son Steve in 1959. She survived cancer twice, and never let anything set her back in life. Together, Elly and her family eventually settled in Los Gatos where they helped to raise their grandchildren, and then great grandchildren. We remember Elly’s and Tony’s love as one for fairy tales — dancing and singing in the kitchen well into their old age, laughing together, and never failing to share their joy with their family. 

 For Elly, family was the most important part of life. She loved attending school graduations, wedding celebrations, baptisms, and religious holidays with her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed sharing her Greek culture, feeding her family Greek food, and teaching her grandchildren and great grandchildren about Greek Orthodox religious celebrations. She always brought the family together for holidays, and made sure everyone felt loved and included. She was our candle in the window — no matter where we went, no matter what happened, we knew she was always there to love and support us.

 Elly was preceded in death by her husband Anthony “Tony” Condos, her son George Michael Condos, her brother Arthur Psaltis, and her sister Lady Betty Duncan.

 Elly is survived by her two sons Steven (Guillermina) Condos and James Condos; three grandchildren Elly (Evan) Brown, Danae (Conor) Tucker, and Anthony Condos; and six great grandchildren Artemis, Diana, Aislin, Jack, Quinlan, and Zoe. She is also survived by her brother in law Sir James Duncan, younger sister Eugenia Nobis; and her nieces, nephews, and grand nephews. 

May her memory be eternal.

Trisagion Service 

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 7:00 pm 
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in San Jose.

Funeral Service

Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 10:30 am
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in San Jose. 

Burial 

 Los Gatos Memorial Cemetery with the makaria following at the Condos family home.



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Kytherian Panigyri 2006
Elly, Sophie (Cominos) Britton, & Mary Mousalimos




Elly at her 95th birthday






Eternal Be His Memory...

Theodore Harry “Ted” Cominos
May 25, 1924 - April 28, 2022

Cominos Theodore Harry


Eternal Be His Memory

The Kytherian Society of California mourns  the loss of  long time member and past president (1961-1963), Ted Cominos.
Sincere condolences to his family.
May his memory be eternal.

Theodore Harry Cominos Sr – ‘Ted’ – passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 28, 2022. He was aged 97.

Ted was born, raised, lived and worked the entirety of his life in Salinas, save for his service during WWII and attending college and law school. Salinas was a city that he was extremely proud to call ‘home’. Much like his father before him, Ted walked the streets of OldTown Salinas daily for approximately 85 years, and could be found going into his law office every weekday until the age of 96.

Born the son of Greek immigrants, Harry & Helen Cominos (both of the island of Kythera), Ted grew up working in the family business (the Cominos Hotel Bar & Grill) before being drafted into the armed services. He attended Lincoln Elementary School, Washington Jr High School, and Salinas High…before going on to graduate law school from the University of San Francisco.

Three beloved siblings have preceded him in death – Nick, George and Sophie. And he is survived by his son and daughter, Ted Jr and Julia Cominos…three grandchildren (Anya, Kyra and Sara)…and his loving brother Andy Cominos. Ted’s devotion to his sizable family was deep….and reflected in his regular breakfasts with his parents…gin rummy sessions with his brother George…treasured (weekly) dinners with his beloved brother and sister-in-law Andy & Marilee Cominos…. holiday ‘Greek Easter’ gatherings with his extended family…and spending time with his children and grandchildren. 

After passing the California State Bar in the early 1950’s, Ted hung his first shingle in the old Crocker Bank Building, where his (retired) father served as his first secretary. Over the many years that he practiced law, Ted formed successful partnerships and mentored scores of attorneys who went on to achieve notable success throughout Monterey County. He took great pride in being an attorney and genuinely loved to ‘help’ people when he could in that role.  

A founding member of the Corral de Tierra Country Club (member no. 37), Ted could often be found with friends pursuing one of his two other passions - golf and gin rummy. Of particular note were his deep friendships with Dr Jimmy Farr and Henry Hibino, with whom Ted shared numerous golf travels and many (many!) hours of gin rummy. Bringing these two loves together, Ted hosted the ‘Cominos Invitational’ Golf and Gin Rummy tournament in Lake Tahoe for a number of years…with friends and family creating great memories.

Ted was also well travelled (another pleasure of his) and visited Europe, Australia, and Asia…from where he always took the time to send a humorous fax or letter back home to his colleagues and family. He also liked to spend time in Cabo San Jose, with friends and family, taking in the sun (and more golf and gin rummy!) at Unossipo.     

Ted Sr was always young at heart. He lived a full and rich life…and left us with great messages about how to go about doing so ourselves…‘Do the right thing’…’It’s all about attitude’… ‘Always do the best you can’…“Everything in moderation”.

A memorial service celebrating Ted’s accomplished life will be held at the Corral De Tierra Country Club in Salinas, CA on Sunday, July 31 between 12-3pm.

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KSOCA Pangiryi Lunchen 2008

Andy Cominos, Joanne Kavalaris, Ted Cominos, Marilee Cominos


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KSOCA Pangiryi Lunchen 2008 

Speaking at memorial for his brother Nick


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